Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Guylian Belgian Chocolate {Review & Giveaway}


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Chocolate. Is there any other PERFECT gift? How about Belgian Chocolate? There is just something that makes Belgian chocolate taste smoother, creamier... divine! Over the years, I've tried my fair share (and then some) of chocolate and when I tried Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolates, I was in heaven.



About Guylian - A Chocolate LOVE story (does it get any better than this...)

Guy Foubert - born in 1938 in Sint-Niklaas - was a passionate Belgian chocolatier making handmade chocolate truffles.

The story of Chocolaterie Guylian began in the late 1950’s with the marriage of Guy Foubert and Liliane. Guy and Liliane joined their names in our company name: Chocolaterie Guy-lian. Guy soon realized that the world was ready for something totally new. With that, the young couple created for the first time chocolates in the shape of seashells. Guy developed the recipe of a signature hazelnut praliné filling; Lilliane added the artistic touch by designing the shining marbled look and the delicately sculptured shapes. A true love story of romance and chocolate. Ahhhh.... LOVE at it's finest!



ace and friends thoughts

Guylian was super generous and sent over wonderful selection of chocolates to sample. I received the Guylian® No Sugar Added Bars (both milk and dark chocolate), Artisanal Belgian Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles (assorted sizes) and the Artisanal Belgian Chocolate Truffles (assorted sizes). Seems like a lot, right... I know... it was difficult, but I managed. lol.

Since dark chocolate is my all time favorite... I immediately tore into opened the Artisanal Belgian Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles. These truffles DID NOT disappoint. They were rich in flavor and smooth in texture. An absolute slice of heaven.

Over the next few days, I began to sample my other little treats. The Guylian No Sugar Added Bars were next. Ugh, first thoughts... no sugar.... uh-oh... sugar substitutes = bad aftertaste. Then I came to my senses and figured, it's chocolate, how bad can it REALLY be?? Again, since dark chocolate is a favorite, I would try that first. I wondered how it would compare to the Belgian Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles I had tried just a few short days ago. Well, to my amazement and (for lack of a better word) surprise.... it was just as delicious and also had quite a smooth texture. What was even more impressive was that Guylian doesn't use the typical sugar substitute. They actually replace the sugar with Maltitol, a 100% natural sugar free sweetener that is derived from natural sources. It's also lower in calories and doesn't raise blood sugar levels, making it perfect for diabetics to enjoy. Impressive!

Finally, I HAD to try the Artisanal Belgian Chocolate Truffles. It was a tough task, but I suffered through and ate some more chocolate. lol. Joking aside, these truffles were truly delicious. They combine dark, milk and white chocolate and then are filled with a rich, creamy and flavorful truffle.  Still using the original recipe of Guy & Liliane, their signature truffle recipe is still made in small-batch copper kettles exclusively by Guylian's Master Chocolatiers in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. It was hard to eat just one... or two... absolutely AMAZING!
Final thoughts: Guylian chocolates were tasty, delicious and very enjoyable. They are made of superior quality ingredients and definitely had a much better flavor than many of it's competitors. Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate Truffles would make a great gift for the holidays. Now c'mon, who doesn't LOVE chocolate?

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Thanks to the Guylian, one LUCKY ace and friends reader will win
a Box of 22 Guylian Artisanal Belgian Original Chocolate Truffles!
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[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Haley said...

I can't stand how cute the seahorse shaped ones are! These sound great

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