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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Rebecca said...

When I think of Halloween candy, my mind automatically goes to Candy Corn. It is THE candy for this holiday!

September 27, 2011 12:15 PM
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Torey said...

The pumpkins – have to be by Branch – the others aren’t as good. Love the little boxes of junior mints too!

September 27, 2011 12:16 PM
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Elly said...

We dont really have halloween candy over here, because the dutch dont really celebrate it ! But I always make some spooky cupcakes ^^

September 27, 2011 12:20 PM
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Kellie said...

Crunch Bars. My nephew finally decided he likes them, so I have to sneak them out of his bag.

September 27, 2011 12:21 PM
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Peggy said...

Twix!! Or anything with dark chocolate.

September 27, 2011 12:21 PM
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Chris Carrizosa said...

caramel apples are my favorits and not just in halloween ;)

September 27, 2011 12:22 PM
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April said...

I love the peanut butter cups shaped like pumpkins.

September 27, 2011 12:23 PM
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Diane said...

Good old fashioned popcorn balls and caramel corn

September 27, 2011 12:23 PM
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KRISTINA said...

How come no one likes Bats? lol….I read through a tonne of the comments thinking I might find some halloween candy of the past that I had forgotten about but is totally yummy…but to me nothing quite says halloween like a pink bat sucker thing. lol I don’t think I even really know what they are but they’re pulley and chewy and strawberry-ish and just lovely. :) YUM.

September 27, 2011 12:25 PM
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Erin said...

Anything chocolate, of course … but I do love some candy corn this time of year.

September 27, 2011 12:27 PM
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Natalia Algalarronda said...

I LOVE KIT-KAT… AND HERSHEY KISSES.

September 27, 2011 12:27 PM
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Brooke said...

PB cups!!

September 27, 2011 12:28 PM
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GigiC said...

I love Candy Corn but not the “plain” kind…..I <3 the autumn mix! YUM!

September 27, 2011 12:29 PM
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Jen said...

Mellowcreme pumpkins! In high school (when my metabolism was much better), I would buy bags to keep in my car so I could eat them while I was driving around. And they are really cute on top of cupcakes!

September 27, 2011 12:29 PM
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MiKenzie said...

I love the popcorn “hands” with candy corn fingernails :)

September 27, 2011 12:30 PM
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melanie said...

My favorite Halloween candy is : Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

September 27, 2011 12:31 PM
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Lisa said...

We don’t really have any Halloween candy, they just focus on the ones that exist that are black and orange :(

But my favorite candy to eat at Halloween must be foam-(kinda marshmallow)-skulls that tastes raspberry and licorice. They taste great, everyone can eat them (as long as you have teeth) and are gone all to soon!
But then again, caramel apples are amazing if it doesn’t have to be all unhealthy candy ;)

September 27, 2011 12:32 PM
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Joanne said...

Reese’s PB Cups, the big ones!

September 27, 2011 12:33 PM
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Judy D. said...

Snickers!

September 27, 2011 12:34 PM
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Melissa Brown said...

Snack Size 100 Grand candybars are my nemesis!

September 27, 2011 12:34 PM
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Suki said...

Caramel Apple flavored Hershey kisses. Discovered them last year and they are amazing!

September 27, 2011 12:35 PM
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Alicia said...

Candy corn….and mini Twix bars!

September 27, 2011 12:35 PM
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Azyan Z said...

Anything chocolate goes for me! Yums~

September 27, 2011 12:36 PM
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Shanti said...

OMGsh! I want to make those meringues! I like to keep Halloween candy simple with Smarties :P

September 27, 2011 12:36 PM
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Elisa said...

My favorite Halloween candy doesn’t necessarily qualify as a candy, I guess, but I LOVE caramel apples. I love making them, donning them with tidbits and eating them. It’s one of my favorite parts of fall.

September 27, 2011 12:37 PM
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Kizzy Wright said...

Definitely, candy corn!

September 27, 2011 12:38 PM
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Kristen said...

Candy Corn is what first came to mind, followed closely by the candy corn Hershey’s kisses. Mmmm!

September 27, 2011 12:42 PM
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Maryam said...

There are so many! I literally go mad with baking on halloween! I make pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake, chocolate witch hats, cupcakes and cake balls!!!! I’d have to say pumpkin cookies as you can’t go wrong with pumpkin! DELICIOUS

September 27, 2011 12:43 PM
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Mary said...

Snickers….refrigerated, then sliced

September 27, 2011 12:44 PM
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Kim said...

Caramel popcorn balls

September 27, 2011 12:44 PM
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Brenda said...

Reese’s peanut butter cups

September 27, 2011 12:45 PM
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Liz said...

Gotta be the candy corn pumpkins too!! Those things are so darn addictive!

September 27, 2011 12:46 PM
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Lori from Port Perry said...

I looove, as in I love to breath, Candy Apples!!! Not to be confused with the messier, less attractive cousing the carmel apple….I love the crack of the candy, the taste, the stick in your teeth experience but it has to be on a great apple like a Mitsu. MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm.

September 27, 2011 12:47 PM
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Robin Wilson said...

Love Love Love Halloween Candy! Can I really pick just one? I don’t think so, but I will say I will always pick up a Twix!
The Cook Book looks amazing! Also I will be baking those chocolate meringue cookies this week!

September 27, 2011 12:50 PM
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Tea said...

my favorite is swedish fish! i always beg people to trade with me so i can have more of them. :P

September 27, 2011 12:50 PM
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Amparo said...

I don’t have a favorite candy… I love all of them… if I have to choose maybe anything involving chocolate or pumpkins

September 27, 2011 12:51 PM
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Ruthie said...

Candy corn!!!!! And caramel apples!!!!!! Yum, yum. The book looks incredible!

September 27, 2011 12:51 PM
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SarahBW said...

pumpkin candy corn!!

September 27, 2011 12:52 PM
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Tara said...

Mmmmm Butterfingers from the freezer :)

September 27, 2011 12:52 PM
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Samantha Bankson said...

I just finished making your triple chip cookies!! Delicious!!!

My favorite Halloween candy is definitely those candy corn pumpkins.. mmm I might have to go pick some up this afternoon!!

Thanks for all the great recipes!!

September 27, 2011 12:53 PM
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Xuan Li said...

Mini Snickers bars!

September 27, 2011 12:55 PM
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Matt said...

Lol I didn’t know there was so many Candy Corn lovers out there. I get from a lot of people it they either love it or hate it. Hands down mine is Candy Corn also. I live the sweetness and the texture. I go through bags at Halloween time and stock up after Halloween.

September 27, 2011 12:56 PM
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Andi said...

I steal all of my children’s laffy taffy. My guilty pleasure!

September 27, 2011 12:57 PM
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Monique said...

Chocolate covered candy corn. Congrats on being published in another book!

September 27, 2011 12:57 PM
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PattiP said...

Toss up between Reese’s peanut butter cups and Kit Kat bars.

September 27, 2011 12:57 PM
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Stacey said...

Hi! Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite Halloween Candy is reeses pb cups.

September 27, 2011 12:57 PM
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amber said...

candy corn!!! of course!!! but the pumkin ones…

September 27, 2011 12:57 PM
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Rachel W. said...

Caramel Apples (not really a candy, but they’re sweet!)

September 27, 2011 12:59 PM
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Lynnette said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

September 27, 2011 12:59 PM
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Lilblueyes said...

Favorite Halloween candy has to be … Snack Size Snickers! Or wait … maybe Snack Size Almond Joy!! Uhh…. come to think of it, Snack Size Twix kinda rock too. I’m all about the chocolate, obviously!

September 27, 2011 01:00 PM
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Amy said...

Candy corn is my favorite!

September 27, 2011 01:02 PM
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Carrie Sautter said...

Caramel apples with nuts or crushed up candy bars!!! I’ve never been fond of the hard cinnamon coating…it’s all about the caramel/chocolate calories for me ;)

September 27, 2011 01:02 PM
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Rebecca said...

Hmm, I’m really not partial to any certain candy, I love them all, lol. I do love the itty bitty chocolate bars though.

September 27, 2011 01:03 PM
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Maria said...

Nerds!! It’s the only time of year I eat them.

September 27, 2011 01:03 PM
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Lori N. said...

Candy corn, for sure!

September 27, 2011 01:04 PM
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Felicia said...

I like candy corn but not just plain candy corn. I like those Autumn Mix bags with the pumpkins and the brown candy corn along with the regular candy corn. I like to eat each piece individually and savor (eventually!) the whole bag (after all, sharing is SO over-rated!!)

September 27, 2011 01:04 PM
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Jean C said...

Candy corn, which doesn’t taste great but is the essence of fall.

September 27, 2011 01:05 PM
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nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma said...

Lollipops from Yummy Earth…

September 27, 2011 01:07 PM
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Sam said...

I’m a huuuuuge fan of milky ways. Caramel, chocolate, nougat….what could be better?!

September 27, 2011 01:09 PM
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elizabeth said...

CANDY CORN!!! Nom nom nom

September 27, 2011 01:12 PM
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Jenny said...

Can I pick 2? Twix and the candy corn pumpkins. Yum! Yum! Yum!
Thank you for the giveaway and congratulations on being included in the book!

September 27, 2011 01:12 PM
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Connie C. said...

My favorite is Butterfingers!

September 27, 2011 01:15 PM
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Veena Reddy said...

candy corn! i like to split them up into the 3 separate colors and then eat them!

September 27, 2011 01:15 PM
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Jennifer said...

Autumn mix (candy corn and the pumpkins), yummy!

September 27, 2011 01:17 PM
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Beth said...

Mini Resse’s Peanut Butter cups, love them! Plus they are Halloween colors :D

September 27, 2011 01:21 PM
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Amanda said...

Favorite Halloween candy? It’s definitely one-parts candy corn eaten with one-parts dry roasted peanuts, preferably by the fistful. And then the candy corn runs out before the peanuts, so you have to refresh it…and then the same thing happens with the peanuts… I can’t buy the stuff because I can never break the cycle!

September 27, 2011 01:25 PM
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Oh!Riley said...

mini candy bars, anything with chocolate and carmel but no coconut.

September 27, 2011 01:26 PM
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April Reyna said...

My favorite candy is candy corns…

September 27, 2011 01:28 PM
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Judi said...

Always love Reese’s peanut butter cups-minis!

September 27, 2011 01:30 PM
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JuneBug said...

I love candy corn! But, I can only eat like 5 of them, and that will satisfy my craving until the following year!

September 27, 2011 01:32 PM
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Crissy Hagan said...

When I think of Halloween I always think of candy apples. its a tradition to make and eat them halloween.

now regular halloween candy, I’m ok with eating whatever I grab that comes out my trick of treat bag. lol. Specially BottleCaps!!

September 27, 2011 01:36 PM
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Mary said...

candy corns & hershey mini candy bars

September 27, 2011 01:36 PM
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Lisa said...

Butterfingers. This is the only time of the year that I buy them…because I eat them all!

September 27, 2011 01:36 PM
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Marie said...

Ooh those meringues look nice!

My favourite halloween candy is reese’s peanut butter cups….soo good.

September 27, 2011 01:37 PM
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Marg said...

all candy Halloween themed or not :)

September 27, 2011 01:38 PM
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Smile Steady said...

My favorites are anything that combine chocolate and peanut butter! Mmmmm

September 27, 2011 01:38 PM
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Lindsey Nicole said...

Love caramel apples and the caramel apple suckers. But more than that I love pumpkin pie! It’s not exactly a candy but it is my favorite thing to eat in the fall… mmmmm.

September 27, 2011 01:39 PM
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Deanna said...

As I was reading everyone’s responds I would think, oooh yeah that’s my favorite candy. Then I would read another post and think, no that’s my favorite! I love Halloween candy because it’s ok to eat lots of it, almost expected!! My final answer is stale ghost peeps and candy corn, but it will probably change again tomorrow.

September 27, 2011 01:40 PM
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Colleen said...

Peanut Butter cups. Always and forever.

September 27, 2011 01:41 PM
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April said...

I love candy corn, but my all time favorite Halloween candy is the pumpkins! Yumm! I could eat an entire bag! I’m sure I would be sick as a dog after, but I would be in heaven for a while before!

September 27, 2011 01:41 PM
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Amanda said...

CANDY CORN!!!! YUMMY!!!!

September 27, 2011 01:41 PM
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sarah said...

Anything chocolate!!

September 27, 2011 01:44 PM
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Zoe Biggart said...

candy corn mixed with dry roasted peanuts…delicious!!

September 27, 2011 01:45 PM
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Cherish said...

My favorite candy is always Reese’s pb cups – no matter if they are shaped like pumpkins for Halloween, bells for Christmas or eggs for Easter!

I have been to the Salty Tart many times. It is located in the Midtown Global Market, which is def worth a visit if you get a chance! I like to stop by and get a chocolate meringue whenever I get the chance! The coconut macaroons are also delicious!

September 27, 2011 01:47 PM
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Lea said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

September 27, 2011 01:48 PM
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stephanie said...

Hands down…….mounds bars. Only time of year I eat them & they are so hard to find around here in the mini snack size.

September 27, 2011 01:51 PM
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Amber said...

the pumpkins from candy corn mix they are great to eat & look oh So cute on Halloween cupcakes

September 27, 2011 01:53 PM
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Sarah gillespie said...

Tootsie Roll Pops! I always buy an extra bag that goes to just one grown-up trick or treater…ME! And I cannot wait to cook these chocolate meringues. I have been making ones like this for years but have admit, these look much better than mine:)

September 27, 2011 01:54 PM
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Kedran K said...

Pixie stix – it’s the only time of year I eat them (if they haven’t been broken and emptied into the candy bag….

September 27, 2011 01:55 PM
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Jessi Pierce said...

Hands down, Candy Corn! And even better, those mini pumpkin ones. I love chocolate, but most of the normal candy you can get year-round. Candy Corn only makes a seasonal appearance. I love it!

September 27, 2011 01:56 PM
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Lori Souter said...

Candy Corn hands down! It is the only time of year that I eat it!

Thanks for a chance to win this awesome book!

Lori

September 27, 2011 01:59 PM
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Larissa said...

Candy corn! and Milky Ways! and Crunch bars! =)

September 27, 2011 02:00 PM
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Sam N said...

Candy corn pumpkins!

September 27, 2011 02:01 PM
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Anita K. said...

I love me some candy corn, especially in a big bowl with an equal amount of peanuts!!

I also actually like those weird peanut butter taffy things that everyone else hates…

September 27, 2011 02:01 PM
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Analisa Lopez said...

Hi Bakerella, hmmm….my favorite Halloween candy actually isnt a candy lol, but id made with candy. And its caramel apples! I love this Halloween Treat!

September 27, 2011 02:02 PM
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Roberta said...

Hands down candy corn. It brings back so many memories of Halloween spent with my sister (her favorite too) who passed away several years ago.

September 27, 2011 02:03 PM
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Katy said...

Do Halloween Oreos count?
I firmly believe they are superior to any and all oreos and find myself hoarding them all fall.

September 27, 2011 02:07 PM
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Chelsea said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those Reese’s peanut butter cups that look like pumpkins…so much peanut butter! YUM!

September 27, 2011 02:10 PM
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Jamie said...

I like anything with chocolate and peanut butter.

September 27, 2011 02:12 PM
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Grace C. said...

caramel chocolate apples

September 27, 2011 02:13 PM
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