I have the good fortune to live near an incredible handmade artisan chocolatier, Harbor Sweets.
I’m not sure how I discovered Harbor Sweets, started in 1973 and located in historic Salem MA in a neighborhood not far from where my Great-Aunt Ida used to live many years ago. I have visited Harbors Sweets headquarters several times. They always greet me (and anyone else who visits) at the door with a tray of chocolates from which I can choose a sample or two. Yum! And I love that you can see the workers hand making the chocolates as you peruse their offerings.
For the first several years after I started my market research business, PeopleTalk Qualitative Research, I used to send Harbor Sweets chocolates to all my clients as a thank you on my business anniversary. In addition to selling their chocolates in gorgeous as well as fun packaging (think lighthouses, Christmas trees, snowflakes, bunnies, Easter egg shaped boxes), Harbor Sweets sells bulk packages that I would buy in a variety of flavors and repackage in my own “PeopleTalk” branded gift bags. I always got a great response every time I sent Harbor Sweets chocolates.
New Gather Chocolates to Help the Honeybees
To date, Harbor Sweets year round chocolates have come in locally-themed collections: sea shells, sailboats, horses, but now they are branching out. Their new small-batch collection, Gather, was inspired by the plight of honeybees. In fact, a portion of the sales of Gather chocolates will be donated to the Pollinator Partnership, a 501c3 NGO that educates and advocates for best beekeeping practices. You can check them out at www.pollinators.org. Things are getting very dire for honeybees. During the year 2015-16, there was a loss of 44% in honeybee colonization. I know even in my flower and flowering tree/shrub-filled yard, I see fewer honeybees. Pesticides and parasites are definitely taking a toll. We can’t get along without honeybees.
Harbor Sweets sent me two boxes of new Gather chocolates. And they thoughtfully included a seed packet of wildflowers to help attract bees to my yard. If it weren’t so late in the season, I’d plant them right now. But I will plant them next spring!
Now, on to the new Gather chocolates! Each piece is infused with local wildflower honey and enrobed in dark chocolate. The hexagon-shaped golden honey-colored boxes that are reminiscent of a honeycomb contain either 6 or 12 chocolates priced at $12.50 and $18.50 respectively. Like a flight of fine wine for tasting, each piece is exquisitely handmade and beyond delicious! In fact, they’re a fabulous accompaniment to a glass of red wine!
Let me tell you a little bit about the chocolates that I got to taste. The flavors were Caramelized Honey, Pomegranate Molasses and Sour Cherry truffles and Cashew Caramel, Coconut Cluster and Sesame Crunch. OMG, they were so luscious! It was very nice of me to share the chocolates with Jeff. I think my favorites were Sour Cherry truffle and the Sesame Crunch. Sesame Crunch reminded me of the butter crunch that’s inside the iconic Sweet Sloops, the sailboat shaped chocolates that Harbor Sweets is best known for. The Sour Cherry truffle, filled with a just slightly sweet cherry surrounded by syrup, was truly sublime! Next time, I will try the 12 piece box because they are just too good 😀
The new Gather collection is launching on September 6. Although Harbor Sweets is located in Massachusetts where their chocolates are sold at the Peabody Essex Museum giftshop and at fine grocers and gift shops in the area, you can buy them through the Harbor Sweets website or even by phone at 800-243-2115. They ship worldwide!
I encourage you to take a look at this short video to hear a little more about the new collection and its mission. Just seeing the chocolates being crafted will make you salivate!
I was lucky to get to try Gather, the new artisan chocolate collection from Harbor Sweets to honor and help the honeybees, and I’m thrilled to be able to host a giveaway so one lucky NSDB reader can win her/his own box of 6 Gather chocolates!
The giveaway is limited to U.S. residents, age 18+, where permitted by law, open to all US NSDB readers. The giveaway will run till Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 12:00AM EDT, so the last full day is Monday, September 12.
Hopefully by now, you know the drill. You MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on this blogpost about why you want to win the Gather chocolates from Harbor Sweets. One entry per household. The comment is mandatory. And you must record that you did it on the Rafflecopter widget below. Extras that you can do to earn more points are:
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To recap, this giveaway is open to US residents age 18 or older. Void in states where prohibited. The winner will be selected by a random drawing via the Rafflecopter widget when the giveaway ends on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 12:00AM EDT (so the last full day is Monday, September 12), and the winner will be notified by me via email. You have 48 hours to get back to me (by midnight September 15), if not a new winner will be selected. The winner will provide me with her/his mailing address, and Harbor Sweets will mail your prize to you as soon as possible. Harbor Sweets and I are not responsible for loss or damage in shipping. In other words, if it’s lost or damaged in shipping, we will be sad, but there is no replacement.
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