Life, Simply Led

Chocolate Sunday for Festive Friday!

Thank you so much to those of you who joined in with Festive Friday when it launched last week, we put a lot of people in the mood! If you have a little something for us this week, the linky is down there at the bottom of this delicious post! Do go and have a look at everyone else’s work!

This week in our small market town Christmas has come creeping. Shop windows are beginning to take on their festive finery, the Christmas lights criss-cross the streets ready for the big turn on at the end of the month (Bonus Boy loved watching the man in the bucket being craned up into the air, his arms draped with spaghetti wires!) and at the weekend the smell of chocolate pervaded the air.

But, let me take you back in time to the arrival 3 weeks ago of our local What’s On magazine. My Darling Girl skipped happily into the kitchen, magazine in one hand and a golden envelope in the other. Distractedly I tore it open and this gleamed up at me!

We had been Willy Wonka-d! We had won the one and only Golden Ticket to Chocolate Sunday! So, last weekend on a grey and miserable afternoon the Thinly Spreads en masse entered a wonderful world of chocolate.

Once we had dealt with the paparazzi (one chap with a camera capturing our 15 minutes of fame for posterity!) we were free to wander. There were chocolate shoes, chocolate cakes and glorious sculptures crafted from the delicious stuff.

(Look again at that photo, it’s made of chocolate!…no not the smiley man, the palette!)

There was a chocolate fountain, there was hot chocolate there was even CHOCOLATE BEER! As I strolled around tasting and testing I was, of course, thinking about you dear reader -  and then I happened upon Jake.

Jake is a Raw Chocolatier and there he was MAKING CHOCOLATE! Best of all, he was making it with delicious raw, organic ingredients and he was obviously really enjoying his job! He was lovely to watch!

Jake’s company The Chocolution sells the magnificent Mayan Magic chocolate making kit which is simple enough for small children (with a bit of help with the hot bit) to use but also allows older children and grown ups to experiment with flavours and to discover ‘the infinite levels of refinement for the connoisseur’. I  moved, in my mind, beyond Willy Wonka and was Juliette Binoche tempting Johnny Depp with my wares in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes (If you have not seen or  read Chocolat, you must).

Jake very kindly handed over a kit for us to review. It is quite simply, brilliant. It is fun, easy, delicious and probably addictive. I have found the answer to the difficult gift question: This is a  perfect stocking filler for teenage boys, teenage girls, Dads, Grandads, Grannies, Mums, that friend you have bought candles for once to often and any child big enough to stir a bowl and drop things into it. We have added clementine and cinnamon to one batch and lemon and ginger to another, we have one batch left and are arguing over what flavour should go in; I think we will be buying more!

Are you drooling?

The kits cost £13.99 each with free delivery in the UK and there are discouunts for bulk buying, so if you think this is the answer to your present problem prayers off you pop! BUT, Jake’s generosity knows no bounds and he has offered the prize for this week’s Festive Friday. I have one Mayan Magic Chocolate Making Kit to give away! Jake would like you to come up with a fantastic flavour suggestion.  Here’s how to enter:

Follow my blog and tell us your flavour suggestion in a comment below (1 entry)

For extra entries you can:

  • Enter a link on the linky below to something festive you have been up to on your blog (1 entry)
  • Tweet this week’s Festive Friday mentioning @christinemosler so I can spot your tweet and leave a comment here to say you have done so (up to 3 times so up to 3 entries)
  • Like this post on facebook (There’s a button to press at the bottom of this post) (1 entry)
  • Put the Festive Friday Badge on your blog and leave a comment here saying you have done so so I can go and admire it at your place! (1 entry)

So there you go, you have 7 chances to win. Entries must be based in the UK for postage. The competition closes on Thursday 25th when this week’s Linky finishes and I will announce the winner on next week’s Festive Friday. Bonus Boy still can’t read so he will be making the draw!

All that remains for me to do is to show you what was in our goodie bag as Golden Ticket winners!

and these, which are little bags of lavender chocolate rice pudding mix which I can’t wait to have a go at!

Now Link up and share the Festive Fun (or Gripes and Groans!)

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Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list… (I will then list you on the lovely list below manually so you can be easily seen. WordPress isn’t keen on Linkys so this is my way round it!)

1. Tissue Paper Glimmers

2. Chocolate Florentines

3. Easy Peasy Mincemeat

4. Snowmen, cookies & cards: Red Ted Art

5. Cracking Christmas Crackers: Guest Post at Red Ted Art

6. Christmas Cake and Puddings

7. Christmas Wreaths and Stockings

8.  The Christmas List Agony (Battling On)

9.  Hot Cross Mum’s Christmas Gift Guide

10. Glue, Glitter and Pine Cones from Artful Adventures

11. Santa’s Magical Kingdom

12. Making Wrapping Paper for Christmas

13. Simple Tips For Choosing Christmas Presents

14. Christmas Party Outfit for under £50. Win £50 to spend on yours

15. Christmas Chutney

16. Can Christmas Come too Soon? (no!)

17. English Mum’s Step by Step Christmas Pudding

18. Advent Crown

19. Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

20. How to Write a Christmas Letter (or Round Robin)

21. How to Write Christmas Cards

22. Tea Cup Candles

23. Home Made Pear Butter

24. Singing Reindeer

25. Christmas Ponderings Inside the Wendy House

26. Seasonal Danglies

27. Christmas Boxes with beaded snowflake by Naturally Me Creations

28. Homemade Mincemeat and Jars

Picture credit for Chocolat: Amazon

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34 Comments

  1. What a truly chocolaty post and lucky you for winning the Golden Ticket! YAY!
    Have tweeted and entered some linkys :-)

    Maggy

  2. I’m laughing at you ‘happening upon Jake’….. who wouldn’t? Fab review and a lovely prize – yes please xx

  3. Who me – jealous? What a fantastic day out for you and so kind to share a chocolate experience with us.

    I’lll suggest almond and caramel flavour.
    Have tweeted @happyfox and liked on FB

    • Yum, that does sound good! We had a fabulous day, very Willy Wonka!

  4. Soz, I was put off my stride by Jake…. flavour suggestion? How about White chocolate with lavender and hazelnut? x

    • Sounds delicious! The kit is Raw Chocolate which is unrefined and therefore dark but I am still thinking lavender and hazelnut would be rather lovely!

  5. ooh crystalized pineapple and raisin would be good

    • Fruit and chocolate is always a good combo! Thanks for entering!

  6. Chocolate with beetroot I think. Different but nice and moist x

  7. I’ve done festive Friday on twitter I think x

  8. Anything coffee flavoured…espresso, mocchaccino, capuccino, Starbucks flavoured….I’m a bit of a coffee fiend!
    Tweeted @wendymcd83 x3
    Shared on Facebook
    Will come back with the linky to my blog!!

  9. Howsabout pineapple and mint? Zingy!

  10. Dark chocolate & raspberry with a teensy hint of whisky. Mmm Scottish flavour!

  11. Oh my goodness this is my idea of heaven. Just the golden ticket would have sent me into a frenzy. For years I prayed that someone would do a Willy Wonka style competition…..and then all that chocolate it sounds fantastic. I would love to go to something like that.

    Right….flavour….rose flavoured….I would love to try that. :)
    Entered a link too. X

    • My daughter and I wanted to sing the Golden Ticket song when we got there but the boys wouldn’t let us! It was fantastic and I am hoping they will do it again next year.

      Rose flavoured sounds very lovely indeed, romantic and yummy!

  12. What a great prize – my dream ticket!

    Have RT on twitter x 3@superamazingmum

    My suggested flavours are:
    Mint Choc Chip – after dinner balls of chocolate with minty bit in..Like a big round matchstick!
    Chilli Chocoate – for those who like a kick!
    Rum and Raisin for a caribbean twist
    One for the kids – Fizz Whizz Chocolate – with popping candy in the middle

    YUM xx

    • I love chilli chocolate with a glass of red wine! The popping candy one sounds very Willy Wonka!

  13. one more that has just come to me…..

    Toffee flavoured chocolate for those that like a chewy centre

  14. how about juniper and lime? a bit like a G&T?

  15. It has to be chilli chocolate for me HOT! Maybe with a bit of Ginger for added spice? Off to RT and following :)

    • There is something deeply addictive about chilli chocolate! Yum!

  16. I think I have followed the instructions properly! I think almonds, cherries and raisins in a chewy florentine mix covered in dark chocolate would be wonderful. Also, a crunchy praline base with tangy lemon cream covered in white chocolate.

    Lovely idea!

  17. Hey Christine great post. Coffee & Chocolate for me is the ultimate. You’ve got my tummy seriously rumbling for some now. BTW I entered my recent post in your linky but it doesn’t seem to be appearing. It was no 28 I think. Hx

  18. this is so sweet chocolate i like so much Coffee & Chocolate for me is the ultimate.

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