When I received the Valentines Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat, last month, I also got a booklet which showcased the Hotel Chocolat easter range which I thought looked fantastic. As such, when I was asked to try out something from the range I was rather happy to say yes.
I absolutely love white chocolate so picking the white chocolate ‘Scrambled Egg’
was very easy, especially as Hotel Chocolat make a particularly good white chocolate! The egg is, mostly, pure white chocolate but, as you can see, it has the fantastic looking milk and dark swirls worked in to the front (which is how the egg gets the name). The same design is used on the chocolates accompanying which really helps to make the set so complete; yet another example of Hotel Chocolat making the effort to focus on important little details.
When I saw that the little box of chocolates were pralines I wasn’t too sure how well they’d work, I felt that praline and white chocolate might not be the perfect match for me. As it happens I was wrong. These chocolates are really rather delicious, the white chocolate and praline, together, isn’t too sweet (which was my concern), they balance really nicely and I could eat 20 of them, never mind 6!
And doesn’t the egg look rather beautiful? I love how the design has a contemporary feel to it and it’s quite different from the sorts of effects you get on the types of eggs you might, ordinarily, get.
The chocolate, itself, isn’t too think but it’s really crisp which makes for a very strong egg. I’ll be honest, I really struggled to crack it open, it just did not want to break! Thankfully it was well worth all of the effort. The crispness of the chocolate gives it such a fantastic bite, which is something that I find is lacking from cheaper eggs, and the white chocolate is really creamy but not too sweet, it’s possibly my favourite ever white chocolate.
My concern, with the egg, was the dark chocolate swirls – I’m just not a dark chocolate fan. As it happens. though, the fact that the egg is mostly white chocolate really redeemed it. The milk and dark chocolates add a nice dimension to the flavour without, actually, overtaking the white chocolate. It is the perfect mix of the three and it’s definitely made me try to remember that, in some circumstances, dark chocolate really can work.
Sometimes blogging can be really tough. I had no choice but to take some time to sample this egg, and the chocolates, because I just had to in order to tell you all what they were like. I’m sure you can imagine how much of a hardship this was, but I did it just for you, haha!
More seriously, though, I’ve always thought that £15 (which is how much this egg costs) is a crazy price for an easter egg but this offering has made me reconsider. Sometimes you want a hint of luxury in your life and, with this egg, that’s exactly what you’ll get. The chocolate is, clearly, of such a high quality and the chocolates are really well made. It might be more than an egg you pick up from the super market but it’s well worth the additional pennies.
There’s a massive amount of other products in the Easter range, from hampers and extra thick eggs to Easter egg sandwiches and chocolate bunny selections – It’s well worth checking out what the range has to offer as there’s a good number of lower value items as well as the higher costing choices; you can suit any budget. There’s items which would be ideal for an Easter egg hunts, hamper which you can treat the whole family to or bigger eggs which you can gift to your children or the one you love.
I, definitely, need some more Hotel Chocolat white chocolate soon so I may need to pop in to store some time to find another chocolate hit!
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