Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you for all the kind words you’ve sent about my upcoming book launch and to everyone that’s preordered. I’ve been blown away by your kindness and generosity ❤️ The book is being printed in London next week, so it won’t be long until you can get your hands on a copy. So exciting!!! The 20% preorder discount is running until 31st October so, if you’re interested in purchasing a copy for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, check out this post for details.
To celebrate the launch of my book, I’ve got some fantastic events lined up over the coming weeks, starting today with a giveaway that involves chocolate… boxes of handmade vegan Christmas chocolate no less! My family loves Goupie. In fact, Lil’ L proclaims it to be one of his favourite chocolates ever! This is one giveaway that you definitely won’t want to miss out on.
For today’s post, I’m handing over to Grace from Goupie, who’s going to tell us more about the business and its origins, as well as details of our worldwide giveaway…
Goupie is something my grandmother used to make, and in turn my mum. We used to have it at most social occasions, in particular Halloween was a big thing for Goupie. We would always have a mountain of Goupie at the Halloween parties we hosted every year. Because my sister and I loved it, and all our friends loved it, we pulled on my mum’s natural entrepreneurial strings and persuaded her that she had to start selling it. As she had just sold her previous company, her and my dad, on kind of a whim, went down to a local café one day with some Goupie in hand. The café placed an order that day and the Goupie brand was officially born (not that we had any packaging, prices or anything else that might be useful at that stage!)
Since then, we have expanded throughout the South East of England (we’re currently based in Goudhurst, Kent). We also sell to a few outliers in Scotland and Devon – even having online orders from American and the Netherlands. We now have moved out of our family kitchen, and into a bespoke factory unit with four employees. My dad, until recently, was solely in charge of our sales and marketing, with my mum heading the factory team and managing everything else. I officially came on-board earlier this year, after finishing my bachelors degree.
The basic Goupie recipe consists of a cocoa caramel base, with toasted rice and biscuit, which is then fully enrobed in fine dark Belgian chocolate. This creates a chewy chocolatey confection, with a slight crunch, that is something quite unique in texture. To make our 15 other flavours, essential oils, nuts and fruits are added. These recipes are all made by my mother.
My sister has recently decided to follow the vegan lifestyle which, we have to admit, has made us all much more tuned in to what we are eating and where our food comes from. We have always tried to be as sustainable as possible, using an RSPO certified palm oil and recycled packaging, but we are now looking to move all of our products into the vegan friendly range. However, as it stands at the moment 12 out of 16 of our flavours are vegan. These flavours are:
- Date & Walnut (also gluten-free)
- Cherry & Almond (also gluten-free)
- Dark Lavender
- Boozy Christmas (also gluten-free)
- A Taste of Christmas (also gluten-free)
A full description of each flavour and the ingredients can be found on our product page.
We have a fairly large number of stockists overall, and it is easiest to go to our website to find your closest one. Under the Stockists page, you will find a map which will show the stockists in your area. You can also order all of our flavours online. If you follow us on our social media (@GoupieGroupies) you can find out about events that we’ll be attending, as well as prize giveaways and discounts.
In the spirit of Christmas, we’ve joined up with Bit of the Good Stuff to give you the opportunity to win some devilishly moreish Goupie chocolates. We’ll be offering two lucky winners a Christmas box each, plus a box of their choice!
To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave a comment under this blog post answering the question featured in the Rafflecopter below. Do make sure you tick the box in the Rafflecopter to register that you have done so. There are a number of additional ways you can enter in order to increase your chances of winning. You will find these listed in the Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified prior to the winner being selected.
This giveaway is open to residents worldwide aged 18 and over. The closing date is Friday 18th November 2016 at midnight GMT. The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond. If they fail to do so, another winner will be selected at random. New to Rafflecopter? Simply click on ‘Use Your Email’ and enter a name and your email address (rest assured it won’t be published anywhere). You can also log in using your Facebook account, if you wish.
Good luck everyone!