When I was a girl I loved making Christmas cookies and candy for our neighbors. Back in those days (the 1970′s) I used a lot of sugar and gluten in my dessert recipes; this Hazelnut Fudge however, is both dairy-free and gluten-free and makes a wonderful Christmas treat for regular old folks as well as those with food allergies; frankly, no one will notice any gluten or dairy missing from this healthier dessert.
Hazelnut Fudge is made with a total of five ingredients, it’s a quick and easy candy recipe and makes an adorable DIY Christmas gift.
- In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate and coconut milk together over very low heat
- Stir in honey and hazelnut extract
- Stir in hazelnuts
- Transfer mixture to an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- Refrigerate for 1 hour
Makes 16 squares
Please note: this recipe calls for more than 3 cups of chocolate and will not set up with any less.
I use whole raw hazelnuts for this recipe and roast them on a large cookie sheet in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes. I then place the hazelnuts in a dry towel and rub the towel together to remove some of the skin. After that’s all completed I chop the nuts. I love using raw nuts (and roasting them myself) as I find them more fresh and flavorful when purchased and prepared this way.
Here are some other Christmas and holiday chocolate dessert recipes: