Giveaway: Hand-made chocolates. (Now with more fish!)

slide5The giveaway schedule is all bollixed up lately, due to circumstances (mostly) beyond my control. Hope to get back on track soon.

Not this week, though. I’m choosing to put it up on a Monday and to draw on a Friday afternoon in honor of Valentine’s Day, in support of the local economy and with a tip of the hat to flavors of the Last Frontier.

Specifically: This batch of handmade sweets from Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge:

  • Would be a delightful treat for your loved one (or yourself!) on Feb. 14;
  • Are made by folks who live in Anchorage; and
  • Uses fish as an ingredient in two of the truffles.

Yes, fish. Get out of your comfort zone, already. Or offer the fishy ones to people you want to shock.

The five flavors in this batch are:

Romantic Rose: Bittersweet rose petal-infused ganache enrobed in dark chocolate and completed with a rose petal.

Dazed by Hazel: Rich milk chocolate and hazelnut ganache dipped in dark chocolate and hand-rolled in bittersweet chocolate and chunks of hazelnuts.

Indian Bop: Bittersweet East Indian curry ganache enrobed in dark chocolate, hand-rolled in dark chocolate and toasted coconut flakes.

Salmon Suprise: Bittersweet honey and black pepper ganache submerged in a dark chocolate shell, topped with Alaskan smoked salmon.

Anchovy Amour: Bittersweet blueberry puree ganache swimming in layers of hand-roled dark chocolate. Lustered with a salty, dainty anchovy.

Since these chocolates contain no preservatives, they are best enjoyed within 10 days of purchase. (Although I bet they’d be tasty on the 11th day and beyond, too.) That’s why timing is important: I will draw the winner on Friday afternoon, and I must hear back from that person by noon Saturday or I will draw another name. If the second-chance winner doesn’t contact me by 10 a.m. Sunday, I’ll pull another one.

The chocolates will be produced over the weekend and I will pick them up and mail them on Monday. That’s why I need the contact info promptly: To ensure that whoever wins gets the candies as fast as possible, and in time for Valentine’s Day.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Friday, Feb. 8. If you enter, check the Surviving and Thriving Facebook page that evening or on Saturday morning. If the winner hasn’t responded, I’ll announce a second-chance name.

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  1. Fish truffles? This I’ve gotta try.

  2. Now these sound fascinating — we’re adventurous eaters and I’m sure my Valentine (my husband) will share them with me!

  3. I already follow you via my Google Reader feed.

  4. I read your posts on Facebook too.

  5. Nom nom! Would love to have the fishy ones!

  6. I already subscribe to your feed 🙂

  7. Pamela Sheppard

    Wow very different choices than my usual Peanut Butter Meltaways! But sounds yummy!

  8. Nancy Kelley

    I want to win!

  9. Nancy Kelley

    I subscribe via email.

  10. Nancy Kelley

    I follow you on Facebook, too.

  11. Kriss Kieslich

    I’ve got to try the fish truffles. Please pick ME!!!

  12. Chocolate! And fish? It can’t get much better….

  13. I follow via email and you are on my blogroll.

  14. Okay, fish and chocolate…hmm, anything with chocolate is okay with me.

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  16. lostAnnfound

    I follow you via RSS

  17. I follow on facebook and on your website.

  18. These sound interesting. Hope I win!

  19. Luckily, the bf likes anchovies!

  20. I also subscribe via RSS!

  21. jestjack

    Alaskan Chocolate??? Count me in …sounds like the perfect gift for DW..

  22. I promise to try them all & report to your readers!

  23. Wow! Being from the lower 48, I am curious about the fish chocolates! They sound very interesting. Pick me, I promise to share with others and tell them all about these!

  24. love your blog.

  25. follow you on facebook.

  26. Samantha

    Sounds… well, I’d definitely try them!

  27. mmmm… chocolate

  28. I get you rss feed.

  29. I am a facebook fan.

  30. I receive your emails too.

  31. I must try fish and chocolate! I’ve had bacon and chocolate and loved it so this is on my list!

  32. Oh my gosh, I love these daring combinations of flavors…

  33. I subscribe in google reader

  34. I like you on Facebook!

  35. Mmmm. sounds heavenly and I am a huge fish lover so those truffles have got to be great with those ingredients!

  36. I follow you on facebook.

  37. I follow you on twitter!

  38. Marcia in FL

    OK, I’ll bite…..I already subscribe to your emails, and more!

  39. Barbara Rae Calder

    What fun flavors. I already subscribe.

  40. Fish, really? Sounds pretty interesting. Throw my name in the hat.

  41. I subscribe by RSS.

  42. I follow on twitter.

  43. I love the Chocolate Lounge! Would love to win these yummy treats – and I’ve even share them! 🙂

  44. gotta try that chocolate!

  45. Holly Samlan

    ALWAys in for anything chocolate, esp dark and these are mostly dark.

  46. The sound interesting…would love to try them! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
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  47. I subscribe via email
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  48. I follow on facebook (Jackie Villano)
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  49. Gayle Erwin

    I have to say I would share the fish truffles but I totally know he would love them.

  50. Gayle Erwin

    I love getting your blog on my RSS reader.

  51. The give-always are not my thing but this one has me intrigued…I will try the fishy chocolates if lucky enough to win!

  52. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you on Facebook.

  53. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you on Facebook and would love to win so I may try your fishy chocolates.

  54. Sounds yummy!! I subscribe via email.

  55. I also follow you on Twitter (@kchowy)

  56. I also like you on Facebook! Thanks for another giveaway!

  57. We have three gourmet chocolate shops in my town and I don’t think any of them have ever used fish… Intriguing!

  58. YUM! I would love to try the fishy chocolates. Although Ro(e) has a compelling case, since she can use her name in fish puns. 🙂

  59. Thanks for the chance to win!

  60. I follow you on Facebook.

  61. I subscribe via email.

  62. Hmm…I’m game to try anything once.

  63. Sounds intesting!

  64. Samantha

    And here I was just saying to myself that I really need to add more seafood to my diet. HAH!

  65. Samantha

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  67. Samantha

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  69. ImJuniperNow

    I follow you everywhere on the Net.

    I would love to try the fish candy – I imagine it has a subtle salty taste that I LOVE with chocolate.

    Pick Me! Pick Me!!

  70. I love chocolate!

  71. email subscriber

  72. facebook fan

  73. I’d love to send those to my son and his sweetie! They love to try “odd” foods.

  74. Chocolate is my middle name.

  75. I would love to try these unique chocolates.

  76. I consider chocolate a main food group that I incorporate into every meal so Please pick me!!

  77. email subscriber

  78. and now a facebook fan

  79. I would totally try the fish ones, but it’s the Indian ones that really have me interested.

  80. I subscribe via RSS.

  81. The fish intrigue me.

  82. I subscribe via RSS

  83. I am also a FB fan.

  84. Awesome! Would love to taste and share these.

  85. I subscribe via email – thanks.

  86. Mary (from PA)

    I love chocolate and would love to try these!

  87. Truffles with fish? You temptress…

    I subscribe to you via e-mail.

  88. and yes, I follow you (and am a fan) on Facebook, as well.

  89. Meghan in Jersey

    I follow you on FB

  90. Meghan in Jersey

    And Twitter

  91. Meghan in Jersey

    I subscribe to Surviving and Thriving via email

  92. Meghan in Jersey

    Here, fishy-fishy-fishy chocolate balls…

  93. Hope I win!! If there is chocolate involved, it’s all good!!!

  94. I’m not too sure about the fish truffles, but the others sound delicious 🙂

  95. Sherry Dodd

    Oh pick me! Pick me!!! I am looking forward to a new flavor!

  96. As long as it is chocolate I should be good to go!!!!

  97. I love trying new things. I hope I win.

  98. I follow you on Facebook.

  99. I’ll try it!

  100. Facebook too!

  101. I love salmon and I love chocolate, so why not? Would love to try it!

  102. fish and chocolate… interesting.
    thanks for the giveaway!

  103. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  104. I subscribe to your emails

  105. I’m feeling lucky! And you wouldn’t even have to mail them very far. It’s the curry one that really intrigues me.

  106. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the possibility of fish-inspired chocolate. My day is happier.

  107. Ok I’m in! Gotta see what fish chocolates are all about!

  108. Well, why wouldn’t my husband want me to have fish breath for Valentine’s? Surprise, Honey….!

  109. A new adventure in chocolate. This could possibly be the way someone finally convinces me to eat an anchovy.

  110. Charlotte

    sounds great- I’m up for the adventure

  111. I’d really like to try the salmon chocolates.

  112. I subscribe via RSS.

  113. How weird. I bet my husband would love it.

  114. I subscribe via RSS!

  115. Oh yum, I must try this.

  116. I’d love a chance to win, thanks!

  117. Chocolate is a girl’s best friend! 😉

  118. rosarugosa

    Yes to fish truffles!

  119. What a clever and unique idea! I would love to try them.


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  121. Grace Inman

    I think that fish chocolates are such an interesting idea and I hope that I win so I can try them!

  122. Grace Inman

    I subscribed to you via email.

  123. Grace Inman

    I am following you on twitter (@awhdarling) & on FB.


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