This year for Christmas my mom Santa put a 100 calorie pack of dark chocolate covered pomegranates in my stocking.

Christmas Day:  Stocking Stuffers

I thought they were the yummiest little snack (perfect for random chocolate cravings!), so I set out looking for them in stores.  I’m not sure if I just didn’t look hard enough or they hadn’t hit shelves yet or what, but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  This is kind of embarrassing, but I decided to just email Brookside Chocolate to see if they knew where I could find those tasty little buggers in a store near me.  The awesome folks there ending up offering to send me a sample bag of not only my beloved dark chocolate covered pomegranates, but also of their dark chocolate covered acai with bluberry and their dark chocolate goji with raspberry.  Ok, fine.  Twist my arm, Brookside Chocolatiers.  Twist my arm.

Brookside Chocolates

I was obviously psyched for this package to arrive, but when it did I was pretty confused because it was seriously a ginormous package.  I thought that I might have just walked into a lifetime supply of real fruit juice pieces dipped in smooth dark chocolate (not that it would have been a bad thing!).  However, when I opened the box, I realized that Brookside sent me a whole bunch of super fun stuff aside from the three different flavors of chocolate.

A Crate & Barrel ceramic three bowl dip server:

Crate & Barrel Dip Bowl

A Crate & Barrel ceramic cheese board and knife:


Two stemless wine glasses, also Crate & Barrel:

Crate & Barrel Wine Glasses

A Gaiam workout headband (love! and it matches my sneakers and my new Old Navy top)

Gaiam Workout Headband

A free year’s subscription to Fitness magazine:

Fitness Magazine

And I don’t have a picture, but also a $30 American Express gift card.

Ummmm, how awesome!  I literally was doing high knees around my apartment.  Excitement burns calories too, people.

Inside the package was a little note:

Welcome to Brookside:  A place where the perfect pairing of smooth dark chocolate and exotic real fruit juice pieces offers a deliciously different taste experience.  We use thoughtfully selected ingredients to develop intriguing flavor combinations.  We welcome you to enjoy the perfect pairings of Brookside Chocolate with this exclusive Tasting Kit.  Pair new Brookside Chocolate with an indulgent, relaxing evening of red wine and gourmet cheese and a healthy, active lifestyle.  We hope this kit provokes your passions and helps you find perfect balance.

Is that not me to a T?!

I absolutely love all my new stuff.  The three flavors of chocolate are so good.  There’s no eating right from the bag with these – too dangerous!  And while I liked all three flavors, I think the pomegranate is still my favorite.  Thanks, Mom, for swiping those from your break room at work for an extra stocking stuffer.  See what it got me?

The Giveaway!

Wanna get all the stuff that I got?  You can!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me how you like to find perfect balance between living a healthy lifestyle and treating yourself/indulging every once in a while too. 

That one comment is all that’s required, but you can earn extra entries for this giveaway by:

  • Liking both Fitness & Feta and Brookside Chocolates on Facebook (liking both = 1 comment)
  • Following both Fitness & Feta and Brookside Chocolates on Twitter (following both = 1 comment)
  • Sharing this giveaway on your own Facebook or Twitter pages (any form of social media share = 1 comment).

That’s a max of 4 comments/entries each.  The contest will remain open until Thursday night at 11:59 EST.  I will announce the winner on Friday.  Good luck!