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Several mouth-watering flavors of Mama’s
Goodies. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky |

Mom deserves some goodies on Mother’s Day, so share these if you win this week’s Gourmet Giveaway prize of Mama’s Goodies Butter Nut Crunch. The winner will receive five boxes—one of each flavor—which is enough to give some to mom while still having plenty to enjoy yourself!

Mama’s Goodies blends seeds and nuts with honey, maple syrup and real butter. This all-natural (and kosher-certified) treat can serve as dessert or as a sweet snack. It’s not a classic buttercrunch (made with sugar and without the seeds), but it’s a honeyed delight. (Don’t know the difference between toffee and buttercrunch? Find out in our ABCs Of Toffee Article.)

  • THE PRIZE: One winner will get to taste all five flavors of Mama’s Goodies: Almond, Cashew, Macadamia & Coconut, Pecan and Sesame Seed. All five boxes will be shipped just in time to share with mom. Approximate retail value: $25.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Toffee & Buttercrunch Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, April 26th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • Learn more about Mama’s Goodies.


GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Laurent Vals Chocolate

Almost too pretty to eat! Photo by Corey

If you appreciate fine chocolate, don’t pass up this opportunity to enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway contest, sponsored by Laurent Vals Chocolates. A NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week, Laurent’s colorful chocolates are not only sculptural—a tiny, edible modern art gallery in a box—but also delicious.

Laurent Vals uses the excellent Guittard chocolate as the base couverture for his creations. One bite will convince you that all of the other ingredients he employs are first-rate as well.

A “taste” of the flavors: caramel infused with Port and vanilla in dark chocolate, strawberry and orange blossom in white chocolate and candied orange confit and caramel ganache in milk chocolate.

  • THE PRIZE: One winner will enjoy a 25-piece box of colorful chocolates from Laurent Vals. Each of these striking chocolates has a different story to tell and a different flavor combination to delight those who are lucky enough to get a bite. Approximate Retail Value: $40.00.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Chocolate Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, April 19th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • Learn more about Laurent Vals at



GOURMET GIVEAWAY: “Spaghetti” Book By Carla Bardi

It’s not spaghetti, but you could try to fool
your friends! Photo by Katharine Pollak |

We love a good joke—especially around April Fool’s Day. So when we were handed “Spaghetti” by Carla Bardi, we were wondering why someone was giving us what looked to be a spaghetti package from a supermarket shelf.

It took us a minute to realize that it’s a spaghetti cookbook, which contains more than 130 ways to prepare a plain box of spaghetti.

The recipes are creative and generally easy; the photos are tempting. The pasta is varied—not just spaghetti but bucatini, linguine and ziti. The gimmick is cuter-than-cute and sure to delight any home cook.

  • THE PRIZE: Two winners could cook spaghetti a different way every day for more than four months with this cookbook. While we’re a few days late for April Fool’s Day, you can still keep it in your kitchen cupboard next to actual spaghetti boxes to fool someone rooting around for pasta. Plus, it’ll be right where you need it when you’re wondering what type of pasta dish to make for dinner. Approximate Retail Value: $14.99.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Best Reads Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, April 12th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck! 


GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Cooperstown Cookie Company Shortbread Cookies

Take me out to the ball game, but forget the peanuts and Crackerjack. Instead, bring along the buttery shortbread cookies from Cooperstown Cookie Company. The rich, traditional shortbread cookies, a NIBBLE favorite shortbread (read our review), are made in the regulation size of baseballs (3″ diameter). They’re made by hand and baked in small batches, just outside of the world baseball capital of Cooperstown, New York.

Fresh, light and fragrant with butter, these cookies melt in your mouth. They are all natural with no preservatives or additives—just flour, butter, sugar, pure vanilla extract and salt. They hit a home run with us!

This Gourmet Giveaway prize is packaged in two tins along with tricky baseball trivia questions to try to stump baseball nuts. Perhaps a cookie is their reward?

  • THE PRIZE: One winner will enjoy a Cooperstown Cookie Company gift tower and a National Baseball Hall of Fame Collectible Tin, each containing 12 bite-sized, vanilla-flavored shortbread cookies. Take them to your next ball game or munch on them anytime you need a cookie fix. Approximate Retail Value: $31.98.

Forget playing ball. Let’s eat some cookies!
Photo courtesy Cooperstown Cookie Company.

  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Cookies, Brownies & Bars Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, April 12th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • Learn more about Cooperstown Cookie Company, and find out how to enter to win the ultimate Cooperstown baseball weekend at




These cookies are like potato chips—we bet
you can’t eat just one! Photo by
Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

If you don’t get your hands on some Pepperidge Farm Tim Tam Cookies this month, you’ll have to wait six months until Target stores start stocking them again (when they can be shipped from Australia—where they are the nation’s favorite cookie—in cool comfort without hot containers melting the chocolate).

And believe us—you won’t want to wait that long. That’s why we’re giving away not just a few boxes, but five entire cases of Tim Tam Cookies in this week’s Gourmet Giveaway. Each case contains 24 packages of cookies that are the best non-artisan cookies (i.e., mass-produced) that we’ve ever tasted. And we’ve tasted a lot. (Read our review of Tim Tam Cookies.)

If you like Kit Kat and Twix bars, these cookies are bigger, plumper, more sumptuous versions. Crisp chocolate cookie layers are filled with chocolate crème or richer caramel, then enrobed in even richer chocolate. WARNING if you’re the winner: Once you start eating them, you can’t stop.

  • THE PRIZE: Five winners will receive 24 packages of Tim Tam Cookies. It may sound like a lot, but once you open one, they’ll be gone before you know it. If you limit yourself to eating just two packages a week, they’ll last for three months. But we haven’t yet come across anyone with that amount of willpower. Better yet, have a tea party and invite friends. (Read all about having a tea party.) Approximate Retail Value: $81.00.


GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Fancypants Bakery Cookies


The bunnies, carrots and chicks are almost
too cute to eat. Photo courtesy Fancypants Bakery.

The Easter Bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail in less than three weeks. To prepare for his arrival, enter to win a gift box of gourmet cookies from this week’s Gourmet Giveaway sponsor: Fancypants Bakery. Their “Great Big Easter Gift” prize weighs in at nearly three pounds and includes nine, four-inch-long, hand-iced shortbread cookies in adorable, Easter-themed bunnies, carrots and chicks along with 16 chewy chocolate chip cookies.

What sets Fancypants Bakery apart from other decorated cookies we’ve tasted are the fine-quality shortbread cookies made with oh so much buttery goodness (and all-natural ingredients). Coloring is used only in the decorator’s icing, which is not cloyingly sweet, but, like the shortbread, simply elegant. Sensitive to food allergies, Fancypants Bakery is 100% nut free.

Make the Easter Bunny proud by entering this Gourmet Giveaway and checking out our review of Fancypants Bakery.

  • THE PRIZE: One winner will receive The Great Big Easter Gift, which includes nine hand-iced bunny, carrot and chick shortbread cookies along with 16 chewy chocolate chip cookies. The cookies are packaged in two chocolate-brown gift boxes with bows—perfect for giving an Easter party host or enjoying yourself at home. Approximate Retail Value: $75.00
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Cookies, Brownies & Bars Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, March 22nd at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • Learn more about Fancypants Bakery at (Sign up for their mailing list and receive 15% off your first online order.)



CONTEST: For Balsamic Vinegar Lovers

Balsamic vinegar lovers:

Zingerman’s, a specialty food retailer/e-tailer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is offering you the opportunity to win a free trip to the La Vecchia Dispensa balsamic vinegar factory in Italy. “Factory” is a relative term: This is fine balsamic vinegar production facility, and the “factory” is one of the charming, centuries-old buildings in this beguiling town.

Zingerman’s, the biggest retailer of La Vecchia Dispensa balsamics in the U.S. features an annual “Balsamic Blowout.” This year, the Blowout is going tubular, with a contest on YouTube.

You have until March 31, 2010 at 9 p.m. EST to make a video about balsamic vinegar and post it on Then, send the link to


Castelvetro di Modena is a charming town,
with or without the balsamic vinegar. Photo courtesy Chamber of Commerce.

Zingerman’s will view all submissions and post qualifying entries at under “Balsamic Blowout.” The winning videos will be chosen by a combination of ratings and number of views, as well as the judges’ discretion. So, even if you don’t want to make a video, you can have fun watching the entries. Winners will be announced April 30, 2010.

Winners will receive two tickets to Bologna, Italy, on the date of their choice between September 1 and November 30, 2010, one night’s stay at a four-star hotel in the town of Castelvetro and a private tour of La Vecchia Dispensa’s balsamic vinegar factory.

Comment: That’s a long trip for a one-day tour…but it’s worth it to spend a few extra lira on hotels and enjoy the beautiful town of Modena, 15 km due north, nearby Parma and Reggio nell’Emilia, homes of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese industry (and prosciutto, or Parma ham) and Bologna. We recommend a week or 10 days.

Video entries and full contest rules can be viewed at

Buona fortuna! And if you’ve come across this post after the contest deadline, mark your calendar for next year.



GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card + Donut Design Contest


Image courtesy Dunkin’ Donuts.

Sixty years ago, William Rosenberg opened the first Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Quincy, Massachusetts. Today there are thousands of stores worldwide, beckoning the hungry with its cheerful orange and pink logo.

To celebrate, there are two contests.

THE NIBBLE’s Gourmet Giveaway

THE PRIZE: One winner will receive a $60.00 gift card, good at any Dunkin Donuts location or online.

TO ENTER: Go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Pies & Pastry Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing.

DEADLINE: This contest closes on Monday, March 8th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!

Contest #2: Design The Next Donut & Win $12,000

Dunkin’ Donuts’ “birthDDay” celebration (that’s DD for Dunkin’ Donuts) includes the return of the “Create Dunkin’s Next Donut” contest. If your idea is chosen, you’ll win $12,000 and the honor of having your creation sold at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Create and enter your donut at

A dozen finalists will be chosen to travel to Dunkin’ Donuts University, the company’s worldwide training center in Massachusetts. The grand prize winner will be announced—when else?—on National Donut Day, June 4th.

Dunkin’ Donuts has also created a full line of commemorative retro packaging, vintage-themed tee shirts and retro Dunkin’ Donuts Cards at, as well as at participating DD shops (while supplies last).


GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Kitchen Table Bakers Parmesan Crisps

Forget buying cheese to go with your crackers. If you win this week’s Gourmet Giveaway, you’ll enjoy plenty of cheese in your crackers.

The Gourmet Wafer Crisps from Kitchen Table Bakers are made entirely of Parmesan cheese. There are eight varieties: Whether you love garlic, jalapeños, rosemary or Italian herbs, there’s a crisp calling your name.

The delicate, lacy baked cheese thins contain no wheat, gluten, trans fats or sugar, are rich in calcium and protein and are a sophisticated snack or ingredient for even the most discerning palates.

The cheese crisps are is known in Italy as a fricco (FREE-co): a wafer made entirely of cheese and seasonings.

Want to know more? After entering the Giveaway, check out our review of Kitchen Table Bakers Parmesan Crisps.

Butternut squash soup with an assortment of Gourmet Wafer Crisps. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.

  • THE PRIZE: Five winners will receive Parmesan Crisps in each of the following flavors: Aged Parmesan, Everything, Flaxseed, Garlic, Rosemary and Sesame. It’s enough for a party (if you’re willing to share!). Approximate Retail Value is $36.00.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Artisan Breads Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing.
  • This contest closes on Monday, March 1st at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • Learn more about Kitchen Table Bakers at



VALENTINE’S DAY: You Could Meet Elton John


This year’s limited-edition Valentine box
from Godiva. Photo courtesy

Valentine’s Day means Godiva’s annual sweepstakes.

This year, Godiva has partnered with the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) to create a limited-edition gift box, the True Love Gold Heart Assortment. The heart-shaped box is filled with favorites such as caramels, ganaches and pralinés in dark, milk and white chocolate. The box is signed with “Give Love, Give Back,” and retails for $26.00.

Purchase any Godiva’s Valentine’s Day heart boxes valued at $26.00 or more, and you’ll have the chance to win a lavish, all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in the fall of 2010, where you’ll receive the red carpet treatment at EJAF’s annual star-studded gala.

And there’s more: The winner will present Sir Elton John, Founder and Chairman of EJAF, with a $200,000 donation check from Godiva. And, you’ll receive $20,000 from Godiva to donate to the charity of your choice.

So, Elton John fans: Head to your nearest Godiva boutique.


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