I am very sad to report that the winner of these chocolates from my blog has been in touch to say she hasn’t received them. In my efforts to look into this I have found that there is some doubt regarding the authenticity of Genevie and her chocolates. The photo of her below, for example, is an istock photo and not of her at all, if indeed ‘she’ even exists.
I did email Genevie when I received my sample box and queried why there was not a ‘menu’ card, she replied with a link to the online version and I felt it was indicated that it had only been left out as it was a small sample box.
I hate the feeling that I’ve been duped and that my integrity could be in question as a result. I assure everyone who entered that I had absolutely no idea that ‘Genevie the chocolatier’ was a fake!
Have said all of that, and having read the two articles linked to below, I still don’t actually understand what the company had to gain from all this – it must have cost them a fortune to have sent out all the samples and prizes (whether hand made or bulk bought!).
It’s all a bit odd.
Here are the links that explain more: via @mummybarrow who also offered the prize – http://www.mummybarrow.com/i-dont-like-being-lied-to/
and via Fuss Free Flavours – http://fussfreeflavours.com/2012/08/chocolates-by-genevie/
My original post is below. Huge apologies to @HappyHomeBird who won the chocolates via my blog. I’ve contacted ‘Genevie’ and asked for your prize to still be sent out as I understand that other winners have received prizes.
I have recently had the pleasure of sampling some of the chocolates lovingly handmade by Genevie.
My personal favourite of this little selection was the bottom middle one which had a marzipan centre; it was gorgeous *salivates at the memory*.
Online shop owner Genevie, pictured above, says:
“Welcome to my chocolate gift shop where I hope you’ll find the perfect gift made with love by chocolatier Genevie. My Chocolate is only available from the online shop and you will not find any of the chocs in shops or on other sites. All of the chocolate boxes are delivered free post to the UK mainland.
All of the boxes are hand decorated with silk and butterfly emblems making sure that each box is special & unique. A gift card is included with all of the chocolate boxes and you can give a personal message during checkout.”
I have a gorgeous, red, heart shaped box of 32 handmade chocolates to give away to one lucky winner!
To enter, simply:
Tweet – “I’ve entered to win a box of handmade choc via @CoffeeCurls blog http://coffeecurls.wordpress.com”
And comment below to let me know that you’ve done so.
Closing date 26.8.2012. Prize as offered, no cash alternative. CoffeeCurls is not responsible for the prize, it is the sole responsibility of the prize provider. If you don’t want the chocolates I am happy to eat them for you 😉