Monday, August 25, 2008

Chocolate Giveaway! (The Trickle-Down Theory in Action)


Last night I hit the chocolate motherload, courtesy of my fabulous friends Tom and Heather. Tom's dad is a R&D scientist at Guittard Chocolate (WHAT a dream job, right?), and from time to time he provides them with boxes of high-quality chocolate. Because they know I have a giant sweet tooth, and possibly because I am shameless in my chocolate grovelling, they generously gifted me with a large quantity of delicious Guittard bars. I believe this is what the kids call being "hooked up" these days. I can't wait to play with my new chocolate stash!

Normally I would hoard all of this chocolate and snarl "my precioussss" whenever someone came near it. However, I'm feeling generous today, so I thought I'd offer a little giveaway. Want to win five gourmet chocolate bars? Simply leave a comment to this entry between now and Midnight PST on Thursday, August 28th. The stash is pictured above: there are four single-origin 65% bittersweet bars, and an uber-dark 91% bar. I'll throw in a few minis (milk and dark) too. If you want, you can mention what sorts of recipes you might like to try with the chocolate, but that's not a requirement. I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner on Friday the 29th. Good luck!

36 comments:

  1. Ooooh... I've been wanting to make Dorie's Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart (page 355!). I bet this chocolate would be fantastic for that. =) That's quite the beautiful stash.

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  2. I'm so jealous- what a hookup!
    I love your profile pic- did you get it from allpopart? For our anniversary, my husband gave me those of our daughters. They're so great!

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  3. Oh yes please!!!! I want that job as well! Oh no, I would just be too fat! Recipes? Can't I just eat them plain? Thnaks for your generosity!

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  4. Oh my goodness that would be by far the closet job ever, so jealous!

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  5. This looks like fabulous chocolate! I think it would be great in either a flourless chocolate cake or the past Daring Bakers recipe- the Milk Chocolate Caramel Tart.

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  6. I am in chocolate heaven!! Pick me!!!
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Now that's a fun food science job. Have fun playing with all your new chocolate toys!

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  8. I totally need friends like those! I think I'd use the chocolate to overcome my pudding problems (think chocolate soup) and try Dorie's recipe again.

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  9. A dream job indeed. What a super sweet giveaway!

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  10. Those chocolates look amazing! I want to win one for sure!

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  11. May Canadians enter?

    As much as I'd like to try making something with the chocolate it's just as likely that I'd end up eating it plain (one square a day would get me through quite a lot of days of classes).

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  12. @ jodie: thank you! I actually did the photo myself in Photoshop, but it was kind of agonizing because I'm not a PS guru. I didn't even know there are sites that do it for you! If only I found this out earlier...

    @ ikkinlala: Canadians (and any other international entrants) are more than welcome to join the fray!

    @ everyone who wants to eat them plain: preach it! They're definitely great bars for savoring by themselves.

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  13. I'm so jealous that you guys have so many varieties of chocolate in the US.

    91%? Wholey moley...

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  14. jessica1:16 AM

    Yummy! I love chocolate! Thanks for this giveaway!
    pearberry2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Liron4:00 AM

    i want to try them all! :-)

    the best use for them is in my opinion a dark, creamy, chocolate mousse.... yum!


    Liron, Israel.

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  16. We just watched a documentary on how Guittard is made. Lucky to have a friend "on the inside" hahaha

    Have a delicious day :)

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  17. Thanks for the opportunity.

    zekks at yahoo dot com.


    I'd love to make a decadent chocolate bread pudding with them or a flourless chocolate torte cake.

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  18. I am crazy for chocolate! Thanks for sharing. This is such a fun giveaway!!

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  19. Any chance you want to bring a couple of those down to Flagstaff this weekend? I know Amy would appreciate it if you did.

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  20. CHOCOLATE!!! What a great gift. I love presents. And how wonderful would any of them be in any of TWD recipes with Dorie. (And eating one wouldn't be bad either.) Thanks fo rthe chance.

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  21. Kristine Cole1:54 PM

    Recently stumbled across your blog and absolutely looove it! Of course I want some chocolate!

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  22. oohh ive been wanting to make so many things from pierre hermes chocolate desserts book so this would be wonderfull

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  23. Wow! That would be a GREAT job! I would love to be entered :)

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  24. Wow! That would be a GREAT job! I would love to be entered :)

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  25. Oooh I would love to win! I would probably eat some of them straight up and put the rest into an ice cream. They'd be great as the chips in mint choc chip or for a chocolate sorbet.

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  26. You lucky woman, thanks for sharing.

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  27. i want those thangs!!!...my precious.......

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  28. Oooh. Would you look at all that chocolate. I'd eat it all up before the stuff could even see the oven.

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  29. Where exactly does one go to school to score a job like that? Now that would have been some good career advice!

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  30. I, of course, would not want to be known for passing up free chocolate! ;) And I have been secretly waiting to get some good stuff before I make your mucho delicioso "Orange Chocolate Goo Cake" or some such title from way back in November.... or even the "Ooey Gooey Carmel Bars"... etc. etc... :)

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  31. I may be late, is Pacific ahead or behind of Central time? haha...wow now I never could be a scientist although if there were free chocolate involved I may consider it!

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  32. I know I'm late for the give-away, but just wanted to say: Wow!! That chocolate looks amazing!!

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  34. It's good to know someone with a connection to chocolate! THANK YOU for the amazing lemon cookies and bread on Wednesday. It was wonderful! Everyone was so excited and we felt so fancy eating our yummy and beautiful little cookies! You're the best!

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  35. wait.. did u say chocolate give away?!?! OMG.. pls count me in. that 91% cocao chocolate looks darkly divine!

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  36. Carole R8:02 AM

    I just found and love your blog. Have fun with your chocolate windfall. I am sure you will create some fantastic recipes to share with all of us.

    I love Guittard chocolate and would love to get some for free. Count me in your giveaway.

    cybercook@ameritech.net

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