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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Tarisa said...

Caramel Apples would be my favorite!!!

September 26, 2011 03:26 AM
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Tiffany said...

I love em all, well all that don’t have nuts! OK if I have to I go for the crunch bar. Chocolate with rice crispies, yummy.

September 26, 2011 03:27 AM
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Kari B said...

candy corn pumpkins!

September 26, 2011 03:27 AM
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Sidney said...

hershey’s kisses !

September 26, 2011 03:27 AM
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NicoleY said...

twix!

September 26, 2011 03:28 AM
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Joyce said...

MY favorite Halloween candy is candy corn. I know it’s available all year long but it tastes a million times better when the atmosphere screams Halloween!

September 26, 2011 03:29 AM
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Susan S. said...

Dark chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cups. Yum!

September 26, 2011 03:29 AM
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Ivone K. said...

candy corns!!!

September 26, 2011 03:29 AM
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Karen H said...

I don’t like candy but I go weak at the knees for anything pumpkin, like muffins, scones, pies etc. Those chocolate meringues look delicious.

September 26, 2011 03:30 AM
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Gwen said...

When I think of Halloween candy, I definitely think of candy corn. Love the orange/yellow color, love the shape, love the taste!

September 26, 2011 03:32 AM
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Christina Schmidt said...

Oooh, I would love to win this cookbook!! My favorite Halloween candy has to be the caramel apple suckers, yum!

September 26, 2011 03:33 AM
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Dena C said...

peanut butter cups!! Preferably, the reese’s in the shape of a pumpkin. So good!

September 26, 2011 03:35 AM
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Melinda Smit said...

white chocolate kit-kat or smarties

September 26, 2011 03:35 AM
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Toni said...

I like Tootsie Rolls. Chocolaty, chewy, and just the right size to sneak into long afternoon meetings at work. (And the wrappers don’t crinkle when you open them–which is another definite plus.)

September 26, 2011 03:37 AM
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Valerie said...

I love caramel apples and Dots!

September 26, 2011 03:38 AM
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Ibett Remedios said...

Love, love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

Congrats on your contribution to the book!

September 26, 2011 03:38 AM
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Lori T said...

Candy corn!

September 26, 2011 03:39 AM
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Shannon said...

Pretzel M&Ms are my faves any time of year!

September 26, 2011 03:40 AM
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ellie said...

definitely candy corn! my husband just doesn’t understand why i like them so much! lol

congrats on your shout out :)

September 26, 2011 03:42 AM
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GeekGrrrrrrrrrl said...

I love candy corn but i think the coolest halloween treat is a pink mousse hand with red jelly. creepy but yum

September 26, 2011 03:43 AM
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The Mrs said...

Anything chocolate…so I have a feeling these will be my new favorite!!!!!!

September 26, 2011 03:44 AM
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Sarah B. said...

I’ll have to go classic and say candy corn–my favorite are the runts that are only two colors! But let’s face it, I will eat any of the delicious miniature size Halloween treats that are put in front of me! : )

September 26, 2011 03:44 AM
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Gunnhildur said...

We don’t really celebrate halloween where I come from (Iceland), but my favorite candy is Reese’s pb cups! So delicious! Anything that tastes like pb is heavenly;)

September 26, 2011 03:44 AM
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Bianca said...

Here in Australia we are just getting on the Halloween bandwagon, but I have always wanted to try a pumpkin cheesecake ! :)

September 26, 2011 03:45 AM
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Sara Naszadi said...

pumpkin-apple muffins

September 26, 2011 03:46 AM
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hatti said...

I am from the UK and we don’t really have candy specifically for Halloween, but if we count halloween baking, well sweet pumpkin bread is very good! xx

September 26, 2011 03:47 AM
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Kara said...

Fun size Snickers!!!!!

September 26, 2011 03:47 AM
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lynda said...

MARSHMALLOWS!! I wish Halloween was big in Australia as it is in America :)

September 26, 2011 03:47 AM
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Bárbara said...

They look sooo good. Looking forward to next weekend to try them!

September 26, 2011 03:48 AM
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Veronika said...

I like all sorts of chocolate candies. :)
oh, and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

September 26, 2011 03:50 AM
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Sydney said...

My favourite Halloween candies are probably Oh Henry chocolate bars! Followed closely by Cadbury’s Dairy Milk squares (I put some peanut butter on them – SO DELICIOUS)

September 26, 2011 03:50 AM
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Rogue Cook said...

Smarties! Halloween is the only time of the year I get to eat them! :)

September 26, 2011 03:51 AM
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Lauri said...

Candy Corn

September 26, 2011 03:51 AM
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Jennifer said...

Twizzlers, Mr GoodBar, Sweedish Fish, Laffy Taffy- why have I gained weight?!?!

September 26, 2011 03:51 AM
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Estebes said...

I would say my favorite halloween candy is……………Caramel Appels.i used to have them as a kid and my grandma would buy me ! everytime i went shopping with her :) i just love this book ur giving away :) :) :) :) :)

September 26, 2011 03:52 AM
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Kimm said...

I love the Candy Corn but haven’t decided which flavor yet, they keep coming out with some great flavors.

September 26, 2011 03:52 AM
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Michelle P said...

im always a sucker for those little gummy hamburgers!!! i forget what they are called but you cant confuse them lol. they are so yummy!!

September 26, 2011 03:53 AM
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Marie said...

Wow! so many comments… hey, is it open to oversea readers? I guess no… I’ll have to purchase the book online :) anyway, doesn’t eat much candies (though I work less than a mile away from Haribo’s factory shop… first year working there and I ate more candies than in the rest of my life I think!) but my favorite would definitively be chocolate gummy bears! does that count as Halloween candy? :)

September 26, 2011 03:56 AM
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Laura said...

I´ll pick classic pumpkin pie…

Thanks for the giveaway!

September 26, 2011 03:59 AM
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Shannon said...

Candy corns!!!!! Mmmmmm

September 26, 2011 03:59 AM
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pressedolives said...

Twix or peanut butter cups – they tie for first place!!! Yum!

September 26, 2011 04:03 AM
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Monica said...

I don’t really like candies, but if I had to choose I’d definitely go for M&Ms (all chocolate or peanuts)!

September 26, 2011 04:06 AM
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casey said...

candy corn!!! :)

September 26, 2011 04:06 AM
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Linda said...

Candy corn, but not the chocolate ones.

September 26, 2011 04:08 AM
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jo said...

anything chocolate

September 26, 2011 04:08 AM
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Keri said...

Kit Kat bars for sure! Can’t even buy them for trick or treaters b/c they disappear magically before Halloween starts!

September 26, 2011 04:08 AM
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anne said...

i think i’d have to choose peanut butter cups. home made though, since i live in germany and it’s kinda hard to get the reese’s ones.

September 26, 2011 04:12 AM
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Anna said...

WoW! Congrats on getting in the book! You deserve to be among these remarkable people. I love Williams Sonoma – would be nice to have their store in BP. Have a nice week!

September 26, 2011 04:16 AM
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Kristal C said...

The giant pumpkins (like the candy corn) I do not allow myself to eat them until October and I cannot have them after October. This keeps them highly desired and delightful! Confession time: I also love to “steal” the big fat tootsie roll candies from my kids trick or treat goodies! ;)
Hurry up October!!!

September 26, 2011 04:16 AM
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Ingrid said...

As for things that I only get at Halloween time, that would be candy corn. When I was a kid I would eat the white, orange, and yellow parts in separate bites. :o)

September 26, 2011 04:19 AM
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Steffie said...

peanut butter cookies !!
I cross my fingers

September 26, 2011 04:19 AM
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Kismet said...

Caramel popcorn!

September 26, 2011 04:19 AM
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Veronica Miller said...

I would adore this cookbook! Baking is my forte and my passion. My favorite Halloween candy is the pumpkin shaped Reeses.

September 26, 2011 04:21 AM
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Myra Fontes said...

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday!!! And my favorite candy is any kind of tootsie roll… Lollipop, bite size, flavored I love them… My son is 3 1/2 and loves them too … It’s going to be WWIII here trying to sneak them from his candy stash this year!!!

September 26, 2011 04:22 AM
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Heather Hawkins said...

I always get sucked in by candy corn. And then I eat too many. And then I get a stomach. And then I repeat the process!

September 26, 2011 04:26 AM
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Simone said...

tootsie rolls! :)

September 26, 2011 04:28 AM
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Mira said...

They look so yummy!

September 26, 2011 04:28 AM
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Marissa C. said...

Candy Corn, nom-nom-nom! :-D

September 26, 2011 04:31 AM
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Doreen Comito said...

Sounds so good would love to try them. Would also love the book.Hope u are feeling better!!!!!

September 26, 2011 04:32 AM
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Debbie H. said...

It’s toss-up between mini Snickers and Kit-Kats.

September 26, 2011 04:32 AM
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Susan said...

My favorite Halloween-only item would actually be those orange and black Mary Janes. Some people hate them but I think they’re disgustingly delicious! But my favorite all-round funsize candy that any trick-or-treat bag should not be without has to be Reeses cups. Simply the best.

September 26, 2011 04:33 AM
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Amanda said...

Peanut butter M&Ms. Just discovered these in Australia and they are AMAZING!

September 26, 2011 04:34 AM
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Refigistor said...

Toffee apples! yum yum yum

September 26, 2011 04:35 AM
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Stefanie said...

We don’t really celebrate Halloween over here (booh) but my favourite fall treat is most definitely caramel apples!

September 26, 2011 04:36 AM
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Veerle said...

Even though Halloween isn’t really celebrated here in Europe (I’m Belgian but live in the Netherlands; big dissapointment that Halloween isn’t celebrated there!) I looooove sugar skulls. Made them myself last year and they were no good though. I’ll be sure to try them again this year; aswell as these chocolate meringues from the book; they look delish <3

September 26, 2011 04:40 AM
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caroline said...

How many licks does it take? Tootsie Pops for me :)

September 26, 2011 04:44 AM
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Beth said...

Awesome, Bakerella!

Ah, that’s a hard one! I LOVED Halloween as a kid and Trick-or-Treated for as many years as I could, even into my twenties. (Don’t judge me.)

Buuut I’d have to say my favorite is those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pumpkins they put out every year. YUUUUUMMM!

September 26, 2011 04:45 AM
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Cheryl said...

I LOVE RECESE AND CANDY CORN! And anything chocolate or chocolate with peanuts or peanut butter…and butterfingers!!!

September 26, 2011 04:45 AM
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Cheryl said...

Reese’s!!!

September 26, 2011 04:46 AM
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Kathryn Laughton said...

I had to buy my favourite Halloween treat of candy corn from an Australian company that imports American food, and it just arrived the other day…..so excited! Must. Not. Eat. Until Halloweeeeeeeeeen.

September 26, 2011 04:47 AM
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amanda m said...

REESES!!!

September 26, 2011 04:48 AM
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Lien said...

Hi Bakerella!
These look delicious, I’m already looking forward to having the time to try them out!
My favourite Halloween candy is birthday cake! Since my birthday is the day after Halloween (1st of november), and we have a weird family tradition to celebrate birthdays the evening before the birthday itself (kinda like Christmas Eve, I guess…)
But we also have a first of november tradition to eat crepes that day! In Dutch they are called “pannenkoeken” which looks like “pancakes”, but they are a lot different and supposed to be much thinner than American pancakes, which makes them yummie:)

September 26, 2011 04:48 AM
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Bernice C. said...

Hershey’s Kiss puts out a seasonal all Orange colored Kiss that is A-MAZE-ING! I can’t think of the name exactly but wowee-zowee is it good. I would love to have a recipe using them in it, but I can’t keep them around long enough to try.

September 26, 2011 04:51 AM
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Shari from Ohio said...

It’s hard to pinpoint just one but if I had to it would be Smoothies. Like Mallow cups but made with peanut butter….yummmmm

September 26, 2011 04:57 AM
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DeLacey Andersen said...

I would have to say candy corn with peanuts! Very good combo! Or Reese’s peanut butter cups! Or Baby Ruth’s. Ok. As long as my kids share, it’s a favorite! but I don’t even really like candy can you tell? Haha.

September 26, 2011 04:57 AM
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Crystal said...

Those cookies look divine! My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn!

September 26, 2011 05:03 AM
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Nicole said...

Candy Apples <3 Candy Corn <3 Rocky Road Bars <3 = Yummylusious

September 26, 2011 05:05 AM
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Marci said...

It has to be candy corn, or starbursts, or maybe it’s air heads…I can’t decide!

September 26, 2011 05:05 AM
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Sarah said...

Those orange and black peanut butter flavored wrapped candy, I don’t know the name of them though.

September 26, 2011 05:06 AM
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Elyse said...

My favorite Halloween candy are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

September 26, 2011 05:06 AM
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Shanna Stanaford said...

Almond Joy hands down is my fav. Thankfully no one in the house likes them but me though last year my daughters didn’t get a single one.

September 26, 2011 05:08 AM
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christine said...

nutrageous… i love the full size ones too, but for some reason the snack size ones taste just a bit better.

September 26, 2011 05:09 AM
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Lourdes said...

I lived all of my childhood between the States and Canada so now that I’m back at my native Spain, I REALLY REALLY REALLY miss Halloween and all of the Halloween treats. But the one treat that IS Halloween for me is Candy Corn. We have an American Store here in Madrid and I’m going to see if they have any so my 1 year old son can try them. It would be great!

I don’t know if I maybe liive too far away to participate, but it would be great!! Thanks!!

September 26, 2011 05:14 AM
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LaDonna said...

I’m not really sure if you would consider this candy or not, but I love caramel covered popcorn balls!

September 26, 2011 05:14 AM
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Cayt said...

Peanut M&Ms – I’m obsessed with peanuts, and with chocolate? Even better.

September 26, 2011 05:15 AM
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carol money said...

candy corn/pumpkins

September 26, 2011 05:15 AM
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Jennifer Keane said...

Cola Cubes. I don’t know if you have them state-side, but they are delicious!

September 26, 2011 05:16 AM
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Nicky said...

My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn for sure!!!

September 26, 2011 05:17 AM
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alisha roper said...

Gum. The little round ones. Does that count?

September 26, 2011 05:18 AM
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rebecca @ beurrista said...

Twix- any size!

September 26, 2011 05:19 AM
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Celine said...

Any bite-size chocolate bars!! :)

September 26, 2011 05:23 AM
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Gourmet said...

In my country we do not celebrate Helloween in a way that you do in USA. I mean we meke ghoasts from pumpinks and that’s about it. Otherwise I don’t eat anykind of candys – if I eat seet, than I prefer icecream or fruity and creamy desserts;-)

September 26, 2011 05:24 AM
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elizabeth said...

Candy corn pumpkins… hands down the yummiest (non-chocolate) candy EVER!

September 26, 2011 05:25 AM
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Cindy. ML said...

Reese peanut butter cups!!!!!!

September 26, 2011 05:26 AM
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Lisa said...

It might be a bit cliche’ but it really truely is candy corn. Now that live in the UK I miss candy corn a lot. The USA grocery suppliers charge a pretty high price for it, so I have to hope my mom sends me some!!
This book looks like a lot of fun!!
x

September 26, 2011 05:27 AM
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Tenacwalker said...

Mini Milky Way with an aple- a bite of Milky Way then a bite of crisp apple- yum!

September 26, 2011 05:28 AM
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Teresa said...

Candy corn, hands down!

September 26, 2011 05:28 AM
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Kerry G said...

That chewy peanut butter candy that is wrapped in orange and black that you can only get at Halloween – PEANUT BUTTER KISSES!

September 26, 2011 05:28 AM
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Janet said...

Anything Peanutbutter! Especially Reese’s fast breaks!! I usually bribe my kids out of them!!

September 26, 2011 05:29 AM
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robin said...

milky way!

September 26, 2011 05:35 AM
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