Saying Thank You with Chocolate (Merci Chocolates Giveaway – CLOSED)

by MomGrind

chocolate barI’m in the midst of dealing with caffeine withdrawal. I have recently realized that I’m addicted to my very strong morning coffee and as I’m unwilling to be addicted to anything, I stopped cold turkey yesterday, which is probably not the best idea.

The terrible headache of yesterday has now turned into brain fog, sluggishness and general weakness. Let’s just hope it’s only a matter of a few more days, since it was just one daily cup (although likely as strong as three average cups!).

Luckily, I haven’t sworn off chocolate, though it does contain a small amount of caffeine, because FedEx just dropped off the most charming kit from Merci Chocolates – a box of flavored European chocolates, four champagne flutes and four reusable popcorn containers. (scroll down for details on how you can win a similar kit).

The gift is part of Merci’s campaign of giving a meaningful thank you, which got me thinking, CAN you give a meaningful thank you with chocolate? Chocolate is, after all, almost universally liked. Good, high-quality, creamy chocolate such as Merci (we’ve sampled each flavor and they are all delightful, with our top choices being the praline cream and the hazelnut cream) does make a nice gift, and a great way to tell someone in your life you care about them – and the fast approaching Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to do that.

Who would I thank with chocolates? I owe quite a few thank-yous, but at the top of the list are mom and dad of course, for their incredibly hard work over the years; for loving me and caring about me so much; for raising me well and teaching me hard work, discipline, and the importance of picking a compatible life partner; and for still inspiring me with their loving relationship, their love of life and travel, and the way they take good care of themselves and of each other. It’s good to see how full and satisfying life can be when you’re in your late sixties.

If you’d like to win a kit of Merci chocolates and the other goodies, please email me by Monday 2/11 at 6pm PST to vered (at) with the subject “Merci Chocolate.” US only, 18+. I’ll pick a winner via

Disclosure: I received a free kit from Mercy Chocolates. I was not otherwise compensated for this review, and the opinions expressed here are my own. The chocolate truly is delicious.

Update: The giveaway is now closed. I have emailed the winner. Thanks for participating!

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