Win a Grandma Molasses baking prize pack & a copy of our new cookbook

Molasses and More cookbook

Do you ever enter draws at country fairs?

I love the thrill of an occasional draw, that bubble of potential that exists between when you put your ballot in the box and when the winner is drawn.

It’s fun because the fantasy of winning something, little or big, is a great summer escape.

My daughter likes to play the game “What would you do if…?” and it often ends up being about winning. She asks questions like “What would you do if I won a tea cup pig?” or “What would you do if you stubbed your toe on a rock that ended up being the corner of a pirate’s treasure chest?”

In the spirit of my daughter’s game, we’re hosting a fun prize draw this month.
Grandma Molasses baking prize pack

If you’re reading this recipe blog, chances are you like to bake and cook. So, what would you do if you won a sturdy apron, some baking utensils and a printed copy of our brand new cookbook, Molasses and More?

One lucky winner will receive the baking prize pictured above:

  • One sturdy black cotton apron
  • One printed copy of our new cookbook, Molasses and More
  • One handy dandy baking utensil (may or may not be stainless measuring spoons)
  • Handy cotton tote bag

There are several ways to enter and a chance to get up to four ballots in the hat. Just follow the instructions below.

Good luck!

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Our Sweet Dreams Cookie Contest finalists

top five molasses cookies

 

Judging a cookie contest is delightfully difficult.

All that nibbling – first for taste, then for texture. Onto the next cookie, and the next, next, next, then back to the first to compare, and compare again. Hmm, I think this is my favourite. But wait… let me taste that one again.

This is our first ever cookie contest with Canadian food bloggers (and Food Bloggers of Canada) and let me tell you, it has been a slice. When you love molasses cookies as much as we do every entry was a winner. But there can be just one winner and two runners up so here is our short list….

The Top 5 entries that we nibbled our way through here at the office last week (in no particular order):

Colossal Trail Mix cookies:

The bright flavour of orange zest and the beguiling flavour of cardamom helped get this cookie into the top five.

colossal trail mix cookie

 

Rumrunner Molasses Cookies

Rum soaked raisins paired with coffee and chocolate chips made this cookie irresistible.

rumrunner molasses cookie

 

Gluten Free Zippy Chippy Cookie

A classic molasses crackle cookie with a double twist — made with coffee, chocolate and a good dose of crystalized ginger, and gluten free.

gluten free zippy chippy cookie

 

Hazelnut White Truffle Stuffed Ginger Snap

Technically not a gingersnap this soft molasses crinkle cookie has a creamy truffle surprise inside.

white truffle stuffed gingersnaps

Figgy-Mo Cookies

All those figs, Calvados and a touch of balsamic vinegar had us intrigued.

fig and molasses cookies

fig and molasses cookies

 The Winner and two Runners Up will be announced later this week.

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Sweet Dreams Cookie Contest

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We’re in search of the Molasses Cookie of our dreams

At last year’s Food Bloggers of Canada conference I’d say the humble molasses cookie earned many new admirers when this delectable confection landed on conference attendees’ pillows as a surprise treat:

chocolate molasses crinkle cookies

We’re out to wow attendees at FBC 2014 with a new Pillow Treat, and you can help…

Create a new favourite molasses cookie for your chance to win:

  • $200 cash for first place.
  • Two runners up will each receive $100 cash.
  • The winning cookie will be featured as the Grandma Molasses “Pillow Treat” at FBC 2014, an in-room gift for all conference attendees. Full recognition will be given to the winner.
  • The winning cookie will be featured as the cover cookie in our 2014 Back-to-School eBook, will full recognition and a link back to the winner’s blog.
  • The two runners up will also be included in our Back-to-School eBook (with links back to winners’ blogs)

The Criteria:

  • Cookie must be made with fancy molasses, and recipe must include at least ¼ cup of molasses.
  • Cookie name: The entry will be judged according to how creative/clever/memorable it is.
  • The recipe: The entry will be judged according to how appealing/delicious it is (consider taste and texture)
  • The blog post: The entry will be judged according to the appeal of the photo and the story to go with it.
Cookie name 20%
Cookie recipe 40%
Photo 20%
Story 20%

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Nitty-gritty contest details:

The process:

  • Between the dates of April 1st and May 4th participants will post their recipe to their blog and email the link to me (bridget.oland@crosbys.com), with the subject line: Grandma Molasses Cookie Contest Entry. This email will constitute each participant’s official entry.
  • One entry only per blogger.
  • The email entry must also include participant’s full name.
  • Participants must be Canadian food bloggers (but need not be members of Food Bloggers of Canada).
  • Grandma Molasses Co Ltd reserves the right to create a Cookie Contest eBook featuring contest entries. Cookie eBook would provide blogger recognition and blog URL for each entry.

The judging:

A short list of entries will be determined based on the judging criteria.

The top five entries will be baked/tested by Grandma Molasses to determine the winner and two runners up.

Judging panel:

3 judges from Grandma Molasses Co

The prizes:

  • One (1) Winner to receive $200 cash PLUS the entry will be featured as the Grandma Molasses Treat at FBC 2014 PLUS the entry will be featured in Grandma Molasses Back-to-School eBook.
  • Two (2) runners up to each receive $100 cash and their entries will be included in Grandma Molasses Back-to-School eBook.

Rules & Regulations

Official Rules & Regulations for the Grandma Molasses Cookie Contest.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

Timeline

Grandma Molasses Cookie Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. AST April 1, 2014 and ends 11:59 p.m. AST May 4, 2014.

Judging to select the finalists will take place between May 1, 2014 and May 19, 2014. The winner and finalists will be notified by May 26, 2014.

Eligibility

This challenge is only open to legal residents of Canada who are at least 18 years of age as of January 1, 2014. Individual contestants can enter only once.

Participants do not need to attend FBC2014 in order to be eligible to participate in the Grandma Molasses Cookie Contest.

The employees of Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd. and the immediate families and those living in the same household of any of the above are not eligible. All federal, provincial and local rules and regulations apply.

Contest Entries

Once submitted online Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd. Reserves the right to use the recipes and images for promotional purposes, with credit to be given to participants.

By entering this challenge, entrants grant consent to use winners’ name and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes, without further compensation (except where prohibited). All challenge rules are subject to change by Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd. without notice.

Judging Criteria

Odds of winning depend upon the number and quality of entries received. Winners will be notified and prizes will be sent to them. For questions or general inquiries, please contact bridget.oland@crosbys.com

Criteria for winning the Grandma Molasses Cookie Contest include:

All recipes will be reviewed by Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd. representatives. Recipes not meeting the eligibility criteria will be eliminated. Each recipe will receive a score of 0 to 100 based on the following criteria:

Cookie name

20%

Cookie recipe

40%

Photo

20%

Story

20%

 

Limitations on Liability

Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd. is not responsible for any damage to participant’s computer occasioned by participation in this challenge. By entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees on behalf of itself and each of entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (A) to release and hold harmless Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd. from any and all liability, rights claims and causes of action that entrant may have or which may arise against Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd. for any illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or personal or property damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the or Sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (B) that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any Prize, including, without limitation, to such Prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose; and (C) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Sweepstakes itself, and to be bound by all decisions of Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd., which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes at the sole discretion of Grandma Molasses Co. Ltd.