For some people, food is just a source of energy and nutrition. For others, food is a delight to the senses. And still yet others may view food as an expression of love. Even though I’m still learning to appreciate food and all of its subtleties, flavors, and emotions – there is one food that I know exactly how I feel about, and that is CHOCOLATE. Being the “not-at-all-professional, but yet still very passionate” chocolate eater that I am, I was utterly stunned and amazed that I spent four years of college with a gourmet chocolate factory just down the street without even knowing it. Seriously, a Scharffen Berger Chocolate factory within walking distance of campus is something that should be in the college brochures.
I felt especially gourmet when I learned that I wasn’t alone in my love of chocolate. And yes, yes – I know most of us DO love chocolate, but since I don’t know how refined your chocolate palettes are, that doesn’t hold too much weight. But you know who I DO KNOW had a refined palette? Julia Child – the queen of the kitchen, the mother of house-wife friendly cooking, and apparently – a lover of Scharffen Berger dark chocolate, having once proclaimed it “America’s best dark chocolate.”
As if being a favorite chocolate of Julia Child wasn’t enough, Scharffen Berger made it’s big screen debut in the recent movie adaptation of Julie & Julia. Have you seen it? If you haven’t, you should. It’s a great movie and Meryl Streep is awesome as Julia Child. To me, Julie & Julia is a story about one woman (Julie Powell) learning about and finding herself by taking example from another (Julia Child) who had to do the same a few decades earlier. Julie Powell first learned the joy of cooking that Julia Child embodied when she baked up a delicious chocolate cream pie after being inspired by a Scharffen Berger storefront.
Jody Cook, spokesperson for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker said, “It is exciting for Scharffen Berger to be a part of Julie & Julia, a production that celebrates epicurean arts, delicious food and Julia Child, who often dined with John Scharffenberger and truly enjoyed his chocolate. We hope this movie awakens the gourmand inside every viewer, inspiring them to discover the culinary possibilities of one of the world’s most delectable pleasures – Scharffen Berger chocolate.”
Scharffen Berger Chocolate was established in 1997 by founders Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger with the goal of using the world’s best cacao and artisan chocolate-making methods to create the richest and most flavorful chocolate. Using proprietery (i.e. top secret) cacao bean blends, the Scharffen Berger Chocolate makers are able to create a complex, yet balanced chocolate.
Are you feeling up for a chocolate culinary challenge? Now is your chance to be inspired and to taste a chocolate that inspired both Julie & Julia in the WCatDD Scharffen Berger Chocolate Giveaway! (As a side note, when I opened the box that had the giveaway items, I almost ate all of the prizes because it smelled so good. Also, I considered making it a requirement for entrants to mail me something made out of chocolate to win this, but opted not to since I think the mailman would probably steal all of the submissions.) If you don’t want to wait or have immediate baking needs, Scharffen Berger chocolate is available for purchase online. We also have Scharffen Berger Chocolate included as part of our WCatDD Holiday Gift Pack Giveaway.
Three winners will receive a copy of the book Julie & Julia, a 9.7 oz 70% Scharffen Berger Cacao Bittersweet Baking Bar, and a 3 oz. 82% Scharffen Berger Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate bar.
Make sure you follow the directions carefully. All giveaway entries should use the ENTRY FORM. You only need to fill out the ENTRY FORM once, unless you decide to additional earn extra entries at a later time. You can earn up to 14 entries into the WCatDD Scharffen Berger Chocolate Giveaway by doing one, some or all of the following:
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Three unique winners will be selected at random for this prize.
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST, November 17, 2009.
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