Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Indulge your loved one with a gift from Hotel Chocolat this Valentines day

Hotel Chocolat is a place of heaven for me; ever since my Mum introduced me to their stores many years ago I have been a little bit in love with the ability to step off the high street and in to a world where the walls are lined with chocolates so beautiful that you don't know where to look. Their flavours are phenomenal, the quality of their chocolate fantastic and just the atmosphere of their stores; walking in to a completely different reality where it's calm and soothing and filled with chocolate - Surely that's the dream right there? 
If being asked to write about these amazing products wasn't enough, I was also asked to pick a blogger friend to be sent the same box of chocolates that I was - If you want to know who my Hotel Chocolat blogger valentine was then check here: Shhhh it's a secret!



If I think of giving or receiving a chocolate gift then Hotel Chocolat is likely to pop up in no time at all. Their prices aren't low but then you are paying for what you get and that's something which I really value because these days it often feels like we're paying for over-priced nonsense but with this store I feel like you're paying for good quality ingredients, expertise and originality which, in this mass produced world, surely has to be valued?

Anyway, I'm getting a little off the track here... Valentines day is only a couple of weeks away and if you're considering gifts for the one you love (or writing up a subtle wishlist as a hint to your other half) then I'm going to suggest that Hotel Chocolat are very much worth thinking about.

Imagine your loved one's face when they wake up in the morning, or come in from work, and see that iconic bag with that well known logo - They'll instantly know you've got them a little slice of chocolate heaven. 


And how beautiful is this box! It's hard to ignore how big it is, but even when you get over that you are instantly drawn to the sheen of the brightly coloured wrap-around design with the beautiful melting colours and striking pattern. It contrasts the matte, white, simple box and is going to stand out in any setting - It just looks fantastic. 

'The Valentine Sleekster' box contains 27 (yes 27!) beautiful heart shaped chocolates in such an amazing array of flavours and it costs £22. There's a massive amount of other things in the range, too, from smaller boxes of the heart shaped delights to hampers and goody bags. 


And, yes, this is how beautiful the chocolates look inside the box (can you see why I was instantly drawn in?) The colourful patterns make this stand out from more generic retailers in a really big way, it's the little details.

In this side of the box we have: 'Balsamic Caramel', 'Caramel Dizzy Praline', 'Passion Fruit Truffle', 'Gin Truffle' and 'Champagne Truffle'.


And on this half: 'Salted Almond Praline', 'Lemon Berry Tart', '75% Madagascan Cocoa Truffle' and 'Caramel Gianduja'. 


I love how the designs mimic the pattern on the sleeve fro the outside of the box. In fact I just love them, it's something totally different from what I've seen before; I want more chocolates with crazy coloured swirls on them in the future, it may not change the taste but visually it's fantastic.

The first three I tried were the Salted Almond Praline, the Balsamic Caramel and the Lemon Berry Tart.


They taste absolutely amazing - I love salted caramel/praline/chocolate so the Salted Almond one was exactly up my street an the lemon berry one was so sharp but still perfectly sweet and melted in the mouth (plus the centre was bright purple which is always going to make me happy). The Balsamic caramel is one of the few that are made with dark chocolate but my goodness was I crazy to try that flavour - As it turns out caramel 'sharpened with a dash of cocoa balsamic vinegar' is amazing, even though I know some of your aren't too sure about that. The centre was just delicious, as I'd  hoped. I did find the dark chocolate to be just a little too much, as I'm not a huge fan, but I'll still have another just for that amazing filling.

The Caramel dizzy praline has a caramel chocolate shell, which I didn't think would make much difference, but was actually delicious; you could really taste the difference with the caramel chocolate, it works so so well. There's only a few from the selection with alcohol in but, be warned, if they have alcohol in it's not done lightly. WOW did I get blown off my feet by the strong flavour of the 'Gin Truffle' - At first it was overpowering but I, actually, really surprised myself by enjoying it.

Honestly, the range of flavours was what won this box for me - Ok so the chocolates look exquisite, but the fact that they taste as such, too, is the real winner for me. I think a loved one would be blown away by this box at Valentines. Similarly, if you're trying to hint to your loved one as to what you want then this may be worth pointing them towards, or if you're single and wanting to treat yourself then look no further; this is the ultimate treat.

The whole Valentines range is available here: http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/valentines-day-gifts - Hotel Chocolat is definitely a place to consider.
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I was sent these chocolates for my consideration for review purposes, all opinions are honest and are my own

17 comments:

  1. Oooh I want to know who your secret Valentine was ;) x

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  2. Mmm if I got this for valentines day I would be one happy bunny!
    Kirsty x

    PrettyBugBlog.

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  3. OMG gorgeous box I love hotel chocolat, can't wait to go to brighton next week and will have to nab this xx





    Blonde of Carbs

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  4. Your so lucky. I have never tried chocolate from here but your review very much temps me too. I might go in Hotel Chocolat next time I go trafford centre x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  5. Ooh these look beautiful! I particularly like the pink and white ones, my hubby loves chocolate so i'll be having a look at Hotel Chocolat for some ideas!

    Jade x

    Girl Up North | UK Lifestyle Blog

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