Pumpkin Fudge

Oh pumpkin! How much do I love you? This time of year I go a little pumpkin crazy! 🙂 Baking pumpkin this and pumpkin that…trying to think of recipes I can put pumpkin in. The Circleville Pumpkin Show started on Tuesday and although I do not live close enough to go to the pumpkin show, I still like to reminisce. Pumpkin fudge was always a treat that I had to buy at the show. This rich and creamy pumpkin fudge is speckled with walnuts and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. The best fudge ever-you have been warned! Pumpkin lovers unite!

Pumpkin Fudge

Yield: about 98 pieces of fudge

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) evaporated milk
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) white chocolate chips
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts onto a baking sheet and place in preheated oven 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Shake the baking sheet halfway through baking so the nuts will toast evenly. Remove nuts from oven and set aside to cool completely.
Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil letting the foil extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and spice. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234° to 240º F (soft-ball stage).
Quickly stir in white chocolate chips, marshmallow crème, 3/4 cup walnuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until morsels are melted. Immediately pour into prepared pan and top with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered. To cut, lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 1-inch pieces.

Source: adapted from Very Best Baking

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That’s a whole lotta pumpkin going on!

38 Responses to “Pumpkin Fudge”

  1. #
    LimeCake — October 21, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    i’ve never heard or seen pumpkin fudge! this looks delicious!

  2. #
    Joy — October 21, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    Great recipe. I am loving it. I might try this for thanksgiving.

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    fooddreamer — October 21, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    You really are doing the pumpkin thing these days! I love it! The fudge looks incredible.

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    jana@cherryteacakes.com — October 21, 2010 @ 11:39 am

    i got an email that was meant for sweet peas kitchen a few days ago. haha. i got your spam! 🙂 your fudge looks lovely! i just had maple fudge and i think it’s got me on a new fudge kick for the year!

  5. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 21, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Wow! I’ve seen a lot of pumpkin treats this fall, but never anything as creative as this! I bet this pumpkin fudge tastes amazing… It sure looks that way! Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog.

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    Jelly Shot Test Kitchen — October 21, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    I love pumpkin – this fudge looks delicious. No need to stop the pumpkin trend anytime soon. As far as I’m concerned, carry on until Christmas! Cheers, Michelle

  7. #
    bakingway — October 21, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    OMG – I can’t wait to try this! Love, love, love pumpkin! Thanks!

  8. #
    JehanP — October 21, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but it looks delicious. Great new way to incorporate Pumpkin into desserts.

  9. #
    Lucie — October 21, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    Never heard of pumpkin fudge before–such a great discovery!!! Sounds perfect for a Halloween party.

  10. #
    Dana - Food for Thought — October 21, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

    Wow, I’ve never made homemade fudge, but this sounds like a great first recipe to try! Sooo delicious!

  11. #
    Maria — October 21, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

    Love this fudge! Perfect for this time of year!

  12. #
    Baking Serendipity — October 22, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    I love pumpkin in anything…and I’m sure that fudge is no exception. Yum!

  13. #
    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox — October 25, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Mmmm, such lovely light coloring! And the walnut garnish is so smart.

  14. #
    melissa — November 6, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    thanks for the cool recipes i’m glad i stopped by to check out your blog

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  20. #
    deb — September 16, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    I am so ready for cooking with pumpkin! Your post was an irresistible trip straight into autumn. Pumpkin fudge for Thanksgiving, yes I will be making this to share.

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  23. #
    Annette — October 22, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    I love just about anything pumpkin, and I love the Pumpkin Show!! I can’t wait to make this fudge, it looks delicious!

  24. #
    Melanie — October 28, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Mine is cooling now, but from licking the bowl, I can definitely say “yum.”

    • Christina replied: — November 1st, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

      I hope you enjoyed the fudge! This is definitely one of my favorite fall recipes! 🙂

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  26. #
    AmyS — November 18, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    Looking forward to making pumpkin fudge next week. It was such a hit last year!

  27. #
    Colleen — November 19, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Can you use canned pumpkin?

    • Christina replied: — November 20th, 2011 @ 11:28 am

      Yes you can use canned pumpkin puree. If you end up giving the fudge a try, let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

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  29. #
    Rachel — November 23, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    I made it and it was sooooo goooood! (My whole office agrees)

  30. #
    Becci — January 24, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Hi Christina, I made this fudge yesterday and left it in the fridge overnight. When I checked it today it still hadn’t set so I put it in the freezer for about 2 hours but it’s still quite soft and won’t come off the foil. Any ideas why? Thanks!

    • Christina replied: — February 3rd, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

      I hate to hear that the fudge did not turn out for you. Did you let the mixture reach 234° to 240º F (soft-ball stage) before removing it from the heat? Did you use a candy thermometer? Accuracy in the cooking temperature is important, so it is also a good idea to check the accuracy of the thermometer by placing it in a pot of boiling water. The temperature should read 212 degrees F (100 degrees C). If it doesn’t just make sure you adjust the recipe temperature accordingly.

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    Michelle — April 16, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    I have made this recipe several times and EVERY person who has tried it has told me it was the best they have ever had. For real, this is so good. About to make a double batch right now!

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    Tracey Keeler — September 8, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Hi, wondering if the pic was yours for the same recipe. Reason this picture popped up on a page I like in australia which had shared it off a page called “oh so shabby by Debbie Reynolds” . But the recipe was very different. Theirs sounds more like a caramel than a fudge. Yours Sounds yum

    • Christina replied: — September 11th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm


      Thank you so much for pointing this out to me! 🙂 Yes, these photos were taken by me. I found the recipe and picture on that website and contacted them asking them to take it down.

      Thanks again!

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    anngelina swift — December 18, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    Hi, i loved this stuff when i made it the first time for a company christmas party! it was gone by the end of the party! now im hoping that it ships well i just made a double batch! im going to attempt to send it to my husband in afganistan so lets hope it stays good for about a week after i package it all up!….. its my christmas present to him!

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