This easy Pumpkin Fudge recipe would make a sweet gift for Christmas or Halloween. Just add cranberries to make it extra Christmassy!
Adding pumpkin to fudge creates an ‘edge’ to the taste – whilst still sweet, the smoothness of the pumpkin and slightly earthy flavour takes a little of the sweetness out of the mix and adds a slightly different texture to the confection. To the basic mixture, try adding different spices, or dried fruit and nuts. You can even add a dash of alcohol, such as rum for a delicious rum and raisin fudge. The possibilities are endless! Packages of homemade fudge are also a lovely present for special occasions such as Christmas or birthday for those friends and family that have a sweet tooth. Try making your fudge late in the day – the wonderful smell in the house is a great welcome home after a hard day at school or work!
We have used a 30 x 30cm/11 x 11in square tin which will make you approximately 40 pieces, depending how you want to cut them.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Store in a cool dry place, or in the refrigerator. If you are planning on impressing your friends, get the fudge out of the refrigerator to come up to room temperature, it’s far better than stone cold.
For a pretty gift, just put it into a clear cellophane bag, and tie with a red ribbon at the top.
It is hard to believe that fudge started out as a mistake during a toffee making session! This delicious and soft sweet originated in the USA during a lecturers’ class on the delights of making toffee, and taking her eye off the ball, the lecturer did not heat the mixture to a high enough temperature, and the end result was fudge! However it came about, we are still enjoying it today in various shapes and forms and creative concoctions of creamy delight.