Paleo Indulgences: Perfect for Halloween

Before I start yammering about how awesome Tammy Credicott’s new book is, let’s get a few facts out of the way so all of you skimmers know what you’re in for:

  1. This is a call for entries to our Annual I Eat Food Healthy Halloween round-up, info below
  2. This is a review for Paleo Indulgences, to include a GIVEAWAY of a SIGNED copy, info to enter is below
  3. There is a shared, not available any where else, Coconut-Milk Caramels recipe perfect for Halloween from Paleo Indulgences for all of you nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free candy craving paleos



A Healthy Halloween Recipe Round-Up

It’s time for you to send us your links to recipes around the web for the I Eat Food Healthy Halloween Round-Up! Last year we had a bunch of awesome entries. Frankly, it makes me want to get into the kitchen again right now to recreate some of those yummy dishes! We’re SUPER excited to see what people will make this year!

You want to enter? Here are the rules… pretty simple:

  1. Place the above banner in your post
  2. Create a tasty & fun recipe with the spirit of Halloween that is grain, legume, dairy* and refined-sugar free
    *Butter and cream are OK but it would be great if an alternative is offered
  3. Send us the link to your post through this contact form no later than 8PM EST October 24th (two weeks)

Your post will then be linked with a photo from your post in a round-up, like the one last year, on October 25th – that’s it!


Book Review: Paleo Indulgences

So, if you haven’t notice yet (because maybe you were in some electronic-vortex-of-doom-ala-Revolution), we get a lot of books to review. We look at all of them, and those that we’re not enthusiastic about don’t make the site. Sometimes we give a bit of a summary for books we think you’d like to know about. But, it’s pretty seldom we get a book from someone we don’t have a personal relationship with that we want to do a full review on, including recipe making and photo shooting with the boys.

Paleo Indulgences, however, broke our rule.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this book to be half as much as it is. I knew I’d love that it takes a fun approach to making Paleo a sustainable lifestyle – including sections cutely named The Bakery, The Candy Counter and The Ice Cream Shop. What I didn’t know is that there’d be Today’s Specials and Restaurant Recreations section with tons of savory recipes, including two we tried and loved – Onion Rings and Mandarin Chicken (which we served over our Fried Caul-Rice from ELaD and had seaweed salad as a side).

Having never met Tammy or seen her recipes before (we don’t own The Healthy GF Life, her other book), I was pleasantly surprised by the photography and layout of the book. I don’t think the cover does it justice at all (sorry Tammy!), I think there are some GORGEOUS photos that would’ve made a better cover… oh well. Guess that’s why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover!

Now, like most Paleo/Primal recipe books Paleo Indulgences does include some dairy. But, unlike most Paleo books I found a high number of nightshade-free, egg-free, nut-free recipes. My understanding of Tammy’s story and family is that they too have a tailored home with food intolerances, so her recipes seem to reflect that adaptation.

I was thrilled when I came across the following recipe and it was something I could have! Tammy graciously agreed to let me share with you all, in the hopes it will entice you to go buy the book – so, if you want more (like Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon Maple Sauce or Bacon Burgers with Maple Pancake Buns or Cinnamon Swirl Rolls) it will cost you less than $20 on Amazon and the $10 e-book version will even give you immediate access!

The Recipe

Coconut-Milk Caramels, from Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott – they taste like Milk Duds!

Ingredients for Caramel

Ingredients for Coating


  1. Make the caramel: Place all the caramel ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir to combine.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat, and boil mixture until it reaches 250°F on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and let sit until the caramel is soft and pliable but cool, about 20-30 minutes.
  4. ♥ Roll the caramel into balls by the teaspoonful and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. ♥ Make the coating: Place all the chocolate in a double boiler over gently simmering water and stir until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until completely melted and smooth.
  6. ♥ With 2 forks, dip each ball of caramel into the chocolate, tapping off any excess on the side of the bowl. Place back on the parchment-lined baking sheet to set. You can refrigerate to speed up the process. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
  7. STACY’S SUGGESTION: Add a finishing-salt to the chocolate before it hardens for a salted caramel taste – SO good!


Tammy is giving away a SIGNED copy of Paleo Indulgences to a random winner! To enter, leave a comment telling us why you want to win it or what you’re looking forward to most, after you’ve completed as many of the steps below as you’re able – note them in your comment!

  1. “Like” Paleo Indulgences on Amazon
  2. “Like” The Healthy GF Life on Facebook
  3. Follow Tammy on Twitter @HealthyGFLife
  4. Like & Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Please read and follow the above instructions, we usually pass-up about 5 winners before we get to someone who actually followed directions! For ideas on why you want the book, you can see LOTS of the inside through Amazon here. We’ll pick a random winner one week from today – giveaway closes, October 17th with winner announced on the 18th.

Don’t forget to send us the links to your Halloween themed recipes for the I Eat Food Healthy Halloween Recipe Round-Up!

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  • Apryl Moore Miller
    October 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    I have liked and followed all the listed. And I NEED this book for the onion rings. My family isn’t GF, much less paleo (I’m slowly winning them over), and of the few things I actually hate seeing is if they have onion rings. I MUST make those!

  • Kymber
    October 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Why do I want to win this?? Well initially, it was for the paleoized yummy stuff and it was one I definitely wanted when I first hear about it!! Then I realized I was eating too many of them and so have cut back and decided I didn’t want the book. Once I could see the “inside view” on Amazon and have read reviews that there are other things besides goodies…It is back on my list of want to gets! I am especially intrigued by the “restaurant recreations” area…LOVE mandarin chicken and broccoli and beef…but haven’t been able to recreate my favorite tastes from the Chinese restaurant. not sure how to “like” the book on Amazon…does having it on my wishlist count?!?! I like Healthy GF on FB, I follow her on twitter, and of course I LOVE you guys on FB, follow on twitter, and on Pinterest!!!

  • Tabitha
    October 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    I’d love to try the scones recipes! I liked the book on Amazon, liked Healthy GF Life on facebook, followed her on Twitter, and I already like & follow you everywhere 🙂

  • krista
    October 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    liked/followed all of the above on facebook/twitter/pinterest/amazon – looking forward to the chocolate hazelnut thumbprints recipe and skinny mint cookies recipe (i miss thin mints!) everything looks delicious!

  • Muppetk on twitter
    October 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I follow both of you on twitter, and I’m always interested in good chocolate recipes – I hold a chocolate party every year or two & have been dithering about what to do with it since going Paleo. 🙂 would love to see what else she has.

  • Tiffany Hewlett
    October 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    My friend just got this book and has just raved about it, so I want it now too! I need new ideas to keep my kids liking paleo eating! 🙂 I did ALL of the steps above. Thanks for the opportunity! I hope I win!

  • Caroline
    October 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Ok, I did (or have done previously) all of the items 1 through 4. I was browsing the inside of the book on Amazon like you suggested — my goodness, I was surprised with how much is posted there! Of course all of the photos make me want to try everything. I am particularly interested in the various crackers, including graham, as we currently buy these things at our local GF bakery, but I’d love to make them at home. I was also happy to stumble upon the page for the shopping resources, as someone has just recently suggested Azure, but I wasn’t sure what to look for there.

  • Amanda
    October 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I liked/ followed you and the healthy gluten free life on facebook and twitter.I am not sure how to like this book on amazon. I am looking forward to trying the mandarin chicken and the paleo pizza crust as well as so many of the baked goods. We are slowly transitioning our family to Paleo in hopes that it will help improve my daughters rheumatoid arthritis (we are aiming high and would like her off all her medications that have so many nasty side effects ).

  • AMain
    October 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I wish I could convey my JOY at having found this site…and cookbook! Having gone GF a year ago, I thought that if I pursued a Paleo diet in an attempt to further re-gain good health, I would be left with almost nothing to eat. I am so inspired today! I have “liked” Paleo Indulgences on Amazon, as well as “liked” is on FaceBook, and “liked” Paleo Parents on FaceBook as well. THANK YOU for putting a new kick in my step today!

  • Sara Grambusch
    October 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I’ve got to my hands on that Mandarin Chicken!! Liked The Healthy GF Life on Facebook, following @HealthyGFLife on Twitter and following you guys on all platforms. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Michelle
    October 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The Cinnamon-Swirl Rolls and Chicken ‘n Dumplings both look amazing! I liked and followed everything on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Nienna
    October 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Done all the listed, and I also downloaded the sample of the book onto my Kindle! And why would I like to win? Because when eating paleo, those treats and indulgences seem to be hardest to resist. Maybe this book would help with supplying healthier options for those occasional cravings!

  • Sonja
    October 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Already like The Healthy GF Life on FB. I would love to win. I am always looking for new recipes. Just started Paleo. Slowly changing how my kids eat. This cookbook would be a great addition.

  • Iska Scholl
    October 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    All done. My twitter account is Sniska and not my name.I don’t know if that makes any difference. I would rather make more treats for the kids for their treat days than have them go to the corner store for some candy. We try to eat as Paleo as possible, but the 80/20 rule comes into play a lot for the kids and I certainly have my off days. However, it all has to be gf. BTW I LOVE your cookbook and my ds likes to cook from it on his own.The instructions are easy enough for an 8 year old to follow.

  • Petra
    October 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Liked on Amazon and Facebook, and followed on Twitter. I’d love to win and get my hands on “Today’s Specials” and “Restaurant Recreations”.

  • Sarah
    October 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Liked on Amazon and Facebook. I can’t wait to try out all of the ‘Bakery’ recipes!

  • Amanda Schlosser
    October 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Most looking forward to all the info the book includes, plus anything that has chocolate!
    Done!: “Like” Paleo Indulgences on Amazon
    Done!: “Like” The Healthy GF Life on Facebook
    Done!: Follow Tammy on Twitter @HealthyGFLife (my name is a.e.schlosser)
    Done!: Like & Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  • Landrie Nicole Bossemeyer
    October 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Liked on Facebook, Amazon & Pinterest not a part of the Twitter nation. I am a new mother who wants to cook clean, healthy foods for my family and teach my child good eating and lifestyle habits.

  • TanyaV
    October 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Already like you guys and The Healthy GF Life on Facebook. Liked the book on amazon as well. I’m looking forward to the restaurant recreations. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Julie
    October 12, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    Liked on Facebook and followed on Pinterest. Would love to try some of these recipes. 🙂

  • Emily
    October 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I don’t use Twitter or Facebook, so am just leaving a comment! I would love to win this book because I am slowly transitioning my entire family to a Paleo lifestyle, and am trying to make it as painless as possible for them. Having recipes I can use to recreate some of their dirty favorites in a healthier way is heaven! Thank you!

  • Kristi Hackenmiller
    October 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I liked the book on Amazon (it’s also been on my Wish List since I discovered it :)), am now following you on Twitter, liked you on Facebook, but I don’t use Pinterest. I LOVE what I see about this book. I started the Whole 30 12 days ago and am LOVING IT! I know I will NOT go back to the way I was eating 13 days ago and prior – NO WAY! I am so excited for this lifestyle change, but still look forward to a sweet treat or “indlugence” now and then. Perfecy title! 🙂 Thank you for putting this book together!

  • Jen G
    October 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Wow! Cookbook looks awesome, can’t wait to try just about everything in it!
    1. Liked PI on Amazon
    2. Liked THGFL on facebook.
    3. not on twitter 🙁
    4. Already like and follow PP on facebook and pinterest.
    Thanks you guys!

  • Meghan Way
    October 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    As I draw the line with social media I’ll be leaving only a comment. As someone with a gluten intolerance and in the last month-ish have finally, FINALLY realized it and come to terms, I’m now once again on the path of healing my body (as I’m also underweight). I love to cook/bake granted I like to go off and do my own thing and most of the time a recipe is only a guideline for me, I still can’t help but flip through magazines, blogs or cookbooks for new ideas or recipes to try and I can’t wait to see what this book has to offer.

  • Rebecca
    October 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    I “like” The Healthy GF Life on facebook!

  • Rebecca
    October 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I am following the Healthy GF Life on twitter!

  • Rebecca
    October 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I like Paleo Indulgences on Amazon

  • Rebecca
    October 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I follow Paleo Parents on facebook

  • Lisa Welty-Verducci
    October 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I follow Paleo Parents on FB

  • Lisa Welty-Verducci
    October 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I follow The Healthy GF Life on FB

  • Lisa Welty-Verducci
    October 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I liked Paleo Indulgences on Amazon

  • Lisa Welty-Verducci
    October 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I am looking for ways to get my family eating Paleo, these recipes would be a great start.

  • Judy R
    October 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Am new to Paleo but my daughter introduced me to the Paleo mom and she led me to your site. Your book looks terrific – have liked it on Amazon and The Healthy GF Life on facebook!

  • Tina B
    October 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    I’ve read several good reviews of this cookbook, and would love to win it. I’m a cookbook fanatic, and would love beefing up my Paleo cookbook stash.

  • Heather J
    October 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    I like you and the Healthy GF Life on FB, follow you on Pinterest, and I liked the book on Amazon.

  • Jordan
    October 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I would love to win this book – the food restrictions sound similar to what I’ve found is working best for me and my child, and my local library has exactly Zero paleo style cookbooks… It’d be fun to own a copy of a great cookbook we could actually cook from! I’m loving your blog by the way, since I have a child the family perspective on eating is really great 🙂

    (I liked the book on Amazon, social media non-compliant and don’t have Facebook, Twitter etc).

  • Marcia
    October 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I bake. It is my therapy. I must have this now. Plus, I have never won anything so it would be fun. 🙂
    I didn’t like it on amazon but I ordered the book (not sure how to like it there). I did # 2, 3 and 4 with the exception of twitter since I don’t tweet.

    • Marcia
      October 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      I didn’t order it, I meant I added it to my shopping cart. Then, I saw this giveaway. 🙂

  • Salla
    October 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Hey! I would like to find new nightshade-free and egg-free receips, so this book would be perfect! 🙂

    I liked Paleo indulgences in facebook and pinterest, but I don´t have an account in amazon and neither in twitter, so I couldn´t like the book there. 🙁

  • christophersorel
    October 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    love to win some info on Delicious recipes I see

  • christophersorel
    October 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    like paleo indulgences on facebook and amazon

  • christophersorel
    October 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    like the healthy GF life on facebook

  • christophersorel
    October 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    follow tammy on @healthygflife

  • christophersorel
    October 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    like you on facbook

  • HolisticNJMom
    October 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    This would be perfect 4 me 2 use w/ my 3 daughters who love 2 help me in the kitchen, yet who get made fun of at school because they don’t eat the same SAD (standard American Diet) as the other kids. I’d love 2 make these recipes 4 my girls 2 bring 2 school so everyone can try them & learn a little something. I’d also like 2 incorporate them into my girl scout meetings! We try 2 educate everyone we come in contact with Y it’s so important to eat an organic, paleo diet. I’ve liked all the Facebook pages listed & am now following on twitter as well. I even hooked up with liking Paleo Magazine as an added bonus. Thank u 4 the offer!

  • Cassie
    October 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Hello! I’ve completed all steps, 1-4, and I am really excited about getting a copy of this book because I just went 100% paleo one month ago (I’ve been gluten free because of celiac disease for three years now) and I’m looking forward to some paleo treats, especially with the holidays coming up. Thanks!

  • christophersorel
    October 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    follow @paleoparents on twitter

  • christophersorel
    October 17, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    follow you on pinterest

  • Sarah Walt Strong
    October 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I would love to win to enjoy and show my family fabulous recipes for special occasions such as the holidays and birthdays! 🙂

    1. Liked Paleo Indulgences on Amazon.
    2. Liked The Healthy GF Life on Facebook
    3. Followed Tammy on Twitter @HealthyGFLife
    4.. Already Like & Follow us on all 3: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

  • Christie Blankfield
    October 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I like Paleo Indulgences at Amazon, I like Healthy GF Life on FB, and I like you on FB. I look forward to trying new “treat” type recipes, and I’ve seen many of the pictures on FB (Healthy GF Life posts them regularly), and they look soooo good! We are eating this way for the long haul, and I’m afraid my boys get bored sometimes. It’s nice to be able to give them new things.

    • Stacy & Matt
      October 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Christie, congratulations! You are the winner! Email us for more details or expect our email tomorrow morning.

  • Erin
    October 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I liked paleo indulgences on Amazon, i already like healthy gf life on Fb, and i liked paleo parents on Fb as well. I’m looking forward to seeing all the new recipes available in the new cookbook, heard alot about the book and I’m just anxious to check it out.

  • Noël Sumstine
    October 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Thanks for the great review and the give-away. I looked over what I could of the book on Amazon and I am really excited. The recipe options for savories in “Restaurant recreations” was, were, something.. the big yes, the clincher. Page 18 (do’s, don’t, grey area) should be a poster.
    So. Liked Healthy Gluten-free life on facebook, liked Paleo Indulgences on Amazon, Already liked all of yours because I just do (Actually your Pinterest board brought me to you, did you know that? It was the picture of the lunch boxes.). I don’t Tweet or Twitter.
    AND I love caramel. Sniff! I’ve been missing it a bit. Thank you.

  • Noël Sumstine
    October 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Can I just say again about the caramel? Milk duds? Sigh. I am going to make some little ones, put them in a baggie and take them to a movie.

  • Josh
    October 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I want to win the book because I keep hearing great things about it and I want to try many of the recipes I’ve heard rave reviews from, especially the savory recipes. It is at the top of my list of things to buy (if I don’t win it!). I have completed 1,2,3, and 4 above (with the exception of pinterest since I don’t have an account there).

  • Heather SD
    October 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I want to win this book because of the great review(s) I’ve read. I love to bake and cook and both are an important part of our family traditions. I’d appreciate being able to still try to recreate some of our special treats in a more healthy manner, more in line with the way we’re eating now. I completed steps 1,2, and 4… I am not on Twitter, so could not do that one.

    Thanks! ; )

  • Anna Booker
    October 17, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I would LOVE to win this book, as I also have to avoid, dairy, nuts, eggs, which only complicates eating grain-free even more.
    I also:
    liked the book Paleo Indulgences on Amazon
    Liked The Healthy GF Life on Facebook
    And I already Like and Follow YOU on FB and Pinterest 🙂

  • Kimberly Matteson Hagler
    October 18, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I have been Paleo off/on for about a year and am wanting to work on transitioning my family. I think the recipes in this book will be a good resource. I completed steps 1-4 above (already had #4 covered 😉

  • Mary Bulger
    October 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    The book looks like it has a great variety of recipes…love the thumbnail table of contents pages.
    If I get the book I will have to make the Vanilla Brownie cheesecake for my husband!

    “Like” Paleo Indulgences on Amazon DONE
    “Like” The Healthy GF Life on Facebook DONEFollow Tammy on Twitter @HealthyGFLife Sorry not on twitter
    Like & Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Already Liked you on FB, but don’t do twitter or pinterest

  • WendyL
    October 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    I liked you on FB. I’m considering a Paleo change for my and my son’s health so a cookbooks would be sooo helpful!

    • Lisa@SwissPaleo
      October 26, 2012 at 4:04 AM

      Go for it Wendy! You and your son will truly benefit. This blog (and many others) have so many great recipes and tips to make it all easy. Good luck to you!

  • Jessie R
    October 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    So pumped for this book. Every time I see some of the recipes my mouth waters like crazy!!

  • Mary Chatriwala
    October 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    We are, as a family, planning a cleanse. We suspect that our youngest (3 y/o son) has a gluten intolerance (at the very least). He has been sick about once every 3 weeks since he was 3 months old. We don’t eat much gluten but have been lenient with treats and special occasions – owning it up to the fact that we want the kids (we also have a 5 y/o daughter) to enjoy their childhood. I think we are going about it all wrong. Anyway, this book would definitely help them make the transition! I already follow you everywhere and like/follow TheHealthyGFLife on all available platforms! I couldn’t find a way to “like” the book on amazon but if I don’t win it I’m definitely buying it– the reviews are stellar! Wish me luck!

  • Denise Zapf
    October 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I don’t eat too many paleo or non-paleo treats. Somehow, it seems not paleo, and we are still working on weight loss. But, I would like to have this book for those times when a treat is in order. I have done the following.
    “Like” Paleo Indulgences on Amazon“Like” The Healthy GF Life on FacebookFollow Tammy on Twitter @HealthyGFLifeLike & Follow us on Facebook, Twitter

  • Lisa@SwissPaleo
    October 26, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Hi Stacy,
    I don’t need to enter the competition because I already have Paleo Indulgences….and I love it! I made some cookies from it the other day and now have a new favorite recipe. I almost regret getting this book because it’s all just too tempting. Like you, I was thrilled to see that there was more to the book than I thought. Looking forward to the Halloween roundup. Halloween in Switzerland in not the same and we don’t get very many trick or treaters. I do, however, have friends who are looking for paleo friendly ideas for Halloween parties and I’ll be pointing them in your direction (already gave them your round-up from last year).

  • connie
    November 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I dont know how you like something on amazon. I will if someone lets me know how to do that. I am not on twitter or pinterest. I would love to win this cookbook. I have been paleo for about 1 yr and I do get caught up in making the same thing over and over again . The cookbooks that I looked at didnt really seem that great. This one keeps getting amazing reviews. I know that it would give us some great things to cook. I love eating like this. I just need some guidance on making dishes.. thanks,connie

  • Natalie
    November 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I’ve tried making the caramel recipe twice and I have been using a candy thermometer and both times the caramel came out rock hard. any tips or ideas?

    • Stacy & Matt
      November 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      She has an alternative version in the book that also includes butter, but we used the above and got great soft results. Maybe the brand of product varation – or cook it less? Maybe the thermometer is off? Sorry & good luck!

  • Karen
    November 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    oooh coconut crystals are just coconut sugar? I have not been able to find coconut crystals in Aus, but can get coconut sugar

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