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Pumpkin Praline Fudge

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Right place, wrong day :) The party has moved to Saturdays and will go live on Friday nights, around 8pm EST.

I think I just witnessed the most adorable trick or treating that has ever happened. I mean, I know everyone has the cutest kid. But, seriously. You should have seen this.

First off, Emma was an ice cream cone. Cute points there, obviously.

Second of all, she really “got it” this year– racing to the front doors, leaving sticky hand prints where she knocked, and shouting “trick or treat” into the candy bowls.

Of course, everything the child says is all garbled, so it really sounded more like “Chee-chee-chee!”

(That’s how she says multiple word phrases– she picks one of the words, and says it in place of all of the words. In this case, it was “treat” pronounced chee. Still cute, because she’s two. Right?)

We’ve actually been Trick or Treating three times this year! Three!! Which is a little ridiculous, truthfully. But I think I needed it.

Not that I need the candy from three times of trick or treating– that’s just an added bonus (PS- thanks neighbor who let all three of us pick out full sized candy bars at your house!).

This year it just took me a little longer to get into Halloween and enjoy the “family time” part of it. And it wasn’t until our third Trick or Treating trip that I really started to appreciate that time we were spending together.

Things have been so crazy for us this fall. That’s not to say anything crazy or out of the ordinary is going on. It’s just that there seems to be a lot more of the ordinary happening lately. And all at the same time! Between the blog, and Chris’s classes, and Emma’s preschool and speech therapy, and the work we do at church… we haven’t taken many opportunities to spend family time together lately.

So thanks, October, for this super random and unnecessary holiday filled with kit kats and family time. I needed it this year :)

Oh– and also? Thanks for the Pumpkin Spice Hershey kisses. They’ve been amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I’m sad to see they’re going on sale already. I was hoping they’d stay stocked through Thanksgiving! Fortunately, I have 7 more bags left in my personal stash. So I’m good for at least another 2 weeks…

Just kidding. They’ll last me longer than that (eh…..).

Anyway. I’ve been sad to hear that so many of you haven’t found the Pumpkin Kisses in your local stores! So I’ve decided to share my stash, and give away one of my precious bags to someone who hasn’t been able to find them this year! Leave me a comment with your email address if you haven’t been able to get your paws on any Pumpkin Kisses yet, and I’ll send a bag your way!

I’ll pick a winner using random.org on Friday night, November 2, and announce it at the Sweet Treats and Swanky Stuff Link Party!

 

Looking for more pumpkin? Or maybe some more fudge? Give these recipes a try…

Butterfinger Fudge

Sugar Free Pumpkin Snack Cake

Pumpkin Pie Fudge with Nutella and Fluff Swirl

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies

 

Pumpkin Praline Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or candy melts
  • 1 14.5 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 bag of Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 cup Heath Toffee Bits
  • Optional: pecans for topping

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with wax paper or parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over LOW heat, stir together the hershey kisses, the white chocolate, and the sweetened condensed milk until melted and smooth. The mixture should start to pull away from the edges a little.
  3. Turn the heat off, but leave the mixture in the pot to stay warm.
  4. Place the caramels in a bowl with 1 tbsp water. Stir to moisten all of the caramels. Melt by 30 second intervals in the microwave until smooth.
  5. Pour the hershey kiss mixture into the 8x8 baking dish (if needed, reheat for a few seconds on the stove).
  6. Pour the caramel over top of the fudge. Use a knife or a spatula to "swirl" the caramel into the fudge-- make sure to scoop up fudge from the bottom of the dish on top of the caramel, so that the caramel isn't all just sitting on top.
  7. Sprinkle the toffee bits and the (optional) chopped pecans over top, lightly press (or mix) into the fudge.
  8. Let cool at room temperature. to harden for 4-6 hours. Overnight is really best. Cut into 1" squares. Makes approximately 64 pieces.
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Special Notes:

  • You may notice that my fudge turned out a little…. ooey. Which was delicious, for sure. But a little hard to eat without a mess! I used a full package of caramels in my fudge, but I’m recommending only half a package in this recipe so as to help you avoid an ooey caramel mess! But feel free to use the entire package if you’re up to the task!
  • You can also melt the kisses, chocolate, and SCM in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted and smooth.

 

   

18 Responses to “Pumpkin Praline Fudge”

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm (#)

    I actually found some kisses at my Target! And I loooove them. So you can re-pick when I’m drawn as the winner. ;)

    This fudge rocks. And those pics of you and Emma…so flipping cute. I second – we didn’t go with friends this year…and it was nice to just be together.

    Now…your party is on Friday, right? Just making sure…because last time I let you walk around with spinach in your front teeth. ;)

  2. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm (#)

    I think i squealed a little and it’s past midnight, oops! But pumpkin praline fudge? Holy yes please. Then I saw all the US things in the recipe which we don’t get here. And now I’m sad because these look epic amazing and I desperatly wanted to make some myself.

    Either way, I’m bookmarking these bad boys and will be doing some mad scientist research to see if I can adapt it with UK bits n’ bobs and make them!

    Happy Halloween!

  3. melissa beaty posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm (#)

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LLOOOVVEE to try some! I have never even heard of them, but I would LOVE to make this recipe! Also, I LOVE this font. Can you email me and let me know which one it is? If that is possible ;) I would really appreciate it :) Or maybe you could just make a comment on your facebook page letting people know what font this is. Thanks so much, and thank you for posting such a great recipe!! I really hope to either get a bag, or hopefully find some! Thanks again :)

    Warmest Regards,
    Melissa

  4. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:58 pm (#)

    I’m all for ooey gooey caramel messes so I’d go for the whole bag ;) LOVING your slider = looks awesome!

  5. Cat posted on October 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm (#)

    Pumpkin and praline…two of my favorite things! Unfortunately I have yet to find the pumpkin kisses near me…which makes me so sad bc I am a pumpkin fanatic!

  6. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on November 1, 2012 at 6:03 am (#)

    Ok…it’s 6:00 in the morning and I want this now!!! Love this!!

  7. Christina Rico posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:25 am (#)

    I have heard so much about the Pumpkin kisses, but have yet to find them These look delicious ! I’d love a bag of them ;-)

  8. Shiloh Barkley posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:29 am (#)

    sooooo cute! I had a couple of cuties like that come to my door last night.

  9. mary norman posted on November 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm (#)

    oooooo. i havent been able to find any.
    thanks for the chance
    mary

  10. KaySue posted on November 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm (#)

    I have not seen the Pumpkin Kisses in the store, but would love to have some to make this fudge. It looks wonderful!

  11. barbara n posted on November 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm (#)

    I haven’t found the Pumpkin Kisses in my local store so I would love to win a bag so I can try this fudge
    looks super yummy and easy to do

  12. Cat posted on November 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm (#)

    I haven’t been able to find ANYTHING pumpkin!
    No hershey’s kisses, no pumpking spice coffee mate!
    I think it’s time I moved!

    • Ashton replied: — November 5th, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

      Agreed!

  13. Jenn posted on November 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm (#)

    This looks AMAZING! Any ideas on a substitution for the Pumpkin Kisses? This Canadian girl isn’t planning a cross border run anytime soon :)

  14. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on November 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm (#)

    Awesome fudge missy! Love that oozing caramel goodness. And I’m so bummed that those pumpkin spice Hershey’s are so short-lived.

  15. Lindsey posted on November 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm (#)

    I’ve never even heard that such a thing as pumpkin hershey kisses existed!!

  16. Cortney Brown posted on October 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm (#)

    I didn’t even know Pumpkin Spice Kisses even existed!!!! I would LOVE a chance to wind a bag!

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