And Then There Was Chocolate {Giveaway!}

I may or may not have developed quite the love affair with organic chocolate.

Back in 2011, when I seriously switched to leading an organic lifestyle, I started searching for organic/natural alternatives for food items that my family enjoyed. Aside from common things like fruits, vegetables and breads, I knew we would still need want our candy (candy read as: gummy worms and chocolate.) As I skimmed across the shelves, unimpressed with many of the gourmet chocolate bars, there sat Green & Black’s organic chocolate…not just one bar of plain ole’ chocolate, but lots of different flavors!  You would have thought I had just found Wonka’s golden ticket. I quickly scooped up as many bars as I had coupons and hurried home to have the family taste them. The love affair had begun.

Later that Fall, Chicago Gourmet. Guess what company just HAPPENED to have a booth there…and guess WHO happened to be invited to participate in a dessert making contest?

Oh yes…’twas me…(& the hubs)

Chicago Gourmet 2011 - Green & Black's Tiramisu Contest

Chicago Gourmet 2011 – Green & Black’s Tiramisu Contest

And, guess who HAPPENED to win said contest?

There were others in the contest, but shown here are: @GourmetRambler, @JennPaulson, @Lisa_Pugliese, @ItsToni and @HoosierKurt

There were others in the contest, but shown here are: @GourmetRambler, @JennPaulson, @Lisa_Pugliese, @ItsToni and @HoosierKurt

Oh yes…’twas me. I won a lovely Green & Black’s cookbook, along with bragging rights for, pretty much, the rest of my life. Hey, everyone needs something to brag about…including my Facebook “Moment of the Week”, which you can find over there on the right. I’ll spare you the minute details, but still fun none the less.

Fast forward to later in 2012…you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to the unveiling of Green & Black’s new flavor for 2013. I, along with a small group of Chicago area food bloggers, gathered at Fab Cakes for an evening of appetizers, a tasting party of chocolate creations and wine & alcohol pairings done by Chef Jill Houk (@ChefJYH).

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At the end of end of the evening, the new Green & Black’s flavor discovery was revealed. I introduce to you…Spiced Chili. Oh no, this isn’t your typical bar of chili flavored dark chocolate. Spiced chili contains strong flavors of chili pepper, juniper berry, star anise, ginger, clove and pink peppercorn. Jump outside your box for a minute and start thinking spiced chili mole, short ribs with chocolate sauce, empanadas or kicked up brownies. Yeah…now you get it. Spiced Chili isn’t just for eating by itself, but a great flavor component in some of your favorite recipes. I happen to be one of the first to receive a bar of Spiced Chili so I’ll (hopefully) be sharing a recipe with you soon!

photo(98)Wait, what? You’re telling me you have never tried any of Green & Black’s organic chocolate? Well, here’s your chance. A winner, chosen on January 11th, will receive FIVE assorted bars of Green & Black’s organic chocolate. Considering each bar costs between $3 and $4 each, this is a pretty good win! There are five ways to enter…be sure to complete them all. Good luck my fellow chocoholics.
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Disclosure: Mondelez International, LLC  is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Mondelez International, LLC or its affiliates, but solely by Food Just Sayin’.


34 Responses to And Then There Was Chocolate {Giveaway!}
  1. michelle pendergrass
    January 3, 2013 | 11:51 AM

    Really? A favorite? How can I pick one?

  2. JJ
    January 3, 2013 | 12:31 PM

    Dark. The darker the better! :)

  3. Tanya
    January 3, 2013 | 12:39 PM

    I’ll take toffee all day long!

  4. Kristina
    January 3, 2013 | 1:57 PM

    I love dark chocolate, dark chocolate with almonds, anything salted!

  5. Charissa
    January 3, 2013 | 3:01 PM

    The mint! Mmmm!

  6. Heather
    January 3, 2013 | 3:18 PM

    The darker the better.

  7. Gisela
    January 3, 2013 | 5:07 PM

    I like milk chocolate the best.

  8. Lia Simpson
    January 3, 2013 | 7:06 PM

    Dark chocolate

  9. Elena Vo
    January 3, 2013 | 7:30 PM

    Thank you for the delicious giveaway! My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate with espresso or coffee in it. If I’m going to get antioxidants from dark chocolate, why not get some caffeine, too? 😀

  10. Elena
    January 3, 2013 | 9:03 PM

    I like dark chocolate

  11. Kathy
    January 4, 2013 | 8:47 AM

    Who knew?! I certainly didn’t… I am not sure about Spiced Chili Chocolate, but I do love Chocolate in pretty much all forms, so I would be willing to try it. Thanks for sharing and hoping to win a chance to try some of their flavors!

    • Kathy
      January 4, 2013 | 8:48 AM

      Opps! I left the comment without sharing my fav kind of chocolate… I like cinnamon flavored chocolate.

  12. Laila @OnlyLaila
    January 4, 2013 | 10:04 AM

    I love white chocolate and milk chocolate. Yum!

  13. Colleen
    January 4, 2013 | 10:54 AM

    Yum! I’ve printed a coupon and hope to try one soon, but I’ll probably pick up the plain ol’ milk chocolate to try first. :)

  14. @lizzysdarcy
    January 4, 2013 | 11:00 AM

    Hazelnut & Currant nom nom nom!

  15. @torlonias
    January 4, 2013 | 12:34 PM

    I love the Green & Black Toffee bar

  16. Aneesa
    January 4, 2013 | 6:17 PM

    I love milk chocolate!

  17. meredith
    January 4, 2013 | 7:19 PM

    I love the cherry dark chocolate bar

  18. Meryl
    January 4, 2013 | 7:32 PM

    I like 70% bittersweet chocolate.

  19. Louis
    January 4, 2013 | 7:33 PM

    My favorite is milk chocolate.

  20. @privyseel
    January 4, 2013 | 9:56 PM

    My fave is almond.

  21. Sarah Parisi
    January 5, 2013 | 9:48 AM

    I like milk chocolate. The peanut & sea salt and the toffee bars look yummy!

  22. Ashley C
    January 5, 2013 | 10:15 PM

    i love the pairing of chocolate and salted carmel!

  23. ikkinlala
    January 6, 2013 | 9:35 AM

    Some of their flavours look intriguing, but I like really dark chocolate so my top choice would be their 85%.

  24. jennifer lane
    January 6, 2013 | 10:23 PM


  25. Jillian
    January 7, 2013 | 5:48 PM

    The ginger sounds yummy!

  26. domestic diva
    January 7, 2013 | 9:25 PM

    I love extra dark chocolate.

  27. Vivian Sun
    January 8, 2013 | 5:46 PM

    Mint chocolate

  28. Frances hopkins
    January 9, 2013 | 8:23 AM

    Dark Chocolate

  29. Jerri Davis
    January 10, 2013 | 2:23 PM

    Almond and Chocolate. Thank you. Jerri Davis

  30. Toni-Lynn
    January 10, 2013 | 2:40 PM

    White! I love good quality white chocolate

  31. Kathy
    January 10, 2013 | 2:45 PM

    I am all for trying new chocolate!

    • Kathy
      January 10, 2013 | 2:46 PM

      Forgot to say milk is my fav!

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