Giveaway: Win an Overflowing Basket of Chocolate Treats from Lake Champlain Chocolates

I have a pretty incredible giveaway for you today. The Be Mine Basket: This crazy gorgeous Valentine's Day basket of truffles, chocolate bars, and other treats from Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Here's what comes inside the Be Mine Basket ($105 value):
• 22 piece Grand Valentine Chocolate Heart Assortment
• 6 piece Valentine Caramel Collection
• 5 piece Valentine Chocolate Truffles
• 6.5 oz Raspberry Hearts Gift Bag
• 3 oz Signature Triple Nut Milk Chocolate Bar
• 3 oz Peruvian Organic Cherry Dark Chocolate Bar
Yup! Pretty amazing!

I first learned about Lake Champlain a few years ago from my church pastor. For Mother's Day, he ordered a bunch of chocolate hearts to give to every mom in the congregation, explaining that they were the BEST chocolates he'd ever had. My mom, who doesn't love chocolate (I get my sweet tooth from my dad), passed hers on to me and I had to agree that they were pretty awesome indeed.

A couple years later, I came across them again in a small gift shop up in Vermont, where the company is based. This time, I purchased a few different Vermont-inspired flavors--ya know...for research purposes.

I brought them on the 6-hour ride from Vermont to New York to share with Eugene, but for some reason there were none left by the time our bus rolled into the city.

(I suppose six hours on a bumpy bus will do that to a girl.)

The chocolates are good, but what I appreciate most about this company (and why I was happy to do this giveaway--I'm not getting paid to say any of this), is because it's a family-owned company that really values quality and tradition. Last year for Valentine's Day, Eugene ordered me a giant cookie from one of those "1-800" places. He knows I love cookies and comically-sized things (either super giant or super tiny), so he thought it would be a good surprise. Unfortunately, there were issues with shipping (due to excessive orders) and the cookie arrived a day late. When we opened it, it was covered in too-sweet waxy frosting and the cookie itself tasted dry and chalky. We took two bites and then threw the whole thing out. We both ended up feeling pretty sad and disappointed about the whole thing, which is not the way people should feel on holidays.

Which is why I very much encourage you to support high quality, family-owned businesses like Lake Champlain and the others that I've featured here on my site. (Check out the story of how the company was founded--love things that begin with a dare!)

To enter this Valentine's Day basket giveaway, leave a comment telling me one thing you are thankful for today.

You can get extra entries by doing any of the following and leaving a separate comment for each one you did. If you don't leave a separate comment, it's just going to count as one entry so LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT. You can leave up to 5 comments (entries) total.

1. Like" Always Order Dessert on Facebook. Already a fan? Leave a comment on the page to say hello, then comment here to say you did. 
2. Post about this giveaway on your own personal or fan page Facebook wall, tagging my FB page, then comment here to say you did. 
3. Post the following message or a similar one in your own words on Twitter: "Giveaway! Comment to win a HUGE basket of chocolate treats from @nandita & @LCChocolates: http://bit.ly/WQ62jd"
(then comment here to say you did)
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The winner will be selected via Random Number Generator. Your entry must be in by 5PM EST on Thursday, January 31, 2013. US residents only, please.

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