Monday, 26 November 2012

Bettys Christmas Gugelhupf - Review and Giveaway #17

Yorkshire is not a county I know that well, but even in my Cornish backwater I have heard of the famous Bettys tea rooms which first opened its doors in Harrogate in 1919. There are now six branches dotted around Yorkshire. When I knew I was headed to York on a work trip last year, there was one establishment I was determined to visit, no matter what. With only a few minutes to spare before my train departed, I managed to locate the tea rooms, heave a few lingering sighs over the array of delights surrounding me, ask for a Yorkshire curd tart and run. I had heard a lot about Yorkshire curd tart from an expat colleague who was always bemoaning the fact she couldn't get them down in the South West. After savouring it on the train home, I understood what she had been mithering on about - it really was delicious. I recently had a go at making a chocolate version and although it was very tasty, it didn't quite have the impact of that first one I tried from Bettys.

All of this is a rather long winded way of saying that when Betty's asked if I'd like to review their Christmas Gugelhupf, I was not going to say no.

So whilst I waited for it to be delivered, I had ample opportunity to ponder on what exactly a Gugelhupf was?

Pronounced google-hoopf, it is the precursor to the American bundt type of cake. Originating from Southern Germany, Vienna, Switzerland and Alsace, the Gugelhupf is a fermented ring cake, dusted with sugar or covered in a chocolate glaze and eaten with a cup of coffee. The story goes that the three kings, travelling to or from Bethlehem, stopped off in Alsace. The residents there were so delighted, that they baked a cake in the shape of the the King's turbans to honour the visit. Today, it is more common to make Gugelhupfs with baking powder rather than yeast and Bettys is one of these.

The cake came well wrapped, in fact within the cardboard box it looked, to all intents and purposes, as though it was wearing a coat of golden chain mail. It was surprisingly heavy for the size (a good sign in my opinion) and when I unwrapped it, I realised why, it weighs in at 730g.

After admiring its luxurious elegance and inhaling the heady chocolatey aroma, the first thing I did was look at the ingredients. I am always concerned that shop bought cakes will have far too many ingredients of which I'm likely to disapprove. I needn't have worried. Betty's is a high quality brand and as such doesn't use junk ingredients. In supporting my case, I happily noted that butter was the first ingredient listed.

Ingredients: butter, sugar, egg, flour, hazelnuts, dark chocolate (65% cocoa solids), invert sugar syrup, maize starch, vanilla, raising agents, milk chocolate (38% cocoa solids) and white chocolate (36% cocoa butter).

We both really enjoyed this cake and if I had baked one this good, I would have been truly proud. The texture was firm, dense, but moist. The chocolate coating was nice and crunchy and offset the sweetness of the cake, which actually wasn't overly sweet anyway. Although it was very well finished, it tasted homemade. The flavour, which was chocolate and hazelnut, was excellent. CT waxed even more lyrical than usual. Talking with his mouth full, he offered up these comments: "The chocolate has a smell you can taste before you put it in your mouth - it's that strong. It tingles on the tongue and has a slightly caramelly Christmas taste and is utterly buttery. I wish I could eat more than a couple of slices, but it's just too filling.  Loved the hazelnut hit. Can you make one of these for my birthday?"

My mother, who is extremely fussy about cake in general and highly suspicious of bought cake in particular was very impressed. So all in all, I can only say that this cake scored very highly.

Now, I really think it's time I acquired a bundt mould!

If you cant get to a Bettys tea shop, you can take a look at Bettys online shop where you can buy this gugelhupf for £14.95 and any number of other scrumptious delights. Last order dates for Christmas are 19th December for UK mainland, 5 December for EU and 28th November for the rest of the world, which doesn't give a lot of time.

Giveaway
Betty's have kindly agreed to give one of my readers a luxury Christmas Gugelhopf too. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you 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. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Because of the Christmas rush, winners will need to respond within 2 days of being contacted. Failure to do this will result in another winner being picked.

Prizes are offered and provided by Bettys and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.

Closing date is Saturday 8 December 2012

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219 comments:

  1. We no longer live near a Betty's and I rather miss it. When we lived near Ilkley I used to treat myself to coffee and cake every so often, especially at this time of year when they had their Christmas treats on sale.
    You're right about Yorkshire curd tarts, they're delicious.

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  2. I've always wanted to visit Betty's and this would be the next best thing :)
    Anything with chocolate does it for me.

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  3. I wish I lived near 'Betty's'!!
    I'd love to try a chocolate gugelhupf!

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  4. After having a look at the chocolate and hazelnut Gugelhupf I can honestly say I can't think of a better flavour! I'd love to try it. I think we might have to give the Christmas desserts at the supermarket a miss and order something proper!

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  5. This sounds like my kind of cake! Chocolate and hazelnuts are a magnificent combination

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  6. I would love the chocolate one yum!

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  7. I would love to try the chocolate one.

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  8. That's a wonderful looking cake! I particularly like the crisp chocolate shell.

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  9. I'd love to try a chocolate gugelhupf!

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  10. A Choccie Gugelhupf would be a delicious treat! All the family would enjoy a chocolate one!

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  11. I can't think of anything better than a chocolate and hazelmut one, although I used to love lemon cake baked in my Bundt tin before it died of old age, so I'll say i'd like to try a lemon one

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  12. Chocolate and hazelnut is a hard flavour to beat so that would be my choice.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  13. Chocolate and hazelnuts one sounds lovely :)

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  14. The chocolate one sounds perfect to me!

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  15. Chocolate and hazelnut flavour

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  16. good lordy look at that beauty!... great review C... not going to enter because i'm already lucky enough to have worked with betty's... I can smell that chocolate now! x

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  17. I'd love to try a chocolate gugelhupf!

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  18. I'd love to try the chocolate one!

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  19. The one which is covered in chocolate please.

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  20. I'd also like to try the chocolate one please

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  21. I must admit, I've never even heard of one of these before and I'm rather sad about this! If I do win it'll be Christmas come early :p

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  22. The Christmas one sounds utterly scrummy!

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  23. Never heard of Gugelhupf before, but they look delicious - a chocolate one would probably be my first choice
    (Ben Offiler)

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  24. Coffee/Cappuccino would be a nice flavour to try, my favourite. This cake looks scrummy

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  25. I would like to taste an orange and chocolate one

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  26. Meeeeeeeeep! i'd like a chocolate one, cuppa tea, close my eyes and imagine i was in Betty's.

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  27. I love Betty's, especially the one in Harrogate. I would love to try the chocolate one please

    Tracy Waldock Newton on Facebook

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  28. Chocolate and hazenut sounds lovely

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  29. Chocolate would be my first choice then try all the others as they sound delicious

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  30. FABULOUS review and lovely cake! I KNOW Betty's well as I used to work just up the road from their York branch and York is my home town! Karen

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  31. I would love to try the Chocolate one.

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  32. Well, it has to be chocolate, doesn't it?! Thanks! :-)

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  33. After reading your comments and seeing the photos it has to be a chocolate one!

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  34. Chocolate, definately chocolate, always chocolate, mmm chocolate

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  35. It would have to be chocolate.

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  36. chocolate! absolutely, every time!

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  37. It has most defiantly got to be a chocolate 1 for me yummmm :P
    Xx

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  38. Dark chocolate will do just fine thanks!

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  39. Chocolate - can't beat chocolate

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  40. Chocolate,nuts,Christmas = heaven for me.

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  41. Chocolate would be lovely

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  42. Chocolate of course!!! The only thing better would be double chocolate ... but with the festive season fast approaching I should really try to control the old chocolate overload ;0)

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  43. chocolate and hazelnut please. The world is so much better when covered in chocolate!

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  44. The lemon sounds nice
    @jen1984j
    jen louise jackson

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  45. Chocolate or lemon, can't decide

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  46. Chocolate and hazelnut sounds scrummy

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  47. Ooooh chocolate would be fantastic!

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  48. I would love to try the chocolate one please :)

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  49. chocolate and hazelnut please

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  50. Id love to try a chocolate one :)

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  51. Marylyn Hammersley26 November 2012 at 22:56

    Chocolate sounds perfect, what a centre piece on the table at Christmas.

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  52. Chocolate does it for me - the one you reviewed sounded delicious

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  53. The chocolate and hazelnut sounds amazing! Anything containing chocolate is good enough for me im a chocoholic!

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  54. Love the idea of chocolate AND hazelnut (my favourite flavour) but I also like a lemon and poppy seed Gugelhupf too!

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  55. I'd love to try the chocolate & hazelnut. You have made it sounds so divine send I bet it's even more delicious in reality xo

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  56. I'd love to try a chocolate gugelhupf

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  57. Almond and cherry would be delicious

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  58. As a chocoholic it would have to be chocolate

    jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

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  59. ......chocolate......or chocolate and hazelnut

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  60. - NB the ecapture thing on the blog is awful, I had 8 attempts then. :( each was correct.

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  61. Chocolate one for a chocoholic deffo :)

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  62. I'd love to try the chocolate and hazelnut flavour! my favourite combination! xo

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  63. Anything chocolate for me, pleeeease!!!!

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  64. I'd love to try a chocolate gugelhupf

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  65. I'd love to try a chocolate, caramel and pecan one.

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  66. I'd want to try different flavours but I couldn't not pick the chocolate one x

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  67. Chocolate and marzipan I think although I had never heard of them till today x

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  68. Lucy Taylor chedtaylor @ hotmail dotcom27 November 2012 at 20:15

    Plain chocolate, whisky & ginger would be a delicious flavour.

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  69. Hmmm...Of course, chocolate, but I would rather like apple, too.

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  70. It would definitely have to be the Chocolate one!

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  71. After reading your review its has to be the chocolate and hazelnut combo...sounds yum

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  72. Chocolate and hazelnut, very Italian.

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  73. chocolate gugelhupf looks scrummy

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  74. Wow! A different kugelhuph from the one I just baked! ... You know? With that gorgeous chocolate coating, it reminded me of the little Lebkuchen cookie/cakes that we bought when we went to the Nurnberg Weinachtsmarkt ... so spicy and chocolatey and good! Wish I lived in the UK so I could take a chance on receiving one to 'taste test'!

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  75. The christmas one pictured sounds lovely. What more could you want, lovely cake with choclate and hazlenuts. scrummy

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  76. The Chocolate & Hazlenut flavour sounds lovely.

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  77. Chocolate & Hazelnut for me, please!

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  78. Chocolate & Hazelnut for me, yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy

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  79. What flavour Gugelhopf would you like to try? - I'd love to try a Chocolate & Hazelnut one.

    P.s. I love buying my Grandma things from Betty's, as her name is Betty so she's got biscuit tins etc. with her name on them!!!

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  80. I'd like the chocolate one

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  81. chocolate and hazlenut looks yummy x

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  82. The one in the picture :-)
    First...

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  83. chocolate and hazelnut would be lovely

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  84. I would love to try the chocolate one.

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  85. I love chocolate but trying to resist it at the moment so will say I would love to try a lemon one x

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  86. I would love to try the chocolate one.

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  87. chocolate and hazelnut Gugelhupf

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  88. I definitely take the chocolate & hazelnut! Chocolate is my biggest weakness! LOL

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  89. Chocolate and hazelnut

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  90. The Christmas one!

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  91. it must be chocolate and hazelnut

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  92. Chocolate and hazelnut - yummy!

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  93. chocolate gugelhupf!

    @hudson3lb

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  94. If it has chocolate then I am in :)

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  95. You really can't beat chocolate

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  96. I'd love to try the chocolate

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  97. I think a Chocolate Orange Gugelhopf would be lovely.

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  98. I reckon that chocolate and orange would work to but hey - if it aint broke...

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  99. chocolate gugelhupf!!! (what a fantastic prize)

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  100. Definitely a dark chocolate version for me

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  101. I think a lemon one would be pretty amazing (not that any of them wouldn't be!)

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  102. chocolate

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  103. chocolate gugelhupf!

    GREIG SPENCER

    greigspencer@live.co.uk

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  104. rachael jones mann5 December 2012 at 16:04

    chocolate !!

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  105. Do they do an apple one? I reckon that would be delicious; otherwise lemon would be my first choice :-)

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  106. I would love to try the chocolate one

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  107. Defintely chocolate & I'm so lucky to live only 30 miles away from Betty's but when you can't drive there it's hell!

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  108. Another vote for chocolate - they all sound scrumptious :) @pipersky1

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  109. Oooh chocolate please...

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  110. I'd love to try this, looks delicious!!

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  111. Chocolate obviously! Please!!!

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  112. I'd love to try a chocolate gugelhupf! xoox

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  113. The chocolate one is actually making my mouth water!!! Would love to try that one!!!

    Becci Cleary/@Beccicleary87/rcleary57@yahoo.com

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  114. Definitely Chocolate for me! I know I'd love it ^_^

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  115. Mmmmmmm chocolate

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  116. The a chocolate and hazelnut one sounds marvelous!!

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  117. Chocolate every time!

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  118. Looks like the chocolate one gets my vote too.

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  119. Chocolate every time for me!!!

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  120. chocolate def for me nom nom nomity nom

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  121. Zebadia Jose-Biney7 December 2012 at 14:41

    chocolate version

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  122. The chocolate version sounds delicious.

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  123. Chocolate - These look amazing!

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  124. chocolate and orange is a perfect combination. Rich, tasty and moist. yum yum

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  125. The chocolate and hazelnut Gugelhupf, coated in dark chocolate sounds heavenly, although I would love to suggest they try making a chocolate and mint one!!

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  126. I would love to try the chocolate gugelhupf, it sounds so delicious !!






    Sarah Williams

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  127. I have never heard of Gugelhupf but I would love to try it. Looks delicious.

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  128. It has to be the chocolate one for this chocaholic

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  129. Chocolate.

    @jaizduck

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  130. I'd love chocolate and hazelnut

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  131. Definately chocolate and hazelnut.....I love things like nutella etc

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  132. I think a caramel and date one would be lovely (Mark Whittaker)

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  133. Chocolate hazelnut one sounds great to me (and one of my kids is allergic to nuts so will have to share with fewer people!!)

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  134. I'd love to try a yummy chocolate one!

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  135. I would love to try a chocolate one!! :)

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  136. Dark chocolate would be amazing! x

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  137. choc n hazelnut - v christmassy!

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  138. Chocolate and hazelnut flavour

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  139. The chocolate and hazelnut - yummy combination

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  140. Chocolate hazelnut!! sounds amazing :)

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  141. Chocolate Orange would be wonderful! Your review was great, I could almost taste it! Fabulous giveaway, Merry Christmas! xxx

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  142. Michelle Hughes shell_shoez27@yahoo.com8 December 2012 at 08:22

    If im honest I had never come across this product although I would love to try. I think the chocolate looks lovely.

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  143. I'd love the Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake......would be perfect for my 50th Birthday on Christmas Day!
    suewarr@hotmail.com / @suewarr2

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