Saturday, October 13, 2012

Guylian Belgium Chocolate Sponsor Spotlight Review

I was very excited to be able to bring back one of my favorite chocolate companies for the Fall Into Winter Giveaway Blog Hop which is  Guylian Artisanal Belgium Chocolate to do a review and giveaway of these wonderful little treasures!  We love chocolates in this family. I hate to say it but I admit it and we have had our share of chocolates of all forms but Guylian's was really a special treat for us.

We received several different sizes of these awesome chocolates:

1).  Set of 22 Chocolate Truffles
2.)  Several sets Combo (6 ea) Chocolate Truffles
3.)  Several sets of (2 ea) sample boxes
4.)  1 Bar of No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Bar
5.)  1 Bar of No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate Bar

Guylian Chocolates were so very generous in sending all those different types of truffles and bars for us to try and boy, did we try! I think I gained a few pounds while eating all that chocolate so I had to get on my exercise bike and try to balance it all out! First, we tried the white marbled truffles, because I have a fondness of white chocolate and these did not disappoint me in the least.

I forgot to mention in the previous paragraph that these chocolates are made in small copper kettles exclusively by Guylian Master Chocolatiers. Now, does that not sound impressive or what?  I also learned that their Dark Chocolate earned the European Three Star Superior Taste Award for 2010 because it earned an almost perfect score for their intense & balanced taste with a lingering flavor.

Then we tried the original seashells which are mostly milk chocolate with some white & dark chocolate marbled in. These chocolates are made from 100% pure cocoa butter to form the perfect seashell chocolate that is luxurious and silky smooth, which any chocolate admirer would appreciate. You will have a hard time just eating one!

This signature truffle is still made in the small batch copper kettles by the Master Chocolatiers in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. I did not notice at first but after reading about it on their website, I went back and got a box out and sure enough, there it was! Each piece of chocolate is stamped with the letter G to guarantee that each and every one of their chocolate truffles is made the way that the founders, Guy and Liliane intended. Can you see where they came up with the name, Guylian Chocolates? Kinda cool, huh? Having a chocolate named after you is the ultimate for a chocolate lover.

The last two we tried were the Sugar Free Dark and Sugar Free Milk Chocolate Bars. I was not too sure what to expect from a sugar free chocolate but I was mildly surprised that they did not taste as bad as I had thought a sugar free chocolate would be. That is because they use a healthy and pleasantly sweet alternative to sugar called Maltitol. It is a 100% natural product that comes from natural sources.

 It has fewer calories than sugar, does not promote tooth decay and will not raise the level of blood sugar, so it is perfect for people with diabetes. And they come in both flavors, Dark and Milk chocolate so you can have a little bit of both worlds. I am here to tell you even though I am not a diabetic, I could eat this chocolate without any problems because it is good enough to taste like the real thing! I am so happy that Guylian Chocolates made something special for people with diabetes so they can enjoy a little taste of heaven also!

I was gonna try and describe to you the truffle center in each chocolate but their description sounded so mouth watering accurate that I decided to quote from their website as to what is in the truffle center:
Guylian's signature chocolate truffle filling is the original recipe of founder, Guy Foubert. This secret recipe has maintained its authenticity for more than five decades and is only made by Guylian's Master Belgian Chocolatiers in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.  
The key to Guylian's signature truffle filling is fresh hazelnuts, harvested from sunny orchards in the best Mediterranean growing regions. Each harvest is evaluated separately with exacting quality standards to ensure only the finest hazelnuts are chosen for our truffle filling, known in Europe as praline filling.  
The hazelnuts are carefully stored in the most ideal conditions until they are used to create the perfect truffle filling. Hazelnuts are gently roasted and caramelized in small-batch copper kettles under the watchful eye of Belgian Chocolatiers. Using the founder's original recipe, Guylian's Belgian Chocolatiers combine the finely crushed roasted hazelnuts with Belgian milk chocolate to create our signature, luxuriously creamy Guylian chocolate truffle filling. 
This unique flavor combined with the rich and decadently smooth Belgian chocolate creates an unforgettable taste experience that cannot be found in any other chocolate.
Another interesting fact I dug up is that Guylian is a major sponsor of Project Seahorse since 1999 and has donated more than $1.5 million. This organization is committed to conservation and sustainable use of the world’s coastal marine ecosystems.

Saving the seahorses means saving our seas! I love to learn new and interesting things about a company because it makes me feel a little like a friend I am investing my money in when I decide to buy their product. Lastly here is how the two founders of Guylian came to be:
Guy Foubert was a passionate Belgian Chocolatier making handmade chocolate truffles in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. In 1958, Guy and Liliane joined their names, both in marriage and in their company name creating Chocolaterie Guylian; a small, artisanal chocolate maker. Today, Guylian crafts the finest authentic Belgian chocolate truffles, selling them to chocolate lovers in Belgium and in more than 100 countries across the world.
Connect with Guylian Chocolates several ways:

Guylian USA Inc
560 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632
Phone: 1-800-803-4123

Guylian Chocolates has been kind enough to offer the winner of the Fall Into Winter Giveaway Blog Hop a set of chocolates that contain:  (1) 22 piece box of Truffles, (2) 6 pieces boxes and (4) 2 piece boxes!  Thanks so much Guylian Chocolates! Open to the U.S. only.

 Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


angie lilly said...

I have always thought these chocolates were gorgeous! I am a huge beach person and I love the shell chocolates they make. I've never eaten them though.

Carol L. said...

These are some of the finest chocolates in the world. I have had Guylian several times as gifts. Their Hazel Nut truffles are delicious.Thanks for the great review.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Che V said...

Mmm, no sugar added milk chocolate? That sounds like a perfect thing to help me eat healthier without giving up chocolate, which just makes me cranky.

Katherine said...

I love chocolate, so when I read this review you made my mouth water! haha
I love the chocolate designs too!

Michele P. said...

cute designs, and chocolate... mmm... they look like they taste delicious. We love chocolate here in our office at work, and I would be sure to share with my co-workers if I won ;) thanks for the chance!

michele pineda
micaela6955 at msn dot com

Gala said...

These are one of the best chocolates in the world. I tried Guylian several times and love it