Hotel Chocolat Easter Fest:
This must be the worst time of year to try and stick to a diet. The shops are FULL of Easter goodies and even if you are strong willed enough not to actually break into your Easter egg before the bank holiday weekend, if you are anything like me it will just set off all those chocolate cravings!
The best trick I know for dealing with a chocolate craving is to indulge it with a small amount of very good quality dark chocolate. Since I know that Hotel Chocolat have some excellent dark chocolate products, I had no qualms about visiting the High Street Kensington store recently to preview some of the Easter range. I shouldn’t have been so confident, because I developed something of an obsessions with the milk-free milk chocolate and I decapitated a LOT of chocolate bunnies under the pretext of testing what milk free vegan milk chocolate tasted like (actually VERY good and pretty much indistinguishable from the dairy version).
This year, Hotel Chocolat has continued to produce a whimsical Easter range. I really liked the egg sandwich which comes complete with an integrated caramel eggshell. There are similar quirky offerings including chocolate quail eggs in their own egg box.
And a slab of Hotel Chocolat finest chocolate with a splat of an egg in the middle, entitled ‘egg on my face’. These are Easter chocolates that will make you laugh.
Meanwhile the luxurious Ostrich Egg weighs in at just over 1kg and, filled with egglets and truffles, should be enough for a large family gathering.
But, for creative product development that actually meets a real market need, the milk free milk chocolate range is something quite special. There’s a Milk-free milk egg with ‘puddles’ (chocolate buttons) priced at £10, a milk-free milk scrambled egg with hazelnut and rasin chocolates (£15), a milk-free egg sandwich at £10,milk free city bunnies (£5.50) and even a milk free bunny lick (that’s a chocolate bunny on a stick) priced at £1.95. Nothing is marked up over the price of the normal chocolate, so if you do have kids who are lactose intolerant, you can treat them to the same kind of fun at Easter as your other kids.
You can order your Easter chocolates online from the Hotel Chocolat website or via any of the Hotel Chocolat shops (addresses are on the website).
Disclaimer: I received some review samples from Hotel Chocolat; all views expressed here are editorial and there was no obligation on me to publish.