When Collin asked me to make this recipe, submitted by Hip2Save reader Stephanie B., I was a little intimidated because I’ve never really made fudge or candy before and never used a candy thermometer. I thought the chances of me doing something wrong and burning it were really high! 🙂 But guess what? This was actually super easy, fun and tasty! This fudge tastes like caramel with a hint of pumpkin spice flavor. I really like the texture because it comes out very smooth and creamy (not grainy at all) and the nuts add a great crunch. This is especially a great recipe to use during the holidays.
My Notes: Buy the candy thermometer! Mine is from Walmart and was only about $4. I used a non-stick cookie sheet with a lip and buttered it so there was no sticking. I added the nuts to the top after pouring the mixture on the pan because I thought it looked prettier, but you could mix them in the pot at the end – it’s your preference.
Pumpkin Spice Fudge Recipe
2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar, packed
3/4 c. butter (no substitutions)
2/3 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 (12 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow creme
1 c. chopped pecans or macadamia nuts (optional)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a heavy saucepan: cook over medium heat until the sugars dissolve, then continue cooking until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Boil until the candy thermometer reaches the the soft-ball stage between 234 ~ 243 degrees. (This takes about 18 minutes).
Remove from heat, stir in the white chips until they are all melted and mixture is smooth. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well. Pour into prepared pan, and cool to room temperature. Cut into squares, store refrigerated in an air tight container. Makes approx. 60 pieces.
My kids don’t like nuts so I left them out of half the batch. I thought it would be cute to cut out pumpkin shapes with a small cookie cutter. They loved it!
And since I didn’t need a whole pan of fudge sitting in my kitchen, we shared with neighbors and my kid’s teachers. Great little gift idea!