Thursday, February 4, 2010

Equal Exchange Chocolate and Coffee Giveaway!

Have I got a giveaway for you!  Chocolate and coffee!  And not just chocolate and coffee, but REALLY GOOD chocolate and coffee.  (Ok, the chocolate is definitely good.  I'm not a coffee drinker so I can't personally vouch for the coffee.)

I was so excited when Mambo Sprouts contacted me asking if I would want to review and/or giveaway an Equal Exchange Chocolate and Coffee gift bag.  Why?  I already buy Equal Exchange chocolate.  I love dark chocolate.  Some brands of dark chocolate have an unpleasant chalky taste to me - not so Equal Exchange dark chocolate.  Equal Exchange chocolate is smooth with a wonderful, deep chocolate flavor.



Maybe best of all?  Equal Exchange only sells fairly-traded products.  The fair-trade system helps to support small scale farmers, and the initiatives taken by the farmer co-ops directly help the farmers' communities.  (Read Confessions of an Eco Sinner for an interesting exploration of the good and bad side of fairly-traded products in general.  It's not all roses, but it does seem that farmers who sell their products to fair-trade companies are indeed a little better off.)

Coffee and chocolate?  I'm not a coffee drinker, but this really does seem like a logical combination to me.  Love the idea of the flavors of the chocolate and coffee playing off of each other.  Here's what comes in the gift bag:
  • One bag of Organic Love Buzz coffee 12oz, drip
  • One bag of Organic Mind, Body & Soul coffee 12oz, drip
  • Two Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate Bars
  • Two Organic Milk Chocolate Bars
  • A coffee pairing instruction card

Win it!
Leave a comment telling me about your favorite chocolate and/or coffee for one entry.  Earn more entries for doing any of the following (leave a comment for each additional entry!):
  • Share this giveaway on a giveaway site and leave a link to that site (3 extra entries!)
  • Subscribe to A Life Less Sweet
  • Follow me on Twitter (leave your twitter ID)
  • Tweet about it (include @less_sweet in your tweet)
  • Blog about it and leave a link (3 extra entries!)
  • Become a fan of A Life Less Sweet on Facebook
Entries will be accepted until midnight on Tuesday , February 9, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 10.  The winner must provide a U.S. shipping address by Feb. 14 or a new winner will be chosen.


And check out MamboSprouts.com for coupons, more giveaways, articles, recipes, and more!  There's a wealth of information, money-saving coupons, and more waiting for you!

81 comments:

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I love both chocolate AND coffee, and lately, I've been enjoying Chocolate Truffle flavored coffee in an attempt to use less sweetener in my coffee (trying to kick the sugar habit!).

Great giveaway - thanks!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I already subscribe to A Life Less Sweet :-)

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I already follow you on Twitter
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I RT'd your giveaway tweet
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Elana said...

I love all coffee. I particularly like the fair trade dark blends. I alternate between Green Mountain Fair-Trade Sumatra and an Americano (espresso + water) from Starbucks. No sugar or soy in my coffee. I drink it black!

Elana said...

Following on twitter - @chiieddy

CB said...

I'm a facebook fan!

Erin said...

My favorite chocolate at the moment is Green & Black's Organic Dark (70%). A few nibbles has just enough "ummph" to energize me at the end of the day (you know, so I can clean up the kitchen, start the dishwasher, and set the coffee for the next day). It has a good balance between sweet and bitter, and is smooth on my tongue. Even better, G&B has committed to go Fair Trade Certified for all North American products, starting in Feb. 2010.

As for coffee, I am drinking commercial ground crap, and Fair Trade Certified whenever possible. But it's whatever stuff that is on sale at the grocery store, and who knows how fresh it is. Still, a hot cuppa joe to start my morning is just what I need.

Erin said...

...and I am a facebook fan, already!

Elana said...

Just became a facebook fan. I marked 'like' on your entry for this post.

Elana said...

A already subscribe to the blog via Google Reader. :)

Elana said...

I retweeted your tweet about this post. :) Does that count?

Dani said...

http://twitter.com/Dani_Elder
I tweeted, but not sure how successfully. I am not a great tweater. I like Seattle's Best Henry's Blend coffee, and I like Kona coffee, but it mostly comes in blends. I drink good coffee without cream or sugar.

I am an old-fashioned girl and just like Hershey's plain (no nuts) chocolate bar if I have a chocolate craving (once a month). ;)

Oh, I also subscribe in Tweet, FB, and RSS. I am a big fan, big fan! ;)

Wendy said...

I just started drinking coffee at the end of last year, it does help get my day going on those early-bus-stop mornings.
Would love to try something new! Right now dh is in charge of the coffee selection at our house.

Wendy said...

I'm a FB fan, too.

fawn said...

Oh my goodness! This is an awesome giveaway. My favorite coffee is Ethiopian (organic) and my favorite chocolate is chocolove with ginger pieces. It's hard to say for sure though. :)

Kristen said...

This sounds so good!

Kristen said...

I am also a subscriber.

fawn said...

I'm following on Twitter! (the_little_deer)

fawn said...

I tweeted! :) Thanks for the chances!

Andra said...

I love coffee and chocolate! For coffee, it's Jamaica Blue Mountain from Costco, it's a great value for an amazing cuppa. And for chocolates, it's the Kron chocolates. And Vosges. And Cadbury. Oh, dear!

Amy said...

These are my favorite and regular chocolate and coffees. Yay Cathy!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

I love these - thanks for the chance!

amy said...

I have never been a big chocolate fan, and I don't drink coffee. But I'm sure this prize pack would make a fabulous gift!!

amy said...

Just tweeted it!

suburban prep said...

i love chocolate.
My husband loves Chocolate and coffee. He loves the combination of the two.
I love a good milk chocolate ganache.
A ice cream sundae with chocolate sauch over vanilla ice cream YUM

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vrtish55 said...

My favorite chocolate is dark chocolate, or should I say anything chocolate? vickers_73460(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Subscriber via email. vickers_73460(at)yahoo(dot)com

Betsy said...

Dark chocolate and Starbucks!

Betsy said...

Following on Twitter

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Betsy said...

I subscribe through Google Reader.

Betsy said...

http://twitter.com/betsy4life/status/8654226235

tweet

Betsy said...

I am a fan on FB!

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'Drea said...

Right now, my favorite coffee is Trader Joe's Italian Roast and, for chocolate, nothing compares to Vosges' Barcelona Bar.

'Drea said...

Tweeted...

Lori said...

Take it from a coffee lover, coffee and chocolate is a very logical combination. :) Nothing like a smooth piece of dark melted away in your mouth by hot rich coffee. Mmmm.

If I'm splurging 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and Vosges chocolate are my very favorites.

Great giveaway and thanks for sharing that balanced write-up about fair trade. I'm off to check it out and get more entries!

Lori said...

I follow you on Twitter! @lori1329 :)

Lori said...

Just tweeted the giveaway! @lori1329

Lori said...

I'm a fan on Facebook! Man, I want that coffee and chocolate. Ha, ha! I'll mention your giveaway in my links this weekend and stop back by to let you know.

The Happy Runner said...

I love equal exchange coffee! I'm a sucker for any kind of dark chocolate.

The Happy Runner said...

I'm an FB fan.

sugar monster said...

I LOVE dark chocolate. I just had some in my pancakes. Thanks for offering such an exciting giveaway.

Carrie said...

Wow, that sounds amazing!

Carrie said...

I've subscribed to A Life Less Sweet

Carrie said...

I'm now following you on Twitter @sizzkid

Carrie said...

I re-twitted your giveaway.

Carrie said...

I'm already a facebook fan and I "liked" your post about this giveaway.

Kara said...

I adore coffee and chocolate in all manners! My favorite coffee (for home brewing) was the Starbucks Viennese Blend, but they seem to have discontinued it and I've been adrift. I don't have a fabvorite chocolate - that would be like choosing a favorite child! I love them all equally! ;-)

Kara said...

I just became your fan on Facebook!

Kara said...

I am now following you on Twitter (Beantown_Mommy)

Lori said...

Just mentioned the giveaway on my blog. http://www.fakefoodfree.com/2010/02/blackberry-brownies.html

Erin said...

And, now I am a subscriber! Thanks - what a fun giveaway, and an informative blog.

mary said...

I love chocolate and coffee!!

KellieS said...

My absolutely fave coffee is a brand called Illy. I had it on vacation in florida and fell in love. The funny thing is I've never had it since. It's really expensive!

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I subscribe to your blog.

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Molly said...

Just found your blog searching for a white pizza sauce recipe...made a home-made pizza for dinner (dough from Trader Joes's, $.99) with the white sauce, carmelized onions, turkey pepperoni, and spinach--it was amazing! the sauce was so yummy :)
Anyways about the give-away; I love coffee, I'm a morning drinker and chocolate in the evening :)

Molly said...

Am now subscribed to a Life Less Sweet! Can't wait to use more recipes from you. I'm a PE teacher and love sharing healthy recipes with other teachers :)

Thanks!!

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

My favorite chocolate is dark, milk, or white -- preferably with nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, or walnuts -- and sometimes even fruity like raspberry :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Wanda said...

My favorite chocolate is some I had in a tiny specialty shop in Brussels. It was freshly made and I've never tasted anything comparable. I like coffee a lot, but I can't name a favorite because my tastes keep changing. The only constant is the growing regions: I love Colombian and Kona single source coffees. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Carol W. said...

My favorite coffee is Starbucks Caffe Verona.

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I subscribe by email.

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I followed you on Twitter (MirrorGoRound)

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