After roasting and pureeing my pumpkin I started looking for recipes to use it in.
I found a fudge recipe online from CookingCache.com. I had never made fudge before, but I was confident in my candy making abilities.
I thought there was no way fudge could be harder then caramels, and wanted to give them a try. I failed miserably not once, but twice.
The first time I thought I knew what was wrong, so I tried again. I was wrong on that too. Maybe one of you know what I am doing wrong??
The Ingredients are the same for both attempts (besides the chocolate/butterscotch chip difference noted below)
- 3 cups organic sugar
- 3/4 cup organic unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 1/2 TSP cinnamon
- 1/4 TSP ginger
- 1/4 TSP nutmeg
- 2 cups butterscotch chips
- 1 cup marshmallow fluff or 1 of the little 7 oz jars
- 1 cup chopped pecans (I was going to use walnuts)
- 1 TSP vanilla
Fudge Failure #1
I followed the directions exactly…except I didn’t have butterscotch chips, only chocolate chips and I thought I’d see how that was. Well…this is what happened…
- In a large pot I combined the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, pumpkin, and spices.
- I then, stirring constantly, brought it to a boil over medium low until it reached 234º F on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage).
All was going well up to this point….It registered to the correct temperature and it took the suggested 25 minutes. I then went to do the next step, stir in the chips until melted.
I took the pot off the heat and added the chocolate chips. I instantly knew I had made a mistake. Of course the chocolate was going to seize. This was WAY too hot to mix and melt chocolate into. DUH.
So I threw away my mistake and decided to get some butterscotch chips to try again.
Fudge Failure #2
With butterscotch chips in hand, I knew I was going to get it right this time.
I followed the same first 2 steps and everything was going exactly the same as last time. I was so excited! I was totally convinced it was going be PERFECT.
Then I went to add the butterscotch chips… My results? Exactly the same as last time. I have no idea what went wrong, or if it’s just the recipe.
If anyone knows what’s wrong, I’d love to know! Also…if anyone has a recipe for pumpkin fudge they know definitely works and they are willing to share it with me please send me a message on Twitter or Facebook!