Thursday, 11 October 2012

National Chocolate Week giveaway!

This week's a bumper week. National Dyslexia Week and National Chocolate Week! Honest, I'm not making up the latter!


Homemade chocolate-topped peppermint creams!

Homemade treats in the form of cakes, biscuits and even chocolatey things are great, but I'm not averse to the occasional chocolate bar either. 

Can you guess which one of my all-time favourites I contributed to our Chocolate Week celebration at work?

  • It's one of the first chocolate bars that was ever produced in the UK.
  • It's dairy-free and vegan.
  • It was produced locally to here in the West Country until fairly recently.
  • The famous Quaker family that it's named after were the largest employer in Bristol at the start of World War I.
  • Everyone reminisces about the Five Centre medley variety which ceased production in 1992.

For a bit of fun, as I have a special frugal source for multi-packs of this bar, and it's a very grey, rainy week here that needs cheering up, I'll send one multi-pack of four bars to anyone, anywhere! Just leave a comment with your guess for my chocolate bar, or share your own favourite, by midday Sunday!

22 comments:

  1. I think I know the answer but I promised not to enter your next competition!!

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    1. It wouldn't be an Everyday Life On A Shoestring giveaway if you didn't enter Claire, so as one of my most loyal readers I'm entering you! (Plus, you have more competition this time!)

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  2. Ooh now, I think your favourite is my favourite. I love minty chocolate and I had thought Fry's Peppermint Cream had disappeared altogether, but it hasn't has it? I've recently rediscovered it.

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    1. Well your favourite would definitely be my favourite if I could get it round here! I thought it had disappeared too, so thanks for enlightening me. I'm stuck with the 'original'. For my minty fix the Coop's bags of fairtrade dark chocolate peppermint creams are pretty good.

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  3. I haven't had Fry's since I moved back to the US. You just can't easily get them here :(

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  4. The first chocolate bar produced in the UK was Fry's Chocolate Cream Bar produced in 1866. I think I should get extra great because I can only get it online here in the US. I've never seen it in a store.

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    1. Full marks for thorough research! What a shame you can't get it over there.

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  5. I have absolutely no clue what it could be! But I'd like to know, did you make those peppermint creams? Mint and dark chocolate -- best combination ever!

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    1. Yes, we made the peppermint creams. They're so easy. Mint and dark chocolate is indeed a great combination, although as you know, I'm fond of ginger and dark chocolate too!

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    2. Sarah, could you post the recipe you used? A box of those would make an amazing Christmas gift!

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  6. I have no idea, being a resident of the US. The only British candy I've tasted has been Cadbury's (and that was when I visited Canterbury). I just finished reading all your blogs so far and laughed aloud at the Lemon Cake disaster. That WAS a doozy! You have a great writing voice and I look forward to reading more of your posts. (Oh, and sorry about the stuffy name - that's my teacher name for school). My favorite chocolate is Lindt's 97% Dark.

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    1. I will reveal my favourite soon, although there are a few clues in the comments above! Thanks for taking the time to read the archive. I'm a big fan of dark chocolate too. In small quantities it's supposed to be quite good for us I think (or that's what I tell myself!)

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  7. I too have no idea, living in the US. But those chocolate peppermint creams look delicious. National chocolate week, wonder if I could pretend to be British just to have an excuse to eat chocolate this week :-)

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    1. I think you should show solidarity with your British blogging friends and eat a bit of chocolate!

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  8. Frys chocolate Cream-
    I have great respect for the Frys, like the other Quakers, they went into industry because their nonconformist faith disbarred them from University [therefore many careers & parliament not open to them] and their pacifism kept them out of the Army. BUT they were incredible social reformers, and did SO much for the welfare of their factory workers.
    I am just preparing some chocolate Whoopie Pies for our Christian Aid Tea party this afternoon!

    I like my chocolate rich and dark!

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    1. Yes, I appreciate their principles too. I didn't realise that their faith disbarred them from University, so thanks for sharing that information. I'm off to research Whoopie Pies...they sound intriguing but I hope they don't have the same effect as Whoopie cushions...

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  9. Fry's Peppermint Choclate Cream :)

    Does anyone remember the fruity type version? It was around in the 70s - one piece was green fondant(lime?), one pink strawberry, one lilac (blackcurrant?) and one deep pink, I think? (raspberry) Possibly one lemon yellow one too

    Or am I just totally mad...?!

    My fave = green and blacks dark milk or galaxy :)

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    1. No, you're not mad! There was a fruit medley version, its last name was the 'Five Centre' which stopped being produced in 1992. I love any of the Green and Blacks chocolate!

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