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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2018/03/1978-pjc-vedders-modern-mushroom.html

Friday, November 2, 2012

{Since 1896 Dutch CHOCOLATE LETTERS - Have YOU Tried Them?}

Hah, today I managed to get my order for Dutch CHOCOLATE LETTERS placed on line with Vander Veen's, The Dutch Store in Michigan, USA. For decades we've been ordering them as a gift to our friends. Or bringing them home with us, in the suitcase at the time we were able to buy them in The Netherlands. In 2008 we did so when we were in The Netherlands with our foster daughter Anita from Indonesia. She got so excited, searching for each letter on my shopping list! Everybody loves them and they are SPECIAL! Look at the great design on the box they come in, that looks so different from any other chocolate. It is a fine Dutch lifestyle tradition since 1896 and fond childhood memories for me. For my Canadian readers, I too have an address for getting those CHOCOLATE LETTERS: at The Dutch Market Ltd. Sorry for all other countries, they might be able to obtain them from The Netherlands and there could be some Dutch import into Australia as well... You let me know.
Not only for the traditional Dutch St. Nicholas or SINTERKLAAS, on December 6, but they make fine gifts for the Christmas season or for Santa Claus. As a matter of fact I would enjoy them year round with a cup of coffee... How about you?
Sure, I do LOVE dark chocolate! It is said that: A Dark Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
Click on the link (all colored ones are links) to find out more... I surely live by it.
Those silver Giovanni Raspini Charms & Co alphabet angels from Italy are available on my Zen Cart powered boutique on line: Mariette's Back to Basics - worldwide shipping
Below post is a link where you find them.
If you want to order CHOCOLATE LETTERS for the USA or Canada, you better do so early, as later on maybe not all Letters will be available... First come; first serve!
Today I got all mine secured; all 41 that is. Yes, my orders have been growing steadily as they are so much LOVED. That brings JOY to the giver as well.
Only 3 out of 41 are dark chocolate letters; including mine. 
What is your preference? Milk or Dark...? 
You might have gotten an idea.
Oh, we gave two years ago a package with the word LOVE to a very special extended family member... It meant so much to him. And there was not much more we could give him, other than true LOVE and this symbol written out in CHOCOLATE...

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  1. Oh Mariette, how wonderful and yummy these Dutch chocolate letters are! I'd love to order them and make words of love and initials of family and friends' names. Besides Dutch chocolate is superb...like you! Thanks for popping to see me. Have a great weekend.

  2. I have to say, and I know I'm weird, I went off chocolate about 8 years ago. I so very rarely eat it anymore! I was such a sweet tooth up until I hit about 35 or 36, then my taste for it just disappeared. I crave steak, cheese and butter now...not sure what that means!

    When I do eat chocolate, it has to be good chocolate. Not the waxy, grocery store aisle type. I'm sure this chocolate is amazing! When I do crave it my favorite place to buy it is Cost Plus World Market, they have a great selection! These do look yummy Mariette!

    1. Dearest Victoria,
      Indeed, Cost Plus World Market has the best worldwide selection. Amazing what you can find there. Even the Dutch processed Droste Cacoa I found there!
      Hugs to you,

  3. Bonjour Mariette. Thank you for stopping by today! I have never heard about these Dutch chocolate letters, believe it or not. I agree they make a very unique (and yet affordable) gift. Thank you for mentioning the website too! You are right about World Market. I have found so many French and European products there over the years! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  4. Ein leckere Sache .... Also bei mir würden die tollen Buchstaben nicht lange halten.

    LG Alexia

  5. Dearest Mariette,
    they look delicious :O)
    And I like the tiny charm-letters as well :O)
    have a wonderful weekend,
    Love and hugs,

  6. Liebe Mariette,

    ich spüre, wie fein das schmeckt.

    Alles Liebe


  7. Hahahahahaha...wat leuk om chocolade letters bij jouw te zien !!....wij hebben ze nooit....koop liever gewoon chocolade.....enne ikke melk hemmes ..( sorry !) puur.....liefs Ria...xxx..

  8. Hej Mariëtte, leuk om die Hollandse chocoladeletters bij jou te zien. Lief die LOVEletters. Bak je pepernoten zelf?
    Lieve groet,

  9. Dearest Mariette, what a fabulous shopping site you have introduced us to !!! Just took a quick and look and I'm salivating after seeing all the Christmas goodies. I love this idea of the chocolate letters ~ a simple gift and yet filled with so much from the heart. Blessings to you both...C. (HHL)

  10. Hi Mariette!
    I love chokolate, they really look amazing.
    Hug Anna

  11. I love the Chocolate! Yumm! Born in Italy lived in Malaysia we are kindred spirits!

  12. I have never seen chocolate letters before but the certainly would make a lovely gift along with other monogrammed items. I definitely prefer dark chocolate with a nice cup of green tea. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  13. What a lovely idea with chokolate letters and I love dark chokolate.


  14. Doe jij nog steeds aan chocolade letters?? wat leuk, ze blijven speciaal vind ik, het smaakt toch anders dan een reep...

  15. Dearest Mariette,
    I was start sinking about what one with make good chocolate?
    then yet my idea was not eat too much.
    Hugs and love to you always!

  16. Oh I love love love this!! How great if we get chocolate letters! They looks so cute and sweet...make wonderful gift!

  17. Dearest Mariette,

    These chocolates soo unique, I have never seen before.I love milk than dark.


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