GATHER Chocolate – A Wonderful New Collection of Chocolates from Harbor Sweets Handmade Chocolates and a Giveaway!


Good morning everyone! Happy Sunday and Happy Second Day of Rain is Falling Over Salem, Massachusetts Day! I’m so happy to finally see some precipitation.  We need it!

We also need our bees! As we know, our pollinators are in peril. There are several theories about why we’re loosing them, but time and again research points to the use of pesticides as the reason for the decline and in many cases, collapses of bee populations worldwide.

I was recently approached by Harbor Sweets Handmade Chocolates,  a wonderful chocolate company here in Salem, and asked to sample their new line of local honey infused chocolate. I don’t do too many reviews on The Salem Garden these days, but in this case I couldn’t resist sampling Gather.

I love chocolate, and chocolate infused with honey and sold with the intention of bringing attention to the plight of the honeybee was irresistible. A portion of the profit is being donated to the Pollinator Partnership, to aid in their efforts to preserve and protect our pollinators!

This is a wonderful product in so many ways! Gather helps our honeybees, it’s absolutely delicious and it’s a very unique and special gift or indulgence if you’re feeling decadent.

I shared each piece with a member of my family since I was required to taste each one so that I could write about it 😉 . My favorite was the Coconut Cluster, but each piece was special and delicious. My youngest son loved the caramelized honey truffle and Michael enjoyed the Sesame Crunch.

Gather launched on September 6th and is available on the Harbor Sweets website by clicking  here.  Gather can also be purchased at the Harbor Sweets retail store here in Salem, or at their retail locations.

Harbor Sweets gave me a box to give away to one of my readers. I want to make it an easy entry so everyone can participate. Just say hi in the comments section below, or share your favorite pollinator plant if you’d like to. I’ll randomly draw a name and mail the box of chocolate to one of you, wherever you are in the world! Please enter by Tuesday at 8pm USA Eastern time!

Be sure to check out the video below to learn a little bit more about Gather and click on the links above to the Harbor Sweets website to order online or to visit a Harbor Sweets retail location. The holidays are just around the corner! Gather is a perfect holiday treat!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment to enter!




  1. Mariann says:

    I’m looking forward to coming up and visiting the shop.


  2. Interesting! two of my favorite food groups! lol


  3. Julianne Kurkowski says:

    oh we are chocolate lovers here


  4. Michelle Harrison-Kintner says:

    Hi…I would love some sweets


  5. Deborah Reichman says:

    My leaf fennel plant draws lots of buzz activity as well as black swallowtail caterpillars. I would love to try your chocolates!


  6. Sahar says:

    Thanks for sharing this Michele
    I love chocolate 😋


  7. oldhick54 says:

    Love your garden…..and chocolate! Your house looks great, neighbor!


  8. Nancy Gilberg says:

    What a great concept and fun blog post. Big chocolate lover here!


  9. Ed Yemola says:

    I just planted Bee Balm this year in a new wildlife flower bed I made. I also have two Butterfly Bushes and the bees and butterflies really enjoyed them.


  10. Carol Yemola says:

    I haven’t seen a lot of honey bees over the past several years, but this year they really seemed to enjoy my water fountain.


  11. Lori Matter says:

    Mmmm . . . this might be the incentive I need to order from Harbor Sweets again. Thanks, Michele!


  12. Elizabeth Rogers says:

    I would love to BEE eating this chocolate! Give Bees a Chance!


  13. MaryAnn says:

    Hello and thanks for the giveaway.


  14. Wehaf says:

    I love my butterfly bushes and my rose bush! I also love fruit trees – especially apple- for their gorgeous blossoms.


  15. Hi, Michele! Thanks for speaking out for the bees. How wonderful of Harbor Sweets to use their delicious chocolate in “Gather” to highlight the dangers facing bees. In my garden, the bees love the elderberry bushes– though not so much this year with our drought. Hoping for more rain. Happy gardening!


  16. Chocolates and bees – two of my favorite things. 🙂 The bees love my catmint so I leave the blooms until every one is gone, trim them back and they bloom again. They get kind of bushy and not as pretty, but I figure the bees don’t care if they have gone from slinky to chubby. Tough job being a chocolate taster, but someone has to do it right? 🙂


  17. This past spring I planted a Joe Pye Weed in my pollinator garden and the tiger swallowtails and bumblebees seemed to have enjoyed it the most!


  18. Mags says:

    sounds delicious!


  19. Blaire says:

    I saw these chocolates on Chronicle and mentally put them on a list of things to try- what a wonderful combination! I had a lot of bees on my lavender this year-and also had the opportunity to watch a beekeeper remove 5 years worth of honey, and thousands of bees from my friend’s house this summer. All were donated to Essex Agricultural High School safely.


  20. Vera Shotwell says:

    I’m so happy someone is trying to help the bees. We saw very few honeybees this growing season, and we were unhappy. If chocolates can help our little friends, bring them on!!!!!


  21. Joanna Protz says:

    Hello! Those chocolates sound wonderful! I have a lot of pollinator plants and honey bees on most of them especially my roses. Thank you!


  22. Joanna Protz says:

    Hello! These look like wonderful chocolates! My honeybees like all my flowers. I especially see them on my roses


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