Thursday, September 25, 2008

Red Thread Confections- Review and Giveaway!

I honestly did not know where to start with this review. Do I start with the absolutely amazing chocolate that I was sent? Or do I talk about the wonderful woman behind the chocolate who donates part of each sale to a charity. I have been going back and forth on this for awhile and so it has actually taken me much longer to post this review than I intended. I hope you all enjoy what I came up with and enter the giveaway.



Look amazing right? Well it tasted even better!

These gorgeous chocolates are handcrafted by Annika, owner and chocolatier of Red Thread Confections. She hand tempers her chocolate and each mold is hand-painted. They are all made fresh with no preservatives. She uses fair trade organic single origin 100% criollo cocoa beans (the most sought after beans in the world).

When I first received a package from Red Thread Confections I could not remember who that was. And then I opened them. Oh my goodness! I really meant to take a picture of the actual ones that I got...but I had to taste them the second I opened the box (seriously, I took my first bite sitting in the parking lot of the post office). Spectacular does not even begin to describe how good they are! Really, I have no idea what I can say to get across how amazing these were so I would just suggest going to her site and buying some yourself. I can not wait until we get closer to the holidays because I am going to be buying most of my family chocolate from Annika.



In addition to amazing chocolates, Annika donates a portion of each of her sales to charity (really, as if the chocolates were not enough, I just about swooned when I found out how amazing she is as well).

From Annika's website:
"At birth, an invisible red thread connects us to everyone in our life who will become important to us. That thread may stretch and shrink over time, but it will never break."
- ancient Chinese legend

As an adoptive parent, the red thread legend is very close to my heart. Many of us believe that our children were connected to us by the red thread at birth. By the same token, our children will be forever connected to their birth countries, birth families, and to all the people who took care of them in their early lives, by that same red thread.

The mission of Red Thread Confections is to honor the red thread by donating a portion of the proceeds of each sale to orphanages and organizations which help children throughout the world.


I am so excited to let you all know that Annika is offering a gift certificate for a free box of chocolates (including shipping) to one of our lucky readers!

To enter:
Head over to Red Thread Confections and look around, then come on back here and leave me a comment letting me know which chocolates is your favorite. Please make sure that there is a way for me to get in touch with you in the comment.

Additional ways to get entries (you must leave me a comment for each extra entry, letting me know about it)
* Sign up for my feed: (if you are already a subscriber, leave me a message letting me know in the comment section).
* Blog about this giveaway, come back here and post the link in the comment section.

Giveaway ends on October 13, 2008.

Rating
Appearance- 5
Customer Service-5
Cost- 5
Quality- 5
Functionality-5
Overall-5






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Merissa said...

I just have to say the animals are so cute and sound yummy so I would love to try the animal assortment.

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Merissa said...

Already a subscriber!

Lynne said...

Look at the work that goes into those chocolates, they all look yummy. The Creamy Caramel Turtles sound delicious.

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LadyBug-Kellie said...

Wow look how beautiful they are!! I love the Animals - so cute!!!

lunadelmar said...

Oh my word what wonderful chcolates I would buy a sampler but my mouth was watering ovr Mayan fire and the Marzipan logs. I adore , grave , lust over marzipan . Thank you so much for this most generous contest
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Abby said...

The PB Hedgie is my favorite he's soo soo so cute plus I adore pb and chocolate together!

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Tara said...

I'm with abby above- I love the PB Hedgie. But I think I would get a sampler too.... everything looks scrumptious.

Tara said...

I'm already a subscriber :)

Stacy said...

The PB hedgie and the caramel turtles sound divine.

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Rebecca said...

I think Starry Night sounds good. But I would like to try them all.

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Rebecca said...

I blogged about this giveaway:Here

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Rebecca said...

I am a subscriber!

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mverno said...

honey hazelnut sound gooy and good

Annette Gallagher said...

Creamy Caramel Turtle... how wonderful is that??? (drool)

Damla said...

My favourite one is Heavenly Honey Hazelnut.

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reb said...

The caramel turtles are my fave.

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mrs.mommyy said...

Creamy Caramel Turtle

Roseann K. said...

Marzipan Logs! Anything marzipan is my favorite! Thanks for the contest!

Jason said...

Apple Cobbler Owl is my favourite. I love owls. Thank you for the great review.

Jas

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Anonymous said...

Heavenly honey hazelnut demanded to be proclaimed as my favorite. Honestly, there isn't a chocolate on that site that I wouldn't try.
Jessica
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Vicky H. said...

They all look good and so unique~! But I'd say that the Starry Night chocolate would be my favorite.


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Karla K said...

Decisions, decisions. Hedgie, no starry night, no honey hazelnut.
Any and all.

Tipper said...

Starry night sounds exciting to try. Each chocolate looks like it takes forever to make though!

Melissa said...

The Mayan Fire has me drooling already.

Stephanie said...

fave is marizpan logs - yummy!
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corey said...

I'm sorry, but Im just a BiG fan of Chocolate and every last bit of it looks delicious! You will never hear me saying anything negative about chocolate.
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Annie said...

The Marzipan Logs are calling my name!! (yes they are)

When I was young, my grandmother taught me how to make home made marzipan and we made it every Christmas.

What a great prize!

Thanks

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Julie D said...

The honey hazelnut sounds wonderful.
And I'm an adoptive Mom too, so I love the idea!

mythicalangel said...

I can not descide it all sounds wonderful...carmel turtle..i guess...thank you

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mythicalangel said...

already a subscriber

Anonymous said...

The Creamy Caramel Turtles sounds yummy.

Nora
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rosannepm said...

The caramel turtles

Zenas said...

My favorites are the Creamy Caramel Turtle and the Sweet Raspberry Hearts.
These would make great holiday gifts, I signed up for the newsletter.

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Traumajunky said...

Wow, they are beautiful! I think the apple cobbler owl sounds the best but the PB hedgehog is so cute, I love it! Thank you!

Shannon said...

the creay caramel turtle.

AmandaK said...

With so many yummy looking chocolate, how is it possible to pick just one?? Ok, well, I chose the Heavenly Honey Hazelnut. With the word "heaven" in it, you know it's going to be great!!

Kassi1981 said...

These chocolates look amazing, with such artistic detail- i would love to get some of the sweet raspberry hearts they looks so delicious.



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janetfaye said...

Sweet Raspberry Hearts look good!

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janetfaye said...

I am subscribed with Bloglines.

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janetfaye said...

I blogged this giveaway:

http://luckygiveaways.blogspot.com/2008/09/red-thread-confections-review-and.html

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

trishden said...

Of course an assortment would be my favorite. I'd like to try them all. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Jean said...

The marzipan logs. I love Marzipan!!!!

cdziuba said...

Oh my! Yummy. I love the PB hedgie. cdziuba@aol.com

Sharon said...

Mayan Fire...wow...and YUM!!!!!

babysmama said...

Annkia's Heavenly Honey Hazelnut looks amazing and I bet it tastes just as well! I hope God continues to bless her for all her works!

Christina said...

Creamy Caramel Turtle sounds YUMMO!

Jenn S. said...

The Apple Cobbler Owls sound wonderful.

DOODLEGIRL said...

Heavenly Honey Hazelnut

RE said...

Creamy carmel turtles sound soooo yummy! Thanks for the great giveaway!

ihchicky said...

I'd love to try the Creamy Caramel Turtle or the PB Hedgie. Both look fantastic!

ihchicky said...

I am a subscriber (Google Reader)
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ihchicky said...

I blogged about your giveaway here: http://everythingupclose.blogspot.com/2008/09/giveaways-great-way-to-start-week.html

susan1215 said...

The caramel turtles sound divine

Taty said...

The Heavenly Honey Hazelnut sounds soooo delicious! So do the Marzipan Logs, yum. These are beautiful chocolate creations.

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Karen said...

So cute !! I would love the caramel turtles :)

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llinda29 said...

Marzipan Logs is my choice

kygirl said...

Creamy Caramel Turtle is my pick.

agordon10 said...

the PB hedgie, i love peanut butter

mogrill said...

Creamy Caramel Turtle sounds delightful!

LINDALSHOT said...

Creamy Caramel turtle. YUM
And what a great story about the red thread.

mom2tictacs said...

I'm a subscriber too!!

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Beverley said...

Creamy Caramel Turtles

redron said...

would get a sampler

coriwestphal said...

I've always been a fan of Turtles chocolate but they don't really look like turtles. The Creamy Caramel Turtle is so cute! Thanks for the great contest!

mommyjen99 said...

My favorite chocolate would be the PB Hedgie. Chocolate and peanut butter my 2 favorites.
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mommyjen99 said...

Blogged about your contest here
http://mommyjen99.blogspot.com/
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mommyjen99 said...

I just subscribed
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Cherie J said...

The Marzipan Logs sound and look delicious.

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Millie said...

Oh my boys would just love the animals! What beautiful work! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Millie said...

Just became a subscriber :)

gkstratos said...

The Sweet Raspberry Hearts look delicious.
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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Jenn said...

I think the Turtles sound really good!

littlelatina said...

the caramel turtle yum

miriama said...

I couldn't pick between Mayan Fire or Heavenly Honey Hazelnuts! What amazing looking chocolates!

Ellan said...

The Starry Night chocolates look superb because they are all chocolate!

hazel said...

The Heavenly Honey Hazelnut look sooooo good!
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Felicia said...

Creamy Caramel Turtles are the best!

Whimsical Creations said...

The pb hedgies look yummy!

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Kari said...

Im a sucker for turtles so..my pick is the caramel turtles!!

dolls123 said...

Animals

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ellenmiller said...

I'm salivating! I want the marzipan logs. I think I need to buy some if I don't win.

Ellen MIller

shema1999@gmail.com

lisagee said...

Orange Celebration
YUMMO!!

Christine said...

The sweet raspberry hearts sound so good!

mensa63 said...

The big problem is that when you see them you want to put them on a display shelf with your other lovely things instead of eating them but honestly the Orange Celebration would be my first choice because ever since I was a kid and got my first chocolate coated orange jelly candy orange and chocolate combo has been my favorite choice.

ellen cunningham said...

The peanut butter hedgies look delicious. Thanks for the chance, ecfreitas579@hotmail.com

pintolinda said...

I like the sweet raspberry hearts the best but if I had a gift certificate I would probably get the assortment so I could try each and every chocolate. The animals are very cute.
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Maxrocks said...

PB hedgie for me

nancy said...

the caramel turtles!

drala said...

I would choose the Apple Cobbler Owl. It sounds wonderful.

Bonnie Capuano said...

I'd love to try your Marzipan Logs AND your flower assortment! Sounds wonderful!!!

tiffanybeth said...

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tiffanybeth said...

definitely the animals definitely

Winah3373 said...

The any assortment seems to be the best - too difficult to narrow the field!

Amanda said...

These look absolutely delicious. Hard to choose a favorite but the Heavenly Honey Hazelnut looks completely tempting.

Pat Connors said...

I would want to try the sampler.

Thanks for the contest.

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redfuzzycow said...

the PB hedgie, mmm!

weblynx said...

Orange Celebration looks great but then they all do . Yum

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Linda said...

My favorite is the Marzipan Logs. Yummy!

Nance said...

I think the Creamy Caramel Turtle
chocolates look great

denademal said...

They all look/sound wonderful, but I'd start with the Orange Celebration.

judybrittle said...

I would love the PB Hedgie. I love chocolate and peanut butter plus they look so cute. Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I'm subscribed

Stacia said...

The animals are so cute! I want the PB hedgehog!

Tamara said...

Iam adicted to carmels so I just love the Creamy Caramel Turtle ones.
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laura said...

Mmmmm, yum! I'm loving the Heavenly Honey Hazelnut.
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shelley said...

the creamy carmel turtles yum....

bison61 said...

the apple cobbler owl sounds so good with the walnuts, apples and carmel

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Laura Lee said...

The hedgehog is cute, but I think I would prefer the orange celebration. I always love orange chocolates.

Red Thread Confections said...

Hi Everyone, Thanks so much for all the nice comments! I really appreciate it! Please visit my website and join my mailing list to get in the loop for specials and announcements. Right now I have some special SPOOKY HALLOWEEN TREATS (Ghosts and Pumpkins). Order now using code "RTCBLOG001" and get 10% off. Thanks again everyone! - Annika Pfluger (owner and chocolatier for Red Thread Confections)

I'm the Mom said...

wow they all look so yummy but i think i would have to pick the animal asst.

VIVI7729 said...

Creamy Caramel Turtles is my favorite!

Danielle said...

The Creamy Caramel Turtles sound devine. I love salty and sweet!

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nanja said...

Heavenly Honey Hazelnut sounds great to me!

Kristan said...

heavenly honey hazelnut.
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Anja said...

Starry Night looks sooo yummy! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

idahodad7 said...

Creamy Caramel Turtles

mom2boys said...

I would love to try them all. I like the Apple cobber-Owl and the Caramel-Turtles the best. They are cute a look so yummy. Please count me in. Thanks!

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jenna said...

I'm hungry now! The Creamy Caramel Turtle sounds delicious!
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LadyBug-Kellie said...

I subscribed!
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Baba said...

Ohhhh I pick Starry Nights. I love dark chocolate!

AmandaSue said...

Wow what pretty chocolate (almost to good to eat! Ok maybe not haha) and Annika sounds like a wonderful lady I love that she donates part of the money, that is fantastic! I think the assortment sounds good, only because they all look so good and I'd love to be able to sample more then one kind! Although if I really had to pick just one I'd go with the PB Hedgie because I love PB and Chocolate together, and the hedgie's are adorable!

donna444444 said...

I would like to try the Marzipan Logs.
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I subscribed to your feed.
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idahomom said...

Creamy Caramel Turtle

jennem said...

My daughter was adopted in China, so I'm very familiar with this legend! I love the sound of the Marzipan Logs, yum!
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Jodi said...

The caramel turtles sound fabulous!

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Lauren S said...

PJ Hedgie. So cute, but I'm sure they taste incredible.

Lauren S said...

Sorry, forgot to add email

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Anonymous said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the look of the Marzipan Logs! Ever since I was a child and was given a gift of a gingerbread house with marzipan decorations, I have loved marzipan! Bravo to Anika for her care about the world, donating part of her intake to charities!

Sue Farrell said...

I love orange and chocolate--so orange celebration would be my favorite.
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Anonymous said...

I love the marzipan! Thanks for a great giveaway! senekers@comcast.net

tlcfromtn said...

I would love to try the Apple Cobbler Owl. It sounds really good and very unique! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Chelsea said...

I love the PB Hedgie!

jsc123 said...

I am a true chocoholic !
For me I think that the Heavenly Honey Hazelnut would definitely be my favorite because it contains my two favorite flavors,hazelnut and chocolate.
Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
I would LOVE to win !!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the animals!! Especially the turtles :)

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Brenda S. said...

The Creamy Caramel Turtles sound delicious. Thanks!!!

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Anonymous said...

They all look absolutely delicious, but my favorite would be the pb hedgies.
-Terra
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Peggy said...

Life with Creamy Caramel Turtle...
it doesn't get any better Count me in to this wonderful contest

Heather said...

I think the Apple Cobbler Owls look delish. Thanks!!

witchy64 said...

Hands down it would have to be the Heavenly Honey Hazelnut.

blog mom said...

I'm picking the PB Hedgy because you can NEVER go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate. what an inspiring story!

nancy said...

mmmm...turtles...

Candie said...

I had come back to post about the Apple Cobble Owls, then I read other posts and I went back and looked at the peanut butter hedgies. Wow. I want them all

arvard said...

The Heavenly honey hazelnut sounds yummy.
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sue14625 said...

MAYAN FIRE STARRY NIGHT AND ASSORTED ALL SOUND HEAVENLY I WANT THEM ALL GLA

blueviolet said...

The creamy caramel turtles speak to me!
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Elizabeth

blueviolet said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Elizabeth

Cataroo said...

The Starry Nights chocolates sound absolutely heavenly! And they are beautiful to look at as well!!

Thank you for a great giveaway!

carol drury said...

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Creamy Caramel Turtles sounds great but anything chocolate would do!!!!!

Charity said...

Creamy Caramel Turtles.

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Thanks

diesel51 said...

Carmel Turtles, but if you run out Chocolate and lots of it. Thanks for having such a wonderful prize.

Anonymous said...

Apple Cobbler Owls

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Annemarie said...

The PB Hedgie looks cute and yummy!!

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sachidewey said...

Starry Night sounds delicious,and I would actually get to eat it, since I'm the only one in my house who likes dark chocolate!

ssmina said...

The PB Hedgies sound yummy! thanks.

Julianne said...

Just curious, does she make any chocolates that are more along the "milk chocolate" line? I went to the site and it seemed like everything was dark chocolate. My oldest son and I like dark chocolate okay, but nobody else in my house does. I honestly don't know many people who like Dark Chocolate except a few of my foreign relatives/friends where dark chocolate is the norm in their countries.

Her chocolates are very artistic though. And the starry nights sound yummy (better if they were milk chocolate of course...LOL).

chromiumman said...

Creamy Caramel Turtle looks great

Amy said...

Marzipan Logs
Dark chocolate, marzipan - topped off with a maple salted pecan from local Albany "Our Daily Nuts" company.

Oh my goodness - I wish I had one right now!

Amy said...

I subscribed!

Black Leather Rain said...

What an amazing site and woman! I think my favorite (without tasting them, of course) would be the PB hedgehogs - they are adorable!

zoe hunter said...

Starry night sound delicious..what a yummy contest..thanks.

Jaime C. said...

I love the Creamy Caramel Turtle!

Amy said...

I have never seen more adorable chocolate. And how is one supposed to pick their favorite? They all look and sound absolutely yummy! I guess I could narrow it down to 2(the Starry night and the Creamy Caramel Turtles), but even thats pushing it.

Anonymous said...

It all sounds great but I love dark chocolate so Starry Night.

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Catherine said...

I would also have to vote for the Creamy Caramel Turtles - yum!

djolsen said...

I was astounded when I looked at the candies. I thought they were jewelry. Now if I had some PB Hedgies I would have jewelry for my tongue.

Anonymous said...

I would love to try the creamy caramel turtles.
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Chelsea said...

The creamy caramel turtles and raspberry hearts look amazing. And I love the special Halloween Ghosts and Pumpkins.

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singermagic1 said...

these are beautiful, I love the look of the turtles and would like to try a srary night

phogle said...

Please pick me

Elina said...

Mmmmmm, hazelnut!

ms-texas said...

i'd pick the assortment!

bonobo said...

the PB hedgies look so yummers. But what a hard choice!

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retc said...

mmm - creamy caramel turtles

Cynthya said...

These chocolates are works of art! I would love to try the Creamy Caramel Turtles.

Lexigurl said...

Mmmm. . . the marzipan logs look delicious. They are yummy looking.

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Samantha P said...

i really love the Creamy Caramel Turtle! that sounds awesome!

Samantha P said...

also a subscriber!

Jinxy and Me said...

The Creamy Caramel Turtles sound amazing!

JOYVEN said...

honey hazelnut sounds great

Bakersdozen said...

I am interested in the "Heavenly Honey Hazelnut". vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

girlof80s said...

This is an absolutely fantastic giveaway. The Marzipan Logs and Creamy Caramel Turtles sound the best to me. I really hope I am lucky enough to win so I can taste these great chocolates. Once again this is a great giveaway. Thanks.
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purango said...

The Creamy Caramel Turtles are my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Jessica said...

The Heavenly Honey Hazelnuts sound so, so good!

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Anonymous said...

The Halloween Ghosts and Pumkins
look really cute. I would like to try those. Thanks for the contest.
Kathy
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Meredith said...

I'm a subscriber to your RSS Thanks!

Meredith said...

The PB Hedgie hedgehog is too cute to eat!

Gianna said...

I love the Creamy Caramel Turtle :)

masonsgranny59 said...

The heart PB hedgie and the caramel turtles .

bboyle said...

The Mayan Fire sounds really delicious - a blend of creamy and strong flavors.

klp1965 said...

the Marzipan Logs look so yummy :)

fancyfeet48 said...

The marzipan logs

Becky said...

I want them all!!!!! They look so delicious! Ok I would want to try the animal assortment because I know I would have to share with the grandkids and they would really get a kick out of them.

Thanks for the contest.

Brooke said...

The Animal Collection!!! PB! Apple Flavors! Caramel!! YUMMY!

Deborah said...

Having to choose only one is torture, but I finally had to go with Starry Night. asthenight at gmail dot com

Carolyn said...

I'd have to go with Mayan Fire. My daughter and I like everything spicy!

Kasey P said...

Since I absolutely LOVE caramel and chocolate together my pick would be the Creamy Caramel Turtles. Mmmmmmm....they sound wonderful.
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kaylee8 said...

The Animal assortment is fabulous and the PB Hedgie is darling and yummy sounding!

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