Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 Creative Travel Mugs Giveaway! CLOSED

Well, it's that time of year again! 
Time for our annual Creative Travel Mugs Mother's Day Giveaway!  The giveaway is for one custom designed Creative Travel Mug and will include one hot beverage lid AND one sport lid.  You don't have to be a mom to enter this don't even have to be a woman for that matter!  We are equal opportunists here and whether you enter for yourself or enter to gift to the amazing mom in your life, is totally up to you.  Let's just have some fun and spread the word!

Creative Travel Mug Features:

 16 oz durable and insulated stainless steel hot AND cold tumbler 

Non slip, scratch resistant base

Automobile cup holder friendly

Environmentally sound and free of Bisphenol-A

Customized photo inserts are interchangeable, so purchase an additional photo insert to update your mug at any time!

The giveaway will run until May 4th 11:59pm EST, so the winner has enough time to custom design and receive the mug for Mother's Day (Juuuuust in case you actually ARE going to give it to the amazing woman who gave birth to pressure to give it up, though, I promise! lol)  Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  There are several ways to gain entries.  Two are mandatory (and will be verfied) and some can be collected DAILY!  If you have any questions, concerns, or difficulties entering, please don't hesitate to contact us via the comment section below.

GOOD LUCK and thanks for supporting Creative Travel Mugs!!!

**If you would like to make a purchase please visit our website and take advatage of our Mother's Day Sale!**

Giveaway terms and conditions:
Open to US residents only. The winner will be selected at random, will be notified by email and will have 48 hrs to reply back. Additionally, all necessary info and photos must be received by the winner within 7 days (May 13, 2012) or prize will be forfeited. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Espresso Coffee Truffles

Let me just start by saying, Holy Mother of Goodness!! These little tasty treats are sinfully good with the perfect combination of espresso and dark chocolate.  I have to admit, my first batch didn't turn all! But the espresso chocolate "sauce" that I was left with made great dipping for strawberries and I was able to thoroughly enjoy every last bit if it.  For my second attempt, I decreased the fluids ever so slightly and it worked out very nicely...hence the additional 5 (ahem) couple of pounds when I stepped on the scale this week!  How great would these truffles be in a Mother's Day gift basket paired with a Creative travel Mug, some gourmet coffee, and some Biscotti!?! Mom's Mother's Day Gift....done and DONE!!


1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 cups hot espresso coffee
29 ounces dark chocolate
Cocoa Powder, for coating


In a saucepan slowly bring the cream to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the coffee and chocolate. Stir with a whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and the chocolate has melted. The liquid should become slightly lighter and shinier. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool for about 2 hours or until it has come down to room temperature.

Beat the mixture with an electric beater for about 1 minute or until it changes color.

Line a square plastic container with baking paper and pour the chocolate mixture into it. Leave to set in the refrigerator for 2 hours. You can test this by pressing the top with your fingers. Run a spatula around the edges and lift the chocolate on the baking paper out of the dish and swiftly cut it lengthwise into even strips of about 2/3-inch. Then cut these into cubes. Put cocoa powder into a flat dish and roll the cubes in it, making sure that they are well coated.

The truffles can be kept for about 2 weeks. 

We would love to hear what you think of these Espresso Coffee Truffles!  Is there anything you would add?  Please tell us in the comment section below!