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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Christine said...

I love the assorted mini bars – Snickers, Kit Kat, Twix, Milky Way… but I pick out the Kit Kat bars for myself. :]

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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Jane C said...

Candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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Tina said...

Every year as a child my sister and I would look through our candy haul and divvy it up. We always fought over those mini boxes of nerds! I may have to go out and buy some out of nostalgia…

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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SarahB said...

Mini Twix–they taste so much better than full-size!

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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Stephanie Belleque said...

Twix! I will definitely be getting some tomorrow along with the ingredients for these cookies!

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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Traci said...

Mini candy bars of all kinds… this year, Peanut Butter Snickers owns my soul.

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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nikole said...

That book looks like heaven..my fave candy is anything with chocolate

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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Carrie said...

I “tax” my kids’ candy, especially when there are Kit Kats available. I also love a handful of candy corn & peanuts – tastes like a Payday!

September 26, 2011 12:37 AM
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Valerie Marie said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup’s without a doubt! Now if Ferrero Rocher ever became a standard Halloween candy…that would DEFINITELY be mine!

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Quyen said...

My favorite would have to be the pumpkin spice hershey kisses! YUM!

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Tom Bregante said...

Candy – Anything with chocolate. Toss up between Kit-Kats & Malt Balls

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Saliesh said...

Not much of a candy fan, but at Halloween I do give in to those pumpkin candy corns! I’d love the book..at mid thirties, I’m just starting to bake more than boxed cookies or muffins…it’s fun!

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Isa said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Jenn said...

Reese’s PB cups!

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Courtney said...

Definitely the pumpkin-shaped Reese’s cups :)

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Bethany said...

Candy Corn, can never seem to get enough of it.

September 26, 2011 12:38 AM
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Valinda said...

I love those black and orange wrapped Peanut butter flavored nougat things. Luckily for me my girls HATE them !!

September 26, 2011 12:40 AM
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Jennifer said...

Mallowcreme pumpkins!

September 26, 2011 12:40 AM
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Beth said...

These look so yummy!

September 26, 2011 12:40 AM
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Edna MacLeod said...

I have got to say that my favorite Halloween candy would have to be Molasses Kisses and the best part is………my kids don’t like them so I always get THEM ALL……….Can’t wait!

September 26, 2011 12:40 AM
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Erica Pellay Ziebarth said...

Sugar daddies. YUM

September 26, 2011 12:41 AM
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Heather Davis said...

Perfect timing – I was just looking for a chocolate meringue recipe the other day!!

My favorite Halloween candy is anything chocolate! I don’t discriminate! ;)

September 26, 2011 12:41 AM
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Melissa H. said...

Those Mexican chewy fruit candies – they kind of tast like Mambas (maybe it’s just a So-Cal thing). Oh, and Almond Joy!

September 26, 2011 12:41 AM
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Desirae said...

chocolate!

September 26, 2011 12:42 AM
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Amy Tong said...

These Chewy Chocolate Meringues look delicious. I can imagine why they’re addictive too. :) Can’t wait to try the recipe.

My favorite Halloween candy is Twix. Love that chewy caramel, rich chocolate cover and crunchy wafer/cookie inside. Hm….yum!

Thanks for a chance to win this cook book.

Amy [at] utry [dot] it

September 26, 2011 12:42 AM
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Andrea in Chicago said...

I know most people put them on their worst candy list, but I really love those peanut butter chewy candies in the black or orange wax paper wrappers!

September 26, 2011 12:42 AM
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Liz M. said...

Nowadays I love those caramel apple pops but when I was a kid I really liked getting Mambas in my bag.

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Shannon said...

Reese cups and candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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JessW said...

Anything with chocolate and none of the gross candy corn! :)

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Chiara said...

My favorite Halloween candy is the pumpkins from the Autumn mix, but I do my best to track down a bag of just the pumpkins because otherwise the other candy in there goes to waste.

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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elle said...

candy corn!! no doubt!! nothing says halloween like candy corn :)

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Lorie said...

My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn :) and peanut butter taffy!

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Danica said...

Twix! Always Twix!

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Lisa said...

Not because they taste the best or anything, but for nostalgia purposes, I love those waxy lips that turns out are actually gum. Grandma got them every year back when Costco was Jemco and then Price Club!

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Devon said...

I love candy pumpkins.

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Wendy said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite–I always hand them out at my house so I can enjoy the leftovers!

September 26, 2011 12:43 AM
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Tammy said...

Candy Corn and Reeses… love it all!

September 26, 2011 12:44 AM
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Terri said...

Hmmm, well just about anything CHOCOLATE…if it has nuts, or caramel, or crispies, or nougat, or…wait, you said candy specific to Halloween…well it’d have to be CANDY CORN! Yumm

September 26, 2011 12:44 AM
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Lisa said...

I LOVE CANDY CORN:)

September 26, 2011 12:45 AM
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Tamsyn T. said...

I love halloween peeps. But they have to get a little stale and chewy first!

September 26, 2011 12:45 AM
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Susan said...

chocolate! any kind, any size.

September 26, 2011 12:45 AM
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Michelle C. B. said...

Birthday cake!!! Halloween happens to be my birthday! :)

September 26, 2011 12:45 AM
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Danelle Kurtz said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Snickers. I always steal all of them out of my girls’ trick or treat bags. I blame my mom; she said she craved Snickers so bad when she was pregnant with me that she ate one everyday!

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Linh Nguyen said...

Almond Joy! :) YUMM

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Smarties!

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Margaret said...

Congrats on this book! I love Twix. Can’t wait for all the candy!

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Jen said...

twix!

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Lydia said...

Any chocolate….but i like candy corn too ;)

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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cuppythecake said...

snickers!!!! i used to hate candy corn but about 8 years ago i realized how amazing it really is…so that, too :)

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Jes S. said...

It would be Tootsie Rolls for me!

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Sierra said...

those peanut butter things…they’re like goetze’s caramel cremes but they’re peanut butter taffy-type stuff with peanut butter in the middle. i don’t remember their name, but i LOVE them!

September 26, 2011 12:46 AM
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Claire Cole said...

anything chocolate :)

September 26, 2011 12:47 AM
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Perkies said...

Kit Kats! But growing up there was a nice lady down the street who always made homemade cookies and put them in their own cellophane baggies – those were even better than candy!!

September 26, 2011 12:47 AM
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Caitlin said...

3 Musketeers!

September 26, 2011 12:48 AM
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Arturo said...

i’m not a huge fan of candy.. I do love chocolate all year round, though!

September 26, 2011 12:48 AM
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Eric said...

my favorite halloween candy is tootsie rolls, i always save them to eat till the very end. plus, people tend to give out a lot of them. :]

September 26, 2011 12:48 AM
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Sara said...

I’m definitely a candy corn girl!

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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Shannon bone said...

Mary janes!

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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Paige said...

I love caramel apple suckers! Mmm…
I also love Twix (and anything else with chocolate!)

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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Anna said...

hands down: peanut butter m&ms. >.< so delicious and I feel less guilty eating the Halloween fun sized packs than an entire bag of them.

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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stacy said...

Mmmm! Those look amazing and I am a sucker for recipes with few ingredients that look super easy.

My FAVE Halloween Candy is CANDYCORN! I can eat it by the handful-but try not to! MMMM!

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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Joice said...

I love all chocolate, but my all time favorite is symphony with toffee.

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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VALXD said...

I WANT =[ Ever since I moved out for college, I missed baking so much. I need some inspiration!!

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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Mitra said...

Snickers! Beautiful cookbook!!

September 26, 2011 12:49 AM
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Dawn said...

I like candy corn mixed with salted peanuts. Salty and sweet!

September 26, 2011 12:50 AM
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Tiffany said...

My favorite Halloween candy has to be Kit Kat Bars! I can’t get enough of them.

September 26, 2011 12:50 AM
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Julie K. said...

Love my candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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dora said...

twix!! :)

September 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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Heather Green said...

Based exclusively on candy that arrives on shelves only at Halloween, I would say the pumpkin mallowcremes.

September 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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Nicola M. said...

My favorite Halloween candy are the mini York Peppermint Patties. Mm.

September 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

TWIX! I always loved when I got mini Twix bars when trick or treating!

September 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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Catherine said...

my favorite halloween candy is kinda boring–it’s candy corn! but I could eat it all day! mmmm!

September 26, 2011 12:52 AM
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Katherine said...

Reese’s Cups and Milky Way!

September 26, 2011 12:52 AM
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Amanda said...

Candy corn! Specifically, the kind that has a chocolate-flavored layer. I always get excited when I see bags of candy corn for sale. Yay Fall! (It’s still 103 degrees in Austin, but it gives me hope that cooler weather is on its way.)

September 26, 2011 12:52 AM
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Jenn said...

For sure it’s caramel popcorn that my momma made and now I make for my littles. Sweet and a little salty…so delish I might have to start Halloween festivities early this yr.

September 26, 2011 12:53 AM
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Can said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!! The orange wrapper is so suitable for the occasion too!

September 26, 2011 12:53 AM
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Leeana said...

Great post! They looks delicious.

My favorite Halloween candy is Laffy Taffy!

September 26, 2011 12:53 AM
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Kate said...

candy pumpkins!!

September 26, 2011 12:54 AM
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Emily said...

I have a soft spot for Reeses Peanut Butter cups!

September 26, 2011 12:55 AM
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Tammi said...

Candy corn!

September 26, 2011 12:55 AM
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Becky Back said...

Plain old milk caramels are my favorite! YUM!!

September 26, 2011 12:55 AM
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Felicity said...

Candy corn! I like to eat each stripe of color individually… I realize that’s bizarre.

September 26, 2011 12:55 AM
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Irvin said...

I LOVE CARAMEL APPLES <3

September 26, 2011 12:56 AM
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cheri scoggins said...

I love candy corn and I especially love that it comes in so many different flavors…there is a cotton candy one that is yummy!

September 26, 2011 12:56 AM
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Lea said...

My fav halloween candy are black licorice rolls. Yum yum.

September 26, 2011 12:56 AM
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kathryn said...

Caramel apple candy corn – yummmm

September 26, 2011 12:56 AM
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Cailin said...

Reese’s!! Any kind. Pieces, minis, king size…

September 26, 2011 12:56 AM
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Janirette said...

I have to say Wonka Laffy Taffy!!!

September 26, 2011 12:57 AM
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Necia said...

Mini Snickers- everything you could ask for in one small chocolatey bite… mmmmmmm…

I love this site! Just found it probably about a month or two ago. I’m excited to attempt my second recipe from this site (the gum drops were amazing!).

September 26, 2011 12:57 AM
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hilary said...

candy corn. hands down, candy corn.

September 26, 2011 12:57 AM
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Melissa Totaan said...

Flavored candy corn

September 26, 2011 12:57 AM
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Nina said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Brach’s Mellowcreme Pumpkins-yummmmmmmmmmmmy!

September 26, 2011 12:57 AM
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Joey @ 365cakepops said...

Candy corn :-)

September 26, 2011 12:58 AM
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Sarah V said...

PB cups for me (and my 2 year old)…hmm.

Congrats on the new book!

September 26, 2011 12:59 AM
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Allix said...

pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses!

September 26, 2011 12:59 AM
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maddiee said...

We don’t usually celebrate halloween in aus, but you can’t go past a bucket of maltesers!!!!

September 26, 2011 12:59 AM
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Emily said...

It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I love candy corn!!! I like that it’s a seasonal candy…I reserve it for one time a year and it’s sooo worth it. :)

September 26, 2011 12:59 AM
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Kellie Choi said...

All different varieties of the mini chocolate bars…I always eat them first…out of my kids bags…; )

September 26, 2011 01:00 AM
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Shannon said...

I love it when you have a big bag of Halloween candy and all of the smells mix together. That is the smell of my childhood and it takes me back every year! : )

September 26, 2011 01:00 AM
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Tanya said...

m&m’s. Both plain & peanut! Yum!

September 26, 2011 01:00 AM
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