October 14, 2011

Candy Corn Cupcakes and a Halloween Giveaway


If ever there was a king of Halloween candy it's got to be candy corn.  Love them or hate them they've been around since the 19th century and I think they're here to stay.   

Candy corn may not be my personal favorite, they were normally the last things to be eaten from my trick-or-treat loot bag, but I think I've reinterpreted them in a fun way with these cupcakes.  How great would these be for kids or kids at heart to make?   

To make my life easy I used a mix for the cake.  Don't judge!  I grew up on them and look how I turned out...lol!   

Now to the Halloween giveaway.....

The nice people at McCormick sent me their "Tricks for your Treats" kit to sample.  And the best part is I was able to procure another kit to give away to one of my blog readers.  If you love Halloween baking this is right up your alley!  

Here are just some of the things included in the kit: food colors, cupcake liners, a silicone baking mat, an oven mitt and a Le Creuset silicone spatula.


To enter, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post by 12pm PST Monday October 17th.  The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on October 18th.  

What's your favorite Halloween candy?


RULES: Only one entry per person and you must leave your email address in the comment.   In addition McCormick's cannot ship to P.O. Boxes so be sure you have a physical mailing address in the US



Candy Corn Cupcakes
  • White Cake Batter (I used cake mix but you can use your favorite homemade recipe..just make sure you only use egg whites in the batter.  There should be enough batter to make two-9" cakes, which yields about 24 cupcakes)
  • Yellow and Orange Food Color
  • Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • Candy Corn for decoration
Divide the cake batter evenly in to 3 mixing bowls.  I used a scale to make it easier.  Mix in a few drops of yellow food color in one bowl and orange food color in another bowl.  Do not add food color to the last bowl of batter. 

Starting with the yellow batter, divide it equally among two paper-lined 12-count muffin pans.   Then continue with the orange batter and finally the white batter.  Bake cupcakes per the directions from the mix or your recipe.

Frost cooled cupcakes with buttercream and decorate with candy corn.

121 comments:

  1. The pumpkin version of candy corn. I love it! My email is hlaustin@ymail.com.

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  2. I love the Reese's pumpkins! margree01@gmail.com

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  3. Candy corn, and only once a year. :)

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  4. Anonymous10/14/2011

    I love basically any Halloween candy, but there's just something about those Reese's pumpkins! bonnalicious@gmail.com

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  5. Anonymous10/14/2011

    caramel apples! :) ssrn1@live.com

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  6. Stephanie10/14/2011

    Candy corn is definitely the king of Halloween candy, but my favorite trick-or-treat haul was always those mini boxes of Junior Mints! stellinove1893@hotmail.com

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  7. Anonymous10/14/2011

    Does anyone know what the actual flavour of candy corn is?
    Strange, I'd never ask that question if I was eating them, I'd just enjoy it... Hmm
    DATSKurotheSeuss@Gmail.com

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  8. Anonymous10/14/2011

    Anything with chocolate, usually bite size snickers. cassie.schmitt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  9. Butterfingers. Always a problem. holly180@Juno.com

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  10. These are so cute! Reese's are definitely my favorite!
    svtrackster@yahoo.com

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  11. Hard for me to decide between Reese's and butterfinger...this time I pick butterfinger! Henninglc@gmail.com

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  12. kristen10/15/2011

    Candy corn is my fav.
    angelshallo81atyahoodotcom

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  13. Camille10/15/2011

    Ooo. . .favorite halloween candy? That's tough. I always loved (still love) the Russell Stover's caramel and marshmallow pumpkins. As for what I always wanted to get when I went trick-or-treating, butterfingers or Reese's.

    zcjd7@goldmail.etsu.edu

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  14. Heath Bars! passtheplate18@gmail.com

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  15. Peanut butter cups!! laurenrpacek@gmail.com

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  16. Yum. I think I need to make this weekend! My favorite was Reese's PB cups. There was a house in my neighborhood that always gave full-size Reese's PB cups, so guess what house we always stopped at first. email is amy.olsson@gmail.com

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  17. Anonymous10/15/2011

    100 Grand Bars :) sherry.a.mueller@gmail.com

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  18. These are too cute!!! My favorite Halloween candy would have to be Baby Ruth
    h11m01w88@hotmail.com

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  19. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Twix :)
    the.gracie1126@gmail.com

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  20. Peanut butter cups are my fave!

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  21. Milky Ways!!! jmking83@gmail.com

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  22. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Bit o honey!! The one candy all 3 of my kids will gladly give up from there Halloween stash. loiks75@yahoo.com

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  23. Milk Duds! It was the only time of year mom would let me have them. slvrstardst[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  24. Pink and Green flavored tootsie rolls are one of my favorites along with tiny 3 musketeers.
    joypickering@gmail.com

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  25. Mmmm candy corn is definately a fave of mine. Or anything pure chocolate :)

    zuminyourself@hotmail.com

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  26. my favorite is reeses! madamezorba@sbcglobal.net

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  27. Twix!!! Sinfulsundaysblog@gmail.com

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  28. Those cupcakes are adorable!
    Although I love most candy year-round, candy corn is my favorite for Halloween. I love both the traditional and pumpkin shapes--yum!

    eascoble [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. Favorite candy is haribo gummy bears!

    catharine [dot] ellie [at] gmail [dot] com

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  30. butterfinger... mmmm :)
    danishsoprano {at} aol {dot} com

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  31. My favorite Halloween candy is Reeses Pumpkins!
    Sgrantrn(at)live(dot)com

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  32. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Pixie Sticks
    Reese's Pieces
    Now and Laters
    Starburst

    tdlzing@gmail.com

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  33. peanut butter cups! eleaf7@yahoo.com

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  34. Anything with chocolate!

    :-D

    clip_ash@yahoo.com

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  35. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Cute post :) I don't care for candy corn either haha.
    REESES PEANUTBUTTER CUPS FOR THE WIN! I hope they make "fun size" packages of the adorable baby ones <3.
    baking.cakes.for.the.enemyx@gmail.com

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  36. Definitely candy corn... but the kind with chocolate at the bottom -- I think it's called indian corn. YUM!

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  37. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Carmel apple suckers! :) kiwib23@gmail.com

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  38. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Milk duds! feastings [at] gmail [dot] com

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  39. I was always all about the Pixie Stix. And caramel apple lollipops.

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  40. Oh my favorite was, and is still, anything chocolate! Kit-kats, Reese's, Hershey's, M&Ms... Those were always the first to be eaten! Although, I have to admit, in the past year or two, I've really come to like Candy Corn! I especially love all the candy corn themes treats I've been seeing pop up (even blogged my own made of Jell-O).

    Mom22seans@gmail.com

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  41. Anonymous10/15/2011

    I love the mini Oh Henries. I feel I can eat a whole chocolate bar with out the guilt.
    wenrobb@telus.net

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  42. I love anything made by Reese's with Snickers being second. One of my co-worker's is DEATHLY allergic to peanuts, and they are not allowed in any way shape or form on our floor... I respect her allergy, but I miss having peanuts and peanut butter at work. :(...
    NJTThomas@aol.com

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  43. I love the twizzlers that seem to only be out at Halloween, they are softer and more flavorful than regular ones.

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  44. Anonymous10/15/2011

    I absolutely love anything with chocolate. It has always been my guilty pleasure. :)

    P.S. These cupcakes look delightful! :)

    claralyden@gmail.com

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  45. Anonymous10/15/2011

    My Favorite Halloween candy are Bottle Caps and warheads! :):)

    mariaezdabomb@sbcglobal.net

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  46. I have never seen Candy corn, being an Aussie I guess they just don't get here. But I love the way you've matched the colours of the cupcakes to the candy. They look fantastic!

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  47. Mini candy bars! I looove chocolate.

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  48. these are a great idea! I will definitely be whipping up a batch this week. and, btw, i use boxed cake mix, too...and i grew up ok! julieakyol@yahoo.com

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  49. i forgot to answer the question...almond joy and butterfinger!!

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  50. Reese's pumpkins hands down! For some reason they taste so much better than the regular Reese's.
    mknechtges21@gmail.com

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  51. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Dotts are so my fav but then again Halloween is when I gain my holiday weight. Candy is way better then turkey. mcintyrekatie@yahoo.com

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  52. Anonymous10/15/2011

    I love the corn candy and look forward to it coming out each year. kmpaumen@frontier.com

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  53. Anonymous10/15/2011

    Indian Corn!! So addicting...

    probowlerbarbie@yahoo.com

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  54. Katie M.10/15/2011

    I love dots!!!! and Twizzlers!
    missmacintalk@gmail.com

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  55. My favorite Halloween candy is a Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin!

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  56. love 3 muskteers thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  57. Anonymous10/15/2011

    I take all the sugar babies from my kids!
    tammygurewitz@yahoo.com

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  58. Totally addicted to the new mini version of the Heath Bar. Yummy! Also, Butterfinger and SweetTarts (yes, they have them!) :)

    ~Julie
    cookingjewels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. Anonymous10/15/2011

    THREE MUSKETEERS ARE MY FAAAAAAAVORITE! ♥
    ur_skary@yahoo.com

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  60. Anonymous10/15/2011

    mmm Skittles!
    eeeva1993 @ gmail . com

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  61. Anonymous10/15/2011

    sour candy is the best, especially shockers and sweetarts! yummm!
    101sonoma(at)comcast(.)net

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  62. I love all candy! Though lately my favorite from my Halloween stash has been the mini Twix bars! MMMMmmmm... :)

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  63. Cute cupcakes! My fave Halloween candy is Almond Snickers! I can only find them during Halloween, so I have to stock up and freeze them, so I can have them all year long! eatcakefordinner@digis.net

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  64. tnkjensen@hotmail.com

    candy corn for sure!

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  65. Anonymous10/15/2011

    A tie between Kit-Kats and Twix. They are also my daughters' favorites, and they don't necessarily want to share. Lucky for me, their Halloween stash is left unattended 7 hours a day while they're at school :-)

    I very recently found your wonderful blog, and am enjoying it greatly. Thanks!

    courtney.pernat@gmail.com

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  66. Anonymous10/15/2011

    I have a huge thing for candy corn taffy. Mmmm delicious. I buy like huge bags every Halloween and pig out.

    thelittleminion@gmail.com

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  67. I love reese's pumpkins!!! I eat them all first.

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  68. Those pumpkin shaped candy corn candy are my favorite!
    Hann,Lisa@gmail.com

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  69. My favorite halloween candy is Jelly Belly. Favorite flavor is pineapple. If its not hallowen gimme chocolate covered cherries.

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  70. My favorite Halloween candy are the new Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows from Kraft, omg!!!

    ksudd76@yahoo.com

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  71. Anonymous10/16/2011

    mini almond joy bars!
    jocwoods@gmail.com

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  72. Candy Corn of course!!!

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  73. Snicker's almond or take 5

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  74. anything with peanut butter.

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  75. I like the caramel apple suckers and smarties.
    Cute cupcakes. Simple yet creative...gotta love that!
    sg{at}usinternet{dot}com

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  76. my fav halloween candy is anything reese's. . .peanut butter cups, pumpkins, pieces. any of it is great with me. :)
    jennperryman[at]gmail[dot]com

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  77. Peanut butter logs, indian corn and Reese's pumpkins

    1forestlvr@att.net

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  78. Those cupcakes are adorable! I'd have to narrow my favorite Halloween candies to candy corn, Reese's peanut butter pumpkins, and fall-colored peanut butter M&Ms. My email is chelseamezera@gmail.com

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  79. Anonymous10/16/2011

    I always loved Payday's as a kid, I guess this is telling my age. My email is zacheb@cox.net

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  80. Fun size Snickers! I'll pick Snickers over any other candy, any day. meliann78 at gmail dot com

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  81. I can't get enough carmel apples!!!!
    Kaitlin.pruett at gmail dot com

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  82. Candy Corn and Mary Janes, and yes I know I'm weird...not too many people look forward to the candy of the season.

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  83. Smarties are my favorite

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  84. Anonymous10/16/2011

    Twix are the absolute best!!
    mamboa19@aol.com

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  85. Patricia10/16/2011

    Hard to decide but candy corn wins! prich6@hotmail.com

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  87. Candy Corn Autumn Mix! remarkrk@gmail.com

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  88. My favorite Halloween candy is ghost Peeps. mangobug@live.com

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  89. What a great idea for your cupcakes! My favorite treat is definitely peanut butter cups.
    ano5m@virginia.edu

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  90. hmm...I really do love candy corn, and the candy pumpkins. those are a fave of mine!!

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  91. Anonymous10/16/2011

    Dark Chocolate Milkyways! (:
    soccer_iz4me@hotmail.com

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  92. I just love candy corn...but not if it is stale!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  93. Hard to decide but I gave to say Kit Kat.

    lisaandandre at yahoo dot com

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  94. I'm in LOVE with your delightful blog and those cupcakes look just ... delectable; YUM! This is such an amazing giveaway and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to be entered for a chance to win! While I'm a big fan of candy corn, chocolate is my true weakness. I simply cannot live with out it.

    Thank you for hosting; I look forward to reading lots more from you!

    Have a great week!
    Kate - herlittlemister@gmail.com

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  95. Reece's pieces! allthingsgo at gmail.com

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  96. Stephanie10/17/2011

    I love the Reese's peanut butter pumpkins! Yum! lee101109@hotmail.com

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  97. Butterfingers for sure! Ashleyhilt@yahoo.com. these cupcakes are a great idea!

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  98. Kristin10/17/2011

    Reese's peanut butter cups!

    kbmkozusko@hotmail.com

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  99. Anonymous10/17/2011

    My favorite candies have always been Reese's peanut butter cups and Clark Bars

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  100. Anonymous10/17/2011

    Reese Peanut Butter Cups ahve always been my favorite-YUM! louis.michele3@verizon.net

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  101. Anonymous10/17/2011

    I do like candy corn, but only one small handful per year! I could eat Snickers everyday though.
    jenmarzouk@hotmail.com

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  102. candy corn pumpkins!! palermo[dot]erin[at]gmail[dot]com

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  103. Anonymous10/17/2011

    Smarties! I raid the kids' bags for them!

    maritezg @ hotmail . com

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  104. I love candy corn!
    lissa_dees@yahoo.com

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  105. candy corn is my fave! i only eat it around halloween, but i have a terrible habit of finishing the whole bag within a day of opening!

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  106. My favorite Halloween candies are the bite-sized Kit Kats.

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  107. Love mini Almond Joy!! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  108. candy corn is the best
    terriphone85@gmail.com

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  109. I love snickers!!!!! email is uvassassin@gmail.com

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  110. Candy corn is the only way to go. herrerajan@sbcglobal.net

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  111. Patricia10/18/2011

    Milk duds for sure.
    phjones21@yahoo.com

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  112. Anonymous10/21/2011

    Almond joy! Something I learned to love waaaay after I stopped trick or treating.... those poor mini bars never made it into my bag... they were always given away! :-(

    Oh and Skor! Yum.

    Victorialeigh3@Hotmail.com

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  113. Anonymous10/21/2011

    Bit O' Honey
    amyanddusty @ yahoo dot com

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  114. MaLinda2/10/2012

    How did you pipe these? I love the little dollop design in the middle; not completely covering the whole cupcake. Adorable!

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  115. Rochelle10/05/2013

    CANDY CORN IS THE BEST!!!! Rochelle0205@yahoo.com

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