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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Bars


Try all 13 flavors of Green & Black’s organic
chocolate bars if you’re one of the five
lucky winners! Photo courtesy Green & Black’s.

Though there are plenty of non-chocolate gifts you could buy for your Valentine, let’s face it: Often, you can’t go wrong with chocolate.

If you or your Valentine is the type who appreciates a finer chocolate bar than newsstand brands, enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway for your chance to win the entire line of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Bars. With strong flavors that include Cherry, Espresso, Ginger and Mint—and the newest flavor, Peanut—each bar has something different to offer—as you’ll be more than happy to discover.

  • THE PRIZE: Five winners will take home the entire line of Green & Black’s chocolate bars. Flavors include Almond, Cherry, Dark 70%, Dark 85%, Espresso, Ginger, Hazelnut & Currant, Maya Gold, Milk 34%, Mint, Peanut, Toffee and White. Approximate retail value: $45.00.
  • 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, February 15th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT: In celebration of the launch of the new Peanut bar, Green & Black’s is offering a special $1 off coupon for customers. Click here to print the downloadable coupon that can be used at select retailers.
  • Find out more about the chocolate at


GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Walkers Shortbread

If you dine with a sophisticated crowd, enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway for your chance to win one of the world’s favorite shortbreads—gussied up for special occasions with chocolate enrobing.

Each day of this week’s contest, Walkers Shortbread is giving five winners three of their gourmet “shortbreads with a twist.” All the cookies are covered in a rich chocolate coating and pair perfectly with coffee or tea. Whether it’s tea time, dessert time or general snack time—or you need a welcome hostess gift—Walkers Shortbread is an indulgence to look forward to.

  • THE PRIZE: Every day of the contest, five winners will each win three boxes of Walkers shortbread cookies. Each of the three varieties—Ginger Royals (photo at left), Orange Royals and Walkers Chocolate Rings—have rich chocolate coatings that would make your chocolate-loving Valentine beg for more. Approximate retail value: $25.00.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Cookies, Brownies & Bars Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, February 8th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Through April 1, 2010, NIBBLE readers get a 20% discount on all of Walkers products. Just use the code nibblewalkers at checkout when you visit



One of the world’s favorite shortbreads is
even more delicious when decked out in
chocolate. Photo courtesy Walkers Shortbread.


GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Delicious Daisy Bouquet From Edible Arrangements

Why make or buy dessert and a centerpiece when you can have a glamorous fruit arrangement to serve as both? Edible Arrangements produces gourmet fruit baskets that look like flowers. They’re not only gorgeous to look at, but low calorie to boot.

Each piece of fruit is affixed to a long wooden skewer, which makes eating it fun. Cantaloupe and honeydew are hand-sculpted into leaf-like shapes, along with pineapple daisies with melon ball centers, rosebud strawberries and grapes skewered into into exotic blooms. There will be one heck of a “wow” when the cellophane-wrapped “bouquet” arrives. And you just may discover your favorite new party dessert.

Read our review of Edible Arrangements, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • THE PRIZE: One winner will receive the Delicious Daisy bouquet shown at right, with strawberries, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and grapes arranged in a ceramic container—a nice gift, family treat or reason to entertain. Approximate retail value: $35.00.

Eat the “flowers” from Edible Arrangements, petal by petal.

  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: First determine if you live near an Edible Arrangements store so the prize can be dropped off; it cannot be shipped. See the list of Edible Arrangements stores nationwide. If you do not live near one, you can still enter but you’ll have the prize delivered as a gift to someone who does.
  • Next, go to the box at the bottom of our Gourmet Fruits & Nuts Section and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, February 1st at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Organic Nectars Chocolate Bars: Better For You

Have a chocolate craving? Consider if you’d rather have a chocolate bar that’s lower on the glycemic index than those sweetened with sugar. Or maybe you want one that’s guaranteed allergy-free?

Then unwrap the new, raw cacao gourmet chocolate bars from Organic Nectars. These new handmade chocolate bars—the first to be sweetened with organic palm nectar—are free of cane sugar, dairy, gluten, trans fats and cholesterol as are all Organic Nectars products.* In addition to being organic, the true benefit here is the palm nectar, which has a glycemic index of just 35—almost half that of sugar (which is 65 on the G.I. Index). That makes Organic Nectars a better-for-you chocolate bar.

*Note that plain chocolate bars are typically free of gluten, trans fats and cholesterol, and generally, only milk chocolate has dairy; but if you are concerned about dairy, read the label to see if any has been included or if the product was made on a machine that also makes milk chocolate.

In addition to being organic, the major benefit here is the palm nectar, which has a glycemic index of just 35—almost half that of sugar (which is 65 on the G.I. Index). That makes Organic Nectars a better-for-you chocolate bar. The chocolate is also available in one-pound blocks for baking.



Take a bite out of these organic, vegan and
kosher chocolate bars, which come in six varieties.

Available in six flavors, the vegan chocolate bars have a smooth taste and texture and a higher cacao content than most bars, which means more antioxidants. The bars are certified USDA Organic and certified Non-Dairy Kosher by Natural Food Certifiers. The 1.4-ounce bars retail at $5.20 to $5.40 each.

  • THE PRIZE: One winner will receive six chocolate bars in each of the following flavors: 54% chocolate, 70% chocolate, 85% chocolate, coconut milk chocolate, golden white chocolate and raspberry bittersweet chocolate.



CONTEST: Seeking Allergy-Free Cookie Recipes

Do you bake delicious allergy-free cookies—no nuts, milk or eggs?

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and Divvies invite you to enter your recipe(s) in the annual FAANtastic Divvies Cookie Contest, which “celebrates those who work to make the lives of those with food allergies more delicious.”

  • You can enter as many cookie recipes as you like. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2010.
  • Recipes cannot contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk or eggs, nor can any ingredients have been exposed to peanuts, tree nuts, milk or eggs.


The Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two a Great Wolf Lodge Resort in the U.S., and have their cookie join the Divvies line.




Will your cookie join the Divvies line?
Photo by Michael Steele | THE NIBBLE.


RECIPE: Falafel Sliders

This recipe was the grand prize winner in the 2009 Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off. The inspired idea of falafel sliders is the creation of Amy Siegel of Clifton, New Jersey. Enjoy the recipe, courtesy of Manischewitz,



  • 1 envelope Manischewitz Falafel Mix from 6.4 oz box
  • 2 pounds ground turkey*
  • 1 cup mint leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large Bermuda onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can tehina (tahini)
  • 12 3-inch soft rolls
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce, washed and patted dry
  • Pepper
  • Water

    *Use regular instead of “light” ground turkey for best results in this recipe.


The 2009 grand prize winner: Falafel
Sliders by Amy Siegel. Photo courtesy
The Manishewitz Company.


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine falafel mix, turkey, mint leaves, black pepper to taste and 3-4 tablespoons cold water, to moisten. Shape mixture into 12 small patties.

2. Heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Grill patties for 3-5 minutes per side, until no longer pink in center.

3. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and Bermuda onion. Sauté for 10-12 minutes, until softened and golden.
4. In a small bowl, stir together tehina with ¼ cup water. Add more water to make a thinner sauce, if desired, set aside. Heat rolls in a 250°F oven for 5 minutes, or until warm.

5. To assemble sliders: On a plate, place bottom half of roll, lettuce leaf, cooked patty, onions, 1 tablespoon tehina and top half of roll. Garnish with additional chopped mint leaves. Serve remaining tehina sauce on the side for dipping.

The history of falafel.

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CONTEST: Do You Have A Great Strawberry Recipe?

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Florida winter strawberries. Photo courtesy
Florida Strawberry Growers Association.

Home cooks and culinary professionals can compete for cash in the first “Florida Strawberries—A Taste of Summer All Winter Long Recipe Contest,” sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association and “Taste of the South Magazine.”

The entry categories are Starters or Salsas; Salads; Sweets and Best Photo. A total of $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

  • Upload your recipe by February 28, 2010 and see the contest rules.Florida is the major U.S. supplier of strawberries from November through early spring. For those who want to buy foods with fewer carbon miles and purchase domestic rather than imported produce, each carton of Florida-grown strawberries has geographic identification noting where the product was grown.
Strawberries are not only nutritious; they’re one of our favorite diet foods. Eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than one orange. A one-cup serving (about 8 to 10 medium-sized berries) contains 45 calories and has no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

So, even if you don’t enter the contest, make strawberries part of your healthy “New Year’s Resolutions” diet.



You can’t help but feel like it’s party time when you have a bottle of Señor Sangria at hand. If you win this week’s Gourmet Giveaway, you’ll soon have an entire case of this tasty blend of real fruit juice and Chilean Merlot, and a reason to have a party. Serve it with tapas or make a big group paella.

Available since March, Señor Sangria is the only premium bottled sangria on the market. It’s made with all-natural ingredients and comes ready to pour over ice. You can serve it “old style” by adding fresh fruit to the glass—sliced oranges, apples, pineapple and berries are popular, but most any fruit will do.

  • THE PRIZE: One winner will receive a $100 gift card to cover the cost of having a case of Señor Sangria shipped to his or her home from Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Wayne, NJ. The case contains twelve 750ml bottles of Señor Sangria. It’s party time!
  • TO ENTER THIS GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Go to the box at the bottom of our Wine page and enter your email address for the prize drawing. This contest closes on Monday, January 4th at noon, Eastern Time. Good luck!
  • Please note that wine can only be shipped to the following 37 states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, ME, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, VA, VT, WV, WI, and WY. If your state is not listed, it is because shipping wine to your state is prohibited by law. If this is the case, and you are the winner, you can use the gift certificate to ship the wine as a gift to someone in one of the states listed. And petition your state legislators to get the law changed. Any other product can be shipped into your state; the liquor laws exist in states with strong lobbies to protect liquor and wine store owners at the cost of limiting the choices of all citizens.
  • Learn more about Señor Sangria.



Gourmet Giveaway: Nancy’s Frozen Hors d’Oeuvres & Desserts


Spinach Feta Stars are irresistible. Photo
courtesy of Nancy’s.

With the holidays upon us, Nancy’s is the quick, simple, go-to source for delicious hors d’oeuvres.

From soufflés and quiches to deli spirals and mushroom turnovers, Nancy’s wide variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts makes sure there’s something for every taste bud.

New this season are the 12-count Spinach Feta Star hors d’oeuvres (shown in the photo), Petite Chocolate Tarts and Petite Pecan Tarts.

Not only are Nancy’s frozen hors d’oeuvres delicious delicious (we loved nibbling on them at THE NIBBLE), but they couldn’t be easier to prepare. Some are heated in the oven for five minutes while others just need some time out of the freezer to thaw out before they’re ready to serve.

The only bummer is that these wonderful party foods are only available from October through January each year. But the good news is, you can stock up the freezer now!

  • One winner will receive six coupons redeemable for six Nancy’s products of his or her choice, available in supermarkets nationwide. Approximate Retail Value: $30.00.
  • To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway: Go to the box at the bottom of our Hors d’Oeuvres & Cocktail Snacks page and enter your email address for the prize drawing.



CONTEST: Design A Wine Bag & Win A Trip To Las Vegas

Is wine your bag?

Design the winning wine tote and you could be headed to Las Vegas and a $2,000.00 shopping spree.

Enter George duBoeuf’s Fashion your Bag contest, download the bag template and start designing. All the information you need is on the website.

There’s only one catch:

You’ve got to upload your design online by 11:59:59 a.m. ET on 12/31/09, or mail it in to be received by January 7, 2010.

Perhaps you can make it a group activity with your more create family members, after all the Christmas gifts are open.


Can you design a better wine tote? If so,
enter the contest!


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