Two days ago the small fry and I went to our local store to pick up the obligatory pumpkins tat will greet our guests as they approach our front door. The four of various shape and size that we picked up are your standard bright orange color - nothing exciting, though certainly thrilling enough for the four and under set.
This is the first year, however, that I've noticed the wide variety of pumpkins that are available from the "fairytale" pumpkins at Trader Joes:
to the wild curves and colors of the Turban pumpkin:
Thinking about pumpkins made me also remember one of the best candies I've ever had. 5 years ago I was introduced to pumpkin fudge at the venerable Dairy Fresh Candies located in Boston's North End while visiting friends from college. Very old school in appearances, Dairy Fresh was a charming surprise for me and I brought home a box of the fudge for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to share with family (and comforted by the fact that I could order more online).
Today I Googled Dairy Fresh and found out that they are no longer, having closed the shutters on their store two years ago. :( Now my new quest is to find either a great source of already made fudge or, better yet, the fool-proof (and hopefully easy) recipe. Recommendations are always appreciated!