I don't think I know many people who'd turn down chocolate at Christmas, even more so if it were Hotel Chocolat. For me, they're one of those brands that says luxury, in fact possibly the most luxury chocolate brand that I enjoy. As such, if you really want to treat someone at Christmas, or if you want some really posh chocs to keep on the coffee table for when people visit over the festive period, I'd really recommend checking their Christmas range out.
If you do decide to treat someone with a Hotel Chocolat gift, this year, then it'll only cost an extra £2.50 to get it delivered in a gift bag which, as you can see, is a lovely way to present your offering. Of course it tells them where the gift is from but I, for one, wouldn't mind the intrigue of knowing I've got some delicious chocolates but not knowing exactly which ones they are (The range is so huge that you could be guessing for weeks!).
And this is just a small example of the finish that you can expect from the gift bag option - The bag, itself, is really strong and high quality feeling and, then, even the ribbon that it's tied up with has the logo on it which, although hardly a necessity, gives such a high quality feel to the whole experience - There'll be no doubting that you've gone out of your way to spoil them rotten.
I was asked if I wanted to feature anything, this Christmas, and I picked the Milk to Caramel Sleekster box but the lovely Hotel Chocolat people also sent me some cute little stocking fillers too; if a big box is a bit more than you'd planned on getting someone then I'd definitely recommend checking that section out too. Both the 'Ho Ho Ho - Milk' chocolate santas and the white 'Reindeer Lick' would make lovely, luxury, additions to someone's Christmas collection this year.
As with all Hotel Chocolat selections, the Milk to Caramel Sleekster comes in a box that's very chic, and well made, as with the gift bag it shrieks luxury at you without going over the top. This box costs £22 and is brim full of delicious flavours and textures.
With this brand it, really is, all about the little details and the moment you open the box you can tell you're in for a treat. The layout has had so much thought put in to it and the chocolates, themselves, are mini works of art! You'll definitely not be left lacking in choices with this one; even though the themes are milk and caramel you're getting such a variety you won't know where to start.
I've not tried every chocolate from the box, yet, but the ones I have tried have been sublime (I have been trying not to go ott with the chocolate as don't want to overfeed either myself or the baby but these have been perfect as they're so special that it's easier to just have a couple and feel like you've really had a treat).
I think Carrot cake (top left) is one of my favourites from the box, it actually tastes Just like carrot cake, it has the balance of carroty, nutty and slightly spiced down to a tee, jut wow. Next (moving down the column) we have the Supermilk Caesar which is a light praline mousse in a supermilk cup, I Love praline and this was one of the ones which sold the box to me. The Brownie is the next in the box, I've not tried it yet but who doesn't want a chocolate inspired by brownies?!
The top of the column with the all similarly decorated chocolates in is The Pecan; I love nutty chocolates and pecans and caramel is the idea of heaven for me. Next up is The Pistachio, again, I couldn't ask for anything more! Lastly is their Peanut Butter offering, as you can see the chocolate is a little darker, as it's the a 50% milk, but in this combination the darkness is balanced so nicely by the sweet/salty peanut butter.
Lastly, for this half of the box, we have the Coconut & Coconut slab which comprises of two colours of coconut chocolate. This is a safe option for me as I definitely don't have to share, Azii isn't fond of coconut, but I love it.
The second set of slabs is the Salted Caramel slab. Salted caramel has been a very fashionable flavour for a while now, and I'm someone who's embraced that entirely, I Love the salty and sweet together and this slab personifies that.
The top two of the two quartets of mini chocs are Salted caramel in 40% chocolate, they're not too salty but have just the right balance of caramel, salty and slightly richer chocolate, very very yum. The second set of these is the Butterscotch. I'll be honest, Butterscotch isn't my favourite ever flavour, but in this instance even this works for me, so deliciously creamy!
And to the last three flavours! At the top we have, yet another, praline (you won't get any complaining from me!) and the name is delightful as it suits the pattern, it's called Dizzy Praline. The truffle-like one's are called Mousse au Chocolat (the description is in the name, haha) and, lastly, we have Florentine Isabelle, which is a florentine on top of yet, more, tasty praline.
It'd be safe to say I've given you a little more detail than you needed, with this one, even the pictures probably would've been tempting enough for most of you. But what can I say, when I enthuse, I enthuse, and this selection of chocolates is well worth getting excited over.
So if you've got someone who has a sweet tooth and you're not sure what to get them, this Christmas, then check out the Hotel Chocolat site (or if you've got really good will power, drop in to one of their stores) and check out their ranges as they have everything from the littlest stocking fillers to hampers of goodies that'll put a sparkle in any chocolate lovers eye.