This year Hotel Chocolat has a fantastic range of Christmas chocolates.
I am a huge fan of Hotel Chocolat, they have great quality non-fresh (ie ambient storage without fresh cream) chocolate down to a fine art, their range is imaginative and interesting, they know about chocolate, have great ethics and have managed a successful expansion programme without compromising any of their values, which, in my book makes them pretty amazing.
The Christmas range is lovely – packaged in white, silver and pale metallic blues and greys, decorated with winter trees, snow flakes and reindeer. Rather charmingly every item features a red-nosed Rudolph somewhere on the box of packet.
As always I love the children’s range, full of reindeer, penguins and gingerbread men – perfect for presents and stocking fillers. Advent calendars come in white, milk or dark chocolate. Chocolate wreaths are adorned with cookies and Florentines. Truffles are packed into tasteful icicle tree decorations. A giant cracker makes a fun centerpiece for your Christmas table.
Chocolate prices start from just £2.50 – to £300 for the Ultimate Christmas Hamper, a box of 30 chocolates is around £22.
Some of the seasonal additions to their core filled chocolates range are:
Christmas Cake – An imaginative twist on a classic praline – milk chocolate containing a walnut raisin and cranberry praline, spiced with cinnamon, orange and nutmeg. We liked that the praline had some texture, and the spices are very Christmassy, but they could be too strong for some (we are not nutmeg fans). End note is of walnut.
Tawny Port Truffle – Creamy smooth milk chocolate truffle and shell with a generous helping of port, you can taste the alcohol but it is not overly boozy.
Clementine Truffle – Rich dark chocolate truffle and shell, with clementine flavour. You firstly taste the rich chocolate, then the clementine and are left with an end note of chocolate. Little pieces of orange add texture and more flavour. Delightfully bitter.
Mulled Wine Chocolate – A milk chocolate with and excellent mulled wine taste, which ends on a long chocolate note. One to be enjoyed in front of an open fire.
Christmas Mess – Eton mess with a Christmas edge. White chocolate filled with a smooth and fruity berry mousse; freeze dried raspberries and meringue pieces make the finished chocolate light and refreshing.
Gingerbread – Nicely spiced, with good balance. Very smooth centre.
Also new to Hotel Chocolat is their range, indulgent scrubs, lotions, potions and candles – fantastic products. Looking forward to seeing them in store soon.
Many thanks to Hotel Chocolat for the invitation to their press preview and for the delicious goodie bag!