Great BIG Scharffen Berger Chocolate Holiday Giveaway!

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At holiday time each year, I get to host a Scharffen Berger giveaway with you. I use their chocolates in my baking all the time and we love to munch it out of hand too. The dark bars and unsweetened cocoa powder are my favorites. My kids love the milk and the white chocolate flavors and my hubs is somewhere in between. He is super sweet, but a semi-sweet chocolate kinda guy.

If there is one thing we all have in common dear readers is a great love for chocolate. Raise your hand if you don’t like it? Thought so. Bet your hands are politely in your lap. Now say “pretty please I want to win this GIANT chocolate giveaway.”

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Look at all this glorious stash. I mean really. A feast for all the senses. So many flavors how do you pick just one? If you win you don’t need to!

Isn’t that reindeer adorable? He makes me *smile*

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He likes chocolate too.

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Since I launched my blog in June 2009 it has become somewhat of a tradition to share my most favorite chocolates with you. You can view some of my posts from years past. The photos have changed, but the chocolate remains some of the best I have ever had! Check out my posts from Valentine’s Day and Holiday 2010. I love looking back.

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Are you on the hunt for great dessert recipes? You will love this cookbook written by the founder of the company: John Scharffen Berger. From cookies. to cakes, pudding to oozy, gooey, everything chocolate. You name it. It’s in the book.

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Of course I use chocolate a lot in my recipes. Check out my recipe page for even more…

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That is a BIG party huh! Bet you wish you were coming over here for a visit. My kids were all over this photo shoot. So was my mother in law who was here for a visit. She thinks my job is pretty neat and watched me take these pictures.

Her reward for being such a great MIL is….chocolate! She likes the milk chocolate almond bar. She says the pinch of sea salt makes it just right.

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I am so curious…what would you do with all of this fine chocolate? How long do you think you could make it last.

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What would you eat first? That might be the trickiest question of all!

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Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to #576 Nisha. Stay tuned for more fun giveaways soon.

One winner can win all of this. All of it. This is valued at $140.00

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To help you consume lots of fabulous fine chocolate, Scharffen Berger is providing lucky reader with that whole list of goodies above including the Essence of Chocolate cookbook. I am sure you can think of many things you can do with all that sweet goodness. You can use a lot of it in your holiday baking. Cookies need chocolate. So do cakes. Hot chocolate is essential this time of year.

This giveaway is open to USA visitors and will be open until Thursday, December 16th, midnight PST. The winner will be chosen at and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 3 days to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the USA.

How to Enter

Tell me all about how much you crave chocolate. Have you ever tasted Scharffen Berger? What flavors would you like to try?

To earn entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. You can leave one comment (entry) or many comments (entries) The choice is yours. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, the number generator will not count them as separate entries.

  1. Vote for my Thai Spiced French Fries to become the new Alexia Foods flavor. You can vote one time per day until March 30th 2012. Leave a comment each time you vote.
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*You can stay in touch with and Scharffen Berger on Facebook too! disclosure: I am hosting this giveaway so you can partake in some amazing Scharffen Berger chocolate. The opinions on this blog are entirely my own. I was sent delightful samples of their products to review.


~ Marla Meridith

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694 thoughts on “Great BIG Scharffen Berger Chocolate Holiday Giveaway!

  1. I would love to try to make Strawberry Coconut Cake – “Sweet Six” because i love coconut and I would love to win the chocolate giveaway!

  2. I don’t eat chocolate, at all. But my boyfriend loves it, and he especially loves Scharffen Berger dark chocolate (he used to live near the S.B. factory, even). So I’d love to win this for him.

  3. I love chocolate – the darker the better. I have never tried Scharffen Berger — I’m not sure where it is available locally. And most enticing is the mocha chocolate bar. Sounds divine.

  4. I love super dark chocolate and when I want something sweet, the super dark chocolate balances that sweet tooth out for me. Plus since it isn’t very sugary, I don’t feel bad eating it.

  5. I’ve never had chocolate crepes before and your recipe sounds really yummy with the cherry and ricotta cheese filling. I’d probably add some salty pistachios for a nice crunch and extra color. That actually be a really fun Christmas day breakfast!

  6. Wow – what a great giveaway! I love chocolate and I would bake with it – give a TON of baked goods to my family and nibble a wee bit for myself!

  7. I probably dream about chocolate every night! (you know I’m having sweet dreams, at least). I LOVE Scharffen Berger, wonderful quality of chocolate. The unsweetened cocoa powder and cocoa nibs are my favorites (for baking). I’m more of a dark chocolate kind of girl but would love to try the milk chocolate with almond and sea salt since that’s endorsed by your MIL. 🙂 Oh…you don’t know how much I want to win this giveaway….I’m drooling over your pictures….They are gorgeous, by the way. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  8. I love Scharffen Berger’s site and would love to try the Tasting Squares – 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate, 41% Cacao Milk Chocolate with Sea Salted Almonds, and 62% Cacao Dark Chocolate Nibby!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  9. I love chocolate so much that I bought some special baking chocolate while was in San Francisco and proceeded to eat all of it. I did stop in at the Scharffen Berger store while there and picked up some chocolate. I would love to try the Milk Chocolate Salted Almond Bar. It sounds yummy.

    1. Katrina, not only is Switzerland at the top of my travel wish list for skiing, hiking & it’s beauty. I would love to go on a chocolate tour while there too!

  10. This looks amazing!!! I would eat all the unsweetened chocolate so fast (I eat it every day!), but I would give the sweetened bars to my family and friends for gifts. YUM! Can’t wait to make chocolate cake and dip things in chocolate.

    1. Alex, I eat the unsweetened chocolate on it’s own. My very favorite! I also make hot chocolate out of it…sweetened with my favorite vanilla stevia drops and a splash of milk. Come to think of it I need to post that 🙂

  11. I can’t win because I live in Canada… but wanted to comment on how sweeeeeeeeet this post looks! When people ask how I survive without gluten – I typically reply I’m good as long as no one takes chocolate away from me!

    1. That is hilarious & the perfect response. Just because people can’t eat gluten doesn’t mean their food choices need to suffer. I am virtually gluten free by choice & I never feel deprived. Thank goodness chocolate is in our lives 🙂

  12. I want to try the maple bacon sizzle potatoes, my boyfriend loves eggs for breakfast on the weekends and this looks like a great way to jazz it up

  13. Oh I LOVE chocolate, and can honestly say I consume it every day! My favorite is dark chocolate- 70% cocoa and higher, but I honestly do not discriminate too much 🙂

    I have had Scharffenberger before- thanks to you! My local grocery store has started to carry it in the specialty chocolate section. It is SO delicious!

    The chocolate tasting squares excite me the most; I love sampling different chocolates and flavors!

  14. I have never tried this kind of chocolate, but have heard a lot of good things about. I live in rural Maine, so I have never been able to find it! I would love to try any of it, being a huge chocolate fan!

  15. My family and I are grand chocolate lovers. I was on Coumadin (blood thinners) about 10 yrs ago or so. The doctor told me there were a few foods that I had to stay away from. Before she got too far though I asked if I could have my chocolate. She said YES I could. So I was happy then.

  16. made the Chocolate Ginger Truffles and they are great!! Also the tri tip cocoa nubs rub I use is from scharffen berger

  17. I would like to try your goat cheese and fruit pizzas with some melted Scharffenberger chocolate drizzled on top!

  18. I love Scharffen Berger chocolate! I recently just used a 9.7 oz bar of their bittersweet chocolate to make chocolate babka!

  19. My girls just got into eating pomegranats and they love coconut so we are going to try the Coconut Oat Crusted Chicken Nuggets with 2 Pomegranate Sauces.

  20. I love dark chocolate and always keep a little bit in the cabinet. I have never tried Scharffen Berger. Would love to try their mocha or nibby bar.

  21. I have never tried this brand of chocolate but have always drooled over it in the store. I would love to try the sea salted almonds!

  22. I LOVE chocolate! love love love it. I crave it more than I should. 😉 I would love to try their bittersweet baking chocolates.

  23. I crave chocolate so much that you better get out of my way when we get to the candy aisle at the store. I ‘d try the Milk Chocolate with Almonds first, though, I’ve never tried this chocolate before.

  24. The Rasberry Lemon Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting sounds really good. My fave cupcake happens to be srawberry with a lemon frosting!

  25. I’ve tried a couple of your muffin recipes, but I’ve adapted them and so I don’t remember the original names. Love whole grain recipes!

  26. I Stumbled this post! I love all of their stuff and have been experimenting with the cacao nibs. Very nice for a chocolately burst of flavor with no sugar.

    1. Angela, that is so very true. A few years back I was thrilled when I discovered the wonderful world of cacao nibs. Love the texture, deep chocolate flavor & the fact that there is no sugar in them!

  27. I always crave dark chocolate after I finish dinner, there’s something so satisfying about chocolate after a meal! I’d like to try their cocoa nibs, I’ve never tried their chocolate before.

  28. I love dark rich chocolate and I have never used their chocolate before but the one with sea salt sounds really good!!

  29. I love chocolate i could eat it with every meal! its the one thing i could never give up!:) I would love to try the dark chocolate nibby bar. I have never tried these but i would love to and i know my husband would as well!

  30. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t crave chocolate. Would love to try the Dark Nibby Chocolate Bar!

  31. Ive tried only the milk chocolate(41%) nibbly bar before and i liked it a lot- defiantly a milk chocolate lovers type of bar.

  32. I am a chocolate addict but sadly have never tried Scharffen Berger before!!! Have always heard great things though… would love to try it ALL! 🙂

  33. I seriously would try any and EVERY one of their products! But I guess if I had to pick one at the moment it would be the Milk Chocolate w/ Sea Salted Almonds – DROOOL

  34. I shared this contest by emailing it to a bunch of my coworkers, friends and family members. Not sure if this constitutes as “creative” or not, but hey I tried!

  35. The “Maple Apple Upside Down Cake” recipe looks divine… I am drooling already and it’s not even lunch time. 😉

  36. I love chocolate of all sweetness levels. Sometimes milk chocolate hits the spot, and other times, dark is best! I’ve never tasted Scharffen Berger, but would love to try it. Coming from Lancaster Co. PA, Wilburs {locally made} melting chocolate, cocoa, and for plain eating are our absolutely favorite!

  37. I just love Chocolate and my husband the baker, uses it twice a month to satisfy my craving for Chocolate….this giveaway sounds so yum, yum and more yum…

  38. A fan of chocolate I am not. However, I have a darling spouse who LOVES the stuff, so this would be well appreciated at our house.

  39. Dark chocolate is my favorite. I could eat an ounce a day. I have tried Scharffen Berger. I bought their sampler pack several times and have bought their small bars. I would like to try their unsweeneted cocoa powder, their 99% unsweetened baking bar, the milk chocolate with sea salt and almonds—oh what the heck. I want all of them. 🙂

  40. I was literally sucking on a square of dark chocolate as I read this post. I’m all about the dark chocolate, but if I won this giveaway, I think I would head for the mocha bar first.

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  41. WE are a chocolate loving family! It is a given that I love it but the fact that my husband cant go a day without chocolate is pretty special (and part of the reason I love him?)
    I would love to try the bar with the salted almonds. I am a huge nut fan and have yet to have salted nuts in chocolate.
    Hope to win!

  42. I have never tried Scharffen Berger chocolate because it is so pricey. Would I love to win this package! Thank you for the opportunity to dream.

  43. i have never tried their chocolate before. the sea salt one sounds awesome. I’m gonna have to try that one, one way or another. 🙂

  44. Great giveaway! I adore Scharffen Berger chocolate…I even visited their factory in Berkeley before it closed! 🙂 My favorite bar is probably the sea salt almond…so amazing!

  45. I would love to try the Scharfen Barger Tasting Squares Assortment and share them with my fellow Kindergarten teachers!

  46. When I crave chocolate I have to have it RIGHT then. This usually means that I don’t have time to bake anything so I always keep a dark chocolate bar in my fridge for emergencies. I have never had Scharffen Berger chocolate but I would LOVE to try their dark!!

  47. I would love to try the milk chocolate w/ sea salt almonds. I’m usually a dark chocolate fan, but scharffen berger’s milk chocolate is just as divine. I like using scharffen berger’s baking chunks to make chocolate chip cookies. delicious!

  48. How long could I make this chocolate last? Not long. I truly am a chocoholic.
    I think a chocolate ganache would be perfect for this decadent chocolate!
    Happy holidays dear friend!!!!!

  49. If the number of comments are anything to go by your readers LOVE chocolate. I would make chocolate krispy treats with the kids – milk and plain – perfect treats and super easy

    1. Lucy, those rice crispy treats sound like a fun thing to make with my kids when they are off on holiday break. They should encourage GREAT behavior, yes?

  50. I love chocolate…I eat it every day. I have never tasted Scharffen Berger chocolate but would love to give them all a try!

  51. Would love to try the milk with sea salt and almonds chocolate bar – haven’t tried Scharffen Berger chocolate yet 🙂

  52. I didn’t used to have much of a sweet tooth, but these past few months..I CRAVE desserts…especially chocolate! I’ve tasted Scharffen mom introduced me to it! Definitely want to try the milk chocolate with sea salt almonds! Sounds delicious.

  53. I would love to try their Semisweet Nibby bar, or the Extra Dark…decisions are terrible things! Obviously, the best thing to do would be to have both!

  54. Unfortunately I haven’t tried any of the Family Fresh recipes yet, but the Chocolate Ginger Truffles would make excellent gifts for Christmas, I suspect…there may even be time left for this year’s presents.

  55. And I have now signed up by email to follow your blog; if only I had stumbled on it earlier! So many recipes, so little time!

  56. What an AMAZING giveaway! You rock Marla! I have never tried Scharffenberger before, but it sounds awesome. I would love to try every kind because I LOVE chocolate. Prolly couldn’t live without it. I would definately love to try the cacoa nibs!

  57. Mmm, chocolate…. I have decided life is too short to eat crummy chocolate. I would love to try Scharffen Berger! I have no chocolate in my house right now because I ate the heck out of my two fruit & nut Toblerones.

  58. Scharffen berger is SUCH a nice chocolate! I’d love to have the 70% or 99% baking chocolates~ I’ve still been using regular chocolate for baking, and it shows

  59. Your Pear Spice Cake with Toasted Walnuts looks really good…..!! i’m drooling just looking and thinking about could.

  60. I have never tried their chocolate, but it looks wonderful. I love a good milk chocolate, and a recipe with cherry and chocolate flavors.

  61. oh yes, i love chocolate. i probably have a piece or two every night after dinner when i share tea with my family! i love love love scharffen bergers milk chocolates. all very very good!

  62. that Milk Chocolate Nibby Bar (Milk Chocolate w/Roasted Cacao Nibs 41% Cacao) sounds really good! i havent seen that one in the stores near me!

  63. there are a heck of a lot of recipes on this site!! the Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash Casserole is calling my name…

  64. I’m new to your blog and I’m loving it.

    I’m a chocoholic, for sure! Did you see my post tonight about the fudge I made? It’s so yummy!


  65. I crave chocolate nearly everyday. Sometimes I want to nibble, and sometimes, I crave hot cocoa. I have never had scharffen berger chocolate. What I’d like to try first is the dark nibby chocolate bar.

  66. OH my GOSH! That’s the most delicious thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t think whether it would disappear at the snap of a finger, or whether I’d be able to make it last for months. I’m usually a scarfer, but with chocolate this nice… *grin*
    I voted for your Thai fries ~
    Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  67. I haven’t tried any recipes from your website yet, but I have the Avocado Scones bookmarked to try soon.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win those delicious presents! 🙂

  68. If I could pick one chocolate bar from the Scharffenberger website, it would be the mocha dark chocolate bar. I would totally scharffenberg that mocha bar. (See what I verbed there.)
    Thanks!! 🙂

  69. I keep reading about Scharffen Berger chocolate on blogs, and it DOES NOT EXIST in Wyoming! So I would love to try it!

  70. Chocoholic doesn’t even begin to describe it. 😛 I’ve never had Scharffen Berger but I’ve heard you can’t do any better!

  71. Mmm, chocolate. I don’t think I’ve ever had Scharffen Berger chocolate! I’ve been wanting to try and make a bunch of different holiday barks this season so winning a bunch of chocolate would be great!

  72. Their Milk Chocolate with Sea-Salted Almonds sounds so good! I might have to go grab a chocolate bar on my way to work…

  73. And as for one of your recipes I’d like to try… those Matcha Green Tea Pistachio muffins sound interesting! I’ve been itching to try Matcha powder in baking, still haven’t ordered any though ;(

  74. I crave chocolate like no other. Especially when it’s that time of the month, I am on a hunting spree in my house trying to scrounge for bits of chocolate… searching through purses, fridge, pantry, and finally going out to get my chocolate fix. I haven’t been lucky enough to try a scharffen berger chocolate, but I’ve heard so many good things about it. I really want to try it… it probably wouldn’t last for my baking, but my taste buds would really appreciate it. The Milk Chocolate w/Sea Salted Almonds Bar is very intriguing… must tryyyyy!

  75. How much I crave chocolate? There just aren’t adequate words to express! My relationship with chocolate is the most rewarding and satisfying–not to mention the longest–relationship I’ve ever had! I love ScharffenBerger and I only have one baking bar in my cupboard at the moment, so I’d love to win this fabulous prize package! Thanks for the giveaway.
    oh, and I would love to try the Mocha Chocolate Bar 😉

  76. I Voted for your Thai Spiced French Fries to become the new Alexia Foods flavor. They sound delicious! Good luck!

  77. 13. Not that this is very clever…but I did share this giveaway on Facebook. In addition, I personally told three people who I thought would be interested.

  78. I’ve never purchases Scharffen Berger before. I know that a lot of other bakers swear by it, so I’d love to give it a try.

  79. I’ve never tried Scharffen Berger chocolate before, but it’s on my bucket list to make some truffles from their chocolate. I want to try the 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate

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  81. I’m going to pretend I’m American for just one giveaway…and I choose this one! Too bad because I have this thing for chocolate. We go way way way back. Not sure if we get this brand in Canada but I’ll be on the look out. Another wonderful giveaway, nonetheless. Happy holidays to you and your family, Marla!

  82. Boy, I’d like to try all of their chocolates, but if I have to choose one, may be Milk Chocolate w/Sea Salted Almonds Bar … the one your MIL liked 🙂

  83. Honestly I’d never heard about this Scharffen Berger brand (I’ve not baked much, when I did I used the good ol’ Nestle or Hershey’s, and I mostly ate Cadbury’s and Ferrero Rocher!) until I just recentlyyyy started following your blog (and absolutely love it!) via Facebook & read your giveaway post a while ago!
    I have not tried any recipe from Family Fresh Cooking so far (whoaaaa, what a huge collection of recipes & amazing photos you have!!!!), and I haven’t decided what I’ll try but it’s gonna be something vegetarian 🙂

  84. I crave chocolate and feel that I need it in some form (even if it’s just a little bit) everyday. And it’s good for you, right?! My favorite is about a 70% dark. And how cute and fun and yummy are those little tasting squares!

  85. I HAVE made a couple of your recipes. For the SRC I made that delicious butternut squash (with chocolate) cake. I also made that chocolate cereal you have on here as well. It was good to add to granola/yogurt.

  86. I love chocolate, my favorite kind is dark. The first I’d try if I win is the Dark Nibbly Chocolate bar. I haven’t tried Scharffen Berger yet.

  87. Whoaaa my chocolate dream come true~ I’ve never tried scharffen berger, but after reading this I think I may have to!! I love chocolate it always cheers me up, infact I always carry a bar of chocolate in my bag, and break off a bit when I’m feeling glum. hehe

  88. I love dark chocolate with ginger, peppermint, cinnamon… I have never tried this brand of chocolate, but would love to! Thank you for the chance!

  89. I would love to try the milk chocolate with cocoa nibs or the milk chocolate with almonds and sea salt…but I LOVE CHOCOLATE…so I want them all! 🙂

  90. I eat dark chocolate everyday (fatty -_-) and it has to be above 70% (dark chocolate snob :))

    one of my favorite things to do at whole foods is to scan their chocolate aisle and see if there are any good bars on sale that i have or haven’t tried yet

    1. Catherine, you are a girl after my own heart on all accounts. The darker the better for me & I love to try new things 🙂 Whole Foods is the best place to explore!