CONGRATULATIONS BLANK PIXELS FOR WINNING THE VOSGES CHOCOLATES GOODIE GIVEAWAY! CHECK YOUR EMAIL TOMORROW FOR DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS!
During my recent visit to California, I went to my favorite Whole Foods store to pickup some goodies for myself and for ToT-ers. I also stocked up on my ultimate opulent indulgence: Vosges Chocolates.
Vosges Chocolates wouldn’t be so delectable if not for the story of chocolatier Katrina Markoff who, after graduating from Vanderbilt University, decided to travel around the world experiencing different flavor pairings, and cultural culinary cuisine. She then studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and then honed her tastebuds all around the world, she then returned to her hometown of Chicago to revolutionize the chocolate industry with Vosges Chocolates.
Each Bar gives you full instructions on how to properly enjoy the flavor profiles of the chocolate, such as below. It makes you feel a little weird doing so, but makes me feel a little more of a chocolate connoisseur once I do experience each sensation they describe.
See… first, there should be a glossy shine to the chocolate bar, this shows a good temper; rather, a tight bond between the cocoa butter and the cocoa mass.
Smell… rub your thumb on the chocolate to help release the aromas. Inhale the chocolate and ingredient notes deeply through your nose. Can you feel it?
Snap… quality chocolate should always be dry to the touch. Break the bar into two pieces. Hear a crisp, ringing snap, which indicates a well-tempered bar of chocolate.
Taste… place the chocolate on your tongue and press it to the roof of your mouth. Within thirty seconds, the chocolate should slowly begin to melt around your tongue. The taste should not be evanescent; it should have a long, lingering finish.
Feel… recognize the life in your body as you… benefit from the anti-oxidants in chocolate, ride the natural high of chillies, boost your immune system with some of the natural ingredients. Each bar brings its own sensations and benefits. Notice how spicy bars don’t hit you until after you have swallowed.
“The Vosges Haut-Chocolat mission is to create a luxury chocolate experience rooted in a sensory journey of bringing about awareness to indigenous cultures through the exploration of spices, herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, nuts, chocolate and the obscure.” They are certified by WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise), is made with facilities which use renewable energy, and is certified organic. This is like a Corporate Social Responsibility PR dream!
So for the holiday season, I am going to be extra generous and give more frequent Goodie Giveaways! This is also my sad attempt at preventing my hands from getting to these delectable desserts. And for this GG, I am giving away a SET of my favorite Vosges Haute Chocolat Bars!!!
Only followers of Trip or Treats are eligible to win. Choose “Follow ToT!” in that cute little box over on the right hand side menu of this blog where all the mug shots are. How can you win goodies if you don’t know when I’m giving them away? (The Anonymous set are still encouraged to make some noise!)
- Copy this link and paste it on your FB page as a link saying: “I want to win the Vosges Haute Chocolate Goodie Giveaway on @ Trip or Treats” MAKE SURE you tag Trip or Treats (@ Trip or treats). Make it publicand Post a link on your comment here.
- Post this Goodie Giveaway link on your blog (Blogspot, Multiply, personal), Or “Link to this post” at the bottom of this page, and include the link to your site on your comment!
- Tweet “Win Vosges Haute Chocolat #GoodieGiveaway @triportreats http://triportreats.blogspot.com/2010/12/holiday-goodie-giveaway-102-set-of.html ” and make sure you follow me on Twitter, then tell me so on your comment!