Merry Christmas!!! – Cookie Love + Giveaway *Winner Announced*

Merry Christmas everyone :)

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

My small little family (Mr Bao, Cupcake and myself) would like to wish all my Dearest Readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day 🙂 Hope you’ve been enjoying this wonderful festival of overeating, overspending but more importantly spending time with loved ones.

I know I am once again guilty for disappearing and not posting for a few weeks. I really apologise for that, however, I simply have not had the time do very much with work being so busy, working until early hours of the morning and also moving houses. We haven’t found our new place yet, so for the interim we’re back at my parents ~ But hopefully in the New Year we’ll find our new home! Wish me luck 🙂

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Because I feel bad for not blogging for such a long time a have a gift for one special Reader 🙂 Keep reading and scroll down to the bottom for details how to enter this giveaway. Christmas a time for giving and also receiving. And although we tend to spoil ourselves during the holiday season, I think it’s important to remember to give to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. That is the reason why I was keen in trying and reviewing the new website ‘Where Your Heart Is’ website. This is a new website created by both Farm House Direct (a website which supports and helps sell local produce) and Good Spender (a website that sells products from Australian social enterprises).

Cookie Love from Teresa :)

Cookie Love from Teresa 🙂

The concept of Where Your Heart Is, is to give consumers the options of purchasing products which not only help local producers but also help give back to those in need. I think it’s a great idea and definitely makes Christmas shopping a lot easier! So save the link for next year! I was sent some beautifully packed baked goodies from Cookie Love a local artisan baker from Phillip Island in Victoria.

20141219-IMG_5250Teresa the founder and artisan baker of Cookie love wrote me one of the nicest Christmas cards I’ve ever received explaining how she came up with the idea of selling her gorgeous cookies and moreish panforte. Oh by the way, if you haven’t noticed that’s not my hands haha I recruited Miss D to come help me devour some cookies!

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

I opened the first box and squealed to see a range of talented decorated Christmas cookies, I particularly like the Santa Claus because he has the most adorable little face. Miss D and both tried a little gift box cookie, as we wanted to save the bigger ones for later ~ I was particularly impressed with how soft the cookies remained and had a nice texture. These cookies would put a smile on anyone;s face!

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

Underneath Christmas cookies were another layer of Gingerbread men! Once again delicately made with the cutest faces! I’ve made them once before… and lets say some of my gingerbread men we’re definitely not as happy or cheerful looking! They had the same soft texture as the butter cookies, however, these had a subtle ginger and cinnamon flavour through them.

Panforte Noire

Panforte Noire

We then moved onto the other two boxes which were Panforte. For those who are not familiar Teresa explained in the Christmas card that panforte are very traditional Italian fruitcake with lots of nuts. Some may mix chocolate through it to make it a ‘Nero’ a dark version of Panforte.

Panforte Bianco

Panforte Bianco

The serving suggestion is to sprinkle with a little icing sugar, cut into slithers and enjoy with a cup of coffee or I would suggest champagne.

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The panforte bianco has white chocolate mixed through, a variety of nuts and dried fruit. I’m not sure I’ve had panforte before so I’m probably not the best judge, but Miss D and I really enjoyed the chewy texture and crunchiness of the nuts. Compared to the dark chocolate (nero) panforte, we found that this wasn’t as sweet and tasted more fruity.

Panforte Nero

Panforte Nero

Moving onto the Panforte Nero which is exactly the same as the Bianco except it has dark chocolate (Lindt) mixed into it instead. It still has the roasted nuts, glace fruit and also honey for sweetness. I think the dark chocolate one looks more like a regular chocolate cake ~

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Once again severing suggestion is icing sugar (which I forgot oops!) and cut into slithers which mine are also too big…what can I say I’m a greedy person 😀 I must say the texture is very similar for both panforte but my personal preference would be the nero as it is sweeter and has a more intense chocolate flavour. I would have loved to have this with a glass of latte, unfortunately my life is in boxes right now so I don’t even know where my coffee machine is hehe.

The panforte were quite large and could easily feed 6 to 8 people depending no the sizing of the pieces as it is quite filling. I’ve enjoyed all the products from Cookie Love and really enjoy supporting products made in Victoria. You can also order these Cookie Love products from this Farm House Direct link and be sure to check out the other products they have. It’s like a local farmers market online without having to wake up early the products are directly sent to you 🙂

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Now thanks to Teresa (Cookie Love), Where Your Heart Is and Farmhouse Direct I have one set of this Christmas pack to giveaway. I’m sorry that it’s after Christmas but it’ll be more like a New Years present 🙂

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To enter this giveaway
– Leave a comment and tell me have you tried Panforte before? Will you like the Bianco (White chocolate) or Nero (Dark chocolate) more?
– For more entries please ‘Like’ me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter ~ If you’ve already done that please let me now! Thank you!
– Giveaway ends on the 4th January (Sunday) 
– You may reenter daily, one entry per day
– Winners will be chosen by me personally and announced on this blog and notified via email on the 5th January
– Open only to all Australian residents (Sorry International Readers!)

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My little Reindeer (Cupcake) would like to wish everyone good luck in this giveaway and also have a safe and Happy New Year!

WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!

Congratulations CC you are the winner of this Cookie Love giveaway!

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I will be emailing you and sending you the gift pack very shortly.

THANK YOU EVERYONE who entered!

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51 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!!! – Cookie Love + Giveaway *Winner Announced*

  1. karly December 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm Reply

    Merry Christmas! Yes, I’ve tried Panaforte – I’d like the Nero (Dark chocolate) more, but either would be delicious. Cheers

  2. karlene75 December 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm Reply

    Merry Christmas! I have tried Panaforte before, I’d like the Nero (Dark chocolate) more but either would be delicious.
    I’m a long-time Facebook liker too. x

  3. andy1076 December 27, 2014 at 12:15 am Reply

    Cheers Cheers Daisy and Cupcake! Merry Christmas Mr Bao! 🙂

  4. Anastasia Starz December 27, 2014 at 3:11 am Reply

    Merry Christmas! I’ve never had panforte before but do recall seeing it in a shop window a while back at an Italian/Sicilian shop. I love white chocolate! Following on fb & twitter.

  5. Monique December 27, 2014 at 6:35 am Reply

    Merry Christmas to your little family! I’ve never seen panforte but they intrigue me. Def keen to try both versions! 🙂

  6. Peita December 27, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

    Merry Christmas all! I would like to enjoy the rich, dark Panforte with ripe, Red Square Brie and crumbly, matured Pyengana cloth Cheddar!

  7. CC December 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm Reply

    I tried a really nice one just a few months ago! My first time – I’d like the dark chocolate more because I don’t like white chocolate =) Merry Christmas, Daisy!

  8. Ross S December 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Merry Christmas! I haven’t tried Panforte before but I think I’d like the Bianco.

  9. Ross S December 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply

    I follow on Twitter (@RossS12)

  10. Ross S December 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply

    I also follow on Facebook

  11. hotlyspiced December 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm Reply

    I love your little reindeer. I have been thinking of you and wondering how you managed with having to move house, work full-time, look after Cupcake and get ready for Christmas. That’s such a big workload. I do hope you find your new home very soon. I made panforte this year as Christmas gifts. I saw these cookies on Instagram and just loved them xx

  12. missemzyy December 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm Reply

    I make panforte for my mum every Christmas- its her favourite! I would have to pick the dark chocolate one.. it just looks so rich and moreish! I hope you had a lovely Christmas! xx

  13. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 30, 2014 at 9:51 am Reply

    Aren’t you sweet doing this giveaway Daisy! And honestly you are one of the most photogenic people that I’ve ever met. Not surprising because you are gorgeous in real life but also in photos!

  14. Theresa W. December 31, 2014 at 1:41 pm Reply

    My mom just bought us Panforte for Christmas — I loved it!

  15. Ross S December 31, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Happy New Year for tomorrow! And yes I still want to try the Blanco.

  16. laura powers January 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm Reply

    I have tried my mums homemade Panforte always delicious,love to give the Bianco one , yummo

  17. laura powers January 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm Reply

    I follow on FB -(laura powers)

  18. laura powers January 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Follow on twitter also (@laurafpow)

  19. Diana O January 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Never tried Panforte before and I’d like the Nero the best I think 🙂

  20. Di January 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Yes a long time ago.
    Nero because I don’t get into white chocolate.

  21. Amanda Gorham January 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm Reply

    No I haven’t tried Panforte yet xxx I’m sure it would be yummy! I would love the white chocolate one more (Blanco)…

  22. CocoaLoco January 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried Panforte before before but I think I’d love the Nero version. Sounds and looks delicious

  23. CocoaLoco January 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Following on twitter and facebook 🙂

  24. Helga Grenkowitz January 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm Reply

    I haven’t tried Panforte yet. I think I would prefer the Nero because it’s the ‘healthier’ chocolate.
    I am already a Facebook fan and also a Twitter follower.

  25. Deb K January 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm Reply

    No, living in the sticks I haven’t tried Panforte before, but we love dark chocolate!

  26. Jennifer B. January 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    I discovered panforte in Italy many years ago and NERO is definitely my favourite!

  27. jbmarigold January 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Liked on FB – Jennifer Bush

  28. jbmarigold January 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Following on Twitter – jbmarigold

  29. tizzerina January 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Merry christmas and happy new year!! I havent tried Panaforte before but sounds delicious and the white chocolate…yum 😀

  30. tizzerina January 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm Reply

    facebook follower 😀

  31. tizzerina January 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm Reply

    twitter follower

  32. Shellie Reid January 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm Reply

    Panaforte, I have not tried, but would love to, and I love dark chocolate! YUM!

  33. Sue B January 2, 2015 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Happy New Year! No, I’ve not tried Panaforte before but I’d love to try Nero! 🙂

  34. Sue B January 2, 2015 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Have liked on FB…. Sue Bou 🙂

  35. Sue B January 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Am a twitter follower too! 🙂 ….@skbou

  36. Alex Eleftheriou January 3, 2015 at 1:48 am Reply

    No I have never tried Panforte before, Nero chocolate looks the best

  37. Ross S January 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm Reply

    OK – so my New Years Resolution is to try something new. So I’ve changed my mind and would like to try the Nero.

  38. Kelly-Marie January 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Never ever tried Panforte before and would love to do so. The Nero looks absolutely amazing.

  39. Jennifer B. January 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm Reply

    Still a NERO girl…

  40. tem74 January 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm Reply

    No, I haven’t tried it yet and think I will like the dark chocolate best !

  41. tem74 January 3, 2015 at 9:32 pm Reply

    No, I haven’t tried Panforte before and think I will like the dark chocolate best!

  42. tem74 January 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Also like on facebook

  43. Helena Leung January 4, 2015 at 12:48 am Reply

    Can’t recall, but surely I would have remembered trying Panaforte? 🙂 It is definitely something my foodie sister-in-law would serve at one of her fancy dinner parties 🙂 If I won I would surprise her with the Nero Panaforte and a bottle of wine!

  44. Krystal Dee January 4, 2015 at 8:19 am Reply

    Sadly, no I haven’t tried Panforte before, me and my family would love to indulge in the dark chocolate one.

  45. leanne January 4, 2015 at 10:40 am Reply

    Happy New Year to you. Panaforte was never a part of our Christmas but Oh how I longed to try it when it was on display at shops. Druelling at the mouth for a Bianco
    fb loved

  46. Cathy January 4, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply

    Mmmm… I’ve tried a panforte style nut cake by New Norcia Bakeries before – it’s divine! Would love to try the Nero!

  47. Cathy January 4, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply

    Liked on facebook

  48. Cathy January 4, 2015 at 11:03 am Reply

    Following on Twitter

  49. jbmarigold January 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Actually, I’d be happy with EITHER!

  50. Kelly-Marie January 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Liked on FaceBook

  51. marilyn January 4, 2015 at 11:39 pm Reply

    liked on facebook, no i have not tried Panforte, I think white chocolate would be my choice as it would be decadent

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