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We asked the Reader’s Digest community to tell us their all-time favourite comfort foods – the kinds of dishes that evoke memories of childhood, satisfy a craving or simply make the world feel like a better place. You’ll be amazed by some of the responses… and may just get a few crazy ideas to try yourself.

1. Chocolate

1. Chocolate
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Dipping a strip of dark chocolate in a mug of hot coffee. Stirring it, then sucking off a layer of oozy lava. I can enjoy the flavour and texture for longer. It feels so decadent but really is such a simple pleasure. I just forget about everything else. – Paul Westbrook

2. Marshmallows

2. Marshmallows
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Marshmallows! Marvellous marshmallows! To me, there’s nothing more comforting than a soft, fluffy, almost cloud-like mallow. – Kerrie Tullipan

3. Fresh bread

3. Fresh bread
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Freshly baked bread smothered in butter. It makes the whole house smell wonderful and it’s so fluffy, yet crusty and warm… like a hug! – Simon Buttfield

We asked the Reader’s Digest community to tell us their all-time favourite comfort foods – the kinds of dishes that evoke memories of childhood, satisfy a craving or simply make the world feel like a better place. You’ll be amazed by some of the responses… and may just get a few crazy ideas to try yourself.

4. Cookies

4. Cookies
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My all-time favourite comfort food is cookies. I don’t exactly know why I crave these sugar-filled, chewy circles of goodness so much, but there is just something about them. They’re just so adaptable. There’s double choc-chip cookies when you’re having a particularly exhausting day; smartie dotted cookies when you’re feeling fun; shortbread cookies when you’re feeling elegant; snickerdoodles when you want to welcome a neighbour; and, of course, the classic, yet sophisticated, choc chip cookies. Personally, these are my absolute favourites: buttery, sugary cookies oozing with warm, melted chocolate. Cookies just simply bring out the best in people. – Abby Chai

5. Strawberries

5. Strawberries
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Tender, succulent strawberries – their taste is extraordinary; my perfect fruity snack when hunger pangs attack, every mouthful revealing ‘berried treasure’, giving my tastebuds maximum pleasure! – Peter Walker

6. Chocolate … AND pasta?

6. Chocolate … AND pasta?
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Chocolate and pasta. A chocolate pasta would be the dream but I think that could ruin both the things I love. – Brigitte Nieberl

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We asked the Reader’s Digest community to tell us their all-time favourite comfort foods – the kinds of dishes that evoke memories of childhood, satisfy a craving or simply make the world feel like a better place. You’ll be amazed by some of the responses… and may just get a few crazy ideas to try yourself.

7. Salt & pepper toast

7. Salt & pepper toast
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Quite simply, hot buttered toast with salt and pepper. My dear Nan used to make it all the time and after one nibble of her toast one day I was hooked as well! It’s just so easy to make and brings back comforting memories. – Natalie Stoute

8. Pancakes

8. Pancakes
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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes with chocolate chips and ice-cream. They’re so light and fluffy, they practically levitate off the plate and melt my heart. – Christina Hatzis

9. Ice-cream

9. Ice-cream
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Ice-cream. Any kind. It is tasty and makes me feel like a kid without a care in the world. – Karen Coggan

We asked the Reader’s Digest community to tell us their all-time favourite comfort foods – the kinds of dishes that evoke memories of childhood, satisfy a craving or simply make the world feel like a better place. You’ll be amazed by some of the responses… and may just get a few crazy ideas to try yourself.

10. Tomato soup

10. Tomato soup
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Tomato soup. It’s a classic that my mum used to make for us. Spiced with a little paprika and rich and creamy. – Melissa Brown

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