Homemade fudge is a delectable holiday treat for all guests, whether you serve it as a party dessert or wrap it and present it as a gift.
Fudge is a combination of sugar, butter, milk and flavorings such as chocolate, maple, peanut butter, white chocolate, butterscotch, walnut or even pumpkin. The tricky part of making fudge is combining these items and cooking them properly.
The key to good fudge is to follow the directions exactly. Use an accurate candy thermometer and allow the mixture to reach the temperatures called for in the recipe before moving to the next step.
Add each ingredient in the order listed by the recipe. Vigorous stirring at the wrong time (after it's reached the soft-ball stage) can cause crystallization of sugar into large grains. Small sugar crystals equal smooth fudge that melts on the tongue.
Try this easy pumpkin fudge recipe that will thoroughly impress your guests as a novel twist on a confection that is perfect for an after-dinner treat.
Pumpkin Fudge Recipe
Recipe yields 1 9x9 inch pan of fudge
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 7 ounces marshmallow crème
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a 9x9 inch pan with aluminum foil, and set aside.
- In a 3-quart saucepan, heat milk and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
- Mix in pumpkin puree and cinnamon; bring back to a boil. Stir in marshmallow crème and butter. Bring to a rolling boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 18 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and add white chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until creamy and all chips are melted. Pour into prepared pan. Cool, remove from pan, and cut into squares. Store in a cool, dry place.