Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Candy Apples for Grown-Ups + a SCREAM POLL and Giveaway for Halloween via Cleo Coyle


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There’s nothing like a really good scream.

A scream is a cleansing experience. It allows you to purge your pent-up tension and hurl your voice into the cosmos. True, it's not a very adult thing to do, but it is fun. And why should kids have all the fun? I mean, have you noticed how often they get to scream?

MY BEST SCREAMS...

Some of my best screams came from riding the old, wooden roller coasters at Kennywood, a beautiful, little amusement park in Western Pennsylvania, one that dates back over 100 years.

Several of its coasters are ranked among the top classic coasters in the country by the ACE, American Coaster EnthusiastsAnd my favorite of the bunch was even given landmark status.


Built in 1920, Kennywood's JACK RABBIT is one of the oldest still-running coasters in the world. Come with me now for a fantastically fun virtual ride...




Click the arrow in the window below to take
a short hop with me on the Jack Rabbit...



If you do not see a video window above, click here 
to watch on YouTube. Use your full screen for the best effect!


Did you scream? 

No? Then try a virtual ride on the Thunderbolt here, the Racer here, or even the steel Phantom (a more modern, nose-bleed-high coaster) here.  

True, these are only videos. But since this is Halloween Week, screaming is allowed. Of course, if coasters can't get you screaming, something else may. And that's what I'd like to know...


WHAT MAKES YOU SCREAM?

Take my SCREAMS poll below to tell me.

If you also leave a comment on this post,
letting me know at least 
one of your answers,
you are automatically 
entered to win my

Halloween "Treat" Prize Package 

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And now today’s Halloween treat!


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Cleo Coyle's
Candy Apples
for Grown-Ups

While typically a children’s treat, candy apples make a nice novelty dessert for an adult party.
In fact, my readers may remember the "baby billionaire" candy apples served on a dessert tray of an exclusive club in Billionaire Blend.



Granted, one can act only so sophisticated when consuming a carnival treat, of course, that just might be the fun of it. (Camera phones ready?) On the other hand, you can always de-stick the apple, slice it in half, and serve it to the smart set as "glacéed pommes."

As for today's recipe, I experimented with a combination of ingredients until I was happy with the end product, which is why there is no corn syrup in this recipe. Instead, I used honey, which lends a lovely flavor. I’m also sharing a fun (spiked) version that’s even more grown-up. It swaps out the cinnamon sticks for cinnamon schnapps. (More on that below.) 

Whether you eat your apples with spirits or without, I wish you a very Happy Halloween! ~ ~ Cleo



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Makes about 6 medium (to large) or 8 smallish apples

You will need: * Wax paper or parchment paper; * Non-stick cooking spray; 
* Non-stick medium size saucepan;  * Wooden spoon or silicone spatula (one for high-heat cooking); * Wooden skewers or Popsicle/Craft Sticks or Chopsticks; * (Optional) A candy thermometer; it's optional because I often make these without a thermometer; so if you don’t have one, just follow my tips for knowing when the candy is done cooking.

Ingredients:

8 small or 6 medium (to large) apples (What type? See below...)**

2/3 cup water

1 tablespoon honey 

2 cinnamon sticks (or a few more, but do not use
   ground or powdered, it will cloud the mixture)


2-1/2 cups white, granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon + 4 or 5 extra drops red food coloring

**TIPS on picking apples: I like to use small apples for this recipe and in my photos today you see organic Fuji apples. Be sure to choose apples without any wax coating (farmer's market or organic apples are a good bet for this). If you do have wax coating on your apples, you'll need to drop them briefly in boiling water (and dry the surfaces well). Otherwise, the candy may not properly adhere. For more suggestions on what types of apples are best to use for this recipe, read my tips in the PDF version of this recipe. Download it by clicking here.

Directions:

Step 1 - Prep the apples: Cover a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and generously coat the paper with nonstick spray or you can brush it with oil. This is a must to prevent the apples from sticking to the paper. Remove stems from the apples and insert skewers, Popsicle sticks, or chopsticks as shown. 



Step 2 - Make the candy coating: Combine sugar, water, honey, cinnamon sticks, and food coloring in a nonstick saucepan. (The red food coloring will darken as the candy cooks, so don't go too heavy on it. I suggest 1/4 teaspoon and 4 or 5 extra drops, not much more than that.)



Stir the mixture over medium-high heat only until the sugar is completely melted. Once it’s melted, you’re safe to boil it. DO NOT STIR AGAIN AT THIS POINT. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. After about 10 minutes of a continual, rolling boil, the candy should be ready or very close. 




Testing candy for doneness (no candy thermometer?): To check without a thermometer, dip a spoon into the mixture and drop some of the liquid candy into a glass of ice cold water. Does it harden up quickly into a crunchy, brittle substance? If it does, you’re ready to make candy apples. If not, keep cooking but check frequently to prevent burning. 

Testing candy for doneness (with a candy thermometer): If you're using a candy thermometer, look for a temperature from 280 to 300 degrees F. Don’t go much beyond that or you’ll risk burning the candy. 

Candy-Making Temperatures Grid: For a handy grid of of temperatures attached to each stage of candy making, see the PDF version of this recipe. To download the document, click here.


Step 3 - Coat the apples: BE CAREFUL with this step because the candy-coating is very hot and will hurt like the dickens if it splashes on you. Turn the heat off under the pan and allow the boiling to stop. Tip the pan slightly and dip a skewered apple in the coating. Twirl the apple for an even coat. Lift and allow the excess to drip back into the pan. Place your newly dipped candy apple on the greased wax or parchment paper.





COATING TIP: Do not double-dip or be concerned with applying a super-thick coating. Take it from me, if the candy is too thick, your teeth will not be able to penetrate it. Simply dip once for a thin candy-coating. As it cools, it will harden prettily (similar to the hardness of peanut brittle).

As the candy in the pot cools, it will thicken and become more difficult to work with so don't let the candy sit around. Be sure to dip all of your apples relatively quickly after the candy is finished cooking. If the liquid candy does begin to thicken up on your, then turn the heat on again under the pan and warm the mixture until it loosens up.



CLEAN-UP TIP: Do not pour any leftover liquid candy into your sink. Instead, pour it into a disposable container (like an empty milk carton or soup can) and toss it into the garbage. As for cleaning any encrusted candy on your pan or utensils, simply fill your saucepan with water, place the utensils inside, and boil the water on the stove to melt the crusted candy off the sides and bottom of the pot. 



Cleo's
Cinnamon Schnapps 

Spiked Candy Apples

To make an even more grown-up version, you can spike the candy apples with cinnamon schnapps. Here's how I do it. Follow the recipe exactly as you would above with these changes.

1 - Leave out the cinnamon sticks and make the candy coating without them.

2 - After the candy is finished cooking and you are ready to coat the apples, turn off the heat under the pan. WAIT for the boiling to stop. Measure out 2 tablespoons of cinnamon schnapps** and CAREFULLY pour the schnapps into the liquid candy. The hot candy will JUMP and sizzle as you add the alcohol so please watch for that and do not get burned! The reason you are adding it at this late stage is to preserve the alcohol and flavor of the liqueur. Lightly stir the mixture with a wooden skewer and immediately begin dipping your apples. If the liquid candy cools and begins to thicken on you, turn on the heat and warm it until it loosens again, and...
Follow the rest of the recipe as written.

**Cinnamon schnapps is a fun liqueur to play with, especially in the fall and winter. Add a generous splash of it to a glass of cold apple cider, for instance, and you've got a drinkable "Apple Pie"--delicious! For more drink ideas using cinnamon schnapps, click here or here. (We use Goldschläger.)



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144 comments:

  1. Ah, roller coasters! I grew up with Willow Grove Park in eastern Pennsylvania (alas, long since become a shopping mall), where they had a Wild Mouse--small, but quick, with very sharp turns. Fast forward: my husband and I visited Sydney, Australia a few years back, and as you may know, there's a famous amusement part on the far side of the harbor (the gate is a huge clown face, and you enter through the mouth). As soon as we arrived there, by ferry, I looked ahead and said, "That's a Wild Mouse." It was.

    Candy apples always scared me because I have been know to break teeth or remove fillings while eating fried eggs. Promise these are soft enough?

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    1. Sheila - If you can eat peanut brittle, or French praline, you can eat these candy apples--as long as you follow the directions and do a thin, single coating with the very hot liquid candy. It's when folks do a double-coating (attempting to put that candy on especially thick) that makes it inedible and I'm with you on that one!

      The Wild Mouse rides are wonderful, aren't they? Kennywood didn't have one, but another park in the region did. Fun memories! Thanks for dropping in today, and because you're the apple maven of our blog, I think I must wish you an...

      App(L)y Halloween!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

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  2. I love candy apples and I took the poll. And yes, between credit card bills and the IRS I live in a constant state of fear!

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    1. Scream therapy may be just the thing for you. Play that roller coaster video a few more times...or better yet try a few shots of that Goldshlager cinnamon schnapps (hold the apple)!

      I hope that helps and have a very Happy (IRS free) Halloween!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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    2. Of the three screamers I chose from the Coffeehouse Newsletter, my biggest is my closets. How in the world a closet winds up looking like my junk drawer so quickly, I will never know. My most huge screamer, however, was not on your list...its when the "macho" comes out in my husband...aaaaaaaaghh! " I don't need to go to the doctor, I'm tough!" "I'm not getting a flu shot, I'm tough!" I always get my way, though, so all ends well.

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  3. I think I would like those candy apples for sure! Can't pass them out to the trick-or-treaters ;-). Everything on the list makes me go "oh no, oh no, oh no" but the snakes - then I scream!

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  4. Your recipes and delectable offerings are very appealing. The list is great. Snakes for sure. Always are and were. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. I took the poll---and spiders are probably my worst hang up---or maybe anything to to with heights so roller coasters are a definite scream, too. I like the candy apply schnapps recipe.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  6. the poll was very extensive, and my worst fear is heights and of course that means roller coasters. What a wonderful and creative post today. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. This was such a terrific post, Cleo! I scared myself with your POLL, but the apples should revive me.

    Thanks for such a 'spirited' effort.

    XO

    MJ/VA

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  8. Spiders!!!! When I was young (years ago), my grandfather owned a candy factory and for Halloween, he brought in candy apples for my grade school class. I was not a fan of the apples, but he also made hard cinnamon candy and peanut brittle that was the best. He only had the factory for a year and but I can almost taste it today, fifty years later.

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  9. You have a wonderful way of combining food and humor!

    I did a write in on the poll--Politicians. Enough said, don't you think?

    And clever you for working this out without corn syrup!

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  10. Bugs, insects and reptiles do not scare me, so no screaming there. But I had a boss that could drive me to drinking but I would go outside and scream to relieve the stress.

    Could use a good cuppa coffee.

    Benglish@whro.net

    Betty Jo

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  11. What a fun post. I made candy Apples on Halloween for the family a few years ago. I did not use honey. I will have to try that. Cool you posted Edvard Munch's The Skirk! My students & I just recently painted that. Did you know Edvard painted it on cardboard with tempera paint & chalk? The painting has been stolen twice & sold for $120 million.

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  12. Bugs, insects and spiders. Nearly spit out my coffee one morning when I read that there exists a type of puppy sized spider. They showed a photo and it looked to me like a tarantula on steroids.

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  13. Yum! I'll definitely make these. I am frightened, now that I'm a bit older, by scary movies. They used to be so much fun! Still are, but I have to steer clear of ones that are too realistic. My favorite rollercoaster is the old wooden one on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I love the sound the wooden ones make.

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  14. That's the only way I plan to do roller coasters from now on. Phantom's Revenge was cool but I would never really ride on it.
    I took the poll.
    The cinnamon schnapps makes me wish I could still drink...allergic to alcohol so, it's a no for me. Maybe you could make some lollipops, too. Interesting.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  15. Creepy crawlers make me scream--basically for someone to make them disappear. Though, this last six weeks I had to be very interested in insects because my granddaughter was studying them in her second grade class, and I don't want her to take after her grandmother on this one. We were very careful to have all three of our kids"enjoy" those freakiest from the outdoors. One year, when my daughter was about 8, she got a Prongles Chips can, filled it with dirt, and put her family of worms in the can. I found it about a week later when I was cleaning her room. Both the dirt and the worms were all dried up. Ah well, she is not bothered by those things now��

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  16. Spiders!! Little ones are not too bad but the big scary hunting spiders freak me out. The worst feeling is being in the shower and having a big spider in there with you! Makes me want to run screaming into another room to hide.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  17. I answered the poll, but what scares me the most is me when i wake up without coffee!

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  18. We used to have mice in our garage and sometimes one would dart out right in front of my feet. Screech!!

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  19. Not much makes me scream ... roller coasters actually make me stop breathing :-) - I do scream when I get startled or when some else than me is driving and I see another car come way way way to close.

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  20. I did the poll and I think ferris wheels should be the the first choice. Really they are just hanging there! These apples sound delicious and fairly easy.

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  21. I voted for "Other". Election Time makes me scream. (ie: Political ads, candidates, poll results, etc.)

    I'm not sure if it's because it's always extremely scary or just plain frustrating. (Probably a mixture of both.) :P

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  22. My sister always could make me scream and has made it so I jump at everything. She used to wait outside the bathroom and night and jump out at me. Every single night, and I fell for it every single time. Now anyone can scare me even when they dont mean to. Yep all her fault for sure, lol

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  23. Scary Movies make me scream the most!

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  24. Bugs, most particularly roaches. *shudder* Lizards, snakes, and the like don't bother me at all, but bugs make me scream like a tiny girl.

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  25. I was at Kennywood back in the 40s. I don't remember if I rode the rollercoaster but you can't get me on one for anything - so maybe I did!!
    People who sneak up on me and yell BOO do make me scream.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  26. I voted for credit cards. The others, while scary, are temporary or imaginary. Bill are way too real! amp67 at mchs dot com

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  27. I guess I'm not much of a screamer. I don't ride roller coasters (although the virtual trip was fine), I don't watch scary movies (I do watch suspense-but I gasp at those), My credit card bill makes me wince, the IRS makes me blanche, worms disgust me, I actually go on ghost hunts, so...I actually did scream yesterday-when my kitten Mariusz jumped on my with claws extended into my naked skin!

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  28. Roller coasters but they are awesome! Definitely bugs are on that list----->ewwwww. The candy apples sounds delic.

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  29. Scary movies (especially The Shining....the first R rated movie I ever saw, when I was 12 years old, but even creepier now that I'm an adult. Just the sight of the hotel looming out of the snow during the credits makes me shudder.) Also clowns and roller coasters. But now, seeing the comment above about credit cards, I have to admit...those scare me too. rencw@verizon.net

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  30. Heights will do it for me

    jenne.turner(at)unt.edu

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  31. spiders

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  32. The thing that makes me scream and causes my head to spin is stupid people! I want to run screaming down the street....STOP!!!!!!!!

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  33. Would you believe that I'm 66 and have never ridden a roller coaster? It's true. I'm not really afraid of ghosts, but, have been known to scream in the dark when someone or something comes up upon me. Eeeeek! Happy Halloween everyone!

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  34. creepy crawlers was one of my answers. ugh. can't stand em.

    anne

    mysandycat@aol.com

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  35. I hate roller coasters. My husband got to ride once on honeymoon. Never before and never since.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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  36. I've had some bosses that made me want to scream.

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  37. The original The Shining movie with Jack Nicholson scared me to the core. The Halloween movies with the Michael Meyers killer were so incredibly scary. I guess those scared me when I was younger. I haven't watched them again! Definitely snakes and spiders are on my "grown-up" scary list.

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  38. Spiders would always send me running and screaming, now that I'm older I've calmed a little about them but they can still put some jump back into these bones.
    I have ridden the Jack Rabbit in Kennywood, also the Racers (actually the first roller coaster I ever rode) and the Thunderbolt (I was terrified to try it because of that one hill, once I rode it though I loved it.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  39. Really, really stupid people . The ones who always think they are tmright but who really don't have clue. TheY ask for this but really want something else. Then they go..."Whatever!!???" Like it's all your fault they don't have a clue. Grrrrr

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  40. The three items on your poll that make me scream the loudest are bugs, my boss, and clowns. Yes, I suffer from mild coulrophobia (which was made worse by Stephen King's IT). Also, I cannot stand the sight of spiders, let alone the feel of their sticky webs. I shriek every time I see an arachnid (and I'm the daughter of an entomologist). As to rollercoasters, I once rode the Speed Demon at Great America in Santa Clara multiple times in a row without getting sick. Of course, I was a LOT younger then, but I still love the thrill of sudden drops and the twists and turns of a good coaster.

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  41. The one I hate the most is horror movies /books
    ofhp@att.net

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  42. Credit card bills, closets, and certain bugs got my vote. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe out.
    lenikaye@yahoo.com

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  43. Spiders make me scream every time.
    dotkel50 at comcast dot net

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  44. Spider make me scream (and flee across the room)
    I love to scream when watching scary movies though. My current favorite is the remake of Friday the 13th.

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  45. I took the poll, my fear is snakes. Ugh I hate even typing the word. Lol!
    Dnrocker@yahoo.con

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  46. Hi Cleo, I took your poll, for what makes me screem? How can clowns be so low, ugh!!
    They are the creepiest things ever :). They have always terrified me.
    Great candy apples! Have a spooky Halloween and happy writting.

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  47. Bugs! Especially moths. They terrify me! I can handle snakes, rats, etc. but not flying nasty moths.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  48. I so do not like Roller Coasters . I scream from the time I get on until the the time I get off.

    xzjh04 @ gmail.com

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  49. I love to scream on roller coasters, it makes the ride fun. However, I scream at snakes out of complete abject fear.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  50. I absolutely hate roller coasters. I also hate bats. My aunt gets them in her house during the summer. Its the creepiest thing ever. Its happened enough that she has a tennis racket just to use to trap the bat somewhere until they call to have it removed.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  51. Snakes!!!! I hate snakes!!!
    llblalock @ prodigy dot net

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  52. Spiders hit the top of my list in screaming. Roller coasters not too much. As long as I don't get on it, I don't scream. Thanks for the Coffeehouse Newsletter and the recipe to candy apple. I couldn't figure how to make the coating for the apple.

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  53. What makes me scream? Bugs of course and my closets. Driving in traffic!!! Waiting for the next " Ghost and the ... " I love the Coffeehouse Newsletter keep them coming.

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  54. Snakes make me scream! And the internet going down also makes me scream. Thanks for the candy apple recipe in today's Coffeehouse Newsletter.

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  55. I am terrified of snakes and I will scream my lungs off! I love your MLK posts, recipes, and coffeehouse newsletters.

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  56. My boss - had to be.

    The "Coffeehouse Newsletter" makes me happy scream.

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  57. Snakes and Roller Coasters make me scream. I saw this contest in your Coffeehouse newsletter and was compelled to enter! Thanks.

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  58. Spiders are making me scream, Coffeehouse Newsletters not at all.

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  59. credit card bills scare me every month,, or should I say lack of being able to pay them, But then I get a "Coffeehouse Newsletter" and feel much better

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  60. snakes. I can't even watch them in a TV show. I don't understand why they think that makes for a good show. I have to hide under a blanket or leave the room if they appear on a show we are watching. My husband will let me know when it is safe to look. I have to be careful in my daughter's backyard because they have been back there but I have seen them in the front. The last time my grandson must have seen one in the flowers and he poked it with a stick and I was sitting on their front porch with his sister and it came towards the porch and we both went running and screaming trying to get into the house.

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  61. So cool to see all the Kennywood rollercoasters, homegirl! The Thunderbolt has always been my favorite. Hubby loves the Steel Phantom. I haven't tried the metal coasters yet! Rollercoasters don't make me scream, though. Nothing does...except one thing: when my husband or son comes around the corner unexpectedly. I can't tell you how many times I scream in a month. My husband, exasperated, says "HOW man years have we lived here?!" (We live in an old 12-room coal house, and you can't always tell where someone is. I get scared really easily for some reason.) By the way, love your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter! (Did you see the Coffee Tarot we made? Marc may get a kick out of it since he's grandma read cards. http://Tarot.Coffee)

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  62. Also, I live in an area with wooded areas with lots of deer, and this time of year, you can be driving and have a deer be right in front of you in the road! You have to have great reflexes and a little patience, because deer also don't travel alone. Gets my heart racing every time! BTW, love your Coffeehouse Newsletter!

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  63. Jacqueline KnightenNovember 1, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    I scream at my bills out of frustration but on roller coasters for fun....and for sure it brings a little squeal of joy when I get the Coffee House Mystery newsletter. Tigerlily_jk@yahoo.com

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  64. There is something about the movement of a mouse, darting in and out, that gets to me. Luckily, my cats are mousers and proud to show me their captures!

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  65. Thinking of spiders crawling on me keeps me up! Luckily I have the coffeehouse newsletter to read so I can think of yummy treats instead! Love that the caramel
    Apples have honey instead of corn syrup!

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  66. Snakes make me scream!


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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    1. Your recipes, pics of your cats and coffeehouse newsletter never make me scream, though...thank you! :)


      patucker54 at aol dot com

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  67. Bugs make me scream. But I feel nothing but thrilled when I receive my Coffee House Mystery newsletter!

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  68. Love your coffeehouse newsletter, especially the dairy free recipe. Thanks! What makes me scream other than running out of coffee? Screaming in delight when receiving your next book in the mail!!!

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  69. Scary movies make me scream, maybe that is why I don't go watch them.

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  70. The IRS strikes screams in me like no roller coaster can. Great post.

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  71. Thank you for this giveaway. Candy apples are my favorite. Rodents make me scream. I'm surprised noone hears me screaming in other states when I see them!

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  72. The candy apples look yummy, not fond of snakes but those pesty little ants that invade one's kitchen make me scream and give me the shudders....

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  73. Mice and clowns do me in! Enjoyed the poll and your Coffeehouse Newsletter.

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  74. Sorry if this posts twice, I am having a little internet trouble here (that really makes me scream!) I saw the link for this post in the Coffeehouse Newsletter - thanks! Spiders always make me scream, as do credit card bills (or rather, student loan bills!) and my 11-month-old climbing the stairs by herself. Nothing gets the heart racing faster than a baby teetering halfway up the wooden steps!

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  75. It's not the spiders that make me scream, it's the spider webs I hate!

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  76. Watching my 2 Labs run into the house with muddy feet!

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  78. My closet makes me scream...specially if a zombie riding a roller coaster comes out ( LOL). The IRS made me scream ( truth) when they resented my mother a bill for interest upon interest after they finished auditing my father's estate.

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  79. I took the poll. Snakes, bugs and roller coasters make me scream. Also, the bill from the plumber. Thanks for the Coffeehouse Newsletter.

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  80. For me its spiders. Even if i hit one with some thing to kill it , i feel compelled to scream.

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  81. My basement makes me scream! I want to clean up all the clutter of my craft projects and several hundred newsletters I have received over the years. Thankfully my Coffeehouse Newsletter is delivered to me via internet. No more paper! On another note....................I went for my colonoscopy yesterday and knowing I would be waiting in the waiting room for my turn, I took the current book I am reading, "Murder Most Frothy", with me. I sat for half an hour in the waiting room and did read. When they called me in I left the book with my husband in the waiting room. After sitting for about 20 minutes in the "line-up" on a gurney in the hall room, a passing nurse spoke to me and I said if I knew I would be waiting this long on this side, I would have brought my book with me. she said, "Is it here? I'll go get it for you." And she did. So, picture this....I am in a hospital gown, on a gurney, waiting in line for a colonoscopy, reading a Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse Mystery. Is this a first or what? LOL

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  82. Rollercoasters and snakes make me scream....the first in a good way, the second definitely NOT!

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  83. I am not a fan of most bugs but I especially do not like ones that fly! It never fails that a flying bug WILL land on me and cue the hysterical screaming from me!

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  84. Yum...Goldschlager - I'm going to have to try that recipe! The thing that really makes me scream is that I just found out my employer will no longer be offering health care as of the end of November. They would rather pay the fines than health ins for their employees. That's what is making me scream these days.

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  85. Creepy crawlies of any variety are my number one 'Make Me Scream' things. But almost everything on that list would probably make me scream under the right circumstances! lol I don't watch scary movies all that often... quite frankly, I try my darnest to not be scared, so I tend to avoid anything that might. :O My bills might make me scream, but I want to scream at my paycheck more so, for not being large enough! lol

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  86. At age 55 I stil scream when I see a snake.....coffeehouse newsletter.

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  87. Love the Coffehouse Newsletter so much that this is my first blog comment, ever! (I need to learn more about how to set up a real account & not simply comment as Anonymous.) I'm Valerie from Omaha Nebraska! I love the cozy's! Thanks Cleo! (Coincidentally, I also love coffee.) Okay - I took the poll. My computer makes me scream! Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for sharing.

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      And thanks to EVERYONE for their fantastically fun comments!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  88. The thing that makes me scream is when somebody surprises me.... It can be husband, co-worker or friend. Just don't let them sneak up on me! afarage(at)earthlink.net

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  89. I love roller coasters!! They're terrifying and exhilarating all at once and always make me scream like a banshee! I also said scary movies make me scream because who doesn't love a random masked man popping out of nowhere and making you scream! I love it! Looking forward to making the candy apples I read about in the coffeehouse newsletter! Now I'm heading to make some delicious coffee on this chilly morning! Too bad I do not have any Billionaire Blend to try. It sounds glorious!

    Kala
    Hammer.kala@gmail.com

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  90. Haunted Houses with any sort of 'woods' area.. that is the worst to me!! Something about being in the open and the possibility of just a random person coming .. ugh .. now I'm going to have nightmares.. thanks Coffeehouse Newsletter! ahahah

    Kristi
    (Kristin.Loberg@ymail.com)

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  91. Love reading your Coffeehouse Newsletter The candy apples sound like a version I enjoyed at a local park many years ago.. I scream at wolf spiders (ugly, hairy & really fast runners - I've had my feet/legs up on the edge of the table when one came running across my floor). Ick!

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  92. Spiders will get a good scream from me every time! I look forward to the Coffeehouse Newsletter so I can drool over the recipes (I swear the pictures alone cause me to gain weight!) and see what book will be next in the series! I've listened to everyone in audiobook format. You could not have selected a better narrator than Rebecca Gibel and her voice for Madame is perfect for the character.

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  93. Someone sneaking up on me makes me scream! I wasn't sure if I was suppose to comment here or on scream poll so I did both. I love your Coffeehouse Newsletter!

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  94. I love your Coffeehouse Newsletter and recipes. Thanks. Wolf spiders (big, hairy and entirely too fast) make me scream and shudder - ugh.

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  95. Scary movies would make me scream if I could actually watch them!

    My actual address is brenda.j.erickson@outlook.com

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  96. I hate reptiles, particularly frogs. As a young girl, I was chased by neighborhood boys toting ridiculously long-legged frogs they'd captured from a nearby backyard stream or swamp. Makes me shudder just to think of them.

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  97. Remember Kennywood too--senior class day outig among other things. Drawing: boss/Coffeehouse Newsletter.

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  98. Anything creepy crawly makes me scream -like those spiders on my ceiling or those snakes on my porch! How's a girl supposed to read a good scary novel in peace??!! What makes me scream the most though is not getting my Coffeehouse Newsletter until today!!! For real!! Love ya!!

    Cath
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  99. A good wooden roller coaster is sure to make me scream...though not quite as much as the thought of an IRS audit or cleaning my closets! Thanks for a fun contest and giveaway. Love my Coffeehouse Newsletter. mochfly(at)swbell(dot)net

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  100. I'm so excited there is a new book about to come out. I've been anxiously awaiting the next one. So glad I opened and read my Coffeehouse Newsletter and heard about it. I need a fresh 'coffee' fix.

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  101. Scary movies are a big no-no for me; I scream head off after I have jumped into nearby arms or lap. Watching Psycho as a teen in black and white, I still swear that the blood flowed dark red on the screen.

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  102. Roller Coasters are at the top of my list (as well as bobsleds but they weren't on the list)!

    Pamela

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  103. Slithering Snakes make.me scream.
    Patty W

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  104. I can watch Freddy and Jason movies and laugh until my sides split, but dolls and dummies coming to life... forget about it. They creep me out like nothing else.

    J.B. Dixon

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  105. I can admit to a few lunch hours where I had to go out to my car and scream because of my boss! It was very therapeutic! And I have also found that a good cup of coffee goes a long way to solving any of life's problems! I have followed your coffee series from the beginning and love your books - can't wait for the next one!

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  106. It has taken me a while but I think this is where I enter that contest that's been keeping me busy looking for it. I'll mention coffeehouse newsletter that I receive and hope to capture the ARC as well.
    I selected my closet in the poll.
    Judy

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  107. Thank you for your COFFEEHOUSE NEWSLETTER! I love getting them! What makes me scream is a good old fashion Haunted House. The combination of an unfamiliar place and darkness and not knowing who or what is hiding where? Years ago (as a kid) I was in a haunted house with someone, and no one went in with us so we were the only 2 in there. She was one that could watch scary movies and laugh at them while I was one to stay out of the room. Anyway even though we were told that nothing could jump out and grab us, we screamed the whole time. We couldn't even make it to the end, we ended up leaving out an exit door about half way through. Later we found out everthing in there was wax and behind glass. Now I just laugh about it. Though if it was still there I would love to try going through it again.
    Thanks for your books, and newsletters I love love love them! :-)

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  108. I scream mostly when I see spiders. I also answered Zombies and Ghosts....I have not seen either of these except in movies but if I did see 'real' Zombies and Ghosts I'm pretty sure I would scream...loudly. I do like receiving the Coffeehouse Newsletter you send me and look forward to it.

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  109. Looking forward to Billionaire Blend in paperback

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  110. Roller Coasters! "Coffeehouse Newsletter"

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  111. Decaf Coffee, there is nothing more terrifying.. I love the Coffeehouse Newsletter, it is always an enjoyable read.. Can't wait for Once Upon a Grind..

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  112. Bugs of any sort make me scream, but yesterday it was the motion-activated talking ghost in the staff bathroom that make me scream and jump. Not only did it scare me once, but it did the trick the next two times I went in there! Keep the Coffeehouse Newsletter coming - I enjoy reading them!

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  113. When someone comes up behind me and startles me--that makes me scream. I really enjoy your Coffeehouse Newsletter :)

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  114. Not having my morning coffee is scary. Thank you for your Coffeehouse Newsletter; looking forward to reading your next book.

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  115. Jumping in to say THANK YOU to everyone who left comments! Marc and I have been enjoying them all week (and all day today). It's a scream to see what makes you scream!

    There is still time left for our comment-to-win giveaway. Additional comments are more than welcome. and Marc and I hope you are all getting a good scream in over this Halloween Weekend. (Nothing like a really good scream!)

    Like The Terminator, I'll be back...

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter
    www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  116. I love your coffeehouse newsletter. The loudest I've ever screamed (and probably the fastest I've ever run) was when I went outside to the garbage can with a bag of garbage and an opossum jumped out of the can and hissed at me. I didn't go on that side of the house for weeks.

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  117. Creepies, whether they crawl or not! A good scream, more of a girly teen-fan kind, is when I receive my latest Coffeehouse Newsletter. Always earger to hear about the latest books!

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  118. Our extreme medical bills (which have increased dramatically since the start of the ADA) makes me scream! I hate roller coasters and do my best to avoid them. Thankfully for the Coffeehouse Newsletter and the delicious recipes, a number of which I have actually tried, do not cause me to scream. servedogmom@yahoo.com.

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  119. Hate the snakes, love the Coffeehouse Newsletter!

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  120. Yummmmy. These grownup version of candied apples sound wonderful. Yes I took the poll . My number one thing that makes me scream besides roller coasters is SNAKES. I have hated them since I was a young girl. I can't even look at them at the zoo.

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  121. Apples sound terrific. I took the poll and I dislike serial killer novels. I think i's because I know they maybe real.

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  122. I SAID BUGS AND SNAKES! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  123. I added sharks. I will not swim in the ocean.

    Scary movie Physco. I couldn't stop screaming when Bates turned his mother's chair around.

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  124. snakes, palmetto bugs (they are those flying roaches) and the one they really make me scream, is when I'm deep in thought and some speaks to me.

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  125. Scary movies, bugs on me, people sneaking up behind me

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  126. Scary movies, like Psycho, Poltergeist, and Children of the Corn freak me out. I also cannot stand spiders, they totally freak me out, and zombies too, because who wants their brain eaten. I get your coffeehouse newsletter and there is always great stuff in it.
    I am a bit of a coffee snob, so I love great coffee.

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  127. I also added sharks!! Ever since Jaws I am unable to enjoy swimming in water above my waist (maybe knees!). Suspenseful scary bloody movies ...no way!!!!

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  128. I'd like to thank EVERYONE for your fantastically fun comments! The winner of the Scream Poll by random number generator was Valerie of Omaha, NE. But I hope you all will stay tuned for more contests in the near future.

    Marc and I truly had a scream reading how each and every one of you responded to what makes you scream! We send you our warmest wishes and hope you all enjoy the upcoming fall holidays...

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter
    www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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