Friday, 12 November 2010

J'adore Chocadores - chocolate review and giveaway

I said that my next few posts were going to be food related, but I'm sure you'll forgive me for this one, especially as it involves chocolate.  Even better than that, I'm giving you the chance to win some of this delicious chocolate!


Sometimes blogging is such hard work.  I have been waiting for the right moment to be able to concentrate fully on this important review task, and finally the scene is set - I have the house to myself, all is quiet, I am sat at the dining table with a nice cup of tea and surrounded by gorgeous looking individual chocolate samples.  This feels a bit illicit, I'm thinking perhaps I should draw the curtains and take the phone off the hook.

So, a few weeks ago the lovely people at Chocadores sent me some of their wares.  I am not just saying they are lovely because they gave me free chocolate - they genuinely do seem very nice!  I've exchanged many lovely messages on twitter with Sarah and she is warm, friendly, generous and charitable.

Based in Derbyshire they bring together artisan chocolatiers producing high quality chocolate, with full traceability and adhering to strict ethical standards.  Bringing you names you will have heard of such as Artisan du Chocolate; Jean Galler and Amedei together with chocolate from companies I am less familiar with.  One thing you can be sure of, Chocadores is passionate about chocolate.

I am trying some of their Giant Chocolate Buttons, and I have been sent both dark and milk chocolate.  It feels incredibly decadent to eat something shaped like my daughter loves to scoff by the packet load, but don't be fooled - these are no ordinary chocolate buttons!  They are the sort of thing that the sultry Nigella would have by the kilner jar in her copious pantry, ready to whip up a ganache or chocolate souffle.  In fact I think I'm going to use mine to make some cupcakes. 


150g dark chocolate buttons £3.75

The Peruvian 64% Giant Dark Chocolate Buttons are dark and shiny (pops one in my mouth). The website describes the taste as:

An overall delicate smoky and fruity bouquet give this chocolate a very rich well rounded dark chocolate, with no bitterness. The best dark chocolate you’re ever likely to taste!

Mmmmm, I think I agree. I'll just try another to make sure.... yes, no arguments here.  Dark chocolate is my favourite, and often it can taste bitter, but not these buttons (tries another to make doubly sure).

Moving on the the Venezuela 43% Giant Milk Chocolate Buttons, again, I'm going to bake with these, so I'll just try the one (in the name of research).  Mmmm, smooth, creamy and very grown-up.  The taste notes for this one say:

This blend gives a fresh & lively milk chocolate, resulting in an exclusive creamy milk chocolate. A true gourmet milk button!


150g milk chocolate buttons £3.75
 
Let me just check again (pops another in mouth)... yes, truly a fantastically grown-up button.  I'm just going to check back with the dark ones to see which I prefer (pops one more of each in).

Next up is the Toscano Brown chocolate from Amedei of Tuscany.  Another milk chocolate this one tastes fudgey and buttery.  Delicious, but I still think I prefer the buttons (pops another in mouth).


Box of 6 individually wrapped squares - £2.50


If you want more chocolate titillation, just take a look at the website. Some of the individual pieces are pure works of art.  With a huge array of flavours, one of the best things about the site is you can custom-make a box of chocolates to suit your tastes- no more unwanted flavours!  There are also dairy-free options.



Box of 6 chocolates - £6.95

So, onto the competition.  I have a beautifully gift-wrapped box to give away which contains a 150g bag each of the milk and dark buttons (that reminds me, I might just have another one...mmmm); a bar of Galler chocolate, and some individually wrapped Toscano Brown chocolates.  You could either give this as a Christmas gift; scoff the lot; or take your time, savouring the fine ingredients and use the Chocadores tasting notes on the website to educate yourself and your palette.

To win this amazing prize, you need to do the following:

1. Follow my blog. Then visit the chocadores webstite and return here to leave a comment saying which one is making your mouth water the most.

For additional entries, you can

3. Follow Chocadores on twitter
4. Tweet "I'm entering @missielizzieb 's blog competition to win mouth-watering chocolate treats from @chocadores http://bit.ly/9FFhhP "  

Please make sure you leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry (maximum 3 entries).

This giveaway will close at midnight on Saturday 20 November 2010.  Sorry, due to weight this is open to UK only.  If you are having problems leaving a comment, please get in touch with me via twitter (@missielizzieb) or email and I will comment on your behalf.

Now, I'm off to bake some chocolate cupcakes...Oi! Who ate all my buttons??!


Sample products were recieved in order to produce this review, however the views are entirely my own.


199 comments:

  1. It's the Cherry that is making my mouth water the most, I think, not sure though, it could also be the Espresso or the Ginger.
    That's a really difficult question to answer.

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  2. I'm following Chocadores on Twitter, @melspur

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  3. Oooh fab blog and fab giveaway. I'm now following and looking forward to reading your other reviews :-)

    I love their wedding favours - very cute packaging.

    @cherylp59

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  4. I've tweeted too, @melspur, thank you for giving me the chance to win this amazingly decadent prize.

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  5. I now follow Chocadores on twitter
    @cherylp59

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  6. and I've tweeted your competition @cherylp59

    :-)

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  7. mm, the dark choccy buttons are making me want some right now, they look yummy. following your blog and following @Chocadores and gonna tweet @andiecaz. ta for giveaway. xx

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  8. Don't make me go and look at chocolate before breakfast :)
    The cherry individual chocolate is like a Japanese painting - absolutely exquisite. It looks almost too good to eat, but only almost.....

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  9. Following your blog with avid, nay greedy, interest

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  10. following @Chocadores on twitter - @andiecaz

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  11. Last but not least, tweeted @happyfox.

    How do you have the willpower to only eat one chocolate button at a time?

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  12. It's the espresso luxury chocolate that made my mouth water...mmmmmm!! And the designs are so pretty too! @wendymcd83

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  13. Follow your blog through GFC and follow you on Twitter and I've Tweeted @wendymcd83
    Thank you xxx

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  14. Oh i love chocolate ,it's great to find some new one's ! Love the idea you can choose your own flavours!

    Lime i think is my favorite ,hard to choose though!
    Tweeted as @CHOCOAJ
    XX

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  15. This has really made my mouth water: Madecasse: Madagascar 63% Dark Chocolate, with Sea Salt & Nibs. Mmmmmm!
    I must say though that those buttons come a very close second!

    @Melissa_73W (twitter name)

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  16. Have tweeted and followed you and @Chocadores on twitter xx

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  17. I think I'd have to have the giant milk chocolate buttons. Yummy!

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  18. I follow chocadores on twitter I'm @lauracymft

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  19. And I've tweeted @lauracymft Thanks for a delish comp!

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  20. I love the sound of the tuscan brown choccy, sounds delish! Lucky you testing all these goodies, bank goes any diet!

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  21. Tweeting as @Mazzz39 on twitter.x

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  22. I too also follow chocadores in the hope of some testers, but to no avail! :(
    x
    @Mazzz39

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  23. following on twitter @Bobbity666

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  24. Dark chocolate buttons sound like heaven to me!
    @LuckyThing13

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  25. The Guittard: 61% Dark Drinking Chocolate sounds lovely. I really like hot chocolate at the moment - so this sounds really nice! :)

    @green_day87

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  26. Following @Chocadores on twitter.

    @green_day87

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  27. Retweeted on twitter.

    @green_day87

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  28. Hi, am now following your website. Looks too delicious for words!

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  29. Following on twitter and retweeted too.

    @StomaFreeBuddie

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  30. Peruvian 64% Giant Dark Chocolate Buttons - never ever to old for buttons, lick lick

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  31. Following the lovely @Chocadores

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  32. Also have tweeted comp. to with good old @phyllgerry xx

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  33. Hiya,
    The cherry chocs in the boxed chocolate set sound delicious - and they're so pretty too!

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  34. Following @chocadores also!
    @LoLoPants

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  35. Ooh Chocolate ...skids to a halt, your review is fab, you make me want those buttons.


    I love the chocolate boxes and the fact you can pick the types you want, I would choose all 6 Lauden Lemon Chocolate - Listen to the description!!

    The perfect marriage of voluptuous white chocolate with the zingy acidity of pure lemon and it’s zest. Particularly popular with those who enjoy more savoury flavours.

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  36. Following @chocadores as @Jo_Bryan

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  37. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/Jo_Bryan/status/3771597462700033

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  38. I tweeted.

    helen at fuss free flavours dot com

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  39. I alrerad follow @chocadores on twitter!

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  40. I would be very happy with any of the plain bars. Esp Pamaco, El Ceibo, Madecasse and Guittard as they are exclusive to chocadores.

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  41. Am now following you. A box of those chocolates would be wonderful, they all look beautiful, but the flavour that grabs me most at the moment is Passionfruit.

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  42. Following Chocadores on twitter

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  43. Have retweeted your competition on twitter

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  44. Gosh those choccies do look fab, love the look of all the ones you can have in the chocabox - lovely selection of fruit flavours, the one that makes my mouth water is: Raspberry and Rose
    Twitter: @cinabar (have tweeted too) :-)

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  45. The all look lovely, but the Raspberry and Rose is making my mouth water!
    @dianeayr51 on Twitter

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  46. Dark Chocolate buttons for me, yum x

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  47. Have tweeted your giveaway on twitter xxx

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  48. I follow your blog gidders1 Amanda xx

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  49. This is the one id lije to try the most: Madecasse: Madagascar 63% Dark Chocolate, with Sea Salt & Nibs - 75g
    However the chocolate buttons sound gorgeous too!

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  50. I've followed them on twitter, and I'll RT the competition now thanks amanda x

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  51. Am following and have posted on Twitter.

    The dark truffles look exotic, decadent and luxurious. Fantastic pleasure.

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  52. Hi , I've become a new follower of Chocodores.

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  53. My favourite would be the giant milk chocolate buttons, as I love creamy chocolate.

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  54. I already follow you and the most mouthwatering thing on their website is ... Oh they are all so yummy but the lime one would be my first choice!!

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  55. I follow chocadores on twitter now :)

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  56. Have tweeted @soniathorpe x

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  57. Oooh the blackcurrant and redcurrant sounds gorgeous! That said, they all do!! x

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  58. Have tweeted too (@justforcomps). x

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  59. mmmmm gormet chocolate buttons :)

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  60. gonna post on twitter now @twinlenicci

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  61. retweeted @mommafi

    I love the idea of making up your own box of chocolates. They almost look too good to eat :)

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  62. They sound fantastic but the arty individual chocs would make great xmas presents

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  63. Lucy @pied_wagtail15 November, 2010 21:52

    tweeted

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  64. lucy @pied_wagtail15 November, 2010 21:53

    following chocadores

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  65. lucy @pied_wagtail15 November, 2010 21:54

    like the assortment boxes best. they look so pretty, way too pretty to scoff. i would make them last.

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  66. already following ur blog.

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  67. following chocadores blog and retweeted as dancer2712 love the large chocolate buttons

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  68. Loving the sound of Mediterranean Orange and Raspberry and Rose (excuse my dribbling :) )

    Thanks so much for running.

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  69. Following chocadoes @daisybeebee x

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  70. Tweeted @daisybeebee . Thanks again x

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  71. tweeted @kikicomp

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  72. now I am v hungry:) and v difficult to choose but as I luv ginger - it wd be Auberge Ginger Chocolate - A rich ganache composed of Ginger wine, chopped stem Ginger & delicious dark chocolate. Tasting notes that are very delicate to the palate. Doesnt that sound just divine:)

    @kikicomp

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  73. omg the gift set box is gorgeous
    have tweeted @cathyjam
    and a follwerer

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  74. following & tweeted @oasis1317 yum yum x

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  75. I love chocolate and I love cherries, so the item that tempts me most are the boxed chocolate cherries!

    I'm following your blog, thanks for the comp : )
    Yasmin x x

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  76. The cherry is definitely making my mouth water!! Yummy!!

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  77. The milk chocolate buttons Yummy Yummy

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  78. The dark truffles are doing it for me. Mmmmm.

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  79. I have followed on Twitter - @pepicola3

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  80. And tweeted your message - @pepicola3

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  81. @juliefeathers
    Dark choc buttons, Yummmm

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  82. Subscribed to RSS will have to acquire the Chocolate Indulgence Gift Set for someone...maybe me...

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  83. Following Chocadores on twitter.

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  84. Am following, Fresh Mint is making my mouth water!

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  85. Have tweeted @rachelmedhurst

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  86. Am following chocadores on twitter!

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  87. i am following, the dark chocolate buttons look yummy!

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  88. i am following on twitter @ashlallan

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  89. i have tweeted too @ashlallan

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  90. I like the sound of the Personalised Box of Chocolates - what a fantastic present to give to someone special

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  91. Dark truffles ... definitely. Just off to tweet now x

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  92. Chocolate Indulgence Gift Set

    mmmmmmm - would like to see marzipan included too, but mmmmmm delicious

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  93. Lauden Cherry Chocolate - mmmm... cherry and dark chocolate. If they were in my house I would have to accidently trip over in such a way as thay ended up in my tummy! Is that even possible? I hope so!

    I'm @pipersky1 (hi!) and follwing your blog :)

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  94. Now following chocadores on Twitter @pipersky1

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  95. Have also tweeted 'I'm entering @missielizzieb 's blog competition to win mouth-watering chocolate treats from @chocadores http://bit.ly/9FFhhP'

    Can't you tell I love chocolate??? :)

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  96. Following on twitter and posted tweet
    @TheKiss1970

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  97. Raspberry and Rose

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  98. You just had to make me look at chocolate! The chocolate indulgence set looks fab
    @ali991

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  99. About to tweet as well, @ali991

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  100. I follow your blog and the Lemon flavour Gourmet chocolate is making my tastebuds tingle!

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  101. I follow chocadores on twitter

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  102. I have tweeted ( @onions1 )

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  103. I am following on Twitter @roxanneclements :o)

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  104. ... and I have posted about it on Twitter! x

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  105. oooh lovely review - look & sound delicious! :)
    x

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  106. love the sound of amedei jamaica 70% :)
    x

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  107. forgot to say I follow u & chocadores too
    x

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  108. Following on Twitter @LilLeese1

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  109. follower
    They are so lovely I want a box of assorted chocolates.
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

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  110. I'd follow you anywhere for chocolate.....

    I'm Bonkers for Buttons, so the Peruvian 64% Giant Dark Chocolate Buttons are my fave

    I've re-tweeted too

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  111. I've tweeted like a bird

    @philibaldi

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  112. Dark Truffles sound the best and am following and have tweeted x

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  113. The mini dark chocolate buttons make me salivate in a greedy way!

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  114. An Assortment Box of 12 Gourmet Chocolates
    looks absolutly yummy! they are beautifully wrapped as well.
    @MWeston13

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  115. I am following Chocadores.
    @MWeston13

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  116. And I have tweeted, Not seriously after this chocolate or anything! :0)xx

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  117. Following on twitter @cheznal

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  118. also following Chocadores
    @cheznal

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  119. have retweeted your competition @cheznal

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  120. Follow your blog already: Dark chocolate buttons for sure! They look amazing!

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  121. Have started following the @chocolate people @:D

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  122. Have tweeted :D @singlemummynet

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  123. I'm following Chocadores on Twitter, @suedong and have retweeted :)

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  124. chocolate buttons for grown ups - genius
    already a follower xx

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  125. following Chocadores on twitter
    @PaulaHaylock

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  126. Got to be the Cherry, it sounds delicious and it looks like a work of art - shame to eat it really but I'm sure I could manage it :)

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  127. I've followed on Twitter too @emilyh13

    Thanks!

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  128. followed and tweeted @karmaperle

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  129. following your blog and mouth watering for a bar of Amedei with Hazelnuts

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  130. following chocodores on Twitter

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  131. Tweeted your message as Lulajosweet on Twitter

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  132. The 'fudgey and buttery' taste of the Toscano Brown chocolate from Amedei of Tuscany is definitely doing it for me.

    Thanks for giving us the chance to win this box of delights!

    x

    @b_fly77

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  133. Am following your blog :) I like the look of Venezuela 43% Giant Milk Chocolate Buttons – 150g off their website. I am usually a giant cadburys button girl but this sounds more fancy and mouth watering! Thanks for a lovely competition :)

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  134. I am following Chocadores on twitter, I am @missingsleep

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  135. Have also tweeted your message as requested, I am @missingsleep

    Thanks :)

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  136. The Dairy free Caramel chocolates look yummy :o)

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  137. Following them on twitter :o) as @ikkle87

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  138. Peruvian 64% Giant Dark Chocolate Buttons
    @mrstracey1972
    also will tweet again
    and i follow

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  139. espresso luxury chocolate - mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  140. i love the giant choc buttons

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  141. Love the shape of dark truffle

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  142. Tweeted @alsmonster http://twitter.com/#!/alsmonster/status/5575486155530240

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  143. The giant choccy buttons do it for me!

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  144. Already follow chocodores :o)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  145. http://www.chocadores.co.uk/index.php?app=gbu0&ns=prodshow&ref=chocolate_indulgence_gift_set

    YES
    PLEASE!

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  146. Thank you for a superb giveaway! I love their boxes and the idea of choosing your own favourite flavours, mine would be cherry, lemon, ginger and orange. However, any chocolate is good. :)

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  147. Fab give away...gahhh their whole website is making my mouth water!!
    The mediterranean orange is making my drool the most!

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  148. Following Chocadores on twitter
    I'm @fairy2789

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  149. And I have also tweeted!
    @fairy2789

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  150. I LOVE the sound of the passion fruit chocolate, oh my!

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  151. I LOVE the sound of the passion fruit chocolate, oh my!

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  152. Sorry, posted twice! following on twitter at @flamingice48 too :)

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  153. Dark chocolate with sea salt and nibs sounds amazing.
    I'm also following on twitter and have re-tweeted @LauraWJ81

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  154. Mmmm - got to be the Peruvian 64% Giant Dark Chocolate Buttons – the buttons for the child in me and the dark chocolate for the adult! xx

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  155. Retweeted,and following blog . @minxminx2 on twitter. Tuscani brown cho,sounds delicious,can almost smell it!

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  156. I like the Galler: Classic 34% Milk Chocolate Bar - 100g the most. Top quality chocolate, with plenty of elegance!

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  157. I'm following Chocadores on Twitter (My Twitter name is @Ianthesunlover)

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  158. I have tweeted your competition message (@Ianthesunlover)

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  159. Hi I follow your blog and my fave would be the giant milk choc buttons!

    @sophiejanem

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  160. I am following Chocadores on Twitter @sophiejanem

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  161. Have also tweeted! @sophiejanem

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  162. The Peruvian giant dark chocolate buttons are making my mouth water - I love chocolate buttons!

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  163. I'm following you on twitter (my twitter name is @nicemovesisla)

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  164. I tweeted the appropriate tweet too, see:- http://twitter.com/#!/NiceMovesIsla/statuses/6076751574736896

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  165. The Lauden cherry chocolates leap out at me....because my OH doesn't like cherry so they'd be all mine ;)

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  166. Am following on twitter (@beffff)

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  167. Oooh the Cherry chocolates are beautiful!!!!! Soo pretty! And look super tasty!

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  168. Am following on twitter @goriami

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  169. Have followed and tweeted (bev_metallica)

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  170. ......and now for the good bit! I would love to try the Galler: Classic 34% Milk Chocolate Bar - I don't like chocolate that is overly sweet so this would be perfect. I love the pink on the wrapper - a design that clearly states "women only" so I might be able to leave this in the cupboard and it still be there when I come back to it!

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  171. Has to bed the milk chocolate buttons, great way to take you back to your childhood ohhh yummy.

    following and tweeting on twitter @selene1611

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  172. wow such decadent and gorgeous looking chocolates love the sound and look of blackcurrant and redcurrant ones .

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  173. following chocadores @lottiegirlx

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  174. cherry for me please
    @kohsamui 14 on twitter

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  175. now following your blog @kohsamui14

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  176. http://twitter.com/kohsamui14/status/6132783801958400
    and tweeyed... not bad eh for someone who has just crawled in after a night on the town!!!

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  177. Guys, you are amazing.

    Such a fantastic response to this competition, and I'm not surprised - Chocadores chocolate is fabulous. One of you is going to be in for such a treat... x

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