Pumpkin Pecan Pie Candy

It’s the third day of A Week of Pumpkin. And today we’re going to mix it up a bit. I don’t make candy. It’s just not my thing. I like to make things that go into the oven. But I wanted to step out of my comfort zone for a minute to try these candies.

My friend KT really liked these candies. I thought they were a bit too sweet. I know I used sweetened coconut instead of unsweetened, but I reduced the sugar by 1/2 cup. If I made these again, I might reduce the sugar by another 1/4 cup or so. These candies taste like a pumpkin flavored pecan pie and were really fun and messy to make. These would go great on a holiday treats tray for sure.

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Pumpkin Pecan Pie Candy

Yield: 30 pieces

Ingredients:

1 (15oz) can pure pumpkin
2 cups white sugar - since my coconut was sweetened, I cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups
2 cups unsweetened coconut - I couldn't find unsweetened, so I used sweetened coconut
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, combine the pumpkin, sugar, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. On medium heat, cook and mix together and allow sugar to dissolve. Continue cooking and stirring until mixture forms into a ball, about 15-20 minutes. Have patience, it will eventually turn into a ball once the liquid evaporates.

Remove mixture from heat and add in vanilla. Transfer to a heat safe bowl and cover mixture with plastic wrap so a skin does not form. Chill in refrigerator until cool.

Using a cookie scoop that is about a TBSP size, scoop up balls and roll in the palm of your hands. Roll balls in the chopped pecan, coating all sides. Put back in fridge to let set.

Store in airtight container up to a week.

And don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

Check out my week of pumpkin here.

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12 Responses to “Pumpkin and Chocolate Caramel Corn”

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    Kris — October 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I think I’m going to have to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for posting it!

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    stephchows — October 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    what a great idea using the kisses!

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    Molly Jean — October 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    What a great twist on caramel corn!

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    nutmegnanny — October 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    This is perfect for Halloween…delicious!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 31, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Mmm I’ve seen this in a few places and have been craving it!! I didn’t realize it used the pumpkin kisses 🙂

    Sues

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    bridget {bake at 350} — October 31, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Now, this is a FUN idea!!! Pumpkin + popcorn, who knew? 😉

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    Anne — October 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wow that looks amazing and the last photo is stunning!

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    TidyMom — October 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    ok, this is the second post using those kisses – HOW have I not seen them in the store???……I think I try and stay away from the candy section! LOL

    This sounds AMAZING!! Thanks!!

    ~TidyMom

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    Melissa — October 31, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I love the pumpkin spice kisses. What a great way to use them. Thanks for sharing and I am definitely going to try this recipe!

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    oneordinaryday — November 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I keep seeing great ideas using those kisses and they’re always being melted first. Genius. I’m going to try this, but with air popped popcorn instead. Sounds awesome.

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    Ingrid — November 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    You’re right about those Kisses, one is enough. I used some in brownies and they were even better than eating them straight out of the wrapper.

    Love your popcorn and I have some of those kisses left over.
    ~ingrid

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    Liesl — November 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This recipe looks amazing!! I love those Pumpkin Spice Kisses!

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