Thursday, January 26, 2012

win a $20 gift certificate for allison's gourmet


Some of the hedonistic confections that Allison makes by hand: dark peppermint bark, peppermint creme patties, truffles and artisanal caramels.



Last year at the Vida Vegan Conference, I met and hung out with Allison Rivers Samson, self-proclaimed "Maven of Mmmmm" and owner of the uber-popular Allison's Gourmet. Believe it or not, she is actually sweeter than the confections she purveys.

Speaking of her confections, I was a very lucky girl over the recent holidays. First, VegNews sent me and all contributing writers a box of Allison's brownies: rich, decadent with a faint orange scent. Allison also kindly sent me a holiday sampling of her sophisticated treats, sumptuously packaged in her signature chocolate brown box tied with lavender ribbon. Of course, I greedily gobbled them all up in record time. I especially enjoyed the Peppermint Creme Patties – they made me fall in love with peppermint again – and the Artisanal Vegan Caramels.

Allison's Gourmet has been in business since 1997. Her products not only taste good; buying them also make you feel good, because Allison uses only organic, fair-trade, vegan and minimally processed ingredients, and relies on post-consumer recycled paper and packaging whenever possible.

At the Vida Vegan Conference, left to right, me, Terry Hope RomeroJulie Hasson, Maven of Mmmm, Allison Rivers Samson of Allison's Gourmet

Want to win a $20 gift certificate for Allison's Gourmet? All you have to do is visit Allison's Gourmet, take a look-see, and leave a comment here with the decadent treat that you like most [Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible if you drool all over your keyboard or mobile]. You need to live in the US to be eligible. Please be sure to leave contact info. Good luck, chocoholics! I'll be announcing the winner in the next few days.

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100 comments:

dana said...

I am totally drooling over the vanilla-kissed strawberry bark!

Vegyogini said...

I would love to try the caramels! I've had my eye on them for ages. Thank you for the giveaway!

Molly G said...

Oy! Please don't make my choose just one!! I want the peanut butter cups, the peppermint creme patties, the vanilla-kissed strawberry bark, the artisan caramels... Too many delicious things!!

Danielle said...

Oh I have been lusting after her peppermint creme patties! Yumm! (And now I'm drooling....)

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Anne said...

Pecan brownies! (also considered the peanut butter cups) I think I would enjoy absolutely anything on the site.

Rebecca said...

I would totally love to try the toffee or caramel! Everything sounds so good :)

Maeve said...

The Artisan Chocolate Assortments have me drooling! And I *adore* peanut butter cups. There are just too many delicious things to choose! Thank you for the contest :)

Sarah C said...

Oh yum! Truffles and caramels, for sure!

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

The artisan vegan truffles sound divine!

Diane52 said...

I'm going crazy at the thought of the carmals, can't lie...they all sound wonderful
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Diane52 said...

I'm going crazy at the thought of the carmals, can't lie...they all sound wonderful
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Animal-Friendly said...

I'm on the search for the perfect vegan PB cup, so I'd love to try Allison's version :)

princesstofu said...

caramels caramels caramels! I'd like to bathe in them.

shannonmarie said...

I'm a truffle girl, but my daughter is begging for that vanilla-kissed strawberry bark :-)

Great idea for a giveaway. Thanks for doing this!

Amy said...

I've got my eye on the chipotle caramels.

purplelarkspur said...

The Artisan Vegan Caramels look delicious!

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Christa said...

The pecan brownies..!!mmmm!

christina said...

Whoa! Those caramels look to die for!

Kelly said...

How could I possibly decide?! Ummm... how about the Chocolate Almond Toffee?

Monica said...

The artisan vegan truffles look absolutely amazing!

Paulina said...

I would love some Artisan Vegan Caramels! Mmmm!

Mr. Write said...

double chocolate brownie please!!!!!!!!!!

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Toni said...

The Just Cookies sampler -- have a bit of everything!

CuteVegan said...

The Orange Blossom Truffles sound soooo yummy!

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Lauren said...

Okay I totally cannot choose just one..but if i TRULY had to..I would choose the peanut butter cups. or the caramels. or peppermint patties or or...

okay for only one..peanut butter cups!

I wish I knew about the site pre-wedding, that would've been great wedding favors!! :)

Stephanie Dana said...

Vanilla-Kissed Strawberry Bark..mmmmm, i think this looks pretty good.

sharyn said...

Peanut butter cups are the best--when I see vegan ones, I HAVE to buy them.

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Meg said...

Strawberry bark or truffles.... /drool

Lizzie Bordello said...

I think that Strawberry Bark is new...and I think I need some!! Might have to go make peppermint bark in the meantime, to get me through the days until I can get my hands on the Strawberry. :)

Caitlin said...

Does it get any better than peanut butter cups? They are the perfect treat and my favorite classic.

Mary said...

The peanut butter cup ones look amazing. I love the combination of chocoate and peanut butter, I love the shape and ridges of the little treats.

Beth said...

Peanut butter cups, all the way!

cleofaye said...

I'm currently drooling over the artisan caramels... they look amazing

Steph! said...

Caramels or brownies. I can't decide!!!

Cadry said...

It's probably a good thing you made that disclaimer. Everything on Allison's site looks outstanding! I'd most like to try the artisan caramels.

Art You Dream About said...

Fudge is sounding good to me right now!

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Shiny Happy Vegan said...

peppermint patties :)

sara said...

the truffles :) especially the coconut ones!

Mathgirl said...

OMG. I love chocolate caramels. If I could just have a huge box of those and then enter an insane sugar/caffeine high then crash I could die a happy woman.

Carrie said...

it's so hard to choose! I'd say the artisan caramels, but everything looks scrumptious!

radioactivegan said...

I would LOVE to try some of those vegan caramels!!!

Jody said...

it's pecan brownies for me! :) yummmmmmmmm!

Neo said...

Their chocolates look so beautiful! but I'm sure they taste even better... Thanks for the giveaway.

a said...

The caramels. Definitely. Unless it's the peanut butter cups...

NobodysGirle (at) hotmail.com said...

I want CANDY! :) I'm dying to get my hands on her caramels!

Erin said...

Peanut butter cups or assorted truffles. I'm easy to please!

Lee Ann said...

Tough decision as it all looks so good. I'd love to try the toffee - that is one thing that I haven't had in years.

Rachael said...

mmmmm - i love truffles and peppermint patties!!!!

Shannon said...

Salted vanilla caramels!

The Vegan Kitchen said...

Everything looks so good, but I guess I can narrow it down to vanilla caramels or walnut fudge. Yummmmm!

sp said...

CHOCOLATE ALMOND TOFFEE is my super fave. Hoarding > Sharing when it comes to Allison's.

Unknown said...

I want everything. But I especially want the peanut butter cups and peppermint creme patties.

Christine said...

Everything looks so good! I'm dying to try the Artisan Chocolate Assortments!

Chris said...

I would buy her fudge because it is so good!

Heather said...

The vegan caramels or the peanut butter cups! It's way too hard to choose - everything looks amazing!!

Anonymous said...

caramels and brownies!

Jen said...

I'd either go for the assorted artisan chocolates or the hot chocolate. or both!

Hannah A. said...

I would LOVE to try either the vanilla-kissed strawberry bark or peanut butter cups. :-)

Tamra said...

Gourmet vegan brownies, please! :)

リア said...

Aaah peanut butter cups... or peppermint fudge...

Rachelle said...

There is absolutely no way to choose between the caramels and the peanut butter cups!

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Jenelle said...

All drool worthy but I'd must like to try any of the fudge.

Semilla said...

Chocolate almond toffeeeeeee! *squeal!*

Raine said...

Half Original/Half Walnut Fudge. I love foods that are dense and crunchy. These is perfect for my weird cravings!

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Tamara Evans said...

I would love to try the vanilla kissed strawberry bark!

mariamashta said...

I really miss snickerdoodles - would love to try some!

Laura said...

For me it would have to be the truffles or peppermint patties!!! :))

Kaycee said...

The Java Crunch Fudge sounds amazing... but so does everything else. It all looks great! Would love to try! (and review) :)

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Susnasty said...

Those salted vanilla caramels look divine! Oh boy, I want them all to myself *crosses fingers that I can get some of these delicious goods*

Zenimue said...

Artisan Butterscotch Pecan Caramelz could easily become a new obsession though I'd have to get a box for myself & 1 for my husband to keep the peace =)

jenni said...

it's a toss up between the vanilla kissed strawberry bark and the truffles for me.

Sherry said...

Mmmm ... The peanut butter cups caught my eye first, and then I saw the caramels. I would love to try both!

*Autumn Tao* said...

Either the truffles or caramels would be my choice.... Gosh I haven't had caramel in forever!

Rachel said...

The truffles and caramels look fantastic!

dasha said...

Oh, no question the caramels! There is nothing better than a gooey chewy caramel! Although the peppermint creme patties and the peanut butter cups did catch my eye.

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Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler said...

OMG -- everything?!

I've been craving peanut butter cups lately, but that vanilla-strawberry bark is tempting, too.

Allison King said...

I'd love to try the gourmet vegan brownies... but maybe the sampler too!

Lori said...

I'm thinking some vegan caramels! Thanks!

T.M. said...

I haven't had caramels in years so I would love to try the vegan caramels....I practically was licking the screen!
Thanks for the contest.

Shear Sensations said...

those chocolates look dangerous...yum!

Carol said...

The peppermint patties sound like the perfect "close your eyes and escape for a moment" indulgence.

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Susan said...

It's an easy choice for me - Chocolate Almond Toffee! I've been meaning to order some for quite a while but, well, I'm always dieting. Suppose I should ease up on myself? With my food allergies, vegan sweets is nearly the only kind I can eat. Thanks!

Nougat said...

truffles!

Chelsea said...

Double chocolate brownie!!! A girl can NEVER have too much vegan organic fair trade gluten free chocolate! ;)
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Jody said...

Wowsa! i'LL take the strawberry bark and peanut butter filled! iT ALL LOOKS FANTASTIC!!!!! Would love to use the gift cert with my purchase cause there is NO doubt I will purchase! tHANKS

Katherine said...

Oh my goodness!! All of her creations are gorgeous and look so yummy!

I want to say that I would want the brownies, but I confess...I'll just devour them without savoring them. :p

I would absolutely LOVE the truffles and peanut butter cups, though. The truffle mix is a perfect combination of flavors!

Holly said...

The caramels sound devine.....always a sucker for peppermint, so the peppermint cremes look amazing too!!

raechel said...

Aww! Strawberry bark looks perfect for a very happy vegan valentine's day!

Amanda said...

I love the double chocolate cookies, but have been wanting to try the fudge for a while now.

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Dionna said...

The truffles are making my eyes bulge! I think the coconut joy truffle, the peppermint swirl truffle, or the raspberry blush truffle would be superb. What can I say, I love chocolate truffles!

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Geeta said...

Hands-down the peppermint drinking chocolate - what could be better on a rainy day in Oregon!

Jess said...

I am swooning over the assortment, but if I have to choose one only, it would definitely be the truffles! Yum! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :) mfrapp_83 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Cynthia said...

I am a big fan of spice...so I would have to say the chipotle cinnamon fudge :)

beckymusician said...

Chocolate cherry brownies --yum!!!!

Jessica said...

I need these peanut butter cups --- or the pecan brownies --- in my life ASAP. No really, I do! And yes, I am drooling.

Nancy Drew said...

The Artisan Vegan Truffles are making me drool all over my poor laptop!

greenveggies said...

Oh my! The caramels!!

Lutrinaë said...

OMG it's such a pain to find vegan chocolate in here :( I'm only drooling at this!

Michaela said...

Wow, it all looks amazing, but I would definitely have to go for the vanilla-kissed strawberry bark! Yum!

Sarah P said...

These look amazing! I can't believe I've never seen them before. The caramels definitely look the best!