Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ChileanSweets Etsy Shop Review and Giveaway

As everyone knows, I can't get enough of my chocolate.  I'm not a lover of just one type of chocolate, but so many kinds! My favorite part of loving the sweet confectionery treat is being able to try different types of chocolates in fabulous desserts.  I want to make it my mission in life to try every type of chocolate in the world, starting from ChileanSweets.



ChileanSweets is an Etsy shop ran by Maria, who is a Chilean pastry chef living in the USA. She was eager to share her culture with her friends and family, so she started cooking and baking and trying different recipes she grew up with.  Thus Chilean Sweets was born.  The shop offers homemade Latin confections made with family recipes passed down through generations.  If you're in the mood for dulce de leche, alfajors, or cuchufli, you've come to the right place! All of Maria's treats are baked with love and care and are ready to delight your taste buds.

I was generously sent a large box of alfajors, cuchufli, and a jar of fabulous dulce de leche spread.  I couldn't wait to dig in and go into Chilean sweets heaven! I had previously tried alfajors, but it was many years ago.  I remember loving them.  I had not tried cuchufli before and was very interested to do so.

These delightful rolled wafer cookies are filled with dulce de leche and coated in a generous blanket of chocolate.  Prepare to take a one way ticket to Flavortown, USA!

The first thing that I noticed about these cookies is how visually appealing they are.  I love the drizzle of white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate.  As soon as I opened the box, I realized these cookies had no chance against my stomach.  Sorry to say, it's true! The cookie offers sweet milk chocolate with a fabulous creamy dulce de leche (caramelized milk) center. The chocolate is sweet, but not over the top sweet.  It's just perfect! The dulce de leche is smooth and creamy and certainly the perfect filling for this cookie.  The filling is prevalent but not over the top. I believe that it is impossible to have just one.  If I let myself, I would enjoy way more than I should, but then I'd be crying chocolate tears as I gain a lot of weight!   The cookie is not crunchy but chewy. I love how fresh and delicious the cookie is.  It is the perfect companion to a nice cup of coffee or tea for an afternoon snack. 

Look at the monster filling these alfajors pack! Yes, I do give you permission to lick your screen. 

If you haven't had an alfajor previously, you're in for a real treat. This dessert consists of two cookies joined by a dulce de leche center, and coated with dark chocolate.  This looks like absolute heaven, don't you think? This is one dense treat that packs a fantastic center which I can't get enough of.  I love the combination of the dulce de leche center paired with the dark chocolate. The cookies are soft and buttery and they practically melt in your mouth. I like to cut the cookie in half and have one half then, and save the rest for later.  The dark chocolate is not very bitter at all, but just right.  This is one dessert that I'd like to have in my kitchen on a routine basis! I recommend taking a bite out of these as soon as you can.

This spread is perfect as a treat on pancakes, waffles, toast, fruit, topped on ice cream or fruit, or used in cakes! Whatever you do though, don't eat it of the jar! You won't be able to stop. :)

A whole jar of dulce de leche spread? The caramelized gods were speaking to me, and I was definitely listening! I can't get enough of my dulce de leche and I'm putting this spread on the highest pedestal possible. I had toast for breakfast this morning, but instead of using jam or butter I used the spread! I wanted to switch it up and show some love for the milky goodness.  I spread a generous layer on my toast and I prepared to have my taste buds cheer! The spread was out of this world on warm toast.  The delicious sweet spread brought out the rustic taste of my toast.  I really enjoyed the change from traditional jelly on my morning toast, and I think I found a new toast topper! Be creative and use this spread on anything you'd like to add more sweet flavor to.

Anything from Maria's shop would make the perfect gift for any chocolate lover out there, and would also make the ideal gift for yourself too!


97 comments:

  1. Always willing to try new chocolates ;-)

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  2. I have never tried them, but always willing to try something new.

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  3. I have never tried them before but I would like to.

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  4. Dear Lawwwwwwd, alfajors look delicious! I've never, ever tried them so please let me have the opportunity. hehe

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  5. Never had them, but they look wonderful!

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  6. I have never tried alfajors before, but I'd love to!

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  7. GFC id: abfantom fantom

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. I have never tried these before but my mouth is watering just looking at them. Yummy. Colleenaw@hotmail.com.

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  9. I have not tried them.

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  10. These treats look delicious! I would love to try them!

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  11. No, Ive never tried them before but they look delicious!!

    Love3570@aol.com

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  12. No I have never had the pleasure to try these but they look wonderful.

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  13. I have never heard or tried this product

    dianetherkildsen@att.net

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  14. This would be the first time for me to try this luscious treat!

    Nancy
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  15. Never heard of them or tried them either

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  16. Never heard of them or tried them either

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  17. I've never even heard of them before

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  18. I have never tried them before.

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  19. No I have never tried them but sounds good

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  20. I've never heard of Alfajors but now that I have I'd love for them to be my introduction to fine chocolates.

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  21. I've never had them before, but I'd love to!

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  22. I have never tried these, but they look really good!

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  23. I've never tried Alfajores before but they sound and look delicious!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  24. I've seen alfajors in bakery shops but have never tried them. ChileanSweets looks delicious!

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  25. Nooooo....I have never tried them but, I want to!

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  26. No, I've never even heard of them!

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  27. Not yet, but I will.
    elysesw@aol.com

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  28. I've never tried them!

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  29. Haven't tried them but am certain i would love them!!
    Ttrockwood(at)yahoo(dot)com
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  30. Love dark chocolate and dulce de leche. Hope I win

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  31. Love dark chocolate and dulche de leche. These sound delicious.

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  32. Nope, never tried alfajors before.

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  33. No, I have never tried them but they look delicious.

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  34. Had never heard of an alfajors before
    Jan

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  35. I have never had alfajors; but we are moving to Chile next year (really!) so I want to try them.

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  36. Yes! My friend used to make them for us all the time.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  37. No, I've never heard of them before, so never tried them.

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  38. I have never tried them before but I would like to.

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  39. I've never tried these before, but they look really tasty so here's the perfect opportunity! :)

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  40. I haven't but I would love to!

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  41. I've never tried them before, but I'm a big chocolate lover.

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  42. I've never tried them but I'm a big chocolate lover

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  43. No, I have never tried them, but I would like to.

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  44. No - I've never tried these.

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  45. No, I have not tried them before.

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  46. I've never tried them but oh man do they look good!

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  47. I've never tried them nor have I ever heard of alfajors before!

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  48. Nope! Haven't tried them befor

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  49. I have never tried alfajors before.

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  50. No, I haven't, but they look AMAZING.
    kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

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  51. i have never tried them before

    misterjim74 at gmail dot com

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  52. I haven't tried them before, but they look delicious!

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  53. No, I never heard of them before

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  54. No Ive never tried them before- but sure would love to :)

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  55. Yes I have had alfajors before my mom & grandmother used to make them

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  56. No I have never tried them
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  57. No I have never tried them
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  58. I have never tried but OH BOY I sure will now!!!!!!!!

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  59. I haven't but I'd love to if I'm the lucky one!!

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  60. No Ive never tried but i want to!

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  61. I haven't yet, but I'm really interested after seeing them on the website.

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  62. No, I have never tried alfajors before.

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  63. No, I have never tried alfajors before.

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  64. No I never had them but I am drooling over them now :)

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  65. Never tried them before, but they look delicious! Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

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  66. i have never tried these but they look good!

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  67. I have never tried them, but they look great!

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  68. Sorry to say that I have never tried them or heard of them.

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  69. i've never tried them, but i'd love to

    thischickwins at gmail dot com

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  70. no, i haven't ever tried them before, but they do look good
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  71. I have not tried them but they look yummy

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  72. I have not yer tried an alfajors!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  73. I have never tried these but they look awesome :)

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  74. I have not but they look so good!

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  75. I've never had them.. but intriguing! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  76. I've never tried alfajors before.

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