Pumpkin Fudge

I’m still riding the fudge bandwagon, and playing around with more seasonal flavors. Last week was the maple-fudge variety, and now with October peeking around the corner, I thought a pumpkin version would be a great one to try. It smells and tastes just like pumpkin pie – I could not envision a more perfect pumpkin fudge. In fact, I highly recommend making this and then savoring a piece each day during October. And if you don’t have to share with anyone, this batch will last you right through Thanksgiving! Even though you do need a candy thermometer for this one, it’s still pretty easy, foolproof and, most importantly, delicious!

I was looking around for a pumpkin fudge recipe and loved the combination of flavors and ingredients in this one. The evaporated milk, marshmallow creme and white chocolate chips combine to make this a super creamy fudge. Throw in pumpkin and spices, and you have the fudge equivalent of pumpkin pie. Drool.

The pecans in the recipe are optional – if you are allergic or don’t like them you can leave them out, but I really like the contrast in texture they provide, as well as the flavor. If you don’t have pecans, walnuts would also be a great substitute.

I still have a few seasonal fudge flavors up my sleeve for the holidays, so be sure to stay tuned! Do you have any favorite varieties, or ones you’d like to see?

Two year ago: Peach Crumb Bars
Three years ago: Chicken Pot Pie
Four years ago: Cornbread

Pumpkin Fudge

Yield: 64 pieces (about 3 pounds)

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
¾ cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup or 5-ounce can evaporated milk
½ cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped pecans
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the sides for easy removal.

2. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and spice in a medium saucepan. 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.

3. Quickly stir in the white chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, pecans and vanilla extract. Stir vigoriously for 1 minute or until the chocolate chips are melted. Immediately pour into the prepared pan. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered overnight. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

(Recipe adapted from Christmas Candy Recipes)


82 Responses to “Pumpkin Fudge”

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  1. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on September 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

    This looks so good! I’ve really been wanting to make pumpkin fudge, but I’m so nervous to make fudge that requires a candy thermometer. I might have to get over that fear, because this looks awesome!


  2. CouponClippingCook on September 26, 2011 at 1:46 am

    What a great idea to make pumpkin fudge. It looks so good and perfect for this time of year. I’m starting to see the ingredients used for your recipe on sale now in the stores on holiday displays. Love this time of year for finding these items featured at a discount and even better when coupons are offered.


  3. Gena w/ Carrots & Cream on September 26, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Wow, how creative! I’m not a fudge fan per say, but I can still appreciate a good, creative recipe for one. Love the plate too!


  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on September 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I’ve never tried pumpkin fudge, but how could this not be good?!


  5. Katrina on September 26, 2011 at 6:37 am

    This sounds so yummy!


  6. Penny Wolf on September 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I had some pumpkin fudge last year from a place in the Strip district. I really liked it!

    Wouldn’t your collection of autumn fudge be a great gift at Thanksgiving? Take home gifts for guests or to bring to the hostess.

    How about a white chocolate with black walnuts and cranberries fudge? Not everyone is a fan of the black walnuts though. Maybe I should make it.
    For you…root beer fudge… :)


  7. Holly on September 26, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oh my!


  8. Liz @ Microwave Goddess on September 26, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Love pumpkin fudge this time of year!


  9. Cindy H. on September 26, 2011 at 8:32 am

    My mom is a pumpkin NUT! I’ll have to share this recipe with her.


    • Linda on November 12th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      I was thinking the same things except it is my daughter-in-law and former daughter-in-law both look forward to the pumpkin things made this time of year. Think I am going to have to make a batch for them both, leaving out the nuts for one of them.


  10. Kathryn on September 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I sampled lemon pie fudge once but could never find a recipe – but did find and make a pumpkin pie fudge and loved it – I have attached the recipe I have used. It is similar to yours, but the method is for those who don’t like using a candy thermometer (like me!). The original recipe included chopped nuts, but I omitted, and I never use salt in recipes, so left that out also.

    Pumpkin Pie Fudge

    1 ½ cups granulated sugar
    2/3 cup evaporated milk (160 mL/170 g)
    ½ cup mashed pumpkin (canned)
    2 tablespoons butter or margarine
    1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or make your own*)
    1 pkg (12 oz/340 g) vanilla flavoured baking chips
    2 cups miniature marshmallows (1/2 bag)
    1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

    Using butter or margarine, lightly grease sides and bottom of a medium saucepan.
    Place sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and pumpkin pie spice in the saucepan.
    Stirring constantly over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 12 minutes.
    Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir in baking chips and marshmallows until melted.
    Pour into 8-inch square pan that has been lined with foil and greased (or use parchment paper). Chill until set.
    Cut into small squares to serve. Cover and store in refrigerator.
    Makes about 4 to 5 dozen pieces.

    (* 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice = ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp. ground ginger, 1/8 tsp. ground allspice, 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg)


  11. Heidi on September 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I love pumpkin fudge. I’ve made this with butterscotch chips and it turns out well too. I am saving all of these fudge recipes up for Christmas. I think it will be a Merry Fudge-tivus holiday.


  12. jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers on September 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I’m speachless! Words can’t even describe how much I want this fudge! So, all I can say is I’m going to make this!


  13. Kay on September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I love fudge and want to make this for my birthday this week but does it has to be canned pumpkin or can I use fresh mashed pumpkin instead?


    • Kathryn on September 26th, 2011 at 10:38 am

      You can use your own mashed cooked pumpkin instead of canned – most of us aren’t that lucky!


    • Michelle on September 26th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Kay, You can use fresh pumpkin, just get out as much liquid as you can so it isn’t watery.


      • Crystal Lee on October 11th, 2011 at 7:45 am

        Ahh that is what I did wrong. Did not get out liquid first. I just made this last night and checked this morning. It was too gooey and did not firm correctly. I also did not use the thermometer (dont have one) I will try again though. The taste is wonderful….just have to eat with a spoon. 😀 Any tips for a non-candy maker?
        Memphis, TN


  14. Emily on September 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Looks amazing! I love pumpkin, and I love fudge…. so I’m sure this will be a winner. I’m making it tonight!

    How about a caramel fudge? I imagine it would be very rich, but isn’t that the point of fudge afterall?! :)


  15. Steve @ The Black Peppercorn on September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I love fudge and the idea of a pumpkin fudge is genious! I have never had it but it sounds awesome! Thanks for the post. Buzzed!


  16. Tracy on September 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Yum! This looks pretty similar to my recipe for pumpkin fudge, and I have to say that it’s so incredibly delicious. One of my new favorite fall treats!


  17. Cucina49 on September 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I’m with Maggie–anything that requires a candy thermometer makes me nervous, but this looks great!


  18. Kelly on September 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    What a great Fall recipe, this fudge looks delicious!! :)


  19. Mary Lynn on September 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I am not a pumpkin fan. Strange, huh? Everyone around me is. So pumpkin fudge it is. What fall weather? It was 80 degrees, yesterday! Not exactly football weather. It was a nail biter last night. Hope you are enjoying your vacation.


  20. Paula on September 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Looks wonderful and I’m all for the pecans!


  21. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on September 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Ooh, this is making my mouth water!! You should make a chocolate-peppermint flavor for Christmas!! That would be delightful!


  22. Jolene on September 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Pumpkin fudge sounds delicious, but I can’t stop thinking about it being dipped in chocolate for whatever reason (iguess because when I hear fudge I think chocolate). Oh fudge I love fudge, i think a spicy fudge would be awesome….maybe dark chocolate cayenne pepper fudge with red chile covered pistachios! mmmmm i think I may go make some myself, but if you try it out please let me know if you like it, because I love it!


  23. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? on September 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I CANNOT wait to make this! Lately I’ve been obsessed with all things pumpkin, but haven’t tried making pumpkin fudge just yet. It looks delicious, thanks for sharing!


  24. Liz @ Southern Charm on September 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    How creative! I absolutely love it!


  25. what katie's baking on September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    holy MOLY this looks divine!


  26. Penny Wolf on September 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm
  27. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids on September 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Yummy! I love fudge, and I am so excited to try this recipe!


  28. RisaG on September 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    The fudge looks amazing. I love pumpkin anything. I adore pecans, but my son is allergic. I am making a batch for myself or for the Dessert Auction at the school. Thanks for the inspiration.


  29. Samantha on September 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    This sounds amazing! Have you made a batch with chocolate chips instead of white? Chocolate and pumpkin is such a great combination. I will definitely be making this fudge this season!


  30. Happy When Not Hungry on September 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I’m loving your fudge lately!! This pumpkin fudge looks amazing!


  31. McKinlay Mom on September 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    This looks great! I would love to have a recipe to make Irish Cream fudge but I want to use Irish Cream syrup like Torani’s – the kind they put in latte’s not the real whiskey.


  32. Linda on September 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Wow, I’ve never had pumpkin fudge before or made homemade fudge for that matter but this post inspires me to do so!


  33. Four Him on September 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

    W.O.W. I love all things pumpkin. Thanks for the idea of bringing it into fudge. I would love to see a Dulce de Leche variety!


    • Brandi on September 27th, 2011 at 10:06 am

      I didn’t see your response before I commented. I second your request. :)


  34. Brandi on September 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    That looks so good! I can’t wait to try the recipe; I love almost anything with pumpkin.

    Since you asked for requests, I’d love to see you try a dulce de leche fudge. Growing up, my family would drive down to Mexico (we’re from Arizona) sometimes, and my favorite thing to do was buying dulce de leche.


  35. Amy @ Gastronome Tart on September 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Shut the front door! LOVE this!


  36. Kristin on September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    i love fudge… and i love pumpkin! genius!


  37. Pam on September 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I do not think I have ever heard of fudge that was not chocolate fudge. The idea of pumpkin fudge sounds like a wonderful variation for this season.


  38. Kristin on September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Love this idea! It looks delicious!


  39. Luciana on September 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    These fudge look amazing. Great idea!


  40. Peggy on September 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Pumpkin pie in a small little bite?! Sign me up!


  41. Angie @ Bigbearswife on September 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I need to get in the kitchen and make some of this!


  42. Jessica @ Cajunlicious on September 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    This fudge looks amazing! Congrats on being number 1 in the top 9!


  43. Crystal Lee on September 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Holy Moly this looks fantastic! I am so excited to try. I have never had pumpkin fudge before. So what you are telling me is this is not low cal/low fat? LOL! It looks worth every calorie. Thanks!
    Memphis, TN


  44. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen on September 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Yum…..what a delicious idea!


  45. Alisha on September 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This looks amazing! I am actually about to go to the store to buy pumpkin for muffins so I think I’ll just grab extra so I can give this recipe a try as well!


  46. Doreen Burnett on September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Do you know the pt+ for this pumpkin fudge? Thanks.


    • Michelle on September 28th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      What is “pt+”?


      • McKinlay Mom on September 30th, 2011 at 1:11 am

        I’m guessing that it means “points plus” value for weight watchers followers.


        • Michelle on September 30th, 2011 at 10:56 am

          Ah, thank you! No, I have no idea how many Weight Watchers points are in the recipe.


  47. Ally on September 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I love the addition of pecans & white chocolate! Harmonious!


  48. Heather on September 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    mmm…pumpkin fudge, I have never heard of that but it sounds delicious!


  49. Kimby on September 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    So glad to see you made the Top 9 with this — what a great fall treat! :)


  50. Sarah on September 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Just made it…looks and smells delicious! Guess we’ll find out tomorrow (or later this evening if I can’t wait!).


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