National Chocolate Week is almost upon us. From 12 to 18 October 2015 people across the land will be celebrating and indulging in the joys of chocolate in all its forms (from three-course chocolate ‘experiences’ and chocolate cocktails to chocolate and meat pairing and even chocolate massage!) and you can fully expect your social media timelines to be chock-full of choccy-related banter and images. The excitement is already building – check out #nationalchocolateweek to see what I mean.
To get in on the chocolate action, I’ve teamed up with Elements for Life, the makers of incredible raw chocolate products and based just over the border from me in Wiltshire, to bring you this awesome chocolate giveaway – make your way down to the bottom of this post for the full lowdown on the delicious prizes up for grabs and how to enter.
A little while back I took the family over to see Dan and Paula, the husband and wife team behind Elements for Life at their mini chocolate factory. I first met them a few years ago when they ran a chocolate making workshop in a chocolate pop up shop in Frome. That’s when we first fell in love with their delicious raw chocolate. It was great to catch up with them again in their new premises and to hear about all the latest developments.
As well as scooping a trio of Taste of the West awards this year, they’ve also introduced a whole host of ingredients and ‘superfood’ products to the Elements for Life range, such as vanilla powder (slow dried for a more intense flavour), Himalayan pink salt (full of minerals), raw honey from Colham Organic Farm, in north Wiltshire, and polifloral bee pollen, rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.
They’ve been busy developing new lines too and we got to try a slice of their gorgeous new ChocOmega high protein bar – it’s densely packed with dried fruit and berries, nuts and seeds and, not surprisingly, lots of raw cacao. Very satisfying and very delicious, and so good to know you’re filling up on heaps of omega essential fatty acids while blissing out in chocolate heaven.
Chatting to Paula and Dan, I’m reminded just how passionate they are about good, wholesome food, produced in a way that’s in balance with the natural world.
“We’re trying to get people to think again about what they put in their mouths, and share the message that by changing just little things at little bit at a time, we can all make a big difference,” Dan tells me. “We love food, especially raw chocolate, and love playing around with ingredients. That’s why we do what we do. You should keep an eye on our Facebook page – we’re always posting new recipes and ideas on there, lots of raw cakes and smoothies.”
Raw chocolate giveaway
But I am sure that you, dear reader, are keen to hear how you might get your hands on some of this divine raw chocolate from Elements for Life? Didn’t someone mention a giveaway?
To be in with a chance of winning, simply click on the link to enter via Rafflecopter and leave a comment below say why you deserve to win all this lovely raw chocolate!. You can win extra entries with a little social media action. This giveaway is open to people with a UK postal address only and runs until Sunday 18 October 2015.
Good luck and enjoy National Chocolate Week!
15% discount for all Bangers & Mash readers
If you aren’t one of the lucky winners, Bangers & Mash readers can still enjoy a special 15% discount off anything on the Elements for Life website for a whole month after National Chocolate Week until 18 November 2015. Simply enter BANGERS1015 at the checkout.