Sundae Sundays + A Chocolate-y Giveaway

What do you get when you combine Taza Chocolate, Batch Ice Cream, and one of the first nice days of spring? A Sunday of Sundaes! Yesterday these two local businesses partnered for a fun outdoor ice cream and chocolate tasting for the community, and it turned out to be a great idea.

Prior to the official start of the event, I was invited to attend a blogger tasting, so my husband and I arrived a little early to find parking and to wander the Taza Factory Store.

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From every angle, Taza is a pretty special business, starting with their commitment to sustainability, fair and direct trade and compensation, their ongoing efforts to partner with other socially responsible businesses, and ending, of course, in high quality chocolate in a variety of forms and creative flavors. The factory store is pretty much a chocolate-lover’s heaven, and I couldn’t wait to use my Taza bucks to buy up some chocolate treats. . . for one of you! Winking smile

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After we browsed the store, we went outside where I met Megan, Elizabeth, Daisy, and Bianca for a fun info session and ice cream/chocolate tasting. There were introductions all around as we met the ladies from Batch Ice Cream and Taza. I couldn’t help but eye up the creamy ice cream sitting in front of us.

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Batch uses local, organic, fair trade ingredients wherever possible, and their ice creams have a short list of pronounce-able ingredients. They partner with local food producers, starting with a dairy in Tiverton, RI for their milk and adding flavor from places like Dean’s Beans for their coffee ice cream, sea salt from Maine for their salted caramel, and ginger from a MA farm for their ginger ice cream, to name a few.

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The tasting included Batch vanilla bean and coffee ice creams paired with Taza chocolate sauce and cacao nibs to make little sundaes. We started with the vanilla, which I ate with a generous drizzle of Taza chocolate sauce and then moved on to the coffee, which, because I adore coffee ice cream, I ate on its own.

The flavors in both the ice cream and chocolate are difficult to put into words. Both ice creams were incredibly creamy but not heavy with bold, real flavors of vanilla and roasted coffee The vanilla was a perfect canvas for the smooth, slightly bitter chocolate sauce, and the coffee, just as I imagined, was like a sweet latte. The folks from Taza and Batch kindly sent us home with gift bags which contain Batch’s salted caramel, which I will be using in a recipe later this week. Ice cream floats? Ice cream filed cupcakes? Who can tell? You will have to wait and see.

I couldn’t taste all of that chocolate without sharing though! So, one lucky blog reader will win the following: Taza chocolate covered cacao nibs, dark chocolate covered hazelnuts, and two bars of chocolate, Taza’s Cacao Puro and their Guajillo Chili, plus a few recipes. Sound good?

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How to enter:

1) Leave a comment here telling me your favorite kind of chocolate.

2) If you have a blog or Twitter, tweet or link back to this post.

3) Be sure to check back to see if you won! I will announce a winner and another giveaway on Wednesday afternoon.

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  1. Beth’s avatar

    What a wonderful event! I’m jealous of your chocolate and ice cream adventures :) My favorite kind of chocolate is Madagascar sea salt and nibs bar. It’s amazing. Thanks for hosting the giveaway; I’m going to cross my fingers because I could use some taza chocolate in Berkeley! :)

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I am SOOOO jealous of your Berkeley move!

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    2. amie’s avatar

      Salted Almond is my fave!

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    3. Daisy’s avatar

      how nice of you to do a giveaway! since I got a bunch of free loot you can count me out ;) but of course I had to leave a comment anyways. Fantastic pictures. Excited to see what you whip up with the salted caramel.

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    4. Taryn’s avatar

      YUM! I love love love chocolate in all forms, extra dark chocolate is my absolute favorite.

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    5. brandi’s avatar

      awesome – what a fun event!

      my favorite chocolate is actually the taza mexican! so delicious!

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    6. Megan’s avatar

      Yes it sounds good!! My favorite kind of chocolate is dark chocolate–really dark :)

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    7. Beth’s avatar

      Love dark chocolate

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    8. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but I want to try their vanillla bean ice cream with fudge sauce on it!! YUM!!!

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    9. Michelle’s avatar

      I’m bummed to have missed this event but it sounds like it was a great time! I love Taza’s Mexican chocolate!

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    10. jenna’s avatar

      i have always loved milk chocolate but am trying to get myself into dark chocolate… can i just say “all chocolate”??

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    11. Shannon’s avatar

      My favorite chocolate is dark chocolate or dark with sea salt. I am DYING to try the Taza chocolate with chili!

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    12. Will’s avatar

      Love milk or dark chocolate best

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    13. Lara’s avatar

      I love spicy dark chocolate! Especially Taza! And I love salty chocolate caramel treats.

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    14. Charlene’s avatar

      I love dark chocolate! Especially when it has a spicy kick to it or includes some lovely bacon. I’ve had the Taza chili chocolate once before and loved it so I think it’s time to get some more!

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    15. Simply Life’s avatar

      My favorite is dark chocolate with hazelnuts!

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    16. Megan’s avatar

      This was such a fun afternoon. I’m in the midst of making a Taza/batch creation right now! I’ll skip the giveaway since I just bought some Taza goodies… but it’s definitely a good one!

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    17. Beth’s avatar

      Love dark chocolate, it’s my fave in any forms

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    18. Lauren at Keep It Sweet’s avatar

      I love basically all chocolate, but especially love it when combined with peanut butter.

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    19. Elizabeth’s avatar

      Can every day be a Sundae Sunday? Preferably with batch/Taza ice cream sundaes. Seriously, such a lovely afternoon and so good seeing you.

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    20. Shani’s avatar

      Well, I was there too! Left with a smattering of all my favorites.

      Taza Salt and Pepper is my favorite. It’s completely unlike any chocolate I’ve ever had elsewhere–a little gritty, a little fiery, perfectly sweet/savory all at once.

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I ALMOST bought the Salt and Pepper! I was so curious. Guess I will just have to go back to the store :)

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      2. Cheryl’s avatar

        I love all kinds of chocolate!! But prefer milk to dark!!

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      4. The Chocolate Priestess’s avatar

        I wish I lived closer to the big name chocolatiers so I could attend such events but I’m discovering the joys of visiting small chocolatiers and shops where ever I go. Of course I like all kinds of chocolate and to be blunt, how it is made and what is added makes a bit impact on the taste, texture, scent, etc. In general I prefer chocolate of 60-80% cacao content.

        I’ve had Taza before, a gift form a friend, but not the four varieties you are giving away. I’d love to win them because I’d make a special review post about them.

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      5. Carol’s avatar

        My pick is milk chocolate, so luscious! taza looks awesome, i’m going to check out their site!

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      6. Vicki @ Wilde in the kitchen’s avatar

        I’m so jealous of this chocolate/ice cream tasting! What a great way to spend a day!

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      7. Jamie’s avatar

        That looks like the best field trip ever! I love all of the great qualities of the Taza company! Makes me feel ever better about eating their delicious treats :) I love any dark chocolate– esp with chili :) Mexican Hot Chocolate sounds fab

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      8. Jamie’s avatar

        That looks like the best field trip ever! I love all of the great qualities of the Taza company! Makes me feel ever better about eating their delicious treats :) I love any dark chocolate– esp with chili :) Mexican Hot Chocolate sounds fab

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      9. Kristen @ Pixelated Crumb’s avatar

        Like most others here, I love all chocolate. Lately I’m especially excited about chocolate covered cocoa nibs. I can’t get enough of the bitter/sweet goodness!

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      10. Natalia’s avatar

        Great coverage of Sunday’s event! I love Taza’s salt almond chocolate. Yummm!

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      11. Brooke R.’s avatar

        I love a good milk dark chocolate. The best of both worlds. Christopher Elbow’s is my favorite that I’ve tasted.

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      12. Mary’s avatar

        Nothing beats Taza’s Guajillo Chili! That, mixed with their cinnamon chocolate, makes the best hot chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway!

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      13. Michele Liguori’s avatar

        I like them all, but salted almond is a particular favorite. (And the chocolate-covered hazelnuts are *amazing*)

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          I was tempted to keep the chocolate-covered hazelnuts, but I included them. Can’t wait to get back to Taza to buy some more! :)

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        2. Mia’s avatar

          I am deeply and irrevocably in love with white chocolate. FOR SURE.

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        3. Shannon’s avatar

          Dark chocolate is my favorite!

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        4. Randi’s avatar

          My favorite chocolate is hazelnut Milka bars. Too bad it’s so hard to find them in the US! :(

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        5. Judy’s avatar

          What a great event. I would love to attend something like it. I have fond memories of the M&Ms in Poland. Completely different quality of chocolate from what we get here.

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        6. Stephanie’s avatar

          I’m a sucker for dark chocolate. I love pretty much anything with chocolate, though! Chocolate chip cookies, molten lava cake, brownies, ice cream…any of those will make me happy :)

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        7. Kat’s avatar

          I love dark chocolate. You’re so lucky that you got to try all of those delicious chocolates. They sound so good. I love chocolate

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        8. Sofia’s avatar

          Chocolate covered macadamia nuts or chocolate covered almonds are my favorite!

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        9. Marcie’s avatar

          I really love milk chocoalte and I like white chocolate too…basically all chocolate is GREAT with me!

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        10. Emily @ Life On Food’s avatar

          I am so jealous! This looks like so much fun.

          I love the Taza Mexican!

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        11. kolpin’s avatar

          white chocolate with blueberries

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        12. Brittany’s avatar

          My favorite is a “wicked” chocolate, dark with chile and cinnamon….mmmmm
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        13. Amanda’s avatar

          I love a fine quality milk chocolate!

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        14. Justine’s avatar

          I’m a dark chocolate gal!

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        15. Justine’s avatar

          I’m a dark chocolate gal!

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