Even though we’ve been seeing Pumpkin Spice Lattes being pushed at Starbucks since (it certainly feels like it to me) mid-August, I tend to believe that pumpkin season starts in October (or the first day of fall if you’re really into the pumpkin treats game). If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have very specific opinions about a few very specific issues. Namely: seasonally appropriate baked goods and treats, seasonal produce, and cookies. So, on this first day of October, I’m so happy to finally share my very first pumpkin treat of the season!
And prepare yourselves, because…
Did you just gasp from candy cuteness? Because I definitely just did and I knew what was coming! These Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Fudge candies are the perfect fall treat. A dark chocolate shell filled with a thick and soft fudge-like pumpkin center which is just perfectly spiced with the super cozy and always delicious Pumpkin Pie Spice. They are super quick to make, made with only 6 ingredients, AND packed with all that pumpkin goodness you’re certainly craving by this time of year. I made these in a pumpkin mold, which I purchased two years ago when I happened to be at Michael’s a few weeks after Halloween. It definitely was an impulse purchase but it was only $3 and I mean, c’mon, how could I not? And although the pumpkin mold certainly ups the cuteness level of this sweet fall treat, these can absolutely be made in any kind of small silicon candy mold or even in a mini muffin tin and they will be just as delicious. But, if you’re set on the most literal interpretation of this recipe (like I clearly was), here’s a similar pumpkin shaped mold that also comes with adorable leaves!
The pumpkin fudge filling is made with just 5 ingredients and requires no extra tools to make! Just throw all the ingredients into a bowl, mix until creamy and smooth, and that’s it! No heating, no whisking, and no blending required!
Pumpkin Puree: As this is a pumpkin fudge the base of the fudge is pumpkin puree. If buying canned, be sure to buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling, which has a bunch of added sweeteners and spices. You can easily make your own puree if you can’t find canned pumpkin near you. Just bake a pumpkin until soft and blend in a food processor until creamy. Here’s a good tutorial from my personal food hero, Alton Brown.
Tahini: This is what makes the filling fudgy. When mixed with the pumpkin and stored in the freezer, it creates a thick and creamy fudge-like texture. Feel free to use any nut/seed butter you like. I recommend tahini, cashew, or sunflower seed butter as they are light in color which will retain the bright orange color from the pumpkin puree. These options are also very neutral in flavor and so will not overwhelm the pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors.
Maple Syrup: The natural sweetener with a few added health benefits. Maple syrup has some vitamins and minerals, which is not something you find with most other sweeteners. If maple isn’t your scene though, feel free to use any liquid sweetener you like such as honey, agave, or golden syrup.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: Usually I like to create my own spice blends, but sometimes you can beat convenience in a bottle. Any pumpkin pie spice will do for this recipe, I usually prefer Frontier Co-op for all my spices and I’m sure their Pumpkin Pie Spice blend is just perfect.
Vanilla: I love the addition of vanilla in most desserts and this is no exception, it really adds more depth of flavor in the fudge and complements the chocolate coating.
Dark Chocolate: The coating is simply made with melted dark chocolate. Use any chocolate chunks, chips, or chopped up bar of choice! I prefer dark chocolate and a few of my favorite brands are: Hu Kitchen and Eating Evolved which are both refined sugar free. Alter Eco and Theo, are also delicious, these two use organic cane sugar.
These festive fall Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Fudge cuties are super easy to make and just a joy to eat. And, as always with my recipes, these are made better-for-you, but are still delicious. This recipe is paleo-friendly, meaning it contains no gluten, grains, or dairy. This recipe is also vegan, nut free, and contains no added oils. This can easily be made refined sugar free by using a dark chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar rather than cane sugar. These can be stored in the fridge or freezer and the filling will take on a slightly different texture depending on the storage temperature. If kept in the freezer, the center will firm up and become fudge-like. If kept in the fridge, the filling with be reminiscent of a mousse. I love these straight out of the freezer but, truthfully, these are just so good I would even enjoy one if it became a melty amorphous blob if, say, one was left out on a sunny countertop for way too long. I’m not saying that I did that, but I’m also not saying that I didn’t do that.
Happy Candy Making Friends!
paleo friendly (gluten/grain/dairy free), refined sugar free, vegan, nut free, no added oils
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Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Fudge
These festive fall Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Fudge cuties are super easy to make and just a joy to eat. Made with better for you ingredients!
vegan, paleo, raw/no-bake, refined sugar free, nut free, no added oil
- 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks of choice
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/4 cup tahini (cashew, sunflower seed or other nut/seed butter of choice)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
If using a pumpkin (or other shaped) candy mold, make sure the mold is completely dry and contains no water droplets. If using a mini muffin tin, line the cups with muffin liners.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in short bursts in the microwave. Once the chocolate has melted, stir it well until it is shiny and smooth.
Once the bowl is cool enough to handle, carefully fill the bottoms of each mold or muffin liner with about one heaping teaspoon of melted chocolate. Use a small spoon to gently push the chocolate up the sides of the mold. Once all bottoms are coated with chocolate, gently shake the mold to create even an coverage of chocolate.
Transfer the mold (I find this easiest if placed on a small cutting board or baking sheet) to the fridge for 15 minutes or freezer for 5 minutes to set the chocolate. Try to place the mold or muffin tin on a flat surface in either location.
Meanwhile, make the filling by mixing together the pumpkin puree, tahini, maple syrup, vanilla, and pumpkin spice in a small bowl until thick and smooth. Set aside.
Once the bottom of the candy is firm, fill each mold or muffin cup with the pumpkin filling until it nearly reaches the top.
Stir the chocolate well and quickly reheat if it has become too firm. Cover the pumpkin filling with melted chocolate and gently spread it out out to the edges of each vessel. Gently shake the mold to evenly distribute the top chocolate.
Place back in the fridge or freezer to set the top layer of chocolate (again, ideally on a flat surface). Once set, store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. For a fudge-like pumpkin filling freeze the pumpkins! For a more mousse-like pumpkin filling store the pumpkins in the fridge!
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