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Yes, We Candy (Big Announcement Number Two*)

* (Originally Number One, but I was waylaid by Tuesday’s astounding news!)

Before I get to the “Big Announcement” originally scheduled for yesterday, I just want to say THANK YOU once again to every reader of this blog, to those of you who voted for me in the Food Blog Awards (and if you haven’t yet–please do!), and especially for your amazing, uplifting, supportive and heartfelt comments.  I’m still in a bit of shock, frankly, even being on the same list as those others, but one thing is certain:  DDD wins hands down for best readers of the five finalists.  So hugs to you all, and thank you.  (And if you’re here from the voting page, you might like to read this first to see some sample blog entries. )

Now, back to blogging.

Really, you guys are so great that I think YOU deserve an award.  And so, time for ME to offer a couple of prizes to YOU! 


In honor of Tuesday’s historically transformative event (Obama’s, not mine), I’ve decided to present my own little contribution to US-Canada relations. 

Some of you may have heard (though I doubt it) that CBC Radio compiled a list of the 49 top songs north of the 49th parallel (ie, by Canadian artists)  to bestow upon President Obama as a gift for his inauguration.  (Honestly, do they think he cares? I have a feeling the guy’s got other things on his mind at the moment).  I must admit, though, I was surprised to see how many iconic American songs were actually written by Canadians.

Well, in honour of the new Mr. and Mrs. President,  I’ve decided to offer my own little cross-border gift.  It’s my way of saying, “hey, neighbor!” to those of you south of the world’s longest undefended border (and those of you within the Canadian border, too, if you happen to win the contest).  Actually, I’m giving away six prizes!

***** THAT’S RIGHT: SIX (6) PRIZES TO BE WON!****** 

(There!  Are we all in a contest-induced frenzy yet? No?  Okay, you can go vote instead!)  And then, consider this:



SIX ! ! ! ! ! !

Un deux trois quatre cinq six

6 6 6 6 6 6



Here’s what you can win:


(And I am really, REALLY sorry that I can’t send beyond that undefended border; but the Canadian postal system is pretty wacky and not all that efficient, and it would take far too long to get to you–not to mention it would cost me three months’ salary).


You may have read on Mihl’s blog a while back that the Ritter Sport people (who make a few very fine vegan chocolates) have, in their infinite wisdom, altered their peppermint formula so that it’s no longer vegan. 

Well, darned if there isn’t at least one advantage to living up here in the snowy north: since our stock doesn’t sell as fast as it does in the States (what with only 1/10 the population), those minty bars are all over the place on our grocery store shelves!  I double-checked the ingredients to be sure these were the “old” forumla, and then grabbed a whole stack of bars. 

And I can’t wait to send them along to FIVE (5) lucky readers! To win one, just follow the contest rules, at the end of this post.

I got this idea from Amey, who held the first contest a while back–and of which I was one of the lucky recipients.  So I can vouch that these bars are fabulous–dark, with a rich chocolate coating and smooth, creamy, sweet, pepperminty filling.  Mmmm.  Thanks again, Amey!  Hope you win one this time. 🙂


(Again, how I wish I could extend the boundaries of this one, but you’ll see why I can’t in a moment).

[Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies]

As many of you know, I’ve just completed the manuscript for my upcoming cookbook, Sweet Freedom.  (According to my publisher, it should be available mid-April; I’m hoping that’s a firm date!). 

[Butterscotch Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cherries]

The recipes are all free of wheat, eggs, dairy and refined sweeteners–in other words, all are vegan, kosher-friendly, lactose free and casein free;  and many are gluten free. 

And here’s your chance to experience the delectable taste of goodies made with these whole,  healthy ingredients first hand!  

[Lemon-Blueberry Scones;  or variation of Orange Pistachio] 

To help you become familiar with the types of desserts in the book, I’m giving away a prize pack of homebaked (by yours truly) goodies from recipes in the book.  

[Raw Fig and Cherry Bars]

I’ll bake up any five types of cookie, bar, muffin or biscuit from those pictured on this page (and those listed at the bottom).  As the winner, you get to choose which five you’d like! Then, I’ll deliver them to you, within the general Toronto area (Lake Ontario to the south; Highway 427 to the west; Highway 9 to the north; Highway 48 to the east). 


[Fruity Cereal Chews]

If you live within those boundaries–or if you’re willing to meet me at an agreed-upon location within them–you’re eligible to win the prize pack! 

[GF Coconut Macaroons on the left; GF Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies on the right]

Because these are freshly baked and hand-delivered, I’m afraid I can’t send them through the mail.  (I did try, once, to send my goodies to the States and they were stale, broken and really unappetizing by the time they arrived, so I’ve ruled that out this time).

[Seed Jumble Cookies]

I actually have no idea how many of you live in the Toronto area (I’m woefully deficient in techy skills so don’t know those stats).  But think of it this way: if there are only three of you, your chances of winning just increased exponentially!  


 [Ultra Fudgy Brownies]



[Triple- C Cookies (Cashew, Carob, Cardamom)]

To win either of the prizes, all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post, any time between now and January 30th. (Oh, and vote for me on the Food Blog Awards, or your entry is disqualified).


But you did look rather pale there for a second. 


[Chocolate Chip Cookies]

To be eligible for the Sweet Freedom package, please indicate your five choices in your comment so I know you’re entering for that prize (and you’re still eligible for the chocolate bars, too!)

You can also receive an additional entry, just by mentioning the contest on your own blog (with a link back to this post).  Be sure to let me know you’ve mentioned it, though, either through a trackback or through your comment here.


[Cinnamon Coffee Toffee Bars]

Remember, the contest will be open until midnight on January 30th.  Once a winner is selected, I’ll get in touch and we can determine the delivery date together (some time mid-February. . . a Valentine’s Day treat, perhaps?)


[Carrot Raisin Oatmeal Cookies]

And the recipes for every one of the treats pictured here will be in the book.


[Ginger-Coconut Cookies]

Here are a few other choices for the prize package: 

Maple-Walnut Cookies

GF Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pear and Ginger Mini Loaves or Muffins

Pumpkinseed Shortbread Cookies

Hazelnut Mocha Cookies

I’d love to bake for you!  So go ahead and leave those comments, and let me know which goodies you’d like in your gift pack! (And don’t forget, if you have a blog, you can enter again by mentioning the contest and linking to this page on your own blog).

And if you’re not in the Toronto area, don’t worry–I’ll be holding one Sweet Freedom-related contest every month, right up until the book comes out.

Oh, and I promise to post an actual recipe next time.

Last Year at this Time: Mini Sweet Potato and Chocolate Chip Muffins

© 2009 Diet, Dessert and Dogs


No comments yet to Yes, We Candy (Big Announcement Number Two*)

  • Kelsey

    too bad I’m not in the Toronto area :[ those baked yumyums looks so wonderful! So, I may just end up buying the book instead! Great contest!

  • Claudia

    I would love to be entered for the Ritter Sport giveaway. I have no idea where to get them and have never even tried them! Many thanks!

  • Nina on the North Coast

    HI Ricki,

    Congratulations on your nomination! It’s exciting to have some major recognition in the blog-world where there are a bazillion folks doing interesting, funny and (I hope) well-done writing in so many areas. Not that I have explored that much, but that’s what I hear…Anyway, Great job! (Sorry you didn’t win..) I personally really enjoy your comments AND the generous, terrific recipes- you’re only the second blog I’ve actually read regularly – it was frankly the incorporation of your girldogs into the writing that attracted and reeled me in, I share much of your enthusiam about dogs and maybe about life in general: although I’m not a vegan, but a vegetarian, a foodie AND an aspiring (too-much-aspiration,not-enough-perspiration) writer as well..

    Okay, enough about me. Yes, I want to enter the contest, and I am a resident of ‘the lower 48’ so I’ll sign on for the ‘border-crossing’special of those lovely-sounding mint bars. Sorry to take so much room here (or really your TIME- you could’ve read 3 or 4 posts by now!) Just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog and your amazingly delicious-n-creative recipes so keep it up ( and the doggie ‘comments’ too -so cute, so apt! I loved the one about their being a bit sad after the CFO left..) Thanks! Looking forward to your new cookbook.

    Nina in Cleveland, Ohio (only 5 hours from Toronto…)

    P.S. That Canadian playlist for Obama sounds like a killer! Any idea where it’s posted?

  • Those chocolate bars look fantastic!!

  • Jillian

    I’d love to win, these look so yummy!

  • Nina on the North Coast

    Its Nina again..Just ignore that last P.S. I found the link,(ooops!) right where you’d think it would be. Thanks, Ricki.

  • applec

    Everything looks too good. Anything and everything is my pick.

  • radioactivegan

    Well, it seems worth moving to toronto for that second prize, but I’d definitely settle for a Rittersport 🙂 I’m really looking forward to your book!

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  • Argh! I’m having internet issues, so sorry if I commented twice.

    GO TEAM TORONTO!! Whoo whoo, I’m a 416-er. Can I enter both contests?

    my picks: everything!

    Okay, if I have to pick 5…
    -pear and ginger muffins
    -hazlenut mocha cookies
    -butterscotch blondies
    -raw fig and cherry bars
    -cinnamon coffee toffee bars

  • Yum, what an exciting contest!

    My picks are:

    Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Butterscotch Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cherries
    Lemon-Blueberry Scones; or variation of Orange Pistachio
    Ultra Fudgy Brownies
    Seed Jumble Cookies

  • Pattie T

    Your food photos are making me drool. Seriously. Actual moisture.

  • I wanted home-baked goodies and all I got was Ritter Sport. Just kidding … I would still love to win as I have never had the peppermint ones, and it sounds like this may be my last chance!

    Count me for two entries, I will post this up on my blog in a few hours for sure!

  • Jessica

    Sounds like a fantastic contest! I’m in!!

  • Holy baked goods, Batman! I’d love a shot at some of your sweet desserts! When I first started reading this post, I tried to think of a cookie recipe that I could submit for the contest, but then I realized all I had to do was leave a comment – hot dang! As for picking just five…how about the Ginger Coconut Cookies, Hazelnut Mocha Cookies, Lemon Blueberry Scones, Coconut Macaroons, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. My mouth is watering already… (-:

  • ikkinlala

    What a fun contest! It almost makes me wish I lived in Toronto (but I’m not a city person).

  • […] on the horizon, which are adult-friendly too! Plus, Ricki over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs has a chocolate and baked goodies giveaway going on now … but hurry, today is the last day for […]

  • Cami

    BRILLIANT!… and what an exciting looking cookbook! I’ll be waiting with baited anticipation to purchase it! Count me in for this contest!

    CHEERS to you!

  • Wow, no random act of kindness here — it’s premeditated all the way!!! How sweet of you!! I’d take anything you wanted to bake/make and send. Whoever wins is one lucky dessert lover 🙂 Thanks!!!!

  • Jessie

    I’d like to enter for the first part! (Unfortunately I live in the US, otherwise I’d go for some homemade cookies, too….). Neat!

  • How I wish I lived in Toronto! I am looking forward to the release of your cookbook, especially having seen all those tasty looking goodies!
    I guess I will just have to settle for a chance at some chocolate, not so bad I have to say!