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Easy Pumpkin Fudge

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Easy Pumpkin Fudge  can give you the same delicious creamy, autumn spiced flavors of pumpkin pie generally reserved for Thanksgiving. 

This Easy Fudge Recipe takes just minutes to make with pantry ingredients. If you love pumpkin treats, this recipe will rock your taste buds!

Easy Pumpkin Fudge stacked on a round white plate


Easy Pumpkin Fudge

I was intrigued when I came across a few recipes for pumpkin fudge on the Internet. My family, die-hard chocolate fudge fans, were even more skeptical.

This was my basic fudge recipe with a few minor changes. First, some brown sugar replaced a cup of the granulated sugar. For the pumpkin twist, a half cup of pumpkin plus the same melange of spices I put in my pies were added.

Instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips, I  stirred in white chocolate chips. If you don’t want any visible chocolate, I’d recommend chopping your white chocolate before adding. I find that chocolate chips are designed to keep their shape for the best results with chocolate chip cookie recipes but don’t always melt without some vigorous stirring.

My friends enjoyed the little bits of white chocolate interspersed in this easy fudge recipe. I took a batch across the street to share with my knitting group.

The two who were daring enough to eat fudge at 10 in the morning went back for seconds. I’d call that a ringing endorsement.

And I  was determined not to leave one morsel in my saucepan after it was poured into my baking dish—I think that speaks a lot to the deliciousness of this easy pumpkin fudge recipe, too.

Easy Pumpkin Fudge on a white plate, topped with a candy pumpkin with a forkful removed

Tips for Making Pumpkin Fudge

If you’ve ever made the No-Fail Fudge recipe on the back of a jar of marshmallow creme, you can make this pumpkin fudge. Here are a few tips specifically for this pumpkin version.

  • PRO-Tip: There is a major difference between a can of pumpkin pie filling and a can of pumpkin puree. You want the pumpkin puree which is just plain pumpkin with no sugar or spices added.
  • I like adding a combination of cinnamon, ginger and cloves, the same spices I use in my pumpkin pie. If there are other pumpkin pie spices you like, feel free to add them to your fudge.
  • Chop your white chocolate chips if  you’d prefer a smooth textured pumpkin fudge.
  • You can also use 12 ounces of chopped white chocolate if you’d like, though white chocolate bars will be more expensive than chocolate chips.
  • PRO-Tip: Use Kraft Marshmallow Creme. A friend tried another one of my recipes using Marshmallow Fluff and it didn’t set well, so do not substitute.
  • Using a candy thermometer helps ensure the fudge comes to the proper temperature, 234º.

Easy Pumpkin Fudge stacked on a white plate with candy pumpkins

 

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Yield: 36 1.5-inch squares or 3 pounds

Easy Pumpkin Fudge

Easy Pumpkin Fudge

Autumn spiced pumpkin fudge inspired by Nestle.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips, chopped
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick foil (this makes it easier to lift fudge out of the pan for cutting). For thinner fudge, you may use a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and spices in a medium saucepan. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for approximately 5 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234°. (I always use a thermometer to play it safe).
  3. Pull off the heat and immediately add in marshmallow creme, white chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Stir briskly until chocolate chips are melted. Pour into your into prepared pan and let cool on wire rack for about 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces to serve. Store covered in refrigerator.

Notes

Total time does not include cooling time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 square

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 15mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 22g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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31 comments on “Easy Pumpkin Fudge”

  1. Now this is my kind of fudge! I have a feeling I could go for this at 10 AM also ;).

  2. Wow how many recipes with pumpkin…thet’s the right period!!
    I love it.
    Have a nice day

  3. Sounds like a fairly easy nice spicy fudge:@)

  4. I wouldn’t have thought of pumpkin fudge, but it looks delicious.

  5. That is something I have not seen before! Nice treat!

  6. I invite you to share this yumminess at my Thursday blog hop ( link up until Sat. midnight) Hugs!

  7. Pumpkin fudge! Now that’s something I’ve got to try!

  8. Talk about the perfect seasonal treat! This looks scrumptious.

  9. What a fun, and beautiful, fall treat to share and enjoy! I love this – I will have to see if I’m daring enough to give it a try one day; I’m sure my coworkers would appreciate it if I did. 😀

  10. really liking the idea of pumpkin fudge, and the white choco pieceS1 Great recipe and I really have to make it now

  11. Wow, fascinating recipe. I bet it tastes amazing, Liz xx

  12. What a wonderful hostess gift this would make to take to a holiday dinner.

  13. Wow! Pumpkin Fudge is bursting out with awesome flavors and yummy goodness. SO YUM!

  14. What a great idea to celebrate the fall! I can understand the doubts of your family but saw the result I am sure that now is conquered! Have a wonderful fall!

  15. Damn girl this looks AMAZING!!! I was thinking of trying something similar! But you already did it awesomely!

  16. Oh my those white chocolate morsels send this recipe over the top! I may be the only person in my house eating these but that’s ok.

  17. Lizzy,
    I love fudge and pumpkin. This recipe looks delicious.
    Annamaria

  18. oh my goodness! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

  19. I made this and put lots of walnuts in also. The taste is just fabulous but I could not get it to set up. I put it in the refrigerator and it got a lot like taffee. Still fabulous taste but nothing I could cut into neat bars.
    The only thing that comes to mind is that it needs more cooking????

    • Hi, Kathy, this takes a longer boiling time than my usual fudge. I used a candy thermometer to make sure the mixture got hot enough to set. I bet your suspicion that it didn’t cook long enough is right. The addition of walnuts sounds marvelous!

  20. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. I love pumpkin and would love to review the recipe soon on my site.

  21. WOW…. I love this sweet treat idea, its so different.
    Totally and absolutely going to give this beauty a whirl.
    Thanks for the inspiration. YARM!

  22. now that is one festive piece of fudge! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! XO hugs

  23. Hello! I have whole cloves at home…will that work or do they need to be ground?

    • Definitely grind them into a powder, Karen. Or just buy a small container of ground cloves. Whole cloves won’t provide enough flavor, plus you wouldn’t want anyone to accidentally bite into one 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

  24. such a perfect fall treat!

  25. Love how easy this was to make! The perfect fall treat!

  26. My kids really loved this fall treat! So delicious!

  27. Sounds delish! Do you cut the heat off before adding the last three ingredients?

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