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.
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.
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****
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.
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A fabulous meal cooked WITH my husband. :) We need a bigger kitchen.
I love conversation hearts! and heart shaped Peeps!
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.
chocolate lava cake … decadent and luscious…
Some kind of Italian pastry. Like a cannoli. With chocolate chips of course.
Flourless chocolate cake! Served with raspberries, of course.
Of course I love anything chocolate, but my favorite Valentine’s treat is my annual pizza date with my husband!
Time to linger over dinner…but I’m also happy with flowers and chocolate :)
And tweeted about this giveaway! (@mariah_)
And already liked you on Facebook!
One of my favorite valentine’s treats is the strawberry creme hearts covered in chocolate–cadbury, I think?
i have to agree with Chelsey above: red velvet whoopie pies.
Cheesecake :) (just about any flavor)
We always do brunch for valentines and I love picking out our waffle recipe every year. So far pumpkin spice waffles are the favorites!
Red velvet whoopie pies :)
Chocolate! Chocolate! And more chocolate! is there anything else?
Chocolate and Peanut Butter- whether that be in reese pieces form or brownie dipped in peanut butter….I will eat it!
My favorite Valentine’s Day treat are homemade cherry brownies! Yum!
oh, and i liked you on fb! dh and i share, so it’s under his name, robert :)
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 :)
I already like you on Facebook!
My favorite Valentines day treat is anything chocolate related!
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!
I love the thing most people won’t eat – Sweetheart candy message hearts! Be mine, Cutie, You’re Sweet, Kiss me!
That’s an easy one.. CHOCOLATE!
My sweetie and I shared a tiramisu for Valentine’s Day this year! Delicious!
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a box of Doughnut Plant doughnuts :)
I love really good truffles. My friend just made some homemade and they were amazing!
Chocolate covered strawberries!
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.
My favorite Valentine’s Day treats are cupcakes from Jilly’s in St. Louis; those things are outstanding!
I really love sea salt caramels or anything with chocolate and a glass of red wine. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Nothing can beat some chocolate covered strawberries.
Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!
I like pretty much anything chocolate but I really really like red velvet cupcakes:)
really anything chocolately but i esp love chocolate covered strawberries!
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!
And I’m a fan on Facebook!
Brownies with melty chocolate on top — which will be dessert tonight! :) I also have an irrational fondness for chalky conversation hearts.
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!
Totally cliche, but you just can’t beat really good chocolate covered strawberries.
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.
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!
Oh anything and everything! We love V-Day treats…even the conversation hearts!
The cheesy heart shaped box of candy with the mystery chocolates!!
Anything involving peanut butter and chocolate!
Brownies and ice cream…. mmmmmm
My favorite valentine’s treat is chocolate mousse garnished with strawberries.
Yum. Yum, youm, yum.
And I’ve already liked you on Facebook!
i love pecan turtles from a small candy maker back home in cleveland.
strawberry peeps – they’re really creamy!
My favorite Valentine treat…Raw Chocolate Coconut Truffles. Yum!
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 :)
I would have to say Molten Lava Cake!
Im already a fan on FB :)
Truffles and champagne :) Yum!
PS I tweeted and I like- er, love you on FB! :-)
Whats more romantic than Chocolate covered Strawberries?
I think Valentines Day was BUILT on CHOCOLATE! Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!! =)
Bread pudding. Thanks!
Heart shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting… yumm!
Anything homemade that contains chocolate and peanut butter, whether it’s cookies, cupcakes, or icecream.
I also liked you on facebook. :)
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!
something made with love – preferably chocolate, or a nice dinner :)
cupcakes! esp. chocolate and pb cupcakes. mmmm. or choc raspberry. or pretty much anything chocolate!
Anything involving chocoate!!!!
Anything chocolate-and-peanut butter! This year, that took the form of chocolate sour cream cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream. Perfect!
Red velvet whoopie pies! So good.
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!
I love to make heart shaped cookies and frost them to look like those candy conversation hearts!
I’m a fan of L&OO on FB.
Wine and chocolate covered strawberries – simple.
choc covered strawberries!!
Molten chocolate cakes!
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!
Anything chocolate. Maybe some chocolate chip pancakes in the shape of hearts, I haven’t had pancakes in too long.
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!
Tweeted, too! :)
Liked you on Facebook!
My favorite V-day treat? Chocolate, of course!
I love an eclair cake. Its decadent and I don’t feel guilty for eating it over Vday! Plus, I like you on facebook!
I like you on Facebook!
Homemade spice cake with burnt sugar icing.
And I follow on twitter and tweeted the above.
I’m a fan on facebook already
I follow you on Twitter @singerinkitchen and tweeted! http://twitter.com/singerinkitchen/status/37144068450418688
My new Valentin’s Day treat is this: http://www.singerskitchen.com/2011/02/dark-chocolate-cake-truffles.html Vegan Dark Chocolate Cake Truffles!
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. :)
It’s gotta be red velvet cupcakes, hands down.
My favorite V-day treat is homemade rice crispy treats cut into hearts, and drizzled with chocolate :)
Dark chocolate covered strawberries!