Monday, October 14, 2013

Maple Bacon Acorn Squash Fudge


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Every year my husband and I take our boys pumpkin picking at Jones Family Farms.  It’s a beautiful property and there is tons to do.  We always have a blast!

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This year I was particularly excited because Jenny from Sweet Jenny’s CT had recently posted a recipe for Carnival Squash Bisque and I was dying to try it.  I knew Jones Farm would have a great selection of gourds for my soup-making needs!

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There were so many varieties! I wasn’t sure what to go with so I grabbed a couple different varieties. (I ended up making a butternut squash & sugar pumpkin bisque, btw.)

On the way home, we passed a gift shop that was selling fudge.  I exclaimed, “Oooh, fudge!” as I am sure everyone would when passing a “FUDGE” sign.  Then my husband said, “You could just make your own.” He was right.  I was thinking about making pumpkin fudge and when I went to the grocery store to pick up the canned pumpkin goop, it hit me that I could just puree a super-flavorful acorn squash.  I was so excited.

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I only needed half of the squash for the fudge recipe, so I figured I would eat the other half for lunch and maybe top it with bacon.  Then, it hit me. I could put bacon in the fudge. Yes.

And that is how this recipe was born.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 oz. can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
  • 2/3 cup roasted, pureed, acorn squash (directions below)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 pieces of maple bacon, cooked crisp & crumbled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


For the squash:

Preheat oven to 400, cut squash in half lengthwise, place a pat of butter in each half and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake, uncovered for 45 minutes. 

Once cooked, allow to cool then scoop out the insides and puree in a food processor.

I placed the pureed squash in a bowl on top of a paper towel to get some of the moisture out while I got the rest of the stuff ready.

For the fudge:

Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the sides for easy removal.

Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk, squash, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234° to 240º F. (I don’t have a candy thermometer, I just boiled it for 11 minutes and it was fine!)

Quickly stir in the white chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, walnuts, bacon and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until the chocolate chips are melted. Immediately pour into the prepared pan. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered overnight. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

recipe adapted from The Brown Eyed Baker

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  1. Sarah, that looks deliciously decadent! I never thought to use acorn squash in fudge! I am so going to try this recipe, yum!! Thank you for the love! I am so honored that you tried my soup recipe, and so glad you liked it! :D

    1. You're welcome!! I love the soup, it's a new fall must-have!!

  2. Love this! How creative to not only use the acorn squash for the fudge, but to also add a little bit of bacon heaven into this yummy treat! Bacon. Bacon. Bacon. Everything is better with a little bacon.

    I've heard of Jones Farms, mainly in conjunction with their "cut your own tree" at Christmas. I never know they had other seasonal items.

    1. You've got to go to Jones! They also have a great winery and have been voted best CT Wine a few times!

  3. If there's any left, I would love to try a piece tonight! love, gaga

    1. I've got plenty! The recipe yielded 3 lbs.

  4. OH OH OH! I want to try this! I can't wait-- I have a squash sitting in my veggie bowl right now..

  5. Very creative. I'm jealous. Michelle Brennan

  6. I've heard of bacon desserts and zucchini chocolate cake, but squash fudge is truly innovative!


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