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thank you so much to all the positive responses on the new field bag, I love this design and I think I might also try it with a print/waxed canvas combination.  

I mentioned that I was long overdue to do a  G I V E A W A Y and here's your chance to win a triangle tote bag.  this design was the first with this print and it's making it's return to the shop, you will see it there probably on monday.  the giveaway winner will be announced on monday, so please leave me a comment and tell me what is the best chocolate you ever had.

have a great weekend, winter is back with full force in toronto and I will be in the studio with j all weekend while the kids enjoy a weekend with their grandparents and on sunday we will all join together to celebrate my mom's 59th birthday - happy birthday mom!

xxa

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395 comments:

  1. Beautiful bag, cannot wait to order one! My favorite chocolate is Nutella... I hope that counts! So delicious :)

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  2. my friend went home to brussels over the summer and brought me back this amazing vegan chocolate spread! better than any hard chocolate i've ever had, mmmmmmm.

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  3. ooo this is nice! Chocolate...that is a tough one...I LOVE it in any form! But I do especially enjoy the truffles from SOMA chocolates on King St W :)

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  4. I have to stick with the traditional Hershey's chocolate bar for my favorite chocolate. Can't beat hershey's on a s'more.

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  5. I love this pattern! The best chocolate is when my Mom makes chocolate cake with chocolate icing. It's what love tastes like!

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  6. The best chocolate ever is the pink dark chocolate from Dolfin

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  7. I love the bag. I just got one delivered today, which was very VERY exciting.

    Best Chocolate ever: maybe not the best, but most memorable, was chilli chocolate, it wasn't spicy because the milk of the chocolate took that away, and instead you tasted the sweetness of the chilli.

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  8. Chicago is home to Vosges' Barcelona bar dark chocolate, fleur de sel grey sea salt and roasted almonds. Such a treat.

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  9. your prints are simply beautiful... love them! My favourite chocolate is Royce nama chocolate from Japan. Wish they were available in Canada but then again, that's probably a good thing!

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  10. This is my favorite bag! Hmm.. the best chocolate I ever had was in Belgium. So creamy and chocolate-y and delicious.

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  11. Great design! Thanks for the sweet giveaway. The best chocolate I ever had was Truffettes de France's Cappuccino Truffles. Can't beat coffee and chocolate.

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  12. What a great question! I love Green and Black's organic butterscotch milk chocolate bar - with crunchy toffee pieces!

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  13. TCHO! I love the milk chocolate squares. They have the most gorgeous packaging. Geometric, gold foiled patterns and the taste is too die for! My favorite is the mini squares that you can savor as a small treat!!

    Cheers!

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  14. Love the bag Arounna! My favorite chocolate is Lindt especially the Lindt Hazelnut milk chocolate:)

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  15. Handmade Champagne truffles in a little store in Perth, Western Australia. Heaven on earth and it brings back so many delicious memories!

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  16. I have a lot of your bags, but I still don't have this one. I think I need it! My fav chocolate is this http://www.coconama.com/index.htm. Just discovered it this xmas and it's AMAZING! Especially love the strong green tea :)

    (and happy birthday to your mom!)

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  17. I love a good giveaway! This bag is amazing :) As for the best chocolate I ever had, I woulod go with Green and Black organics (any kind)

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  18. My favorite chocolate is dark with almonds and currants.

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  19. Hi Arounna, the best chocolate I've had was from SOMA, the King and Spadina location. It was a Balsamic Vinegar Truffle: aged eight year balsamic vinegar with Madagascar chocolate. YUM!

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  20. Before i get on to the tricky question..i gotta aplaud the work you are doing here. i myself run a handmade brand from korea, and understand the love and creation that goes into making outstanding products like yours. the fact that you hand print these fabrics in such simple yet elegant designs is commendable. thanks for sharing your creations with us :)
    as for the chocolate..well last year we travelled to japan, and we tried their famous 'green tea' chocolates called Meltykiss: Matcha Green Tea Chocolate By Meiji...ooh boy they melt in your mouth like little drops of heaven. if you dont believe me..go ahead a buy a box here http://www.amazon.com/Meltykiss-Matcha-Green-Chocolate-Meiji/dp/B0047YG5UY
    umm..i gotta buy some myself too...:D cheers!

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  21. who couldn't use a great new bag in january?? i think good old fashioned 'turtles' are my favorite - but i really love dark chocolate too.

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  22. Oh, I adore this print on the tote! The best chocolate I've had is an old favourite - Italian Baci chocolates, shared with family after a big meal, of course.

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  23. What a generous giveaway Arounna! the best chocolate I have had is made here in Vancouver by a local chocolatier, Rachel of Cocoa Nymph. When you visit Vancouver you must try some of her concoctions. The best there I have tried is called Illa, dark chocolate ganache flavoured with sea salt - yum. We run a series of events here called Sparkfly and she came and spoke at our last one in November. The reason why her chocolates stand out is because she also shared her work ethic saying that her aim is not so much having the business and creating the chocolates but rather to create a happy and relaxed environment for her employees so that they will go home still with energy to make creations of their own. Now that is magic, don't you think? (sorry for the long comment!) and thank you for the opportunity! Tamar

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  24. I adore that bag! My favorite chocolate would have to be Askinosie, specifically the Fleur de Sal bar. Not only do they make delicious chocolate, they're an awesome company that I'm proud to share a hometown with.

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  25. I tried some really lovely chocolate in Europe when I taught overseas, but my heart and my tastebuds belong to a warm jar of Sander's Hot Fudge from Detroit. Although I'm getting lots of good ideas from the other comments... :) Happy weekend and warm birthday wishes to your mom!

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  26. I have coveted this bag ever since I received my beautiful scarf. The print is so, so lovely! My favorite chocolate was a Mast Bros. sea salt chocolate bar I received as a gift. Pure heaven!

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  27. Wao, what a fantastic giveaway!
    The best chocolate I've ever had was chocolate moose dome cake from Wildfire Bakery in Victoria! It's our family tradition to order one or two for our birthdays. So so good... Arouna, have you been to Victoria yet? Great handmade scene is here too. If you ever make your way here I will be more than happy to show you around!

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  28. I can't help but love Purdy's chocolate Hedgehogs... so good!

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  29. I spent a few months in Costa Rica and we went on a little tour of this old woman's house that makes chocolate from scratch. She was the sweetest lady. We got to see the whole process starting with her getting out of a tree! We sampled the end result. Unbelievable!

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  30. My favorite chocolate is Toblerone and also Dark Chocolate truffles

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  31. I recently bought this design in the clutch style and love it, this would be the perfect gift for my mum! Toblerone is my favorite chocolate, and I'm marrying a Swiss in May which makes it even sweeter!

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  32. I love milk chocolate Lindt balls that have been in the fridge so the liquid centre sets, it is so smooth and delicious!! Reading these comments has made me hungry!!!
    I love this bag, I just received a lines tote I bought for a baby bag this week, it was a joy to unwrap!!!

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  33. Love this bag sooooo much! The best chocolate in my opinion is the 70% Porcelana dark chocolate made by Choklat here in Calgary. It's a great sweet treat:-)

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  34. Love this bag!! Fav chocolate: Quebec blue cheese dark chocolate truffle from Delight in the Junction - just wow!

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  35. What a great bag! I've always loved this pattern! Green and Black's organic ginger dark chocolate is great and anything from Soma in Toronto. Yum!

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  36. Oh my word, the best chocolate I ever had is from Frans chocolates in seattle. Dark chocolate sea salt caramels...OH YEAH! It does a wonderful thing on your tongue as you taste the bitter/sweetness of the dark chocolate, the tinge of salt and then the creamy dreamyness of the caramel. I havn't had one in years, and now it's all I can think about! Also, I've been dreaming of this bag for a long time! Thanks Arounna.

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  37. My favorite chocolate is whichever is in front of me! But I'll tell you the last one I ate: milk chocolate from ikea. :)

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  38. I have to go with Dagoba!!!!! Love it!! especially the extra large chocolate chips!

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  39. wow... beautiful tote!
    My best chocolate ever is a delicious dark chocolate truffle from Turin, Italy.
    Chunky and covered with delicious cranky chocolate "graniglia" : D
    It was a very very cold day with freezing breeze flowing from the Alps, this little truffle was a bless!

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  40. My favourite pattern of yours! The best chocolate I've ever had was in the form of a hot chocolate. In Ottawa there are a chain of local coffee houses called Bridgehead. It's made with a hint of chili and whoever made my hot chocolates at the Bank St & Gladstone location always made them exceptionally well. Never tasted anything like it since!

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  41. There is this little shop in my home town in France that makes the best praline chocolates I ever had. Now I live in Canada (Montreal) but each year, when my mom visits, she sneaks in a huge box of these delicacies into her luggage (along with a good wine bottle) and prays the border patrol won't ask her to check her bag. If this chocolate was good at the time I lived in my home town, it became something so rare and so meaningful - like during the prohibition, ah!! - that it tastes even better now. Once, I showed the design on your tote bag to my mom (on the internet) and we both fell in love with it! If I win this giveaway, I'll make sure to send her the tote... so maybe she can hide a box of chocolate in it the next time she comes to visit! ;)

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  42. I love this pattern so much! The best chocolate I've had recently was the Perugina chocolate cappuccino flavor from Italy. It has coffee bean crunches inside and is an awesome treat! Love from Vancouver!

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  43. ooh i love your bags arounna!
    and i love reading about everyone's favourite chocolates! my best chocolate experience was on a farm in ecuador - cutting open cacao plants (and eating that amazing squishy jelly-like goo that covers the cacao beans!) then roasting it up to make beautiful runny chocolate and eating it with fresh bananas. incredible.
    keep up your lovely work arounna!
    bel. x

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  44. Chocolate! That's a toughie! I worked at this little pastry shoppe after I graduated college and around Christmas-time they made their own chocolate and cocoa covered almonds and they were sooooooo good. Man, wish I had some of those right now! Yum! :)

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    1. the bag, simplicity at its best.
      chocolate ..the best? a local chocolatier..Cerretas in Glendale Az. the chocolate mint is the best..love their factory tours, flavors, and concept.

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  45. I have the wallet in this fabric and got a compliment on the bus the other day when I went to pay my fare. Bookou in Boston.

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  47. My favorite chocolate is Milka. Although I don't discriminate and love me some Hershey kisses! Beautiful bag!

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  48. Mega love the bag, so beautiful!!! *fingers crossed* :p
    The best chocolate is Royce.
    Hands down.
    It has the smoothest feel and taste is simply exquisite.
    Best chocolate everrrrrr :)
    (http://www.e-royce.com/english/index.html)

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  49. This bag is almost as delicious as chocolate. I'd say Hanuta. It's wafers with Nutella like consistence in between plus hazelnut bits added. Childhood memories. I recently discovered them at Brandt German Deli in Mississauga. So thrilled.
    Anja

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  50. The best chocolate ever is, the chocolate that i made with my bestfriend. after we not see each other so long and we decided to make chocolate because we both love chocolate. and that is my thought of the best chocolate ever :)

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  51. That bag could be used for so many things around here...for example, hiding my favourite chocolate - Cadbury's turkish delight.

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  52. Ooh the best chocolate I've had in the past little while is from Chocosol. Really good traditional Mexican drinking chocolate, and they have a good direct trade relationship with the farmers in Mexico. And it's delicious.

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  53. Gorgeous bag! Super excited that you are having another giveaway!

    I've always loved Belgian chocolate, but the best chocolate I've ever had was handmade chocolate IN Belgium!! Mmmmm

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  54. I have always loved that graphic design on your totes. Favorite chocolate? Diletante Dark Chocolate from Seattle. It is best eaten in the store and they give away samples as you stand in line! Have a fantastic weekend!

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  55. I love my triangle day bag so much! A matching tote bag would be all kinds of super dooper awesome! My favourite chocolate is actually an Easter chocolate, I'm lucky that easter eggs are already in the shop in January so I can stockpile! Its those little Malteser bunnies! Delish!

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  56. Another Giveaway!!!
    And you make it so difficult by letting us chose our favorite chocolate...*sigh*
    Lindt Dark Chilli chocolate, I like a little spice with my sweet.
    Love and Light
    Nicky

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  57. As I live in Bruges, Belgium, I can eat lots of chocolate and you know what? I love them all! Thanks for the chance, I like your bags even more than chocolat ...

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  58. Gorgeous bag! Super excited that you are having another giveaway!

    I've always loved Belgian chocolate, but the best chocolate I've ever had was handmade chocolate IN Belgium!! Mmmmm

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  59. Gorgeous bag! Super excited that you are having another giveaway!

    I've always loved Belgian chocolate, but the best chocolate I've ever had was handmade chocolate IN Belgium!! Mmmmm

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  60. mmmmmm...i enjoy all the many flavors of ritter-sport chocolate. this week i had the amarena cherry and it was so so good.

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  61. Love this bag and the pattern, so simple but so refined.
    The best chocolate in the world, so difficult when you live in the country known for its chocolate, Belgium. But i must say that i like the pralines or how do you say this in English from Leonadis can't get enough of them!

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  62. last spring i bought a handmade bar of white chocolate with poppy seeds, which appeared to be as tasty as it was esthetically appealing. plus of course memories it evokes - the best chocolate is the one you ate being happy)

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  63. A small bar of Dark Valrhona... a bag like this filled with them would be a dream come true!!
    wonderful print (as always), congrats!!!

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  64. My absolute favorite chocolate is Klingele´s Balance Stevia chocolate (from Belgium). Good for your body and mind :)
    Love this tote bag as well!

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  65. Think, shopping for chocolate in your gorgeous triangle bag - utter bliss.
    Sadly my favourite chocolate is discontinued. I'm on a hunt for a new 80% with cocoa nibs. Luxury problem.

    It's always a treat to come here and see the care and attention for detail you and J put into creating beauty.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  66. Is it said that if you really love chocolate, it has to be a bitter one. I disagree, of course, because I'm mad for chocolate, specially for milk chocolate. Belgium chocolate is the best!!

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  67. Love how you compare your bag to chocolate. They are both irresistible. I loveeeee a bit of choc here n there. But one that brings me to childhood is a classic ferero Roche. My dad would fly away on a business trip and buy a box. We wound all sit down and savour each bite. It was so special that I would eat them by layers -the nutty first then the thin wafer to the thick rich choc and lastly the hazelnut.

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  68. The best chocolate in the whole world comes from Venezuela!!! I love Samba (and yes, you feel like dancing while eating it!) and since I don´t live in my country anymore whenever I have one, it tastes like home....
    By the way, I love aaaaallllllllll your bags :-P
    XOXO,
    Lucy

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  69. The best chocolate I ever had was Cailler.
    I bought it in Basel(Switzerland)... and I've never forgotten it!

    Unfortunately I can not find it here, so I choose Lindt Lindor.
    I cannot live without :)

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  70. This is my favorite bag of yours - I have been craving it for ages! As for the chocolate, the best I ever had was by Adoré Chocolat, a small artisan manufacturer in Belgrade, Serbia, where I live. They are handmade, all natural and simply to die for. I love choosing different praline flavours and then sitting down and slowly savouring them one by one.

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  71. I absolutely love this bag! It's great you've decided to give one away. I'm sure the winner will be thrilled!

    I'm Belgian, so we have many amazing chocolates! It's difficult to pick from. I love the sea-shaped chocolates from Guylain. If you can ever get your hands on them, you should try them!!

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  72. You might not know but in Greece we have a firm that makes great chocolate.They now became international but Pavlides was the Greek firm. They have all kinds of excellent chocolate.My favourite is the bitter one.AriadnefromGreece!

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  73. You're so generous Arounna! Fab bag, I do love that print. Best chocolate? i think it has to be the hot chocolate at Angelina's in Paris. It's legendary!
    Happy weekend!
    Diana x

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  74. I must say I prefer your bags above chocolate (not for eating though!), I am more of the licorice type, the Dutch licorice. But I can appreciate a good chocolate like the local ones from Réauté, 'les carrés feuilletés' in dark chocolate to be precise. Here is the link for the curious: http://www.chocolatsrolandreaute.com/

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  75. My favourite chocolates are Ferrero Rocher. Love Cadbury's as well.

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  76. The best chocolate I have is in winter when I go back to Italy to visit my parents. I go to this place where they serve this dense chocolate in a cup, topped with cream. It is incredibly silky, sweet and thick. Your spoon will stand straight if you put it in! But I also love Divine and the Belgian chocolate Leonidas.

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  77. Love the bag! And as for the chocolate the best I've had lately is Whitakers White Chocolate with Raspberries - a chunk (or two) of summer!

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  78. would love to win, still love this bag!

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  79. the best I ever had was with lavender. Such a surprising flavor and it smelled so nice and melted on my tongue. right after that chocolate with caramel and seasalt... *mmmmmmh*

    your bag is just beautiful!
    ina

    Happy birthday bookhous Mom!

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  80. Ooooh gorgeous bag! My fave chocolate is Lindt milk with salted caramel. Yummmm! X

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  81. OMG...This is my favorite bag!@.@
    Hmm.. the best chocolate ... Toblerone. So delicious.

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  82. Oh!! so generous!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My favorite chocolate is a dark chocolate 70 % which is fair trade and that they sell at a shop near my home.
    I also love milk and chocolate truffles ; ) yummy!!

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  83. Chocolate...i love all!
    Your bags...i love all!
    Thanks

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  84. Such a lovely bag!

    I'm a true explorer in the field of sweet. When I see a new choco goodie, I try it right away.

    I do read a lot labels too. So very often I'm not satisfied with all the fillers mentioned as ingredients. Recently I discovered Nocciolata Rigoni di Asiago - both heavenly delicious and healthy. It reminds me of the homemade chocolate my mother made when I was a kid. Which reminds me - the best chocolate I ever had was the chocolate homemade by my mama. ^.^

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  85. Absolutely amazong bag! My favorite chocolate is from Iceland, where they coat liquorice with chocolate. It is an amazing combo and tastes good even if you just buy the cheap supermarket brands.

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  86. fantastic giveaway!
    best chocolate? that's a hard question, but i guess it's leysieffer's semi- sweet chocolate with essence of roses for me.
    have a great day! anna

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  87. Cool up there? 45 degrees here in Sydney, OZ!
    Love your bags via facebook.
    http://www.haighschocolates.com.au/ My favourite choc's here. Grew up with them. You cant beat childhood tastes and memories. They make a chocolate frog that Mum always put on my Birthday cake.

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  88. This is absolutely my favorite model, even if i love your other designs too! i guess my favorite flavour in chocolate is the gianguja chocolate with unrefined sea salt, and the best one i ever tasted might be this one: http://www.guidogobino.it/en/category/selezione/cremini/#!prettyPhoto/3/
    Mmmh, would love one now.. :)

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  89. Local chocolate in Cork(Ireland) offers the most luscious dark 70% chocolate ever tasted. Definitely my favourite! Well worth the detour. ;)

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  90. Hi Arounna... My favourite chocolate is the first bite of a bar of green and blacks dark70% , because I know that I can have some more!
    Nicola x

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  91. Hi Arounna,
    My favourite chocolate is the first chunk from a new bar of green and blacks 70% dark chocolate!...
    Because I know I can have some more!
    Bests Nicola x

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  92. The best chocolate I ever had is from Bojesen in Denmark...
    I hope to win the beautiful bag.

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  93. The best chocolate I had is a hungarian handmade chocolate from Rózsavölgyi. It started as a "small" family business just like Yours : )
    They design the wrapping themselfs as well as the tastes and shapes. Beautiful story, outstanding flavors.

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  94. You have become a bit of an inspiration to me, my husband and I are just about to adopt a baby from Ethiopia and I am terrified! But seeing how rich you are making Piper's life fills me with hope, that perhaps I can also provide a creative and happy environment through my own creativity. Your bags are stunning, so are a very clever girl! My favourite chocolates are montezumas sall
    Ted caramels, I simply love the combination of flavours! Gayle x

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  95. Wow! this is a beautiful one! The best chocolate I ever had was in Berlin, in a small Cafe I cannot remember the name close to the Landwehr Kanal. In a nice big cup, with cream on top! yummi! Ana

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  96. I love the pattern. Beautiful bag!

    My favorite chocolate is Sv. Michelsen Chocolade.
    http://www.svmichelsen.dk/

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  97. This bag is so beautiful! I really love chocolate, and it's just the best thing you can have in the winter. I love to prepare it at home, with a mixture of two good chocolates, dark and milk chocolate and some cinnamon. But there are also amazing places if you want to go outside, like Arcadia in Oporto and Casa Grande Chocolatier :) http://www.casagrande.pt/

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  98. My favourite chocolate is from an Italian organic brand and it's a white chocolate with cocoa bean little pieces inside :)
    Thanks for this beautiful give-away and have a nice week-end! :)
    Sara G.

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  99. My favourite was chocolate covered licorice that a friend of mine brought over from Iceland. It was my first time trying them and it was so good + refreshing. I think it was called Hjúplakkrís... (:

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  100. You are so generous in your giveaways Arounna.
    I love making brownies with fine Belgian chocolate but think you still can't beat Cadbury's Dairy milk chocolate - if you walk anywhere near the factory in Bournville you can smell chocolate in the air.
    Jacqui x

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  101. lovely bag! might be a bit easy, but best off the counter chocolate i've had is lindt 99% it's crazy good. also pretty good is a raw chocolate fudge recipe from the book gorilla food!

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  102. Favorite chocolate is homemade and it's addictive. We make it only at Christmas although it's easy. It's dark chocolate clusters using a mixture of toasted almonds, dried cherries and Ghiradelli dark chocolate. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  103. Oh, is this even real? :-) The best chocolate I have ever had is the Belgian Dolfin, http://www.dolfin.be/, but if you ask for the best hot chocolate, I would say Barú: http://www.baru.be/en.htm. One thing I really like about these chocolates is their design. :-)
    Oh, but the bag is perfect!
    Fingers crossed!
    P.S.: Will you try now all the chocolates we mentioned? ;-)

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  105. Love this bag. I don't discriminate very much when it comes to chocolate but now I'm inspired to seek out some really good stuff.

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  106. I think the best chocolate I ever had must have been some chocolate a friend brought me back from Belgium! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I love these bags so!

    gillian.veitch AT gmail.com

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  107. I love the Italian Perugina Baci - Dark Chocolate (my favorite) with hazelnuts - Now, I want one. YUM

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  108. big <3 for your bags !! You are my fave bag maker.

    also big <3 for japanese matcha kitkats and swiss milk chocolate

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  109. Such a beautiful bag! Best chocolate I ever had was a Ghirardelli square. It was THE BEST because I had it with my sweeti in San Francisco when we visited to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

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  110. Oh, this bag is so fantastic!
    I've been reading everyone's comments and adding to my chocolate list! My new favorite is chocolate with quinoa in it. I can't remember the brand name, but it comes in red packaging and is usually found at the co-op or a whole foods type store. It's delucious!

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  111. My fav chocolate is js bon bons truffles. The earl grey flavour is the best!

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  112. Beautiful bag! My favorite chocolate is Rózsavölgyi.

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  113. oh, i love this triangle tote. my favourite chocolate experience ever has been at juliette et chocolat in Montreal. it is a little slice of heaven. if you are a lover of all things chocolate, i encourage you to go the next time you are in the city....

    thanks for the lovely giveaway & happy weekend!

    xo

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  114. Scharffen Berger's milk chocolate. Made in San Francisco. Perfect.

    Another beautiful bag. You're an inspiration.

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  115. The best chocolate? What's in my mouth at the moment. Love, love chocolate, any maker, any country, any color and love your totes.

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  116. The bag is amazing but to answer your question about the best chocolate I would probably have to say chocolate while in Italy but since it's not available here the best chocolate available in Canada is probably anything in the Cocoa Camino line. Fair trade and delicious.

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  117. I love the non pareil they make at the old fashioned diner and ice cream shop where I'm from in Brooklyn. Plus it tastes like my childhood since it was always in my stocking at Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win one of your beautiful bags!

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  118. Any kind of chocolate ganache is so very yummy and smooth!

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  119. after having a particularly tough day, a co-worker and friend of mine surprised me with a box of Vosges chocolates. the Black Pearl truffle which contains: ginger + wasabi + 65% dark chocolate + black sesame seeds was AMAZING.

    your bags (and everything) are so lovely, and can't wait to see what you add to the store in the future.

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  120. Love the bag and all your work. My favourite chocolate are La Fête, a chilean brand of very exclusive chocolates. So yummy. Fancy one? http://www.lafetechocolat.com/sitio/Catalogo/ShowCatalogoProductos.aspx?Familia=1

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  121. hmmmmm when i think about what my favorite chocolate is i think of my grandfather always bringing a chocolate log cake to our house for xmas when i was a kid. i don't think it was the best tasting but i loved seeing a cake rolled up like a log.

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  122. I think right now it's Lake Champlain hot chocolate...but that's always subject to change :)- your bags are just beautiful!!

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  123. This is my favourite pattern - I love this bag and get very excited when I see someone wearing it out and about. As for the question at hand, I'm going to go local and say anything at SOMA, particularly their dark based truffles and a shot of the biscerin. WOW.

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  124. Excellent bag! The last chocolate I had was from Burdick's in Cambridge, Ma., along with their hot chocolate.

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  125. Vosges chocolate is the best I think, except that there are those single source bars showing up, and some of them are amazing. I really think this requires more study. I love your blog, your work and that bag!

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  126. I love this bag! My favourite chocolate is one my husband bought me for Valentine's Day from a local bakery when we first started dating. It came in a heart shaped box made of chocolate with white chocolate curls inside and sitting on top were the most amazing cinnamon chocolate truffles. Every year he goes back to buy me more for our anniversary but sadly they've never tasted as good.

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  127. Beautiful tote!

    I am a fan of chocolate covered orange peels from Stubbe Chocolates in Toronto.

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  128. Friends who live in a little town in France that borders Switzerland bring lovely chocolate when they come every year. It's delicious and doesn't stick around very long. But the truth be told, in a pinch a bar of Lindt does the trick.

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  129. Chocolate sweets called "polar bear in north " :) x

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  130. I would say that the best chocolate is Côte d'or, the milk chocolate in the retro yellow/green package.. A good friend from Belgium once brought that chocolate to a dinner, saying it was the best of the best (and proudly from her country).. maybe it's also the fact that the evening was great and the food was delicious and the discussion were really interesting, this chocolate is rooted in a good memory of friendship.

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  131. Wow! What a great giveaway! The best chocolate experience I've had was a dessert of the best vanilla ice-cream with the finest melted milk chocolate poured over top and covered with chopped almonds. Sounds simple but was divine.

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  132. I love this bag! Thank you for the giveaway! I really like Ghirardelli dark chocolate!

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  133. The best chocolate ever? In the brownie recipe in the Tartine cookbook. It is the best brownie recipe ever, and I'm saying this as a former baker who has probably made over 50 brownie recipes in my life. Thanks for doing this giveaway! (And I'm so glad this bag will be available again soon. I was so sad when I saw it was sold out.)

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  134. I love any kind of dark chocolate, but my friend, while travelling in Belgium brought me home the most lovely piece of dark chocolate with hazelnuts. It wasn't too sweet. It was rich and almost smokey. Delicious! Also, thank you for your beautiful work - another lovely treat!!

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  135. I own this bag but it is so lovely that my daughter "borrowed" it. Need a new one! The best chocolate ever is Heavenly Organics honey sweetened patties. Sadly not avsilable in Canada. Yet!

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  136. What a gorgeous bag! Best chocolate is toblerone but I'm also partial to milka and anything lindt. Thanks for this generous giveaway!

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  137. I love lake Champlain dark chocolate. So good. Smooth. Satisfying. Mmm. Want some now!

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  138. I love your bag!! The best chocolate I had was when someone brought in leftovers from SOMA over to the office. I don't even know what it was but I remember thinking it was heaven. However I'm addicted to Lindt's white coconut chocolate at the moment (and it's more cheap & easy to get) so this may be the best chocolate for me at the moment.
    Thank you :)

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  139. I love lake Champlain dark chocolate. So good. Satisfying.

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  140. Beautiful bag!! It's black-brown triangles remind me of the best triangle piece of chocolate pie I have ever tasted (and I have tasted quite a lot, I must admit) and that was in the restaurant "Rainbow Cafe" opposite Cambridge University in Cambridge, UK. It's been almost 12 years ago during which time I have moved across the globe to end-up in Australia, but I can still remember how the organic chocolate and walnuts combi seduced and spoiled my my taste-buds, for ever, yum!

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  141. The best chocolate I ever had was when I was back packing in Costa Rica. Some small child was selling home made pop ( that was in a plastic bag) and chocolate. I bought it because I wanted to help but at no point had I planned to eat it. I think the child knew by looking in my eyes I was not goint eat the fruits of her labor. She spoke spanish and I did not so she gestured with her hand to eat. I waved her off saying later, later with no intesion of eating it later. She pursisted so I took a little nibble only to find out it was actually so delicious. In our broken languages I came to find out her and her family make chocolate in their homes and sell to the locals and tourist. My friend and I ended up meeting her family and spent out Christmas with them. They had very little but shared lots including their chocolate. I bought a whole bunch to bring back as gift for family and friends. That was the best chocolate I ever had...... In short always support local, home made... sometimes it brings you memories

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  142. I love Nutella on a crepe with bananas and strawberries inside. And I love this bag!

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  143. dark chocolate sea salt caramels! The Triangle tote bag is my favorite too!

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  144. Oh your bags are soooo lovely! My favorite chocolate are Chocolove bars-and always bittersweet.

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  145. I love all your work so so much - the modern and minimalist design, the hand-printed nature-inspired patterns, so beautiful! I grew up in Western Canada, where Callebaut truffles were the best of the best - to die for.

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  146. I like Soma chocolates here in Toronto. I really love their cocoa powder. I use it to make hot chocolate all the time.
    I love the bag!

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  147. Soma's chocolate bark with Maldon salt , toasted buckwheat and almonds is pretty addictive, and the first thing that comes to mind when I am having a craving. As in, right now! :)

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  148. I love Ferrero Rocher chocolates!! actually I love all kind of chocolates... it's the best in the whole world!!
    :D
    Cross my fingers! love your work!!

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  149. I've been coveting this bag for ages! The new field bag is wonderful as well – I love the knotted leather strap. My favorite chocolate would have to be chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

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  150. This is so generous. That hot chocolate from Mexico (hi geninne) at your shop is the best I have ever had! I so *heart* the triangles. My collection of Bookhou is growing and my friends are getting interested. Yea Bookhou! I'll be by the shop on Monday (virtually)) to snatch up one of those tote bags. I also missed out on the aprons. Next time you make them, I want to be sure I get one. I HAVE to have that apron. Peace, love and productivity for your weekend in the studio.

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  151. Royce! Had it only once though when a friend brought it as a gift. It really does melt in your mouth. Yumm! Happy Birthday to your mom and thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Fingers crossed. It's one of my favourite bags that you've designed. Cheers! :)

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  152. Ahh I love this bag, so here goes!

    My favourite chocolates ever are Malteaster Bunnies, they are soo scrummy! I don't know if you get them in Canada, they are made by the same people who make malteasers, mars bars and snickers. They are little sift bisuity balls with some creamy filling and then covered in chocolate. They are pretty much the best thing ever, and you can only buy them once a year at easter so you have a whole year to get over indulging and prepare yourself for the next lot!

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  153. I love all your products, so much - this one included!
    I grew up in Western Canada, and Callebaut truffles were the best of the best - to die-for!

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  154. Thank you so much for this giveaway! This bag has been on my wishlist! I'm from San Francisco and will always be partial to Ghirardelli but I was turned onto a particularly delicious treat while working in Toronto... the Aero bar! Thank you for sharing your work with us all - I am continually inspired.

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  155. I love love love this print! I'd pick a toblerone bar because it brings back memories and it comes in a fun shape!

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  156. This is my favorite pattern by far! I would love to win this. The best chocolate I've ever had is a Lindt truffle. YUM!

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  157. I have an older version bag of this and received multiple compliments on the street! And also saw another person with a same bag - yes, Bookou in Boston!
    My favorite chocolate is dark chocolate pear (with pear bits) from Whole Foods - surprisingly they're so delicious - I have four of these in my room.

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  158. Ooh love this! The best chocolate I've ever had was actually chocolate brownies I myself made not too long ago thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook, ha ha!

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  159. This is my absolute favourite bag you make. So fingers crossed. My favourite chocolate was lavender by Dagoba. too bad its not being made anymore. Now any dark chocolate by Cocoa Camino or a sea salt one by Soma is pretty perfect. Fair trade is my favouite chocolate!!!

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  160. The best chocolate I ever had is the "just chocolate" truffle from Just Truffles, a small, locally owned, husband & wife team chocolate shop a few blocks from where I grew up in St. Paul, MN. Always a special treat! http://www.justtruffles.com/

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  161. This bag has always been one of my favourites! What a generous giveaway!! Every Christmas my siblings and I receive a chocolate orange in our stocking as a nod to the clementine tradition that my parents had growing up! The milk chocolate version is definitely my favourite and I savour every "slice." Have a wonderful weekend Arounna!

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  162. Hi Arounna - I am actually partial to Ritter Sport - usually milk chocolate.
    Val :)

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  163. Ohhhh thanks Arounna!!!!
    I specially love the home made chocolate my mom do for Christmas time :)
    Hope I can win this loooooovely bag. Best Zime

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  164. I'll never forget the truffles I bought in HongKong...the most delicious chocolates I've ever had and it just melts in your mouth!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful bag...I really want one for myself! I might go to Italy in May, and this is just the perfect bag for the trip.
















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  165. Love your bags!!! We love Tazo chocolate, mexican inspired and made right here in the Boston area.. THanks!

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  166. I love Chocosol! If you like spicy chocolate, my favourite bar is one with chili in it. This company is great. They make chocolate the traditional way and they even bike all the way down to Mexico for their cacao! You can get it at farmer's markets like Evergreen Brickworks. If you bring your own container you get a discount, if I remember correctly? The food of the Gods. http://www.blogto.com/grocery/chocosol-toronto

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  167. Galerie au Chocolat has this wonderful fair trade green tea chocolate. It's a mix of matcha and white chocolate, which is a treat for me since I am obsessed with tea.

    http://galerieauchocolat.ca/images/products/Mpic34_large.jpg

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  168. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite chocolate is any time it is mixed with peanutbutter.

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  169. I love the triangle bag-- it's been on my wish list forever.

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  170. Tazo Chocolate, from Somerville Massachusetts, is the tastiest chocolate around!It is grainy and sweet and the kind with chili pepper makes a killer hot cocoa. Beautiful bag, I'd be honored to carry it around everyday.

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  171. My favorite chocolate is everything from Lindt. Even the plain milk one is delicious.
    Thank you for the giveaway Arounna and happy birthday to your mother.
    Olympia

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  172. The best chocolate (hot chocolate- beverage) I´ve ever had, was the one my "abuela Tita" use to make. It had the most wonderful taste and texture due to the "molinillo" she used. She use to say it was the special beverage for the gods (Aztecs). You should all try it. If you want to know what a "molinillo" is, you can visit this web page: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Unique-Cooking-Tools-641/molinillo.aspx
    If you ever want to come to Mexico to have a cup of chocolate with me, you are most certainly invited.
    Saludos, Claudia

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  173. Best chocolate ever..... hot chocolate made with italian cacau Perugina!!! Covered with simple and natural white cream!! Delicious!!!! :)

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  174. my most recent best chocolate was at a little chocolate shop in Toronto with a chocolate room. They had hot chocolate where you mix in real chocolate, YUM

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  175. Love your bags, and your question! My answer: I love Chocosol! If you like spicy chocolate, my favourite bar is the one with chili in it. This company is great. They make chocolate the traditional way, the purest way, and they give a damn about sustainability. They even bike down to Mexico for their cacao. Toronto based. They sell at farmers' markets like Evergreen Brickworks and if you bring a container of your own I think you get a discount/freebie of some sort? I bought some at EBW and met the fellow who runs it. Very interesting to learn about. He has a crazy pedal powered contraption that makes hot chocolate. Simply divine...the food of the gods, indeed. Enjoy, and thank you!

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  176. This is such a beautiful bag! My daughter and I love Denman Island chocolate! We are fortunate to find it in our local health food store in Winnipeg , far from Denman Island, so it's a really special treat.
    Beth

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  177. I've been wanting one of these - how serendipitous you have it as a giveaway! I love dark chocolate and peppermint - Chocolove makes a good bar with these flavors - real chunks of peppermint inside the chocolate - yum!

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  178. Butler's Irish chocolate or Sprüngli from Switzerland - got to be European I'm afraid!

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  179. Moonstruck Chocolates in Portland, Oregon has amazing and unique truffles, and hot cocoa!

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  180. i love Milka chocolate bars! i fell in love with them while living in Europe, and now i have found them at specialty shops here in canada.
    have a nice weekend!
    -katie

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  181. I really enjoyed SOMA chocolate, anything with lemon peel in it! yum! I think it was their Costa Rican Milk 32% bar with candied lemon peel. Love your work.

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  182. Oh My! This is my very favorite of all your bags- both in design and pattern :) I can't share my favorite chocolate because, sadly, I'm violently allergic to it! I know, it's difficult for most women to even fathom the injustice! I do absolutely adore salted caramel though - in ice cream or any dessert at all so life isn't so bad for me! Thanks for the chance to win your treasure!

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  183. Mi chocolate favorito es el J.D. Gross con trocitos de caramelo, está buenísimo!!
    Precioso el bolso, I love it!!

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  184. I love Chocolateria's dark chocolate with sea salt...a bit of a danger as it's in my very on Roncesvalles neighbourhood. I have your tea towel with this pattern...it makes me smile, even when I'm doing the dishes.

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  185. wow. what an excellent question! I am partial to cadbury cream eggs, and non-fancy as it may seem. They always signal the arrival of spring, and when you get a good one (ie. not stale) they can't be beat!

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  186. Mozart's heads from Austria! But my favorite hot chocolate is from Panera.

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  187. I love the Mo's dark chocolate bacon bar. I can't help it!

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  188. Love this bag! Dark chocolate with almonds is alway a winner in my book!!

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  189. The best chocolate I ever had was Lindt Excellence 70% cocoa paired with fresh chunks of coconut while I sat on the deck of a grass hut on stilts over the water on a remote island in Belize. Heaven.

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  190. your triangle print design is such a great classic! I am a true chocolate lover so it's hard to say what is the best one I had. The Lindt dark chocolate is always a winner. My best hot chocolate ever was the one I drank at Carrette in Paris!

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  191. I adore this bag!! please pick me! I love every kind of chocolate! But I prefer plain milk chocolates! yum!

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  192. Any dark chocolate, especially with almonds! At Christmas, though, I fall hard for Lindt truffles. I love your bags, especially this one.

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  193. chocolate covered strawberry please.

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  194. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome bag.....I would love to fill it with dark Chocolate....Ritter Sport chocolate from Germany....dark chocolate.

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  195. The best chocolate I ever had was... the ENTIRE zotter range.

    I'd just started working at a tiny deli - which sold interesting chocolate and loose leaf teas and coffee beans {which i knew nothing about at the time!} all crammed together in large glass jars with lids that *POP*ped when you released the lid and which sat huddled together on dark wooden shelves - and decided to be overly keen, in my efforts to impress, and try every flavour we stocked in that range. The flavours are... interesting {Cashew and pineapple, Cheese and wine, Bacon Bits....} I considered it quite an achievement that i had tasted a nibble of each.

    And then my new manager came into our shop "Oh dear, no, i don't actually put those in my mouth!" Oh. FAIL. But such an amusing memory and one that always reminds me of the fun times i had in that little store with my teas, and my beans, my bars and my frothing machine!

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  196. Beautiful bag! Scharffenberger makes my favorite chocolate (although I might have mispelled it). It's sort of fruity and rich.

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  197. Hi Arounna - I'm not sure if it was the best chocolate I've ever tasted but it was very special! Last night I tried, for the first time, some Trader Joe's 70% dark chocolate bar caramel with black sea salt (the packaging is pretty groovy too!). It was very delicious...but I think the real reason why I particularly enjoyed and savoured it so much was that it was the last thing I ate as a 38 year old, looking forward to my 39th year, today! Birthday chocolate tastes wonderful! Thank you!

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