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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My favorite Valentine’s treat is anything chocolate…followed by a sweet kiss :)
I LOVE nutella and Oreo-crusted cheesecake. My BFF made us some and we totally had a stay-at-home Valentine’s.
dulce du leche gelato
My favorite Valentine’s Day treat would have to be chocolate covered strawberries and homemade chocolate chip cookies with valentine’s day m&ms! I am also a fan on facebook!
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Anything chocolate, but my favorite are chocolate covered strawberries… yum!
I love chocolate!
oh yum! definitely chocolate chip heart-shaped pancakes with strawberries! true love. Now also following you on facebook!
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Molten Chocolate Lava Cake!
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Rose petal ice cream!
My favorite Valentines treat is Chocolate Covered Strawberries!
I liked Love and Olive Oil on Facebook too!
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Red Velvet Cake!
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my favorite valentine’s treat is the Love potion No. 9 1/2 from a local chocolate store called lillys (http://lillytremont.com/chocolate-confections/). it’s dried strawberries, aged balsamic vinegar, love, & milk chocolate. it’s soooo good!
TIRAMISU! And not the frozen grocery store junk either….the real good stuff!
My husband makes heart-shaped pancakes for myself and our dog every year for valentine’s. :)
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my favorite valentine’s treat is chocolate covered peeps!
I love macaroons for Valentine’s day. My sweetie makes them for me every year!
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And I adore your blog. Keep it up!
My favorite valentine’s day treat is red velvet cupcakes!
The best treat is when my valentine does the dishes after I have used every pot in the house!
Peanut butter brownies!
A homemade dinner with my kids and husband.
I like to make mini chocolate bowls by dipping small balloons in chocolate bark. When the dry, pop the balloon, fill with no-bake cheesecake and top with berries. Yum!
Definitely chocolate-dipped strawberries!
My favorite Valentine’s treat are Godiva’s dark chocolate covered macaroons. Who doesn’t love chocolate & macaroons & what’s more decadent than Godiva? :)
I just liked you on Facebook. :)
I love chocolate-covered strawberries – they seem like a special Valentine’s Day indulgence.
I tweeted and liked you on Facebook…fingers crossed!
I’m also a fan on Facebook :)
My weak spot is big soft sugar cookies piled high with frosting — of course pink frosting and sprinkles for Valentine’s Day!
Anything involving Olive & Sinclair chocolate or Dagoba, preferably homemade chocolate cups with coconut in the middle. YUM
a poem from my love
Chocolate covered strawberries! Yum!
I love anything chocolate covered, but especially oranges. Soooo good!
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I follow you on Facebook!
I love any homemade sweet treat on Valentine’s Day. Recent favorites include chocolate hazelnut lava cake, sweet and salty cake, and coconut cupcakes.
favorite vday treat? pretty much anything covered in chocolate, the darker the chocolate, the better! kristinmik at gmail
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are my absolute favorite any time of the year, but especially on Valentine’s Day :)
Chocolate in all its forms!
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Definitely white cheddar popcorn!
My mom’s heart shaped sugar cookies with buttercream frosting.
My fav v-day treat this year was homemade banana cake, with chocolate ganache filling, and peanut butter frosting! was delicious a bit different for the holiday!
Hearts & Darts. Used to get them every year when I was a kid, but hardly ever find them now.
well, i don’t like chocolate OR peanut butter (i know, I know) so a good creme brulee goes a long long way with me .
Anything with chocolate, especially dark chocolate.
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I think I would go with dark chocolate and caramel – anything with that combo!
Chocolate covered strawberries for sure!!
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I love those grasshopper brownies you featured on your site!
I am a fan of Love and Olive Oil on facebook
Chocolate covered strawberries are my absolute favorite!
I am not usually a Valentine’s kind of person, I usually call it Single Awareness Day, but this year I made some “moldy” heart sugar cookies (which means they had green icing) and they were a huge hit at my office. For mean, I think something along the buttercream, butter fudge variety is perfect for Valentines. When can you ever go wrong with butter?
i’ll tell you what it’s not–those icky conversation hearts! not only do they say the stupidest things these days, but their taste is reminiscent of chalk. :)
I love to make mini cheesecakes ~ this year I made Kahlua Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes. :)
Warm chocolate lava cake, yum, yum!
a box of godiva truffles
I’m a sucker for those cherry flavored lollipops in the shape of a heart! Just remind me of 3rd grade valentines made of construction paper in the best way possible!
Anything chocolate!! Flowers are nice, but chocolate is better!
My all time favorite: brownies.
They’re sweet, chewy, and just so hard to go wrong with! :D
I used to go all crazy on Valentine’s day. I’d make cookies, candy, and whatever else I thought might turn my husband into a gooey pile of love. Now I’m just happy to be with him, and my favorite treat time with him (he’s currently working 80 hour weeks).
That didn’t stop me from making double-chocolate mint brownies, though. :)
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I love dark chocolate and I love fruit. Chocolate-dipped grapes are so yummy!
Dark chocolate peanut butter cups with sea salt….
My favorite Valentine’s Day treat are balsamic chocolate truffles!
We had strawberries Valentines Day morning. They’re special because they’re not all that cheap this time of year. I wouldn’t turn down one dipped into chocolate, though!
I meant to make choc dipped strawberries, but I didn’t get around to it. I did get to make sugar cookies (my grandmother’s recipe)…which I call my version of crack. I can literally eat cookie after cookie…its super dangerous. I couldn’t make hearts though so I made bugs. I figured I could call them love bugs. They were VERY tasty love bugs and didn’t last long. Maybe I will make the strawberries next year…
Cherry chocolate brownies…mmmmm
Chocolate covered strawberries!
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Homemade! And with extra love. :)
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My favorite valentine’s day treat is chocolate covered strawberries. yummmm….
I think it’s about to be the meyer lemon custard pie we baked for tonight!
I love the little Sweetheart Conversation hearts. I’m not crazy about eating them, but when I was a kid, my dad would always get me a little box of the on Valentine’s Day :)
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oh, and i’m a facebook follower/liker/what-have-you.
When I was kid growing up my dad always got me and my sister those giant hershey kisses that were the size of our heads. i loved storing it in the fridge and gnawing on it after dinner. sadly we don’t get them any more, but they always make me smile when i see them in the drug store.
My favorite treat is the Coffeehouse Crunch Cake at Cold Stone Creamery. It has chocolate cake…crunchies…coffee ice cream and fudge. To.Die.For. My favorite treat to make is for my Valentine…my husband loves chocolate….any kind of chocolate. So today I made him a fudge brownie…chocolate pudding…chocolate mousse…fudge sauce & whipped cream trifle. I know he will absolutely love it.
Happy Valentines Day everyone!
My favorite is without a doubt red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. YUM!