Hot Chocolate Bar & Giveaway (closed)

By 30. November 2015 December 9th, 2015 Life & style, Sweet

Ever since I had the first (proper) hot chocolate (memory) from real, melted chocolate (and, quite needless to say, not just from powder), I was hooked. There was no going back. I used to sip on such a rich, “real” chocolat chaud in the beautiful town of Aixe en Provence, in the South of France, during our family vacations. It was served at our favorite tea and chocolate place (that, sadly, now doesn’t exist anymore). It was a little bit decadent, but just the right amount. Mostly, it was just heaven on earth. You could maybe, with a little bit of practice, drink 2 or even 3 cups. But really, after one, you’d be full. Sugar coma, ahoi! You could just as well eat a whole menu of starters, main with steak & frites and an ice cream dessert instead. But the fasting (before and after) was so worth it.

Wwhenever I make hot chocolate now, I inevitably think of the lovely place in Aixe. There is nothing more comforting than melted, dark Lindt chocolate with the right amount of milk and the perfect spices. I am currently very partial to a Lebkuchen spiced one… Although I’m also into this S’mores kinda one, with toasted marshmallows on top… And did I mention there is the mandatory Candy Cane Hot Chocolate version, too?. I’d like to know: How do you like your hot chocolate…?

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[gap height=”20″]I’ve been dreaming up a holiday party forever (and really, I’ve planned my fair share of Friendsmas Dinner Parties before) – one that includes a hot chocolate bar, no less! With ingredients to pick and choose from – from minty candy cane sprinkles to cinnamon sticks as stirrers to marshmallows for good measure – to tweak and individualize your very own hot chocolate. And because I want you to live your dreams as well, I have been planning a giveaway – yes, a proper F&F Holiday Box – together with Lindt, just for you! With carefully picked favorites, specifically selected wintery, festive goods for your palate as well as your home.

The giveaway includes: 4 tablets of Lindt Crémant Noir 49% (naturally), for your own hot chocolate creations at home. You can leaf through the glossy Lindt Book while sipping on your hot choc – a sweet coffee table book about the world of chocolate, recipes included. Then there is this delicious Diptyque Candle, in my all time favorite scent “Feu de Bois” (that instantly creates a warm, wintery, fire place atmosphere in your home). You can light it with one of the large matches that I included. My favorite tea from Sirocco – a Swiss tea brand that I love – shouldn’t be missing, either. Because you can only drink so much hot chocolate, right? The Black Chai is particularly nice (make sure to sweeten it liberally, hehe). To bring your baking sessions to the next level, I picked my favorite copper cookie cutters (say “copper cookie cutters” three times in a row without twisting your tongue) – a christmas tree and a gingerbread men (you can use this or this post for inspiration) – and added my favorite (pumpkin-)spice-mix, which is called “Lebkuchen-” or “Birnenbrot-Gewürz” around here. You can even add a pinch to your hot chocolate, hmm, delicious! The wooden spoon with the heart will help you whip everything up, piece of cake. When you still need some more help to offset your holiday mood, light another candle. The mini, copper bundt cake pan candle stick is the ideal place for a slim, long candle. Can we talk for a second about how cute this candle stick is…? If all of this doesn’t keep you warm, then there is still this heart shaped, furry key holder. To keep you company on your adventures out in the cold, and to always show you the way home. Home is where the heart is, right?

How to participate: Now that you’ve seen all the components of the F&F Holiday Box you probably want one for yourself, and are asking: how can I win one? Right? Well, all you have to do to win one of three boxes is leave a comment here below this post by the end of December 8th. One participant – one entry only. Open for international contestants, too. The winners will be chosen at random and announed here and on F&F Facebook on Wednesday, December 9th.

Update: the giveaway is closed now. The winners will be chosen at random and announced here shortly. 

Oh, and then, there’s my favorite Hot Chocolate recipe to share with you…


Lebkuchen Hot Chocolate

2 cups whole milk
1/2 tablet Lindt Créman Noir 49%
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. Lebkuchen (gingerbread) spice mix
2 cinnamon sticks to act as stirrers

Heat the milk in a small saucepan. Add the chocolate in pieces and the sugar, then stir until the chocolate is fully melted. Spice with the Lebkuchen or gingerbread spice mix and divide between two mugs. Place a cinnamon stick in each mug and serve hot.

For the S’mores Hot Chocolate, omit the spices. Simply add a couple of small marshmallows to each mug and toast them with a blow torch from all sides. For the Candy Cane version, whip some cream, ladle a spoonful on top of the hot chocolate and sprinkle with crushed mint candy canes.[/twocol_one][fourcol_one_last][/fourcol_one_last][gap height=”20″]

Legal disclaimer: This post was created in cooperation with Lindt. Some of the products included (the chocolate and the book) were provided free of charge by Lindt. The other goodies are offered by me personally. The giveaway has an approximative total value of 180 CHF. The value of the givewaway can not be reimbursed. Should the winner not get back in touch with me within two days after the announcement, then a new winner will be announced instead. Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. 


  • sillygirl says:

    What a beautiful box of goodies. After tasting good chocolate I can’t settle for the stuff I grew up with in the U.S. – love those spoons too!

  • Michelle Katja says:

    Ohhh I’m going home now to make myself a hot chocolate, thank you for the inspiration! (And the gift box is perfection, everything one needs for a cozy wintertime :))

  • Céline says:

    Hahaha, first one to comment! 😉 can you tell that I really reaally reaaaaaally want that awesome bix of goodness?! Chocoholic right over here 🙂

  • Amy Harper says:

    Chocolat chaud!

  • Oh, how I would like to win one of those boxes! A perfect Christmas gift. For me, of course. 🙂 I’d take my Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows, please.
    Xxx, Corinne

  • c a r O l i n a says:

    love your blog and recipes Scarlett.
    thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful giveaway.
    happy holidays to you
    ♥ c a r O l i n a ♥

  • Franziska says:

    Ah…. what a lovely, lovely box, dear Scarlett, it’s going to be an awesome wintery gift to anyone who receives it. I’m honest here I’ll keep my fingers crossed it’s gonna be me who will be sipping her very own Lebkuchen Hot Chocolate made from your box soon! 😉

    Best wishes from Winti,

  • Jason Cameron says:


    This is the essence of Christmas, from my childhood fairytales.

    Although growing up with prawns, bbq and summer as my memories of Christmas, being welcomed into the cold, snow filled spirits of Christmas is worth an exchange. Growing up the images of hot chocolate, wood fire, Christmas markets, were abound incongruous of local weather, climate and markets. It is sad to miss, but the warmth and magic living in Europe is amazing, to experience the fairytales coming alive and the magic of Christmas with such a magical treasure of chocolate is a dream to come true.
    To enjoy candles and dreams, making footprints in the snow, not fighting to stop things from melting, or the nightmare of bushfires. The Christmas magic is to be treasured in the snow! (best of all with chocolate, friends and warmth)

  • Kathleen says:

    Looks incredible! X

  • Camille says:

    Hello, thanks for this great giveaway! I am participating and crossing my fingers 🙂

  • Sandrine says:

    If you like hot chocolat, and chocolate in general, you should check out xocolatl in Basel:)

  • Maria says:

    Chocolate heaven!!


  • Karin says:

    liebe Scarlett….
    einmal mehr ein wunderbarer post mit vielen Anregungen und macht so richtig “gluschtig” auf einen
    heimeligen Abend vor dem Kamin mit einer Tasse heisser Schokolade….vielleicht ja schon bald mit
    deiner box….
    warme wintergrüsse, karin

  • Milena says:

    Dear Scarlett
    J’adore your blog and your exquisite taste/style. This giveaway proofs it. Best of luck to me 🙂

  • Milena says:

    Ich chan jo uf schwizerdütsch schriebe oder?

    Das gseht alles soso toll us und ich wörds no lieber günne!!
    schöni adventsziit wönschii:)

  • Vanessa says:

    Wow! Just delicious!***

  • Luisa says:

    Wahnsinnig gern würi die Schoggi-Box gwünne, damitis no bis Wiehnachte durehalte jede Morge dur Züri ad Uni zstampfe (oder eher dur de Rege wate!) 🙂

  • Veronika says:

    This looks delicious! Just love hot chocolate. Your pictures and post make me miss Switzerland, Züri, … Maybe I can taste the treats from there in Northern Germany..?.. 🙂

  • Christa says:

    Mmmmh. ….
    Ich freu mich schon 🙂

  • Micaela says:

    What a nice idea, dear Scarlett. A bite of chocolate and I’m happy ?. So fingers crossed. Xxx

  • Angela says:

    Love the giveaway but love your blog (and the new layout) even more! You rock, girl! (*crossingmyfingers*) 🙂

  • joey says:

    *herzliemoticon* für f&f und für min dearest hase.

  • Irene says:

    Mmmh Scarlettli, ich will gewinnen! Unbedingt!

  • Scarlett, your photos are amazing! Truly made my mouth water! And in true Swiss fashion, chocolate is absolutely the best!!! When I was pregnant, I craved so much chocolate and my daughter now is a sugar and in particular – chocolate lover. 🙂 Anyway, with two daughters now, this household would be so thrilled with a box of hot chocolate… In any case, I love following your food adventures. 🙂

  • Katja says:

    Mmmmmh as I’m well known to be a lover of everything chocolate, this post just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! What a wonderful giveaway and I would love to call one of those delicious boxes my own. And I really can’t decide which one of your recipes I would try first….hmmmm cinnamon?
    Schööni Adväntsziit!

  • Anna says:

    What a lovely giveaway. I teach forest school sessions and always end by giving the children a cup of hot chocolate from a flask. There is something so wonderful and comforting about warming your hands on a cup of hot chocolate.

  • isabel says:

    oooooh tasty hot chocolate!!!! def. hope to win this super duper box 🙂 wish you a nice chocolaty pre-xmas-time …

  • Zoe Ryan says:

    This makes me want to cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate right now! I can’t wait to make this recipe!

  • Christine says:

    What a lovely gift box! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

  • Remo says:

    Just started my day with a hot chocolate ☺️ Mmmhhh…

  • Yvonne says:


    Sitting on the couch, enjoy your Lebkuchen Hot Chocolate to the full with some typical christmas biscuits and my cuddle blanket. – thats what I will do tonight.

  • Suzan says:

    Hoping to win the giveaway! Also, I have been following for years and have always loved your blog!!

  • Romina says:

    Dein Blog ist immer wieder eine Bereicherung – herzlichen Dank! Die Box sieht mega aus, würde mir den Advent etwas versüssen! 🙂 Das Rezept teste ich so oder so…

  • Laura says:

    This sounds amazing! I’m standing in the train and now I’m craving one of your hot chocolates!
    I like to make mine with plant-based milk and adding in a shot of chai sirup. My trick for heating the milk up when I’m in a rush is using the nespresso milk foamer.
    Happy 1st of Advent! Xxx

  • Gaus Melanie says:

    What a nice idea for warmly sweet moments!

  • Melanie says:

    Wow! Findes e bericherig dass mir au i de Schwiz so gueti Food Blogger hend 😉
    Das Set versüässt de Dezember so richtig, so en schöne Start in Dezember.

  • Nadine says:

    Oh wow, wunderhübsch! Ich würd mich riesig über die Box freuen, aber wenn’s nicht klappt, ist auch dein Blog ein Gaumen- und Augenschmaus. Herzlichen Dank liebe Scarlett!

  • Lillaa says:

    oh how wonderfully arranged! Would love to create such a chocolate bar in my apartment! hmmmmm! have a lovely, chocolate smelly advent everyone =)

  • Franziska says:

    By reading through your post Christmas feelings pop up – finally here in sunny Australia! How wonderful would it be to find one of these amazing boxes waiting for me under the Christmas tree.
    We are coming back in December. Hope to see you soon, Franziska

  • nicola says:

    Scarletti… your first giveaway and boy is this amazing!
    I would sure treat it well : )
    happy december, nicola.

  • Priska says:

    Christmas feelings had a tough life with my this year – they just didn’t want to stick with me once they shyly popped up. But now after reading this post I think they might stay. The loverly giveaway would certainly help! Have a very merry advent, dear Scarlett!

  • Magnus-Matthias Sambo says:

    Lovely Box, lovely idea. Can I please win one? Just kidding.

  • Daniela says:

    Ich würde liebend gerne diese Box gewinnen! Und dem vorweihnächtlichen Stress damit etwas entfliehen..
    Herzliche Grüsse, Daniela

  • Marie-Eve says:

    What an amazing box! It is the perfect set to prepare for Christmas and the cold weather. I am swiss too, but have been living abroad for the past 5 years. At this time of the year, I really miss swiss chocolate and all the swiss goodies. Thank you for such a beautiful give-away.

  • Laura says:

    Oh, now I have a “hot-chocolate-bar-shaped hole” in my life!

  • Olivia says:

    Kuss und bis bald (!)
    Dini Olivia mit m.i.a.

  • Tassja says:

    Ich würde die tolle Box gerne gewinnen, um sie mit meinen Freundinnen an unserer alljährlichen “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” zu teilen.

  • Stefanie says:

    ? das Gugelhopf-Förmli, soo härzig ? nehme aber alles andere au, wenns mues sii….

  • Bettina says:

    Dear Scarlett
    I admire your blog and your style. During work I think to myself – first work – afterwards as a gift to myself – I can have a look on your new pics… I hope to win! wishing you: en schöne advent! Cheers

  • Betee says:

    Bei so einem Anblick und deinen wunderbaren Worten kriege sogar ich Lust auf Schokolade?
    Just remember the hot chocolate from Engelberg?
    Big hug?

  • Melania says:

    Wooow Scarlett, what a lovely box! I would be delighted to recieve it! Your blog and your food creations truly make me happy day after day! I just loooove your taste… Which inspires me!

  • Jules says:

    Absolutely stunning. Love the idea!

  • Ceclie says:

    Amazing! Chocolate galore!

  • manda says:

    The bar is such a cute idea.

  • Christina says:

    What a lovely collection of holiday treats. Your website is truly beautiful!

  • Therese says:

    Liebi Scarlett
    Ich bi irgendwie stolz uf di, du bisch e lässigi, ufgstellti und härzlechi Bloggerin und ich mag dini gueti Art. Ich mag dir din Erfolg so vo Härze gönne. Näbe de läckere Rezept, gfallt mer au din Wohnstil bsunders guet. Es Wienachtspäckli mit so liebevoll usgsuechte Sache würd mi bsunders freue. En schöne Advänt!

  • Salome says:

    Dear Scarlett
    Your blog is absolutely adorable. Every single recipe and your stunning styled photographies inspire me anew. I love your Christmas table. So I got up headed to ensoie bought this precious vase and tried to decorate my season table like yours. My own Christmas Gift. 🙂
    All the best to you and I am thrilled to marvel at your next entry.
    A joyful Christmas

  • Fabienne says:

    Der Scarlett im new to your Blog and your Blog is absolutely adorable and very much inspiring. Everything is made with so much Love. I Wolf be very happy to win The chocolate box. Lots of Love also from zürich

  • Dina says:

    Woooowwww!! Che bontà bellissime le tue decorazioni.

  • Carolsue says:

    Everything looks so good! The Black Chai appeals to me, as does the candle! Love it all!

  • Ramona says:

    Amazing! And by the way, love the redesign of the website!

  • Lesley says:

    Dear Scarlett,
    Your giveaway is sooo sweet in the best possible way. I always look forward to seeing what you are creating!!

  • Judith says:

    Yum! This looks amazing!

  • Christina D says:

    This is so nice 🙂 I’m going to have to try out that recipe. Happy Holidays Scarlett!

  • Melanie says:

    Yummmmy so much love in one box!!! Need and want it 🙂

  • Cristina says:

    Das wäri s Beste zum mini Lern- und Prüefigsphase z versüesse! 🙂

  • Sandra says:

    Dear Scarlett, Awesome new page layout! I would love to participate in the Give Away, such lovely products!

  • Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    What a wonderful gift idea! I’m excited for the chance to try them!

  • Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    I am so in ! Thank you for the chance, and happy December !!!

  • Susan Christy says:

    What a beautiful gift basket!

  • Caroline Jordan says:

    OH dear Santa… Pleaaaase send me a lovely F&F give away! It would go so nicely with my new kitchen ?…. XO Caro

  • nadya kotik says:

    I want to do a hot chocolate bar for the holidays this year!

  • Ally says:

    Oh my goodness! What a great idea! This would go really well at a cookie exchange!

  • Annamarie V says:

    What a great idea, I think I am going to put together a hot chocolate bar for my Christmas eve party.

  • Nina says:

    Ich brauche die Box! Alles andre wär gelogen,
    bin nämlich letzte Woche von zu Hause ausgezogen.

    Bin ganz alleine und will Schokolade haben,
    am Morgen, am Mittag, und zweimal am Abend.

    Und auch mit dem Rest in der Box immer her!
    Hab nur einen Küchenschrank und sogar der ist noch leer.

    Drum bitte ich dich, lass mich gewinnen,
    Schokolade macht glücklich, und bringt mich zum Singen.

    Liebe Scarlett, frohe Wiehnachten! ?⛄️??❄️

  • Eva says:

    This basket looks simply like the best pre-christmas present ever <3 xoxo

  • Fiona says:

    Liebe Scarlett

    Ich lese deinen Blog schon sehr lange und habe schon so viele tolle Rezepte von dir ausprobiert.
    Diese Box zu gewinnen wäre ein absoluter Traum! 🙂

    Liebe Grüsse

  • Bernadette says:

    Oh ja, das ist mein Traumpaket?
    Würde mich riesig über all die schönen Dinge freuen?.

    Ich bin ein grosser Fan deines Blogs und schaue regelmässig nach neuen Einträgen.

    Vielen Dank für all die schönen Beiträge und Inspirationen.

  • Steffi says:

    So ein schönes Paket. Da würde ich mich wirklich total freuen 🙂

    Liebe Grüße

  • Désirée Häfeli says:

    Just in time vor Ablauf des Wettbewerbs… 🙂 Die Box sieht supersüss aus – im buchstäblichen und im übertragenen Sinn!

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