Hotel chocolat review

I received a message from hotel chocolat just before Christmas asking if I would like to review one of their gift sets. Of course I jumped at the chance! (Who wouldn’t!? )
I have shopped at the Manchester store various times and find their chocolate slabs great as gifts (and ahem..personal use)
I received a parcel the next day, sent special delivery and knew straight away who my parcel was from.

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This is a beautiful box and if I’d received this from a friend or family member as a gift, I personally would have been very impressed before I’d even opened it to see what was inside! 🙂

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Firstly I love the gift bag and really like the way the whole gift is presented. I think this particular gift was priced at £18? (Please correct me if I’m wrong)
And it contained the following.

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The boys loved the little Santa shapes and polished these off as soon as they saw them! I’d like to say they were nice but I didn’t get a chance to even see the little chocolates, never mind taste them. They all agreed that it was definitely chocolate and “did I have any more?”

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The Christmas mess chocolates were the ones I most wanted to try. And they are lovely!.

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Apart from being little pieces of art these tasted gorgeous. The bottom pink layer is sweet and tart followed by the creamy strawberry mousse and meringue sprinkles on top. I’d definitely buy these again as a treat.

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The treacle tarts were hubby’s favourite and I have to admit I could have eaten them all myself!

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The caramel is lovely and smooth and perfect accompanied by the shortbread biscuit on top.

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This wreath is huge! It’s a solid piece of chocolate and has the caramelised almond Florentines throughout rather than just sprinkled on the top.

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This was very messy to eat and very rich. I don’t think somebody could eat the whole thing in one sitting (although any one of my boys would have been happy to try!) I don’t think I would re-buy this.

Overall I’m very impressed. I think the price is a little out of my gift allowance for chocolate but I’d be very happy to receive this (hint hint) and would definitely repurchase single items from the bag as gifts.

** I received this free of charge for the purpose of review. My views are my own personal opinions of the product.


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