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Be an avocado advocate

Here's a contest you might be interested in:

California avocado recipe contest, sponsored by California Avocado Commission and McCall's magazine. $5,000 grand prize. Categories: appetizers, salad, side dish, dessert or sandwich (NO guacamole). Entries by March 31. Write to McCalls's California Avocado Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 2921, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 10169.

Delicious reading

Ray Broekel is "in to" candy like no other person we know. He has a collection of more than 30,000 candy bar wrappers and other confectionary memorabilia and has written two books on the subject _ The Great American Candy Bar Book (1982, Houghton Mifflin) and The Chocolate Chronicles (1985).

He's also started a quarterly newsletter dealing with candy bars and other goodies in the U.S. and throughout the world. This spring Candy Bar Gazebo will publish the "Best Awards of 1991" including "Best War Bar _ Desert Bar, Hershey Foods Corp. Hershey, Pa." and "Best Milk Chocolate _ Dove Bar, M&M/Mars, Hackettstown, N.J."

Subscriptions cost $15. Write Candy Bar Gazebo, Six Edge Street, Ipswich, Mass. 01938.