Friday Flowers: Yucca Flowers and Chocolate Biscoff Truffles {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

by valentina on May 11, 2012

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I’ve made a new discovery in the world of sweets. Biscoff Spread!  I’ve been seeing it in more and more recipes lately so I had to see what all the buzz was about.

Well . . . all the buzz is about something so rich, so creamy, so decadent, that it might even surpass Nutella in the delicious department (might).  I know. . . . GASP!

You know when you make a graham cracker crust, and you’ve just added the melted butter, and you lick the spoon?  (I can only hope you know what I’m talking about!)  Well, imagine that taste, only in a super smooth, creamy spread, with notes of caramel!  Amazing!

And it’s Friday Flowers around here.  However, I don’t know how I feel about the word “Yucca” being in the same line as one of the most delicious things you’ll ever eat.

Yucca flowers are a gorgeous variety of lily.  They grow on big stalks, often standing alone in a big open space, tall and proud.  From a distance they look like scratchy wheat, but up close they are lovely, soft and delicate cream colored flowers — there are many of them all bundled together to form what looks like one. I love them!

For some wonderful inspiration and more information about the super delicious Biscoff Spread, check out what my new foodie friend Gerry has to say on Foodness Gracious!

Now go make some of these amazing Chocolate Biscoff Truffles and keep your eyes peeled for Yucca flowers!


Chocolate Biscoff Truffles

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Active Work Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 2-1/2 to 3 dozen truffles

Recipe

1-pound finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, divided

8-ounces heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 teaspoon sea salt

1 (14-ounce) jar Creamy Biscoff Spread

Biscoff Cookie crumbs for garnish (from 1 or 2 cookies), optional

  1. Place 8-ounces of the chocolate in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, scald the cream with the vanilla. Tiny bubbles will appear on the edges of the pan, and it should be very hot, but not boiling.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate you've placed in the mixing bowl, and let stand for 4 minutes. Then use a wooden spoon to blend the mixture. It will take a minute or so for it to come together, and when it does it will be a smooth, thick consistency. (This mixture is called Ganache.)
  4. Add the salt and use a whisk to gently mix in the Biscoff Spread. Once it's fully incorporated, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, and ideally overnight. (Once it has solidified, there might be excess oil from the Biscoff Spread that had risen to the top -- it might make it look a bit cloudy. Ignore this -- it doesn't matter!)
  5. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and, in a double boiler or microwave, melt the remaining 8-ounces of chocolate.
  6. Remove the firm Biscoff mixture from the refrigerator and use a 1-1/4-inch cookie scoop to shape out about 3 dozen truffles, placing them on one of the parchment-covered baking sheets as you go.
  7. Use a fork to carefully dip each truffle into the melted chocolate to coat it evenly and place them on the other parchment covered baking sheet. Use a small knife to help you remove the covered truffle from the fork. The truffles will set at room temperature. If desired, sprinkle them with Biscoff cookies crumbs while they are still wet. (Graham crackers work, too.)
  8. Once set, you can put each truffle into a paper cup!

Notes

I love to garnish truffles with a sprinkling of an ingredient that is a hint of what's to come when you take a bite!

You can get Biscoff products here, and if you happen to have a Cost Plus World Market near you, they carry some of their products, too!

http://cookingontheweekends.com/2012/05/friday-flowers-yucca-flowers-and-chocolate-biscoff-truffles-a-biscoff-giveaway/

Timeline
Up to 4 days and at least 2 hours ahead:
Make the Ganache-Biscoff mixture and refrigerate.
Up to 8 hours ahead:
Melt the chocolate and dip the truffles.

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And now for the Biscoff Giveaway
(This giveaway is now closed — thank you all for your participation,
and congratulations, Talia!)

This is not a sponsored post and the giveaway is from me personally — as a gift to you!

  • You have a chance to win 2 jars of Biscoff Spread (1 creamy & 1 crunchy) and 1 package of Biscoff Cookies!
  • There will be 1 winner.
  • The winner of the contest will be selected at Random.org.
  • The winner will be notified via email, and will have 2 days to respond to me.  If I don’t hear from you, a new winner will be selected.
  • The Biscoff Giveaway is open until through the end of the day, Sunday, May 20, 2012.
  • You must have a mailing address in the U.S. to win .

Please leave me a comment below about this recipe or anything foodie.  And if you’d like you can leave a separate comment for each of the steps you do that are listed below. You can just leave one comment or many comments.  It’s up to you!

  1. Follow me on Twitter
  2. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@cookingweekends)
  3. Follow my boards on Pinterest
  4. Pin this post onto one of your Pinterest boards
  5. Sign up for email updates from Cooking On The Weekends
  6. “Like” the Cooking On The Weekends Facebook page
  7. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page
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Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry May 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Yum! I have only had the Trader Joe’s version (cookie butter), but I am guessing this is just as good! The truffles look amazing!

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Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry May 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I follow you on Twitter

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Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry May 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I tweeted the giveaway!

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Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry May 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I like you on Facebook!

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Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry May 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I also pinned the truffles! Yum!!

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CJ at Food Stories May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’ve never had biscoff before so it would be great to win :-)

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CJ at Food Stories May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Twitter follower :-)

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CJ at Food Stories May 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Pinterest Follower :-)

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CJ at Food Stories May 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Liked on FB :-)

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CJ at Food Stories May 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

RSS Feed Subscriber … Hope that counts for the email subscription :-)

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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I’m so proud of you! You totally pulled this one off, great looking truffles :)

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valentina May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Thanks Gerry! And for the Biscoff inspiration, too! :-)

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colleen May 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I never had Biscoff,Actually I don’t think I have ever seen it… would it be with the peanut butter?

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valentina May 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Yes, it would likely be in the peanut butter area of a store, but (in LA anyway), very few stores carry it. I got mine at Cost Plus, and if there’s one near you, they probably have it. :-) It’s delicious!

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Rebecca May 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Biscoff is even better than Nutella! What a delicious truffle! And the salt makes it taste like salted caramel — can even top with Himalayan pink salt!

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Rebecca May 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I am following you! and tweeted your giveaway!

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Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar May 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

I’ve only had biscoff cookies on airplanes, but I’ve been dying to try the spread forever!

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Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar May 12, 2012 at 4:58 am

Pinned to my pinboard!

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Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar May 12, 2012 at 4:58 am

And I follow your boards as well !

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Jamie May 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

I love biscoff spread possibly more than life.
When I make these I’ll probably substitute the melted chocolate for more biscoff spread… That’s normal, right?

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Jenny May 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

o i love biscoff! and i’ve always wanted to try the crunchy spread :)

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Daphne R May 12, 2012 at 7:15 am

I try not to buy Biscoff because the whole jar seems to disappear within a few days. Maybe I can make an exception for these truffles. Thanks for the recipe!

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Amanda N May 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

Biscoff spread is the new Nutella! I actually like it a lot better because I’m not a big hazelnut fan. I’ll have to try these truffles :)

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Amanda N May 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

I followed you on Twitter :)

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Amanda N May 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

I liked cooking on the weekends FB page :)

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Amanda N May 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

Followed all your boards on Pinterest :)

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Amanda N May 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

Also subscribed to your emails! I love finding new food blogs :)

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Maura May 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I would love to see how Biscoff compares to Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter!!

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Maura May 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

following your Pinterest boards!

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Maura May 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Following you on Twitter as well

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Maura May 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I liked your site on Facebook, thanks for the giveaway!

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Diane May 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Those truffles look absolutely delicious!

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Joann May 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

If the cookies are any indication of how good the spread is, I’m in trouble!!! Thanks!

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Alyssa May 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

These look fantastic, I will have to try them!

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Lindsay May 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Mmmmmm this recipe looks delicious!!!! Can’t wait to try it

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Lindsay May 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I subscribed for emails and I can’t wait!!

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Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I’ve looked, and looked for Biscoff in my area, but I can’t find it anywhere. I’d love to be able to try it!

I now follow you on Twitter.

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Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I’ve tweeted your giveaway.

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Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I now follow your Pinterest boards.

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Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I’ve just created a board on Pinterest for Blog Giveaways, and I’ve pinned this post to that board.

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Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I’ve signed up for your email updates.

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Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I like you on facebook.

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Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I’ve shared your giveaway on my Sugar Queen facebook page.

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I can’t wait to move out of my college dorm so I can try so many of these delicious recipes!

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I have been dying to try some Biscoff spread! There isn’t anywhere close to me that sells it, so this would be amazing!

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I am following you on Twitter!

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway!

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I am following your boards on pinterest!!

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Pinned to my fooood board :)

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I am signed up for e-mail updates!

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I like Cooking on the Weekend’s Facebook page!

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Andrea May 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I shared that giveaway on my Facebook page!

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Shannon May 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Like another commenter mentioned, I have seen cookie butter at Trader Joe’s… but I’ve heard how great Biscoff spread is and I kind of want to try it first before I go Joe’s!

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valentina May 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Hi Shannon! I’ve tried the one at TJ’s and while it’s yummy, it’s not the same flavor. :-) Cheers and good luck towards winning! Thanks for your comments!

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Shannon May 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Also, I like you on Facebook :)

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Hira R May 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Followed you on Twitter and retweeted! (:

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Hira R May 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Subscribed to your email updates as well

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Hira R May 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Followed on Pinterest + repinned the truffle post :]

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Hira R May 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

And last but not least — liked you on fb’d and shared the link!

Mmm, can’t wait to hopefully try this recipe out! They seriously look AMAZING (:

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ariana May 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I have not had the opportunity to try biscoff spread yet! I am dying to make some of these recipes!

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susie d. May 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Oh how I want to win this. All I hear is Biscoff this & that but the spread is not available where I live! :( I want to try it. TY for this chance!

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Emily May 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Yum! I’ve wanted to try this Biscoff stuff ever since I heard about it!

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Catharine @BakingChemist May 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Oooh, I’ve never heard of biscoff! But I do love a good spread. And these truffles look amazing!

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Meghan May 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I’ve heard how amazing this stuff is so I would love to know what all the rage is about!

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Meryl May 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

I’d love to try this.

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Louis May 13, 2012 at 2:03 am

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jeff May 13, 2012 at 4:41 am

Follow on Facebook, and Pinterest, shared the contest on FB and Pinterest as well. These truffles sound amazing!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

Oh my goodness… that shot of the the uncoated truffles! Yummy. I love Biscoff but I try to ration what I have. These look like an awesome use for it. :)

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

i follow you on twitter.

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

i tweeted about the giveaway!

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I haven’t tried biscoff yet (the cookie or the spread!) but I keep hearing wonderful things about it. Truffles seem like the best first option for using biscoff spread!!

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

i follow you on pinterest!

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

i pinned your truffles on my board!!

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

i signed up for email updates!

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

i liked you on facebook!!

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candace May 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

i posted about the giveaway on my facebook page!

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Lindsay May 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I liked you on Facebook!!!

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valentina May 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thank you all for your great comments, tweets, shares, etc! I love it! :-)

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Greta May 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

At first I was a little weary when I heard about Biscoff, but who wouldn’t want this in their kitchen for… purely experimental baking purposes, of course. I would have to start with these truffles and find inspiration from there!

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Meg May 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

These look amazing!

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Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar May 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

Signed up for email updates :)

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Joan May 14, 2012 at 5:49 am

Was grocery shopping today and they had samples of the cookies! Lucky to see this post in the same day!

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Joan May 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

By the way, I’ve done most of the things already before the giveaway…. I don’t have Pinterest but may have to check it out :)

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Talia May 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I follow all of your boards on Pinterest!

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Talia May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I pinned the recipe for these delicious truffles on one of my Pinterest boards!

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Talia May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I liked the Cooking On The Weekends fb page!

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Cori May 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I haven’t tried Biscoff yet but I keep hearing rave reviews about it!

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Cori May 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I subscribe via email.

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Sharon May 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I keep hearing about Biscoff! I left CostPlus behind when I moved from Dallas, but…I’ll have to find another source. Thanks for your giveaway :~)

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sara u May 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I am now following you on twitter!

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sara u May 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I follow your boards on pinterest! I would follow you on facebook- or like you but I do not have one!

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

These look so delicious! I’ve never tried Biscoff before but with all the wonderful things I’ve been hearing I must!

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I follow you on twitter

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I tweeted about this post

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I follow you on facebook

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I posted about this on facebook

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I like your pinboards

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I pinned this post

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Barbara May 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I signed up for emails

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Annette May 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I liked you on Facebook

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Annette May 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Signed up for your email updates

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Annette May 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Following your boards on pinterest

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Annette May 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I shared the link on my facebook page

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Annette May 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I pinned this to my pinterest board – - – I’ve never heard of Biscoff, I’ll have to find some and check it out……I only recently discovered Nutella – - – YUM!!!!!!

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Cori May 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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Beth @ Hungry Happenings May 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I fell in love with Biscoff cookies the first time I had them served to me on an airplane and was so thrilled a few years ago to find them on the shelf in my grocery store. I have not yet tried the spread, as I’ve not seen it for sale nearby me, and can’t wait to try it. Would love to win!

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Karen May 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

These look amazing! I’ve used Biscoff in a few cookie recipes but will definitely have to try the truffles too!

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Rose May 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

These Chocolate Biscoff Truffles look fantastic. I’ve tried Biscoff cookies, Biscoff spread (creamy–can’t find the crunchy), and Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter spread. All of them are delicious and dangerously addictive.

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Matt May 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I LOVE BISCOFF I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THESE

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Mike May 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I have yet to try biscoff although my siblings rave about it

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs November 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

I have only been able to find the Biscoff biscuits so I would love to win and try the spread.

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valentina November 18, 2012 at 3:56 am

Hi there — I’m so sorry but this giveaway has ended. :-( Check back for more giveaways. If there’s a Cost Puls WOrld Market near you, they carry the spreads. :-)

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Rachel March 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I am totally following you on Pinterest and I am also liking you on Facebook! I also pinned these truffles on my board. These I have to try to make, I hope they aren’t too difficult, though. Maybe you could send me the gift anyways, without picking my name.. Lol. I’m only joking, but I am glad I found this website.. I’m becoming addicted to it ; )
Thank you!

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valentina March 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Rachel, you are so very sweet — thank you so much! :-D Have a great weekend!

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