Really. One of my favorite things about fall is all of the pumpkin spice things come back and stay till around Christmas. In August the family took one last trip to Hershey Park for the summer and there we discovered that the new Kiss flavor is pumpkin spice...and oh my they were as delicious as you're imagining. Our bag lasted till about eleven the morning we opened them and unfortunately they aren't out in any stores here yet so I've been craving them which brings me to what I did this morning.
The best fudge recipe ever, in my opinion, is also the easiest and it's totally adaptable so that's what I used as the basis for this morning's candy making. Basically you take whatever chocolate chips you want and melt them with a can of sweetened condensed milk, add a dash of salt and some vanilla and that's it. There's no messing around with a candy thermometer and it's incredibly creamy. Did I say adaptable? You can either just cut it up as fudge or roll it into about inch balls and then in something else (like powdered baking cocoa) to get something vaguely truffleish. This batch I'm going to cut into fudge sqaures. I used 18 oz of Nestle White Morsels, one can of sweetened condensed milk, a dash of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla, a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, some butter and a double boiler. I don't actually have a double boiler so I used a glass mixing bowl over boiling water and buttered it with a REALLY thin layer of butter so the fudge slid out more easily. I also lined an 8x8 baking dish with waxed paper.
I started with this.
Bring some water to a boil (make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl you're going to use) and put the bowl over it. Pour in the morsels or chips and the condensed milk and stir frequently. The morsels will hold their shape pretty much until they're totally melted but once they break down you need to stir constantly till the mixture is smooth. Then take it off the heat (just move the bowl, I set it on the next burner) and working quickly add the salt, vanilla and spice and stir till it's smooth again and the color is consistent throughout. Pour it into the prepared baking dish, gently shake it till it's more or less level and there are no bubbles. Take another piece of waxed paper and gently press it onto the surface then refrigerate it till it's solid. When it's done, take it out and let it sit for about five minutes, take it out of the baking dish and cut it up.
I tasted some of the melted fudge that hadn't scraped out of the bowl while it was still warm and it was still pretty overwhelmingly white chocolate but tasted again after it started to set up and the pumpkin pie spice flavor was a lot stronger. We'll see and I'll let you know what the kids think as soon as they taste it. What's your favorite easy candy recipe?
UPDATE: The verdict is that "it is soooo amazing!" It's really rich so I'll cut these into smaller pieces but yeah, it's good.