12 Days of Giveaways: Hot Chocolate macarons

January 09, 2012

I’m a big believer that delicious desserts conjure good feelings. When was the last time you had a intensely chocolaty hot chocolate with a rich taste, smooth texture and exquisite aroma? This is my twist of the classic wintertime staple in cookie form. The hot chocolate macaron. A crispy yet chewy cookie with a rich, bold chocolate flavor filled with an intense, smooth and spicy ganache filling. Chocoholics, this one is for you.

Aged egg whites make a world’s a difference with French macarons – the batter will have a perfect consistency and the macaron baked evenly, producing lovely ruffled “feet’. I recommend using Valrhona cocoa powder.

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The inspiration for these hot chocolate macarons comes from GREEN & BLACK’s Spiced Chilli chocolate bar. Pink pepper and juniper berries enhance the fruity notes in the spices whilst chilli provides warmth, all leading up to a lovely burst of heat; just enough to leave you wanting more. The spicy ganache for the hot chocolate macarons is made from melting the bar with whipped cream and whipping it into a creamy and smooth ganache.

It’s the 12 Days of Giveaways! On the 9th day, A Taste of Koko is giving away a GREEN & BLACK’S gift basket. The gift basket includes 1 set of a mixed assortment of GREEN & BLACK’S chocolate bars, a GREEN & BLACK’S tote bag and 2 GREEN & BLACK’S $1 off full-sized product coupons.

Enter to win a GREEN & BLACK gift basket.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below with your name and email, and tell me: What GREEN & BLACK chocolate bar would you like to try?

You can earn up to 5 extra entries by:
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(Extra entries can only be counted if left as a separate comment – your comment # is your entry.)

Good luck!

The fine print:
– Giveaway ends at 12:01am (Texas time!) on January 15, 2013
– Winner will be selected by random number generator.
– Winners will receive a GREEN & BLACK’s gift basket.
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Winning “extra entry” comments can be subject to verification.
– Prize can only be shipped to a U.S. address.
-Mondelez International, LLC  is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Mondelez International, LLC or its affiliates, but solely by A Taste of Koko.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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