Chocolate orange trifle in a glass – and a Bluebasil brownie giveaway [closed]

by Jeanne on December 5, 2012

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How many times a day do you find yourself hearing (and repeating!) clichés?  Life begins at forty! If you can’t beat them, join them. All’s fair in love and war. Better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all. A barrage of trite phrases that are overused, underwhelming and often just plain incorrect.  But the one that I do find to be true and that I find myself repeating rather a lot is this:  first impressions count.  In today’s world of ever-increasing stimuli and ever-diminishing attention spans, this remains more true than ever.  As a blogger, you have less than 5 seconds to convince the casual visitor who arrives via a Google search to stay and have a look around.  And as a company that makes and sells a product, you need to understand that one negative customer experience can result in a customer lost forever – with so much choice, people are less willing to come back and give you a second chance. But if you do manage to create a stellar first impression, the chances are that you have a customer for life – and a perfect case study of a company that gets it right is Bluebasil brownies.

 

 

 

I first came across them when I received a box as a gift from my dear friend Andrew.    Received as a gift back in 2012 (I wrote about them here) And since then I have been totally in love with the brand, their products and their people.  How do I love Bluebasil browies?  Let me count the ways! I love their eco-friendly & biodegradable packaging.  I love that they wrap their brownies so beautifully in tissue paper, changing the colours according to the seasons.  I love that everything is quite obviously packed by hand and that each box includes a pretty personalised note explaining which flavours you have.  I love that owners Laura and Nikki are always friendly and enthusiastic and happy to engage with customers.  I love that they sponsored a bunch of brownies for Plate to Page Somerset (and I loved watching people’s faces as they tasted the extraordinary brownies).

 

 

 

But most of all, I love the taste.  The brownies are big (about 6cmx6cm) and promisingly heavy for their size, with a thin crust hiding a squidgy, dense and extremely chocolatey interior.  This week at Cooksister HQ we sampled:

  • the Classic Chunky Chocolate (also available in a gluten-free option) – a slightly more cakey texture than the others but still packed with flavour and heavy with giant chinks of Divind chocolate;
  • the Rudolph’s Rumnut which is one of the squidgier ones filled with rum-soaked raisins and crunchy Brazil nut pieces in a distinctly boozy dark chocolate matrix;
  • the Dark Orange and Ginger is very festive with its citrus and ginger flavours, packed with plentiful chunks of Divine’s dark orange & ginger chocolate; and
  • my personal favourite Coffee & Irish Cream – a decidedly grown up coffee brownie laced with Irish cream liqueur – squidgy, boozy, chocolatey.

The brownies are not cheap (they start at £16.75 for 9 pieces incl. delivery), but you cannot find fault with their texture or flavour – and if you think I am just blinded by my admiration for them, ask any of the attendees from Plate to Page Somerset who were genuinely smitten. And the good news is that one lucky Cooksister reader will get to sample ad fall in love with them for free because I am giving away a beautifully packaged box of 9 large Bluebasil gourmet brownies, delivered direct to your door.  Cick here to enter today:

This giveaway is now closed and the winner EMMA HOWARD has been notified.

(Tips on how to enter with Rafflecopter as well as the full terms and conditions can be found below the recipe at the bottom of this page.  Please also read the full terms and conditions at the bottom of this post before entering!).   Good luck!

And if you want to get a little more adventurous with your brownies than just eating them direct from the box, I have devised a recipe that is perfect for people like me who never saw the point of trifle – it’s a trifle that cuts out the annoying jelly and custard and cuts to the chase with cake, cream, fruit and booze.  Behold: my festive chocolate orange take on the classic trifle, prettily served in individual glasses.

 

 

 

 Other bloggers cooking with oranges include:

 

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Chocolate orange trifle in a glass
 
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A trifle for people who do not like trifle - chocolate, cream, orange and Cointreau, in a pretty glass!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 large chocolate brownies (I used Bluebasil dark chocolate ginger  brownies)
  • 250ml double cream
  • 1 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 40ml Cointreau, divided
  • 1 x 300g tin mandarin segments
  • chocolate shavings to garnish
Instructions
  1. Crumble the brownies in to small chunks and divide evenly among  four pretty glass tumblers or ramekins. Sprinkle each glass of brownie chunks with 5ml of Cointreau.
  2. Beat the double cream until beginning to thicken, then gradually add the icing sugar and remaining 20ml of Cointreau and beat till soft peaks form. Spoon a quarter of the cream into each glass over the brownie chunks.
  3. Divide the mandarin segments equally between the glasses and spoon over the cream.  Garnish each glass with chocolate shavings before serving.

 

DISCLOSURE:  Bluebasil brownies are sponsoring the free box of brownies for the giveaway and sent me a box to photograph and sample, but I have received no other remuneration for this post and all opinions are my own. 

 

BROWNIE GIVEAWAY RULES:

1. This giveaway is only open to residents of the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland aged 18 years or older.
2. There will be a single prize in the form of a box of 9 Blue Basil Christmas brownies. The prize would include a selection of Classic Choc Chunk; Dark Orange & Ginger; Irish Coffee & cream; and Rudolph Rumnut.
3. The prize may not be exchanged for cash.
4. All the brownies contain dairy and eggs. However, if the winner has a specific allergy to something else (e.g. gluten, nuts or alcohol), please indicate this immediately upon winning and the selection can be altered to avoid these allergens.
5. Entry will take place via Rafflecopter. Once you have completed your first entry and left me a comment confirming this in the comments section of this post, you will also have the option of submitting further entries via Twitter and Facebook, increasing your chances of winning.
6. All entries will be verified - if you have not commented or followed as required, I will check and you WILL be disqualified.
7. The deadline for entries is midnight UK time on Tuesday 11 December 2012.
8. The winner will be drawn at random from all verified entries, using randomising software.
9. The winner will be announced on my blog and notified by e-mail within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway. If the winner has not replied after one week from receiving the organiser’s e-mail notifying them of their win, a new winner will be randomly drawn.
10. I am running this giveaway in good faith on behalf of Bluebasil Brownies but am not responsible in any way for the delivery of the prize, or from any loss or damages relating to the prize. Once I have announced the winner, any issue relating to the prize is a matter entirely between the winner and Bluebasil Brownies. I will not be responsible for any loss, damages or inconvenience related to the winner not receiving the prize, or to injuries or damages sustained in any way by either the winner or Bluebasil Brownies in connection with the prize.

Here are some more tips that you might find useful:

  • Click here for a tutorial how to enter giveaways with Rafflecopter.
  • If your Rafflecopter entry form is not showing, try refreshing the page.
  • You MUST complete the form, otherwise your entries will not be counted.
  • Make sure the mandatory entry (leaving a blog comment) is completed first, and then go back to add additional entries.
  • If you’re viewing this post by email, you will need to click through to the post on my blog to enter.

 

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Nitin Kapoor December 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Just completed my entry via rafflecopter. Anything to get the most exotic Brownies.

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andrew December 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I happen to LOVE trifle…

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Rim December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

They also say one unhappy customer will tell 10 others while one satisfied customer will only tell about 2-3… But I wouldn’t be worried about Bluebasil products, they are absolutely fabulous! I still remember the selection they sent to Somerset back in May. My favorite were the cappuccino brownies & the hazelnut brownies. Wish I could enter to win this box:)

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Poppy Hanna December 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Just entered the competition! Fingers crossed for brownies

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Colin December 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I just *love* Bluebasil’s brownies. They are always spot on!

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake December 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Oh golly! These look just amazing! I am the brownie police, I must inspect….

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Choclette December 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I can’t resist entering this. Bluebasil Brownies are the best bought brownies I’ve ever eaten and I’ve, err, had a few in my time. The answer is of course Rudolph’s Rumnut

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AussieFoodie December 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

YUM! Hussyband is drooling over my shoulder at the trifle! The Rudolph sounds amazing!

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Krista December 6, 2012 at 2:35 am

Even though I can’t enter the giveaway, I loved looking at your pictures of these gorgeous brownies. :-) You can tell they’re fudgy and wonderful just by looking at them. :-)

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Michelle December 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

Just completed my entry on rafflecopter!

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Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla December 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

Michael would love that, he used to be addicted to Cointreau – when we were young ;)

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Jamie December 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

okay, I have to say that Nantes is close enough to be considered a suburb of the UK and I should be able to win these brownies…

Yes, they are so beautifully wrapped, it is like getting a special gift.. and they are so wonderful and so adult. Lucky winner!

And you know I am so into Cointreau these days. I have made a tiramisu on a brownie base with Cointreau or Grand Marnier and loved the combination of flavors and textures. You trifle is marvelous and very festive and perfect.

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Rosa December 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Oh, what gorgeous brownies! They look fudgy to please. A pity I don’t live in the UK…

Your trifle is so festive and must taste just heavenly. A great combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Paul Meulen December 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

Rudolph got his own brownie named after him, what luxurious honour :) nom nom nom

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iain maciver December 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

fab giveaway thank you

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Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet December 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

Those brownies lookg fantastic. I’ve entered. You are going to let me win, right? *nudge nudge* *wink wink* *flatter eye lashes*

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Ren Behan December 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Stunning photos Jeanne, really, really gorgeous and I love that you’ve given them an even higher level of appeal and decadence in your recipe! I agree, I love Bluebasil too, nothing quite compares as far as a brownie goes x

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hannah massingham December 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I have answered the question and liked on facebook. I’d love some brownies… x

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Sarah Davies December 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Rudolph

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ashleigh December 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Rudolph!

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tina edwards December 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

i would love to win this

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Lorraine December 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

These are so delicious and the perfect treat for Christmas! :)

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Maralyn Smith December 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

The blue basil chocolate brownies look great, but I bet there’ll be none left on the plate! – For me!

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Nia Wyn Roberts December 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Rudolph!

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NICOLA TERRY December 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Rudolph :o)

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Christine Sunter December 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Can’t enter! Can’t see the rafflecopter even tho I have refreshed lots of times. Boo.

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Jeanne December 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi Christine – for some reason the embed function is not working for my site and between me and Rafflecopter support we cannot get the entry form to display on my site – but if you click on this link you will find the entry form and can enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/76b7f50/ – hope that helps!

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Christine Sunter December 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thank you! Entering now! Those Brownies look scrummy!

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Keith December 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I will be in my office on my own with a nice treat on Christmas Eve if im luck to win…

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Nick Hopkins December 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

Rudolph

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Christine Sunter December 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Rudolph!

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peggy rossiter December 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

it sounds absolutely amazing – truly yummylicious

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Giulia December 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Love this great prize

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Angela McDonald December 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Entered via rafflecopter! These look amazing! :)

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Andrew Halliwell December 10, 2012 at 3:52 am

Rudolph

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Sarah Evans December 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

These brownies look truly amazing!

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Hannah December 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Rudolph has one named after him!

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Fiona Harris December 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm

These look truly Amazing!! Would love to try these!,thankyou for the great trifle recipe ive printed it off and im thinking of making it for family over christmas! :-)

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Julie Brooke December 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Rudolph has a bluebasil brownie named after him

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Sheri Darby December 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Rudolph

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Susan Hoggett December 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

brownies i love them

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Gill December 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Rudolph has a brownie named after him

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Mel Briscoe December 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Rudolph

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Natalie White December 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

The answer is Rudolph.. these look so scrummy my mouth is watering!!

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Gul December 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I’ve got such a sweet tooth… Mmm Brownies – you just cannot beat

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Samantha Fernley December 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Rudolf. Seen these for a while now and have fancied trying them. Fingers crossed.

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Sheila Reeves December 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

Rudolph

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Isobelle Forde December 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Just completed my entry on rafflecopter, these look amazing and I want one for breakfast!

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lorraine polley December 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

just completed the rafflecopter form, what a lovely treat for someone

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Natalie holland December 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

Answer Rudolph … Thank you for the great giveaway they look fantastic

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Rennene Hartland December 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Rudolph :-)

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Jenna Parrington December 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Rudolph was lucky enough to get a yummy Bluebasil Brownie named after him! :)

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michele omalley December 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Rudolph

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Mike Ambler December 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Would love to try a Rudolph Rumnut

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Nickie C December 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Rudolph

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Catherine Paul December 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Chocolate Brownies for a Chocoholic Brownie (Junior Girl Guides)

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Jeremy Andrews December 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I would love to win. LOve chocolate and orange.

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helen rosbotham December 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Rudoplh

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Hannah Whitling December 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Rudolph

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Christine Reid December 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Brownies lovely

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