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Espresso Marshmallows and a GIVEAWAY from Dolce Gusto

Espresso Marshmallows Recipe

Me and coffee. It’s a love hate relationship. On one hand, I love coffee flavor, preferably when mixed with copious amounts of cream and sugar. A punch of espresso brings life to dark chocolate. Coffee ice cream, well, if it weren’t so cold I would bathe in it.

On the other hand, more than a few sips of highly caffeinated anything and I turn into a shaky, jittery mess. Call it low blood pressure or what have you, caffeine and I are not friends.

Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake and Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles

But that doesn’t stop me from indulging in a (small) cup every now and then when I’m feeling extra droopy. So while, no, I wouldn’t call myself an avid coffee drinker, the repressed coffee-fiend in me just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to develop four exclusive recipes for Nescafé Dolce Gusto.

The Dolce Gusto line is fairly new to the market, competing with household names like Keurig and Krups. Granted I’ve never used those other machines, but the ease of use and flavor possibilities of the Dulce Gusto products are pretty impressive. Not to mention that their Piccolo machine (and be sure to click through/scroll down for an opportunity to win one!) is nice and compact. When your counter space is scarce, having a small footprint is crucial. So yay for that. Taylor would also like to add that he loves the virtually instant cleanup. Just toss the used capsule and you’re done. From someone who spends a good 20 minutes each day rinsing and refilling his brew machine and coffee grinder, that’s a big deal. No, he won’t be switching to pods entirely, drinking 2-3 cups a day it’s just not economical, but he could definitely appreciate its benefits.

Tiramisu Shooters Recipe

I created and photographed four recipes, to be promoted and displayed on the Dolce Gusto Facebook page throughout the month of December. If you go there, you’ll see the recipes for Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake, Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles, and the Espresso Marshmallows currently featured. And stay tuned, because next week might be my favorite of the lot: Tiramisu Shooters (pictured above). All the deliciousness of tiramisu in a precious little package. Zing!

Espresso Marshmallows

Yield: 18 marshmallows

These marshmallows have a surprisingly strong espresso flavor. They're great served in hot chocolate, coffee, dipped in melted chocolate, or simply eaten plain.

Ingredients:

2 packets unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup cold water, divided
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

Butter and line an 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan with parchment paper. Generously butter parchment, then dust with powdered sugar, making sure the sides are corners are coated.

Dissolve espresso powder in 1/3 cup water and place in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle gelatin over water. Let sit for at least 5 minutes to soften.

In a heavy saucepan, combine remaining 1/4 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Stir over medium heat until dissolved. Bring to a boil, then cover for 2 minutes. Remove cover and boil, without stirring, until mixture reaches 238ºF, about 7 to 8 minutes.

Fit mixer with the whisk attachment, and turn mixer to low. Very carefully pour hot sugar mixture down the inside of the bowl into the gelatin, taking care not to splatter.

Increase mixer speed to medium high, and beat for 12 to 15 minutes or until mixture is thick and glossy and lukewarm to the touch. Beat in vanilla and pour into prepared pan (the mixture is extremely sticky at this point, so don’t worry if you can’t get it all out of the bowl). Let sit, uncovered, for at least 3 hours or until set. Remove from baking pan and cut into squares. Dust liberally with powdered sugar so the squares don’t stick together. Marshmallows will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Developed for Nescafé Dulce Gusto.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Titanium Piccolo Coffee Machine

Seeing that Christmas is only a few days away, I figured another giveaway would be appropriate. I hope you agree. :) Nescafé has offered up one Titanium Piccolo Coffee/Espresso machine, plus an assortment of capsules for you to try. Even if you’re not a big coffee drinker, this is still something you can appreciate and enjoy.

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congrats to Erin, comment #93, randomly selected as the winner of this giveaway!

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite way to enjoy coffee (other than drinking it)?

Entries open through Wednesday, December 28th at 11:59 CST. I’ll be selecting the winner via random number generator on the morning of Thursday, December 29th. Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by Nescafé. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
Zing! I just entered to win a Piccolo coffee/espresso machine from @loveandoliveoil and @DolceGustoUS! Enter here: http://bit.ly/ubValV
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

The fine print: Giveaway brought to you by Nescafé Dolce Gusto. No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. I was paid to develop 4 unique recipes for Nescafé, and was provided with an identical coffee maker and samples; however I was not required to post anything and all opinions written are entirely my own.

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  1. 101
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I follow you & I tweeted!

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  2. 102
    Kelly
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    In brownies…

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  3. 103
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Love to freeze extra coffee in ice cube trays & mix with vanilla soy milk & skim for a cold, but not too sweet, drink.

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  4. 104
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I love coffee cake, delicious!

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  5. 105
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm
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    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I like you on FB now! Michele Pineda

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    Tabatha
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I enjoy coffe ice cream. It’s one of my favorite things to share with my big brother.

    I’m a fan of Love and Olive Oil!

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  8. 108
    Deb Harris
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    My favorite way to have coffee flavor is ice cream or anything mocha.chocolte cake (with a hint of coffee) with coffee flavored frosting is the best

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  9. 109
    Deb Harris
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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    Deb Harris
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    Deb Harris
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    SorrY I like you on Facebook

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  12. 112
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Mmmm, coffee! I love it with a shot of Torani Salted Caramel Syrup and a shot of Sugar free Chocolate Syrup, frothed milk and topped with whip cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce! It’s my favorite! I make it everyday!

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  13. 113
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Following you on Twitter!

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  14. 114
    Tammy
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Coffee has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. So many good times centered around the scents and flavors of coffee. I do like to use a bit of the instant variety in rubs for roasts. Very yummy!

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  15. 115
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I tweated your giveaway and I already like you on FB! :)

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  16. 116
    Angie
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I use coffee in my brownies and I also like to reduce it and the mix it into my cake truffle mixture to make espresso cake truffles. They’re delicious!

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  17. 117
    Angie
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Following you on facebook!

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  18. 118
    Terri
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve actually used coffee in two of my favorite recipes – a coffee infused beef roast and I found an excellent recipe for baked beans with coffee! They are both delicious!

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  19. 119
    Misty
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Coffee….you mean there’s something else you can do with it besides drink it or make tiramisu? Really? I thought tiramisu was the best use of coffee ever created!

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  20. 120
    Ann
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    It’s so embarrassing but coffee enema is actually a good way to detoxify the liver

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  21. 121
    dani harris
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    coffee ice cream is my all time favorite, but i’m definitely going to try your recipes! the marshmallows sound divine!

    i drink a large cup of sweetened half-Nescafe instant coffee/half-milk every day because brewing coffee for one cup isn’t practical ~ the coffee capsules sound ideal!

    thanks for a chance at the giveaway and i wish you the happiest of holidays! i hope 2012 is a fabulous year for you!

    Reply

  22. 122
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I love coffee beans (chocolate covered espresso beans of course)! That marshmallow recipe looks yummy – I may be making these for Christmas :)

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  23. 123
    Crystal
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Coffee ice cream!

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  24. 124
    Crystal
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I’m already a Facebook fan!

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  25. 125
    Crystal
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

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  26. 126
    Lynn J
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I love coffee so much that when I find a new brand of beans, I squeeze the sack to release the smell for a few day until it makes me whoosy!

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  27. 127
    Sharon
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I grew up with my mom making chicken with a coffee sauce… it’s always been a favorite!

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  28. 128
    Ivy
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I use coffee to enhance chocolate flavor in almost anything. Besides using it as a drink, I use the used coffee granules as a face scrub with olive oil. Whatever I don’t use is added to compost. Love that coffee!

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  29. 129
    Ericka G
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I love coffee ice cream! (I love anything with coffee really, I love coffee. Period.) :)

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  30. 130
    Ericka G
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and just tweeted!

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  31. 131
    Dee
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I love drinking coffee with biscotti and cookies! :) Also, I love the coffee iced with skim milk and sugar.

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  32. 132
    Ericka G
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I’m already a fan on Facebook :D

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  33. 133
    Dee
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  34. 134
    Dee
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

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  35. 135
    Ella
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Coffee Ice Cream has always been my favorite!

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  36. 136
    Ella
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I am already a fan on facebook!

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  37. 137
    Melissa Morrison
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I love coffee in ice cream :) cold coffee that is :)

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    Melissa Morrison
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I liked you on Facebook too :)

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  39. 139
    Corisa J
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Flavored, whole milk and one splenda please !

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  40. 140
    Melissa
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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  41. 141
    Tiffany
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Coffee makes a fantastic rub for pork tenderloin or a delicious glaze over any flavor ice cream or even bread pudding :)

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  42. 142
    Melissa
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I like my expresso with honey and cinnamon.

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  43. 143
    Kate Roche
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Just love good coffee brewed with a pinch of cinnamon. So nice on a chilly Saturday or Sunday morning.

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    Kate Roche
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook too!

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  45. 145
    Krista van dale
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I’m a Rhode Island girl, and as our state drink is coffee milk (picture chocolate milk but with coffee syrup instead), I’d have to say that’s my favorite way to enjoy coffee when not partaking in a regular old cup.

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  46. 146
    Posted On December 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Love those marshmallows! I like to add coffee to brownies :)

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  47. 147
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I like you on Facebook!

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  48. 148
    karenc
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Hot coffee drizzled over vanilla ice cream – add a crackling fire and my sweetie and I’m all set for the holidays!

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  49. 149
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I love coffee this season because I add eggnog intead of cream, my favorite!!

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  50. 150
    April Barker
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I love making espresso flavored cupcakes such as a peppermint mocha cupcake or for fall, a pumpkin spice latte cupcake!

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  51. 151
    April Barker
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

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  52. 152
    amy marantino
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:20 am

    coffee ice cream

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  53. 153
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I love coffee in vegan brownies!

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  54. 154
    Thu
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I love coffee flavors in tiramisu!

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  55. 155
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I have never made marshmallows at home but I so want to make ‘em some day.. I dont know why but I am a bit scared what if they don’t turn out good? But I think I will do it now after reading your post.. I am a bit more motivated now :)

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  56. 156
    Anna
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Coffee Ice Cream! or or or Espresso molten chocolate cake!

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  57. 157
    Anna
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 4:36 am

    i’m a fan on facebook!

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    anash
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I make coffee icing for cake! Thanks for the chance to win!! What a lovely giveaway

    anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  59. 159
    anash
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I follow you on twitter @anashct
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  60. 160
    anash
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:37 am

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  61. 161
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:50 am

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  62. 162
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  63. 163
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Espresso is an awesome flavor booster for beef and pork! It’s fantastic in the crock pot with a pork loin and fat free Raspberry Pecan salad dressing marinade! Yummmies!

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  64. 164
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:11 am

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  65. 165
    Francesca
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Love coffee in chocolate cake! Mmmmm!

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  66. 166
    Steven
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Coffee ice cream

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  67. 167
    Rosalia
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Espresso coffee cake!!!!!!

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  68. 168
    Rosalia
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I “like” Love & Olive Oil on FB.

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  69. 169
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I love to include chocolate on baked goodies, like chocolate cake, the famous Tiramisu and chocolate cheesecake, yum!

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  70. 170
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I follow you on FaceBook

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    Chelsea Ross
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Poured over vanilla ice cream :)

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  72. 172
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:56 am

    i am a huge fan of coffee in flourless chocolate cake!

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  73. 173
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:56 am

    i follow you on facebook!

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  74. 174
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

    tweeted it!

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  75. 175
    Sarah H.P.
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I absolutely adore coffee flavored ice cream and that is definitely my favorite way of enjoying it aside from drinking it!

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  76. 176
    Wendy W.
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Coffee ice cream ….. *drool*

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  77. 177
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I’m not a very big coffee drinker, but my daughter is and I would love to win this for her. She loves to add caramel to her coffee :)

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  78. 178
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:20 am

    My husband and I have made David Liebovitz’s coffee vanilla custard. It disappears in record time, and we power through the brain freeze likes champs!

    *Heather*

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  79. 179
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Following @loveandoliveoil on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway (@squirrelbread).

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  80. 180
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Already like Love and Olive Oil on FB.

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  81. 181
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I tweeted the giveaway @mypinkmixerblog

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  82. 182
    Marlene
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I love coffee added to chocolate in cake and cookie mixes like brownies. In a coffee brownie torte recipe I have….It’s yummy.

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  83. 183
    jg
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

    My treat for myself is a nice latte or cappuccino. Love it.

    Reply

  84. 184
    Jeanne ODonnell
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Coffee flavored liquor……Kahlua!

    Reply

  85. 185
    Jeanne ODonnell
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I like you on facebook.

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  86. 186
    Jere
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I love coffee anything!

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    Mb
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:51 am

    black!

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    Katie Jo
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I love to use coffee in cakes or frosting to give it a nice mocha flavor. So easy and yet so delicious.

    Reply

  89. 189
    Kari
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 9:08 am

    My favorite way to use coffee is in brownies or to amp up other chocolate desserts.

    Reply

  90. 190
    Courtney McElhaney
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Coffee ice cream!!

    Reply

  91. 191
    Sarah
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Other than my morning latte? Coffee ice cream, of course!

    Reply

  92. 192
    Sarah
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I like you on Facebook!

    Reply

  93. 193
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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  94. 194
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I like coffee in chocolate recipes (cakes, brownies, etc.). It really brings out the flavor!

    Reply

  95. 195
    Aileen
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I use a half a cup of cold black coffee when I make Hermit Cookies. They’re basically miniature fruit cakes. They have cinnamon, nutmeg, apricots, raisins, and the coffee. They’re super moist and great for people who don’t like really sweet desserts.

    Reply

  96. 196
    PurpleLarkspur
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love a classic honey cake, which usually calls for a cup of warm coffee in the ingredients!

    Reply

  97. 197
    PurpleLarkspur
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:38 am
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    tiffany
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I love coffee (espresso powder) in brownies!

    Reply

  99. 199
    Aileen
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I tweeted, and like you on facebook!

    Reply

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    Megan
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Coffee cake for sure!

    Reply

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