Pumpkin Candy

November 25th, 2008

Making candy has always frightened me a little.  The precise tempteratures, the risk of burning-hot splattering sugar drops, and, of course, the fear that my homemade candy will not compare to the machine-made, storebought varieties.

But let’s be realistic.  When have I ever let mere intimidation stop me from attempting some crazy, half-thought-out recipe?

I based this idea off of techniques for making maple sugar candy, which requires you to heat maple syrup until the water cooks off and the sugar binds together into the most deliciously sweet, classic New England treat.  But the technique could be used to flavor lots of types of candy, and at this time in the season, I thought pumpkin.

So try to imagine a candy with the texture of maple sugar candy and the taste of extremely sweet pumpkin.  Crazy, right?  I really liked it, but next time, I’m going to add sweetened condensed milk instead of some of the sugar for a creamier, pumpkiny taste. 

So have a great Thanksgiving, everyone.  And if you’re not sold on the pumpkin candy, take a look at what I made last year: a lovely little pumpkin tart.

1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar

1. Prepare any molds by greasing them lightly. Or use a sheet pan and break the candy into pieces once it cools.

2. Mix the ingredients together in a saute pan and bring them to a boil. Heat the mixture to the soft crack stage, around 280 degrees F. When it reaches that temperature, pour the mixture into the molds as fast as possible. Set aside and allow to cool 2 hours.

Makes about 6 large candies, or 12 smaller pieces. Candy lasts two weeks if covered tightly at room temperature.

Tags: desserts · food

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kristen // Nov 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!  I love when it’s pumpkin-time-of-the-year.

  • 2 ttfn300 // Nov 25, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    those are so cute, great idea!!  have a great thanksgiving 🙂

  • 3 VeggieGirl // Nov 26, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Soooo adorable!! Same shape as THESE treats that I made recently:


    Happy Thanksgiving, Katy!!

  • 4 VeggieGirl // Nov 26, 2008 at 11:27 am


  • 5 Rachel // Nov 27, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    These look so amazing! Are they chewey or soft?
    I’m not too hot on candy making, tried to make fudge once and it didn’t set. 🙁

  • 6 RecipeGirl // Nov 28, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I’m sold on the pumpkin candy.  They look like yummy little sugary treats.  I’m often a little freaked out when making candy too.  It’s so hot and bubbly that I’m sure to get some blistery splatters!

  • 7 White On Rice Couple // Nov 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you!

    For someone who is scared at making candy, you sure do a beautiful job! They look like they came out of a candy store!

  • 8 Steph @ Cookin' Cowgirl // Jul 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

    These are so cute!! I love pumpkin!
    I’m having my first linky party on my blog and the theme is pumpkin. I’d like to invite you to come link up your favorite pumpkin recipe. The link is open until Wednesday at midnight, so please stop by and say hi.


    ~Cookin’ Cowgirl

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