If there is one thing that I love about the Christmas season it is the joy of pigging out on chocolate and having an excuse to cram in as many calories as humanely possible. From being brought the classic ‘Celebration’ and ‘Quality Street’ Christmas tins and eating them all in one sitting, to stealing the candy from the kid’s and pretending that ‘Santa was punishing them for being greedy’, when it comes to eating chocolate, I believe that I am a pro. So naturally when my favourite luxury chocolate supplier of ‘happy dreams’ AKA Hotel Chocolat told me that ‘Christmas was coming early this year’, I was more than placated with their promise of free ‘glorious chocolate’. What could my surprise package be I wondered, as I waited like a cat at the door in search of fresh milk. Enter The Chocolate Christmas Wreath Box with 40 mind blowing chocolates, two Grand Snowflakes and one Festive Christmas Wreath, sent by express delivery from Santa himself. From the ‘Christmas Gifts For Her‘ page, the Christmas Wreath was beautifully presented in a white ribbon emblazoned box, and the smell of chocolaty goodness wafted up to my nostrils like a sensual aphrodisiac.
But would the chocolates past my taste test and be approved for an upcoming Christmas Gift Guide For Her I hear you ask? As I bit into the ‘Supermilk Caesar’ , I was hit with the most breathtaking explosion of praline, which contrasted against the whole Piedmont hazelnut beautifully and was accentuated by smooth and creamy 50% milk mousse. It was like Nutella and Snickers had a ‘love child’ and that love child had become a millionaire , in short I was ready to marry the chocolate wreath there and then, After all, at least chocolate would always keep me company unlike the f**kboys I always seemed to attract. But how would the rest of the chocolates hold up? In actuality Hotel Chocolat had created a ‘festive masterpiece’ and not only were the chocolates beautifully presented but the artisan craftsmanship behind every individual chocolate was just exquisite. While the ‘Supermilk Caesar’ was undoutabely a stand out, other contenders for the crown of winning ‘Faded Spring’s heart’ was the ‘Billionaires Shortbread’ and the ‘Carrot Cake Chocolate’.
The Billionaires Shortbread was like an orgasm; short but sweet, with plenty of momentum in the middle to keep my interest piqued. The Piedmont hazelnut praline added depth to the shortbread and struck the right contrast between ‘smooth’ and ‘crunchy’ while the silky sensuous blend of caramel chocolate and hazelnut praline, was accentuated by the crumbly cookie pieces peeking through the top. It was little wonder that I had found the shortbread to be such a pleasure experience, given my fondness for ‘praline’ but nevertheless nothing could have prepared me for this beautiful chocolate moment. The Carrot Cake on the other hand was light, creamy and had a subtle tinge of spice, that was almost as ‘foodgasmic’ as the ‘SuperMilk Caesar’ and the ‘Billionaires Shortbread’. Containing real carrot, there was no question of a doubt that it tasted exactly like ‘carrot cake’ and honey I was living for it. If I thought I was marrying the Christmas Wreath before, I was all too ready to buy a ‘couples coffin’ so that I could stay in eternal slumber with the chocolate for all eternity!
At this point I was committed to joining the ‘Hotel Chocolat cult’ and decided to sell my soul to the ‘Chocoate God’, ordering all my loved ones to buy me as much chocolate as humanly possible. From the fabulous looking ‘Merry Christmas Everyone Hamper’ to ‘The Chocolate and Fizz Collection’ my Christmas wishlist had transformed into a sea of rather delicious looking chocolate. But what were my top picks?
The Chocolate & Fizz Collection
What better way to celebrate eating your way through life this Christmas than with some good ol’ fashioned ‘plonk’ and sumptuous chocolate to boot? Partial to a good bottle of prosecco, nothing screams Christmas Indulgence more than a glass of fizzy and a classic chocolate pairing this festive season. From a Classic Champagne Truffles Selector-which having tried them in the ‘Christmas Wreath Box’ I can attest that they are boozy-licious- to a full bodied prosecco , with fruity tasting notes, this Christmas is guaranteed to be a firecracker.
Merry Christmas Everyone Christmas Hamper
At the top of my wishlist-which if my wishes to receive as much chocolate as humanly possible is not granted, there will be hell to pay LOL- is this beautiful festive hamper. Although the ‘Christmas Hamper is meant to be a ‘family affair’, I’m pretty sure I would be keeping this delicious secret all to myself. From ‘White Snowflakes’ which as a white chocolate fan makes my heart melt with joy to a ‘Winter Puddings Box’ which contains delights like the infamous ‘treacle tart’ shaped in a ‘Letter H’, this Christmas Santa got a lil’ naughty. What H stands for beats me but my guess is something festive like ‘Ho Ho’ or ‘Haggis’ although I hope that it’s not haggis!
The Chocolatier’s Table
What better way to make my loved one swoon-AKA me, myself and I- than with a chocolate gift set full of unadulterated pleasure? With naughty delights like ‘Raspberry Pannacotta’ and ‘The Passionfruit Margarita’, get yourself a ‘hot date’ with the sauciest chocolate box in town. Lets put it this way, if someone buys me a box of chocolates that looks this good, I’m about ready to hop on a flight to Timbucktoo and elope into the mountains with them. And if you have gone on a first date this winter with a douchebag that has made you question all mankind, then no worries because chocolate has always got your back.
The Bliss Luxury Chocolate Hamper
Ok I lied when I said that the ‘Christmas Hamper’ was at the top of my wishlist, because then I saw this ‘luxury beast’ and boy was it a dream to behold. With everything from divine chocolate spread to hot chocolate, this hamper is made for greedy monkeys like me who think nothing of having chocolate for dinner. And yes on nights where I can’t be bothered to cook and am too tired to ‘eat real food’ I will quite literally eat ‘chocolate for dinner’. And let me tell you, it’s freaking delicious. The perfect night in for a ‘designated session of me time’, why not treat yourself to some milky hot chocolate, prosecco and champagne truffle? Now that is what I call a Christmas to be remembered!
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Please note this is a sponsored conversation with Hotel Chocolat but all thoughts are my own and are not affected by monetary compensation.