Halloween Time at Disneyland is my favorite time of the year! Main Street USA is transformed with the spellbinding pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns adorning every imaginable location, and candy corn-colored bunting and fall foliage hanging from the eaves and lampposts. And how can you possibly forget the giant pumpkin Mickey winking in Town Square? I’m sure if I could find a pumpkin that size… I could make a lot of Disneyland’s pumpkin fudge! While finding a giant pumpkin like that would be a bit tricky, I’ve got the recipe to share with you so you can recreate a little of Disneyland’s Halloween goodness at home!
There’s so much about Disneyland during Halloween that’s special to me. Over in Frontierland, my daughter has to have her yearly picture taken underneath the Halloween Tree in Frontierland (dedicated to author and friend of Walt Disney, Ray Bradbury). My daughter loves the story it is based on and I love the pumpkins that were designed by Imagineers Tony Baxter and Kim Irvine on the steps of the Golden Horseshoe. The orange and yellow lights illuminate the oak tree perfectly to give it a special glow that makes it the Fall centerpiece of Frontierland.
One of my traditions for a Disneyland Halloween is to take the Happiest Haunts tour and learn about the resort’s stories and decor for the season. A few years ago, our tour guide walked us over to Disney’s California Adventure where he told us about all of the Halloween decorations on Buena Vista Street and showed us the adorable vintage Halloween window displays.
We made our way into Trolley Treats, the candy store at the end of Buena Vista Street, where we were able to get a special seasonal confection. Since we were on the Happiest Haunts tour, it was only fitting that we all had to yell “Trick or Treat” to get our goodie. The cast member emerged with a tray of yummy pumpkin fudge and everyone picked one off the tray to enjoy as we continued our tour.
How to Make Disneyland Pumpkin Fudge
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve worked up a hankering for some of that Pumpkin Fudge… So without further ado, I’d love to share my recipe for Disneyland’s Pumpkin Fudge with you! I’ve got a helpful video for you, and a printable recipe card below.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 package (10 ounces) cinnamon baking chips
- 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside.
- Cube the remaining butter and place in a large saucepan; add the sugars, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage).
- Remove from the heat. Stir in cinnamon chips until melted. Stir in the marshmallow creme, pecans and vanilla.
- Transfer to prepared pan. Chill until firm.
- Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- If you can’t find canned pumpkin (like me when I tried to make this!), you can roast a small sugar pumpkin that’s been halved and cleaned out (removing seeds and membrane) in your oven at 400 °F for 45-50 minutes until tender. Then, simply cut it up and throw it into your food processer until smooth.
- If you don’t like nuts, they can be omitted (this is the way Disneyland makes them)
- I love to box up the treats in brown paper boxes, tied with a black and white checked bow and a Mickey pumpkin tag and hand-deliver them to friends and neighbors. I think even the Pumpkin King himself would approve of such a scary good treat!
Amount Per Serving Calories 122
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Let’s Hear From You
Thank you for letting me share this recipe with you! I sure hope that it brings you as much Halloween joy as it does for me and my family. Do you think you’ll be trying this recipe out for Halloween this year? What’s your favorite Disneyland treat for fall? Any special requests for a Disneyland recipe you’d like me to recreate? I’ve got all sorts of treats from Disneyland I can’t wait to share with you!
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