Salted Caramel Fudge

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This salted caramel fudge recipe looks decadent with its gooey caramel topping and dense chocolate bottom, but it is healthy and suitable for people of various diets. Whether you are looking to limit your sugar intake, are vegan, lactose intolerant or gluten-free, this easy fudge recipe will be an excellent choice for you. The best thing about this fudge is that it isn’t tasteless like low sugar options or some vegan recipes tend to be. That is because this salted caramel fudge uses a combination of real, whole ingredients, rather than prepared foods. Rather than using alternative sweeteners that may be no better than refined sugar, this fudge uses fragrant honey, which has plenty of nutrition when it is in its raw form. It also uses nutty, protein-rich natural peanut butter, which helps solidify the fudge. Tiffany, the author of the Super Healthy Kids website, created this fudge recipe as a healthy baking option for the holidays. Although this will be delicious to give for gifts during the holiday, don’t limit to that time alone. Consider preparing it all year round for an instant sweet snack you can feel good about.

Although this dessert is called fudge, it doesn’t involve the same method as another recipe for fudge candy. Traditional fudge recipes are prepared on the stove by cooking a mixture of butter, sugar and milk until it reaches the hard ball stage, which is the point where the mixture will firm up into solid fudge. If you aren’t a candy making aficionado, this salted caramel fudge is the best confection you could make, because there is no cooking involved. All the ingredients are combined and spread into a baking pan and refrigerated until set. The combination of peanut butter, honey and cocoa powder are enough to solidify the fudge into one piece.

The star of this fudge is the salted caramel recipe, which is sweet and toffee-like. This easy caramel sauce requires just a few ingredients, and surprisingly, it is sugarless. Rather than sugar, this caramel sauce relies on maple syrup for colour and that signature sweetness. In traditional caramel sauce recipes, sugar is cooked on the stove until caramelised, but in the case of this one, the caramel simmers until it is thick and glossy but never caramelises to the extent that white sugar would. This sauce is vegan because it doesn’t use any dairy ingredients. Instead, this easy caramel recipe inputs flavourful coconut milk, which gives the sauce volume and an underlying coconut taste.

Once you have prepared this caramel sauce once, you will be making it all the time to top ice cream sundaes or drizzle over apple turnovers. This caramel sauce can be put in the refrigerator and gently reheated on the stove when you want to use it again.

If anyone in your family has a peanut allergy, peanut butter may not be the best option for you. Instead, substitute with another tasty nut butter, like almond or hazelnut. The oil has a tendency to rise to the top in nut butter, so make sure to stir them very well before use. Once you have made this fudge recipe a few times, you may want to customise it to your tastes to make different kinds. Consider making a chocolate caramel sauce by stirring some finely chopped dark chocolate into the caramel sauce at the end of cooking. Alternatively, leave out the sauce and spike the fudge base with peppermint extract and garnish with crushed candy canes. Thank you to Tiffany, the author of the Super Healthy Kids website for sharing her salted caramel fudge recipe with us.

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