And nor do I like lying to you.
Why am I declaring this?
Well because I recently ran a competition and reviewed some chocolates that were sent to me by a lady called Genevie who, according to her website, ran a family business hand making chocolates from her home in Scotland.
Tales of her son helping to taste them.
The love that went into them.
I highlighted the fact that there wasn’t an ingredients list but put this down to this just being a sample box and that surely the boxes sent out would have them. It didn’t occur to me about there being no “best before date”.
I was blinded by the fact it was chocolate, I was jet lagged, I am not as cynical as I should be maybe. For whatever reason, I took all of this at face value. They tasted okay so I told you all about them, gave you a link and invited you to enter a competition.
And then this appeared on a Facebook group for bloggers: A story of a review .
The chocolates are not hand made in Scotland. They are imported from Belgium.
I am not even sure that Genevie exists. There is no son tasting them at the kitchen table. There is no help from husband with the website as was all reported initially. The photos on the site are istock pics and only representative.
They have apologised on their site (I am not going to link to them as that boosts their Google rankings) but you can Google and find it, I am sure. And put this down to not being able to cope with demand.
They can’t cope with demand, yet say they haven’t sold any chocolates online.
How does that work?
This whole company is built on a lie. And that stinks quite frankly.
So I would like to apologise to all of you. I am not pulling the original review but I am putting an update on it and removing the link to their site.
And the moral of this story? As our mother’s told us, don’t accept chocolates from a stranger.