Hotel Chocolat have the festive season wrapped up with a magnificent array of chocolate gifts be it individual boxes or hampers, there is always a selection for friends and family to squabble over on Christmas Day.
I was thrilled to be asked to review their Christmas Collection and couldn’t believe the diversity of new flavours they had in this beautiful bundle.
Inside the gift bag box of loveliness, I was treated to The Christmas H-Box, which featured this year’s delicious Christmas chocolates, Butterscotch Puddles, the Dasher’s Dream slab, a Hazelnut Bûche and 6 of the most amazing Christmas Eton Mess truffles (which was a fabulous twist on regular Eton Mess since it featured cranberries).
The H Box always tends to feature some of the most delicious truffles, and although I don’t like truffles, the copious amounts of chocolate the Hotel Chocolat selection are smothered in makes them super scrummy for me although Hotel Chocolat truffles are not sickly so I’m inclined to eat their ones more than other manufacturers anyway.
This selection has:
- Christmas Eton Mess
- Marzipan Merry
- Praline Supernova
- Bauble Truffle
- Almond and Nutmeg Praline
- Caramel Christmas Truffle
- Nutty Caramel
- Mulled Wine Truffle
- Christmas Gianduja
- Gingerbread Truffle
- Caramel Supernova
Dashers Dream Slab, a milk and white bar of chocolate with a cheeky Dasher chocolate reindeer embedded in the middle – it’s a lovely thick bar that takes a bit of effort to break (if you can break it so you get a little white and a little milk then that’s the best bit, if not just snap it at the middle and devour both pieces equally.
Butterscotch Puddles are just like huge chocolate buttons. I loved these but was a little disappointed in the butterscotch since I couldn’t taste it. I think I was expecting something like the outside of Thorntons Viennese Truffle in a button but it wasn’t like that at all. It was just a big button. I actually wish they’d put a bag of the gingerbread puddles in the collection to make it slightly more Christmassy but they’re still pretty lush. The word “puddles” appeals to me too as it evokes big blankets of chocolate rather than nuggets so the name sells it to me more than anything.
Onto the Bûche. This is a devilishly huge log of what seems to be a ganache type chocolate with pistachios and hazelnuts embedded in the top. I tried this initially and thought it was a little too sweet for me, but when I got a massive craving for chocolate this was the one that I grabbed back out of the box and had a huge chunk of. It’s creamy, and incredibly nutty. The toasted hazelnuts for me are the absolute star of the Bûche, in fact they are the star of the show as it’s them that made it moorish so I couldn’t put it down. I can only imagine that the Kirsch Cherry and Hazelnut produces the very same response to my craving.
Finally the Christmas Eton Mess Chocolates. These are spectacular. White chocolate coated cranberry mousse with freeze dried cranberry and meringue on the top. One word: dazzling. These are the talk about item in the box. The white chocolate sets off the cranberry mousse delightfully. The mousse is fluffy but super rich, a couple of these chocolates are all you need after your Christmas Dinner to bring it to a spectacular climax.
Overall this as a gift would be very welcomed, but if you want to treat yourself to a quality package especially for Christmas then you would be making a very good choice purchasing this.