Chocolate Hamper Tower Giveaway #10

Giveaway | 5th August 2012 | By

When it comes to colour, subtlety is not my thing. I love bright, bold and some may say garish colours. I especially love gold. So, when I was given the opportunity to try this gold hamper tower from Hamper Gifts, I couldn’t resist it – never mind the contents.

As it happened, the contents of this Deluxe Golden Tower Hamper were worth having too – it is mostly filled with chocolate after all.  The mix was eclectic with all sorts of unusual items packed in together, some of which we’ve already eaten, some will be good for taking on walks and others I shall use for cake making and decorating purposes.

The boxes were literally crammed with goodies including marzipan, chocolate pecans, sugared almonds, white chocolate pieces, honey roasted nuts, chocolate stones and a mini fruit cake. Various truffles and individual chocolates were scattered throughout, cleverly filling in any any gaps. Whilst they may not be top flight artisan products, they are well worth having and I was like a kid in a sweet shop, not knowing where to make a start! Whilst I haven’t yet eaten the chocolate stones, I was particularly thrilled by these as they are a novelty I remember from childhood and have not seen them again since.

Everything arrived in good condition and most items were not over packaged. The biscuits were the only item I found disappointing in this respect. They were more wrapping than edible substance – they came in quite a substantial hessian sack, but when opened were small in number and size and the individual wrapping seemed quite unnecessary.

There are eight very pretty golden oval boxes which all have a slightly different embossed pattern on them and stack neatly on top of each other. They are tied together with a matching ribbon which fits snuggly around them but can easily be removed and replaced again and again. The boxes themselves are quite sturdy and could be used for a myriad of purposes including reuse as gift boxes. When we manage to get through the contents, I’m thinking they will become my new jewellery case(s) or then again they would be good for storing cake decorating materials – decisions, decisions!

Disclaimer I was sent a tower to review and as always, all opinions are my own.

There are a huge range of other sumptuous looking hampers on the website such as these champagne gift hampers and they would make an excellent present for anyone who likes their food and drink. However, Hamper Gifts are offering one of my readers their very own tower in this fabulous giveaway.

Deluxe Golden Tower Hamper
Milk Chocolate Coated Pecans 150g
Chocolaterie Diane Belgian Milk Chocolate Truffles 50g
Duc d’O Mini Praline Chocolates 50g
Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Assorted Cornet Truffles 50g
Continental Sugared Almonds 110g
White Chocolate Chunks 150g
Honey Roast Peanut & Cashew Mix 150g
Luxury Lemon Butter Cookies 100g
Chocolate & Dried Fruit Medley 200g
Rich Fruit Cake 150g
Gourmet Chocolate Stones 200g
Baronie Belgian Chocolate Vanilla Crisp Pieces 75g
Baronie Belgian Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Pieces 75g
Kathy Chocolaterie Belgian Dark Cappuccino Pieces 100g
Kathy Chocolaterie Belgian Dark Coco Pieces 100g
Kathy Chocolaterie Belgian Milk Bouchée Pieces 100g
Zentis Dark Chocolate Coated Marzipan 100g
Terms and Conditions
The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received. The winner will be notified within 28 days of the closing date. The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available. This competition is open to UK entrants only. No persons under 18 years of age may place an order or receive Goods from Hampergifts if the Goods contain alcohol. 
Closing date is Monday 20 August 2012
How to Enter
Entry is via Rafflecopter below. You must leave a comment on my blog. Additional entries are then available if you wish to make them.

22 August 2012 – Thank you to everyone who took part in this, I really enjoyed reading what you would have done with the the boxes. I’ve been moved, a good chuckle and gained lots of ideas. The boxes were won by Baked with Kindness.

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Raspberry & Rose Curd Cupcakes

5 Star, Cupcakes, Preserves | 2nd August 2012 | By

Having seen some lovely looking raspberry curd over at the HungryHinny back along, I was determined to make some as soon as possible and as it happened just in time to use in cakes for my birthday tea. I had some rose sugar just waiting to be used and some local raspberries – raspberries and rose are a heavenly combination.

This is what I did to make the raspberry & rose curd:

  • Squished 200g of raspberries in a bowl & placed this over a pan of simmering water.
  • Added 150g rose sugar – complete with rose petals.
  • Grated in the zest of an organic lemon.
  • Squeezed in the lemon juice.
  • Blitzed with a stick blender.
  • Added 60g unsalted butter and stirred until melted.
  • Whisked in 2 duck eggs (equivalent to 2 large hens eggs).
  • Stirred over the heat for a good twenty minutes until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Sieved mixture and poured into two sterilised jars.
Each time I make a new curd I think it has been the best ever. When I tried this one, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
For the raspberry & rose white chocolate cupcakes I pretty much followed my recipe for the apricot curd cupcakes with the following exceptions:
  • used rose sugar rather than cardamom sugar in the cake batter.
  • creamed the butter & sugar then beat in the melted white chocolate.
  • substituting the curd for raspberry rather than apricot, both in the batter and the mascarpone topping.
  • swirled the curd through the batter rather than layering it in the middle.
These too were completely delicious and although the lemon curd cupcakes I also made were very good, these definitely pipped them at the post. Mascarpone and fruit curd is another match made in heaven! My one disappointment was that the lovely spotty pink cupcake cases I bought especially for these cupcakes came away from the cakes soon after baking. So the beautiful presentation I’d envisaged was not to be. I tried sorting them out with elastic bands, but this gave them a crazed dancer look which I think might have been even worse.