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.

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kristy neville said...

Anything choc orange wins my vote…. though as Erin Maree said… not much halloween activity in my part of Aus…. where did you see the green creme eggs Erin Maree?????

September 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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Kelsey said...

Just popping on to say that you DEFINITELY want to visit the Salty Tart but you also CANNOT miss Patisserie 46 in Minneapolis. You would kick yourself into a brusied mess if you did.

September 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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Erin said...

OOOH! looks like my type of book.. and snack!
My favorite halloween candy is, well, all of them but if i had to pick one.. candy corn!! :)

September 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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Carrie M said...

I love the big pumpkin-shaped candy corn :)

September 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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Kate said...

Candy Corn of course!

September 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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Katie said...

Candy corn, by far, is my favorite Halloween candy. Even though it’s available for sale year round, I can only eat it during this time of the year. Thanks for having this contest, Bakerella, and congrats on being featured. Being featured in a Williams Sonoma cookbook is a BIG deal! :)

September 26, 2011 12:19 AM
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vivian said...

My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn.
The colors just screams Fall and the they’re just so cute!! (:

September 26, 2011 12:20 AM
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Carolina said...

Mini chocolate bars! My fav is Krackel, Crunch, and Mr Goodbar. But to bake or make sweets, I love candy corn. They just make any sweets, cookies or cupcakes look cute!

September 26, 2011 12:20 AM
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Morgan said...

My favorite Halloween candy is definitely cherry tootsie roll pops. Every Halloween I troll the pop boxes trying to find the bags with the most cherry pops. It’s serious business. ^_^

September 26, 2011 12:20 AM
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Jourdan said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Tootsie Roll Fruit Punch flavored Frooties!! Yum :)

September 26, 2011 12:20 AM
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Jenny nguyen said...

Bite sized snickers! Sooo goood

September 26, 2011 12:20 AM
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jennifer said...

i absolutely love york peppermint patties!! & candy corn too!! :)

September 26, 2011 12:20 AM
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Hope said...

At this moment, snickers or twix lol but since im 6 months preggo it’ll change often lol

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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Thuy said...

My fave halloween candy is mini heath bars– yum yum! The book looks amazing!

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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Natalie said...

Mini Mounds

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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JennyD. said...

Do Pumpkin Scones count? =) I am obsessed with pumpkin baking the last few years…. candy has taken a back seat!

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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Nicole H said...

Pumpkin Reese’s!

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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Terri said...

Candy Corn all the way – specifically the Autumn Mix that has the regular candy corn, the indian corn and the pumpkins…yum!

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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xide said...

kitkat:)

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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Tonya Stewart said...

When are you coming to MN? I’m so excited!!!

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
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cathy anderson said...

I love to mix candy corn and peanuts. It tastes like a payday bar.

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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vivian said...

I love candy corns! Cute Autumn colors!! (:

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Susan said...

Popcorn balls – my next-door-neighbor used to make them just for me :) Good memories!

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Whitney Chaney said...

Candy Corn!!!

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Lisa Prieto said...

banana laffy taffy!

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Kristen P said...

Candy corn and the candy corn pumpkins!!!!

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Jessica said...

Hmmmm, my favorite Halloween candy would have to be candy apples. I was never allowed to eat them as a kid, so now I love them as an adult.

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Brittain said...

Candy corn mixed with dry roasted, salted peanuts!

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Chelsea said...

candy corn!!

September 26, 2011 12:22 AM
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Helena said...

I love Halloween because it is the only time of the year I can get candy corn and candy pumpkins.

September 26, 2011 12:23 AM
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Pat said...

Candy corn!!

September 26, 2011 12:23 AM
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Tisha said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins.

Thanks!

September 26, 2011 12:23 AM
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Cheryl said...

Which one is my favorite? Well I could say all of them since I – I mean the kids- get them for free. ;) I am a Starburst fan, I like to leave the yellows (because they are my son’s favorite color) even though those are one of my favorites sniff sniff ;) and I leave the pinks (because it is my daughter’s favorite color). What a mom does for her kids. Ha ha ha! ;)

September 26, 2011 12:23 AM
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Jerlynn said...

I am a slave to chocolate, anything chocolate for Halloween! …will have to try this recipe soon!

September 26, 2011 12:23 AM
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Ellie said...

those caramel apple lollipops made by Tootsie Roll! so yummy!!

September 26, 2011 12:23 AM
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Alejandra said...

Twizzlers!!! Yum! :)

September 26, 2011 12:23 AM
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Sara said...

reeses =) can’t get enough of those!

September 26, 2011 12:24 AM
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Tara said...

Take 5 bars! The perfect combo of salty an sweet, chewy and crunchy :)

September 26, 2011 12:24 AM
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Kathy said...

Candy Corn

September 26, 2011 12:24 AM
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Aly said...

Caramel apple pops!

September 26, 2011 12:24 AM
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Megan Shady said...

popcorn balls…my mom used to make every year but mine never turn out the same…something about being little, helping and eating them is a lot different than being an adult

September 26, 2011 12:24 AM
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Sheri Merasty said...

Rockets!!!

September 26, 2011 12:24 AM
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Sarah said...

Those mallow pumpkins… So good!!

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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Lori said...

CANDY CORN!!! And caramel apples – all things fall!

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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Terra said...

Carmel Twix right out of the freezer, the caramel gets nice and chewy!

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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Kelly Love said...

CANDY CORN!!! I already downed a bag I had hidden in my nightstand drawer. Shhhh… don’t tell.

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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daisy said...

Snickers!

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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Lora Joy said...

Kit Kats and 3 Mustakeers!

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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Quinn said...

ahh the cover of that book is so pretty! I have to say, I am a sucker for candy corns when the Fall season rolls around! :)

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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Tiffany Horton said...

…anything chocolate!!!

September 26, 2011 12:25 AM
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Carla said...

Love love love ALL Halloween candy, but especially Starburst!

September 26, 2011 12:26 AM
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Laura K said...

I love when my three boys get Almond Joys. Nobody in the family likes them but I love them!

September 26, 2011 12:26 AM
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Jessica @ bake me away! said...

Hmm, I think Twix! That book looks awesome, by the way. Can’t wait to check it out!

September 26, 2011 12:26 AM
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Gabriela Osornio said...

Chocolate bars. The little bite size ones that are everywhere around the season. Caramel apples are a close second.

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

I’m an equal opportunity candy eater…I like them all!

September 26, 2011 12:27 AM
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Winter said...

Reeces Halloween Pumpkins!

September 26, 2011 12:27 AM
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jenn said...

Candy corn! Nothing says Halloween like candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:27 AM
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Darnelle said...

My absolute favorite Halloween candy is candy corn!! Yummy!!

September 26, 2011 12:27 AM
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Melinda H said...

Miniature peanut butter cups!!

September 26, 2011 12:27 AM
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Lucy said...

Although they aren’t exactly ‘Halloween’ I love Reeces Pieces mini cups!

Congrats on the book! I <3 William-Sonoma cook books, so now I have another one to add to the wish list

September 26, 2011 12:27 AM
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Shannon said...

I love the mini Tootsie Pops! Anything miniature is delicious! I like the chocolate and orange flavors best, but I’ll finish the whole bag eventually!

September 26, 2011 12:28 AM
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haley said...

I’m a sucker for candy corn.

September 26, 2011 12:28 AM
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Tracy @ Sugar Loco said...

Kit Kat!

Looking forward to your visit to MN, and be sure to stop at Salty Tart, Sweets Bakeshop & grab dinner at Heartland in St.Paul.

September 26, 2011 12:28 AM
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Jasmine said...

I love candy corn! And mini snickers, and milky ways!

September 26, 2011 12:28 AM
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Haylee Stephens said...

Reese’s Peanut butter cups are the way to go!

September 26, 2011 12:29 AM
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sheila said...

Love pumpkin shaped reeses!

September 26, 2011 12:30 AM
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Lisa eddo said...

CANDY CORN!!! Brach’s with the honey added!! I look foreword to it all year!!!

September 26, 2011 12:30 AM
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Annette said...

I love Candy Corn. I don’t know why, but I do.

September 26, 2011 12:30 AM
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Kayla said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!!

September 26, 2011 12:30 AM
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Mimi said...

Mini chocolate bars! Don’t make me choose one!

September 26, 2011 12:31 AM
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Amy said...

First, I have to say that my absolute favorite holiday is Halloween!!! I put on a big ordeal in the front yard and I absolutely love scaring all of the kiddos in my neighborhood!! For my absolute favorite halloween candy, I would have to say that it’s a three way tie between Twizlers, Sixlets, or the flavored tootsie rolls!

September 26, 2011 12:31 AM
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Ruchi said...

Love Hershey’s Symphony!

September 26, 2011 12:31 AM
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Reba said...

anything with peanut butter in it! though I do occasionally like the handful of candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:31 AM
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janelle m said...

Mellowcreme pumpkins… love those things. Yummy!

September 26, 2011 12:31 AM
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Holly H said...

I love the little packets of mini m&m’s… But I love A LOT of Halloween candy, it’s like a party to kick off 2 months of junk food eating! Yum!

September 26, 2011 12:31 AM
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sheila said...

Sour skittles

September 26, 2011 12:32 AM
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Jill said...

Seriously! No contest! Candy Corn with the chocolate bottoms is the ultimate Halloween candy. It just defines the holiday. Oh so very festive! Boo!

September 26, 2011 12:32 AM
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Tena said...

My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn… I especially love it mixed w/ dry roasted peanuts. MMmmm!

September 26, 2011 12:32 AM
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Thomas said...

I have many friends that can’t stand them, but I love candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:32 AM
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Kathy said...

I love to get the Autumn mix that Brach’s has with the 2 kinds of candy corn and the mellowcreme pumpkins it is so good!!!

September 26, 2011 12:33 AM
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Tiffani said...

For sure its reeses pb cups. Once i start eating those i cant stop.

September 26, 2011 12:33 AM
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Becky W. said...

I love making caramel apple cupcakes and everyone enjoys them, but my guilty pleasure candy that reminds me of being a kid again is candy corn. Though I do really love twix and reeces peanut butter cups. Thanks!

September 26, 2011 12:33 AM
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Fran said...

Pumpkin-shaped cake pops!

September 26, 2011 12:33 AM
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Samantha said...

Mallowcreme pumpkins! I know they are the same thing as candy corn but I swear they taste even better :)

September 26, 2011 12:34 AM
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Debbie said...

Normally I would say candy corn, but I smelled it in the store today and I think it took me back to a time when I probably ate way too many at once. So instead, I’m going to say those peanut butter candies that are wrapped in orange paper. I don’t know what they’re called. But they totally take me back to my trick-or-treat days.

September 26, 2011 12:34 AM
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Melinda said...

Mini Reese’s Cups! You know, the teeny ones that are unwrapped. They’re heaven in bite size form!

September 26, 2011 12:34 AM
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Jackie said...

As far as Halloween candy (or any candy, really) goes, I have very simple tastes. I like chocolate. No nuts, no caramel, no peanut butter, no coconut (allergic!), no wafers, no mint, no anything — just chocolate. I’m partial to the mini-Hershey bars, or even better, the Hershey’s “nuggets.” Something about the different dimensions than standard Hershey offerings is appealing.

I’ll need to stock up during the post-Halloween sales this year, because that’s the stuff that gets me through National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo).

September 26, 2011 12:34 AM
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Laura Shepherd said...

This book looks amazing! I LOVE **easy** recipes.. No kidding. I’ve probably made your easy peanut butter cookies 15 times already. Everyone keeps asking for them! Anyway, my FAVE halloween candy is the chocolate and peanut butter coin-shaped candies that are covered with foil. Only once a year! I love those things! :)

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Alana said...

I love Candy Corn…can’t get enough!!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Susy said...

Almond Joy, definitely!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Jessica said...

Those yummy caramel apple suckers! They are sooo good and not many calories a piece! Love it!!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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llaney said...

I love the mini Twix bars — perfect sized portion control.

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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rachel said...

Mini sized sweet tarts and little crunchie bars!!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Kristen said...

I HATE candy corn and I HATE peanuts…. but mix them together and you get a wonderful concoctions that tastes like a nut roll!! So yummy!!!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Rachel said...

Snickers!!!!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Kandy Hanes said...

No contest for me-I love love love the cinnamon gummy devil heads you can buy in bulk at stores like WINCO. The more intense the cinnamon flavoing the better!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Kristen said...

I love mini snickers!!!

September 26, 2011 12:35 AM
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Laura said...

My favorite would have to be fun-size snickers, but I’m not crazy about candy. My favorite halloween treat would have to be cider and donuts.

September 26, 2011 12:36 AM
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Chrissy said...

I love candy corn! (or other shapes of mallowcremes)

September 26, 2011 12:36 AM
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Tina D. said...

Candy corns! They remind me of my childhood. Yum!

September 26, 2011 12:36 AM
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