Friday, August 24, 2012

Featured Blogger Week: Gina @ My Chocolate Peaces

Happy Friday everyone! Have you been enjoying all of our featured bloggers as much as I have? These girls are absolutely AWESOME! So today I have another awesome blogger to introduce you to. And she brings chocolate with her!
How delicious is that?!?!
Take it away Gina!
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Oh ya! I got chocolate!

Oh! Hello there! My name is Chocolate Mom (a.k.a. Gina), your local chocolate nerd. I eat chocolate on a daily basis. I talk about chocolate on a daily basis. Most of all though, I want to share the love of chocolate on a daily basis- with you.

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Growing up I thought I knew chocolate. It was not until I convinced my husband (a self proclaimed chocolate loather) to come with me to an introductory chocolate class. Little did I know that after that night, my life would never be the same. Let me explain.

Imagine for a moment that the chocolate you know can taste ten times better! Seriously, it is possible.

In contrast, imagine for a moment a child working in the cacao fields all day, missing school and forced labor to bring you chocolate.

Hold on there! Don't stop reading! It gets better.

The chocolate class I attended was amazing. They explained the fascinating science behind chocolate, what makes good chocolate and why. The chocolate we tasted was unlike any chocolate I had ever tasted before- it was fantastic and I was hooked. Ever since then, most people I have talk about chocolate to have not even heard of such amazing products or even tasted it. I want to tell you. I want to show you this amazing product that I never knew of until 2011. Some of my favorites so far are Askinosie, Millcreek Cacao and Original Beans.

Askinosie

As my chocolate nerdiness grew I stumbled across another subject, chocolate slavery. Along the Ivory Coast of Africa thousands of children are trafficked, stolen and forced to bring cacao to harvest and then it is made into chocolate for you. I felt like me entire chocolate life was a lie. Suddenly chocolate that I had enjoyed previous to my chocolate class did not seem as sweet anymore and I wanted to change that.

Then came the blog.

I am so excited about chocolate that I want to tell you about it. I want to tell you about chocolate culture, past and present. I want to tell you how you can find the sweetest chocolate in the world that did not come from a child forced to work. So I started the blog, My Chocolate Peaces... making the world sweeter. In addition to celebrating chocolate, we celebrate life sweetness on Sweet Thursday. You can nominate someone you know for being sweet, or just come for the day and bask in the sweetness. My final push is to find a way to help children of chocolate slavery. I am still working on it, so stay tuned.

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I hope you will come by, enjoy some chocolate with friends and smile.

Peace, Love and Chocolate-

Chocolate Mom
PS- A note about the giveaway. I will ship the chocolate prize in October... otherwise you will get chocolate soup!

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Gina is so awesome! I love chocolate and I love her cause, so it all goes together wonderfully! And today Gina is offering up a super sweet prize. Two chocolate bars to one lucky reader! One is the Askinosie bar that was pictured, and one special surprise chocolate bar. She will ship these bars out to the lucky winner in October, otherwise you get chocolate soup! Enter below to win, and then go over to Gina's blog and show some love! Tell her I sent you!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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3 comments:

Gina Baker said...

Hi everyone! I just obtained the bars last night. Just so you are aware, the Askinosie bar is valued at $8 and the other bar is valued at $7. Both are 2 of my favorites!
Also please note, that I don't have a way for you to really folow my blog except for FB, Twitter and Pinterest. So please know that any of those count. Thanks and have a happy chocolate day!

Missy Shay said...

I like milk chocolate and my husband likes dark chocolate, so there is no fighting if we get a box of chocolates!
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Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

I love milk chocolate in any form...add in some mint or caramel and we're good to go! :)