Friday, December 9, 2011

Welcome to the Jingle Bell Hop!


If you didn't get here through the Jingle Bell Blog Hop site, CLICK HERE for the list!

Thanks for stopping by! Leave your comment below for your chance to win a Kindle Fire for the whole blog hop, plus a $10 GC from All Romance eBooks from me!

If you've come this way via the Jingle Bell Hop, welcome! Hope you've had enjoyable hop experience so far. I know many of the authors are doing stories related to the 12 Days of Christmas, but I'm taking a different tack. Normally, I'd jump at the chance, but having recently finished NaNoWrimo wiped me out. So, I am in recovery mode right now, self-medicating with chocolate.

Yes, what's Christmas without chocolate? For me, it's not just a snack - it's a way of life. I try to have just a little bit a day, particularly the dark variety because it's supposed to be better for you. If anybody catches me with a Hershey's Special Dark, I can simply explain that I'm getting a dose of antioxidants. It's not a complete lie.

If I had to choose my all-time chocolate Top Ten, it wouldn't take long to do. There are so many wonderful chocolatiers out there, and if you're in the mood for something artisan and unique I heartily suggest the following (in no particular order):

Patric Chocolate - Made in the St. Louis area, a one-man operation basically. All the chocolate is single-origin and tastes clean. Amazing stuff!

Vosges - They make the famous Bacon Bar. Yes, you have to try it to believe it. They excel in mixing the sweet and savory.

Waialua Estate - Chocolate grown in Hawaii on the Dole plantation. You can actually taste notes of pineapple in it!

Moonstruck - Organic producer out of Oregon. Creamy milk bars and a spicy cayenne bar that I adore.

Green and Blacks - This is a more common organic brand. I like the dark varieties and the ginger.

Ritter Sport - Oh, those thick waffle-shaped squares! I love the marizpan bar and the one with corn flakes in it.

Lake Champlain - This chocolatier mainly does filled bars. There is a nice rum caramel one I get once in a full moon.

Dagoba - Dagoba bars are fairly common at health and gourmet stores. There is a nice variety everything from chai to lavender.

Equal Exchange - I love their darks, very rich and smooth.

Chocopologie - Burnt. Caramel. With. Hawaiian. Sea. Salt. That is all.

So that should get me through New Year's. Heh. What's your favorite?

71 comments:

Michelle Harlan said...

Thanks for sharing the chocolate list! I'm going to be ordering some of the Chocopologie! Yum!

Ghirardelli is one of my favorites. The Intense Dark Mint Chocolate Mint Bliss & Peppermint Bark are 2 that I always have on hand this time of year!

mnjcarter said...

I must be a chocolate virgin. I have never even heard of one of those that you mentioned!

I absolutely LOVE Dove chocolate, Hershey's, not so much. Unless it's on a smore.

Obviously, I need to get out and expand my chocolate horizons:)

mnjcarter@charter.net

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Ritter Sport, exactly the same as you!! Haha, I LOVE anything with marzipan in it, and for Ritter Sport, I love the cornflake one in it too! I remember going to the 7-eleven near my primary school every week to buy one of those yellow squares.:D

Another one of my favourites is Belgium Chocolates. They. Are. Heavenly. Try them! They're really smooth and creamy.:) Souffles are nice too.

CYP
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Amy S. said...

One of my faves is See's Chocolates.

Amy S. said...

Forgot my email.

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PhyllisC said...

Thanks for sharing the chocolate list. I love, love, love chocolate. But apparently, I need to expand my chocolate tastings. LOL

I love Dove and Lindt chocolate. I will eat Hershey's in a pinch.

Thanks for the giveaway!

pnc07 (at) aol (dot) com

Barbara said...

Happy holidays! Great post and giveaway! Ahhh chocolate...I love it all...as long as it's DARK! YUM!!

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Leigh Ellwood said...

I do love Ghirardelli and See's, too. See's is difficult to find here, except on holidays, and when you do it's the lollipops.

Sarris is another brand I like, too.

Nancy said...

Please enter me in this contest. Thank you. npl42011@hotmail.com

cheralyn said...

I love all chocolate! My favorites are Dove and Hershey's cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Christine Merritt said...

chocolate is never as good for me without nuts... I grew uo in Louisiana so pecans are the favorite but I am good with almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts...

cyndiw1961 said...

Thanks for the chocolate list.

Drea Becraft said...

My chocolate weakness is the peppermint Hershey kisses. They only sell them during the holiday season so I stock up so I at least have them for a few months after then I must till Christmas again!

~~*Drea*~~
dreabecraft(@)aol.com

tara_felicia said...

Thank you for joining in on the contest. I haven't heard of most of these chocolates but I will definitely try them all now lol. My waist line is gonna kill me!
thanks
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Rae M. said...

Ooh favorite chocolate! Is it a little sad that I got excited to share my favorites?

I choose to think not.

But a few of my favorites. I love the Ghiradelli caramel squares. So good! Also during every holiday I'll pick up the holiday version of a reese's cup. Not very original,but always one of my top ones.

Thanks!
rae.gwendy(at)gmail(dot)com

SharonJM said...

Love. love, love, chocolate, My favorite this year is Dove dark chocolate with peppermint bark.
Fantastic.

Susan said...

Godiva truffles for me. I too prefer dark chocolate.

Though years ago, my dad used to travel to Amsterdam a lot and would bring me back these amazing dark chocolate bars - I would ration them out one square a night and NEVER share! LOL I would love to get my hands on one of those - it has been 25 years!

- Susan R

geschumann said...

I love almost anything dark chocolate. Thanks! Have a blessed Christmas! Gloria

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Jacki C. said...

I LOVE chocolate and I have eaten my fair share of Moonstruck chocolate.

Cathy M said...

We have See's Candy on the west coast, and I love their fudge.


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Nay Nay said...

I love Godiva Chocolate. Although I'm gonna try that Chocopologie. It sounds yummy.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a great prize! <^_^>

reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com
Happy Holidays!

Ezra Solomon said...

I am particularly fond of Terry's Orange Chocolate around the holidays.

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Laura H. said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a milk chocolate kinda gal and Hershey's is just fine with me. But if you want to talk "fancy" chocolate, my favorite is Godiva.

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Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, I feel so deprived. I have never had any of the chocolates on your top ten, now I've got to do some online shopping. Thanks for the list. and for participating in this fun game. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

shadow_kohler said...

Yum! I love chocolate! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Christmas!
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Carol L. said...

You've listed some pretty creative chocolate. But my fav is Ghirardelli's Chocolate raspberry bars. Love anything chocolate/raspberry. Happy Holidays.
Carol L
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Krysykat said...

My favorite is Sarris chocolate covered pretzels, especially when you go straight to the factory and get it fresh :)

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Shelley Munro said...

Yum, I love chocolate. The only variety I've tried on your list is the Ritter. That's yummy. The Green & Black sounds yummy. I'm a fan of ginger chocolate.

Jennifer Mathis said...

im suppose to read the wrapper ??!! lol I just eat the chocolate I have no idea who makes it .. I know I love white chocolate ;)

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Tammy said...

Didnt realize there was so many different chocolates.


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lindseye said...

I an currently in love with Rapunzel dark chocolate and Divine Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle. Both are smooth with no bitter aftertaste.
linze_e at hotmail.com

Mistralwynde said...

Hot cocoa was sounding dreamy after lunar eclipse fever in 37 degree San Francisco, but now I have a full on chocolate craving that might eclipse the sun!

hcnathan said...

my favorite chocolate is Ghirardelli milk and caramel squares. but during the holidays I make fudge, peanut butter, butterscotch and white chocolate peppermint. Those are what get me through the holidays.

Happy Holidays!!

Kat L. said...

I will have to check out some peppermint bark this season. I love Endangered Species brand chocolate mint - one of my favorites.

WakeAngel said...

Love Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Just had some this morning...yum!!

joder said...

You're making me hungry just talking about all that wonderful chocolate! We don't really have any fancy chocolatiers where I live so my favorites might sound boring, but See's chocolate are ones I enjoy.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

flchen1 said...

Mmmm... I love See's, having grown up on the West Coast. DH also treated me to a box of Leonidas after our first baby--SO yummy!!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Wendy Gassman said...

I love all kinds of chocolate. Dark, milk with carmel, nuts or other flavors.

Wendy

Nancy G said...

I love any chocolate, really. But thanks for the recommendations-I need to look into the one from St Louis, my home town.

Anonymous said...

They all sound very good. I am going to have to try some of these.

Happy Holidays!
Deb
mammy3114(at)yahoo(dot)com

elaing8 said...

I love Andes mint chocolate.we only get it this time of year.So I always stock up.

Thanks for the giveaway
Happy Holidays!
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

PaParanormalFan said...

Hello Leigh,
Thank you for sharing your all-time chocolate Top Ten List of unique and artisan chocolatiers & for being part of the Jingle Bell Hop. Wow I must be a Chocolate Virgin :) because I haven't heard of any of the chocolates that you described. lol My Husband is the Chocoholic in the family...& to make it worse, we don't live far from Hershey, PA. I think he needs Chocolate Rehab. LOL I would very much like to have an opportunity to be entered in your Contest to win a $10 GC from All Romance eBooks from you.
Take Care & Have a Very Merry Holiday Season,
Renee'
paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

Marcia said...

Sarris is the most popular around here, but I do like my Godiva!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mmm, I haven't tried any of your top ten, but I need to. I do love chocolate!

Terri said...

Oops, I wasn't trying to be anonymous!

Rebecca said...

I love all kinds of chocolate - I admit it. Have a very happy holiday season! :)

Criss said...

I really love chocolate but were i live their is no chocolatiers,and all of those sounds so delicious, oh well, my favorite chocolate is any rich dark chocolate with caramel and almonds. Happy Holidays! rshereifa at yahoo dot com

*yadkny* said...

Going in search of some chocolate now:)

Happy Holidays!!!

yadkny@hotmail.com

DrkCherry said...

I'm a cheap chocolate girl, my favorite would be Snickers.

Leigh Ellwood said...

Really enjoying hearing about your favorite chocolates!

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Thank you for posting such an awesome list of chocolate choices. My weakness....lol
I have copied all of them down for durther investigation of course, and a lovely way to try something wonderful!
Love your books, and thank you for being a part of the blog hop!

Darcy
pommawolf @ hotmail.com

Joanne said...

I really love the Hershey's Dark Chocolate. Happy holidays. Thanks for the giveaway.

K. S. Welbourn said...

Leigh, I think they forgot to add Chocolate on the food pyramid. I love the chocolate from a local store that imports theirs. It is Chocolaterie Stam. The chocolate melts in your mouth and they have the best hot chocolate.

fcammer2 said...

I love chocolate. Especially dark chocolate. I'm a huge fan of peanut M&M's in dark chocolate too. :)

Pamk said...

Thanks for the list. I love chocolate but godiva is a favorite and you just can't beat anything made by Reeces lol.
Thanks for the contest.

Natasha D said...

MMmmmm I love the chocs at Ghiradelli Square. I bought some for family back in Oz but had to go back there three times because i couldn't resist them.

June M. said...

I.Love.All.Chocolate!!!! Milk, Dark, White, different companies. Never met chocolate I didn't like, lol. Which is odd cause I really don't eat it often.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

books4me said...

There is nothing like the taste of Switzerland chocolate! I had it years, and years ago when I took a class trip to Switzerland.

books4me67 at ymail dot com

BookAttict said...

Chocolate! *sighs* My faves are Bissingers & Enstroms (LOVE their dark chocolate toffee!)

elizabeth@bookattict.com

Beth Williams said...

Not familiar with any of these, but they sound wonderful. Thanks for the shopping list!

Savanna Kougar said...

Thanks for the list. I usually order different brands of organic cocoa powder, and make hot cocoa, and use it in recipes.

I'd love to try all of those brands. I have eaten the ones sold in health food stores. Recently, on another blog I learned about Cowgirl Chocolates. Would I love to try some of their different bars.

Tonya said...

Chocolate...yum! I love all different kinds! ;D Thanks for sharing!
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Na said...

Some of these chocolates I've never heard but what I do know is that I love chocolates, especially ones with cherry or nuts inside.

Na S.
Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Maggie Le Page said...

Mmm... chocolate... my big downfall. My all-time favorite brand is "She", which most of you probably haven't heard of because it's a boutique chocolaterie (is that the right word?) located in a tiny bay called Governors Bay, near my hometown.

Thing is, I live in Christchurch, New Zealand! Sorry about that!
Google them online and you'll get some visuals - not as good as the real thing, of course.

Their dark chocolates - especially chilli chocolate and lemongrass - are the sort of stuff you go directly to Hell for. Sigh.

Eva's Flowers said...

Yum, love chocolate, but during the holiday I love the dark chocolate with caramel, that is my all time favorite.

Eva
evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

Courtney said...

Chocolate make my world go 'round! LOL

I haven't tried any of the chocolates listed, but they sound YUMMY. My faves are Godiva, Lindt, & Dove, but one of my fave "cheap" chocolates is PB Twix (chocolate, peanut butter, & a chocolate cookie...YUM!)

Courtney said...

OOPS!!! Forgot to add my email addy.

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Bookwyrm369 said...

I love chocolate and just spent this weekend making candy for gifts :-) My fave is Kentucky Colonels which are balls of powdered sugar, butter, and pecans covered in chocolate - so delicious!

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RoyalCheryl said...

I just love Chocolate. My favorite is Godiva but I will settle for any good chocolate. Were getting closer to Christmas so Merry Christmas Everyone!

Melissa Haggerty said...

I love anything with caramel. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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