Momma Told Me: GuyLian Belgian Chocolates Giveaway and Review!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

GuyLian Belgian Chocolates Giveaway and Review!



Momma Told Me: Sometimes, doing something well doesn't mean you will be a success. You have to add something extra to truly be exceptional.


I still recall the first time I put my heart and soul into something for school. It had been a comprehensive assignment (report and presentation) on the people of ancient Egypt and it's history. I must have been all of 10, and I had spent weeks researching and typing up my presentation, complete with photo illustrative aids. I thought I was ahead of the curve, with more consideration and time than the average student. Unfortunately, my teacher, likely tired of reading 20+ papers, was looking for something extra to set us apart. I couldn't understand why the children who, I knew, had spent less time and often scored lower than my on exams were achieving more praise for their work.


Crestfallen, I slumped into the passengers seat of our minivan, near tears. I was accustomed to glowing reviews and 'A's with plus signs attached to them. The bold, red 'B' was so plain, and 'common', I surely deserved better. In the parking lot classmates passed, toting large scale pyramids and painted poster boards, which my mother was quick to note. "Where you supposed to make something for this project?" she asked, concerned. I should my head defiantly, insisting there was nothing in the instructions requiring us to add such visual aids. In fact, the teacher had given us the option to create a model with a short write up, or present a longer, written report. "Well, that's what happened," my mother explained, "You might have one amazing report there, but without the models and poster board, nobody's going to notice! It may not be fair, but sometimes you have to market an extraordinary product in an extraordinary manner- or people will never know it's there!"


The lesson I learned that day has resonated within me my entire life thus far. Let's face it, I could write amazing posts all day long, and tell you about all these wonderful products, but I'd still be sitting here with 20 followers if it weren't for the showmanship and generosity of the wonderful companies I work with. And, today, I bring you a brand founded on this very principle; GuyLian Belgian Chocolates. Founded in 1960 when confectionist Guy Foubert married sweetheart Lilliane (Guy+Lian, GuyLian), the brand had humble yet quality beginnings. The duo manufactured gourmet truffles and pralines out of their home for local companies with great success and praise. Their sales were steady, but there seemed to be something missing; that extra factor to set their exceptional chocolates apart from the hundreds of other bakers and confectioners.


In a stroke of genius, Guy had the notion to transform his truffles into works of art, incorporating a seashell theme. Before long, GuyLian had developed a method of mass production which allowed for both a unique seashell molding, and the original recipe. While Guy is no longer around to see his company flourish, the brand is still very much run by the new generation of Fouberts, and the integration of elegant and unique packaging concepts. Each and every product in the line is developed using the finest Belgian chocolates, and presented with the reverence their founder instilled.


While GuyLian is still very much considered a gourmet brand, it's marketed as a bit of indulgence for any time of the day or week. The brand encourages sharing with friends and family through gifts and gatherings, or for a well deserved reward at the end of a long day. Pralines are common throughout the line's products, and make an appearance in the gourmet department with a Praline Cream Liquor that sounds simply divine. Other categories include GuyLian boxed Seashells, Seahorses, Trufflinas, Temptations, Bars, and seasonal varieties. What started it all seems to be what the brand is most known for, their decadent filled, artisan molded seashell and seahorse truffles. The complete collection of which, includes 11 different shapes, including the most famous, seahorse.


I received a selection of GuyLian chocolates for review here on Momma Told Me and, while I'd seen the brand in upscale chocolate shops before, I'd never previously tried it. In fact, I've enjoyed many chocolate dipped and specialty products made with the brands famous Belgian chocolate before without paying much attention. The simple fact is, in my opinion, when you are dealing with Belgian chocolate you are dealing with the creme de la creme, and gauranteed a good experience. The Original GuyLian Seashell collection has a marbled appearance that makes each and every truffle unique. I enjoyed just looking at these beautiful, edible, works of art, and was pleasantly surprised to reveal the decadent Praline filling inside. Not only was the texture smooth, with a light crisp, but it melted faster than the shell along my tongue. These are highly addictive!



The extra dark seashells offer a 74% cocoa blend made from west African cocoa beans, and feature a home made dark-roasted Hazelnut Praline. This filling was thicker, and more of a dense truffle, which complimented the richer shell beautifully. I have to admit my favorite of the products had to be the GuyLian's Temptations Seahorses, which came beautifully wrapped. These majestic truffles hardly look like candy with their intricate details, and foil wrappers. I'd hoped the individual wrapping would detour me from eating them as quickly as the boxed ones, but had no such luck. Every time I'd walk past our living room table I'd swipe one from the box! The shell, blended from white, dark, and milk chocolates is the prefect compromise for indecisive chocolate lovers and the rich praline center will surely please!

What Daughter Says: GuyLian has found a way to make their truffles shine, as they deserve with the whimsical seashell line!





One lucky Momma Told Me follower will win (1) Guylian Originals Seashells,4.4 oz and (1) Guylian Praline Original Temptations, 4.5 oz!

Mandatory Entry: You must be a Momma Told Me follower, then visit GuyLian and tell me what you'd like to try most!

Vote for us on Picket Fence Blogs here and claim +2 bonus entries!

Extra Entries:
*'Like' GuyLian on Facebook +1
*Tell me if GuyLian is sold near you +1
*Sign up for the GuyLian newsletter +2
*Take the GuyLian site survey and get entered in their monthly drawing +2
*Blog about this giveaway +4
*Grab our button +3
*'Like' Momma Told Me on Facebook AND leave a comment on our wall telling me your favorite type of seashell +2
*Follow Momma Told Me on Twitter AND tweet this giveaway +2
*Enter another Momma Told Me current giveaway +1 each
*Enter the Gourmet Orchards Blog giveaway of the week +2
*Enter the Tavern Direct Blog giveaway +2

Giveaway begins March 13, 2011 and ends 12:01 AM PST on March 29, 2011. Winners will be notified via email, and posted here. Entries valid within the US. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn. Prize will be transferred via sponsor.

As required by the FTC: I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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captainliss40 said...

I'm a follower. I would like to try the Sea Shells Extra Dark. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

debbie said...

I would like their milk chocolate with orange cream filled egg. I am a gfc follower.
debbie
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annajouj said...

the dark chocolate shell sounds lovely . . . and I'm also a follower :-)

suburban prep said...

The Guylian Sea Shells Extra Dark look amazing.
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I am a follower.

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Beth said...

Ohhhh, I love these things. Haven't had them for years! It's all about the Original Shells for me :)

Beth
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Jane said...

I'm a follower and I'd like to try the Guylian Sea Horses Strawberry.
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Jane said...

GuyLian is sold near me at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and some markets!
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Jane said...

I 'like' GuyLian on Facebook (Jane Eileen).
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I took the GuyLian site survey.
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Jane said...

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mearnold115 said...

I would love to try the extra dark seashell!
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annc999 said...

GFC follower.

Would like to try the Sea Horses in Strawberry.

Crystal said...

I would love to try the milk chocolate truffles!

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Crystal said...

The closest place for me to buy them is Wal-Mart
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Sherree said...

I have seen these at the store and thought, Oh, I should try these, but then I don't. I would love to try the milk chocolate sea shells. I am a new follower. Thanks so much for the contest.

Penny W said...

follow with gfc. i'd like to try the african ebony solitaires

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lexacd said...

I would love to try the Milk Chocolate Truffles .. delicious!
I'm a follower!

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Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

Strawberry Seahorse GFC

shamrocksgal said...

I would like to try their sugar-free chocolate
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shamrocksgal said...

I voted for you on picket fence
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shamrocksgal said...

I voted for you on picket fence
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shamrocksgal said...

Cost Plus World Market sells it
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shamrocksgal said...

I took the site survey
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shamrocksgal said...

I took the site survey
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olympicgirl said...

I follow
Have to try the artisanal belgian truffles...

john said...

Praline Truffle looks great

Jackie said...

I am a follower. I'd love to try the Individually Wrapped Milk Chocolate Truffles. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
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Jackie said...

I voted on Picket Fence Blogs #1
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Jackie said...

I voted on Picket Fence Blogs #2
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Jackie said...

GuyLian is sold at the ShopRite near me.
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Jackie said...

I took the GuyLian site survey #1
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Jackie said...

I took the GuyLian site survey #2
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Jennifer T. said...

I'd love to try the Dark Chocolate No Sugar Added Bars. I follow through Google Friend Connect.
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Jennifer T. said...

I voted for Momma Told Me on Picket Fence Blogs. #1

Jennifer T. said...

I voted for Momma Told Me on Picket Fence Blogs. #2

Jennifer T. said...

I'm a facebook fan of GuyLian under username Jennie Tilson.

Jennifer T. said...

GuyLian is sold at my local Wal-Mart.

Ina Vanderhorst Valette said...

I´m a follower and I would LOVE to try those seashells yummm

Ina Vanderhorst Valette said...

Just posted comment on your FB! 1

Ina Vanderhorst Valette said...

Just posted comment on your FB! 2

Ina Vanderhorst Valette said...

Filled de Guylian survey, hope I win! Im a Chocoholic :$! 1

Ina Vanderhorst Valette said...

Filled de Guylian survey, hope I win! Im a Chocoholic :$! 2

Jennifer T. said...

I took the GuyLian site survey. #1

Jennifer T. said...

I took the GuyLian site survey. #2

Kristen said...

I follow on GFC and I'd like to try Guylian's Temptations.

Kristen said...

Yes, these are sold near me :)

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entered Green Ritual

Jennifer T. said...

I left a comment about my favorite type of seashell on the FB wall under username Jennie Tilson. #1

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I left a comment about my favorite type of seashell on the FB wall under username Jennie Tilson. #2

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Mariee said...

I'd love to try the Individually Wrapped Milk Chocolate Truffles.
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Mariee said...

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Mariee said...

GuyLian is sold near me at Safeway, Cost Plus and Wal-Mart.

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PAIGE said...

I follow onGFC (elysesw) and would love the Chocolate Praliné Truffles. Drool
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PAIGE said...

I entered the Hayneedle giveaway.
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PAIGE said...

GuyLian is sold at Walmart - right down the street from me.
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MANDY83 said...

id love to try the milk chocolate truffles

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wendysue said...

I'm a follower. The extra dark chocolate seahorse truffles sound magnificent! wmcdaniel at chartermi dot net

wendysue said...

Voted for you

wendysue said...

Voted for you 2

wendysue said...

Following GuyLian via facebook.

wendysue said...

Looks like I could find them at TJMaxx & Walmart.

wendysue said...

Subscribed for GuyLian newsletter

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Subscribed for GuyLian newsletter 2

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I did the GuyLian survey

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mmbear said...

Following you thru GFC

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mmbear said...

I would like to try the Chocolate Praline Truffles

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mmbear said...

Took Guylian survey #1

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mmbear said...

Took Guylian survey #2

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mmbear said...

Guylian is sold in Walmart & Publix here in Georgia

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mmbear said...

Signed up for Guylian's email newsletter
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Signed up for Guylian's email newsletter
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wendysue said...

Entered Go Max Go giveaway

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Following you on Facebook

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mmbear said...

Voted on PFB #1

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Following you on Twitter

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mmbear said...

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mmbear said...

Posted on your FB wall that I like the Hazelnut Sea Horse truffle from Guylian

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mmbear said...

Posted on your FB wall that I like the Hazelnut Sea Horse truffle from Guylian

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wendysue said...

I entered your giveaway for gourmet pretzels

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BethElderton said...

mmmm...the Chocolate Praline Truffles!
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BethElderton said...

I voted!
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BethElderton said...

#2 Voted!
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BethElderton said...

Safeway carries Guylian!
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stacey said...

I Follow you via GFC & I Like there 22 Guylian Artisanal Belgian Extra Dark Truffles the Most
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I Like Guylian on Facebook
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stacey said...

I Can buy them at walmart or safeway
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stacey said...

I Signed up for Guylian Newsletter
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I Like you on Facebook and told you my Favorite type of Shell
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crystletellerday said...

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fdigsby said...

I would like to try the Individually Wrapped Milk Chocolate Truffles


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voted for you

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