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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Linda Maxwell said...

Bakerella I love your blog. I love candied apples.

September 27, 2011 02:14 PM
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meghanE said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses! They remind me of being a kid every time I eat one. :)

September 27, 2011 02:14 PM
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Deborah said...

Definately Mounds… =)

September 27, 2011 02:14 PM
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Cara said...

Bite size snickers and three muskateers.

September 27, 2011 02:15 PM
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JosephineTomato said...

dark chocolate Dove bites

September 27, 2011 02:15 PM
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Lisa Roth said...

My favorite is free :) Really how can you pick?? I guess I favor mini chocolate bars…

September 27, 2011 02:17 PM
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crystal said...

I love those caramels with the white frosting in the center! yum! I NEED this cookbook :)

September 27, 2011 02:17 PM
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Vanessa said...

Peanut butter cups!

September 27, 2011 02:18 PM
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Sarah Caruso said...

I’d have to say candy corn!!

September 27, 2011 02:19 PM
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Elizabeth said...

Reese’s Pnut Butter Pumpkins yum!

September 27, 2011 02:20 PM
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Sage said...

Candy corn I think…. but the best thing about Halloween is all the fun-size candies, so I don’t have to pick just ONE! :)

September 27, 2011 02:21 PM
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Kristin R. said...

If I were handed a basket of candy, I would always pick milky ways or starburst first. It would depend on if I was in a chocolate or fruit kind of mood.

September 27, 2011 02:21 PM
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Becky said...

This book looks AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on one! As far as Halloween candy… I love the orange kit kats, especially from the freezer!

September 27, 2011 02:22 PM
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Barry said...

I love Reeses Cups!

September 27, 2011 02:22 PM
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Bonnie L. said...

I love almond joys and Reese’s PB cups!

September 27, 2011 02:23 PM
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Barb Brown said...

I L-O-V-E the Reese’s Peanut Butter shaped pumpkins. The Best!

September 27, 2011 02:24 PM
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KB @ Home-Baked Happiness said...

My favorite Halloween candy is those little “fun size” bars, Snickers and 3 Musketeers and the like.

Also, banana-maple? I need that recipe like whoa. :)

September 27, 2011 02:24 PM
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Angela said...

My favorite guilty pleasure is the mellowcreme pumpkins. :) I do love candy corns, too, though.

September 27, 2011 02:25 PM
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Maria said...

Hi!
My favourite halloween, well probably all year long, favourite candy, is plain chocolate. In Sweden we don´t have special halloween candy…

September 27, 2011 02:25 PM
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Jenny said...

Oh goodness those look amazing! I can’t wait to bake them this weekend! And for favorite candy it has to be 3 Muskateers!

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

I love caramel apples!!

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

Fruity Tootsie Rolls.

September 27, 2011 02:28 PM
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Sarah said...

Twix, snickers, NERDS, love it all!

September 27, 2011 02:30 PM
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Monique said...

caramel candy apples

September 27, 2011 02:30 PM
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Amy Hall said...

I think my favorite Halloween candy is candy corn. You can only buy the genuine stuff this time of year, the rest of the candy I can by all year round.

September 27, 2011 02:33 PM
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Hayley Johnson said...

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats. Very, Very VERY delicious.

September 27, 2011 02:34 PM
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Vanessa said...

kit kats! followed closely by delicious caramel apples

September 27, 2011 02:37 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I love peanut butter kisses, no one else like them… so I get a lot around Halloween :-D

September 27, 2011 02:37 PM
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Stef said...

I’ll say just about anything chocolate.

September 27, 2011 02:40 PM
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Peggy Lim said...

I super love caramel apple!!!!! :D

September 27, 2011 02:40 PM
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JenH said...

I will have to say Kit Kats!

September 27, 2011 02:40 PM
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SHANNON said...

Tough question! BUT my fav thing are the pumpkin cookies in the snack package!

September 27, 2011 02:41 PM
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Christina Wen said...

Milky Way – chewy caramal, creamy nouget & light milk chocolate. *drools* – gotta love them.

September 27, 2011 02:41 PM
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Sara-Jane said...

the little itty bitty kit-kat bars because you can eat 8 or 9 of them and not feel guilty… cuz they’re little, right?!? … ;)

September 27, 2011 02:44 PM
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Laurie said...

Mini Snickers bars are my hands-down favorite Halloween candy!

September 27, 2011 02:44 PM
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Pam Beaton said...

My favorite has to be chocolate covered Marshmallows brooms! So Glad you are feeling better.

September 27, 2011 02:46 PM
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OTA Mom said...

marshmallow pumpkins :)

September 27, 2011 02:46 PM
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LeighAnne said...

Candy corn!!

September 27, 2011 02:47 PM
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Zanslee said...

I would kill for a payday bar, but I’m now deathly allergic to peanuts, so I don’t get much Halloween candy. :o(

September 27, 2011 02:47 PM
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Janice Leach said...

I love candy corn and jaw breakers. Can’t wait for Halloween.

September 27, 2011 02:50 PM
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Jenn said...

Candy Corn for sure!!

These look amazing and I’ll have to try to make them. Cake pops for the first time for my daughters 7th bday are this weekend, and peanut butter pie, that you linked to Pioneer Woman is tonight for my husbands 40th. Really digging these recipes and could use some more :)

September 27, 2011 02:50 PM
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Leslie said...

Anything chocolate really but I always seem to head straight for the Reese’s.

September 27, 2011 02:53 PM
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Kay Gedminas said...

Candy corn! I mix it with salted peanuts!

September 27, 2011 02:53 PM
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Mellisa W. said...

Thankfully my 11 yro only like candy, so I hide the chocolate.

September 27, 2011 02:55 PM
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veronica said...

KitKat bars!! yummy

September 27, 2011 03:00 PM
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christy :) said...

glossette chocolate covered raisins :P

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

I like to eat candy corn with salted peanuts. Yum!

September 27, 2011 03:02 PM
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Michelle McCann said...

loooove candy corn!!

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

My favorites are those sixlets candies… I don’t know why but I’ll only eat them for halloween… delish!

September 27, 2011 03:05 PM
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Heather J. said...

Candy Corn!!!!!!!!!

September 27, 2011 03:06 PM
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DonnaVDL said...

ANYTHING caramel has me at hello!

September 27, 2011 03:06 PM
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Erica G. said...

My halloween favorite has to be candy corn :] but my all time favorite is probably a tie between cookie and creme kises and twix >:]

thank goodness i can find them all year round :]

September 27, 2011 03:06 PM
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Nancy said...

Not really candy, but better–caramel apples with chocolate drizzle and Heath pieces . . .

September 27, 2011 03:07 PM
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Wenche Sterling said...

Hmm, hard to pick one, but bite sized chocolates are at the top, with peanut butter cups! Yumm!

September 27, 2011 03:07 PM
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Jessica Franzo said...

Carmel apples…with apples from the orchard, of course! :o)

September 27, 2011 03:09 PM
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Jessica said...

Pretty much anything chewy or chocolate. I especially like the little caramel squares, though they can be difficult to open. =)

September 27, 2011 03:11 PM
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Amy said...

Caramel Apple Sucker Pops…so sweet :)

September 27, 2011 03:12 PM
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dianne said...

buckeye balls! i have to have those!

September 27, 2011 03:14 PM
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Katy said...

My favorite halloween candy is anything made with chocolate! I love buying big bags of mini chocolate bars. We don’t get many trick-or-treaters so the more I buy, the more we get for ourselves!

September 27, 2011 03:15 PM
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Virginia said...

My favorite Halloween candy is the Russell Stover Caramel & Marshmallow Pumpkins! Soo good!

September 27, 2011 03:17 PM
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andrea said...

Coffee Crisp!! (and crispy crunch, and rockets…..)

September 27, 2011 03:18 PM
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kit said...

So many good kinds, but I love “bit ‘o honey” candy for Halloween

September 27, 2011 03:18 PM
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Sarah Kyle said...

My favorite Halloween candy are Kit Kat’s!

September 27, 2011 03:20 PM
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Marrianne Williams said...

Caramel Apples for sure!!!

September 27, 2011 03:20 PM
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Kari said...

I love sweets!! I love chocolate bars. I love reeses. I love snickers. I really love kit kats. I love starbursts. I love skittles. I love candy and therefore I love Halloween!!

September 27, 2011 03:22 PM
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Alecia said...

Candy corn!

September 27, 2011 03:25 PM
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Monki said...

anything chocolate!

September 27, 2011 03:25 PM
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shayna said...

I love those peanut butter taffys. I can’t remember what they’re called, but I wait for them around halloween so I can stock up!

September 27, 2011 03:25 PM
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Danielle said...

I love the caramel apple lollipops!

September 27, 2011 03:31 PM
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Marla K. said...

Oh I wait for this time of year where I can get candy corn and those lovely little pumpkins.. Sugar addict!

September 27, 2011 03:31 PM
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Laura (Tail Waggin) said...

Candy Pumpkins! Yum!

September 27, 2011 03:34 PM
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sissou said...

unfortunately in France we don’t celebrate Halloween but if I had to choose one candy the marshmallow-bear covered with white chocolate is definitely my favorite !! Do you have this kind of candy in the US ?
and this book … oh my god … I keep my fingers crossed, I would love it !!

September 27, 2011 03:35 PM
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Angela said...

I love anything gummy. Worms, bears, you name it…. and somehow they always taste better when they come out of those halloween sized treat bags! Yummmmm!

September 27, 2011 03:38 PM
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Ambry Capistrano said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Candy Corn! Mmm mmm good!

September 27, 2011 03:38 PM
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Dena Atchley said...

Snickers!!! Of course, that is my favorite candy all the time! So, if I had to have a favorite halloween candy it would be candy corn.

September 27, 2011 03:40 PM
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Erin said...

Peanut butter kisses and candy corn!

September 27, 2011 03:41 PM
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Pam said...

Peanut M&Ms :)

September 27, 2011 03:41 PM
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Kathy said...

Regular candy corn….all year

September 27, 2011 03:42 PM
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amy said...

my favorite halloween candy are the chocolate peanut butter eye balls!

September 27, 2011 03:43 PM
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Jill C said...

Reese Cups!

September 27, 2011 03:44 PM
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Stacy said...

Mini snickers. When the bites are that small they don’t count so you can eat more ;)

September 27, 2011 03:45 PM
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Toni DeBenedictis said...

I haven’t met a candy I didn’t like, but if I have to submit just one, my favorite is: Milky Way Bars… creamy caramel with milk chocolate coating.

September 27, 2011 03:46 PM
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Courtney H said...

tough call…but I’d have to say reese’s peanut butter cups!

September 27, 2011 03:46 PM
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Elettra said...

Reese’s peanut buttercups! I know they’re not exactly Halloween candy, but I’m Italian and I first tasted them for my first Halloween in the USA… Delicious!

September 27, 2011 03:47 PM
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Terri said...

Any of the mini chocolate candy bars.

September 27, 2011 03:53 PM
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kandeel said...

i loovve candy corn

September 27, 2011 03:54 PM
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kandeel said...

wow number 3787 woah bakerella i likie kitkat any time of year not just haloween!!

September 27, 2011 03:56 PM
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kandeel said...

hersheeyyyyyyyyy love it mmmmmmmmmmmm

September 27, 2011 03:56 PM
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Abby A. said...

I love love love candy apples and caramel popcorn!!

September 27, 2011 03:56 PM
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kandeel said...

i want a book!!!!!!!!!!!! i like hershey

September 27, 2011 03:57 PM
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kandeel said...

any chocolate

September 27, 2011 03:58 PM
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Sarah said...

Popcorn balls!
Close second: Halloween Peeps
Close third: Chocolate, as in candy bars…most any kind!

September 27, 2011 03:58 PM
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JoAnn Black said...

any I love all chocolate….

September 27, 2011 03:59 PM
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Holly said...

I would have to say either the marshmellow peeps or the marshmellow covered, pumpkin-shaped candy. :0P

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

pumpkin candy corns… I will NOT let myself buy them until October!! ha.

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

Reeses, Snickers, Peanut M&Ms….ok pretty much anything chocolate…in Halloween wrappers, of course :)

September 27, 2011 04:02 PM
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Felicia said...

My favorite halloween candy is Reese’s chocolate peanut butter pumpkins….yum!

September 27, 2011 04:06 PM
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Erica said...

Reese’s PB cups and carmels!

September 27, 2011 04:07 PM
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Liane said...

Vanilla tootsie rolls! Although I would forgo all the candy and just have the pumpkin choco chip cookies, caramel apples & popcorn, and any other fun fall baked or homemade good!!

September 27, 2011 04:09 PM
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Stoich91 said...

Anything with sugar will do! ;D Also, those meringues look FABULOUS

September 27, 2011 04:09 PM
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