I spent the whole day looking for a meringue recipe that didn't ask me to put in 2+ cups of sugar and use 7 egg whites. Most recipes didn't say how many the recipe yielded, so I was hesitant to waste ingredients if I made too many, or, halved the recipe only to find I could only make a measly amount. I finally did find a wonderful wonderful! recipe that I ended up using, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out :)
I was so psyched that they turned out right since it's the first time I've tried making them! :) I was skitterishly pacing in front of the oven fretting over whether they were going to rise and whether they were going to have a lovely soft crunchy outer shell but still be soft and chewy on the inside (I know there are many different variations on how to make meringues and what people expect, but this was what I wanted).
Changes I would make next time is: probably reducing the amount of sugar and chocolate I added in (even if this recipe had significantly less sugar than most recipes I saw), just because I can I guess, also because I found it too sweet for my preference. Or, I could make each meringue smaller.
More cocoa powder next time to make these sugary sweets less pale! :)
True, I've made desserts that have turned out more pretty than my meringues look, but I thought it was more important to get these in the oven before they had time to collapse instead of making them all perfectly round and all exactly the same shape like I do usually with my desserts.