Fudge is absolutely delicious! Everyone loves the classics -- chocolate, peanut butter, and penuche -- but it's always fun to try something new. This homemade pumpkin fudge is so decadent that it might even steal the spotlight from the pumpkin pie.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
  • 7 ounces marshmallow creme
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and set it aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, mix the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Gradually bring the mixture to a boil, continually stirring it with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring and boiling it over medium heat until the mixture reaches 236 degrees on a candy thermometer (about 11 minutes).
  4. Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in both the white chocolate and cinnamon chips. Once the chips are blended in, add the marshmallow creme and vanilla. Mix until well combined. The mixture should be creamy. Stir in nuts if desired.
  5. Immediately pour the creamy mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread it evenly. Let it cool at room temperature.
  6. Once the mixture has cooled, remove it from the pan and cut it into squares. Store the fudge in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Supplies

  • 9-by-13-inch baking pan
  • heavy saucepan
  • candy thermometer

Recipe Notes

A candy thermometer will help you know if your mixture has reached the right temperature. If you don't own a candy thermometer, you can use the cold water test. Carefully drop a spoonful of the hot sugar syrup into cold water. If the syrup forms a soft ball, then your mixture is ready to be taken off the heat.

How To Make Your Pumpkin Fudge Your Own

Use Different Chips

bowl of chocolate chips

This homemade pumpkin fudge recipe calls for a blend of one cup of white chocolate chips and one cup of cinnamon chips. These flavors complement the flavor of pumpkin well. However, you can try experimenting with different combinations of novelty chips, such as white chocolate or butterscotch. To achieve a more prominent taste, use only one kind of chip. Some of these flavors are a little more adventurous than others, but they will still give your fudge a pleasant, sweet flavor.

  • butterscotch
  • white chocolate
  • cinnamon
  • milk chocolate
  • semisweet
  • peanut butter

Add Texture

walnuts

If you like some crunch or chewiness in your fudge, try adding some extra ingredients. For example, nuts will give texture and balance the sweet flavor of fudge. Some common add-ins for fudge include:

  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • pistachios
  • macadamia nuts
  • crushed cookies
  • Rice Krispies
  • cranberries
  • marshmallows

Layer With Different Flavors

peanut butter and chocolate layered fudge

If you can't decide on one kind of fudge, why not combine two or three kinds? Try a pumpkin spice turtle fudge with layers of pumpkin, caramel, and chocolate, all garnished with pecans. It's divine! The following flavors go great with pumpkin:

  • white chocolate
  • caramel
  • chocolate
  • peanut butter
  • penuche

Add Garnish And Drizzle

caramel sauce in jar

A stunning simple garnish or a delicious sweet drizzle of decadent sauce can add that special touch (and some yummy flavor) to your fudge. Try adding:

  • candied pecans
  • caramel sauce
  • chocolate sauce
  • chocolate ganache
  • white chocolate ganache
  • cookie crumbs
  • salt
  • various nuts
  • toffee
  • sprinkles
  • various dried fruits

Add Spice

spoonful of cinnamon

This homemade pumpkin fudge recipe calls for a specific spice blend called pumpkin pie spice. However, this pre-made blend is not in everyone's kitchen cabinet. Luckily, it's easy to prepare on your own, since it consists of five common spices. To make your own pumpkin pie spice, combine the following:

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

If you'd like more or less spice in your pumpkin fudge, feel free to play around with these flavors. All these fall spices will work well in your pumpkin fudge, but you may find that you prefer one over another.

Your pumpkin fudge is sure to be hit this holiday season -- making it may even become a new tradition!

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