Homemade Marshmallows

Aahhhh s’mores… They remind me of camping and fall and leaves changing colors and brisk weather and sitting around campfires. There’s really nothing better than a smore. It’s such a great little treat. Day or night, for kids or adults, I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love this gooey chocolately treat.

I personally love my marshmallows charred. I toast them gently at first, then light them on fire. Once I blow out the flames, I smash them onto the graham crackers and dig in!

As you know, making marshmallows is one of the things on my 30-by-30 list. And since I recently purchased a candy thermometer while up at King Arthur Flour, I decided to give it a shot to kick off a week of S’mores recipes.

After making these little fluffy white pillows of sugar, I will never go back to store-bought again. I swear to you, they are so easy and SO delicious. In fact, I just went to grab one out of the pantry to snack on just now.

I have to admit that to prep for making the marshmallows, I did do some research. I knew Alton Brown had done an episode on marshmallows, so I checked my DVR. No luck there, so I headed over to YouTube. Sure enough, the entire episode was on there (Part 1 here, Part 2 here). Now I’d trust AB with my first born child, so clearly I trust his recipes. After printing it, reading it, watching the episode about marshmallows and measuring out all of my ingredients I was ready to go!

In the end, all that prep work and research wasn’t really necessary. You do need a good stand mixer. My KitchenAid worked up quite a sweat while beating the marshmallow, but that was the hardest part. Well that or watching the thermometer while the sugar was boiling. Either way, this recipe is easy peasy. The marshmallows do require a 4 hour wait time (mine set overnight) so factor that in if you plan to make these. You definitely won’t regret it!

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Homemade Marshmallows

Yield: ~9 dozen

Ingredients:

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray
Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

Directions:

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

If you want to make mini-marshmallows, click through to the original recipe for directions.

Recipe from Alton Brown


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90 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting and A Giveaway!”

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    A — December 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Peppermint for sure

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    Lucy — December 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Love all things pumpkin this time of year!
    ralphlucy at comcast.net

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    JL — December 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    The richness of eggnog is one of my fave parts of the holiday season
    jlynch6341@aol.com

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    Mrs. Walk — December 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I can’t decide if it’s peppermint or pumpkin! Oooh or egg nog!

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    Cathy B. @ Brightbakes — December 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    yet another choc/peppermint combination to tempt me. Oh my! These look lovely! Peppermint is Christmas to me!

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    Cathy B. @ Brightbakes — December 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I tweeted too! breit85@gmail.com
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    Jene — December 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I looooooooooooooooooooooove chocolate and peppermint. Especially when the chocolate is hot and the peppermint is liquor. Or any other way, really.

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    Cara — December 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Oh I love Pumpkin and Peppermint! Two things my husband hates!

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    Ashley — December 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Apple Cider!! I drink it all winter long.

    smartash1218@yahoo.com

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    Loan LyPham-Ferry — December 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Definately chocolate and peppermint or anything heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg! Too bad I can’t win these liners with your cupcakes already in them! They look wonderful!

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    Kathy — December 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I <3 peppermint, it's a guilty pleasure. Also that I get to overeat gingerbread. That's where i pudge at the holidays, with Gingerbread flavor. its decadent and delicous.

    Also: my word verification is redip. which entertains me.

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    Linda and Matthew — December 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I love the chocolate/peppermint combo.

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    Lisa — December 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    My favorite holiday sweet is gingerbread cookies. rhisomers(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Kathy — December 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I tweeted it. and bragged you up.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    So weird that it came out so thin for you! Maybe I should’ve specified what size can? Whoops. Anyway, I used a 14 ounce can and it came out pretty thick. Weird. I’m going to update my recipe with size now. 😉

    The cupcakes look great anyway! 🙂

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Okay, ignore me. Apparently I only used 3/4 of a cup of the condensed milk. Seriously, the cold weather is messing with my head.

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    Kris @ everywhereorange.com — December 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I love chocolate and coconut this time of year. oh and of course marshmallow!
    goorsky at g mail dot com

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I agree – I love chocolate and peppermint this time of year. And your idea to fill the cupcakes w/peppermint and top w/chocolate ganache sounds amazing! But really who minds a bit of a mess when eating something so tasty?

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Just tweeted

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    suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} — December 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    yum, these look delicious. i love homemade eggnog this time of year:)

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    Sarah — December 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Chocolate and Peppermint is a classic xmas combo that I just love.

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    Daisy — December 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    ive been drinking peppermint mocha lattes like they’re going out of style. definitely a favorite combo! I love gingerbread this time of year too!

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    Laura and Alex — December 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I love my Grandma’s almond puff 🙂 Soooo yummy

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    Valerie — December 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I’m lovin’ everything almond! Banket is a holiday staple at our house & I can’t get enough almond paste!

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    Sarah — December 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I’m partial to peppermint, especially those Andes Peppermint Chocolates. They’re like crack.
    sarah(dot)chverchko(at)gmail(dot)com

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    KV — December 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Anything chocolate!

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    maNda — December 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    my fav is peppermint! i love candycanes and mint choc! 🙂

    mandaala.blogspot.com

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    mom — December 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    any kind dessert that looks “Christmas-y” is on my list!

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    Amanda — December 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I am in complete agreement- chocolate-peppermint is my favorite!!!

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    Kirsty — December 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor: Rum. Rum in Truffles, rum in eggnog, Rum in banana muffins, rum in pineapple upside down cakes…..yup, rum. 🙂

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    Cara — December 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorite holiday flavors, but you know I have to remain loyal to pumpkin!

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    CT Cupcake — December 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    those look so good! peppermint is by far my fave holiday flavor!
    but really also love buttery goodness in cookies. hmmm.
    ctcupcake8@yahoo.com

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    EliFla — December 6, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    GREAT!!!! hugs, Flavia

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    sarah — December 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Peppermint (ideally with chocolate)!

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    Rebecca — December 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Those look amazing!

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    DaniD — December 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I love mint chocolate and for the holidays put amaretto in EVERYTHING.

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    Fashion Meets Food — December 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I am kind of peppermint obsessed so I absolutely love your cupcakes. Not to mention a peppermint patty frosting just sounds like pure bliss!

    xo

    ps I am your newest follower

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    Mom-in-law — December 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Molasses. Or coconut. And butter. Those are the dominant flavors in three of my favorite holiday cookies. nsp429@gmail.com

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    Eva — December 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I’m also on the peppermint bandwagon!

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    Shelly — December 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Chocolate and peppermint defo!
    shelly8806@hotmail.com

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    Megan — December 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I didn’t used to love the whole chocolate peppermint combo until I made an amazing cake from Bon Appetit last year. Now I’m hooked. I just ate a peppermint chocolate cookie for lunch today.

    Those wrappers are so cute!

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    Aimee B — December 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Pumpkin for sure. I love my pumpkin choc chip muffins! sunshine4342 at juno dot com

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    Blog is the New Black — December 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Yum! I am all about mint, and so is my bf.

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    Viviann — December 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN!!! Can’t get enough!
    chocomuncher88 @ yahoo . com

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    Caroline — December 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Peppermint and gingerbread. YUM!

    cmerrey at gmail dot com

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    URBakin'MeCrazyy — December 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    My favorite flavor would have to be Egg Nog, or Peppermint :)!

    meggie_sue@woh.rr.com

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    Heather — December 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Peppermint for sure!!!

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    Theresa Connolly — December 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Silly I know but I love Fruitcake in all its yummy, rummy goodness.

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    kitchenmisfit — December 6, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Love eggnog! And mulled cider.

    – Amanda

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    Alexis — December 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I love peppermint and pumpkin best! 🙂

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    Ashley — December 7, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Cinnamon!

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    Amanda — December 7, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Peppermint is definitely my fave! cnahorvath@yahoo.com

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    nicole — December 7, 2010 at 1:04 am

    my favorite holiday flavor is eggnog. I think I could eat or drink about anything with eggnog

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    Rebecca — December 7, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Pumpkin pie spice 🙂 … in everything from homemade pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin bread! My fav!

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    jane deere — December 7, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Peppermint for me! These cupcakes look delicious…love the baking liners!

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    Patricia — December 7, 2010 at 1:37 am

    It’s a toss up between pumpkin and chocolate/peppermint.
    phjones21@yahoo.com

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 7, 2010 at 1:59 am

    These cupcakes look awesome! They are so pretty 🙂

    Such a fun giveaway too. My favorite holiday flavors are ginger and molasses….yum!

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    Melissa — December 7, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Eggnog for sure!!! I just made Eggnog cookies that are actually TOO good….I can’t stay away!

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    Sherry G — December 7, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I love simple molasses cookies! Molasses is one of my favorite things this time of year=)

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    becksterslaboratory — December 7, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I am SO with you on the chocolate/mint combo! Beyond delicious! I always make some peppermint biscotti at this time of year – yum! : )

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    Anonymous — December 7, 2010 at 3:27 am

    love the combo of peppermint and chocolate. also love KA flour – use it all the time.

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

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    Anne @thefitbridesmaid — December 7, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Well they look delicious! But I can see the pain of the ooziness!

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    Taylor — December 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Peppermint and chocolate is my favorite!

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    Elizabeth — December 7, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I love sweet things – especially egg nog!

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    Nina — December 7, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Peppermint – I get addicted to peppermint mochas this time of year.

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    Tyler — December 7, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Mint chocolate! Yum!!

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    Jessica Falksen — December 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Cranberry! I think this started when we were giving our ‘grown up’ drink for Christmas Eve dinner. The real adults had wine and we had cran-raspberry juice for the kids version.

    jfalksen at gmail dot com

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — December 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    As always, your post makes me want to lick my computer screen! I made your Snickerdoodle brownies the other day and I ate just about the whole pan. By myself. Need to give away the rest and then make them again because they made my apt smell AMAZING!

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    Lindsay — December 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

    chocolate and mint, yum!

    ljyoung85 at gmail.com

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    Ange — December 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Coconut is my favorite! I put in mostly everything I bake during this time of year.

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    Tiffany — December 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I love sweet things at this time of year. Especially the peppermint bark or candy cane hershey kisses.

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    Shannon — December 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I love anything eggnog flavored, especially baked goods. Mint is a good one too.

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    Lara @ GoodCookDoris — December 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Peppermint hot chocolate! Or caramel…or pumpkin….

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    Shannon — December 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    ooh, for the holidays i’d have to go with eggnog or peppermint!

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    Maureen — December 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I love peppermint! Can’t get enough of it this time of year!

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    Kasey — December 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor has to be molasses. We have a family cookie recipe involving molasses that never gets old!

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    Katy — December 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Almond flavoring goes into several of our cookies- including the candy cane cookies. The combo of almond with mint makes for a great cookie!! Eggnog and chex mix add to this yummy Christmas Eve combination.

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    Suzi — December 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor is sweet – the chocolate-peppermint combo, mmm!

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    susieq — December 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Vanilla (as in the icing on my mother-in-law’s fabulously delicious sugar cookies). Mmmm….

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    Jessie — December 8, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Chocolate is my favorite flavor year round!

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    Liana Engie — December 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’m not sure if I have a favorite holiday flavor… I’ve been sitting here thinking about it for a few minutes. Mint perhaps? But not in excessive amounts.

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    Amy — December 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    My favorite holiday flavor is really my favorite year round flavor — cinnamon! I love cinnamon anything.

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    Amber2Zoe — December 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Hood Golden Egg Nog – yum!

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    CoCo — December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Egg nog. I discovered Silk Egg Nog flavor as well as the See’s egg nog truffle this year. So happy.

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    Maria — December 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    amazing! can’t wait to bake them!

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    bbscabral — December 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I love anything that is baked with eggnog! This year I’m thinking I might have to try to make eggnog truffles! YUM!

    bbscabral@gmail.com

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    Rachel Blumenthal — December 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Peppermint and chocolate used to be my favorite flavor combo, but lately it’s become chili pepper and chocolate. I love the juxtaposition of spicy and sweet!

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    Kimmy Bingham — December 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Pumpkin for Thanksgiving-time, eggnog for Christmas-time. I always forget how much I love eggnog until the time is here! 🙂

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    Sheetal — December 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    pumpkin bread! hbhalsod@gmail.com

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    Carolyn — December 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I worship KAF. I mean WORSHIP! So I would love to win this one. My fave flavour combo for the holidays is probably chocolate and mint too, but I am really into gingerbread these days.

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