Monday, September 10, 2012

What's your Chocolate? & Giveaway!




Today I'm taking part in the What's your Chocolate? Blogfest hosted by M. Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight.


The task - post about your favorite chocolate – what it means to you, where and when you indulge, a favorite memory – anything chocolate-related.


Well my favorite chocolate is from Newfoundland Chocolate Company of course!  Each piece melts in your mouth, and offer a unique taste of the island with local  partridge berries, blueberries, and my favorite - bakeapple!

I had a chance to talk with Brent, the head chocolate officer and ask him a few questions:

How did the Newfoundland Chocolate Company come about?
Company started out of a passion for great chocolate - pure chocolate without additives and chocolate made from quality, single sourced cocoa beans.  I was an eater of chocolate then, not a maker, but frustrated at the lack of options available in Newfoundland for great chocolate and further frustrated that the really good ones were being made half a world away.  So I started to make chocolate, as a hobby and that was ten years ago.  I trained as a chocolatier and turned the passion into a business about 4 years ago.

Where do you get your inspiration?
We're inspired by fine chocolate, by Newfoundland natural flavorings such as the bakeapple you are so fond of and by pure chocolate that makes your close your eyes and say "oh my!"

Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
In ten years?  We want to bring Newfoundland Chocolate to the world and show that Newfoundland is known for many incredible things - our unrivalled natural beauty, our rich colourful history and culture, our wonderful music, our fabulous people... and our incredible, world class chocolate.







Since I love my island, and I love Newfoundland Chocolate... I'm gonna give away a box of Newfoundland Chocolate Company chocolates!!!  To enter, you must be a follower of my blog, and leave a comment below, for an extra entry please tweet about the giveaway (and leave me the link).  Winner will be randomly chosen Sept 30th.  :)

72 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Newfoundland Chocolates, but I'm all for supporting local businesses! Buying local keeps our economies alive - we have some great chocolatiers on Cape Cod as well (although that's not what I posted about...) Great idea and count me in for your giveaway ;-) Off to tweet it now!

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    1. you find some great things when you shop local

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  2. Chocolate and berries? Almost a healthy combination. Don't worry about entering me. I bet you'll have a slew of rabid chocolate fans hoping to win that box.

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    1. they're more sinfully delicious than healthy :)

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  3. Aaahhhhhh-Chocolate. Need I say more? However, I will share a short story to show how long I've loved chocolate.

    My mom had a small general store when we were growing up. She tells about when I went missing at about three years of age. They were all in a panic searching for me and I was found sitting under the main counter, eating a chocolate bar. I guess my love for chocolate started when I was real young-ha ha

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    1. does she remember what kind of bar it was?

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  4. I'll bet they're good. We have a mom and pop chocolate shop here in Guelph too.

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    1. they are yummy! I've been to guelph, but didn't buy any chocolate - next time :)

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    2. If you come back to Guelph you have to come see me....I'll take you to the chocolate shop.

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  5. That box looks gorgeous! The blueberry ones sound like they'd be my instant favourite :-)

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    1. bakeapple is my fav, blueberry a very close 2nd

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  6. My favorite is homemade fudge

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    1. I consider fudge more a cookie, and it is one of my fav cookies :)

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  7. How inspiring that he turned his hobby into a business! Those chocolates look beautiful.

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    1. find what you love and figure out how to make $ doing it right?

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  8. Great interview, you are the most creative blog stop yet to do an interview, neat!!

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  9. This chocolate sounds incredible, I love good quality chocolates like this and this stuff definitely sounds like a real winner, thanks for sharing Bay Girl!

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    1. quality chocolate is what its all about - melt in your mouth goodness

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  10. I'm glad you need not travel far for your favorite chocolate.

    PS Oy vey, how could I forget THIS blogfest? Thanks for visiting. I just reposted an 'ole chocolate piece. It doesn't follow the assignment, but it's chocolaty.

    Be well.
    xoRobyn

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    1. I was amazed when I didn't see you on the list

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  11. Oh wow. Those look fantastic. Baked apple? I would love to try that and partridge berry. We have marrion berries in Oregon.

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    1. bakeapple aka cloudberries are local to the Island

      I've never tried a marrion berry

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  12. Berries in chocolate. Now that's interesting.

    I've never seen this brand on the west coast of Canada - don't they export to other provinces?

    My fave choc is Dark.

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    1. right now I think they are only available in Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta

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  13. Yes, I will follow for chocolate, or even the chance to win chocolate!

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  14. Great post! An interview and a giveaway! That chocolate sounds delicious.

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  15. Something new for me :) I adore hot chocolate and chocolate muffins :))) maybe I am lucky! Thanks for the opportunity

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    1. white hot chocolate is amazing - so hard to have regular hot chocolate now

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  16. Yours is the first interview I've encountered in this blog hop... very original!

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  17. How great that you have such a high-quality local supply!

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  18. I love you did a little interview. Those chocolates look good!

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  19. I have never heard of these chocolates but everyone at my office absolutely loves to snack on chocolates and try new ones so it would be a delicious win.

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  20. I've never heard of Newfoundland chocolates. I'm going to have to check it out. Cool packaging.

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    1. a lot of the pieces are named after Newfoundland communities :)

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  21. Never had or heard of Newfoundland chocolate, but I love that they have no additives. They look good.

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  22. It's cool that your chocolate is connected to your love of your island. Never had that kind of chocolate.

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    1. the packaging and names are connected to the Island, which makes them extra special

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  23. I joined your blog (GFC) and I'd love to win those chocolates!!

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  24. I wonder if NFLD Chocolate is available on the internet? YUM!!! Would love to win! :)

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  25. I love the enthusiasm of chocolatiers. They're so passionate about their products. Thanks for introducing us to a new brand of chocolate.

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  26. (Not entering) I'd have a hard time picking a favorite chocolate, after all... is there really such thing as bad chocolate? If there is, I haven't found it.

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  27. those local chocolatiers are the best! how cool you interviewed them!
    and northeast? gotta be good! (i was born in plymouth =)

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  29. I really enjoyed reading the story of how your local chocolate company got started... a man with a passion!

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  30. That is a great job title - Head Chocolate Officer. Awesome.

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    1. I'd like to be head chocolate taster :)

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  31. Mwelt in the mouth chocolate. Mmmmmm
    Drooling now!

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  32. Definitely the most unique post yet I think. I didn't even know NFL had it's own chocolate company. Granted, I grew up in AB and only made it as far as Nova Scotia.

    I might gather up the courage to try some when I have to head out there for a wedding next year. :3

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  33. There's a question I would have asked him outside the box. Sir, has anyone ever burglarized your establishment and left a chocolate fingerprint behind and subsequently been arrested? Lol

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  34. Hi Baygirl, Brent here, CCO (that's Chief Chocolate Officer) of the Newfoundland Chocolate Company. thanks for the lovely writeup and nice comments about our chocolates - my dear, you're sweeter than a partridgeberry truffle! just fyi to your followers, yes we do mail orders and soon our new site will be launched which will feature an on-line store. current website is www.newfoundlandchocolatecompany.com

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    1. Thanks Brent! I can't wait for the online store :)

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  35. You're doing a great job of bring=ing the Newfoundland Chocolate Company to the world here!

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  36. You've given me yet another reason to visit Newfoundland! Thanks for joining the blogfest. :)

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    1. hopefully you make it to the island :)

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