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Win a Wholesome Decadence Holiday Gift Basket! **Contest Closed**


* * * * * CONTEST CLOSED AS OF DECEMBER 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm * * * * *

Happy Holiday season Toronto! We here at I heart Toronto are excited to offer you a wonderful holiday contest, thanks to Healthy Gourmet Gifts.

Healthy Gourmet Gifts is Canada’s gift company dedicated to making your gift giving experience easy, pleasant and convenient. Owner Nikki Beasley was driven to create a gifts company focused on providing great taste, excellent quality with attention to detail and exceptional personal service. In other words–they put delicious edible items into fancy little packages!

We would like to offer you the chance to win this Wholesome Decadence Holiday Gift Basket. This gift basket is filled with a tasty selection of wholesome goodies for guilt-free enjoyment.  There’s nothing junk-foody about these treats.  All have been chosen for their quality ingredients and great taste. Twice baked, crispy cinnamon java pastry sticks, decadent chocolate covered walnut pralines, rich dark chocolate covered strawberries, delicious caramel crunch topped with Belgian chocolate and pistachios, Ontario grown cherries splashed with brandy, sweet maple syrup roasted nuts, organic dried cranberries, and more. Presented in a handsome container perfect for elegant storage at home or at the office.


You have four chances to enter, each entry counts as a separate ballot.

Please read the contest rules at the end of the post.


Entry # 1 : Share the contest on Facebook

Entry # 2 : Like Healthy Gourmet Gifts on Facebook

Entry # 3 : Tweet the following message on Twitter


Entry # 4 : Follow Healthy Gourmet Gifts on Twitter

Include the number of times you entered in your comment.


When our very own basket arrived this week, we were super excited! I got the call that the delivery man had arrived, and I rushed to the door to accept it. After a friendly exchange (it was a lovely personal delivery company, represented by a spirited older man) we took our basket into the house.

At first, we just set it down on the table and looked at it. The only thing I dislike about gift baskets is that they are just too pretty to look at and I always feel bad to ruin the display by tearing them open! But, I guess it’s the same as any holiday gift.


After we got our visual fill, we finally decided to open up the wrapping. Slowing lifting the basket out of the plastic wrap, we set it back on the table. It still looked lovely (phew!).

Next, we started going through all of the items, reading each of the labels and looking at the product inside. Everything looked very high-end and delicious.

First up on the menu? David’s milk chocolate all natural California Walnut Praline Crunch. There are no words to describe this gourmet treat.

There are a lot of chocolate covered snacks available these days; chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered popcorn, etc; all chocolate snacks with a salty interior. However, none of these drab snacks will ever be able to compare to David’s Praline Crunch! My first few bites were for getting used to the rich taste; there was a lot of flavour to take in. I tasted the chocolate, then I focused on the salty bit. After a few more pieces the two  started to blend together into one amazing symphony of flavour in my mouth. My taste-buds were singing.


That was just the beginning.

Other items in the basket included…

All natural Java Cinnamon Pastry Twists which were almost as mouth-watering as the praline crunch. They had an entirely different crispy taste with the perfect amount of cinnamon spice. I can imagine that they would be great for dipping in a hot beverage.

Organic, gluten free Jasmine Rice Crackers with Spring Onion and a smooth tasting Theobroma stick. I have yet to taste these two personally, but I think the crackers will make a suitable afternoon snack, and will be easy to pack up as a lunch to-go.

All natural, organic Onion Blossom and Horseradish Dip and All natural Bing Cherries splashed with Brandy. The cherries have such a rich flavour, that you can really only eat one at a time. I would definitely love to try layering them on a cheese cake!

Organic, gluten free Maple Syrup roasted Mixed Nuts and All natural Dark Chocolate covered Strawberries. The mixed nuts were like a whole new ball game of tastes. I never imagined what a maple syrup nut would taste like, but I can tell you now–I want more! I wish these things were sold in every store. And, do I really even need to talk about the strawberries? I mean come on. Chocolate. Covered. Strawberries. And dark chocolate, at that.

All natural, gluten free Caramel Crunch with Belgian Chocolate and Pistachios and Organic Dried Cranberries, sweetened with Apple Juice. Pistachio desserts always remind me of a summer that I spent in Turkey, so these really brought me back. I imagined myself relaxing on a Bosphorus-side patio in Istanbul, enjoying a lovely afternoon snack. And if you love anything cran-apple, you will love these berries!


Thanks for entering and good luck! Happy holidays from everyone at I Heart Toronto and Healthy Gourmet Gifts!


Contest open to Canadian residents only. We would prefer that local Torontonians enter, but if you truly love Toronto, yet live outside of the GTA, we will allow entries. Just tell us how much you love Toronto!

Contest begins on November 30th, 2011 at 12:00 am. Contest will run until December 14th, 2011 at 11:59 pm. Entries will be closed at 11:59 pm on December 14th, 2011. Sweepstakes drawing will take place over a 2 day period and the winner will be announced on December 16th, 2011. If the winner does not respond by December 18th, a new winner will be chosen.

Winner must supply proper mailing information by 3:00 pm on Monday December 19th, 2011 in order to arrange for prize shipment by the end of the week.

The prize will arrive just in time for the holidays!

Thank-you to Healthy Gourmet Gifts for providing the amazing contest prize!

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Author:Seattle Dredge

Seattle Dredge is not only the owner of I heart Toronto, but the owner of Seattle's Travels at www.seattlestravels.com. Seattle is a resident Torontonian that also spends a great deal of her time exploring the world. Seattle loves to try out different Toronto restaurants, photograph the city, and act like a tourist in her own town.

104 Responses to “Win a Wholesome Decadence Holiday Gift Basket! **Contest Closed**”

  1. nadia hosseinzadeh
    November 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    i entered twice! all these snacks look super yummy, i think my mom would really enjoy this.

    • Administrator
      November 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

      They are super yummy! I bet she would enjoy it :D

  2. November 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    i enters on facebook ( like and share ) #Nomnomnom

    • Administrator
      November 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

      Thanks for entering!

  3. November 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    What an awesome and delicious contest! Entered all 4 ways! :D I grew up in Toronto and my whole family still lives there, however I live in California now. Hope you don’t mind I entered, if I’m lucky and chosen, I’d love to have it sent to my family in T.O. to share these goodies this holiday season :)
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    • Administrator
      November 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

      Ooh of course, we’re just glad that you took the time to enter. I’m sure your family would be super pleased!
      We can definitely arrange to have it shipped to your family here in Toronto if you win :D

  4. Bethany
    November 30, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    I like on FB

  5. Bethany
    November 30, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    I tweeted & I follow on twitter

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      Thanks for entering and liking/following :]

  6. November 30, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    i hope i could win!!!!!! i really love food especially SWEETS!!!!! WISH ME LUCK!!!!


    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      Good luck! Good luck! :D

  7. Colleen C
    November 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Shared and like on Facebook, Tweeted and followed on Twitter. https://twitter.com/#!/30Minutes4Me/status/141933621090074624

    Nice looking giveaway!

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks for all your entries!

  8. leighann keller
    November 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Yum…makes me hungry thinking about this!!
    I entered all 4 times.

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Haha.. Well you will certainly get your fill if you win :D

  9. November 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I entered all 4 ways as well. I sooooo enjoy Toronto when I get there. =)

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks for entering! Glad you enjoy Toronto so much :D

  10. catherine b
    November 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Shared, Liked, Tweeted, Followed

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks! :]

  11. Karen Benevento
    November 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I shared and liked on Facebook. This is a fabulous looking gift basket.

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      And everything is fabulous tasting! :p

  12. debh
    November 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I shared, liked, tweeted & followed!

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Awesome, thanks!

  13. MissT
    November 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I did all the entries so 4
    Tanya R on Facebook @truthful on twitter

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Great, thank-you for all :]

  14. Jo King
    November 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Shared, Liked, Tweeted, Followed. thanks for the great giveaway

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      And thank YOU for entering :D

  15. Irene Eichler
    November 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    2 times for me

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm #


  16. Terry Perron
    November 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Shared , Liked Tweeted and following.

    Thanks for the contests

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      No problem! Thanks for entering :]

  17. Debbie Marchand
    November 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    This would be fabulous in entertaining guests during the holidays

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

      Definitely! Did you enter in any of the 4 ways above?? :]

  18. Francine
    November 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I entered all 4 ways (can you tell I really, really want this?)

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

      Haha, that’s great–good luck!

  19. Margaret Imecs
    November 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    `Liked`on Facebook as Margaret Imecs

  20. Margaret Imecs
    November 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Follow on Twitter as @margaretimecs

  21. Margaret Imecs
    November 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/margaretimecs/status/142024387128864768

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

      Perfect–thanks for all four entries :D

  22. Sherry Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    following on twitter @sherrykinnear

  23. Sherry Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm #


  24. Sherry Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    I shared on FB – sherry haydon

  25. Sherry Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Like Healthy Gourmet Gifts

  26. Di Henderson
    November 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    I entered 4 times, I would love to win this! ty

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

      Good luck :D

  27. Patricia Rosendahl
    November 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Liked & Shared on Facebook as Trish Cummings-Rosendahl
    Following & Tweeted on Twitter as Rosendahl2

    Everything looks yummy !!!!

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      Awesome, thanks for entering! I can assure you that everything is just as yummy as it looks :D

  28. carol hudd
    November 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    shared and liked both facebook pages,,,great basket for the holidays

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Definitely; perfect for sharing :]

  29. herb watson
    November 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    liked and shared

  30. Stephen Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    shared and liked on FB

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      Thanks for both!

  31. herb watson
    November 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    X2 liked the facebook page too

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      Glad to have your entries :]

  32. Stephen Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Like Healthy GOurmet Gifts on FB – good looks really good

  33. Stephen Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    https://twitter.com/#!/selbys/status/142055258582032384 – tweeted about this

  34. Stephen Kinnear
    November 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    following on twittter – Healthy Gourmet gifts – @sherrykinnear

  35. patricia george
    November 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    thanks for the great info, the healthy gourmet basket look so good,,, i shared and liked both facebook pages

    • Administrator
      November 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      Not a problem! Everything is seriously delicious :D

      Thanks for entering!

  36. patricia george
    November 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    tweeted as pattygeorge2009 https://twitter.com/#!/pattygeorge2009/status/142063231899414528

  37. wayne
    November 30, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    2.following on twitter
    3. tweeted here http://twitter.com/#!/dub_tee/status/142063745932337152
    4.shared on fb here https://www.facebook.com/wawazat/posts/146384692134891

  38. CL
    November 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    gourmet treats are a great gift! liked/tweeted and shared on FB!

  39. December 1, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    I entered 4 times! I wanna win this so bad. It looks so yummy! Literally, my tummy is growling right now as I’m typing this. mm<3
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    • December 1, 2011 at 12:36 am #

      oops! sorry about the weird link about the cell phone charm xD forgot to uncheck the box. lol.

      • Administrator
        December 1, 2011 at 1:00 am #

        Not a problem, that’s exactly what we installed commentluv for!

    • Administrator
      December 1, 2011 at 1:00 am #

      Hehe.. everything IS so yummy! Good luck on winning and serving your growling tummy :D

  40. laura
    December 1, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    did everything



    twitter id garfan11

  41. Jennifer
    December 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Entered using all 4 entries (tweeted, FB liked your page, shared your FB photo, and am now following you on Twitter). Thanks for the contest!

  42. Genevieve Walker
    December 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Entered all 4 times! Thanks for the contest :)

    Tweet me @ginnynotweasley

  43. Blair MacLaughlin
    December 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Thank goodness for social media addiction! I submitted 4 entries, FB x 2 and Tweeted twice.

    Oh if only our forefathers could see us now.

    • Administrator
      December 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      Haha, thanks for entering!

  44. Sherry Kinnear
    December 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I did all four entries. Looks really good.

  45. Marlibu
    December 3, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    Shared on fb

  46. Marlibu
    December 3, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Liked healthy gourmet on fb

  47. Marlibu
    December 3, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Tweeted :)

  48. Marlibu
    December 3, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Follow on twitter @marlibu

  49. Jennie
    December 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    @JennieFroome Shared, Liked, Tweeted and Followed!

  50. steve k
    December 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Did all four tasks. This looks so good. I live in Newmarket, but consider Toronto home! And I have a delivery guy that will pick it up for me. Yeah!

    • Administrator
      December 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      They can deliver to Newmarket if you win :]

  51. gary dunford
    December 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    liked healthy gourmet on facebook

  52. gary dunford
    December 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    liked and shared on facebook
    ….love those go nuts,,,maple flavor,,,

  53. gary dunford
    December 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    tweeted ,,,https://twitter.com/#!/garydunford/status/144203414694404097

  54. gary dunford
    December 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    followed on twitter as garydunford

  55. pat george
    December 7, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/pattygeorge2009/status/144458046624636928

  56. pat george
    December 7, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    and i love toronto…the foods, the people and the great waterfront

  57. Sherry Kinnear
    December 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi – I did all four things again – http://twitter.com/#!/sherrykinnear/status/144561259361210368
    I would really love to win this prize. Food is my favourite gift and this has some great stuff.

  58. Di Henderson
    December 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I did all 4 things,thanks for the contest.

  59. Amy Brown
    December 8, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Thanks for the chance! I tweeted:
    and follow you both on twitter :)

  60. pat george
    December 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    toronto CN tower was my first date, with my love of my lifetime,,,,8 years ago,,,,it was magical…..thats why I love Toronto,,,, and this gidt basket to share with him

  61. craig pratt
    December 10, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    liked and shared!!!

  62. Eric Fong
    December 10, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Liked, shared, followed and tweeted.


  63. Lynn Tasta
    December 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Following on facebook, shared on facebook, following on twitter as mugginstoo, tweeted about the giveaway as well.

  64. pardeep
    December 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    shared on fb!

  65. Serena Debolt
    December 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Tweet – https://twitter.com/#!/SteelheadRed/status/145717586653495296
    Following on Facebook
    Shared the photo on facebook
    Following on Facebook as @steeheadred

  66. Elizabeth Vlug
    December 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    Entered all four ways. Liked, followed, tweeted and commented. This is the most delicious looking giveaway. Thanks for the contest. @Redlizzy1


  67. Elizabeth Vlug
    December 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    Shared on FB too :) Same name

  68. shelly Kristianson
    December 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    liked and shared on facebook :)

  69. Michael Edwards
    December 11, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Did all four – @contestmichael on Twitter

  70. MissT
    December 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    I google +1 this giveaway too just cuz :)

  71. Grace M
    December 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    1. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/graceypmok/status/146005025787871232
    2. I followed on Twitter
    3. I shared on Facebook
    4. I like on Facebook

  72. corie
    December 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    i liked on facebook and shared

  73. sherry k
    December 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I did the four tasks again

  74. Patricia Rosendahl
    December 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Already liking on Facebook and following on Twitter (ID: Rosendahl2 )
    I shared on Facebook and Twitter

    What an awesome prize !!!

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