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I'm a divorced mom of 3 gluten-free daughters. We've outgrown dairy, soy, egg, and corn allergies, but still deal with a berry allergy in my youngest.
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postheadericon Dairy-Free Penuche Fudge

This is one I have missed sooooo much since going gluten and dairy free. I love penuche fudge. I think it’s a regional thing, as my husband had never heard of it before he met me. Yum

Penuche Fudge


  • 2 1/2 cups light brown sugar

  • 1 TBS maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (chill the can and measure out the thick part, not the watery part)
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 TBS margarine
  • 1 TBS Karo syrup (light or dark) – sub cane syrup if corn-free
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Put ingredients through Karo syrup into a heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer. Stir frequently until it comes to a boil.

Allow it to boil for about 20 minutes, until it reaches soft ball stage.

Remove from the heat, and place pan in a bowl of cool water. Stir in the vanilla and nuts. Keep stirring until it becomes thick and stops looking glossy.

Pour into a greased 8×8 pan, and let set. Cut into squares and serve. Delicious!

3 Responses to “Dairy-Free Penuche Fudge”

  • Jim:

    This looks great and just in time for the holidays. I think I’ll try this for my kids but without the nuts. Thanks for posting.

  • Lisa:

    This penuche is delicious! One of my dad’s clients used to bring us penuche when I was a little girl, and it was one of my favorite things about the holidays. I had a dream last night about brown sugar fudge and HAD to make some. A note–I only had to let it boil about 7-8 minutes before it hit soft ball stage.

  • Wow, this fudge looks so delicious! i ìd like to try it. I gave a lot of food allergies and thought I should forget about tasting some of our favorites sweets, but this is perfect for my diet! Thanks for sharing it ^-^

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