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Birthday Presents for Everyone!

Hi! Normally I don't post on Sundays, but today is a special day. It's my birthday! I don't know about you, but growing up, I thought it was always awkward opening up gifts at my birthday party in front of people. I've always felt that way, even as a kid. Perhaps it's because friends and family just kind of sat around and watched... and I'm sure after awhile, it got boring. Besides, it's more fun if everyone opened up a gift too, right? On the same token, opening up birthday presents is just like reviewing products. I feel awkward reviewing food related products just to throw out on this site. Wouldn't it be more fun if you also got to review the same products? Well, since it's my birthday, I'm giving out blog presents so it's not so awkward for me and more fun for you!


I'll be posting a food related product review on Sundays (as they become available) and with each one, I'll be giving away the same item to a lucky reader. Similar to my Foodie Fridays I hosted every week in 2009, readers can comment for their chance to receive the same products I'm reviewing. Check in on Sunday to read my product review and find out what the giveaway is, along with details on how to enter. The winner will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of their comment. As of right now, I have quite a few giveaways lined up for you... yay!

Full Disclosure: The giveaways are sponsored by the same company that provided me with the food related product to review. Products I review and offer as a giveaway are ones I personally recommend and would use/enjoy myself.

So to kick off my Sunday Fun Day Giveaways, how about some chocolate? The folks of TLCommunications reached out to me and sent me a lovely box of Edward Marc Chocolates. How could I resist?!

In the nine decades sine Edward Marc Chocolatier was first founded, the Edwards family has handed down the traditions and techniques of fine chocolate making from father to son, and mother to daughter, with each successive generation prospering upon the exact recipe that was perfected in 1914.

Edward Marc Chocolatier proudly continues the family tradition by selecting the finest ingredients and handcrafting the highest quality chocolates, whether it be for their decadent best-selling Gourmet Chocolate Collections or personalized treats crafted for special occasions.

The box of chocolate I received included 3 large chocolates: Milk, White and Dark.

The Milk Chocolate (Peanut Butter Meltaway) was topped with a drizzle of peanut butter and filled with smooth peanut butter ...so good! It really was a perfect ration of chocolate and peanut butter.

The White Chocolate (Mocha Meltaway) was topped with a single coffee bean and filled with an espresso infused meltaway center. The combination worked well and left a lingering taste of white chocolate mocha.

The Dark Chocolate (Vanilla Salt Caramel) was topped with a sprinkling of sea salt and filled with a buttery caramel. The play of sweet and salty makes this one for your taste buds to enjoy.

Out of the three, I really don't know which is my favorite. I wish I had more to keep tasting so I can declare the one I liked the best! But overall, I found these filled chocolates to be smooth and creamy, a sign of perfect tempering. The flavor combinations were nicely done and I'm looking forward to trying out the other chocolate confections they have to offer.

Aside from assorted chocolates, Edward Marc also have a tempting line of truffles, vanilla salt caramels, chocolate barks, and other classic chocolate treats. They're based out of Pittsburgh, PA and have other locations in the Washington DC area... so if you're in that part of the world, definitely stop by and have a taste. (I hear the Pittsburgh location is both a chocolate and ice cream shop. Yum.) So if you want to indulge in some Edward Marc chocolate (you know you do!), come join in on my first Sunday Fun Day Giveaway...

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States - my apologies to my international readers!
- You must have a valid email address (within your comment or blog link) so that you can be contacted if you win.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering:
What is your favorite chocolate dessert?

Deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 12 midnight CST.

One winner will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on Friday, May 6, 2011. Good luck!

83 comments

  1. First I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!Have a wonderful day and enjoy my favorite chocolate dessert which is flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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  2. Hot Fudge Sundaes! Like Shoney's used to make! and Happy Birthday!

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  3. These look really good! My favorite chocolate dessert is a simple brownie with chocolate ganache on top!

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  4. Happy Birthday!! There isn't really any chocolate dessert that I don't like, but I guess hot fudge sundaes are my favorite.

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  5. MMMMMMMMMM my favorite chocolate dessert would have to be chocolate cake, with ganache filling and a mocha frosting. Topped with chocolate covered coffee bean!

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  6. I'm drooling over the chocolate! My favorite chocolate dessert is a rich, fudge brownie topped with ice cream.

    Happy birthday! Hope it's a great one.

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  7. Happy birthday!

    My favorite chocolate dessert is a rich, fudgy brownie (even better if it's a la mode and/or has a peanut butter swirl).

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  8. Happy Birthday! Mine is next Saturday, so this would be a fun (and delicious) giveaway to win! This is a tough question to answer since I do really enjoy chocolate, but if I had to pick just one, I'd go with an orange chocolate hot fudge sundae from one of our local ice cream shops. Orange chocolate is my favorite!

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  9. Happy Birthday!

    I'm developing quite the palate for dark chocolate.

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  10. I am a sucker for a good, simple chocolate cake!

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  11. Those chocolates look awesome! My favorite chocolate dessert have to be a sinfully rich brownie or a handful of almond M&M.

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  12. Happy Birthday!! My favorite chocolate dessert is homemade brownies that are still gooey!!! Yes, with icing!!

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  13. Has to be chocolate cake...yummy. Happy Birthday!!!

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  14. Just straight chocolate is my favorite way to eat it! Fancy chocolate bars or candy, yum!

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  15. I love all chocolate desserts, but my favorite is probably chocolate truffle torte!

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  16. A nice, fluffy chocolate souffle cake that's still just a little gooey in the middle! Happy birthday Joelen!

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  17. Happy Birthday! You are such a giver! =) My favorite chocolate dessert would have to be German Chocolate Cake, homemade, of course. I don't mind a little extra frosting either! ;)

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  18. Happy Birthday! I hope you're celebrating in all your favorite ways :-)

    My favorite chocolate dessert is molten lava cake with the perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    YUM!

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  19. Happy Birthday Joelene! Have a wonderful day!

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  20. Happy birthday!

    I love homemade fudge!

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  21. I love chocolate cake with a thick chocolate frosting or chocolate buttercream frosting. With a big glass of milk.

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  22. Chocolate brownies, the really thick gooey kind with lots of nuts!

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  23. Happy Birthday...hope it's a wonderful and fun day for you and your family.

    My favorite chocolate dessert (as of this moment) has got to be the vosges chocolate bacon candy bar. Totally worth all the price.

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  24. Happy Birthday!

    German chocolate cake is definitely at the top of my list.

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  25. Happy Birthday and thank you for the giveaway opportunity! When it comes to chocolate, the richer the better for me - I'll take a sinfully rich flourless chocolate cake, please :)

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  26. Happy Birthday! For me it's moist chocolate cake with thick ganache frosting, just thinking about it makes my mouth water, yum!

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  27. chocolate pie with graham cracker crust and homemade whipped cream! vertigoxcured at gmail dot com

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  28. Happy Birthday! Dark Chocolate Brownies with raspberry sauce! Yum!!

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  29. Happy birthday! I have way too many favorites to list, but chocolate mousse is up there.

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  30. Happy Birthday!

    I pretty much love any chocolate dessert. The darker and richer the better :) I love a good molten lava cake warm with a scoop of ice cream.

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  31. Happy birthday! I love chocolate pudding!

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  32. I love chocolate in the form of ganache.

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  33. I love brownies. The more types of chocolate in them the better!! Add frosting and I'm in heaven!!

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  34. Happy Birthday! So excited you are back to doing giveaways, thank you so much! I love anything chocolate, but my absolute favorite would be chocolate mousse cake!

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  35. I love anything chocolate, but my fav has to be black forest cake!

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  36. Happy Birthday-just started reading your blog-really enjoy it! My fav chocolate dessert is my mom's hot fudge ice cream pie.

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  37. Happy birthday to you! My favorite chocolate dessert is brownies -- dense, chewy, fudgy brownies. No nuts -- they just take up space where there could be more chocolate!

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  38. Happy birthday! My favorite chocolate dessert is a chocolate pie - it's a custard/pudding type filling that's a family recipe.

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  39. So... I'm usually not a huge chocolate fan unless I'm pregnant. And I am in fact pregnant, so just looking at your chocolate photos sent me over the top craving a chocolatey fudge brownie with frosting.

    oh, and happiest of happy birthdays!!
    nicole at babyfoodscoops dot com

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  40. happy birthday!! as boring as this may be... i LOVE a yellow cake with choc fudge icing. yummmm!

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  41. Happy Birthday! I love simple chocolate ice cream!

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  42. This is hard. It's a toss up between Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies, German chocolate cake, and a peanut buster parfait. I think I'll choose the brownies today.

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  43. I love all chocolate! My very favorite is probably a warm brownie sundae. Yum!

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  44. Happy birthday, Joelen! I love molten lava cake!

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  45. I love EVERYTHING chocolate, but I do love a good flourless chocolate cake.

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  46. Happy Birthday!
    My fav chocolate dessert is chocolate brownies with peanut butter frosting!

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  47. My favorite chocolate dessert is probably fudge.

    Happy Birthday!

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  48. Chocolate itself is my favorite type of dessert! (Sometimes plain milk chocolate drops, other times caramel and chocolate - and sometimes white!) But only the good stuff;)

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  49. Happy birthday! My favorite chocolate dessert is chocolate cream pie!

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  50. First of all, happy birthday! It was my birthday this week too (on Friday)! My favorite chocolate dessert is my mom's chocolate mousse, which she makes every Xmas...the secret ingredients are coffee and Grand Marnier! Yum!

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  51. Happy Birthday my fellow pinay!! Hope you had a fantastic celebration.

    My fave choco dessert is brownies!!!!

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  52. I'd have to say turtles--pecans and caramel covered in milk chocolate.

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  53. Any kind of chocolate candy with a nice glass or port or sherry.

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  54. I love all kinds of chocolate desserts, but my favorite are lava cakes dusted with powdered sugar. A close runner up is turtle cheesecake.

    Happy Birthday!

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  55. I absolutely love chocolate souffle!

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  56. I love flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and a citrus sauce (lime is my favorite!).

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  57. It's so hard to pick one chocolate dessert... but a perfect chocolate cake with lots of buttercream frosting and a ganace filling is my idea of perfection!!

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  58. I love chocolate covered salted caramels!

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  59. Happy birthday! I love anything chocolate, but have recently been digging the chocolate-coconut pairing. :)

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  60. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter! Yum.

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  61. My favorite chocolate dessert would have to be chocolate lava cake. Or a fresh warm brownie with walnuts. Or a hot fudge sundae. Or a moist chocolate cake. I could go on forever.

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  62. Happy Belated Bday!! I love just plain chocolate cake! Yum yum, hope you got your chocolate fix on your special day!

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  63. Happy Birthday! Hope your day was special.

    My favorite chocolate dessert is brownie trifle. Thanks!

    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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  64. Happy belated bday! :)
    My favorite choc dessert hands down is molten lava cake with a good *(ie Oberweis) vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce to accompany it. Yum!

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  65. My favorite dessert with chocolate has got to be from Margie's Candies -- the Turtle Split with their homemade hot fudge sauce.

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  66. Happy birthday! My favorite chocolate dessert is German chocolate cake.

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  67. My favorite chocolate dessert? Um...ALL OF THEM! :-) If I were to choose one to have today...a very moist chocolate cake with a raspberry pastry cream filling, topped with a dark chocolate, raspberry infused ganache. Now I have to go make these!

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  68. Warm chocolate brownie, the darker, richer, and more chocolate the better, with vanilla ice cream and toasted pecans. Boy, was it hard to choose!

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  69. Orange chocolate brownies. Yum.

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  70. Happy Birthday Joelen!

    My favorite chocolate dessert is anything that combines mint and chocolate, like mint chip ice cream, york peppermint patties, and my most favorite right now: Hersheys mint truffle kisses.

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  71. Happy Belated Birthday!! I LOVE anything that has chocolate in it!!

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  72. Happy birthday Joelen! My fave chocolate dessert is white chocolate chip macademia nut cookies. :)

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  73. Happy Birthday!! I really love chocolate cobbler, it is the perfect treat.

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