A Taste Of The Netherlands Giveaway


To start 2012 with a bang, here, as promised, are the details for my Taste Of The Netherlands Giveaway!

Being a relative novice to this blogging lark, I’m not sure of the format of giveaways, so I just made up the rules as I went along. And we have not one but TWO prizes on offer here today! All personally selected and purchased BY HAND – this one *waves right hand* and occasionally this one *waves left hand*

Dutch Breakfast itemsBrekkie Prize Pack

Prize Number One is the Brekkie Pack, – comprising a selection of things to decorate your morning toast like a Dutchman! (or woman!): Hagelslag (aka chocolate sprinkles) in both Plain and Milk, NEW Speculoos sprinkles, and some speculoos spread – What is speculoos I hear you ask? Well, you know those little Lotus biscuits you get with your coffee? It’s THAT taste, but in both sprinkles and spread form – yum!

Dutch BiscuitsBikkie Prize Bundle

Prize Number 2 is the Bikkie Bundle! Three iconic Dutch biscuits: stroopwaffel (think waffle ice-cream cone biscuits sandwiched together with caramel!), stroopkoeken (same filling, this time sandwiched between biscuits that are a cross between a digestive and a Rich Tea biscuit – my fav!), and Galettes – the aforementioned waffle-cone-like biscuits, in all their unadorned glory, just perfect to slather in the final component of this bumper fun pack – a jar of CRUNCHY speculoos spread – which is new in The Netherlands this season!

The Catch
Well, there’s always a catch – no such thing as a free lunch and all that – so I thought I might as well be up front about it. πŸ˜€

I’d like to bring more people within reach of this blog, so it’s all about the numbers. I’ve made a note of the numbers of twitter followers/facebook likes and blog peeks and, with your help, I’d really like to see them shoot up!

The good news is, you can enter more than once. And here’s how:

  • Follow me on twitter (@wotchers) AND tweet “I’ve entered @wotchers Taste of the Netherlands giveaway here: http://tinyurl.com/7z2b7bc
  • Encourage your followers to follow me on twitter, and get them to tell me you sent them! Each new twitter follower I get, gets you another chance to win! Be sure they let me know, otherwise I can’t add you!
  • ‘Like’ the blog’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Time-To-Cook-Online/110719162363183) AND leave a comment in the Giveaway’s post.
  • Tag the blog in a post on your Facebook wall with the following: I’ve entered Time To Cook – Online’s Taste of the Netherlands giveaway here:http://tinyurl.com/7z2b7bc
  • Finally, leave me a comment below saying which pack you’d prefer, Brekkie or Bikkie – or if you’d be happy with either, let me know that too! Make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment – if you win, I’ll need to be able to contact you for a postal address.

You can choose to do all five, or just leave a comment below. The more you choose to do, the more times your name will be listed for the draw. No pressure. πŸ˜‰

Now lets have some fun!

Rules and stuff.

  1. Competition closes 9.00am Monday January 16th. Winners to be announced shortly thereafter.
  2. Winners will be decided with the help of the Random Number Generator (www.random.org).
  3. My decision is final.
  4. Play nice. No bots or automated entries please.
  5. Ummm – can’t think of anything else at the moment – but I reserve the right to add stuff if it crops up πŸ˜€

130 Comments on “A Taste Of The Netherlands Giveaway”

  1. nellycakes says:

    These products look wonderful! I have tweeted (@nellyscupcakes) and facebooked (Helen Ritchie) too!
    Best of luck on your quest for followers and readers. I cannot recommend your blog enough! So many great recipes and tips.

  2. Maxine says:

    Hey, think I am first! I know there is not a prize for this but yay! I would be happy and excited to recieve either pack, both look scrummy! I don’t actually drink coffee so never get a biscuit unless someone gives me theirs! Love your blog and tweets!

  3. Sandy Hill says:

    Oooo tough call, i love speculoos so much! Think I’d have to go for the biccy pack πŸ™‚ Have done FAcebook & Twitter (@slbhill42) as well πŸ™‚

  4. I’d like the brekkie pack please – I’ve just commented on Facebook to say that a packet called “Slag” in my cupboard would brighten up my mornings – just thinking about it has brightened upmy Monday.

  5. beesloveteas says:

    Ohhh – The Brekkie Prize looks amazing, I can’t get enough of ways to spice up my breakfast (currently nutella in porridge with extra roasted hazelnuts is my meal of choice!) I’ve also twittered about this (@beesloveteas) – love your blog and tweets; keeping my fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  6. Mairi Cameron says:

    Hi there, I’d love the bikkie bundle! Really enjoy your recipes, they’re a little different to everything else I see x

  7. Donna says:

    Hello Mary-Anne

    Have just promoted this on Twitter (was already a follower.) If I should be lucky enough to win, I’d be delighted with either pack. (Although Stroopwaffels ARE delicious..)

  8. I’v followed and tweeted! @Jenni000

  9. I would like the Bikkes if I won! Would love to try some different biscuits then the usualy in my local shop πŸ™‚

  10. Laura says:

    Speculoos – yum!

  11. Jamie says:

    Your recipes are fantastic and I love trying out them all. I’ve tweeted (@munkeysmr) and I hope with fingers, legs, arms and toes crossed that I’m lucky enough to win. any prize will be great as I’m not picky lol x

  12. Yvonne says:

    Go Holland! πŸ˜€
    Not entering the Give-a-Way, because I have most of the items in my cupboard! πŸ˜€
    Hope the winner loves them!

    PS. Are you ever going to be on television again, Mary-Anne? Beside your baking skills, I loved your sense of humor! Bye! Yvonne, the Netherlands.

  13. Hilda Wright says:

    ohhh how to decide….either would be good I guess to save me making the choice!

  14. Klaus Klompen says:

    I have facebook liked! I don’t have a Twitter though. Hope this gets you lots more fans πŸ™‚
    (laurajdixon@hotmail.com) I would be happy winning either prize!

  15. bethbutcher says:

    They both look yummy. I think I’ve forwarded people to you facebook page πŸ™‚

  16. cjspalace says:

    Hi there! I would looooove to win the Brekkie pack as I adore those Lotus biscuits! But I would be happy to win either. I love your blog and plan to make your Ploughmans loaf very soon!

  17. I am following on Twitter and have tweeted the message

    tweet me @aesop57

  18. EMMA WALTERS says:

    follow & tweeted πŸ™‚

  19. EMMA WALTERS says:

    like on fb & commented on the post
    emma walters

  20. EMMA WALTERS says:

    tagged the blog on my fb page
    emma walters

  21. EMMA WALTERS says:

    think i would prefer the brekkie one to try :O)

  22. charisse mcgowan says:

    I would be very happy to win either prize. Just want to add, watching you on the great British bake off with my 11 year old son was a highlight of our week. You have inspired him and i to bake more together. so thanks for that.

  23. Angie says:

    All looks fantastic to me .

  24. emma cella says:

    The Brekkie Prize looks amazing, I can’t get enough of ways to spice up my breakfast I’ve also twittered about this (@handbag2000) – love your blog Liked you facebook posted to my wall emma cella but wouldn’t let me tag you

  25. ashleigh says:

    i would love to win either pack! i have followed and tweeted as @ashlallan

  26. ruthnewport says:

    Have tweeted for you, I’m @rumblingtum. Both packs look so yum, but I think I would choose the Brekkie prize pack.

  27. Tracey Ryder says:

    i wolud like the breaky pack please

  28. Claire Bennett says:

    Stroopwaffels, how I love thee! (Ahem, yes, if I win can I get the Bikkie set pretty please) I blame a pair of lovely Dutch Scouts I met in Denmark for getting me and my Scouting friends hooked on them, can’t get enough!

    I’ve tweeted @smudgepuss, and am off to facebook stalk you now…

  29. Emma Kerry says:

    Both of those packs look lovely! I have entered in as many forms as I can and hopefully will get you a few more followers.

    Good luck!

  30. Beckie A says:

    I’ve done the Twitter (@Beckie_A) I also recently tagged one of your recipes in a blog post… does that count? (http://beckie-a.blogspot.com/2011/12/profitable-day-with-only-minor.html)

    I’d prefer the Bikkie bundle, but would be very pleased with either!

  31. Karen Barrett says:

    Following on twitter and tweeted

  32. Karen Barrett says:

    I have liked you on FB and commented as Karen A Barrett

  33. Karen Barrett says:

    Either for me please, thanks

  34. Liz Merckel says:

    Count me in for the biccie pack please! Just off to do all the facebook stuff!

  35. Georgina Ball says:

    I’d be happy with either!

  36. Dave says:

    Have entered Twitter stylee, (@Baking_Beats) and encouraged the rest of Twitter to follow you. I’m sure you’ll overtake Gaga’s follower count by Wednesday.

    Biccy pack please πŸ™‚

  37. I’d love the brekkie prize package please

  38. shazza andrews says:

    awwww loooks yum now off to do fb share etc

  39. Laura Laird @biglors says:

    Nom nom NOM!! All these goodies sound fab, so i’d be happy with any of it! Hope you had a fab holibobbins chick! πŸ˜€

  40. Lynda Blackman says:

    Pleaded to support you

  41. Laura Laird @biglors says:

    Already follow you on twitter hun (@biglors) and have tweeted the comp!

  42. Laura Laird @biglors says:

    Now following on facebook, and posted on your comp post. Also posted comp link on my wall too πŸ˜€

  43. Lynn Savage says:

    I love those lotus biscuits (actually I just love biscuits) i’d love to win either of the packs
    I have liked your facebook page and shared on mine

  44. Beth Karen says:

    Sounds fab, would love to try something different. Either brekkie or bickie is welcome πŸ˜‰ Liked and commented on FB x

  45. Jenny Eaves says:

    Great prize! I’d like either, but think I would have to choose the biccie prize! πŸ™‚

  46. Linda Hobbis says:

    Either for me please. Went on a mini tour of Holland years ago and loved it. My overall memory is of lots of pretty towns with townhall clocks chiming and squares filled with beer supping locals. Hope it’s still like that. We’ve a Cafe Quarter in Cardiff but you’d be hard pressed to describe it as ‘continental’ x

  47. Wotchers lady!

    PixieMidori has posted, Midori Frame has written on the facebook contest post and shared it with my friends on facebook.

    I’d probably prefer the biccits because I’m a biccuit munchererer, but even if I don’t win, I just hope I’ve managed to share your wonderful blog, recipes and joy for food with more people.

    You are a real inspiration to me, please keep being you and sharing your joy for food with us all!

    πŸ™‚ xx

  48. Jac says:

    Would be fab to win the goodies. Visited The Netherlands for the first time a few months ago & loved it – especially the people , they’re very friendly & luckily most spoke English, as I tried really hard & only managed to say a few words in Dutch!

  49. Lisa Farrell says:

    I’d be happy with either. Had close dutch friend (sadly she died a few years ago) and, during my many visits to see her, tried lots of these treats! This would bring back happy memories!

  50. Susan Martin says:

    Fantastic giveway

  51. Julie Feathers says:

    @MySonsSpongeMad sent me here from twitter

  52. Sue Robinson says:

    Both prizes look lovely but I would really like to try the Bikkie Prize Bundle πŸ™‚

  53. I’d love to win the bikkie set! I’ve tweeted about the competition, followed you on Twitter and tweeted to my friends to ask them to follow you as @MySonsSpongeMad

    I’ve also followed your blog page on Facebook, commented on the giveaway status update and posted about the competition on my wall (though I was unable to tag you – it simply wouldn’t work, but here’s a link to the post for verification: http://www.facebook.com/MyRandomBlurb/posts/222027561213178).

  54. hayley says:

    please add me x

  55. Anne Murphy says:

    I follow you on twitter already (@annecupcake) and tweeted the link. Also follow you on Facebook (Anne Murphy).
    Would love to win either – I ADORE Speculoos spread – it’s great in cupcake buttercream!

  56. Carrie says:

    I love stroopwaffles! Biccie for sure!

  57. nancy says:

    They all look amazing! I would be happy with any! I already ‘Like’ you on Facebook and am an avid Time to Cook reader!
    I also like to try to get people to my blog: nancytheartfuldodger.blogspot.com But I dont have any awesome giveaways to lure them in!!

  58. melanie stirling says:

    @carolinehammon1 sent me from twitter πŸ™‚
    I have tweeted @mellysocks and followed on facebook -melanie jane stirling

  59. melanie stirling says:

    Forgot to say I would love the Biccie pack πŸ™‚

  60. gillbla says:

    I have tweeted. I love speculoos. Why can you not get it here 😦 it’s so good in banana bread. I’d be totally happy to win either but Brekkie would be my pref

  61. gillbla says:

    I have liked your blog on FB too. Anne (above) I’ll fight you for the speculoos!
    I’d be totally happy to win either but Brekkie would be my pref

  62. Kate Jowett says:

    Looks great Mary – Id take either! Now following you on twitter and will be reading your blog!


  63. Lu says:

    is this open to international followers of your blog? like say Canada?

    • MAB says:

      Wotchers Lu! And absolutely! ALL followers are eligible, irrespective of location. I’ve looked at the potential postage, and it’s do-able (less than Β£30), so have at it, my lovely! Get those entries piling up. Good luck! πŸ˜€

  64. laura elizabeth hayes says:

    HI i wouldnt mind either if i win, have facebooked as lovely laura hayes and tweeted as @lovelylaurahaye X

  65. Alison Wakefield says:

    Fab giveaway and am following your blog

  66. Caroline Taylor says:

    I’ve twittered you (pansypotter1961) and been following time to cook online since GBBO ……..
    Your up beat posts always bring a smile to my face ! Not fussy- either prize will do !
    Take care& Happy Baking,
    Caroline x

  67. Franziska says:

    I’m following you on facebook now… I’ve been following your blog ever since I saw you on GBBO. You impressed me the most with your creations!

  68. Solange says:

    Both prizes look lovely but I would like to try the Bikkie Prize

  69. ( Jstar ) says:

    Don’t mind any prize would be a bonus. Keep up the good work. Thank you. Judith. Jstar

  70. vicky says:

    I would love to win bundle 2, we used to have these on holiday with dutch friends and they are delicious!
    I have tweeted @vickyd4v3 thanks for giveaway.

  71. Paridhi Bhushan Roy says:

    Both the prizes look great and I would love to have either of them!

  72. Posted on twitter (@kasariw) and facebook. Would love either prize!

  73. Ooh, both the brekky pack and biccie bundle look very nice indeed – I have an incurable weakness for waffles!

  74. Lo81 says:

    I would like Brekkie Prize Pack! Fingers crossed!

  75. Mellissa Williams says:

    Following you on twitter melandjake99 . Tweeting to my followers πŸ™‚ lovely competition

  76. Mellissa Williams says:

    Following you on Facebook too Mellissa Williams

  77. Mellissa Williams says:

    Tagged you on Facebook πŸ™‚

  78. Mellissa Williams says:

    Would love the bikkie set if I was so lucky to win . They looks crummy so I have everything crossed . Thank you for running this x

  79. Belinda Matthews says:

    Ohhh – The Brekkie Prize looks great, might encourage my children to eat

  80. Belinda Matthews says:

    Following you on twitter and tweeting to my followers as @dillydondallie

  81. Jay says:

    I’m entering too, either prize would be lovely, and I’ve followed you on twitter as @RubyReckless for ages (and linked to your blog from mine for those marvellous millionaire shortbread cups!)

  82. Helen says:

    The bikkie prize looks great. Have tweeted as @toffeefudge1 and liked the comp on facebook.

  83. MMMMMmmmmmm, I’m more than a little bit in love with Lotus biscuits, so I’d love the Brekkie pack, because the sprinkles sound glorious.

    I’ve tweeted @meedja, and my lovely friend @melandjake99 sent me here.

  84. Erica Price says:

    I think prize 1 but think both look fun.

  85. Erica Price says:

    Following and tweeted @ericahughes

  86. Laurie says:

    Would love so much to win either! My friend sent me 2 jars of the speculoos spread from Belgium and my boyfriend and I wolfed them within a shamelessly short length of time. Since I’ve been healthy so far this year (all of 12 days) I think that that deserves a gluttonous pig-out now don’t you? πŸ™‚

  87. stephvrphvr says:

    yum yum I’d love either set! fingers crossed!

  88. Deborah Wheeler says:

    Following on twitter and just retweeted as @debwh142
    Either prize would be lovely

  89. I’d love to win the brekkie prize to bring back many happy memories of my oma & opa in holland – oh how I miss them πŸ™‚

  90. Rudy Roversi says:

    I’d love Brekkie

  91. Kezia says:

    Either set would be lovely, I don’t have facebook or twitter so can only enter once:(

  92. Joanna Coleshill says:

    I’d love Bikkie!

  93. meltedmoment says:

    I’d love either prize to brighten up my January! I’ve tweeted (@meltedmoments) and FB’d as Mel Wainner

  94. Jane Hale says:

    β˜†γƒŸβ˜†ε½‘β˜†γƒŸβ˜†ε½‘ SPECULOOOOOOOOS !! Mary-Anne you are FANTASTIC πŸ˜€ β˜†γƒŸβ˜†ε½‘β˜†γƒŸβ˜† I found 3 lotus biscuits in my bag after the last time I went to the Nederlands, best day of my life lol. I have only just found out about the Speculoos paste.. how exciting!!

  95. SoapMad says:

    I follow you on twitter as @janey0142 and have tweeted and don’t mind which of the prizes as both look fab.

  96. Kathleen Connolly says:

    I am following you on Twitter and have tweeted @MISBUDMAN

  97. Kathleen Connolly says:

    Following on Facebook

  98. Kathleen Connolly says:

    I have Tagged the blog in a post on my Facebook wall

  99. Kathleen Connolly says:

    The Bikkie Bundle please πŸ˜€

  100. Cheryl M says:

    They both sound gorgeous – I would be very happy with either.

  101. My most favourite biccies, I think – so just have to have a go at winning the Brekkie pack please! Love reading your blog – please keep it up.
    Have liked the facebook page & shared the link on facebook as well.
    Thank you for your generosity.

  102. Nicki S says:

    Both look fantastic, what a lovely competition. I would like to go for the biccie pack please.

  103. Claire says:

    Great giveaway:) I would love to try the Bikkie pack.

  104. Claire says:

    I am following on twitter and have tweeted the giveaway as @claire_trevor

  105. Claire says:

    I have liked on facebook and commented on the blog post (Claire Trevor)

  106. Yvonne says:

    Both prizes look lovely, but I think I like the bikkie on best:)

  107. Michael says:

    Great prizes, I’d be happy with either.

  108. Jonathan says:

    These look fantastic, I think the one I’d most like to try is the Brekkie bundle.

  109. Galina V says:

    Hi, following you on Twitter as @maximka25. Many thanks for a yummy giveaway, those biscuits look delish!

  110. Galina V says:

    Tweeted about your giveaway as @maximka25 and also asked people to mention me if they enter, fingers crossed. Thank you!

  111. Galina V says:

    Liked the FB page and left a comment.
    Also liked and shared the giveaway.

  112. Galina V says:

    Did I mention we love bikkies here? But actually either bundle is super, and I’ll be happy to share with my guys any of them. Many thanks!

  113. Kate says:

    They both look amazing, I’d be more than happy with either! I’ve heard loads about speculoos and would love to try it, it sounds lovely.

  114. Hilary says:

    Both sound ace, although at a push I’d say bikkies because I adore those caramel waffle things and never get the opportunity to buy them. I’ve never heard of speculoos but I am obsessed with snack food from other countries and this sounds immense. And as I said on FB, I love more tasty things to put on toast!

  115. Joanna Sawka says:

    following & tweeted

  116. Samantha Deakin says:

    Hi there. I’d be happy to win either prize. I followed on Twitter and tweeted. Liked on Facebook, liked and shared the post and tagged you πŸ™‚

  117. Joanna Sawka says:

    either pack is fine, thank you πŸ™‚

  118. Joanna Sawka says:

    liked you on FB and commented as Joanna SAwka

  119. angiehoggett says:

    following and tweeted @angiehoggett

  120. Holly Green says:

    Liked on Facebook (Holly Green)

  121. Holly Green says:

    I’d be happy to win either bundle, they look so tasty!
    am following @flamingice48

  122. P says:

    Just ‘liked’ your Facebook page and set my status as the info about your competition – hope you get lots of extra traffic from this as your blog is a great source of inspiration! Brekkie pack would be my pref (best meal of the day!) but both look yum!

  123. aga girls says:

    I have tweeted as well. Would be very happy with either.

  124. MAB says:

    Entries now closed.

  125. MAB says:

    Random.org’s choice as winner of the Brekkie pack was No89 @gillbla (Facebook entry)

    Random.org’s choice as winner of the Bikkie pack was No226 @LovelyLauraHaye (blog comment entry)

    Congrats to the winners, and many thanks to everyone who entered!

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