Monday, November 14, 2011

Handmade Barkeater Chocolates Truffles, Cocoa and Tshirt Giveaway and Review $62 Value

Years ago I was lucky enough to spend some time in the Adirondack Region of New York State.  It was so beautiful!  Beautiful people....Beautiful Mother Nature....Beautiful Artisan Shops....Beautiful Everything!

I long to go back and visit the area.  I am always on the look out for artisan businesses in the Adirondack region, just to make me still feel in touch with the area and people.  I stumbled across Barkeater Chocolates on Facebook.

I read their Mission Statement, "Life Without GOOD Chocolate...What's the Point?"...I knew this was a Artisan Confections Business after my heart (covered in chocolate).  I had to find out more. 

Do you know how Barkeater Chocolates chose its name?  Barkeater, a Mohawk Indian term, is named after the mountains they belong to. Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks in North Creek New York – near the base of Gore Mountain ski area, mouth watering gourmet chocolate truffles are handmade using a European process in small batches in a variety of explosive flavors.

Using the highest quality chocolate and wholesome ingredients that are natural and often times organic ensures that each truffle from Barkeater Chocolates will produce a euphoric experience. Blends of the finest gourmet dark, milk and white chocolate flow together effortlessly and are rolled and coated to perfection with high-end chocolate. Soft ganache centers are a cut above the rest because they use only the highest grade of chocolate produced right here in the United States. Barkeater Chocolates does not use fillers to cut down on the purity of the truffle.

Barkeater Chocolates may be famous for their truffles but they have continued to evolve and produce gourmet Hot Cocoa Mixes, Gourmet Peanut Butter Cups and Nut Clusters just to name a few confections. 

Barkeater Chocolates provided me with an amazing gourmet experience...sharing their 12 piece Autumn Truffle Collection and a Huge Paper Canister, 16oz Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix for my review.

Not only are they going to give one of my lucky bloggy buddies the two items I received to review....the winner is also going to receive a Barkeater t-shirt - A $62 Value including shipping!

I first have to smile and share some information I received with my Chocolate Lover's Autumn Care Package....a business card.....that said the following :)

"Please inspect your chocolates at once!  These confections were made with care in small batches by humans."
"Tasting Guide

1. Always eat at room temperature - unless room temperature is 98 degrees or -20 degrees, in which case we advise you to call a heating/cooling professional.

2.  Always enjoy with a friend or two, but only with those who exhibit self-control.

3.  Never put the entire confection into our mouth at once. If you are incapable of this, cut the confections and freeze the unused portion.  Do not lick the knife.

4. We are not responsible for any side effects should you ignore the first 3 rules."

I LOVE IT!  A business that has fun, but knows how to create the best, most exquisite chocolates.
The 12 piece Autumn Truffle Collection some how captured Fall in each of the four flavors.
Yes, four amazing Fall flavors including:

Pumpkin Pie truffle; a creamy mix of white chocolate, pumpkin and the warm spices of pumpkin pie all rolled into one. This tasted just as I thought it would.  The firm outer shell opened into a creamy, silky pumpkin pie explosion!

Cider Doughnut is a truffle delicately made with white chocolate, apple cider and a delicious mix of cinnamon and sugar. I am not sure how Barkeater Chocolates thought up this flavor combination...but it is amazing!  I love it!  The spices combined with the sweet white chocolate and tart apple cider was a bite of pleasure.

Browned Butter and Sage is a unique blend of rich dark chocolate and browned butter with just a hint of sage. Barkeater Chocolate leaves you wondering what the extra, something in these heavenly truffles is.  The flavor profile is gourmet and original!  Thank you for thinking outside of the box!

Adirondack Maple has the perfect blend of dark chocolate balanced with just a hint of maple.  Nothing says Autumn better than these Maple delights.  YUMMMM!

I can't believe I am typing this...but I have never thought to add Cinnamon to my Hot Cocoa before....That is until I have tried Barkeater Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix.      

It was so dark and rich and spicy with Cinnamon!  It was a flavor experience.  I love ending my evening with a mug of this soothing goodness.   

Okay....Who wants to win some Delicious Artisan Barkeater Chocolates, and Cocoa Mix and a T-shirt???



96 comments:

  1. The Elite Collection sound excellent...I love pomegranate and lavender! Thanks!

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  2. My favorite blog post is "Year of Chocolate Contest Final Slogans".

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  3. I would like to try the Elite Collection.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  4. Would love to try the Great 1 Pound Pumpkin Pie Truffle
    !! YUMMY!! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  5. I want to try the pumpkin pie truffle!!

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  6. i would like to try several lol but that 1lv Pumpkin Pie Truffle is calling me
    sue14625@gmail.com

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  7. I would like to get Barkeater Chocolates' Milk Chocolate Nut Cluster Burlap Sack

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. Wow! I would LOVE to get a "Holiday Truffle Collection" for everyone on my Christmas list! The Flavors sound festive and delicious and priced nicely enough to afford! For mysef..yes, I buy a Christmas Gift for "Me" too haha..well, I would love the "Truffle Sampler" selection! I have a soft spot for chocolate with a soft luxurious center! Thanks for the Giveaway! Please include me.

    Debbie Chioffe
    dksugarpaws@yahoo.com

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  9. Pumpkin pie truffle is calling my name!!

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

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  10. Would love to try the no sugar added dark chocolate truffle collection!

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  11. pumpkin truffle sounds amazing

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  12. Chocolate gift basket is what I'd like to try

    Thank you for the great contest!

    happyskunky at yahoo dot com

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  13. OMG - I want them all!!! I'd kill for the The Cocktail Collection. Love their humor!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  14. found this giveaway at Online-Sweepstakes

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  15. I'd like to try the milk chocolate grown up Peanut butter cup Burlap Sack.
    iridia718 at gmail dot com

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  16. I'd like to try the dark chocolate peanut buttere cups.

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  17. the no sugar added dark chocolate truffle collection

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  18. I'd love to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

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  19. WOULD LOVE TO TRY The Soy Collection! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

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  20. I'd most love to try the milk chocolate grown up Peanut butter cup Burlap Sack.YUM!

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  21. I found out about this giveaway from Prizey.

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  22. I would love to try the Mudslide Truffles

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  23. I found out about this giveaway from Prizey.

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  24. I would LOVE to try the pumpkin pie truffle!!! :)

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  25. Would love to try the Milk Chocolate Grown Up Peanut Butter Cup Burlap Sack!
    magickalblessings26{at}yahoo.com

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  26. The Coffee House Collection
    kendra g

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  27. Dark Chocolate PB cup sounds good!

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  28. Milk Chocolate Nut Cluster Burlap Sack
    look so yummy
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  29. I'd like to try the Milk Choc PB Grown Up Cups.
    crochet4hats[at]gmail[dot]com

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  30. I have tried their Grown Up Peanut Butter Cups...so good!

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  31. Chili Lime Bark is too unique to NOT try

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  32. I would like to try The Elite Collection.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  33. I would love to try their coffeehouse collections!
    pancho772 @ yahoo.com

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  34. Never heard of Barkeater Chocolates but I love chocolate!

    I'd like to try the Chile Lime Bark or the Elite Collection.

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  35. This is my fave blog post from Barkeater Chocolates: http://www.barkeaterchocolates.com/2011/08/25/spicy-chocolate-is-a-longstanding-tradition/

    Cause I love Spicy chocolate!

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  36. mmmmm I would love to try their Great 1 Pound Pumpkin Pie Truffle ( http://www.barkeaterchocolates.com/store/product/great-14-pound-pumpkin-pie-truffle-45.cfm )!!! OMG it looks and sounds like bliss!!!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  37. I'd love to try the cinnamon truffles.

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  38. The chocolate peanut butter cups! (Cnfc800@gmail.com)

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  39. My favorite blog post http://www.barkeaterchocolates.com/2011/09/07/fall-into-our-fabulous-flavors/ cnfc800@gmail.com

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  40. Tight Wad to Utah (cnfc800@gmail.com)

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  41. I have never tried Barkeater but I would like to try their cocktail collection. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

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  42. I would like to get Barkeater Chocolates' Milk Chocolate Nut Cluster Burlap Sack

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  43. I found this giveaway on Online-Sweepstakes.com

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  44. I would love to try their chocolate peanut butter cups

    dee5791(at)gmail.com

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  45. I would like to try No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Chocolate Truffles

    owen.darlene@gmail.com

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  46. My favorite Barkeater Blog is Why Farmers Markets Matter

    owen.darlene@gmail.com

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  47. I entered your other contest that was on Airplane and Dragonflies low entry giveaway email

    owen.darlene@gmail.com

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  48. I want to try the Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters.
    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  49. I would like to try the Nutty Irishman Truffles.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  50. I'd like to try Milk Chocolate Nut Cluster Burlap Sack.

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  51. I would love the Coffee House Collection. Yum!!
    mrsloisannjones@aol.com

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  52. I want to try the Elite Collection.

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  53. the coffeehouse collections sounds yummy

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  54. i'd like to try the Truffle Sampler

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  55. I'd like to try the Banana Diquiri truffles

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  56. I would like to try the Elite Collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. I would like to try the holiday truffle collection.

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  58. I'd like to try the Milk Chocolate Almond Clusters.

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  59. The Milk Chocolate GrownUp Peanut Butter Cups look really good!

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  60. I would love to try the Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  61. The Great 1 Pound Pumpkin Pie Truffle sounds delicious!

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  62. I found out about the giveaway on OLS website.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  63. The pumpkin pie truffle sounds delicious!

    rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

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  64. I would love to try thr Cocktail Collection
    carolkfoster at comcast dot net

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  65. I really want to try the pumpkin truffle

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  66. The Truffle Sampler sounds great to me. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

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  67. i'd LOVE to try their 'darksider downhill' bars!

    annae07 at aol dot com

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  68. I would like to try the Coffeehouse Collection. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

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  69. The Great 1 Pound Pumpkin Pie Truffle looks good!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  70. I want to try the Cinnamon dark chocolate truffles.

    Lisa Garner

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  71. Chocolate Survival Pack
    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. I'd like to try the banana daquiri truffles.
    jenswps at yahoo . com

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  73. I would love to try the pumpkin pie truffle
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  74. pumpkin pie truffle
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. I would like the Great 1 Pound Pumpkin Pie Truffle
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  76. I would like to try the Chili Lime Bark. Yum! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  77. I would love to try the Mud Slide Truffles!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  78. I would love to try the The Kickin' Collection!

    dune_rider84@yahoo.com

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  79. I would like to try the Strawberry Wine Truffle. SweepsGirl@aol.com

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  80. I would love to try the Downhill Darksider Bar.
    laura dot hopelessromantic dot emerson at gmail dot com

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  81. I'd like to try the Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters.

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  82. I would love to try the Milk Chocolate Grown Up Peanut Butter Cup.

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  83. <My fav post from Barkeater blog is: It's No
    Surprise Women Love Chocolate http://www.barkeaterchocolates.com/2011/11/07/no-surprise-that-women-love-chocolate/

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  84. The Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters look yummy

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  85. I found you on Online Sweepstakes

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  86. Pumpkin pie/coffeehouse :) jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

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  87. I would love them all!

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  88. find a chilly evening and you are all set

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