Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes (aka, Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes)

Last week I had quite a few people ask me if Hubby or someone else was going to bake for my birthday. As someone who LOVES to bake, I really don’t mind baking my own cake (although the cake Hubby baked for me last year was amazing!). It’s an excuse to go all out and make a cake (or cupcakes) that’s totally over the top.

I had originally set out to make chocolate cupcakes filled with salted caramel and topped with ganache. But the first batch of chocolate cupcakes didn’t turn out and I was just too frustrated to continue with that idea. I needed to come up with something else for my birthday, but I’m sure I’ll go back to the salted caramel cupcake idea at some point.

I was perusing my Google reader’s cupcake tag and I saw these banana split cupcakes. Hello, beautiful! With those cupcakes as my inspiration, I came up with these quintuple chocolate cupcakes.

They start with an amazing chocolate cupcake. Next comes a swirl of chocolate cream cheese frosting. Then the cupcakes get dipped in a chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles. Last, another swirl of chocolate cream cheese frosting is added on top. These cupcakes were definitely over the top, super chocolatey, and the perfect cupcake to celebrate my birthday!

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Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes
12 chocolate cupcakes, recipe below
1 batch chocolate cream cheese frosting, recipe below
1 batch chocolate dipping sauce, recipe below
1 cup chocolate sprinkles (or jimmies, if that's what you call them)

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut up
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

For the Chocolate Dipping Sauce
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp heavy cream
4 Tbsp powdered sugar
5-8 Tbsp water, warm

Directions:

For the Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes
Bake the cupcakes and allow to cool completely in the pan. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.

Once completely cool, using a fat round tip, pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake. Place the entire tray of cupcakes in the freezer so the frosting will not melt while dipping it.

While the cupcakes are in the freezer, make the chocolate dipping sauce and allow it to come to room temperature.

Pour the chocolate dipping sauce into a small bowl (I used my 1-cup round tupperware bowls). You want it to be just larger in diameter than a cupcake, and fairly deep. Place the sprinkles in another similarly sized bowl.

Dip the cupcakes into the chocolate sauce until all the frosting is covered. Then add an edge of sprinkles by holding the cupcake sideways in the sprinkles and rotating until all sides are covered with sprinkles. Alternatively, you could just dip the whole thing in sprinkles if you want.

Place entire tray of cupcakes back in the freezer for the chocolate to set up.

Now using a fat star tip, pipe a smaller swirl on top of the cupcake. Store in the refrigerator.

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a heatproof bowl, combine chocolate and cocoa powder.

In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the granulated sugar, butter, and water, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Pour the butter mixture over the chocolate and whisk until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.

Whisk the milk, egg, extra yolk, and vanilla into the chocolate mixture until combined.

In a bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until blended. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.

Let the batter sit at room temperature for 1 hour or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Set the oven at 350 degrees.

Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake for 30 minutes or until the tops spring back when pressed lightly with a fingertip. Set on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Using a handheld electric beater, cream the cream cheese and butter together thoroughly.

Add the salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar.

Finally, mix in the melted chocolate and blend thoroughly until smooth.

For the Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Place chocolate and heavy cream in a bowl over simmering water. Let chocolate and cream sit for 2-3 minutes to melt without stirring. Slowly stir mixture to combine.

Add powdered sugar and mix to combine. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition until pouring consistency is reached. Set aside and let sauce cool to warm.

Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe from Joanne Chang, as seen in the Flour cookbook
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from Food Network
Chocolate Dipping Sauce Recipe from Bakers Royale

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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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