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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. 201
    Natasha Hudnall
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I love putting a bag of peppermint tea in it and sweet it with chocolate syrup – YUM

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  2. 202
    Natasha Hudnall
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Followed @loveandoliveoil on twitter

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  3. 203
    Natasha Hudnall
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    liked loveandoliveoil on FB

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  4. 204
    angel_csc_123dixie@hotmail.com
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    With dark rich chocolate brownies! My husband also makes and excellent chocolate espresso stout.

    I already like you on FB!

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  5. 205
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I love brownies with a little coffee or espresso in them — so good!

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  6. 206
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love coffee! My favorite way to enjoy it, other than drinking it, is mocha chip ice cream… yum!

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  7. 207
    Ana
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    The aroma!

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  8. 208
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I enjoy having ice cream with espresso and chocolate in it!

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  9. 209
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I liked you on Facebook!

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  10. 210
    Suzanne Brown
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Favorite way to enjoy coffee is with my husband. Getting to share a mocha together is a nice way to reconnect. Second favorite way is in Mocha Brownies. This was made for me at my bridal shower some years ago and are so, so, yummy.

    Reply

  11. 211
    Daisy Sexton
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I love enjoying coffee with my husband in the early morning before our kids are up for the day! :)

    Reply

  12. 212
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I love drinking a good cup of coffee with a piece of toast & jam and a good book.

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  13. 213
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    i’m with you–coffee ice cream please! either homemade or the starbucks variety!

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  14. 214
    Sarah Payan
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I love coffee and chocolate! Espresso chocolate brownies! Yum! My all time favorite though is Tiramisu!

    Reply

  15. 215
    Sarah Payan
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’m a FB fan!

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  16. 216
    Sarah Payan
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter:)

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  17. 217
    Ellen
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I love coffee ice cream!

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  18. 218
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    It must be more then the name we have in common cause coffee has the SAME effect on me! While I love the taste, even a cup of decaf will have me running full steam ahead for half the day!

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is with a sprinkle of cinnamon mixed in with freshly ground beans, topped off with a dash of vanilla, a good glug of half and half and 1 packet of truvia…YUM!

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  19. 219
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I really enjoy adding coffee flavors to my chocolate baked goods – brownies and cookies especially. I think it adds a depth of flavor like nothing else can, and it’s just so gosh darn good!

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  20. 220
    Tiffany
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I also like you on Facebook!

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  21. 221
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I’m already a fan on Facebook!

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  22. 222
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    And I also follow you on Twitter :)

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  23. 223
    Jenn
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I like to add coffee to brownies – chocolate and coffee are perfect together.

    Reply

  24. 224
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is from the french press and while reading blogs in the morning. A great start to the day :)

    Reply

  25. 225
    LaurenP
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I love dark chocolate covered espresso beans, however, while an undergrad, my mornings almost always started with instant coffee sprinkled in the soymilk I poured on my bran cereal. It was delicious.

    Reply

  26. 226
    LaurenP
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook.

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  27. 227
    Elisabeth
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I love to have coffee flavored ice cream!

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  28. 228
    Elisabeth
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I already follow on twitter and tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/egood33/status/149957032844337152

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  29. 229
    Elisabeth
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I now like your FB page!

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  30. 230
    Jesse T
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    love me some coffee icecream! yum

    Reply

  31. 231
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    In cake!

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  32. 232
    Tiffany
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Oh, and I follow you on twitter!

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  33. 233
    Sally
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I love my coffee nice and strong with some homemade flavored creamer and just a tad of sweetness–yum!

    Also love when I get lattes at a lovely cafe and they make designs with the milk–genius!

    Reply

  34. 234
    Sally
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook! :)

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  35. 235
    Sally
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I tweeted! @miss_fish1

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  36. 236
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Flavoring my ice cream, thank you very much. (These popsicles look like a fun thing to try though too :)

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  37. 237
    Anna
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I love coffee cake!

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  38. 238
    Anna
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I already like on FB!

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  39. 239
    Coby Chivian
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    half a teaspoon of organic honey, a dash of cinnamon and a dash of crema…cafe mexicana!

    Reply

  40. 240
    Martha
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I love my coffee with a little bit of creamer and 2 sugars. perfect.

    Reply

  41. 241
    Danna
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee other than drinking it has to be chocolate espresso cheesecake. Oh, soooo good!

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  42. 242
    Danna
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I like you on facebook.

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  43. 243
    Maria W
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is in brownies or tiramisu—-so perfect!

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  44. 244
    meg
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    in brownies (instant coffee)! makes mocha deliciousness!

    Reply

  45. 245
    Ashley Roberts
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I drink coffee all day long and find fun and tasty ways to incorporate it into other recipes. So, my favorite way to enjoy coffee, other than drinking it, is to put a tablespoon or so of fresh or instant grounds into a pot of chili. Yum!!!! The flavor is subtle, yet adds a nice boldness.

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  46. 246
    Rebecca
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Coffee in chocolate cake – brings out the chocolate flavor… and coffee ice cream…and a hot mocha to drink…and the list goes on!

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  47. 247
    Melissa
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Mocha chip ice cream!

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  48. 248
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I add coffee to anything chocolate that I bake, especially brownies. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

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  49. 249
    Melissa
    Posted On December 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I follow you and tweeted about the contest

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  50. 250
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 4:18 am

    i like coffee cream pie:)

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  51. 251
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 4:18 am

    i like u on fb ;-p

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  52. 252
    Cheryl
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Mmm! I love adding instant espresso powder to chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream frosting and brownies. It adds that extra something without being overpowering. I just sold my Jura Capresso espresso machine (too big and fancy) so this cute little coffee maker would be wonderful. I “like” you on Facebook too!

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  53. 253
    Cheryl
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I follow you on Facebook!

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  54. 254
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Coffee ice cream!

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  55. 255
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    My absolutely favorite coffee involving dish just be chocolate covered coffee beans. If it has to involve brewed coffee, then coffee ice cream.

    Reply

  56. 256
    Karen
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Well I LOVE coffee in anything but I had the most incredible espresso cinnamon rolls one year for Christmas morning breakfast at my daughter’s house and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since.

    Perfect :)

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  57. 257
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love to make Tiramisu cupcakes..mmmm yum!

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  58. 258
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Already a fan on Fb!

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  59. 259
    Meghan
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I love to enjoy coffee in ultra-dark chocolate cake, as many other posters said, but also in my mother’s recipe for Death by Chocolate.

    Reply

  60. 260
    Mary F
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I love to use coffee in any chocolate cake or cookie recipe..so good!

    Reply

  61. 261
    Renato R
    Posted On December 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I like coffee on my cereal!

    Reply

  62. 262
    Kim A
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I love dark chocolate covered beans, and of course espresso ice cream!

    Reply

  63. 263
    Kim A
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Tweeted and follow on twitter as @barkergirl33 https://twitter.com/#!/barkergirl33/status/150571912966320128

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  64. 264
    Kim A
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    FB fan as Summer S Black

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  65. 265
    Liz Sisson
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I love to mix some expresso into my Nutella Fudge that I make… yummy -

    Reply

  66. 266
    Keya Paul
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is in the morning with coffee cookies.

    Reply

  67. 267
    Keya Paul
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Followed @loveandoliveoil on twitter

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/kpswagger/status/150581366877196289

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  68. 268
    Keya Paul
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Liked Love & Olive Oil on Facebook

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  69. 269
    Annmarie W.
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Love cappuccino brownies!

    Reply

  70. 270
    Annmarie W.
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm
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    Annmarie W.
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’m one of your facebook fans! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

    Reply

  72. 272
    Alyx
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I love coffee ice cream, but I also love hot coffee with a scoop of flavored ice cream (praline is a winner combo!)!

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  73. 273
    yoon
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    with ritz crackers to dip in it!

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  74. 274
    Danielle
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Definitely ice cream!

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  75. 275
    Michelle
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I love coffee early in the morning with bacon.

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  76. 276
    Michelle
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I like you on facebook

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    Shelley
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you for the awesome recipe; the marshmallows are easy to make and taste delicious! Happy holidays to you and your family!

    Reply

  78. 278
    Posted On December 25, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I love munching on chocolate covered espresso beans

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  79. 279
    Andrea Julian
    Posted On December 26, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I like coffee in certain cookies, as long as they don’t have a strong coffee taste!

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    Andrea Julian
    Posted On December 26, 2011 at 6:06 am
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    Andrea Julian
    Posted On December 26, 2011 at 6:07 am

    New fan on facebook!

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  82. 282
    tzippi
    Posted On December 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    in cake cookies… homemade truffles Heaven
    and i liked you on twitter

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  83. 283
    ewhatley
    Posted On December 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I love coffee ice cream.

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  84. 284
    Posted On December 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I like to add coffee to my brownie recipe. It really enhances the chocolate flavor.

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  85. 285
    Posted On December 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I’m a follower and I tweeted the giveaway.

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  86. 286
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I enjoy my coffee with a tiny bit of sugar and enough cream so you can juuuust start see it changing color. French Vanilla cream, even better!

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  87. 287
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I tweeted!

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  88. 288
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    (oh and i follow you on twitter) and i already like you on facebook.

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  89. 289
    Bridget Ross
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I love homemade coffee ice cream with this homemade chocolate sauce recipe passed down from through the mother’s on my mom’s side from as far back as we can remember. It is the perfect curl up on the couch dessert.

    Reply

  90. 290
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

    My favorite would be in ice cream, although a strong cup in a chocolate cake is divine.

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  91. 291
    Magdalena Kocheva
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I love putting some coffee in chocolate desserts and Tiramisu!

    Reply

  92. 292
    Robyn
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I love to make a rich vegan chocolate cake with a vegan coffee buttercream frosting. Coffee buttercream is my absolute favorite frosting!

    Reply

  93. 293
    LOURDES CALVILLO
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is right after dinner. Nothing like a Nescafe coffee with dessert.

    Reply

  94. 294
    Denise Tuggle
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I love my coffee with cream and sugar, a little whip cream on top sprinkled with cinammon and sugar in top! Love, love me some coffee!! I stop my mom and dad’s for coffee each week that is our special time together.

    Reply

  95. 295
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Mmm, coffee ice cream is always tasty.

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  96. 296
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Coffee ice cream is a favorite of mine!

    Reply

  97. 297
    Sean
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Several years ago I was struck with a little inspiration when I was cleaning up while making a chocolate silk pie. Rather than toss the last of my morning pot of coffee I decided to add it to the meringue for what’s become my mocha silk pie.

    Reply

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    Lyn
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Beyond drinking it, I love the aroma of a good coffee! Holding a mug between your hands on a crisp morning, closing your eyes and just inhaling the aroma. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

    Reply

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    Kristi
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I love to drink coffee any way that it is fixed, but I also LOVE baking with it, and making homemade coffee ice cream. YUUUUMY!!!!!

    Reply

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    Kristi
    Posted On December 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I liked your page on FB! :)

    Reply

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