Divine Chocolate Week and a Giveaway #63
Monday saw the start of one of the most interesting weeks of the year, especially if you are a confirmed chocoholic – I’m saying nothing! It’s National Chocolate Week (12-18th October) – don’t tell me you didn’t know. Last year I gave you an exclusive chocolate review every day of the week and I got to try some mighty fine chocolate. This year I’m highlighting just one company and to share the general chocolate love, I’m offering a selection of their products as a giveaway.
Divine was at the very forefront of ethical chocolate production here in the UK and their story goes back to the early 1990s when a group of Ghanian farmers set up the cocoa trading co-operative Kuapa Kokoo. 1998 saw the launch of the first chocolate bar and the rest is history. Kuapa Kokoo own 44% of the company which ensures that the growers get a fair deal. Divine has carried the Fairtrade logo since its inception. I have been a keen supporter of their work ever since. I’m not going to write much about them as I’ve already covered it in previous posts, specifically Divine Intervention. I love the ethics, the packaging and of course, the chocolate. Attractive West African symbols, called adinkras have become synonymous with the Divine brand and adorn both the chocolate wrappers and the chocolate itself. Each one has a special meaning and you can find out what these are on the Divine website.
Just in time for Chocolate Week, I was sent a Divine Tasting Kit. It’s actually more like a feasting box, containing twelve 100g bars, which will last, even the seasoned chocolate scoffer through Chocolate Week and beyond. I’ve already tried most of the bars at one time or another, but there were two recently launched ones I’d not come across before. Dark chocolate with mango & coconut and milk chocolate with whole almonds – I’m looking forward to trying them.
I was also sent a selection of lovely recipe cards. You can never have too many chocolate recipes in my opinion, which is just as well given my propensity for making and blogging about them. I’ve used Divine’s dark raspberry chocolate a number of times to make this raspberry chocolate polenta cake, but I’m now keen to try their recipe for hazelnut & raspberry dark chocolate truffles. White chocolate & pistachio sponge blondies are calling to me and puddle pudding has my name written all over it. These and a number of other mouthwatering recipes can be found on the website.
100g bars have an RRP of £2.19 and are widely available in various retail outlets as well as online.
The Divine Tasting Kit can be bought online and retails at £30. It offers a good selection of the chocolate available and consists of the following items:
- 85% Dark Chocolate Bar 100g
- 70% Dark Chocolate Bar 100g
- 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries Bar 100g
- 70% Dark Chocolate with Orange & Ginger Bar 100g
- 70% Dark Chocolate with Mango & Coconut 100g
- Mint Dark Chocolate Bar 100g
- 38% Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt 100g
- 38% Milk Chocolate with Whole Almonds 100g
- Milk Chocolate Bar 100g
- Orange Milk Chocolate Bar 100g
- White Chocolate Bar 100g
- White Chocolate with Strawberry Bar 100g
To keep up to speed with all the chocolate excitement this National Chocolate Week, it’s worth following #NationalChocolateWeek on Twitter.
Last year’s Chocolate Week posts
- Chocolate Week: Day One
- Chocolate Week: Day Two
- Chocolate Week: Day Three
- Chocolate Week: Day Four
- Chocolate Week: Day Five
- Chocolate Week: Day Six
- Chocolate Week: Day Seven
Other Chocolate Week 2015 posts you might like
- Chocolate digestive cake – Sophie Loves Food
- Dark chocolate and coconut bounty bites – Munchies & Munchkins
- Eat lots of chocolate – Tinned Tomatoes
- Insider’s guide to Chocolate Week – Mostly About Chocolate
- Raw chocolate giveaway – Bangers & Mash
- Tempt: chocolate book review and recipe for National Chocolate Week – Hijacked by Twins
Divine is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader the above mentioned tasting kit. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam 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. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
Disclaimer: I received a Divine Tasting Kit. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.