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My Foodie Valentine (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

I’m all about boutique eats. You know, the little guys. The local companies producing amazing and delicious products. The beauty is that they are not name brands; they feel like your own little secret that you just want to share with the world (or hoard all for yourself, depending on the day). There is a spirit, a passion in the food that you just don’t get with mass-produced products. As a small business owner myself I love supporting these companies. If that means using what little ‘juice’ I might have with this blog of mine, than so be it.

So when Maggie of EatBoutique got in touch with me about her new gourmet gift boxes, I just had to try.

And as soon as I tried, I knew I had to share.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

This particular box is touted as a Valentine’s box. I know we all love our Valentine’s treats, but a box like this trumps a dozen roses and a box of ho-hum chocolates any day. Filled with locally-produced goodies from New York and Massachusetts, it really is a foodie’s wonderland. Bacon-coffee caramel popcorn, sea-salted caramels, chocolate raspberry cashews, melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies, chocolate covered cocoa nibs, and a jar of deliciously sweet and spicy canned beets (that Taylor promptly claimed for himself). Oh, and Fluffy caramel chocolate chip marshmallow puffs; I may have died just a little when I tasted them.

While it is too late for Valentine’s Day, this gift box is not holiday exclusive. It’d be a great gift for any foodie in your life (or for yourself, for that matter!) and at only $55 (plus shipping), it’s a great value for the sheer amount of gourmet goodness that’s packed inside. Not to mention a truly personal touch (each box comes with a hand-written message). Even better, EatBoutique has plans for more holiday-themed gift boxes (can you say, Mother’s Day?), and boxes of year-round enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

It’s giveaway time, lovebirds! Maggie of EatBoutique has so kindly offered a second EatBoutique February gift box to one lucky Love & Olive Oil reader! It’s completely up to you if you share it with your sweetie, or hoard it all for yourself (totally not judging you).

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite Valentine’s day treat (homemade or otherwise)?

Entries open through Thursday, February 17 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Friday, February 18th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from EatBoutique. Due to the perishable nature of this product this giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I’m in love at first bite! I just entered to win a gourmet gift box from @eatboutique and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/fpnS5N
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 401
    Megan Johnson
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

    My favorite V-day treat is homemade rice crispy treats cut into hearts, and drizzled with chocolate :)

    Reply

  2. 402
    jg
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

    It’s gotta be red velvet cupcakes, hands down.

    Reply

  3. 403
    Jordan
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Before last weekend, I would have said chocolate-covered strawberries… but now that I’ve made truffles from scratch with dark chocolate and Chambord, I’m going to have to pick that. Forever, probably. :)

    Reply

  4. 404
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

    My new Valentin’s Day treat is this: http://www.singerskitchen.com/2011/02/dark-chocolate-cake-truffles.html Vegan Dark Chocolate Cake Truffles!

    Reply

  5. 405
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I follow you on Twitter @singerinkitchen and tweeted! http://twitter.com/singerinkitchen/status/37144068450418688

    Reply

  6. 406
    Jordan
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I’m a fan on facebook already

    Reply

  7. 407
    Jordan
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

    And I follow on twitter and tweeted the above.

    Reply

  8. 408
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

    This week I made heart-shaped pop tarts. But I am embarrassed about my favorite Valentine’s day treat. I love those red gummi hearts you get at the drugstore. Mmmm….

    Reply

  9. 409
    Sharryn
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Homemade spice cake with burnt sugar icing.

    Reply

  10. 410
    Jessica
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Cupcakes!

    Reply

  11. 411
    Jessica
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I like you on Facebook!

    Reply

  12. 412
    Emilie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Anything chocolate!

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  13. 413
    Liz
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Chocolate truffles!

    Reply

  14. 414
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I love an eclair cake. Its decadent and I don’t feel guilty for eating it over Vday! Plus, I like you on facebook!

    Reply

  15. 415
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:29 am

    My favorite V-day treat? Chocolate, of course!

    Reply

  16. 416
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Liked you on Facebook!

    Reply

  17. 417
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Tweeted, too! :)

    Reply

  18. 418
    Elyse
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:43 am

    My favorite Valentine’s treat has just come about in the last 2 years–your Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcakes with red frosting and sprinkles! I made them again this year for my annual Valentine’s Day party and everyone loved them–I have brought the leftovers to work this morning as well.

    1) I don’t have twitter so I can’t tweet, otherwise I definitely would because I tell everyone about your blog!

    2) I already “like” your facebook page!

    Reply

  19. 419
    Debbi R
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Brownie

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  20. 420
    Lindsay L.
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Anything chocolate. Maybe some chocolate chip pancakes in the shape of hearts, I haven’t had pancakes in too long.

    Reply

  21. 421
    miah
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    brownies

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  22. 422
    ariel k
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

    My favorite valentines treat is cooking anything with my boyfriend. We always have a blast and I love spending that time together. I also am following on facebook, and tweeted!

    Reply

  23. 423
    Jackie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Molten chocolate cakes!

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  24. 424
    ashley mac
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

    choc covered strawberries!!

    Reply

  25. 425
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Wine and chocolate covered strawberries – simple.

    Reply

  26. 426
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’m a fan of L&OO on FB.

    Reply

  27. 427
    Leslie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I love to make heart shaped cookies and frost them to look like those candy conversation hearts!

    Reply

  28. 428
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I made cheesecake whipped cream stuffed strawberries for my boyfriend this year, and I’m pretty sure they’ve taken over as my favorite Valentine’s treat!

    Reply

  29. 429
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Red velvet whoopie pies! So good.

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  30. 430
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Anything chocolate-and-peanut butter! This year, that took the form of chocolate sour cream cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream. Perfect!

    Reply

  31. 431
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Anything involving chocoate!!!!

    Reply

  32. 432
    Katherine
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

    cupcakes! esp. chocolate and pb cupcakes. mmmm. or choc raspberry. or pretty much anything chocolate!

    Reply

  33. 433
    Hannah
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

    something made with love – preferably chocolate, or a nice dinner :)

    Reply

  34. 434
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

    My boyfriend is making me lasagna tonight!
    I’m so very excited.

    But when it comes to sweets, I love chocolate covered strawberries. They seem so special!

    Reply

  35. 435
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I also liked you on facebook. :)

    Reply

  36. 436
    Meredith
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Anything homemade that contains chocolate and peanut butter, whether it’s cookies, cupcakes, or icecream.

    Reply

  37. 437
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Heart shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting… yumm!

    Reply

  38. 438
    Chris M.
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Bread pudding. Thanks!

    Reply

  39. 439
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Whats more romantic than Chocolate covered Strawberries?

    I think Valentines Day was BUILT on CHOCOLATE! Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!! =)

    Reply

  40. 440
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

    PS I tweeted and I like- er, love you on FB! :-)
    http://twitter.com/#!/anidoll/status/37176780997529600

    Reply

  41. 441
    Natalie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Truffles and champagne :) Yum!

    Reply

  42. 442
    Natalie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:14 am
  43. 443
    Natalie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Im already a fan on FB :)

    Reply

  44. 444
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I would have to say Molten Lava Cake!

    Reply

  45. 445
    Lauren Mc
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I’m looking forward to a tasty homemade dinner tonight, ending with some sort of to-be-determined chocolately baked good… and there’s always got to be a good wine or bubbly in there too :)

    Reply

  46. 447
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

    My favorite Valentine treat…Raw Chocolate Coconut Truffles. Yum!

    Reply

  47. 448
    Lauren
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

    strawberry peeps – they’re really creamy!

    Reply

  48. 449
    hannah v
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

    i love pecan turtles from a small candy maker back home in cleveland.

    Reply

  49. 450
    Louisa
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

    My favorite valentine’s treat is chocolate mousse garnished with strawberries.

    Yum. Yum, youm, yum.

    And I’ve already liked you on Facebook!

    Reply

  50. 451
    Anna M
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Brownies and ice cream…. mmmmmm

    Reply

  51. 452
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Anything involving peanut butter and chocolate!

    Reply

  52. 453
    Nicole R
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

    The cheesy heart shaped box of candy with the mystery chocolates!!

    Reply

  53. 454
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Oh anything and everything! We love V-Day treats…even the conversation hearts!

    Reply

  54. 455
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Well, it used to be my homemade chocolate lava cakes with barely whipped vanilla cream….but I think now it will be the hot cocoa and those really yummy looking caramel/chocolate chip marshmallows from EatBoutique!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  55. 456
    Angie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

    My favorite treat on Valentines day is homemade Raspberry Sorbet. The color is perfect for the holiday, and I don’t feel as guilty about eating it as I do if it were a baked pastry.

    Reply

  56. 457
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Totally cliche, but you just can’t beat really good chocolate covered strawberries.

    Reply

  57. 458
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

    My favorite Valentine treat would have to be a simple chocolate truffle, or caramel filled chocolates. Simple but oh SO delish! This box of goodies looks amazing!

    Reply

  58. 459
    karen b
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Brownies with melty chocolate on top — which will be dessert tonight! :) I also have an irrational fondness for chalky conversation hearts.

    Reply

  59. 460
    karen b
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

    And I’m a fan on Facebook!

    Reply

  60. 461
    Kate B
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Oh, this is probably disappointing to hear from a local foods perspective, but my husband just stopped by with some lunch and a rose and a plant for my desk….and my first Cadbury Creme Egg of the season. Oh, yeah, that might be a new tradition!

    Reply

  61. 462
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

    really anything chocolately but i esp love chocolate covered strawberries!

    Reply

  62. 463
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I like pretty much anything chocolate but I really really like red velvet cupcakes:)

    Reply

  63. 464
    Lori
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!

    Reply

  64. 465
    Margaret
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Nothing can beat some chocolate covered strawberries.

    Reply

  65. 466
    Laura
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I really love sea salt caramels or anything with chocolate and a glass of red wine. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Reply

  66. 467
    Sara c
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treats are cupcakes from Jilly’s in St. Louis; those things are outstanding!

    Reply

  67. 468
    Kelli
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Dilled cauliflower and V8 juice. Long story as to how this got to be a Valentine’s Day treat, but the salty goodness help balance my other favorite thing, a box of chocolates.

    Reply

  68. 469
    Lauren
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries!

    Reply

  69. 470
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I love really good truffles. My friend just made some homemade and they were amazing!

    Reply

  70. 471
    Alyssa
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a box of Doughnut Plant doughnuts :)

    Reply

  71. 472
    Carla
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    My sweetie and I shared a tiramisu for Valentine’s Day this year! Delicious!

    Reply

  72. 473
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    That’s an easy one.. CHOCOLATE!

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  73. 474
    Janet
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love the thing most people won’t eat – Sweetheart candy message hearts! Be mine, Cutie, You’re Sweet, Kiss me!

    Reply

  74. 475
    Rita
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Anything chocolate!

    Reply

  75. 476
    Amber
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    There’s a little candy shop in my home town that has red, pink and white sour chewy hearts. To die for! My Mom sends them to me every Valentine’s Day!

    Reply

  76. 477
    Sue C.
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    seafood. :)

    Reply

  77. 478
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    My favorite Valentines day treat is anything chocolate related!

    Reply

  78. 479
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I already like you on Facebook!

    Reply

  79. 480
    Katie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I don’t have a favorite food, though we usually eat a special meal- this year sushi- and a wonderful dessert- this year dorie’s perfect party cake. though i MUST have something chocolate. so i will be eating some dark chocolates as well :)

    Reply

  80. 481
    Katie
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    oh, and i liked you on fb! dh and i share, so it’s under his name, robert :)

    Reply

  81. 482
    Tina W.
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat are homemade cherry brownies! Yum!

    Reply

  82. 483
    Kelly
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Chocolate and Peanut Butter- whether that be in reese pieces form or brownie dipped in peanut butter….I will eat it!

    Reply

  83. 484
    Alana
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Chocolate! Chocolate! And more chocolate! is there anything else?

    Reply

  84. 485
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Red velvet whoopie pies :)

    Reply

  85. 486
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    We always do brunch for valentines and I love picking out our waffle recipe every year. So far pumpkin spice waffles are the favorites!

    Reply

  86. 487
    Michelle
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Cheesecake :) (just about any flavor)

    Reply

  87. 488
    jenn
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    i have to agree with Chelsey above: red velvet whoopie pies.

    Reply

  88. 489
    Mariah
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    One of my favorite valentine’s treats is the strawberry creme hearts covered in chocolate–cadbury, I think?

    Reply

  89. 490
    Mariah
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    And already liked you on Facebook!

    Reply

  90. 491
    Mariah
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    And tweeted about this giveaway! (@mariah_)

    Reply

  91. 492
    Beccs
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Time to linger over dinner…but I’m also happy with flowers and chocolate :)

    Reply

  92. 493
    Meg
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Flourless chocolate cake! Served with raspberries, of course.

    Reply

  93. 494
    Jennifer Maier
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    TURTLES!!! <3<3<3

    Reply

  94. 495
    Hannah
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Some kind of Italian pastry. Like a cannoli. With chocolate chips of course.

    Reply

  95. 496
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    chocolate lava cake … decadent and luscious…

    Reply

  96. 497
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Of course I love anything chocolate, but my favorite Valentine’s treat is my annual pizza date with my husband!

    Reply

  97. 498
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    i think my favorite valentines day treat is chocolate. namely, godiva chocolates in a box. it’s the only time of the year i can justify the purchase.

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  98. 499
    Brooke
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I love conversation hearts! and heart shaped Peeps!

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  99. 500
    Jillian
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    A fabulous meal cooked WITH my husband. :) We need a bigger kitchen.

    Reply

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