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Play With Your Food


Today’s gifts are all about having fun with your food…not in the sense of designing a face out of peas and potatoes on our plate, but more along the general idea of party food ideas (think of it as the edible equivalent to fun party games like Cranium or Apples 2 Apples). And yes, there is a giveaway today…so pay attention ๐Ÿ™‚

Hamilton Beach 8-Person Raclette Grill – $79.99 @ Sears
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Raclette, but I will happily take any opportunity to remind you of its awesomeness. For those not in the know, a raclette is a European tradition that has made its way over to North America in the last few years – and it’s perfect for partying. The gist of the experience is to fill a small tray with your choice of ingredients from the host’s selection – everything from proscuitto and potatoes to veggies and mushrooms are fair game. Then, you top it off with a paper-thin slice of raclette cheese and let it slowly roast on the lower level of the grill. Meanwhile, over glasses of wine, you can grill veggie kabobs or shellfish for an on-the-go nibble that’ll also pair nicely with your raclette serving. The small portion sizes make this a great all-nighter activity, and is equally fun for chi-chi twentysomethings and empty-nesting retirees alike.

Zoku Chocolate Station – $25 @ Cookworks
Again, Zoku is not something I haven’t written about, but since landing with an icy splash last summer, the Zoku brand has since expanded to fun accessories and kits to make the (near) insta-popsicle phenomenon that much more enjoyable. I particularly like this little kit because it has potential for grown-up and adult parties alike. After making your tasty treat, pop your bar into the chocolate station for easy, even coating, then quickly dip it or sprinkle it with your favourite accouterments for a deluxe gourmet ice cream experience. This is a cute idea if you’re hosting a bridal or baby shower this summer and want to let everyone get a little interactive despite the heat.

Topchips Microwave Potato Chip Maker – $30 for two trays @ Golda’s Kitchen
Save money, save your waistline, and have fun while doing it with these nifty potato chip crispers from Topchips. Simply slice and place on the trays (which can be stacked 3 high if you’ve got a crowd to feed), throw into the microwave, and minutes later you’ll have oil-free, tasty-as-can-be chips. If you’ve got a teenage daughter, sister, or niece in your midst, consider gifting her with a set of these for her next slumber party to give the kids something active to do before vegging out in front of the TV. Another fun idea? Bring your friends over for a beer and chip sampling – grab a dozen local and imported brews and taste test them with a variety of chips you concoct.

President’s Choice S’mores & Cupcake Kits @ Loblaws
It wasn’t that long ago when President’s Choice was the first brand to launch a S’mores kit, which has now become a ubiquitous fixture on grocery and drugstore shelves around the country it seems.If you’re looking for the original thing though, you can’t really go wrong with this trunk-friendly box that makes a perfect accompaniment on your next camping trek. Packed with enough to make 24 S’mores via gooey marshmallows, melty chocolate, and crisp honey graham crackers, this is a super cost-effective choice that’ll put smiles on everyone’s faces. Stuck indoors on a rainy weekend? Check out the new cutesy cupcake kit, with a basic-yet-tasty batter, frosting, and sprinkles, all just waiting for you to customize it with a splash of food colouring, flavouring, or other fun toppings.

Velata Fondue Warmer & Chocolate Packs – $8 – $48
Of course, a party foods post wouldn’t be complete without a nod to fondue, which has been given new life with these sensational electric fondue warmers from Velata. If you’ve ever suffered the woes of scorched chocolate, you will absolutely love this handy gadget that allows you to temperature control your sweet chocolatey goodness with the turn of a dial, which powers a light bulb optimized to keep your sweet treat at that perfect mix of melted and warm but not burnt and hot. Available in three different styles and tons of different colours, this is a fun way to bring that chocolate fountain feel to your afternoon brunch or special occasion shower. To make things ridiculously easy for you, Velata also sells chocolate packs in four scrumptious flavours – Dark, Milk, White, and Caramel – serve up one on its own, or drizzle some white or caramel on one of the classic chocolates for an artful presentation.

Let’s hone in on Velata for another moment here. Now that I’ve told you what it is, I’m sure you’re coveting one for yourself (or a lucky person on your shopping list, naturally). You can buy all Velata products from a registered seller in your neighbourhood by hosting a yummy in your tummy Velata fondue party. And here’s one last nifty idea – if you buy one for a friend or family member as a gift, you then have a built-in hostess gift going forward, at just $8 a pop.

Inspired to snack? One reader is going to win a Velata fondue warmer & one bag of each of the four delicious Velata flavours! Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment below by August 17th with the Velata warmer you’d most like to own (style/colour), and the fondue flavour you’re most keen to try. You’ve gotta tell me both or your entry won’t count.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around August 17th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Any comments tagged with #CGG you leave on new (i.e. published after today), non-contest (i.e. if you’re entering to win something else, you aren’t scoring double entries) posts during the contest period will earn you a bonus entry. Limit to one comment per post please.

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113 Responses to “Play With Your Food”
  1. Sabrina C. says:

    I would love to win from the Rouge and Noir collection; an inky noir coloured Velata fondue warmer with caramel milk chocolate.

  2. Hannah says:

    I love the orange pedestal warmer + the white chocolate sounds divine ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’d love to win the rouge warmer and the dark chocolate! (My hubby on the other hand would choose one of the funky blue warmers and likely the caramel chocolate and then complain that it was too sweet! LOL!)

    I am seriously considering heading over to Golda’s for the potato chip makers – have you tried them? Were they any good? We love our chips and are trying to reduce calories and fat – that chip tray might go a long way toward that goal.

    • CGG says:

      Hey Colleen, I haven’t tried that particular device but I can say I’ve made homemade chips in the microwave and they were delish! If you’re going to buy a chip plate, I’d also recommend investing in a mandoline slicer to get that perfect uber-thin slice.

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    I think the Rouge and Noir collection, in black is my favourite. And I *know* dark chocolate is my favourite.

  5. Leah says:

    I like the purple pedestal collection warmer and the dark chocolate

  6. Theresa Kuzina says:

    I’d love to try Racletting! Plus the green pedestal warmer and the caramel sounds cool.

  7. megz says:

    I would LOVE the Curvy collection in Green and the milk chocolate fondue.

  8. l p says:

    I like the Curve Collection in black and white with Dark chocolate. Thanks.

  9. anita f says:

    I like the Hamilton Beach 8-Person Raclette Grill โ€“ $79.99 @ Sears

  10. Gizele says:

    I like the blue Pedestal Collection Warmer and would love the milk chocolate.

  11. Gert Glassford says:

    I like the purple fondue warmer and would like to try the Belgian milk chocolate

  12. Roya Haidary says:

    I would love to win the red velta from the Rouge and Noir collection, milk chocolate would be great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Kiki says:

    I like the red one with some yummy delish Caramel Milk Chocolate inside!

  14. Derek Stanley says:

    The purple pedestal collection warmer and the dark chocolate.

  15. Lara Nofal says:

    The rouge warmer and the dark chocolate.

  16. would love to win this purple and white with caramel

  17. aly3360 says:

    I’d love to win the Purple warmer from the Curve Collection and I’d love to try the Caramel Milk Chocolate flavour. Yumm!!

    Thanks for the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

  18. Gemma says:

    I would love to win the Velata prize, I have been eyeing them up since they came out! I’d pick the purple curve warmer and would love to try the dark chocolate fondue!

  19. Wendylady says:

    The purple pedestal collection warmer and the dark chocolate is my pick.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  20. Catharine M. says:

    I would choose the Rouge and Noir Collection in Rouge, with dark chocolate

  21. Laura Ivory says:

    i would love the curvy collection in green and the caramel chocolate! mmmmm ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. andrea says:

    I like the red one like what you have in the picture above. I can’t seem to find out what its called, but its the sold red one. And I would try the dark chocolate first.

  23. I would love the Rouge and Noir warmer in red with the milk chocolate fondue!! Yum!

    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  24. Tracy says:

    I love the all red warmer and the milk chocolate

  25. Brittany molasy says:

    The red warmer with the white chocolate :)yum!!!!

  26. scarletmandy says:

    Rouge and Noir warmer in red and White chocolate is my fave combo

  27. Natalie P says:

    I would love to try the glossy Rouge colour warmer from the Rouge and Noir collection, especially with the White Chocolate fondue!

  28. Cheri Gallant says:

    I like the Rouge & Noir in black, along with milk chocolate

  29. Susan says:

    I like the red and white warmer from the Curve collection (http://velata.com/en-ca/velata-products/fondue-warmers.aspx) and would love to try the Velata Caramel Milk Chocolate fondue (http://velata.com/en-ca/velata-products/velata-chocolate.aspx) #cgg

  30. Jennifer C. says:

    I would like the red fondue warmer from the pedestal collection. I would like to try the dark chocolate fondue.

  31. Kelly Crossman says:

    I would love to win this fondue set. I think it would be perfect for those cold winter nights.

  32. Debbie Bashford says:

    Coveting the Velata Curve Collection Warmer in Orange and the Velata Caramel Milk Chocolate fondue

  33. Courtney CL says:

    I love the Curve Collection in Purple! With DARK chocolate mmmmm

  34. I would be so tickled pink to win the Purple warmer from the Curve Collection and Iโ€™d love to try the Caramel Milk Chocolate flavour. Oh my goodness, you are making my mouth water! MMMMMM!

  35. Janet Baron says:

    I like the Green warmer & the milk chocolate collection!!!!
    Looks Yummy!!

  36. Patricia says:

    rouge warmer and the dark chocolate! for ne

  37. Ada Shave says:

    I am all things orange, even my car. with the Velata Carmel milk chocolate

  38. Valerie Bird says:

    The purple pedestal warmer and the dark chocolate

  39. Marian Wilkins says:

    I like to match things by colour, so I think I would like the brown Velata fondue warmer from the pedestal collection and I think that dark chocolate is better for you, so I would like your best Dark Chocolate.

  40. Ann Wakita says:

    I like the Rogue Fondue Warmer with the Milk Chocolate Collection

  41. I like the Purple Pedestal Warmer with the Belgian Chocolate!

  42. thomas rusinak says:

    i want me and the kids to have chocolate all over our faces and our clothes..everywhere

  43. Beth says:

    I love the Curve Collection in purple. The caramel milk chocolate looks yummy.

  44. Lori B says:

    I would love the rouge warmer and definitely the Caramel Milk chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. kelsey says:

    I love purple!!! And using the dark chocolate for the health and diet reasons

  46. Vesper says:

    The ‘Rouge and Noir collection’ in Inky Noir and white chocolate

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  47. HEIDI says:

    The purple fondue warmer is so cute and I’d love to try all flavours, most of all the milk chocolate!

  48. Antonietta says:

    i love the shape of the orange. and i think caramel fondue is awesome!

  49. corrine says:

    i like the Rouge and Noir in the black with milk chocolate

  50. NADIA GUL says:

    I’d love the Rouge & Noir warmer in red with the milk chocolate fondue …

  51. JM says:

    I like the shape of the orange. The caramel fondue sounds great

  52. Shirley says:

    I like the orange pedestal and the white chocolate flavour.

  53. Shirley Coleski says:

    I would love the purple one and I think the Caramel sounds divine!

  54. Christianne Pelletier says:

    I’d love the Orange from the Curve Collection and to try out the Dark Chocolate. Though the caramel sounds like it would be divine, especially drizzled on top.

  55. aclily19 says:

    Hamilton Beach 8-Person Raclette Grill is my pick. I had this once at a party and loved it.

  56. aclily19 says:

    Hamilton Beach 8-Person Raclette Grill is my pick. I had it once at a party and loved it.

  57. Linda Chaput says:

    I like the Hamilton Beach 8 person rac;lette grill.

  58. Jenny says:

    I like the green Curve Velata warmer and would love to try the white chocolate fondue!

  59. Michael says:

    I would love the Curvy collection in Green and the milk chocolate fondue.

  60. Lillea says:

    Pedestal in purple and milk chocolate

  61. newfiechic says:

    I like the Curve Collection in Orange and the Milk Chocolate fondue chocolate

  62. Holly Sproule says:

    I love the curve collection in blue and the dark chocolate!!

  63. nikki robak says:

    red pedestal

  64. nikki robak says:

    would like the white chocolate fondue

  65. Cheri Boone says:

    I would love to win from the Rouge and Noir collection; an inky noir coloured Velata fondue warmer with caramel milk chocolate.

  66. Melissa says:

    That purple Veleta warmer looks so funky. I bet the milk chocolate one would taste the best. I’d love to win something because I never win anything.

  67. Carol Oddy says:

    Would like the blue fondue with milk chocolate sauce.Thank you for the great contests…love your site!!

  68. I’d love the Rouge Warmer and the milk chocolate flavour ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. lauren says:

    I would love the chocolate fondue package i love chocolate! and i would love to hae chocolate to drip strawberries in

  70. jeremy c says:

    The Hamilton Beach 8-Person Raclette Grill totally rocks!

  71. Florence C says:

    I would love the milk chocolate and the curve collection in black and white

  72. beewbedard says:

    We would like the purple pedestal collection warmer and the dark chocolate

  73. alison says:

    The Velata warmer I’d most like to own is Rouge and Noir in noir, & the fondue flavour I’m most keen to try is Caramel Milk Chocolate.

  74. I would love to have the smores and cake mix and the orange pedestal warmer

  75. The smores and cake mix looks so good with orange pedestal warmer.

  76. Doris Calvert says:

    I like the Curve Collection in light blue/white and I would like to try the Milk Chocolate!

  77. Brook says:

    The blue fondue set would be great for the summer and my first pick in flavours would be the Belgium milk chocolate! Yum yum yum!

  78. Amber says:

    I would like the blue Pedestal with Milk Chocolate.

  79. mydreampokadots says:

    I would like the blue postal warmer with milk chocolate.

  80. Glogirl says:

    I like the all black warmer from the Rouge and Noir collection and the milk chocolate.

  81. Ali says:

    A Rouge warmer and the caramel milk chocolate flavour!

  82. Angela M says:

    I’d like the Purple Curve warmer with the Caramel flavour.

  83. Mike Gismondi says:

    Iโ€™d love to win one of the funky blue warmers and the caramel chocolate!

  84. Glenda says:

    I like the one pictured which is red and rounded and I would choose the caramel chocolate flavour.

  85. andalene says:

    From the curve collection – the purple coloured warmer is nice.
    The dark chocolate flavour would be tasty.

  86. WENDY BARRETTE says:

    I absolutely love the purple Velata warmer because purple is my favorite color and the Pot-belly stove type shape reminds me of the old wood stove my Grandparents had when I was a little girl. Of course, I would just love the milk chocolate fondue, sweet and silky!

  87. I love the orange pedestal warmer, though the red would match my kitchen better. And I am a dark chocolate gal, all the way.

  88. Roman Pejko says:

    What a wonderful idea to create an beautiful meal

  89. alyssa dicicco says:

    I would love to win the Inky Noir , from the rouge and noir collection. They are all beautiful peices I would love to have in my kitchen. LOVE that there is a white chocolate choice!!! I would LOVE to win this, and would definitely have to keep buying Velata products!

  90. Becky says:

    I like the curve collection warmer in green with the milk chocolate flavour.

  91. Dominique says:

    purple and caramel chocolate

  92. Lisa R says:

    I would be so thankful to receive any of them!!! But if had to choose it would be Noir or Rouge. For the chocolate, that’s also a tough one as I am a chocoholic and would love any of them !! But again if I had to choose it would be the white chocolate. Delicious flavors and elegant colors !!! Must share with everyone !!

  93. Ashley says:

    Those pop chip tray things look amazing. But Velata does to, and I think I’d like the curve b&w and the dark chocolate with some white chocolate mixed in to go with it. So cool!

  94. Bex says:

    Blue Pedastal + White Chocolate.

  95. Prim says:

    The red pedestal warmer, although all of the colours are adorable. I think the caramel sounds intriguing – I was a bridesmaid in a wedding that had a caramel fountain and it was unbelievable.

  96. gisela f says:

    the Hamilton Beach 8-Person Raclette Grill would be perfect fo my family

  97. aimee says:

    i love the purple color

  98. FRIDHELM F says:

    I LIKE THE HAMILTON BEACH GRILL. THIS WOULD USEFUL ALL YEAR ROUND.

  99. Donnas says:

    I like the rouge warmer and the milk chocolate flavour.

  100. Jennifer says:

    I would like best the rouge warmer and the dark chocolate.

  101. Sherri F says:

    I would love to have a Blue Curve Collection Warmer with White Chocolate Fondue.

  102. Amanda says:

    The inky Noir with some Caramel Milk Chocolate would be divine!

  103. lisa bolduc says:

    i would like to try the caramel milk choco.. and the curve warmer in blue

  104. Ashley says:

    I would love the fondue maker from the rouge collection in red with milk chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. Maegan Morin says:

    I like the Purple Curve warmer and I would choose the Milk Chocolate!

  106. Rachael Bhardwaj says:

    I would love the curve collection warmer in blue, and to try the dark chocolate.

  107. stacey h says:

    curve collection purple
    white chocolate

  108. Patricia Teixeira says:

    The purple Velata warmer looks great, topped by milk chocolate, even better!

  109. Cheryl says:

    I would like the purple fondue warmer with milk chocolate.

  110. Jana Lee says:

    I would like to have the milk chocolate fondue in red! Thank you

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