Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Valentine's Day

Wed 30 Jan 2008

Valentine's Day is just around the corner ... if you need reminding. If you're silently panicking about a present then you can do worse than giving chocolate. In my capacity as an enthusiastic eater of chocolate, Hotel Chocolat offered some of the Valentine's selection to try. I was more than happy to accept - after all, as reviewer, I would have to eat the chocolates straight away!

I received the Love Selection - four different slabs (100g each) of chocolate, which retails for £12 and comes in a funky 'peepster' box/carry case. We started off with the 'Mellow Love' slab - crispy pancake pieces, cherries and milk and white (pink) chocolate. This was ideal for sharing as, while Andy loves white chocolate, I'm not a huge fan and could polish off the other part of the slab. The box also contains 'Deep Love' - the same thing but with the milk chocolate replaced by dark.

The other two slabs are 'Crostini Fruit and Nut', which is cranberries, sultanas, roasted almonds and crostini in milk chocolate and 'Praline Fusion'. This was easily my favourite out of the four: milk and white chocolate praline blended together, the block a gorgeous swirl of brown and gold. If you've just come in from a long, cold walk home it's very easy to eat almost the whole slab ...

This is the sort of gift you can give and, quite reasonably, hope to share (hmm, that might not be entirely in the spirit of Valentine's Day). After all, everyone has their chocolate quirks ... Of course, if you're looking for a gift for a new love, then this is a relatively safe bet as it would be a fussy chocolate eater who couldn't find something to enjoy here.

Hotel Chocolat is a UK owned business, with its own single origin cocoa plantation in the West Indies. I notice from the website that their chocolates are now available in the US. In the UK Hotel Chocolat does offer next day delivery, but it might be wise to place your orders sooner rather than later: you don't want to be buying twice as many post 14 Feb to make up for any oversight!

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Blogger aforkfulofspaghetti said...

My, if only every review opportunity could be as good as this one!

11:34 am  
Blogger Alex said...

Ah yes, I've been so lucky!

I'm always quite apprehensive about receiving goods for review ... what if I absolutely hate it? What if it's horrible and I can't find a good thing to say?

Of course ... chocolate ... kind of hard to go wrong there!!

12:36 pm  

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