Thursday, 12 December 2013

Review: Hotel Chocolat The Signature Christmas Collection

I am, of course, more than old enough and life-worn enough to know not to judge a book by its cover and all that, but I was one very happy lady when this gorgeous box from my favourite chocolatier Hotel Chocolat arrived at the door recently:

And inside it just gets better and better too, firstly with the lovely 'Menu' which has another stunning illustration.  (Who knew you'd need an actual menu for a chocolate box?!)

Followed by the grand - fanfare required - unveiling of the chocolates themselves.  Oh my!

Well, we're certainly not in dreary old Kansas any more are we?  This stunning chocolate gift box is The Signature Christmas Collection, one of the core offerings in this year's Christmas Collection from Hotel Chocolat.

It would make such a wonderful gift for somebody special, or a treat for your hosts if you are going away this year.  Just don't be offended if they squirrel the beautiful box away to indulge in alone!  Or failing that, just treat yourself with one of the most fabulously indulgent and delicious gifts you will receive this year, I guarantee.

Containing a very grand selection of exceptional Christmas chocolates, including dark, milk, and white chocolates rich in spirits, pralines, fruits, caramels, and containing rare and vintage cocoa, the selection includes:

  • Rum & Raisin Truffle
  • White Caramel Praline
  • Pistachio Praline Crunch
  • Hacienda Iara Salted Caramel 90%
  • Hacienda Iara 63% Ganache Milk
  • Christmas Mess – Dark
  • Mulled Port
  • Nutmeg & Almond Praline
  • Cranberry Cup
  • Christmas Stars
  • Caramel Supernova

My favourite so far, and hasten to add that I am being VERY restrained in my consumption, is the very unusual Nutmeg & Almond Praline, a very unusual flavour combination that really works in its rich milk and white chocolate casing.

These are proper chocolates, not to be handed round willy-nilly, and certainly not ones to 'waste' on the children.  In our house they will only be coming out when the smalls are a-bed, and they may possibly accompanied by a wee tipple...  (Sorry girls, I promise I'll pop lots of Tiddly Penguins and Reindeer in your stockings to compensate!)

I am so impressed with this delightful and delicious collection of chocolates and cannot recommed it highly enough for any choccy lover on your list (or yourself!), priced at a good value £25.

The Hotel Chocolat Christmas Collection is available in store and online now, and includes everything from hampers and boxed chocolates to tree treats and stocking fillers.

May I also recommend the gorgeous Festive Wreath we reviewed last year, another scrumptious treat or delightful gift.

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