Halloween Candy Cookies

Use leftover Halloween candy to make these decadent cookies filled with chopped up candy bars! Combine all of your favorites, anything goes! I loved trick or treating as a kid, it was the thrill of the hunt. How much candy could I get and what candy wo…

Use leftover Halloween candy to make these decadent cookies filled with chopped up candy bars! Combine all of your favorites, anything goes! I loved trick or treating as a kid, it was the thrill of the hunt. How much candy could I get and what candy would I get? I would run as fast as…

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Halloween Snack Board

This festive Halloween Snack Board is filled with tasty snacks, treats, and even a few tricks! It’s the perfect spread for parties or a fun night in. Your friends and family will love these fun Halloween snacks. Our boys LOVE Halloween, it is one…

This festive Halloween Snack Board is filled with tasty snacks, treats, and even a few tricks! It’s the perfect spread for parties or a fun night in. Your friends and family will love these fun Halloween snacks. Our boys LOVE Halloween, it is one of their favorite holidays. It isn’t my personal favorite, but I…

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How to Pair Cheese With Halloween Candy (Because We All Need a Little Fun)

That Cheese Plate is a column by Marissa Mullen—cookbook author, photographer, and Food52’s Resident Cheese Plater. With Marissa’s expertise all things cheddar, comté, and crudité—plus tips for how to make it all look extra special, using stuff you pro…

That Cheese Plate is a column by Marissa Mullen—cookbook author, photographer, and Food52's Resident Cheese Plater. With Marissa's expertise all things cheddar, comté, and crudité—plus tips for how to make it all look extra special, using stuff you probably have on hand—we'll be crafting our own cheesy masterpieces without a hitch.


The air is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and all I want to do is drink pumpkin beer while snacking on chocolate. Last time we paired potato chips with cheese, offering some delicious salty and savory combinations. Now it’s time to switch gears into the world of sweets. Halloween is approaching: It's the time of year when we all devour candy like nobody’s business.

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Salt-Roasted Candied Peanuts

I’ll have to admit that I love peanuts, especially when they are candied with a touch of sea salt added. For years I’ve been making all sorts of candied nuts, including these candied peanuts, but this was one of the first candied nut recip…

I’ll have to admit that I love peanuts, especially when they are candied with a touch of sea salt added. For years I’ve been making all sorts of candied nuts, including these candied peanuts, but this was one of the first candied nut recipes I ever came up with and I’ve been making them ever since.

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Easy Fantasy Fudge

This fudge recipe is adapted from the original Kraft back-of-the-can recipe—but with extra chocolate. It’s easy to make with marshmallow fluff, chocolate, evaporated milk, and walnuts. It makes a huge batch so you can share with friends! Co…

This fudge recipe is adapted from the original Kraft back-of-the-can recipe—but with extra chocolate. It's easy to make with marshmallow fluff, chocolate, evaporated milk, and walnuts. It makes a huge batch so you can share with friends!

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11 Great Corn Syrup Substitutes (in Case You Don’t Have it on Hand)

In the U.S., at least, corn syrup is ubiquitous. We mix it into our marshmallows and pour it over our pancakes; we sip it in our sodas and cook it into our caramels. In its high-fructose form, the average American has consumed more than 40 pounds a yea…

In the U.S., at least, corn syrup is ubiquitous. We mix it into our marshmallows and pour it over our pancakes; we sip it in our sodas and cook it into our caramels. In its high-fructose form, the average American has consumed more than 40 pounds a year over the past decade. Light and dark corn syrups, the versions typically used by home cooks, can be found in nearly every supermarket and bodega in the country.

And yet, here you are, in search of a substitute. Maybe it’s for health reasons. Maybe you don’t feel like walking to the store. Maybe you’ve slipped into an alternate reality where Gottlieb Kirchhoff seriously miscalculated the sulfuric acid concentration before taking a sip of his new syrup, and didn’t survive to share his results. If you’ve never heard of Gottlieb Kirchhoff, then that must be it.

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The Tumultuous History of Atlantic City’s Salt Water Taffy

As urban legend has it, a man named David Bradley owned a confectionary stand on the Atlantic City boardwalk, at the turn of the 20th century. After a night of heavy storming, Bradley returned to find his stand flooded and his candies soaked with seawa…

As urban legend has it, a man named David Bradley owned a confectionary stand on the Atlantic City boardwalk, at the turn of the 20th century. After a night of heavy storming, Bradley returned to find his stand flooded and his candies soaked with seawater. He decided to sell the taffy anyway, jokingly calling it “salt water taffy.”

Bradley’s marketing ploy worked—driving fellow Atlantic City taffy-makers, James Candy Company and Fralinger’s, to rebrand their product as well. “Salt water” taffy and the health of the tourist-reliant Jersey shore economy have been inextricable since.

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Cadbury Egg Cookies

Cadbury Egg Cookies-Chocolate chip cookies with Cadbury Mini Eggs and toasted coconut. The perfect cookies for spring and Easter! This post is sponsored by Kroger. Easter Cookies I think Easter has the BEST candy selection, mostly because I LOVE Cadbur…

Cadbury Egg Cookies-Chocolate chip cookies with Cadbury Mini Eggs and toasted coconut. The perfect cookies for spring and Easter! This post is sponsored by Kroger. Easter Cookies I think Easter has the BEST candy selection, mostly because I LOVE Cadbury Mini Eggs. Those little pastel chocolate eggs with the sweet shell are pure heaven. As…

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Spiced Sweet Potato Caramels

You might see a lot of sweet potato recipes on my blog over the next month. I want to put a patio in our backyard, so I am determined (determined!) to win the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission’s No More Mallows Blogger Recipe Contest. So, ha…

You might see a lot of sweet potato recipes on my blog over the next month. I want to put a patio in our backyard, so I am determined (determined!) to win the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission’s No More Mallows Blogger Recipe Contest. So, having the eye of the tiger and determination and things like that, I decided to start things off big by making sweet potato caramels. When I did a Google search for “sweet potato caramels recipe,” all I found were a bunch of pages about Morinaga sweet potato caramels, which I happened to have bought when we were in Japan a few years ago. While they’re delicious, they’re not the buttery, gooey kind of caramels we’re used to in the US. They kind of have the texture of a Starburst with a very mild caramel flavor. I wanted to use sweet potatoes to make crazy decadent caramels. The kind that make you weak in the knees. Having never made caramels before, I figured it would take me a few tries to perfect them, but I surprised myself and got them right the first time by using the cooking instructions and proportions from this caramel recipe and […]