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Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolate

Buying local seems to be a trend lately. And I think that’s weird, it shouldn’t be trendy to support those in your community. It should be second nature. We’re getting there. But there is something that makes me giddy about a local business that truly rocks. It’s a hard feeling to describe, but the fact this amazing product, this truly divine thing, is coming out of my town, well, it makes me PROUD to live where I do. As Taylor and I are owners of two small businesses ourselves, to say it’s an important part of our lives is an understatement. And so when we stumble upon another talented individual doing something fantastic locally, well, I’m going to use whatever clout this little blog of mine gives me and promote the heck out of it. So there.

Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolate

Enter Olive and Sinclair. The artisan chocolate company based in, you guessed it, Nashville. Owner Scott Witherow magically transforms unassuming raw cocoa beans into smooth and silky chocolate bars, like our very own Willy Wonka with a Southern drawl. I’ve been subtly stalking O&S since their chocolate first debuted this summer. I had my first taste of their unique Salt & Pepper bar at the Tomato Art Fest (yes, Nashville actually has a festival celebrating all things tomato), and I was hooked.

When I saw the O&S guys again this past weekend, they made sure to continue feeding my little addiction with samples of their newest creation, Mexican-style Cinnamon Chili. Yes, you heard me correctly. And yes, it is even more amazing than it sounds.

Did they hack into my dreams? Steal my vision for the best thing I could ever even fathom tasting? So while I may have previously been a die hard Salt & Pepper fan (the chocolate bar, NOT the group) Now? My heart belongs to Cinnamon Chili.

And the best thing about local businesses? They are approachable. On a whim, I sent the guys an email politely gushing like some sort of chocolate-covered teeny bopper. And you know what? It paid off. I got a factory tour.

Can I just say that some one needs to bottle the scent of a chocolate shop and sell it. Because I would totally buy it. Taylor and I came home still sniffing our shirts because it was just so wonderful.

Raw Cocoa Beans and Cocoa Bean Roaster

Tempering the Chocolate

The whole process of chocolate making is so intriguing to me. And the fact that Olive & Sinclair takes raw single-origin cocoa beans from Ghana and the Dominican Republic and transforms them into something so rich and divine, well, it’s truly amazing. When you’re eating chocolate, of any kind, you never really think about just how many steps it takes to get it there. There’s the roasting (which O&S does in a train-like coffee roaster), grinding (twice – once with an old-style stone grinder, and again with something a bit more high tech), then conching, tempering, molding, wrapping… and probably a half a dozen other steps that I can’t recall because I was too enamored with the scent and forgot to take notes. Whoops.

What makes Olive & Sinclair so special? It’s just as they describe it, Southern Artisan. Southern because the bars are made with brown sugar for an extra rich and robust flavor. Artisan because it is crafted by hand, the same hands that roast the raw beans also wrap the final bars. It’s an amazing process with an equally amazing outcome.

What’s even better is that the guys at O&S have so generously donated a mini-sampler of sorts. A delightful stack of 3 of their most popular flavors, plus an exclusive (not yet available in stores) bar of the aforementioned heaven that is Mexican-style Cinnamon Chili. And while I really just wanted to hoard all this goodness for myself (and, ok, maybe give a piece or two to Taylor), I am, against my better judgment, giving it away to one of you.

Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolate

You heard me. One lucky winner will receive four bars of Olive & Sinclair chocolate, fresh off the line (O&S worker Casey literally wrapped them just before we walked in – in fact, I think we interrupted him in the process). The mini-sampler includes two of our favorites, Salt & Pepper and Sea Salt, plus the extra dark 75% bar, AND a super special exclusive sample bar of the Mexican Cinnamon Chili bar. How’s that for a prize?

TO ENTER: simply leave a comment on this post by midnight (cst) on Monday, November 2. Only one entry per person. I will randomly select the winner first thing on Tuesday morning.

You can also get yourself a BONUS entry by twittering about this giveaway, or posting it on your own blog. Simply leave an additional comment with a link to the tweet and/or blog post. One bonus entry per person (multiple tweets won’t get you multiple bonus entries).

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get ahold of you, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com) for good measure, I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder. That would be a sad sad day.

Don’t want to wait for the results to get your hands on some of this goodness? Lucky for you Olive & Sinclair will ship their artisan chocolate directly to you! Simply shoot them an email through their website or blog to order. Tell them Lindsay sent you. :) I would strongly suggest you try their Salt & Pepper, Sea Salt, and the Mexican Cinnamon Chili (which should be available any day now), which are our favorites, but they have other varieties as well, including a 67% Dark, 75% Super Dark, Cocoa Nib, and Coffee Bean. Bars run $5 a piece, quite reasonable for such a decadent bar of chocolate.

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  1. 101
    marguerite
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    mmmm. Salty chocolate is my new favorite thing. Actually, salty desserts in general are incredible.

    Reply

  2. 102
    Lorinda
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I so need this goodness. I am a bit broken and in need of some bliss.

    Reply

  3. 103
    Rosa
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Yum yum! I sure hope I win!

    Reply

  4. 104
    linda
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    so excited…there is an artisan chocolate company
    in brooklyn ny called mastbrothers & i love their
    goodies…so i am happy to be included in this
    giveaway….love sea salt chocolates! thanks!!

    Reply

  5. 105
    Deborah
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    This is awesome! Always looking for new kinds of chocolate to bake with!
    Glad I ran across this!
    Thanks
    Deborah

    Reply

  6. 106
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Salt and pepper chocolate bars? Count me in! Sounds delicious!

    Reply

  7. 107
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Awesome giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply

  8. 108
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Oh yum – I would love to win this :)

    Love the packaging!

    Reply

  9. 109
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Chocolate……………………………….OMG!
    OMGOMGOMG!
    Chocolate is bits of heaven in a dark, creamy, sweet chunk to be savored on the tongue of mere mortals in preparation for eternity.
    GIMMEE!

    Reply

  10. 110
    Jenna
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    This is outrageously exciting.

    Reply

  11. 111
    Donna NITTINGER
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    my mouth is watering!

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  12. 112
    Pam Dean
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    It sounds amazing! Next time I’m in Nashville I know where we are going.

    Reply

  13. 113
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Oh my! The sea salt sounds divine! And the wrappers are oh so cool!

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  14. 114
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I love the wrappers — they look almost vintage!

    Reply

  15. 115
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Here’s my Tweet entry: http://twitter.com/msbruschetta

    Reply

  16. 116
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Oooooh those look soo good.

    Reply

  17. 117
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    this looks too devine to miss out. love the wrapper and the different flavours. tks

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  18. 118
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Good god I want that cinnamon chili! Thanks for sharing the chocolate – I found this post via Foodgawker and I’m subscribing!

    Reply

  19. 119
    Chao
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Mmm, chocolate..
    The sea salt one sounds scrumptious :).

    Reply

  20. 120
    Jenni
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Yum! I would love to win

    Reply

  21. 121
    Jenni
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I also just tweeted about this. http://twitter.com/jennisegraves

    Reply

  22. 122
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    This is great stuff,nice to see a product like this in the south and not Seattle or New york,so maybe this midwestern Hoosier willmake a trip to Nashville.

    Reply

  23. 123
    Maggie
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I adore the packaging! Also, I obviously LOVE chocolate! Mmm, in fact, I could go for some right now!

    Reply

  24. 124
    Karna
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    They look lovely! Sea salt and pepper on single origin chocolate= a dream come true.

    Reply

  25. 125
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    This looks amazing. In addition to the buying local trend, I totally love the artisan chocolate trend and hope it remains a permanent fixture here. I’ll take one nibble of Scharffenberger or Vosges over a pound of Halloween candy any day.

    Reply

  26. 126
    Blake
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I would love to win some free Olive & Sinclair chocolate. I’m a huge fan!!

    Reply

  27. 127
    Marti
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Hey! I had no idea they made chocolate in Nashville! WHY WASN’T I NOTIFIED THE LAST TIME I DROVE THROUGH? I love dark chocolate, and i use it to make Salty Chocolate Chippers. Wonderful! Have a great day!

    Reply

  28. 128
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Chocolate…..love it! And locally made (I live in Memphis). I must try this.

    Reply

  29. 129
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Linked your blog and chocolate giveaway on twitter
    http://twitter.com/bakingpictures

    Reply

  30. 130
    Phong
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I would LOVE to try some of those chocolate. The packaging is so vintage chic, I love it!

    Reply

  31. 131
    Jean Badgley
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    These look delicious…have enjoyed your blog.

    Reply

  32. 132
    Ashton
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    One word. Yum.

    Reply

  33. 133
    Anna
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Wow this sounds amazing. Here’s hoping I win, and get some delicious chocolate to show for it!

    Reply

  34. 134
    Becca
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Oh man, I’m drooling. What an amazing giveaway!

    Reply

  35. 135
    Catie
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    YUMMMM :)
    These look sooo good. Love what can be done with chocolate

    Reply

  36. 136
    Stephanie Wei
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    CHOCOLATE!

    Reply

  37. 137
    Rhianne
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Spicy chocolate is the.best.thing.ever!!!

    Reply

  38. 138
    Kristine K.
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I LOVE your BLOG – found it a couple of weeks ago…the chocolate with chili made my mouth water immediately…I need a little bit of that heat…I have just survived my first blizzard (back in Colorado) in nearly 8 years. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

  39. 139
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    “…the taste of chocolate is a sensual pleasure in itself, existing in the same world as sex.”

    ~ Dr. Ruth Westheimer

    Reply

  40. 140
    Christine
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    those look incredible and perfect for the chilly fall weather!

    Reply

  41. 141
    Melissa
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Please oh please pick me!!!

    Reply

  42. 142
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    i neeeeeeeeeeeeeed to try the salt & pepper bar! yummmm!

    Reply

  43. 143
    Zaz
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Oh man that chocolate sounds like amazing.

    Reply

  44. 144
    Jon
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    SEA SALT BAR YUMMMMMMMMM

    Reply

  45. 145
    Aileen
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I NEED CHOCOLATE! now please :)

    Reply

  46. 146
    Sarah
    Posted On October 29, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    This makes me wish I still lived in Nashville…

    Reply

  47. 147
    Debi Jones
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 12:00 am

    This California girl would love to sample some of that Southern chocolate you’ve got there. Would love to visit Nashville sometime too- I love music- especially country music. Debi

    Reply

  48. 148
    Kristen
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Divine!! Thanks for entering me! Crossing my fingers (and drooling)…

    Reply

  49. 149
    Natalie
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Chocolate! Is there anything better?

    Reply

  50. 150
    Melissima
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 1:45 am

    ooo. Cinnamon Chilli Chocolate sounds awesome.

    Reply

  51. 151
    Melissima
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 1:49 am
  52. 152
    deaconsbench
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 2:38 am

    this is incredible!

    Reply

  53. 153
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 2:38 am

    One of my daughter’s favorite stories is when Curious George visits a chocolate factory. Naturally, he causes mayhem and eats far too many chocolates.

    Reply

  54. 154
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Mexican Cinnamon Chili bar…how yummy!

    Enjoy!

    P.S. nice blog!

    Reply

  55. 155
    Genevieve
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Looks so delicious (and even love the packaging)!

    Reply

  56. 156
    J
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Chocolate for me? Pleeeeeeease?

    Reply

  57. 157
    Tiffany
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Yum – that chocolate sounds delicous!

    Reply

  58. 159
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I am enamored by the idea of salt AND pepper! I want it!!!

    Reply

  59. 160
    alexis
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

    1/158, i like those odds.

    Reply

  60. 161
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Yum to everything, but especially the Mexican Chili! Love some good spices with my chocolate. Count me in for the giveaway!

    Reply

  61. 162
    Danielle
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I love chocolate fingers crossed I hope I win I hope I win

    Reply

  62. 163
    pat
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

    These cocolates are definitely worth blowing the diet

    Reply

  63. 164
    Linda Newbill
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I’ve got to get some of this chocolate – sounds delightful!

    Reply

  64. 165
    Bethany
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Count me in!

    Reply

  65. 166
    Gina
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Oh man, the Mexican Cinnamon Chili Bar sounds so delicious!!

    Reply

  66. 167
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I had some of the cinnamon chocolate served up to me in liquid form at the Produce Place Fall Festivall last Saturday and all I can say is it will take whatever chill you’ve got right off!

    Reply

  67. 168
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:33 am

    they look amazing! count me in too!

    Reply

  68. 169
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:38 am
  69. 170
    Andrea
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

    OOOOOOOOOoooooooooo!!!! Artisan Chocolate is my favorite vice! I have not heard of O&S , but now I must try… YUM!

    Reply

  70. 171
    Sara
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I have not heard of this company before, but it sounds yummy. Now I’m trying to think of more reasons to go down to Nashville. It’s not all that far from me.

    Reply

  71. 172
    Danielle
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 10:22 am

    who doesn’t love chocolate!?

    Reply

  72. 173
    liz
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 10:57 am

    just made some of those delicious black pearl cupcakes and they were a hit! would love to share some chocolate as well!

    Reply

  73. 174
    Jaime
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Show me the chocolate!!! If there is one thing I would never give up…chocolate is IT!!!

    Reply

  74. 175
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Please let me be the one to win!! My husband is a total chocolate freak and this will make the best surprise for him!

    Reply

  75. 176
    Marilyn
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I would love love love this! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    j dot marilyn dot evans at gmail dot com

    Reply

  76. 177
    Erin S.
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

    They sound SO GOOD!

    Reply

  77. 178
    Carol W.
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

    What a tasty giveaway. I’d love to sample the flavors.

    Reply

  78. 179
    Jena Marie
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Ooh all of the chocolate just sounds amazing! I’m particularly interested in the Sea Salt flavor.. I think that would be awesome.
    :)

    Reply

  79. 180
    Christina
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Yum! The mexican cinnamon chili bar sounds sooooooo good!

    Reply

  80. 181
    Priya
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Oo Oo The flavours sound yummy. Count me in

    Reply

  81. 182
    Temperance
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    It is nice to know of a semi local chocolate factory, thanks

    Reply

  82. 183
    lily
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    eep chocolate factories! i’d love to visit one.

    Reply

  83. 184
    vj
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    i love candy!

    Reply

  84. 185
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    sounds like you had an amazing experience! (and amazing chocolate…)

    Reply

  85. 186
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    These sound wonderful. As a fellow Tennessean I’m wondering where I might find them in the Memphis area. Please enter me!

    Reply

  86. 187
    Ellyn
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The chocolate is awesome (I got it at Crema) and I love the packaging.

    Reply

  87. 188
    Michelle Lees
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Mmm those bars look so delicious! Makes me want to go on a chocolate binge and eat up all the chocolate in the house though I’m sure nothing I have will compare. This post was the inspiration I needed to go out and make the chocolate chip cookies that I’ve wanted to bake for awhile!

    Reply

  88. 189
    zia
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    OH SWEET HEAVEN, I’m drooling as I type. My three favorite things: salt, pepper and of course chocolate!!!

    Reply

  89. 190
    Annie
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    OH my goodness….Salt and pepper chocolate? I have to try that.

    Reply

  90. 191
    Becky
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Sounds like the perfect treat for me!

    Reply

  91. 192
    kara
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    i never say no to chocolate. looks great.

    Reply

  92. 193
    Kelly McElligott
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Yum-Chocolate! Please pick me!

    Reply

  93. 194
    Gretchen
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Oh my, my two biggest vices chocolate and salt!

    Reply

  94. 195
    Jane
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I will try any chocolate anywhere, anytime.

    Reply

  95. 196
    Emily Maybee
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    YUMYUMYUM!! I would LOVE to try these chocolate bars!!! :)

    Reply

  96. 197
    zmama
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Sounds delish!!

    Reply

  97. 198
    Brenda B
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    If I win the golden ticket…I promise I won’t give the super secret recipe to Mr. Slugworth!!!

    Reply

  98. 199
    Posted On October 30, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    mm, those sound amazing.

    Reply

  99. 200
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Just my luck! I am going to Nashville in December — I just added CHOCOLATE to my to do list!

    Reply

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