White Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge recipe is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes that makes me start to believe Fall is on it's way. Pumpkin fudge is a perfect homemade candy that can be shared this fall.
I came across a Pumpkin Fudge recipe on Pinterest. The Pumpkin Fudge Recipe from Recipe Girl jumped out at me and I knew I had to make it asap!
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Main Ingredients in Fudge
The main ingredients to make homemade fudge start out the same. Although some homemade fudge recipes call for condensed milk this fudge recipe uses evaporated milk. The same goes for the marshmallow portion of a fudge recipes. Some call for mini marshmallows and others like this pumpkin flavored fudge calls for marshmallow fluff.
- Unsalted butter
- White granulated sugar
- Evaporated Milk
- Marshmallow Fluff
- Light corn syrup
- Vanilla extract (I used my homemade vanilla extract)
Pumpkin Fudge Ingredients
The pumpkin fudge ingredients include the basic fudge ingredients above along with, pumpkin puree and ground Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Fudge Making Equipment
- heavy-bottomed stainless steel saucepan
- 8 x 8 inch square pan
- parchment paper
- candy thermometer or quick read thermometer
- wooden spoon or silicone spatula
- sharp knife
- Measure Ingredients: Measure the ingredients out before beginning.
- Prep the fudge pan: Measure two pieces of parchment paper that will fit in the 8x8 inch baking pan. Make sure you leave at least one inch of parchment paper hanging over each of the four sides of the pan. This makes lifting the finished fudge out of the pan easier.
- Stirring the fudge: Use a large stiff spoon to stir the fudge. I prefer a wooden spoon that makes stirring the stiff fudge ingredients easier.
A candy thermometer is a must have tool when making homemade fudge. You will need to use a candy thermometer or an instant read thermometer to check the temperature of the fudge ingredients as they cook to make sure they reach the soft ball stage. The fudge ingredients need to reach 234 degrees Fahrenheit or the fudge will be too soft to set up as it cools.
I always wait overnight for my fudge to cool before cutting it into small 1 inch squares.
The most important factor is to make sure your fudge is completely cool and hardened before trying to cut it into small squares. Use a large sharp knife and use a ruler to mark one inch rows on the block of fudge. Cut through each row and then cut each row into 8 one inch squares. Occasionally clean the knife by rinsing with warm water and wiping it off.
You can decorate homemade fudge for the holidays by drizzling melted chocolate and then sprinkling with holiday colored sprinkles or non perils for a festive presentation.
Store homemade fudge in an air tight container to keep it fresh and prevent the squares from getting damaged.
How To Make Pumpkin Fudge
Most real homemade fudge recipes have the same 7 basic fudge ingredients. Butter, sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate, marshmallow fluff, corn syrup and vanilla extract.
The fun part is that you can start with those basic ingredients and add make many different flavors of fudge.
The softball stage is the most important stage when making fudge. If the fudge ingredients don't reach the right temperature the fudge will fail. This is why a candy thermometer is the most important tool when making fudge. The fudge ingredients must reach 234 degrees.
Cutting Homemade Fudge
I see a lot of info out there about how long you should wait before cutting homemade fudge and I am always skeptical when I see someone say 2 hours. That might be true if where you live it is freezing cold in your house.
If you want to cut homemade fudge and have beautiful straight uniform edges wait until the fudge has hardened overnight.
I have a funny story about fudge making from before I started food blogging.
I don't know...... about 6 or 7 years ago I decided I wanted to make some fudge for Christmas. I do a lot of baking at Christmas time.
Some years I make food gifts for friends and neighbors. I always make cookies and honestly most people don't bake and make homemade things like I do so my friends and family really appreciate homemade food items at the holidays.
I have been hosting a cookie exchange for years. I allow homemade candy at my cookie exchange and holiday flavored fudge is perfect to bring to a cookie exchange.
My all time favorite Christmas cookie are these Cherry Blossom Chocolate Kisses that I make every year.
Decorating Homemade Fudge
Decorating homemade fudge like this White Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge recipe for the holidays is very easy to do.
My favorite way to decorate holiday goodies is to use melted chocolate and holiday colored sprinkles.
To decorate this pumpkin fudge I melted white chocolate chips in a small plastic bag and drizzled it over the fudge squares.
I then sprinkled it with orange, black and white sprinkles.
Back to the funny fudge story
I found a fudge recipe in one of my cook books or magazines and made the first batch of fudge. Tasted it and had my daughter Megan taste it.
The fudge was good but it just was not the texture I had remembered from when I was young and my mother had made some fudge around the holidays.
So I found another fudge recipe and made it. Same thing happened. The fudge was good but not what I remembered.
So to make a long story short I made about 6 different batches of fudge and never found the "right" recipe.
But Megan and I sampled every one of those batches of fudge.
Finally I had to stop making fudge. I was sick of tasting and not finding the "right" recipe and Megan and I gained about 5 pounds each.
When she saw that I was making fudge again she said "Oh No!" not again.
Well, it's been so long now I am not sure what the fudge texture was that I was looking for and I have made some really great flavors of homemade fudge since.
More Pumpkin Recipes
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Homemade White Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge
Homemade White Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge is a perfect fall candy recipe to make. Pumpkin spice fudge is the best fall dessert recipe you can make and share. Fudge can be packaged up and mailed out to friends and family. Serve this sweet pumpkin treat on your Thanksgiving dessert table.
Pumpkin Fudge can be packaged and shipped for a great holiday gift.
- 3 cups granulated white sugar
- ¾ cup salted butter
- ⅔ cup evaporated milk
- ½ cup pure pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground pumpkin pie spice
- One 12-ounce package white chocolate chips
- 7 oz jar marshmallow fluff
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used my homemade vanilla extract)
- Line an 8×8 inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving an inch or two overhang on all sides.
- Melt the butter in an sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add the white sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to the melted butter in the sauce pan. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the soft balled stage is reached. Soft ball stage is reached when the mixture has reached 234 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature frequently with a candy or an instant thermometer.
- Once the mixture has reached 234 degrees remove the pot from the heat and add the white chocolate chips, the marshmallow fluff and the vanilla extract to the saucepan. Stir the fudge ingredients together with a wooden spoon to mix in the marshmallow fluff and to melt the white chocolate chips.
- Stir until there are no streaks and the vanilla chips are melted. Work quickly or the fudge will stiffen and be difficult to spread into the 8 x 8 pan.
- Carefully scoop the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth the top as much as possible with the back of your spoon.
- Allow the fudge to cool and set up for at least 4 hours or overnight is best, before cutting.
- Once the fudge is complexly cooled it will be firm enough to cut into perfect one inch squares.
- Lift the fudge from the pan by the edges of the parchment paper. Place the pumpkin fudge down on a table or counter. Use a large sharp knife to cut the fudge into 1 inch squares.
- Makes 64 one inch squares of pumpkin fudge
- Store in an airtight container.
- Fudge can be packaged and shipped and makes a great holiday gift.
- Serving Size: 1 Piece
- Calories: 100
- Carbohydrates: 16.1g
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