Vegan Fudge

A gal needs her chocolate fix; at least this gal does - and this fudge delivers!  Quick to whip up in just minutes, (okay, it takes an hour to set up in the fridge...but there's always the spoon and bowl to 'clean up' while you wait) this sweet treat seems to disappear at our house just about as fast as we can make it. Vegan fudge is another recipe from my mother-in-law who makes this regularly for us during the holiday season; usually with a choice of nuts, either walnut or pistachio, but pecans or even peanuts are equally tasty. Of course the kids' favorite is without nuts entirely, which is mighty good too!

4 cups (1 pound) powdered sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup soy/almond/rice milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice

In large microwave-safe bowl combine powered sugar, cocoa, and salt.  Stir in milk and vanilla, mix well.  Slice the margarine into thin pieces and place across the top of the mixture. Microwave on high (100%) for three minutes.  Beat with mixer or wire whisk until smooth; stir in nuts.  Spread in buttered square baking pan.

Alternatively, reserve half the nut mixture prior to incorporating into the fudge to press the reserves into the top of the fudge for a more impressive nutty appearance.

Refrigerate one hour or until firm. Store in refrigerator.