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March 31, 2011 · 29 comments

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This giveaway is now closed, thanks to those who entered!

Among the bizarre and/or impersonal emails I’ve been sent by PR people (one started “Hi there…” and wanted to send me seeds. Understandable since, you know, I keep my name top secret and this is a gardening website) only one product so far has made it past my steely-eyed gatekeeper skills to you, dear reader. Call it discerning taste or just that chocolate has a weakening effect on me but I’m giving away a Hotel Chocolat Easter Weekend Hamper that includes chocolate in the shape of egg and soldiers (!) that childhood favourite. Or maybe you hated it, but if it was made of chocolate you probably wouldn’t have, right? There’s also a box of chocolates, a super-thick milk half-egg filled with mini-eggs, cute dark baby-chick shaped eggs, a 100 gram slab and egg florentines. I love florentines and sort of wish I was getting them but I’m going to Berlin this weekend so I’m feeling expansive and am content to live vicariously through you.

I first ate Hotel Chocolat chocolate when I went to visit Catty and I may or may not have decimated her supply. Since then I’ve found out that the company runs an Engaged Ethics programme in both the countries where they source their cocoa. At their cocoa plantation Rabot Estate in St. Lucia they grow their own cocoa and also guarantee to buy entire crops above the world-market price from other local growers which leaves a good taste in my mouth and positively influenced my decision to do the giveaway.

I hope the chocolate will reach the winner by Easter so entries close on Friday the 8th April and must be from residents of the U.K, Europe or the U.S and Canada (sorry Antipodeans). Tell me your chocolate stories – to enter, leave your tale of eating, cooking or bathing in chocolate in the comments. On second thought…maybe not the bathing, I don’t want you to defile my innocent ears with anything too wanton. For a second entry, you can like Hangawareness on Facebook or follow me on Twitter – don’t forget to tell me you did so in your comment. If you already do and want a second entry, let me know too. Good luck!

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Kay March 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Ah, I love chocolate…. But ssshhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone! I have maintained for years that I don’t like chocolate (in an attempt to appear as if I was actually eating healthily). All that chocolate in that secret drawer? Not mine, never has been. ;)

Alessandra March 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

Is that cheating if I enter with my Feltre address???? After all I have double citizenship :-)

Hahaha

I think that I am already following you on Twitter anyway, do I need to re-tweet this?

If I can enter I will reveal my super adventurous chocolate tale!

ciao
A.

Sasa March 31, 2011 at 10:21 am

Of course and no need to retweet. The prize would be sent there though (gets sent straight from the company).

sakura March 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I’m a huge fan of whisky bonbons (chocs filled with liqueur) and my liking for them started when I was a wee lass of 7 (yes, I started early). My parents often bought them duty-free and whenever I spied them, I’d grab myself a sneaky choc. One night my parents were out at a party and I found a box in their room. I started with one, then another, and before I knew it I’d finished the whole thing. Imagine my fear as I realised my parents would be returning. I threw the empty box under their bed and went to sleep, pretending I knew nothing. Lucky for me they weren’t the suspicious type. And I don’t recall having a hangover. But I still can’t stop myself from sneaking in a stolen choc.

Sasa April 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

Ahahaha! That’s hilarious – I’m surprised you didn’t get hungover – liver of a wee lass must work super efficiently.

Emily March 31, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Ooh, what a lovely giveaway! Ok, here’s my story;
A few years ago my Mum and I went to try hot chocolate at Angélina, a swanky café on the rue de Rivoli in Paris. We were ordering our drinks when a middle aged gay couple was seated alongside and they promptly began ordering all the chocolate cakes on the menu. Perhaps our amazement was too obvious but they then asked to be moved to another table at the back. Our hot chocolate was so thick and rich we could hardly move afterwards but as we were making our way towards the door, an ambulance pulled up alongside and we jokingly said that it must be for the two men overdosing on cake.

Kerry March 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I just finished eating the last of 4 Daim chocolate bars that my mother-in-law brought from Norway for my husband. Since he gave up chocolate for lent, I “hid” them and then proceeded to eat them all! This chocolate would be a good substitute come Easter day when he can have chocolate again!
-Kerry, the Netherlands

Carly March 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I love chocolate and candy in general so much that when I won my pick of prizes in an online contest once, I put “box of candy from Canada” as my first pick. I would love to win this!

Amanda March 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Mmm looks delicious. Easter candy is my special weakness; I used to eat all my candy on the same day and then cry because I had been so imprudent, so I forcibly rationed myself in later years with rules like only one Cadbury cream egg per week unless it was a special occasion or I found extras on sale after Easter. Never for health reasons, mind you, just to prolong the pleasure. I’d even hide them from myself to discover later..I’m crazy.

Sasa April 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

My brother used to eat it all and then barf! I think crying is probably better, just ;P

Kocinera March 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I think my favorite chocolate tale is the first time I visited this place called The Chocolate Bar here in Houston. It is literally an entire store/bakery dedicated to chocolate. They sell everything from, like, 15 different kinds of humongous chocolate cakes to chocolate-covered chips and cereals, plus cookies, ice cream, etc. But the best of the best is their hot chocolate. It’s made with heavy cream and it’s so rich that they serve it in shot glasses. So it’s those steaming little cups of uber-rich hot chocolate that definitely serve as my favorite chocolate story.

Kocinera March 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

And I already follow you on Twitter! :)

flo April 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

i want your candy!

bebe April 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I am positive I got my love of chocolate from my Mom, she used to have her own personal stash of chocolate hidden in our pantry. These days I don’t have to hide my chocolate, I eat a square or two of dark chocolate every day!!

Katie@Cozydelicious April 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Those chocolate eggs are SO cute! I am a chocolate fanatic… a friend and I held our own chocolat etasting. We had a few dozen varieties of dark chocolate and once we started saying silly things like “I detect a note of tobacco and figs” we knew we were drunk on chocolate!

Stine April 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I just enjoyed interviews with Deb & Clotilde and now there is even a chocolate contest. First time on your site, though definitely not the last. Thank you. Must be my lucky day. Here is my chocolate story:
For 2 tasty years, I worked as a pastry cook in a 4 star restaurant in SF. My favorite memory is full of chocolate. On the menu was a magic chocolate mousse cake. We made huge amounts, so when folding the warm, melted chocolate into the cool, lightly whipped cream, no spatula was big enough and the only thing to do was to roll up your sleeves, wash your arm and start folding that mousse until you had an even light brown colored mousse up your arm. Those were the days. Btw, I have loved chocolate as far back as I can remember.

Sasa April 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

I know the feeling – I’ve had to do the same with the cheese that was to be spooned into savoury cheese pots for a catering gig, ack.

Rona Y April 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Although Canadians have been excluded from prize winning (the US isn’t the only country in North America, and I’m sure mail gets delivered here, too. Ahem. . . ), I just wanted to tell my story.

I used to think I hated chocolate. I would eat chocolate-covered nuts, or stuff with chocolate as an ingredient, but I’d never eat plain chocolate. But as I grew older, I realized that it’s just BAD chocolate that I hate! Hershey’s? Yuck! But salted caramel bonbons from Christopher Elbow? I’ll take 20!

Stephanie April 4, 2011 at 7:17 am

Oh. Oh! My heart fluttered when I saw that beautiful European Easter chocolate. I long, long, looooong to visit Europe at Easter time. I am very discerning about my Easter chocolate in Canada: no candy/friandise disguising itself as chocolate, only chocolate from reputable Canadian or European companies . . . But really, really what I think I need to do is go to Europe before Easter. I just have this sense that the proportion of real, delicious chocolate to candy/friandise would be much higher. I have never had an egg and soldier, but I would like to.

I was sitting on the couch, trying to think of a specific chocolate story. There are so many, as chocolate plays such an integral part of my life. I was lost in thought when my husband came in to talk to me about the budget. Then he said — out of the blue — “We should really eat some chocolate together at some point this evening.” So that is my chocolate story. I love chocolate so much that even my husband can now talk about spreadsheeting and fine chocolate in the same breath.

I would love to win these beautiful chocolates. Maybe next year, you could open your giveaway to Canadians?

Sasa April 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

Stephanie and Rona Y: I know, I’m sorry! I don’t actually send them – the company does, I would have liked to be able to send to everywhere. I’ve asked if we can send to Canada too though, will let you know asap.

Sasa April 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

They said yes! You’re into win!

Lana April 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

Oh, Sasa, those chocolates look divine! You know your readers well! For years I kept a chunk of really hard, dark chocolate in my night-table drawer, and when the cravings appeared in the middle of the night, when I was immersed in a book, I would take a couple of gnaws:) I did not want to disrupt the story, but I wanted chocolate:)
A long time ago I worked in this fine dining restaurant that served fabulous chocolate mousse. They kept it in a cooler, piped in fancy cognac snifters. I spent many a break in that cooler with a spoon, freezing my ass off, but moaning in pleasure with every delectable bite. Pitiful, I know:)

verka April 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

I love chocolate so much! Yesterday, my boyfriend brought home a huge box of bananas (15 kilos). “They were on sale.” he said. Unfortunately I always have some chocolate in my pantry, so I decided to make frozen chocolate bananas. I sliced bananas and dipped each slice into melted chocolate and topped them with chopped almonds. It took me all day, but now I’m happy to have our freezer full of a healthly and yummy snack.

catty April 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hello my dearest Sasa, how are you??? I hope you’re all good and kickin’! I’m back in Londontown and completely in denial. But eggs and soldiers – of the chocolate variety – would make me feel SO MUCH BETTER ;) hehehe… favourite chocolate story/memory? WELL, sitting on my couch with SOMEONE SPECIAL, munching on non other than Hotel Chocolat chocolates and er, watching Jersey Shore, of course!! ;)

Stephanie April 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

Sasa, I’ve just followed you on Twitter (which I’d been meaning to do anyway). Please, may I have a second entry?
A million thank yous for convincing Hotel Chocolat to include Canada in the giveaway!

thepricklypinecone April 8, 2011 at 2:00 am

My favorite ever chocolate moment was doing chocolate fondue with my nephew for the first time. He couldn’t figure out how the chocolate was runny and that you could dip the fruit in. The look of delight on his face when he took his first bite was priceless, I even have a few pics of him with chocolate all over his face and hands!

thepricklypinecone April 8, 2011 at 2:02 am

I like hangawareness on FB

Sasa April 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

Thanks so much for entering guys, Random Number Generator says Bebe in New York won, her prize is on its way.

Wandering Chopsticks April 9, 2011 at 3:05 am

OMG! That egg candy is the best! Chocolate hard-boiled eggs? Even better than the creamy inside of the Cadbury eggs I look forward to every Easter. Bathing in chocolate stories? I love chocolate, but not that much. I don’t know if I even have any chocolate stories. I did recently make a batch of chocolate pop rocks though that were pretty fun!

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