I've posted before about my reminiscent love of chocolate, and of my childhood memories of my grandmother's hand dipped chocolates which she sold at Gloria's Confection Connection. I've confessed to puncturing the bottoms of her beautiful creations to see just what was inside.
I called her at Christmas, and sure enough, she was coating the kitchen in chocolate as she dipped hundreds of pounds of chocolates for her loyal customers, years and years after closing her store. My mouth watered. I love her chocolates. But she is on one coast, and I, the other. And I didn't put my order in with enough notice.
How delighted I was then, shortly after that phone call to be serendipitously contacted by a rep from See's Candies, who asked if I'd be willing to do a review of their chocolates on my blog. Are you kidding me?
But I played hard to get. I thought of you, loyal reader, and I couldn't have all the chocolatey goodness to myself.
"Sure, I'll do it," I replied, "but only if you offer something for a giveaway too."
I waited with bated breath. Had I just screwed up my chance for free chocolates? No! Because, as it turns out, not only are See's Candies the next best thing to Grandmom's, the kind folks at See's are also generous and giving. And they were happy to oblige. So for you, gentle chocolate-loving reader, there will be a drawing for a $25 gift card to any See's Candies, in person, or online. Aren't you lucky?
Well, let's face it, I was the lucky one. The one pound box of assorted milk and dark chocolates arrived on Monday. We gathered around and unpacked it from the box as if it were some ancient relic to be handled with only the utmost care. The lid was lifted, and there they were, all lined up in their little papers and shiny. Smiling, even, I'm not sure.
Which one first?
Like it matters. Oh, the joy! At first, I cut each one into pieces so we could share the different flavors, and then the gluttony set in, and I kicked everyone else off the project in the name of 'research'. I had to hoe this row alone.
My favorites? Well, the caramels. The toffees. The creams. The coconut. The chewy nutty ones. The milk chocolates. The dark chocolates. The caramels. (Did I already say that?)
Heaven, it was.
I take my kids to See's Candies after they go to the dentist. That's right. If they had a good check-up. It's right across the street from their dentist, and I figure it's a justified reward for proper brushing and flossing. And I want some.
I love how the nice people at See's always give a free chocolate away for tasting. Even when you walk in with 6 kids. I let each child choose 4 or 5 favorites, which get tucked in his/her own little See's bag. It is so hard to choose!
See's also has an assortment of gift packages, which can even be custom ordered, so you're sure to please anyone. If you don't want nuts? No nuts. If dark is your favorite? No milk. Whatever you want. See's knows how to keep you coming back for more. And what Easter Bunny doesn't need a little help come springtime? Head on over to See's for the best Easter candy and Easter gift boxes. You're sure to score points.
Well, it has been my pleasure. I'm always happy to tell you how much fun it is to eat chocolate. But I'm even more delighted that because of See's, I can share the joy with you. So, all weekend long, leave a comment if you want to be entered into the drawing, which will take place Tuesday morning. And in the meantime, head on over to Sees.com and start selecting your favorites! You have plenty of time left to do what I do: buy your Easter candy, eat it all, and then buy it again!