Sunday, January 31, 2010

Life is Sweet

If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that I'm not really about the giveaways. I don't do big contests here and endorsements aren't my thing, so most days (ok, all days), this isn't the place to score free stuff.

Until now.

No, I haven't sold my soul to Starbucks or Swiffer or Sara Lee pound cake or any other corporate product, as great as all those things probably are. Nor have I cashed it in for Swagbucks. (Confession: I don't even really understand what Swagbucks are.) But when something is awesome, it's awesome, and I want you all to know about it. So I'm going to interrupt your regularly scheduled program here to introduce you to...

Cookies.

Think you're already familiar? Think again.



Are these not gorgeous? They arrived in the mail just this weekend. And they're good, too. I should know, seeing as this photo:



 is all we have left of them.

They came from Sneaky Sweet, an online, mail-order bakery that is out of this world. Not only can you find beautifully hand-decorated baked goods, but you can custom order them. Plus, Sneaky Sweet caters to everyone: many of their offerings are gluten-free and/or vegan. Owner/baker extraordinaire Cristin is a colleague of mine in the creative writing world, and when she told me she'd begun this business and asked if my family would be her taste-testers (not that she needed any), I thought long and hard (ha!) and finally agreed (couldn't say yes fast enough). Because that's just the kind of friend I am. The kind that is there for you when you need me...to eat free cookies.

She also sent me her World's Best Chocolate Almond Toffee (YUM) and her vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. I had a friend of mine who suffers from Celiac Disease try one of these first, because I knew she'd sampled many of the gluten-free baked goods on the market. She loved it. (Then ate another one.) The kids then fell on them, and within minutes, there was nothing but crumbs. If you or your kids are prone to gluten sensitivities, you know how hard it is to find good substitutes, and these? Were good.

We also tried the Vegan Espresso Chocolate Fudge Brownies. And be 'we', I mean 'me'. Holy. Hell. Chocolate cannot be chocolatey enough for me, and espresso cannot be strong enough, but these brownies definitely fit the bill.

But here's my favorite part:





Custom made Valentine's Day cookies for the boys. But shhhh. These hearts are a secret surprise. (Yet another reason it's a good thing the kids don't read this blog.)

But onto the best part of this post...the part where you, too, can be one step closer to eating your way through chocolately goodness:

Cristin has generously offered to award one Never-True Tales reader with their choice of either 1 dozen custom-made cookies or a $20 credit to use toward anything within her shop.

Here's all you need to do:

1. Go to Sneaky Sweet and check out all she has to offer.

2. Come back here and leave a comment on this post detailing what you'd most like to win.

3. Extra entries are granted every time you mention this sweet little deal here (sorry, couldn't resist) on your own blog, Twitter, or Facebook. (Just leave another comment telling me you did so!)

Each comment counts as a separate entry. In one week (Monday, February 8th), I'll randomly select a winner. (Open to US and Canada residents.)

Edited Monday, February 8th: Ends midnight today! Go comment, tweet, and post, and the winner will be announced tomorrow, February 9th!

Now. If anyone else makes delicious food they'd like me to sample, what've you been waiting for?!
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