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26 Sep, 2010

Giveaway alert: for Ottawa chocoholics only

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

Oh friends. 

Fishbowl patron The Candy Store is sponsoring this fantastic giveaway.

Have you ever been to The Candy Store? They’re one of my favourite places to visit in Westboro. Not only do they have a great selection of retro candy, but they carry a lot of very high-quality sweets AND they are solely responsible for my addiction to salty caramels, gummy bears, and fancy pistachio-studded nougats  … all of which fits neatly into my Quality vs. Quantity approach to eating.

But this giveaway is all about chocolate. The Candy Store is giving away a basket of chocolate, the likes of which Ottawa probably hasn’t seen before. :)



Here’s a breakdown of what’s inside: (BTW, this has a $50 value, and the following descriptions were written by Katie, the manager/wedding & event coordinator at The Candy Store. I love how passionate she is about chocolate.)

The first four items are various bars by Galler. This is a Belgian company and they make divine dark, milk and white chocolate. They are a Belgian Royal Warrant Holder, a distinction that is hard to achieve and hard to keep. Last time I checked there were only five chocolate companies in Belgium that held the warrant, with Galler being the only one that really spends the time on making beautiful bars.

Sao Tome Tablet
Galler started the dark chocolate trend in 1993 by putting out the first 70% bar, so they know their stuff. This is another 70% bar of theirs and is a blended bar, so the beans were chosen for their flavour properties and how they intermingle. This bar literally walked in the door as I was putting together the basket, so it hasn’t been on our shelves in a LONG time.

Raspberry Galler Bar
This is a dark chocolate bar with a beautiful raspberry cream filling. It is, by far, our most popular of all the Galler flavours and when we update on our Facebook page, people make a point of coming in to buy several immediately.

Vanilla Galler Bar
This is a dark chocolate bar with a creamy vanilla filling – the filling isn’t overly sweet and the chocolate has a great mouth feel.

Pistachio Galler Bar
This bar is made with fresh pistachios and covered in white chocolate. The Galler white chocolate is not at all like the typically waxy white chocolate most people associate with low-end Easter bunnies. It’s a total experience unto itself (I have an embarrassing/funny story of the first time I ate one while sitting in the studio at the National Art Center…).

The next two are from Dolfin. Dolfin is also a Belgian company and prides itself on blending chocolate with different flavours for interesting and delicious taste experiences. Dolfin also has the distinction of being Belgium’s first CO2 neutral chocolate maker. The two bars included are from their “Flavours of the World” series which focuses on eight different areas of the world. Each flavour is paired with either milk or dark chocolate and the two included are: Milk Chocolate and Konacha Green Tea from Japan and Dark Chocolate with Lavender from Haute-Provence

The last bar in the basket is from Fauchon, a French fine food grocer whose shops are just about the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen in the area of sleek and modern – even the receipt paper was pink! Fauchon prides themselves on finding gourmet, high-end products and bringing them all into one location. Their bars are named 1 through 6, with each bar having a different flavour profile. #5 made it into the gift box and is a solid dark chocolate bar of African origin.

The remaining items in the gift box are beautiful bulk chocolates:

Dark chocolate covered ginger – a sharp and sweet experience, perfect for warming you up as the temperature starts to drop.

Cocoa dusted almonds – these dark chocolate covered almonds have the most incredible mouth feel and, we’ve recently been told, the Royal Palace in England had a case shipped in for the Royal Family.

Milkies – New York City’s high-end answer to the Smartie or M&M. These are made in Greenwich Village by Kopper’s and are a total favourite not only because they taste great, but also because they can be made in so many different colours. Nearly ever candy buffet produced by Martha Stewart Weddings and other such bridal magazines include offerings from Koppers and, almost always, Milkies.

Jordan Almonds – Again from Koppers, these are a beautiful, slightly larger almond with a decadent chocolate layer and a crisp, candy shell in a myriad of colours and finishes!

And finally, our malt balls. The two most popular malt balls are included in the gift box: Mint Cookie and Ultimate. Kopper’s makes our gourmet malt balls and they have elevated the lowly malted treat to a true experience. The Mint Cookie reminds me of a French Mint ice cream cone, without all the mess, and the Ultimate is four layers of chocolate surrounding the malty crunchy center. These two are, by far, our most requested and coveted items on the bulk wall!

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

If you’d like to win this basket o’ chocolate, here’s what you need to do (please read carefully):

  • You must live in the Ottawa area – or know someone who does – because the winner will have to pick up their prize at The Candy Store in a timely manner. (They’re located in Westboro at 350 Richmond Road.)
  • For your entry to qualify you must leave a comment below – or on your blog – which includes a candy or chocolate-related story or memory. It can be long or short. :) Some ideas: What was your favourite candy growing up? What did you say when your husband found your emergency chocolate hidden in the oatmeal box? Did your kids catch you sneaking candy out of their kid’s Halloween stash? TELL US. (If you can’t post your comment because you’re behind a firewall at work or whatever, you can email it to me for posting: andrea at quietfish dot com )
  • Subscribe to the Extra Helping if you haven’t already. (First issue is coming out next week!)
  • If you’re on Twitter, good karma comes to those who tweet about this giveaway. Emailing your friends to let them know about it is just as good. :)
  • One entry per person please! We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win here.

Sound good? I will do a random draw using Random.org at noon EST on Monday October 4, 2010. Please make sure you leave a valid email address. You can’t win if I can’t reach you.

Thank you to The Candy Store for hosting such a fantastic giveaway! Good luck!

65 Responses to "Giveaway alert: for Ottawa chocoholics only"

1 | Denis Lacroix

September 26th, 2010 at 8:22 am


I have and always will love chocolate first and would always make a glutton of myself at for the Easter holiday .I once got so sick from over eating chocolate i was afraid i would never eat it again .But that’s not possible ,i am still a glutton for chocolate!

2 | Alison in Ottawa

September 26th, 2010 at 9:02 am


I am certainly a chocolate fan and I really want to try the raspberry bar described above! But my favourites are sour keys. It is hard to find the right type of sour key.. some are too sweet, some are too gummy (often they can be stale). The funniest sour key memory is when I gave one to my older daughter at 2 years old. The reaction on her face was priceless. By the way, at almost 8 years old, she (and her 5 year old sister) love the sour keys too. Was it because of the early introduction to them? Is the taste for sour keys genetic? Mmmmm.

3 | Heather Pardon

September 26th, 2010 at 9:08 am


I am a chocoholic. Can’t and won’t go through life without it. A few years ago my partner at the time bought me some chocolate for Easter, some of which they decided to hide under my pillow to “find” on Easter morning. This is not a smart idea folks. I had a restless sleep wondering why I get dreaming of and smelling chocolate all night. I awoke in the morning to a melted mess of chocolate all over myself and my pillow. Although the chocolate smelled wonderful, I would have preferred to eat it. So don’t put chocolate under a pillow. Ever.

4 | Christine

September 26th, 2010 at 9:09 am


When I was little (probably 3 or 4) I was very protective of any treats I would have gotten for Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc. I had three older siblings, after all, and it was dog-eat-dog in the world of treats at our house. So, that year I received some Easter eggs that I promptly hid in my sock drawer. My parents were away for an hour or so and I decided it would be a good time to go to my happy place and enjoy one of my treats. When I went to my sock drawer, I discovered after much exploration that my treasured chocolate eggs were GONE! I was sure one of older brothers or sister ate my eggs and I went to each one of them to interrogate them. After no one would fess up, I was inconsolable, angry and heart broken that I took the biggest and fiercest temper tantrums. My siblings didn’t know what to do with me. These were the days before cell phones otherwise I’m sure they would have put in a 911 call to my parents to come home. I must have calmed down eventually as I seem to be okay currently.

I found out later that my mom ate them.

5 | Jackie

September 26th, 2010 at 9:21 am


Something about chocolate that is always so satisfying. I try and limit myself to good quality chocolate however I have a soft spot for bridge mixture. I don’t know why but the combination of chocolate nugget, chocolate covered peanuts and others in the mix, are perfect for me.

6 | Barbi D.

September 26th, 2010 at 9:40 am


I think my favorite candy story is of My grandfather taking me for a drive to a local store (we lived in the country so this was a bit of a country drive) and I would always pick a Wig Wham (not sure of the spelling now) bar. Nobody knows what these are, at least, I haven’t come across anyone. This combines my two loves; chocolate and caramel. Yum & it was some special time with him.

7 | Patricia

September 26th, 2010 at 9:45 am


The first Christmas my dh and I were married he decided to buy some Godiva chocolate for my stocking. He isn’t someone to do things halfway though. He bought me over $100 of Godiva! Let’s just say I was celebrating Christmas for over a month!

8 | Meagan S

September 26th, 2010 at 9:46 am


I am a huge chocoholic! It’s the first thing I go to when I want something sweet…When I was pregnant I ate a big bag of peanut m&m’s every second day! My ex still brings it up whenever we see a bag :)

9 | Rae

September 26th, 2010 at 10:09 am


Favorite candy story.. When Lily had her first malt ball, she was about 4, and she was just sucking on it, an it started to fizz a little, and the LOOK in her eyes was so shocked and she spit it out! She was mad, told me I tricked her with fizzy chocolate!

10 | KarenL

September 26th, 2010 at 11:34 am


My candy story is kind of a bad one – my son had a filling in his tooth and ripped it out chewing a jelly bean – now I have a phobia about the kids eating really chewy candy.

11 | Liisa

September 26th, 2010 at 1:04 pm


My mom has a candy cupboard at her house. One day, I discovered a secondary chocolate stash in the potato drawer. Both still exist today.

My children know about the treat cupboard and they will often point to it and say the want something from “in there”… They have not yet discovered the potato drawer.

We love The Candy Store!

12 | EmmyB

September 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm


Funny, I’m sitting here eating jellybeans right now… I’ve made a pact with a co-worker that we will repeat Lent and, starting from tomorrow, will have 40 jellybean-free days. So I’m enjoying them while I can, while feeling only slightly guilty about it.

13 | Nat

September 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm


Mmmmm… chocolate.

Chocolate is just such a escape for me. There was a bakery/coffee shop in Halifax back in the mid-80s called the Silver Spoon. They used to have the most spectacular chocolate truffles. The luscious delicious kind where one is truly enough (quality indeed). Every time anyone was heading Halifax way, my father, the true chocoholic in the family, would order a pit stop to the Silver Spoon. He went so far as to take a cab in from Halifax airport on a lay-over (Halifax airport is FAR from downtown — and cost $40 each way) to pick up these truffles.

Alas, as with many good things. They got popular and the initial quality went down. We found other chocolatiers… but that one reminds etch in my mind.

14 | Elizabeth

September 26th, 2010 at 3:05 pm


When I was a child, I used to hide my chocolate treats too, but in an antique chess table that nobody ever opened. I kept chocolate in there for months, sneaking a bite now and then. I was very upset when my older brother took up chess and started using the table quite often. My stash was no longer secure…

15 | Krista

September 26th, 2010 at 3:40 pm


This is the best giveaway EVER.

A few years ago my husband received a box of turtles from someone at work for christmas. I stashed it away and ate the whole box all by myself over the course of a week. I liked to have a couple with my morning coffee before everyone else got up. My husband completely forgot about the box…. anyone who forgets about receiving a whole box of chocolates clearly doesn’t deserve them. :)

16 | Sara

September 26th, 2010 at 4:32 pm


This is a great giveaway!

I’m originally from Australia and this happened when I was in Canada for the first time. I had been in the country for about three weeks and trying to ration my chocolate/lolly supply from home.

I had met a guy and he was going to cook me dinner at his place. We are in the supermarket getting ingredients and we walk down the Chocolate/Candy aisle and I discover that Canada sells Cadbury chocolate (different to the one from home but Cadbury nonetheless!) I was very excited. We head to his place and he made a lovely dinner for us. We’re watching a lame movie (Man on the Moon with Reese Witherspoon) and I’m eating my chocolate which I am very excited about. The guy goes to kiss me but I shake my head and tell him that I have chocolate in my mouth.

That guy is now my partner. And he *loves* this story and reminds me of every year by presenting me with a block of Cadbury chocolate on our anniversary.

17 | Mandy

September 26th, 2010 at 5:38 pm


An aunt of mine owned a small convenience store which was attached to her house. When I was a kid we’d often go there for Sunday dinners. She would always take us to the store and give my sister and I a small paper bag and let us go behind the cash and fill our bags with whatever loose candy we desired. I would always stock up on the one cent sours! She was definitely a favorite aunt!!!

18 | Roz

September 26th, 2010 at 6:14 pm


Wow. I’m drooling just reading those descriptions!

Chocolate-related story: I love chocolate so much that ever since i was old enough to understand what lent was, i would give up chocolate for lent, and i still do to this day. It was especially hard when lent fell right after valentine’s day, but i’d still give it up. Obviously every Easter is my chocolate feast day!

19 | Meghan

September 26th, 2010 at 6:52 pm


Yum! We love that store – so pretty inside.

My chocolate story – every Christmas I love to eat my sister in law’s peanut brittle. Last year we escaped Christmas and jetted off to Jamaica for two weeks. When we returned and picked up our dog at my SIL’s she gave me a huge tin of chocolate peanut brittle! Made my day.

20 | Erin

September 26th, 2010 at 6:58 pm


I am also a chocolate hider, although am now getting older and often forget where I’ve put it! I have been known to stash it in my sock drawer, nightstand, behind the flour container (who would look there?) and I always, always have a piece or two in my purse. You never know when you might get hungry ;)

21 | karen at virtually there

September 26th, 2010 at 7:42 pm


I’ve loved chocolate since I first tasted it when I was very little. My tastes have evolved now to really good dark chocolate or handmade morsels. My favourite chocolate memory was when my mom called me at work when I was pregnant with my first baby to tell me that she had just read in the Globe and Mail that eating chocolate when you’re pregnant makes for happier babies… so go crazy, she said! Of course, I’d already read the article and was thrilled…. and eating a Mars Bar when she called.

22 | Cari

September 26th, 2010 at 9:03 pm


I try to enjoy sweets in moderation but when I was pregnant with my first daughter, I wanted chocolate. In my last month of pregnancy I splurged and bought a one kilogram box of chocolates. It was supposed to last the month but somehow it disappeared within 2 days. It’s no wonder that my daughter is such a sweety pie.

23 | The Peanut Butter Addict

September 26th, 2010 at 9:43 pm


One memory? Whoa. I had to think about this for a moment. I love chocolate in all shapes and forms. One of my favorites was my stint at Dairy Queen during high school. I’m surprised I didn’t gain 500 pounds from working there because I had some variation of a chocolate-dipped cone, or hot fudge sundae, or chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard with extra cookie dough pieces every shift! Why did I ever quit? :P

24 | Erica

September 27th, 2010 at 6:51 am


I was a precocious little girl of about 5, playing with my best friend and my My Child doll, when I decided to try to convince my friend that my doll was real. I boasted that my doll just LOVED eating chocolate-covered raisins – we had a bag in front of us, so they were a convenient prop. I (fake) grabbed a handful of chocolate, made some smushing motions in my doll’s face, and presented my empty hand as evidence that the doll had magically eaten up all the candy. Naturally, my friend thought that this was the coolest thing ever. Then she took a (real) handful of chocolate and smushed it into my doll’s soft felt face before I could stop her. Despite my mom’s best efforts, my doll’s face was stained with chocolate from there on out. Two lessons: 1) Tell your friends when you’re playing pretend, and 2) Never leave a child alone with a bag of chocolate.

25 | Mel

September 27th, 2010 at 7:46 am


I love chocolate and so does my daughter. When she was 3 my parents came to visit for easter. We of course did an easter egg hunt and then my dad put her to down for a nap. I didn’t realize that he let her take her basket to bed. When I went to get her, her room was covered in bits of tinfoil from all the chocolate eggs she’d eaten while she was supposed to be sleeping!

26 | Sarah

September 27th, 2010 at 7:48 am


When I was a little kid – about 6 or 7 – I used to talk in my sleep a lot. One night, while on a family vacation, my sister and I were sharing a bed and she woke up in the middle of the night to find me talking. Apparently, I was chewing and “mmmm’ing” in my sleep, so she asked me what I was eating (she was older and knew that I was dreaming). I answered her “Chocolate”, in a dreamy, self-satisfied voice. She asked me if she could have some, and apparently, I grinned, shook my head and gleefully said “No – it’s aaaalllll gone!”.

I have no recollection of this, but given how much I’ve always loved chocolate, it’s not hard for me to believe that it really happened.

27 | Anne

September 27th, 2010 at 8:03 am


Not too long ago I tried to lick off a piece of chocolate that I thought had melted on my arm. Turns out it was a freckle! I was more surprised that it wasn’t chocolate! …that gives you an idea of how much I eat. haha!!

28 | Kaitlin

September 27th, 2010 at 8:32 am


I have two chocolate stories, one of which Katie knows and knows well; that being my relationship with Galler chocolate, which began in France two years ago and continued when I squealed with delight the moment my husband and I entered The Candy Store.

The other story is from when my husband and I first started dating. About six weeks into our relationship, he left for Chile, to visit a friend for two weeks…starting on Valentine’s Day. He left me a gift, which was a note telling me to open one envelope each day until he came home. Each envelope had a different kind of chocolate in it (ideal for coping with separation anxiety) and a note telling me why he loved me. I probably gained a few pounds by the end of it, but I also felt so very loved.

29 | Heather

September 27th, 2010 at 8:36 am


Ohh I want this basket of goodies! Growing up my dad owned a convenience store and every Christmas eve he would give us a paper bag and let us fill it with whatever we wanted – of course I always went for all the sweet and chocolate things – that way I could fit more in my bag!

30 | karen

September 27th, 2010 at 8:50 am


I love chocolate. I don’t eat a lot of it because it gives me a headache but sometimes a girl has to splurge.

I remember as a kid every Halloween I would give my dad all my OH Henry’s because I thought they were for old people. My dad seemed to find this insulting but it never stopped him from taking the chocolate bars.

31 | Stephanie

September 27th, 2010 at 10:19 am


Mmmm…these days, I’m a big fan of dark chocolate. I can happily leave an entire chocolate mousse on the table, but I can’t bypass a square of 85%. I like it bitter.

My chocolate memory is more of a chocolate tradition: every year my nana would buy me a box of Toffifee chocolates for Christmas. After she passed away (when I was 16) my mom kept up the tradition. To this day, it’s just not Christmas without that box of candy. My husband marvels at how quickly I can get through the entire box. I find it hard to share :)

32 | Robyn

September 27th, 2010 at 10:34 am


When I was a kid there was simply nothing better than a Mars bar … eaten carefully. At least one bite of all layers, then a bite that carefully peeled off the thick chocolate on top. If I was careful, I could make that bar last the full 20-minute walk home from school!

33 | Karen C.

September 27th, 2010 at 12:59 pm


My husband and I are both serious chocoholics, and had tried to make sure we didn’t immediately pass our bad habits on to our first child and had not given her chocolate to try. Enter one of our best friends, who lovingly scooped a forkful of decadent chocolate torte (from the Three Tarts) into our 14 mo-old’s mouth. She was so thrilled, so immediately lunged across the coffee table to get more of the good stuff, tripped, and full-out banged her face on said coffee table, resulting in a long, black bruise. She is now also a confirmed chocoholic.

34 | Kim Dougherty

September 27th, 2010 at 2:20 pm


I used to love getting Nutchos as a kid and anything chocolate mint. These days though I like really good and usually a bit pricey chocolate to savour….mmmmmmmm

great givaway, yum!!

35 | Holly

September 27th, 2010 at 2:49 pm


I’ll never forget giving my daughter her first nom of chocolate. We were in SanFran on the Ghirardelli tour and she LOVED it.

36 | Edumama

September 27th, 2010 at 2:52 pm


Chocolate- so many stories involve this rich delight, but the most recent experience involved an extra large bag of chocolate chips meant for baking cookies with the kids, but which disappeared within a week- who knew snarfing handfuls at a time would result in a trip back to the store! And chocolate chips- they aren’t even quality chocolate!! I have been forced to send myself on a cleanse in order to face this addiction, but will be off it just in time for the draw. Quality not quantity…a good motto.

37 | Kate McDougall

September 27th, 2010 at 3:04 pm


Chocolate is an amazing mood enhancer for my husband. For me to leave a “Turtle” on his night stand will make him break into a smile big enough to say…the workday is behind me, thank you !. Yes turtles…a box of them, a few of them, or one single handmade one. His favourtie gift to receive is Turtles. With 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren he seems to get a palatte full on Christmas Day, which is also his birthday. Makes me happy to always keep a small stash on my dresser as well for anyone who just needs a little chocolate friend.
My trips to the Candy Store in Westboro are for me…just me. I go to buy those treats that meant so much to me in the 60’s & 70’s…especially a Sherbet fountain. A few dips is what makes me smile..Now if only I could get in there for a few jelly tots!!

38 | Ibtisam

September 27th, 2010 at 3:06 pm


Remember when Loblaws used to have all the bins of bulk chocolates and candies? I am constantly reminded of when I was a toddler; apparently, while my mom was grabbing a bag of potatoes, I was stuffing my pockets with everything I could grab! By the time we got to the cash, I could barely walk! My dad picked me up and enough goodies to fill a pinata came spilling out of my pockets! Everytime I walk into The Candy Store, I remember that story! Ahhhhhh, the good old days!!!!!

39 | Bridgid McMahon

September 27th, 2010 at 3:16 pm


My first real chocolate fix came in the form of a kitkat bar. When I was little my father and I would go fishing, in a small town west of Ottawa called Galetta. There used to be a small convenience store there and after we were done fishing for the day I was able to get a treat if I was behaved. Half a Kit Kat, to share between us, and if I was really lucky a small chocolate milk to wash it down. Mmmmmm I loved fishing.

40 | Makayla Moore

September 27th, 2010 at 3:26 pm


Chocolate! Anything and everything chocolate. My obsession started as a little baby when my Grandpa would sneak small pieces of chocolate bars when my mother and Gramma werent looking.

41 | Theresa

September 27th, 2010 at 3:50 pm


I love all things chocolate. But my favourite chocolate “story” would be the first time I made proper hot chocolate a’la Martha Stewart, with REAL cholcolate and even homemade marshmallows, thankyoouverymuch. My little one was 7 and my littler one was 4. I have never seen eyes widen with such pure joy as upon their first sips. Making and sharing that with them was definitely my favourite chocolate moment thusfar. =)

42 | Carolyn HP

September 27th, 2010 at 5:27 pm


Love The Candy Store, been trying cupcakes from them all summer as we are trying to pick flavors we like so we can order some for our wedding in Sept 2011, great candy memories for me are when my fiance knows I had a really bad day, he’ll bring me a sweet treat like a handful of yummy gummi bears, or some reese pieces which are 2 of my favorite small sweet treats besides dark or coconut flavoured chocolate. I subscribed to extra helping, as this would be such a great gift to win and share with my family & friends.

43 | LO

September 28th, 2010 at 5:46 am


While not a sophisticated chocolate, whenever I see a box of rosebuds I think of my dearly beloved and now departed ‘Nan.’ I inherited my love, my preoccupation with chocolate from her. I remember coming home from a night out and she would b snoozing on the couch with Murder She Wrote playing on the TV in the background and across her chest would be a half eaten box of rosebuds….and a little trace of chocolate on her chin! To this day, whenever I see a box of Rosebuds, I smile!!!

45 | Shannon

September 28th, 2010 at 12:06 pm


Oh my heavens! Must.Win! My husband and I are choco/candy-a-holics. And now we are closet eaters because our son can hear us open a wrapper from another level in the house. It’s sad how we hide when we want to eat it!

46 | Tiana

September 28th, 2010 at 4:23 pm


One year Brent and I were on a strict budget of something like $15 dollars spending money per pay or something and he told me I HAD to stick to it for his birthday. I got him shaving cream (since he was all out and it was out of his budget) and a bunch of licorice from sugar mountain.

He’s still mad about it. He thinks I should have sneakily spent more. Men and their mind games!!!

47 | Miss Vicky

September 28th, 2010 at 10:07 pm


mmmmm…… chocolate……

Chocolate practically fueled my master’s degree – I was in Dublin and the chocolate there was so good! But I have to say that the array of quality chocolate available now is so impressive. And dangerous! Would love to make my way through that collection….

48 | Nora

September 28th, 2010 at 11:10 pm


I grew up on the east coast and we often drove through New England on summer or winter holidays or on our way to Quebec or Ontario. I loved going into the Ganong factory on the NB/Maine border and indulging in their chocolate covered caramels. They are the best and I adore them. I always received a box on them in my Christmas stocking as well and thought Boxing Day was wonderful as I’d savour my chocolate covered caramels and my new book and think I was the luckiest girl ever!

49 | suze

September 29th, 2010 at 10:29 am


I am a chocolate hoarder. Numerous friends and my mom can’t get over how I can have chocolate in (all over) the house and not eat it. I like to ration how much I have and I feel better knowing that there’s some there when I want (need) it.

My best candy story is from when I was a teenager. My boyfriend had given me a box full of those plastic eggs for Easter. He had filled the eggs with love notes and those cheap chocolate eggs. My mom went into my closet one day when I was at school and opened them all looking for the chocolate. She claims she didn’t read the notes but to this day I don’t believe her.

Losing the chocolate didn’t really bother me because I don’t like those eggs — I’d rather have one really good chocolate than a bag of wax.

51 | Carla

September 30th, 2010 at 9:11 am


Here is my chocolate story: When I was growing up I didn’t really like chocolate (or ice cream), and everybody thought I was really weird. It just didn’t sit well with me. It was only as a teenager when trying to sort out a number of health problems, a naturopath said hey! you should not be eating dairy! and I thought huh? so I stopped, it was hard but my health improved in leaps and bounds. And sometime later a friend sorta bullied me to try some dark no-dairy chocolate and I thought ‘but I don’t like chocolate’, but I did and WHOA! I LURVED IT! It was a whole new experience and I finally understood the love of chocolate. So my love of chocolate was born. As was my understanding of the wisdom of my body that was telling me ‘don’t eat that, no good for you!’ but I hadn’t known why. Hooray for dark chocolate I say!

52 | Doreen

September 30th, 2010 at 12:53 pm


Mine is a rather romantic story….it’s how my husband proposed…..

It was a lovely summer afternoon back in 1997. We had planned on going on a picnic. We stopped by KFC (yuck, i know….but we were young!) to pick up some food and headed on our way. I could tell he was nervous but had no idea that he was about to propose.

So now the chocolate part.

He pulls out a Kinder egg, which I love, and hands it to me. I rush to peel the wrapper back because I couldn’t wait to eat it and see what “fancy” toy was inside. Well, it was no toy. He had taped my ring to the instruction sheet! He and a friend had ever-so-carefully opened the chocolate egg, put the ring inside, and sealed it back up and re-wrapped it! Thinking back, I hope they had clean hands!

Thats my story and I hope you like it. I did!

53 | Ann

October 1st, 2010 at 7:32 am


My story is not so romantic.

When I was pregnant, I was put on a special diet to reduce my sugars. After a couple of months on it, I was desparate for chocolate. Understand, I have always been a chocoholic.

I bought a box of chocolate covered almonds and ate some. Then, being a good girl, gave them to my husband and told him to hide them and not to give them back to me if I asked.

Well, later that night I asked for them. And my husband refused to tell me where they were hidden.

I tore the house apart looking for them. And I was so upset I couldn’t find them. But my husband still refused to give them to me.

Poor him, I still don’t think he’s recovered from the unexpected storm that hit him next.

Never, never hide chocolate from a hormonal pregnant woman.

54 | Krista G

October 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am


I so love chocolate, and blame it all on my mother. When I was little, my used to give us medicine in a handful chocolate. We would eat the treat and fail to notice the meds in the mix. It was a no fuss way to get us to take our meds. We both thought we won (and I guess we both did).

Works with my little one too :)

55 | Rachid

October 1st, 2010 at 8:29 pm


<3. Choclate & Cupcake <3
For life…

56 | Heather

October 3rd, 2010 at 11:08 am


Chocolate has always been a treat. Growing up, my father regularly travelled to Europe and always brought back the GOOD chocolate. I learned at an early age to savour the taste of chocolate.I have introduced my husband to the various flavours. We still have a special place for our emergency chocolate.

57 | Know More Do More: exploring our neighbourhood >> a peek inside the fishbowl

October 4th, 2010 at 8:58 am


[…] today is the day I get to give away a gift of lovely chocolate from The Candy Store! Yay! If you’re reading this before noon, get thee over there and […]

58 | Anna

October 4th, 2010 at 9:05 am


I love the Swedish tradition of “lördagsgodis”, ie Saturday candy. Most kids in Sweden only get candy once a week, and most parents will allow their children to eat it whenever they please. You can eat it all at once (my sister) or save it for a few days (me), eat it before supper….your choice.

I now let my son do the same thing and we usually go to the Candy Store so that he can pick out a small bag of his favourites.

59 | Dennis Van Staalduinen

October 4th, 2010 at 9:08 am


Your contest has my mouth watering. I’m Dutch, so dark, bitter chocolate is like mother’s milk to me (but not mother’s milk chocolate). So when I had the chance to travel around Europe for business in the 90’s, I especially enjoyed trying chocoalate from little shops in Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Scandinavia. And I found that chocolate tastes best when two conditions are met: when it’s local (and you’re there), and when it’s fresh (and you’re there). If I win this, I won’t be there, but I’m sure the tastes will bring me back (that is, if my wife shares any with me).

60 | Nicole (@RantingRaving)

October 4th, 2010 at 10:25 am


Sooooo much candy!

My favourite candy story is from a halloween many many moons ago… We had just gotten back from a great night of trick-or-treating and my best friend was sleeping over. Our loot was spread all over the living room floor and my mom was helping us sort it out. I came across a small tube shaped thing and was surprised to find it was a hand rolled ‘cigarette’. I was completely clueless as to the real nature of this item! My mom called to report it and the cop drove us around the neighbourhood trying to find the ‘stinky’ and smoky house. We weren’t able to remember which house it was but somebody was definitely giving away more than just chocolate bars that night!

61 | Ann B (annbac9)

October 4th, 2010 at 11:31 am


When my husband proposed, he hide the ring in a Cherry Blossom chocolate box. I love Cherry Blossoms and it was a wonderful surprise to open the box (expecting chocolate) but seeing a blue velvet box instead :):)

62 | andrea

October 4th, 2010 at 12:17 pm


This comment is from Holly, who couldn’t upload from work (Thank you Holly!):

“Wow! These stories are amazing.

My most recent and wonderful chocolate memory was travelling to Boston with two of my very best friends for a Valentine’s Day chocolate tour. The entire tour bus was full of couples on a Valentine’s date and then there were the three of us. Two of the three of us were visibly pregnant too. We had the BEST time! We ate Boston Cream Pie at the place that invented it, we corrected the tour guide’s lousy French accent, and we ate chocolate until we could eat no more. It was an absolute blast. V-Day isn’t my favourite holiday (way too commercial and cheesy) but this was a wonderful way to spend it. Valentine’s Day is for lovers. Lovers of chocolate that is!

Andrea, thank you for this blog and everything you do in this community. I live in the neighbourhood and I’ve been reading you for a while and I thought I should take the chance to let you know. “

63 | andrea

October 4th, 2010 at 12:18 pm


Comments are closed! And doing the draw now…

64 | andrea

October 4th, 2010 at 12:31 pm


The winner is Carolyn HP with comment #42! She wrote:

“Love The Candy Store, been trying cupcakes from them all summer as we are trying to pick flavors we like so we can order some for our wedding in Sept 2011, great candy memories for me are when my fiance knows I had a really bad day, he’ll bring me a sweet treat like a handful of yummy gummi bears, or some reese pieces which are 2 of my favorite small sweet treats besides dark or coconut flavoured chocolate. I subscribed to extra helping, as this would be such a great gift to win and share with my family & friends.”

Congratulations Carolyn! Enjoy your lovely treats. And thank you to The Candy Store for this amazing giveaway!

65 | Carolyn HP

October 4th, 2010 at 1:06 pm


Oh my gosh, I’ve been picking up cupcakes & some candy from the Candy Store since July, I love this little shop in Westboro, one of my favorite Ottawa communities. My fiance Sean sometimes picks up cupcakes and always is amazed to find a treat that reminds him of his childhood.

My niece loves their candy and ice cream flavors too, it’s a treat to take her with me!

I cannot tell you how excited I am to have won this giveaway, I stayed home sick today as I was pretty sick yesterday and this morning, so once my tummy mends, I’m hoping to cheer myself and my family up with this gift.

I can’t say thank you enough!

I also am so excited to have found Andrea’s blog, it’s so awesome to finally be reading some great blogs in my local area, thanks for sharing of yourself and your family!

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