Halloween Fun with Choc-O-Lantern Pop-Tarts


This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Pop-Tarts.



When Pop-Tarts and BlogHer asked me to create a recipe using Limited Edition Choc-o-Lantern Pop-Tarts, they had no idea what kind of monster they were unleashing. Halloween happens to be my thing, and every year I enjoy cooking up a fun Halloween showpiece for our annual Halloween party.

To get started, I thought about which Halloween icon Pop-Tarts most resembled, and the answer was easy: a tombstone! However, Pop-Tarts is one step ahead of me; when my sample Choc-o-Lantern Pop-Tarts arrived, they already had a recipe for a Pop-Tarts Graveyard on the back of the box.

Back to square one. What else comes to mind when I munch on Pop-Tarts and think of Halloween? How about pirate's treasure chest? Or a coffin? Eureka! I had the most spine-tingling, bone-chilling, spectacular Halloween recipe ever! MWAHAHAHAHA!

Behold, my Halloween Surprise Box.

Okay, it's not a coffin; I didn't want to deal with cutting up the Pop-Tarts into coffin shapes. It's not even a treasure chest, because Jammy insisted treasure chests have curved lids, and wouldn't let me call it a treasure chest. So it's a Surprise Box -- but whatever it's called, it's fun, spooky, and 100% Halloween. Here's how to make it:

Ingredients
6 Kellogg's Choc-o-Lantern Pop-Tarts
1/4 cup orange or brown colored candy melts (We used light brown, peanut-butter flavored candy melts. You can also use royal icing; here's a good recipe)
1 box brownie mix
1 box instant chocolate pudding
2 gummy fingers
2 bamboo skewers
assorted Halloween-themed candies to decorate

Step 1: Place the candy melts in a ziploc bag and microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds, or until melted. Snip a corner of the ziploc bag. Stand one of the Pop-Tarts on one edge, then carefully pipe some candy melt icing on the edge of the Pop-Tarts. "Glue" it onto a second of the Pop-Tarts to make a corner.
Step 2: Repeat for the other corner. I used the Pop-Tarts box to prop both corners up until the candy melts dried.
Step 3: Pulse one of the Pop-Tarts in a food processor until crumbly, then set aside
Step 4: Prepare the brownies according to package directions and cool completely. When cool, cut into chunks and fill the box about 2/3 full (you'll have plenty of leftover brownies to nibble on!)
Step 5: Carefully thread the gummy fingers onto the bamboo skewers.
Step 6: Prepare the chocolate pudding according to package directions. When the pudding is set, spoon about half of the pudding on top of the brownies, or until the box is full. (Sorry, I don't have a photo of the pudding, but you get the idea)
Step 7: Stick the skewered gummy fingers into the front corner of the box, then carefully prop the last of the Pop-Tarts on top of the fingers. Let the other end of the Pop-Tarts rest on one of the box edges, like a lid. Pipe more candy melt or royal icing on the edge of the box and on top of the gummy fingers to "glue" the lid in place.
Step 8: This is the fun part: decorate the box with Halloween-themed candies. Get some gummy worms oozing out of the pudding or drape them over the lid. Stick some gummy eyeballs or bones or skulls in there. Sprinkle the crumbled Pop-Tarts over the pudding and around the to resemble dirt. Go wild!


To serve, pick out all the candies and lift off the lid. Then scoop up the brownies and pudding into individual dishes. Then divide up the Pop-Tarts and candies (there should be extra brownies and pudding) and enjoy. I know, it looks too pretty, I mean spooky, to eat, but it's gotta be done. This recipe is so much fun to make, and so much fun to eat, it's positively scary!

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124 comments, leave yours here:

Mami2jcn on October 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM said...

I like candy corn, but only at Halloween!

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mmburdette22 on October 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM said...
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mmburdette22 on October 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM said...

My family enjoys making Rice Krispies treats and using food coloring to dye the marshmallow cream black and then dusting orange sprinkles on top. Always a hit with the kids!

Tammigirl on October 18, 2010 at 1:47 PM said...

My favorite Halloween treats are homemade caramel apples and home made popcorn balls.

April on October 18, 2010 at 5:23 PM said...

Caramel apples and homemade pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins we carve! Yum Yum!

Carly on October 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM said...
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Carly on October 18, 2010 at 5:34 PM said...

My favorite Halloween treat is Oreo Dirt Pudding with the pudding, oreos, and gummi worms. Disgustingly delicious!

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sodahoney on October 18, 2010 at 7:58 PM said...

I love candied Apples as a kid. As an adult my love besides snickers my fav is pumpkin pie. Oh yea butterfinger .I forgot baby ruth. I could move reeses pieces into first. Ok I’ll stop thinking about this. If I can or maybe not. Think I raid the Halloween candy bags.

sodahoney on October 18, 2010 at 7:59 PM said...

http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/27797073516

Emily Ballantyne on October 19, 2010 at 8:20 AM said...

Pumpkin spice squares with cream cheese frosting are my favorite! Also toasting the pumpkin seeds in the oven after we carve them!

Anonymous said...

Candy corn is my favorite treat. I've had three bags worth this month already.

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Jo on October 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM said...

I have to go with candy corn as well. I know you can get it any time of the year nowadays, but really, the only time of year I eat it is in October.
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Ellie on October 19, 2010 at 1:38 PM said...

My favorite candy to get from trick or treating was always Reeces Peanut Butter Cups. It still is, only now I have to steal them from my kids' goody bags!

Julie on October 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM said...

Favorite Halloween treat is candy--3 Musketeers, to be exact!

mamawj on October 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM said...

my favorite homemade halloween treat is pop corn balls yum! thanks
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mamawj on October 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM said...

my tweet
http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/27874312020
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The Sunshyn on October 19, 2010 at 4:05 PM said...

I like colored Rice Crispy squares with a candy corn on top.
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The Sunshyn on October 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM said...

I tweeted this
http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/27877164909

sy on October 19, 2010 at 5:25 PM said...

i like all candies and chocolates. rice crackers are nice too.
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sy on October 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM said...

i tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/syytta/status/27883597595

Tabathia on October 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM said...

caramel coated apples
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Tabathia on October 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/27897214272
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Karate Mom on October 20, 2010 at 4:39 AM said...

Mmm, I LOVE Reese's cups, any size or shape! I could eat them until I'm sick! (So I always sneak a few out of my kids bags.)

Wander on October 20, 2010 at 8:08 AM said...

I love step 7's photo! Adorable!

I'd have to say...caramel apples!

Astrid on October 20, 2010 at 8:53 AM said...

I like to make a decadent desert bar using left over candy bars!

Andrea D on October 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM said...

my favorite Halloween treat is peanut butter cups ! yummy

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Kerry on October 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM said...

Caramel apples are great this time of year!
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Kerry on October 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/27970419920
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JC on October 20, 2010 at 10:45 PM said...

I like candy corn or candied apple.

JC on October 20, 2010 at 10:45 PM said...

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Hannah on October 20, 2010 at 11:38 PM said...

my favorite treat is caramel apples, especially with granny smith - so delicious!

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Hannah on October 20, 2010 at 11:39 PM said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/achrissmile/status/28003237782

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Shelly on October 21, 2010 at 10:08 AM said...

Caramel apples!

Shelly on October 21, 2010 at 10:09 AM said...

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Kristen on October 21, 2010 at 10:37 AM said...

I like those little mallow pumpkin candies.

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fostertam on October 21, 2010 at 2:07 PM said...

Ghost cookies--nutterbutters dipped in white chocolate

fostertam on October 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM said...

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Quadmama on October 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM said...

Caramel apples... I always treat myself around Halloween.
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Kelly Massman on October 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM said...

My favorite Halloween Treat to make with kids is caramel apples! :-) Thanks!
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Anonymous said...

rice krispie treats! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

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Tiffany on October 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM said...

I love making orange pumpkin shaped rice krispy treats with my son :)

Anne J on October 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM said...

We love to make pumpkin bread with chocolate chips
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Anne J on October 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/28362436652

ms-texas on October 21, 2010 at 8:22 PM said...

I like caramel apples or halloween decorated cookies

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ms-texas on October 21, 2010 at 8:25 PM said...

i tweeted

http://twitter.com/bellows22/statuses/28369720327

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bepoia on October 22, 2010 at 9:03 AM said...

I like popcorn balls
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susitravl on October 22, 2010 at 9:13 AM said...

Fall Mix - those litle pumpkins mixed with candy corn. It's so sugary!
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Keonte' S on October 22, 2010 at 12:23 PM said...

I love anything chocolate for Halloween. But, I can't forget the traditional candy corn. Love them.

Keonte' @ Mommy 2K
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oona. on October 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM said...

I love Smarties and my daughter always fishes them out of her Trick or Treat bag right away for me! (I have to admit to eating them at non-Halloween times too!)
Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

Sweeter the berry on October 22, 2010 at 2:09 PM said...

My kids love candy corn and rice krispies treats and I love hot chocolate and kitkats

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Sweeter the berry on October 22, 2010 at 2:12 PM said...

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Natalia said...

Bloody-ghosts-cookies!
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John said...

Pumpkin pie
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Isabelle K said...

I like Twix
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meeyeehere on October 23, 2010 at 5:35 AM said...

I am a candy corn kind of chick!
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Amber on October 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM said...

Pumpkin Pie Concrete from Andy's Frozen Custard is my favorite!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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TruthHole on October 23, 2010 at 1:16 PM said...

I like those strawberry hard candies, old people give them to you when you trick or treat

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Deb on October 23, 2010 at 5:13 PM said...

I'm not the most creative - I can follow a recipe, but I'm not one to envision an idea and know how to make that with food, but what I have done is take a ghost cookie cutter and cut ghosts out of rice krispie treats. Simple, but the kids love them!

sunnymum on October 23, 2010 at 5:28 PM said...

Can't make it through Halloween without the little boxes of sugar babies. It's the only time of year I eat them.

deb126 on October 23, 2010 at 5:36 PM said...

My favorite Halloween treat would have to be Hershey's candy, although Halloween themed cookies are a second place winner for me, I love Halloween time its always been a favorite and we like to decorate and go all out, my son's birthday is Oct 29, so we always get a Halloween themed birthday cake for him and when he was younger it was a Halloween birthday party which all the kids loved, (with costumes & lots of candy)
thanks for the Great giveaway

deb126 on October 23, 2010 at 5:39 PM said...

tweeted

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Chez Us on October 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM said...

I was never really into candy but did love peanut butter cups .... could eat a whole bowl!

Anonymous said...

Any kind of chocolate bar!

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Tamara on October 23, 2010 at 11:42 PM said...

Popcorn balls!

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach on October 24, 2010 at 3:20 AM said...

I made spice cake with cream cheese frosting....

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bikeohio on October 24, 2010 at 5:03 AM said...

Tootsie Rolls!

bikeohio on October 24, 2010 at 5:04 AM said...

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susan1215 on October 24, 2010 at 7:06 AM said...

I love candy corn and carmel apples

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susan1215 on October 24, 2010 at 7:07 AM said...

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gmissycat on October 24, 2010 at 10:45 AM said...

One of our favorite halloween treats is carmel apples, love them!
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gmissycat on October 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM said...

Tweeted here too.
http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/28614619229
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marybug2 on October 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM said...

I love Pop Tarts, but my favorite thing for Halloween is caramel apples.
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marybug2 on October 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM said...

I tweeted your giveaway
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Shel on October 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM said...

Caramel apples and Halloween go hand-in-hand for me....also a huge fan of 100,000 Dollar Bars.

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Shel on October 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/28622358198

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Racingjourno on October 24, 2010 at 1:06 PM said...

It may be boring but candy corn is a Halloween favorite treat.

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Racingjourno on October 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM said...

Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/LuigiFranco/status/28624050886

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Lynde Foy on October 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM said...

I love your coffin, especially the fingers! My favorite homemade Halloween treat is the "candy bar" made from peanut butter, rice krispies, powered sugar, butter, & topped w/chocolate-taste almost like a WHATCHAMACALLIT by Hershey's. They are so so so good, which is why I only make them once a year;)

Lynde Foy on October 24, 2010 at 4:00 PM said...

Following on Twitter @Lynderae & Tweeted, too:http://twitter.com/lynderae/status/28636628082

Angel Jacklyn on October 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM said...

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lisa on October 24, 2010 at 5:26 PM said...

My favorite was always the the peanut butter taffy candy wrapped in orange or Black paper,,,,Happy memories nobody wanted them so I got them ALL!..=)
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Silver Bella on October 24, 2010 at 5:43 PM said...

My fav Halloween treats are pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting!
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Silver Bella on October 24, 2010 at 5:46 PM said...

tweet
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Susan C. on October 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM said...

Oh my gosh, your creation is amazing! Wow!

I love candy corn on halloween. But only at halloween.

chrissiemz on October 24, 2010 at 8:23 PM said...

My favorite Halloween treat would have to be the little reeses cups and candy corn
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Tina on October 25, 2010 at 6:49 AM said...

Caramel Apples!

SuNNyRaiN on October 25, 2010 at 8:58 AM said...

My favorite Halloween treat is candy corn! yum yum yum

k.kirk22@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

YOur gummi fingers are awesome!

My favorite Halloween treat is either candy corn or Reese's pieces.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Nicole H. on October 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM said...

i LOVE candy corn! yummmm... ;D

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Nicole H. on October 25, 2010 at 10:25 AM said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/nhartmann54/status/28710619783

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jakiesmom on October 25, 2010 at 10:25 AM said...

definately a caramel apple
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wigget on October 25, 2010 at 10:46 AM said...

i love kit kat

tristatecruisers on October 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM said...

i love popcorn balls--i have them every Halloween!! :)

marci
tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

MamawDebbie on October 25, 2010 at 4:46 PM said...

I love Carmel apples especially at Halloween. I really like your special recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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Henria O. on October 26, 2010 at 1:12 AM said...

I really like candy or caramel apples!
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Pam on October 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM said...

Rice Krispy Treats...Halloween style...Mmm!

redfuzzycow on October 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM said...

candy corn is my fave halloween treat

redfuzzycow on October 26, 2010 at 5:02 PM said...

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Megan on October 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM said...

My favorite Halloween treat is Halloween decorated cupcakes.
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Megan on October 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM said...

tweeted about this giveaway
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Danielle on October 27, 2010 at 7:24 AM said...

I love peanut butter cups so I always raid my kids trick or treat bag for them.
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Christine on October 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM said...

Snickers-okay it's not "just" my favorite Halloween treat, I like them year round.

Christine
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Hetal on October 28, 2010 at 6:21 AM said...

fave halloween treat is candy corn

Hetal on October 28, 2010 at 6:22 AM said...

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nomfreebies on October 28, 2010 at 7:28 PM said...

I like reeses!

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The Simple Jocabell Life on October 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM said...

My total fave is Reeses Cups!!! MMMMMMMMMM GGGGoooooooDDDDD

Sasha on October 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM said...

Reese's Pumpkins!

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Deanna G. on October 30, 2010 at 6:19 AM said...

I like Tootsie Rolls! :)

Deanna G. on October 30, 2010 at 6:21 AM said...

Tweeted the giveaway:

http://twitter.com/#!/calidreamin87/status/29182487074

clynsg on October 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM said...

My favorite Halloween treat is Caramel Apples--not something to hand out to trick or treaters, but so good!

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angie lilly on October 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM said...

100% reeses peanut butter cups for me!!!!
Angie
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angie lilly on October 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/29206735236
Angie
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Scott on October 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM said...

My fav Halloween treat is candy! LOL Specifically I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups…or anything chocolate/peanut butter based!
Scott
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Scott on October 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/29208423500
Scott
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Emmy T on October 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM said...

This year my favorite treat is Kit Kat bars. The bag for the kids is almost gone!

Lexiquin on October 30, 2010 at 9:50 PM said...

My favorite Halloween treat is Caramel Apples and Popcorn Balls. I'm pretty impressed with your Halloween Surprise Box :)
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Lexiquin on October 30, 2010 at 9:52 PM said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/lexiquin/status/29248241417

Eunice Beshears on October 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM said...

I like roasted pumpkin seeds, didn't get any this year yet.

Bonggamom on November 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM said...

Winner has been drawn, just waiting for confirmation....

Bonggamom on November 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM said...

Sorry, I dropped the ball on announcing the winner! She actually accepted the prize way back on Nov. 5, 2010. Congratulations to comment #28, Kerry!

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