While I was at Dollar Tree around Halloween, I picked up some cute pumpkin shaped ice-cube trays. Being just a dollar, I splurged and bought TWO. You see, I had a plan for these things.

I have had this craft book for I-don’t-know-how-long.

Craft book

It is full of neat crafty little gift ideas. Usually I just sit and dream about actually making the recipes and crafts.

Not this year!

The Creamy Pumpkin Fudge has tempted me for years! I love sweet pumpkin-y things!

Recipe large

I was so excited! I was going to make pumpkin shaped pumpkin fudge! Could it get any cuter?! Obviously so-sigh.

boiling fudge

I’m not really sure where things went wrong. The directions said to boil for 12 minutes. So I boiled for 12 minutes.

use pumpkin spice marshmallows

I used pumpkin spice pumpkin shaped marshmallows because I wanted the extra pumpkin spiciness. Could that have been the issue?

pumpkin ice cube trays

I poured the fudge into my trays with glee! I was so excited to have the pumpkin fudge pumpkins I could hardly stand it!

Pan of fudge

I should have bought more trays. The rest of the fudge went into a foil-lined and buttered shallow pan. I had a plan here, too!

small fall cookie cutters

After chilling, I would cut this part of the fudge with tiny fall cookie cutters. Aaaahhh! Again with the cuteness!

Now, to wait for the fudge to get firm.

And I waited, and I waited, and I waited.

fudge that didn't set

Oh, the sadness, oh the tears! Okay, that might have been a bit dramatic.

There I was expecting to have a perfect little pumpkin fudge pumpkin and all I got was mush! I was so disappointed.

fudge shapes

The fudge from the pan did not fare much better. Sad day.

There was nothing wrong with the taste! It was super yummy!

Here is the recipe:

Creamy Pumpkin Fudge

1 1/2 cups sugar

2/3 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 tbsp butter

1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp salt

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2 cups mini marshmallows

1 pkg. (12 oz) vanilla baking chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1 tsp vanilla

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Line an 8-inch baking pan with foil. Let foil hang over the edge so you can actually get it out of the pan. Grease the foil.

Butter sides of a medium saucepan.

Combine first 6 ingredients in the saucepan.

Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 12 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients.

Stir until marshmallows and chips are melted.

Pour into your pan.

Chill until firm.

Store in a container in the refrigerator.

Please let me about your successes or failures.

Have you ever experienced this with fudge? Any suggestions?

Critics’ Corner

Chip: It should just be called “Pumpkin Yum”.

Megan: A little on the messy side, buy it was delicious all the same.

Katie: Not as good as regular fudge (of course! 🙂 ) but I still loved its pumpkinee-ness! 🙂