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3.01.2011

Nicobella Chocolate Review and Giveaway

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WINNER ANNOUNCED: CONTEST CLOSEDDid I say chocolate? Yes, I did. If you look at my index you will notice many recipes using chocolate because I like it. I like a specific type of chocolate though. It has to be dark and pure even if it means it is 90% dark. Give it to me bitter!


Ryan gives me a hard time when I do not keep semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips because he prefers that kind but I find that I crave sweets or even chocolate less when I have it in its purer forms. In fact, I received some samples for dark chocolate back last month, tried half of them and did not taste the rest for a whole month! I just have not been craving or desiring sweets. Thank God! Hee hee hee.


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What are those samples I am talking about? I am talking about a wonderful company called Nicobella. I first read about them online about their organic chocolate. I read the owner's story and immediately knew that I would love her product. If you get some time, please read Nichole Dandrea's story. The success of a company seems to be based on a passion and she certainly found it and went with it.


Her company specializes making organic dark chocolate vegan truffles and munch, which I plan on ordering soon! The truffles are void of cream and sugar and are subsituted using natural ingredients like brown rice syrup, agave nectar and fair trade products. I received a box of truffles with Nicobella's signature 6 truffles.


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The ganache center is was naturally flavored which each specific and designated name. Here are my thoughts:
  • Blueberry Almond- There was a defined blueberry flavor that was pleasant and it blended well with the almond, especially with the crunch added as decoration.
  • Ginger Green Tea- It was hard to taste the ginger because the green tea overpowered it but since I like match green tea it was a great combination with the dark chocolate.
  • Pumpkin Chai- YUM! This was like a Chai drink and a chocolate pumpkin pie made into one candy. It was very delicious. I even saved that half for a later occasion. *wink*
  • Pure Bliss Cocoa-The pure cocoa enhanced the dark chocolate flavor and made for a creamy chocolate moment. If you are a plain dark chocolate purist, this is for you.
  • Walnut Flaxseed Crunch-There was definitely crunch but it was minimal, perfect in a truffle. I do not know what got in the way, whether it was the flax or the walnut but it might have been the flaxseed flavor.
  • Sunflower Banana Butter-This was the most interesting flavor and probably not my favorite. It was a creamy buttery flavor because of the sunflower but it did not grab my senses to much. The flavor distracted me to much.
All in all I have to say that the Pumpkin Chai was my favorite. I look forward trying the munch soon. Nichole was generous to offer a box of truffles to one of my readers. If you are interested in trying these decadent treats please enter. Only open to US residents.

Mandatory entry:
  1. Which truffle intrigues you the most?
Extra entries (Leave a comment for each)

     2. Follow Nicobella on Facebook
     3. Follow Nicobella on Twitter
     4. Follow Opera Singer on Facebook
     5. Subscribe to Opera Singer's blog by email
     6. Follow Opera Singer on Twitter
     7. Tweet the following: Win a box of @vegantruffles from @singerinkitchen. Enjoy dark chocolate at its finest! http://bit.ly/eBl9b6

Giveaway will end on Sunday, March 6th, at midnight EST. A winner will be announced on March 7th. Good luck!

83 comments:

Meg said...

That Pumpkin Chai truffle sounds absolutely amazing!!
Holy yumm.

Julia @ DimpleArts Photography said...

My husband is also a big fan of the darkest of dark chocolates. He would buy a huge chocolate bar, and every night after dinner would break just one piece off for himself (that's some serious self control):). These truffles sound amazing. Particularly intriguing are the Walnut Flaxseed Crunch (I am a big fan of nuts with chocolate) and Sunflower Banana butter (this sounds so gooey, YUM!) Tweeted about your giveaway as well ;)

Rachel W. said...

The Blueberry Almont one intrigues me the most because blueberry and chocolate is not a combination I've explored very deeply.

I think I need to get ON that.

Rachel W. said...

I follow Opera Singer on Twitter!

Rachel W. said...

AND I just retweeted about the giveaway!

Beth said...

Ok, the pumpkin chai ones just sound AMAZING! What I wouldn't give to try one right now...

Domestic Diva said...

Pure bliss cocoa. I'm a dark chocolate girl.

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Le Petit Lapin said...

Lucky you, sampling all those truffles!

If I had to chose one, I'd go with the blueberry almond- I've never had blueberries with chocolate.

And now, I'm craving chocolate and about to raid my baking closet!

Chris said...

Pure cocoa bliss looks awesome!

Beloved Green said...

I am a huge pumpkin fan, and a huge chai fan, so the combo of the two sounds absolutely amazing!

Cherloo said...

Bluberry Almond yumm
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Roxan said...

My favorite one would probably be the ginger green tea because I love anything green tea flavored but to answer your question ;] the one that intrigues me the most is the pumpkin chai!

Roxan said...

I also follow you on twitter already

Roxan said...

I am also following nicobella on twitter. I see they're in Los Angeles... i'll have to look them up!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

They all sound so interesting but I would probably have to say the Pumpkin Chai truffle. I'd love to try it because I made a chai-spiced pumpkin bread on my blog and I'd love to compare flavors.

Kaycee said...

The blueberry almond truffle sounds amazing!

Kaycee said...

I follow Nicobella on Facebook

Kaycee said...

I follow Nicobella on Twitter

Kaycee said...

I follow Opera Singer on Facebook

Kaycee said...

I subscribed to Opera Singer's blog by email

Kaycee said...

I follow Opera Singer on Twitter

Kaycee said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!

Kaycee said...

I follow Opera Singer through Google Friend Connect.

CupcakeCatie said...

the blueberry almond sounds amazing and yet weird!

CupcakeCatie said...

i followed Nicobella on Facebook!

~Catlyn Lawson

CupcakeCatie said...

i followed Nicobella on Twitter!

@ZombieCupcake90

CupcakeCatie said...

i followed Opera Singer on Facebook!

~Catlyn Lawson

CupcakeCatie said...

i followed Opera Singer on Twitter!

@ZombieCupcake90

CupcakeCatie said...

i tweeted about the giveaway on twitter!

www.twitter.com/ZombieCupcake90

CupcakeCatie said...

and i get the Opera Singer's blog my email!

GMC said...

The green tea ginger looks fabulous!

Simply Life said...

ooh...pumpkin chia! what a flavor!

showerton said...

Walnut Flaxseed Crunch intrigues me the most.

Erica said...

Pumpkin Chai!

Erica said...

Following Nicobella!

Erica said...

Following nicobella on twitter.

Erica said...

Following you on facebook

Erica said...

Following you on twitter already!

Erica said...

Tweeted the giveaway!

Erica said...

Subscribed to the blog by email!

Anonymous said...

pure cocoa bliss sounds like bliss :)

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Anonymous said...

follow nicobella on facebook

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Becca said...

The blueberry almond intrigues me the most!

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Tanya said...

Pumpkin Chai for tasty intrigue, Cocoa Bliss for the pure aspect...

Ally said...

I think the ginger green tea intrigues me most because I'd never have thought of mixing the flavors of green tea and chocolate!

Leslie R. said...

I'd love to try the ginger green tea.
Thanks!
lesliedoll at hotmail dot com

Monet said...

What a great and popular giveaway! The pumpkin chai has my vote. Thanks for sharing, sweet woman. I hope you have a great Wednesday. Happy Hump Day!

PurpleLarkspur said...

I am a huge fan of Chai, so I have to say that the Pumpkin Chai intrigues me the most. It sounds delicious!

PurpleLarkspur said...

I follow Nicobella on Twitter. My Twitter handle is @purplelarkspur

PurpleLarkspur said...

I follow you on Twitter. My Twitter handle is @purplelarkspur

PurpleLarkspur said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/PurpleLarkspur/status/42814325966127104

Bethany S. said...

Blueberry Almond--I've never seen that combination before with chocolate!

Bethany S. said...

I "like" Opera Singer on facebook.

Bethany S. said...

I receive the Opera Singer e-mails!

Bethany S. said...

I "like" Nicobella on facebook.

Mellie said...

The Ginger Green Tea truffles look so good!

Mellie said...

I liked Nicobella on fb. www.facebook.com/mellietronx

livingroovy said...

Pumpkin Chai! Two of my favorite things!

Britne @ Shabbott's Habits said...

Pumpkin Chai truffles sound very interesting...and tasty!

Brandi said...

I can't decide between the pumpkin chai truffles or the blueberry almond. They both have some of the things I love.

Brandi said...

I follow you on twitter

Brandi said...

I "like" Nicobella on Facebook!

Brandi said...

I tweeted about this giveaway as well

Vegiegail said...

It would be hard to choose just one, but Pumpkin Chai truly intrigues me!

Emily Malloy said...

Pumpkin Chai! Pumpkin Chai!

moonsword said...

I'd have to say the Blueberry Almond intrigues me the most. I love the pure sweetness of blueberries and of course almonds and chocolate always mesh well together, but I just can't imagine all three together. Thank you for the review and the awesome Nicobella giveaway!

Ashley said...

Yum they all look incredible. I'd love to try to the banana flavor!

Ashley said...

I follow you already!

Ashley said...

I'm a subscriber. :)

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Blueberry almond, fo sho!

veggietestkitchen said...

The walnut flaxseed looks like the most interesting one. I love throwing flaxseed into everything.

Cacao-Me said...

I love chai. I love chocolate. I love pumpkin pie. I am a vegan. Hmmm... I think the Pumpkin Chai truffle is made for me.

Ashlei said...

The ginger green tea is definitely intriguing!

Ashlei said...

Tweeted Win a box of @vegantruffles from @singerinkitchen. Enjoy dark chocolate at its finest! http://bit.ly/eBl9b6

Ashlei said...

Following opera singer on twitter @the_vegster

Ashlei said...

following nicobella on twitter @the_vegster

annc999 said...

Without a doubt ... pumpkin chai! Very interesting combo of flavors.

Mallory said...

I would love to try Pumpkin Chai! I love anything PUMPKIN!!!

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Mallory said...

following @vegantruffles

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Mallory said...

following you on twitter

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Gina said...

Oh my goodness! These truffles sound AMAZING! I've eaten a fair share of truffles in my life and these are like nothing I've ever had. I would love to win :)

laurelvb said...

Being a purist I've got to say Pure Cocoa Bliss would be pretty blissful. However, I'm on my way over to her site to see if I could possibly be wrong about that.

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