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Nashville’s own Willy Wonka + a Giveaway!

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. 201
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 12:52 am

    And my tweet:

    @postcollegecook Win chocolate http://bit.ly/3sfTOB ’nuff said.
    (http://twitter.com/postcollegecook/statuses/5308316479)

    Reply

  2. 202
    Julie
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Mmmmmmmm………..salt and pepper chocolate! Cinnamon Chili!!!!! I still have to admit, though, the Bacon Chocolate has MY heart. But I must try these soon!

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  3. 203
    Ruth
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 4:07 am

    I’d love to try the sea salt variety. The wrapper designs are nice too.

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  4. 204
    Joan
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Chocolate and salt! My favorite combo.

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  5. 205
    Lana
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 7:04 am

    mmm sounds amazing :)

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  6. 206
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 7:56 am

    i LOVE local chocolate, it looks amazing!

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  7. 207
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 8:11 am
  8. 208
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 8:16 am

    ooh, they all sound incredible, but the mexican and sea salt especially tasty!

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  9. 209
    alissa
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 9:49 am

    yummmmm…i would love to try these.

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  10. 210
    Roxanne
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 9:56 am

    yum nothing like a great bar of chocolate!

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  11. 211
    Jade
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I was handed a sample Olive & Sinclair’s spicy cinnamon hot chocolate last week at the Produce Place’s Fall Fest. I held it as I walked a few steps toward the next vendor, then – wow! – that first sip took me all the way back to Barcelona where I first tasted REAL hot chocolate. Rich and creamy, deeply-chocolate, with a touch of spice in the finish; heavenly! I sped back to them and said, “HOW did you do that?” They told me the recipe will be printed on their chocolate wrappers in the near future. These guys are pro’s; their chocolate is to be taken seriously… and often!

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  12. 212
    Laura
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Yum! Just moved to Nashville and quite excited to try them out!!

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  13. 213
    Marlfox
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    YUMMM SCHOKOLADE!!!

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  14. 214
    Dayna
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Looks soooooo gooood!!!

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  15. 215
    julia
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    these bars are very good.

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  16. 216
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Great post! LOVE the chocolate flavors and the packaging is too darn cute! :)

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  17. 217
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I’m in Australia, so it’s probably too far away to post, but these look lovely!!

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  18. 218
    annalene
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    the bars look really pretty, and so does the packaging. these would make an awesome gift

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  19. 219
    Alex
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    The machine with the chocolate streams does look like something right out of Willy Wonka! I bet the spicy-sweet Mexican Cinnamon Chili bar is to die for.

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  20. 220
    Posted On October 31, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Oh, I’d love to try this out!

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  21. 221
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Please choose us! We’re celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary this week, and of course we need chocolate!

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  22. 222
    nettles
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 3:11 am

    It’s too late to be this hungry! So much chocolate~

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  23. 223
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Oh!! I want in!

    Also, i did tweet you! twitter.com/anidoll :-)

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  24. 224
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 9:24 am

    That is so interesting! I would have loved to do that!! Thanks for the contest….the chocolate sounds amazing!

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  25. 226
    Jackie
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I’d love to win, looks delicious!

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  26. 227
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for letting me use your photo! Here is the link to my post:
    http://www.savorculture.com/2009/11/chocolate-contest-at-love-olive-oil/

    Reply

  27. 228
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    GREAT post!! Giveaway looks delicious!

    Found your blog from eatingRD!

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  28. 229
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm
  29. 230
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to try this chocolate!

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  30. 231
    Tara
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Yippie for local businesses, chocolates and especially your blog!!!

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  31. 232
    tiffany
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    everyone wants this chocolate!

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  32. 233
    RF
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    What a great giveaway. The chocolate looks delicious.

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  33. 234
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Those are the most gorgeous wrappers ever! I’m a sucker for great packaging.

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  34. 235
    Rae
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    TN has some of the est candy around. My boss brought back these crazy peanut cluster things from her last conference in Nashville and they were delicious!

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  35. 236
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for keeping us up to date on such wonderful products, count me in on the contest.

    Heather

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  36. 237
    Bonnie
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I’d love this!!!

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  37. 238
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Count me in! And I mentioned this via twitter:
    http://www.twitter.com/katedore

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  38. 239
    Monica
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 7:01 am

    mmm….crossing my fingers!!!

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  39. 240
    Mary-Kate
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:24 am

    yummmm this looks like some really special chocolate. I’m a poor college student, please choose me! :]

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  40. 241
    sabrina
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 9:25 am

    mmmmm. . . . .I’m definitely going to have to find out more about this company!

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  41. 242
    chokolaj
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Nice blog! And I love the luxurious look of the chocolate bar itself – I am so wanting to try their stuff now! Here’s hoping I get a chance.

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  42. 243
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

    My, those DO look good! And I love the local pride. If this was a raffle ticket, I would be turning down the corner to catch a finger, but I don’t think that works with the computer’s random choosing method… ;-)

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  43. 244
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Chocolate lovers rejoice! Thank you!

    I posted on my blog too.
    thisisthenowstory.blogspot.com

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  44. 245
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 11:32 am
  45. 246
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I love trying cool new local stuff! What a cool, fun giveaway!!

    Reply

  46. 247
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

    And here is my second entry for my Tweet! http://twitter.com/TheNoviceChef/status/5366878652

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  47. 248
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Chocolate?? Sign me up!

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  48. 250
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Man does this make me miss Nashvegas. So much good food, so close to home. Ugh..WHY DID I LEAVE THE SOUTH!?

    And I would LOVE some chocolate, please :-)

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  49. 252
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Ooh count me in! I love me some chocolate and helping out local businesses. What better way than with Olive and Sinclair! Yum!

    Reply

  50. 253
    Suzanne Rae
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Mmm…salt & pepper make everything better!

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  51. 254
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Free chocolate?!?!? Count me in.
    I am actualy going down to O&S this afternoon to take some photos for a friend of mine as a birthday present.

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  52. 255
    Burdetta Jackson
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    OOOOH! A game of chance…. I’ll take a shot. I love randomness.

    Reply

  53. 256
    Krista
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Oooooh, I LOVE chocolate!!!

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  54. 257
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    http://mozzarellaandmerlot.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/candy-season-aint-over-yet/

    Apparently you’re not the only ones giving away chocolate-y goodness today :-)

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  55. 258
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I can’t remember if I’ve already entered or not! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this chocolate.

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  56. 259
    Punyjumboshrimp
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Roses are red, violates are blue, chocolate is sweet, and so are you!

    Reply

  57. 260
    Margaret
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Hi! Stumbled upon your blog via a friend…also from Nashville.

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  58. 261
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    the packaging is beautiful! great giveaway – thanks :)

    xo
    Kelly

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  59. 262
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    The Salt and Pepper is amazing. You can get it at Fido for a quick dessert! Cheers!

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  60. 263
    Lindsey E
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I want one! :) so eager to try this nashville original treat!

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  61. 264
    Kayla F
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Those chocolates sound amazing! I love a savoury twist to my sweets.

    Reply

  62. 265
    Lisa Teague
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Any chocolate is good, but the specialty ones are GREAT!

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  63. 266
    Linda
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I LOVE Mexican chocolate!! Okay I take that back, I love ANY chocolate!!!

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  64. 267
    Jason
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I just read about this place. I can’t wait to try this chocolate out!

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  65. 268
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Hi from another nashville (Franklin) food blogger. The chocolate sounds amazing.

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  66. 269
    Danica
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    mmhm that chocolate looks amaazing!

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  67. 270
    Jon
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    That chocolate sounds pretty good.

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  68. 271
    Paige
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I’m going to second Caitlin’s comment. This chocolate looks oh so divine. Please let Canadians play :) We love chocolate up here too!

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  69. 272
    Crystal
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I just saw these chocolates on Friday at Fido Cafe and was going to try the salt and pepper one but wound up being too full after finishing my meal. I can’t wait to try it.

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  70. 273
    Amy
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Excellent – so wonderful to see local food entrepreneurs catch a bit of spotlight.

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  71. 274
    Caiti
    Posted On November 3, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I love me some free chocolate!

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  72. 275
    Posted On November 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Entries are now closed! Please stay tuned for the winner! :)

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  73. 276
    Abie
    Posted On November 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Wow! Amazing! Thank you so much for the giveaway. This sounds amazing.

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  74. 277
    karen
    Posted On November 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    looks yummy!

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  75. 278
    Posted On November 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    This is worth planning a trip to Nashville!

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  76. 279
    todd inman
    Posted On November 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    aaarrrggghh! missed the chocolate drawing. However MUST try some – mystery is cannot find the address *anywhere*, not even on O&C coming web site. Let me in on the secret? Another chocolate addict.

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  77. 280
    Posted On November 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I have been trying to find out how to buy this chocolate for FOREVER….I would love to win some….fingers crossed!

    Love trying new chocolate…..

    Thanks!
    Tania

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  78. 281
    Lee Ann McCune
    Posted On March 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    The cinnamon chili sounds so wonderful! Would love to try!

    Reply

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