Friday, 17 August 2012

Chocolate by Genevie - Review & Giveaway #11

Up in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, there is a new chocolatiere on the block - Chocolate by Genevie. As you can probably guess, in my opinion, you can't have too many chocolatiers. All of the chocolates are sourced from Belgium "using only the finest ingredients". At this moment in time, these chocolates can only be bought via the online shop. The boxes come in many shapes and sizes with various price tags to match and all are delivered free within the UK.

I received a beautifully packaged box of sixteen chocolates to review. As some of you may have gathered from the Tower of Gold Boxes giveaway (still running), I am rather partial to gold. The box was gold, tied with a gold silken ribbon with a golden butterfly attached. Butterflies seem to be Genevie's signature as I noticed many of her boxes have one or more butterflies strategically located.

The chocolates were all good and chunky with a mix of thick shelled plain, milk and white. There were a good range of fillings, with only a couple of duplications. There was no accompanying menu so I had to guess at what the fillings were and hope I didn't get a coffee one by mistake. There were some clues however, coffee beans and orange slices on the top weren't really too difficult to work out. CT had the pleasure of trying the ones topped with coffee beans which he thought were quite pleasant. I think some of the other flavours were rum, strawberry, citrus and pistachio and alcohol featured quite strongly in a couple of them. Fillings were various from soft ganache and mousses to sturdier truffles and marzipan. Luckily there were three of the marzipan variety covered in both dark and milk chocolate - marzipan has always been one of my favourites and I enjoyed these. The chocolates were a little too sweet for our tastes, but that is a common finding for us and I suspect that this would not be an issue for most chocoholics.

Giveaway
Genevie has kindly offered a similar box to one of my readers, although this is only open to those over 18 with a UK postal address. To enter this fabulous giveaway you will need to use the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment on my blog - as instructed by Rafflecopter. There will then be additional chances to enter if you so wish. Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries.

Any automated entries will be disqualified.

Closing date is Monday 10th September.

11 September 2012 - Thanks to everyone who entered. I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on Edinburgh - some of them were very entertaining.

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155 comments:

  1. edinburgh castle or edinburgh rock x

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  2. Edinburgh castle is the most prominent feature of the city.

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  3. The university, I nearly went there but decided it was too far from where my parents lived in Devon! Those chocolates look beautiful;. Marzipan is one of my favourites as well.

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  4. When I think of Edinburgh, my first thought is of the book One Day. It's really stuck in my head!

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  5. The fringe festival, I've never been but would love to go

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  6. Arthur's Seat, Princes Street, Jenners, great nights out and fantastic restaurants and bars

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  7. the rock my gran used to bring me when she went it was great

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  8. Culture, fantastic food and great people.

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  9. Walter Scott, University, culture

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  10. History, beauty and friendliness

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  11. I love chocolate! In fact, I used to import chocolate from Belgium into Canada a few years back.

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  12. The fringe and the Tattoo

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  13. the beautiful buildings

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  14. I really don't like rafflecopter, so I am not entering but those chocolates sound LOVELY!

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  15. That's a great photo of the white chocolate, I don't want to win any though #diet

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  16. The chocolates look very pretty! Good luck to everyone in the contest!

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  17. I think of the fantastic firework display which they put on towards the end of the year. Been twice and watched it. It it fabulous to watch. All set to music.

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  18. Three things: Edinburgh castle, a peculiar girl I worked with years ago who studied there and a good friend from university who grew up there.

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  19. Has to be the holiday my family had there when I was younger, we was able to go to the castle & explore Edinburgh. Bet its all changed since then its a good few years back!

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  20. Edinburgh castle :)

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  21. The Fringe Festival - famous the world over.

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  22. The Edinburgh Tattoo

    @beachrambler - Hazel Rea

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  23. well it's home to me, so that's what i think of Edinburgh!

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  24. The first things that comes to mind, is the castle.

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  25. Edinburgh University as my friend studied there and I remember visiting once.

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  26. Meeting friends on Waverley Station.

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  27. I think of comedy, as in the edniburgh fringe.
    (mainly because I listen to a lot of podcasts such as richard herring's edinburgh fringe podcast, or as the cool kids are calling it, Rehefp!)

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  28. I'm in the US. DARN..can't ever win anything good!

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  29. The Scotch Whisky Experience :)

    Simon.

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  30. Edinburgh Rock! Our honeymoon (19 years ago) I've got a good memory!

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  31. My brother in law is moving there when he finishes Uni, so it will remind me of family in different parts of the world.

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  32. shortbread (@PolkaDotAddict)

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  33. This may not be what everybody thinks of when they think of Edinburgh (at least, I hope it isn't) but I'll always associate it with falling out of a four poster bed when I was there on honeymoon.

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  34. The brooding castle set over the dramatic skyline (@catz36)

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  35. The castle, although I've never been.

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  36. Edinburgh Tattoo & bagpipes

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  37. my first holiday without my parents! It was lovely!

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  38. Loud cannon fire from the castle

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  39. The castle and my father's memories of seeing the Tattoo when he last visited

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  40. I think of the castle, and the Vikings that tried to get in there x

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  41. The Festival especially at this time of year. I would love to go along and see a few shows.

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  42. I can just picture the castle, And the tattoo.

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  43. looe, cornwall eating the chocs i win, lol

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  44. I've never been to Edinburgh but I adore handmade chocolates! :) (Anna Thomas on Facebook)

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  45. bagpipes and kilts and Scotts

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  46. Sean Connery, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street

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  47. Edinburgh Castle, Tattoo and shopping!

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  48. Edinburgh Castle and Tattoo.

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  49. Oh, if only I could enter.....but somehow I don't think even if I won they'd survive the journey to South East Asia. Oh and when I think of Edinburgh, I think of my best friend who lives there and the many escapades (that may have been alcohol filled) that we've had over the years!

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  50. Shortbread and castle..many many bollywood movies shot in this beautiful city..:) love to visit one day !!

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  51. The castle, the dungeons & the zoo

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  52. Being very sick - I was only there once (for work) and I was so ill they wanted to take me to a&e. I must go back and appreciate the city!

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  53. The castle, kilts and an ex-boyfriend who now lives there :-)

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  54. Castle, shopping, Millenium New Year :)

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  55. The brilliant time I had there on a Hen Party!

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  56. Edinburgh Castle
    facebook stan theman

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  57. Bagpipes and Shortbread! lol :) xx

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  58. The castle and the festival.
    Lovely looking chocolates!

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  59. First thing that springs to mind is Edinburgh Castle

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  60. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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  61. Edinburgh festival, I remember going as a child

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  62. the lovely castle :)

    greig spencer

    greigspencer@live.co.uk

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  63. I'm watching a Culture Show all about the Edinburgh Festival right now, so that's what I'm thinking about when I think about Edinburgh

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  64. Being taken to she the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo with my Gran when I was wee

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  65. fringe festival

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  66. Never been but I think about the fringe festival asit gets so much coverage!

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  67. I always think one day I will visit Scotland

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  68. Edingburgh Castle, then princes street

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  69. edinburgh castle, burke and hare, greyfrers bobby, and the festival

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  70. claire thomson little9 September 2012 at 00:22

    The shops and castle

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  71. Got to be Arthur's Seat. Was worth the climb

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  72. How I've never been and would love to go one day.

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  73. Trainspotting!

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  74. I think of the castle and the zoo, I visited both with my family when I was little and have such vivid memories, especially of the elephant in the zoo eating someone's lunch over it's fence and the penguin parade.

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  75. I think of the old castle, such a beautiful place from my childhood!

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  76. Great food, fantastic shopping and the spooky but beautiful castle.

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  77. Driving through it when we were going back to Dundee where we lived for 2 years.

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  78. I think of the Alexander McCall Smith series of books set in Edinburgh first

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  79. historic beautiful big city, lots to see and do

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  80. A place I really want to visit! xoxo

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  81. Unfortunately, a bad memory of my parents catching me smoking at the castle lol (a long time ago!!)

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  82. Edinburgh Castle, somewhere i would love to visit, i have visited the vaults and done a tour but never been to the castle

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  83. Men in kilts doing amiture dramatics outside the castle when the fringe festval is on

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  84. I think of the Edinburgh Dungeon! I love it there :)

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  85. The brilliant fringe festival, great atmosphere, loads of friendly people = good time had by all!!

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  86. royal mile and the castle

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  87. the Tattoo, I think it's beautiful, and the men are heroes :)

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  88. I think of beautiful fields and Edinburgh castle :)

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  89. Never been to Edinburgh but one day I will

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