Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Surprise Family and Friends w/ a Box of Mouth Watering Ethel M Chocolates This Holiday Season -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

Ethel M Chocolates

I am never one to turn down a piece of chocolate, especially when it has a delicious seasonal filling like pumpkin pie, egg nog, or even pecan pie.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to sample the Holiday Deluxe Collection from Ethel M Chocolates, how could I say "No."  And, having never heard of Ethel M chocolates, I couldn't wait to see what I was missing.  

Within two days of accepting the review opportunity, a beautifully wrapped box of Ethel M Chocolates arrived at my door.  It took a lot of will power to not sit down and eat the entire box of chocolates, as they looked that good.  But, luckily, it was the weekend when the chocolates arrived and my parents were here we had a house full of taste-testers ready to help me sample the 24 gourmet confections that made up the Holiday Deluxe Collection.  What sets these confections apart from others is that they are made with preservatives, "holding true to the 100-year old recipes that Ethel Mars once made for family and friends (Her son founded the company and named it after her!).

Holiday Deluxe Collection – (24 pieces for $34) -- A variety of Ethel M® favorites, plus NEW holiday flavors, each enrobed in rich chocolate: Peppermint Silk, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog.

This is what is included in the 24-piece box of chocolates --

I don't know about you, but I love picking up a piece of chocolate and not know what I am biting into.  This makes the taste testing much more fun, as you have to really use all your senses to figure out what it is.  But, for those who prefer to pick favorites, there is an identification chart for you to use.

While we enjoyed all the chocolates, some of our favorites included the pecan pie milk chocolate (rich milk chocolate with the crunch of the pecans make you want to reach for another and another), pumpkin pie white chocolate (so smooth, and the white chocolate paired with the pumpkin pie filling is out of this world). Pecan toffee crisp (a nice soft crunch to the pecan toffee set atop a thin layer of milk chocolate -- blends well with sweet chocolate and the saltiness of the pecans and toffee...yum!

Usually my family is not fans of raspberry creme filled chocolates, but we found ourselves loving the Raspberry Satin Creme in both milk and dark chocolate.  And, my dad who did a blind taste test went crazy for the peanut butter and jelly milk chocolate.  He wished there was more of this flavor. :-) Shh, don't tell him, but I will be creating a personalized box especially for him for Christmas, including 20 pieces my choosing. With Satin Cremes, nuts, desserts, truffles and caramels to choose from - the difficult part will be narrowing down my 20 pieces for him. :-)
In addition to the Holiday Deluxe Collection, some other collections that caught my eye from Ethel M Chocolates were the following:

  • Classic and Chocolate-Covered Pecan Brittle (13 pieces in a holiday box, $35) -- Ethel M’s signature brittle has a delicious buttery taste and offers a distinctively softer crunch, thanks to a secret recipe and hand-picked pecans. It’s handcrafted in small batches, in the same kettles used when Ethel M opened in 1981.

  •  Holiday Cocktail Collection (16 pieces, $28 ) -- Cheers to the holiday season with Champagne Cocktail and Mucha Margarita in Milk Chocolate or Lemon Drop and Chocopolitan in Dark Chocolate! Each piece is filled with holiday spirits combined in a fondant crème center. Appliquéd adornments atop each piece of make the cocktail collection a fun and festive holiday gift.
Check out all of the holiday collections at Please let me know if I can provide you with information or samples. Thanks!

Making your mouth watering?  Sorry. :-)  I am getting hungry just writing about the chocolates sent to sample, and wish I had more to enjoy.  I will definitely be placing an order at Ethel M Chocolates for last minute gift ideas for family and friends, including those will live far away and can't travel for the holidays.  I love the convenience of being able to order treats, especially chocolates, online, and have them sent directly to the recipient.  It saves me on trying to find just the right size box and standing in the long lines at the post office during the busy holiday mail rush.  And, after seeing their handmade Signature Pecan Brittle, which they suggest adding to holiday pies, cookies brownies, puddings, and more -- makes me want to get everyone on my holiday shopping list a box, and call my shopping done for the season.  It looks that good, and would be enjoyed by everyone, thanks to it signature buttery taste and softer crunch -- a secret recipe they will not share. :-)

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You can purchase the Holiday Deluxe Collection, as well as other gift boxes directly from the Ethel M Chocolates website.  Click here to begin shopping now --
 Just don't browse while on an empty stomach, as you will want one of everything! :-)

And, right now Ethel M Chocolates has a Black Friday coupon code in effect --

So, please take advantage of this great savings, when shopping Ethel M Chocolates this holiday season.  And, be sure to share the coupon code/sales with family and friends.  


One lucky reader will win the Holiday Deluxe Collection (valued at $34) to enjoy with their family and friends this holiday season, thanks to the folks at Ethel M Chocolates.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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About Ethel M Chocolates:

For more than 100 years, the Mars family has shared their passion and time-honored traditions for chocolate-making. It started back in the early 1900’s when Forrest Mars, Sr., one of the founders of Mars, Inc., learned about the art of chocolate making from his mother, Ethel Mars. Ethel Mars’s teachings about chocolate making, enabled Forrest Mars Sr., and Mars, Inc., to create one of the world’s largest chocolate companies, and beloved chocolate brands such as M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, TWIX® and more.

In 1981, after passing the leadership of Mars, Inc. to his children, Forrest Mars Sr., retired to Henderson, Nevada and created Ethel M.® Chocolates as a tribute to his mother, her recipes and chocolate making teachings.

Today, Ethel M is a Mars, Inc., brand that strives to represent the very best chocolates that the Mars family knows how to make. The Mars family continues to be intimately involved in helping Ethel M keep the legacy of Frank and Ethel Mars alive by producing the highest quality chocolates available.

Our factory is still located at the original location in Henderson, NV, where we keep alive the tradition of making gourmet chocolate gifts from Ethel Mars’s original recipes. Learn more about our Chocolates, Shop our Online Store, or visit Ethel M.® in Las Vegas and take a self guided factory tours.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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