Monday, September 26, 2011

Chewy Chocolate Meringues

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I want to show you this new book from Williams-Sonoma.

It’s filled with delicious photographs and tons of recipes including …

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Pretzels.

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Pop Tarts.

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And pies to name a few.

Are your taste buds warming up yet? Mine sure are. I could hardly stand to flip through the pages of this book without wanting to make everything in it.

Home. Baked. Comfort. Yes, please.

And guess what, else.

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This book also includes recipes from several bakeries and bloggers across the country.

Like Smitten Kitchen, Tartine, Cannelle et Vanille, Flour, Baked…

And more.

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Maybe even one from someone you know.

With all this yumminess, it was really hard to decide what to bake first. I flipped through the book several times before I finally decided.

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When I saw that one of the featured bakeries was from Minneapolis, I knew right away that was the one to try since I’ll be in Minnesota and at Williams-Sonoma in about two weeks for a book signing. (Details here.)

And now, I may just have to stop by this bakery, too.

Salty Tart. Cute name.

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And her recipe for Chewy Chocolate Meringues is delish.

And easy.

And better yet, only needs four ingredients.

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Finely chopped bittersweet chocolate.

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Five tablespoons cocoa powder.

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Sugar and egg whites.

This photo kinda makes them look like egg yellows though.

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Whisk together the egg whites and sugar over – but not touching – simmering water until dissolved.

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Remove from heat and beat the egg whites until stiff and glossy.

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Then fold in the chocolate and cocoa.

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Scoop out the batter on parchment lined baking sheets and bake away.

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You want to see cracks. That’s part of what I love about this recipe. No need to try and make anything look perfect. These are already perfectly imperfect.

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And oh so good.

They are highly addictive, too. I don’t want to tell you how many I ate before I even finished taking photos…

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…but let’s just say that this photo is missing quite a few.

I’m so glad I tried this recipe. I’ve never made meringues before because they never really looked all that appealing to me. But wow! These chocolate ones will be made again. And again.

Thanks Salty Tart.

Chewy Chocolate Meringues (adapted from Home Baked Comfort)

1 cup (8 fl oz / 250 ml) large egg whites – about 7
2 cups (1 lb / 500 g) sugar
5 tbsp (1 oz / 30 g) natural cocoa powder
4 oz (125 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 oz (125 g) cocoa nibs*

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a clean, dry heatproof bowl, whisk together egg whites and sugar. Set over, but not touching, simmering water in a saucepan.
  • Whisk constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and remove from heat. (I tested to make sure I didn’t feel any sugar granules.)
  • Beat the eggs on high using your mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until stiff and glossy.
  • Sift cocoa over the meringue. Sprinkle chopped chocolate (and cocoa nibs if you’re using) on top.
  • Then, fold together gently with a spatula until combined.
  • Use a scoop to drop even amounts of batter onto prepared baking sheets about two inches apart.
  • Bake for about 8-9 minutes. Rotate the pans and bake for another 8-9 minutes until the cookies are fluffy and full of cracks.
  • Transfer the cookies, leaving them on the parchment paper, to wire racks to cool.

* I omitted the cocoa nibs because I didn’t have any on hand and the cookies still came out beautifully.

The recipe says it makes about 2 dozen meringues, but I ended up with about 60 using a 1.5 inch scoop.
I also used a scale to measure my ingredients exactly.

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Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw
Photographed by Eric Wolfinger

Featured Bakeries
Baked, Brooklyn, NY
Floriole Cafe & Bakery, Chicago, IL
Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston, MA
Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery, Santa Monica, CA
Pearl Bakery, Portland, OR
Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis, MN
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Austin, TX
Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA

Featured Bloggers
Cannelle et Vanille
La Tartine Gourmande
Smitten Kitchen
and me : )

The book is available at Williams-Sonoma until February 2012. Then you’ll also be able to find it on Amazon.

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Until then, want to win a copy?

You do. I promise.

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Leave a comment on this post answering the following random question.

  • What is your favorite Halloween candy?
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday evening, September 27th at 6:00 pm ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP!
  • One winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: Giveaway sponsored by me. : )

And the winner is……

comfort_winnerMyra – You’re gonna love this book.

1
Kalen said...

Candy Corn!!!

September 26, 2011 12:07 AM
2
Katie said...

Umm, I love Halloween.. I don’t love candy though! But.. if we can count things like caramel corn.. or pumpkin cookies.. yum :)

September 26, 2011 12:07 AM
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LeAnn Purser said...

My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn, the ones with chocolate.

September 26, 2011 12:08 AM
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Lexi said...

I love Williams-Sonoma cookbooks! Those meringues look really great too! :)

My favorite Halloween candy, hmmmm. This is a tough question ;) Though it’s probably those Halloween themed Kit-Kats with the (orange colored) white chocolate.

September 26, 2011 12:09 AM
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Knittinchick said...

Smarties-the chocolate ones (canadian version). One mini box always tastes like two or three. In my newly acquired lifetime at Weight Watchers, these will not be entering my house this year!

… here we call american smarties Rockets

September 26, 2011 12:09 AM
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Kate said...

Pumpkin rolls if that is considered candy or Twizzlers :)

September 26, 2011 12:09 AM
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deena said...

does spiced (spiked) cider count? :)

September 26, 2011 12:09 AM
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Debbie said...

I love Reese’s PB cups for all the holidays, not just Halloween! Thanks for the giveaway & congrats on being included in the book!

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
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Kendall said...

Candy corn…it gets me every time!

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
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Alisha said...

Butterfingers? Or maybe Almond Joys. No, Kit Kats. Really? Do I have to pick just one?

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
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Celina said...

I love all Halloween candy. :) Halloween is my Favorite holiday.

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
12
Maria said...

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
13
Traci Ross said...

Dots! I can’t get enough of those tiny yellow boxes

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
14
Frances said...

Reese’s fastbreak.

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
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Kimberly Hicks said...

OMG my all time fave Halloween candy is the caramel apple chews that are in sticks….I was just complaining today cause I already ate too many.. LOL

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
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Jenn said...

I want the meringues AND the book. My favorite Halloween candy is Chocolate. My favorite CANDY is chocolate. :)

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
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kendal clark said...

caramel corn, hands down :)

September 26, 2011 12:10 AM
18
Dawn Burgess said...

I love toffee apples or any sour candy. Yummy

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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Yvette said...

Caramel Apple Pops!!!

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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Pamela Rust said...

caramel candy apples all the way!!! thanks for an awesome giveaway. :)

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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April said...

Mini Charleston chews. (vanilla)

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
22
hannah said...

i’m in love with the variety in the fun-size package for the trick-or-treaters, but my go-to candy is reese’s peanut butter cup. it never fails. :)

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
23
Rebecca @This Nest is Best said...

I really love those mini boxes of nerds! lol

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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amanda r said...

The Reese’s pumpkins! They always seem to taste better when they are fun shaped :)

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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Lisa said...

anything tart/sour: War Heads, Sour Patch, Sour Punch etc :)

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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Tammy said...

Green tootsie rolls!!!

September 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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Shanise Dickerson said...

My favorite candy is smarties..sooo tart love them!

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Alicia said...

Mini Snickers!!!! My kids are lucky if I don’t steal them all!!

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Amy said...

Really, any candy any time of the year is wonderful/ I suppose it’s really the fact that everything this time of year is pumpkin flavored that really makes this season wonderful :) but I suppose if I had to pick, it’d be peanut butter cups.

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Tracie said...

Hmmmm that’s tough either candy corn or mini snicker bars

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Traci said...

I love Brach’s candy pumpkins! Can’t believe fall is here already.

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Erin Maree said...

In Australia we don’t celebrate Halloween that much, but I would love to try Candy Corn! Though I haven’t tried them yet cabury has brought out creme eggs with a green filling (instead of white) for Halloween (though few people celebrate it here) which I will probably end up trying with my friend (who loves creme eggs!).

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Holley said...

I love the candy pumpkins that are similar to candu corn

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Donna said...

candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Sarah said...

Candy Corn all the way! I even like chocolate candy corn too!

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Melissa Morie said...

I love Reese’s peanut butter cups!!!

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Mercy said...

It’s a four way tie between Butterfingers, Twix, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats. :D

September 26, 2011 12:12 AM
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Jennifer J in MN said...

Mini chocolate bars….esp the Krackel ones, because you can’t find the large bars anywhere!

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Corinne said...

Gummie crabby patties! :)

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Judy said...

Caramel corn!

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Claudia said...

caramel apples!

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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sydney85 said...

My favorite halloween candy is caramels.

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Pam said...

I just like all candies. And I mean it, all! hahaha. Now it’s time to start looking for a costume and figuring out what to bake for this Halloween :)

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Jennifer V. said...

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups! YUM!!!

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Annie said...

Wow, those look really good! I have a few friends that are gluten free, so I’m always excited to see recipes that would they could eat!

My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn. Nothing fancy, but it’s delicious!

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Emily said...

I don’t discriminate against Halloween candy, BUT… Hershey’s has “fall flavored” kisses in flavors like Caramel Apple and Candy Corn. Super yummy and they look sooo uber cute in a candy dish :)

Otherwise, I will say Butterfinger :)

September 26, 2011 12:13 AM
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Vanessa said...

Sugar Daddies!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Stacy said...

MMMM Peanut butter Kisses and I dont even like PB :)

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Emily said...

I love carmel apple pops!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Gretchen said...

Dark Chocolate Milky Ways. Yummmmmmm…

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
51
Crystal said...

I love the fruit flavored tootsie rolls!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Elizabeth Pettit said...

Anything chocolate is fine by me!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Jen in Ohio said...

I love candy corn!! Or the candy corn pumpkins….yum!!! :)

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Denise P. said...

Wow! These look great! I love chocolate so I always have to “quality control” my nephews halloween haul for Hersheys!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Diana said...

Mini Kit Kats and Coffee Crisps!!!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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Stacy said...

Candy Corn!!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
57
Lauren said...

I would have to say…
TWIX!!!!!

September 26, 2011 12:14 AM
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shannie said...

Love the little candy pumpkins (kinda like candy corn). Gonna have to go get some tomorrow – thanks a lot for making me think ot them, lol! :)

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Erin said...

CANDY CORN! Hands down candy corn – all varieties of it, I’m not picky! :)

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Angelica Bays said...

Tootsie Pop Ghosts!
(sigh) I used to love to make them with my boys for their grade school classes…alas- at Jr Hi they got too cool for them. :o/

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
61
Jakki said...

Reeses Peanut Butter cups!!

The book looks awesome – another to add to my wishlist :)

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Kruti said...

The pumpkin candy corn are so addicting..

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
63
Lori said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins!

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Amy @ amyBITES said...

I love Snickers. I can’t resist!

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Lou Ann Walker said...

Candy Corn mixed with the same amount of dry roasted peanuts…. sooo good! Taste like a Pay Day candy bar with no fat!!!

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Anton said...

I confess a fondness for those Mellowcreme pumpkins. I will eat far too many at once and then spend a lot of time putting them on cakes.

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Amy said...

I still think I have the metabolism of a little kid, so the thing I like most is the quantity. :P I really enjoy just about any candy, but gummies will always have a soft spot in my heart. (And they’ll keep a soft spot on my waist!)

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Margaret said...

Who can choose? I don’t celebrate Halloween but I LOVE the fall candy! Candy corn! Only in the fall <3

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Pedro N. said...

My favorite candy is Laffy Taffy!

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Jennifer said...

Snickers are my favorite.

September 26, 2011 12:15 AM
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Stacey S said...

Pumpkin Mellocremes

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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Clarisse said...

iAbsoluteli LUV Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkins!!! <3

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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ilene said...

Mini crackle bars!

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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Krystal said...

Candy corn of course!!

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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Amber said...

I love the candy pumpkins. They’re candy corn but in pumpkin shapes and a gazillion times more delicious.

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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Krista f. said...

I love kit kats!!!

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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Dace said...

Hmmm almond joys. Anything that has nut, chocolate and coconut makes me lose all will power.

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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brenintx said...

candy corn =)

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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Julie said...

Candy Corn

September 26, 2011 12:16 AM
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Sara M. said...

Candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Erin M. said...

Reese’s, always and forever!!

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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cathy said...

rockets!!!!!

cant believe ur in another book! congrats! definitely would like a copy!

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Angela said...

My favorite are those little molasses taffies with the peanut butter center. They’re in orange and black wrappers, and I only see them at Halloween. Reminds me of my mom. :)

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Deborah Patrick said...

Not to be redundant, but CANDY CORN!!! Plus I’m the only one in the house that loves it, so the kids leave it alone!

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Janice said...

Candy corn! Although I love them all, candy corn just say Halloween to me!

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Jennifer V. said...

How can you make me pick just one? Candy corn…no…Snickers….ummm….Reese’s….wait….M&Ms….oh goodness….I can’t pick just one!! *sigh*

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Tracy said...

I am in love with Sixlets. SO delish but hard to find!!! :)

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Phillip said...

Starburst

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Ashley said...

My fav is candy corn!!!

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
90
MElissa said...

When I was a kid my grandma always made popcorn balls and caramel apples. I’m 40 now and still want them at this time every year. thanks for the chance to win what sounds like a great cookbook.

September 26, 2011 12:17 AM
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Morgan said...

Twix…. frozen… with a nice glass of milk. :)

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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Michele said...

Candy corn are my favorite!

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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tanya said...

Kit kats :)

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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Heather S. S. said...

I don’t know if it is “technically” a candy but I LOVE caramel apples…mmmmm. I am 9 months pregnant and I can’t wait to whip up a batch of caramel and enjoy my favorite fall treat!!!

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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shel said...

I like the mini chocolate bars, especially the Kit Kat ones. I wouldn’t typically eat a Kit Kat but the mini ones are sooooooo good!
Thanks!

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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Bonnie said...

My favorite candy was definitely dem bones by Brach’s, but I think they stopped making them :( I haven’t seen them in years..

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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Tcklmipink said...

My fave Halloween candy is : Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ( snack size)

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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Melanie Walsh said...

I love the Brach’s autumn mix, but I only like the pumpkins and traditional candy corn so my husband is left with a bowl of the chocolate candy corn.

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
99
Heidi said...

peanut m&m’s!! Put them in a jar with a cute ribbon and they make a great hostess gift!

September 26, 2011 12:18 AM
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Amy said...

Candy corn, the pumpkins from “autumn mix”, oooh and caramel apples!

September 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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