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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Jenn said...

I love the candy corn pumpkins….. yummy!!!

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

Anything chocolate! When I rid my girls’ trick-or-treat bags that’s what I go for first!

September 26, 2011 01:01 AM
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Hopeley said...

Mary Jane’s peanut butter

September 26, 2011 01:01 AM
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Becca said...

Although candy corn is good, I love the candy pumpkins! Yum :)

September 26, 2011 01:01 AM
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Wendy Webster said...

dark chocolate mint 3 musketeers … mmmm

September 26, 2011 01:02 AM
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Cara said...

Candy corn!!! :)

September 26, 2011 01:02 AM
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Erica A said...

The half-price candy after Halloween is over! :)

September 26, 2011 01:03 AM
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Mj said...

ANYTHING but candy corn! but especially kit kats. yum!

September 26, 2011 01:04 AM
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Caryn said...

Candy corn pumpkins…mmmmmmmm have already stocked up on them so I can eat them through Christmas:)

September 26, 2011 01:04 AM
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Rachel said...

Candy corn! Yes, I’m really a five year old at heart. >.>

I need to track down the pop tart recipe. Another US thing that has never made it here!

September 26, 2011 01:05 AM
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Zachary said...

York Peppermint Patties!

September 26, 2011 01:05 AM
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Theresa Ferrari said...

Seasonal would be Candy Corn. Everyday in my TOT bag would be Reeses Cups

September 26, 2011 01:05 AM
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Meg said...

Candy corn. I live for it.

September 26, 2011 01:06 AM
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Kirsten said...

Best part about Halloween is the semi-creepy but 100% awesome fellow in my neighborhood who hands out delicious mulled apple cider from a cobweb covered golf cart, shouting “Moldy cider! Get your moldy cider!”

September 26, 2011 01:06 AM
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Colleen said...

Those little candy pumpkins…love them.

September 26, 2011 01:07 AM
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Brooke said...

Peeps forever and always! And for some reason, I’ll only eat tootsie rolls come Halloween.

September 26, 2011 01:08 AM
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AlyssaH said...

Anything chocolate! Especially the Reese’s bites as they are Halloween colours :)

September 26, 2011 01:08 AM
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Linda L said...

I might have to try these chocolate meringues…….usually not a meringue fan but I am a CHOCOLATE fan!!

I like most candy except the gummy varieties. Don’t like those! My all time favorite is a toss up between peanut M & M’s or Resses peanut butter cups.

September 26, 2011 01:08 AM
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Mandy Q said...

Bottle caps!!

September 26, 2011 01:08 AM
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Melanie said...

I absolutely adore candy corn- not just on Halloween, but every day if the year! All my friends seem to hate it though, which is sad. D:

Although I do have a soft spot for those body parts gummies…

September 26, 2011 01:08 AM
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Melissa H said...

Candy corn….it’s so moreish!

September 26, 2011 01:08 AM
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Casey B. said...

Reeses peanut butter cups!! Mmmm…

September 26, 2011 01:10 AM
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Kim said...

I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate! Not to mention pumpkin bars and caramel apples!!! yummy!

September 26, 2011 01:10 AM
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Anonymous said...

I don’t celebrate Halloween Holiday but enjoy candy.:-). I like KitKats the best but any good chocolate would be next. Congratulations on having a recipe and pages about you in the book! I bake and cook almost every day .:-). I’m also Susan’s Decorated Sweets on FB (currently with daisy bouquet cake on profile).

September 26, 2011 01:10 AM
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Breanne said...

Candy corn! No doubt.

Thanks for the giveaway!

September 26, 2011 01:11 AM
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amy marantino said...

candy corn is my favorite.

September 26, 2011 01:11 AM
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Christie Lostracco said...

Autumn Mix especially the pumpkins!

September 26, 2011 01:12 AM
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Julie said...

I love the giant lemon heads. I usually only find them during Halloween :)

September 26, 2011 01:12 AM
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Melanie S said...

Candy corn that in my type A opinion have to be a eaten individually and in sections starting at the top.

September 26, 2011 01:13 AM
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Kelsey said...

I am absolutely in love with candy corn

September 26, 2011 01:13 AM
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Louise said...

I love the assorted bags of Nestle mini chocolate bars, the ones with the mini kit-kat bars, mini coffee crisp bars, and mini boxes of smarties…mini things always taste better ! =)

September 26, 2011 01:13 AM
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Casey said...

Definitely the little bitty Atkinson’s Peanut Butter Bars with the clear cellophane wrapper with black stripes!! So good!

September 26, 2011 01:15 AM
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Carrie said...

Candy Corn and Sixlets

September 26, 2011 01:16 AM
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Jordann said...

I had to think for a while. Even though I’m diabetic, I will always welcome a squishy-sweet-Swedish-Berries coma.

September 26, 2011 01:16 AM
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Christy said...

Does caramel popcorn count? I love corn.

Your meringues look great. I’ve made vanilla meringue cookies before, but the chocolate looks even better.

September 26, 2011 01:16 AM
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Brittany said...

Depends on my mood, but snickers and 3 musketeers usually hit the spot.

September 26, 2011 01:17 AM
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Kim said...

I was always excited when I got twix trick-or-treating.

September 26, 2011 01:17 AM
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Tania faccone said...

Candy corn for the win! Although I do love peeps, they’re more of an Easter candy for me.
Ps- can’t wait to see you in San Francisco next month!

September 26, 2011 01:17 AM
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Shelly Gebert said...

I love caramel apples, snickers & tootsie rolls!

September 26, 2011 01:18 AM
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laura glass said...

glorious mini aero bars!

September 26, 2011 01:18 AM
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Gigi said...

Twix! Anytime, anywhere, but especially at Halloween.

September 26, 2011 01:20 AM
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Fiona said...

They’re not Halloween per se, but the packaging comes in Halloween-ish colors: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!

September 26, 2011 01:20 AM
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Micah said...

candy corn!!!

September 26, 2011 01:20 AM
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Amanda Bagley said...

MARY JANES! I LOVE peanut butter!

September 26, 2011 01:21 AM
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Kara said...

Pixie Sticks!!! I love a neon sugar high!

September 26, 2011 01:21 AM
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Sarah said...

Any candy is good, but I prefer reeses pb cups and smarties.

September 26, 2011 01:21 AM
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KelleyM said...

Candy corn! I love eating them piece by piece color by color!

September 26, 2011 01:22 AM
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Amanda said...

Tootsie Rolls!

September 26, 2011 01:22 AM
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Christina Kelly said...

tootsie rolls!

September 26, 2011 01:23 AM
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Susan w. said...

I love candy corn .
That book is a piece of art ;)

September 26, 2011 01:23 AM
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Jane said...

I love anything chocolate.

September 26, 2011 01:23 AM
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Brittany said...

I personally looooove candy corn
However, I try to get the pumpkin versions, because they’re too adorable!

September 26, 2011 01:23 AM
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RJ said...

Hmmm… Candy corn!

September 26, 2011 01:23 AM
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Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

My favorites are any little fun sized (or full sized) chocolate candy bars… snickers, 100 grand…

These meringues look delicious!!

September 26, 2011 01:24 AM
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Krystal Aust said...

Original Candy Corn. i don’t like the other favors. I cant get enough.

September 26, 2011 01:24 AM
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Melanie said...

you can never, ever go wrong with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

September 26, 2011 01:25 AM
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Emily S. said...

I can eat more candy corn than I’m proud of in one sitting. But my favorite when my parents would take me trick or treating were always Kit Kats!

September 26, 2011 01:26 AM
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Georgia said...

Candy corn or tootsie rolls!

September 26, 2011 01:27 AM
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Jordan said...

Wow that cake on the cover looks to-die-for. My fav Halloween candy is mini-twix! (has to be the mini!)

September 26, 2011 01:27 AM
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Alex said...

I love the flavored tootsie rolls, but not the vanilla ones- the rest are delicious!

September 26, 2011 01:27 AM
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Britta Wallstrom said...

Hmmm probably candy corn. Especially the pumpkins, sooooooooooo simple yet sooooooooooo good <3.

September 26, 2011 01:27 AM
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Tehmina said...

I always loved tootsie rolls, mainly because I only got to eat them at Halloween.

September 26, 2011 01:27 AM
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Audrey said...

I don’t have a favorite and can’t just call one out (as it wouldn’t be fair to the other candy contenders I love so much too!). However, one thing they put out every fall along with Halloween candy that I always love and look forward to is the caramel covered green apple lollipops. So yummy!!

September 26, 2011 01:28 AM
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Sophie said...

Caramel apple lollipops!

September 26, 2011 01:29 AM
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Stephanie said...

When I was a kid, I would haggle and negotiate half the candy in my bag for some Snickers!

September 26, 2011 01:29 AM
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Monica said...

Even if I don’t win this, I’d still definitely go out and purchase it.
My favorite Halloween candy is Reese PB cups! yummmm.

September 26, 2011 01:30 AM
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Noreen said...

Kit kat or twix, I want some now!
As a kid it was good n plenty

September 26, 2011 01:30 AM
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Melanie said...

I love anything that’s Chocolate… yum :)

September 26, 2011 01:30 AM
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lynneth said...

reeses pieces or mini kit-kat

hard to choose, but reeses are a better color scheme

September 26, 2011 01:31 AM
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RedHead Cake Lover said...

I adore candy corn pumpkins!! And little ghost peeps!! :)

September 26, 2011 01:31 AM
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sistakt said...

reeses peanut butter cups! MMmmmMMM! :)

September 26, 2011 01:31 AM
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Abigail said...

I love M&Ms in Halloween colors!

September 26, 2011 01:31 AM
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Mariah said...

I love all candy all the time. But my favorite Halloween candy would have to be candy corn or those candy pumpkins. Although they are super sweet so you can’t eat too many.:)

September 26, 2011 01:32 AM
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Van said...

I love chocolates or candy corn. =D

September 26, 2011 01:32 AM
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The Sugar Fairy said...

Here in Australia, Halloween isn’t really celebrated. I have tried Candy Corn but can’t say i was very impressed – *sigh*

September 26, 2011 01:33 AM
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Lily said...

Candy corn is my favorite Halloween candy!

September 26, 2011 01:33 AM
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Amy said...

Definitely candy corn. Should I even admit that I’ve downed an entire bag already and it isn’t even October!!! ;-)

September 26, 2011 01:34 AM
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Stephanie said...

My favorite Halloween candy is definitely candy corn, haha!

September 26, 2011 01:34 AM
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The Sugar Fairy said...

Here in Australia, Halloween isnt’ really celebrated. I have tried Candy Corn but can’t say i was very impressed – *sigh*

September 26, 2011 01:34 AM
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Chelsea said...

Do Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes count? They are basically liquid candy to me.. yum! And Candy Corn of course!

September 26, 2011 01:35 AM
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Noelley said...

I usually switch between Kit Kat, Snickers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. After I’ve eaten until I am practically sick, I still have room for another mini Snickers bar – so that’s my answer! My husband has forbidden me from opening the Halloween candy early this year. Boo!

September 26, 2011 01:36 AM
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Ruby said...

In australia i love to celebrate halloween with my American husband by making chocolate spiders. Crispy noodles covered in a dark chocolate/peanut butter mixture. SO good!

September 26, 2011 01:36 AM
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Sacha said...

Here in Denmark Halloween is a new thing to celebrate, in my childhood we only did the trick or treat in Februrary, celebrating “Fastelavn” with a candyfilled barrel.
Then you hit it (just like a piñata).

My favourite treat from Fastelavn is a danish either with vanilla cream or apple jam Mmm…

One thing that I miss from my visit in the states 9 years ago is m&m’s filled with peanutbutter.
Oh so yummy…

September 26, 2011 01:36 AM
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Angelica said...

I have to go with Kit Kats. For some reason it’s the only time I have them – reminds me of trick or treating as a kid.

September 26, 2011 01:37 AM
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Rachel said...

Oooo I’m on a twix kick at the moment :)

September 26, 2011 01:37 AM
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Jamie Harrison said...

Reese’s Pumpkins!

September 26, 2011 01:38 AM
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Karen Kamilos said...

Candy Corn!!

September 26, 2011 01:38 AM
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Karine D.G. said...

DOTS gummy and the fruit flavoured tootsie roll (lime, yummy!)

September 26, 2011 01:39 AM
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tea said...

Your blog makes my mouth water, every morning as I sit at my compouter here in Southern Italy! Thank you!

Tea

September 26, 2011 01:39 AM
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Wjpopa said...

Homemade caramel corn!! Yum!

September 26, 2011 01:40 AM
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Maria said...

I’m not really a candy fan (give me cake any day!) but I would pick peanut butter cups.

September 26, 2011 01:40 AM
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Tanya said...

My favorite Hallowe’en candy is Reese’s. Kids don’t get enough of them nowadays because they have peanuts in them. So, I give out about 5 to each kid at Hallowe’en!

September 26, 2011 01:40 AM
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Tami said...

Starburst!

September 26, 2011 01:40 AM
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Ann said...

Almond Joys! (Honestly, ANY bite sized candy bar will do!)

September 26, 2011 01:41 AM
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Ellysa said...

Might be a pretty typical answer, but I’m a huge fan of the candy corn that comes out around Halloween! Mind you, if those meringues were considered candy, I’d pick them. ;)

September 26, 2011 01:41 AM
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Kim said...

How to choose just one? …if I have to choose one I would say reeses pumpkins

September 26, 2011 01:42 AM
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shelly p. said...

Candy pumpkins! Some say they taste the same as candy corn, but I think they are way better:)

September 26, 2011 01:44 AM
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April B. said...

Pretty much any candy that isn’t chocolate. I used to be in love with candy corn and I still enjoy it around Halloween but it’s not quite the obsession it used to be.

September 26, 2011 01:44 AM
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Merjean said...

mini mr. big chocolate bars! would love to win the book!

September 26, 2011 01:44 AM
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Rachael Davis said...

I love, love, love candy corn kisses! Yum!!! (and they’re not selling them this year so I’m super bummed).
Your treats look dee-lish!

September 26, 2011 01:45 AM
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