Hotel Chocolat Valentine’s Day Chocolate Review and Giveaway
Well, so much for the detox and diet. Those lovely people at Hotel Chocolat have sent me another box of chocolates to review for Valentine’s Day.
The Head over Heels collection was my choice to sample – it’s a pretty, circular box which I will keep and use for odds and ends once all the chocolates have gone. And, quite a few of the chocolates inside are heart shaped. It came nicely packaged up with a card from a mystery man! When I’d opened the outer wrapping I tried to open it to check the content and pulled the ribbon bow on the top, only to find it was decorative. It’s sort of back together now, but if you are planning to get a box of these as a valentine gift please don’t try yourself unless you are very good at tying bows!
I had a friend round for dinner on Friday night (you can read about it here) so we decided to sample some of the box. The idea was to eat one or two. Hotel Chocolat make very lovely but rich chocolates and usually I can be quite well behaved. BUT, under the influence of some wine and,of course, my badly behaved friend we managed to scoff about 2/3rd of the box. Our excuse – well we kept trying them and finding that the truffles were not all what we both think of as truffles.
The Champagne truffles were just what they said on the tin. And to be honest, I’ve had them before and I very nearly asked for a full box to review (any lurking suitors who want to send me valentine chocolates, I’d be very happy with THESE). But, I think all the fruit ones were actually filled with a fruit cream rather than flavoured chocolate ganache. Not unpleasant, but not what we were expecting.
I’m afraid, true to form, my favourites all involved alcohol of some sort. A full box of Amaretto Amour would also suit me perfectly!
This box of chocolates retails at £25. You don’t get a lot of chocolate, but these are luxury products and come really beautifully packaged. And, I have to say, it’s almost the perfect size for two to eat after a romantic dinner and perhaps share the leftovers in bed the next morning!
If you’d like the chance to win one of these boxes please enter my giveaway below. I am closing it on 10th February, although I can’t guarantee that the chocolates will arrive in time for Valentine’s Day. If you want to be sure – you just need to go to the Hotel Chocolat site and order your Valentine’s Day gifts there. They have quite an extensive range of gifts, with plenty of little treats if you don’t want to buy a full box! And, they even have a next day delivery service if you leave things till the last minute.