A couple of weeks ago I spent a wonderful evening at Hotel Chocolat's Roast + Conch cafe in Covent Garden sampling their amazing Christmas collection, chatting to their new Creative Director for the bright and colourful turn the Hotel Chocolat packaging has taken this season, and discussing cocoa harvests on the Rabot Hotel Chocolat estate in St. Lucia and flavour in the American market for luxury food goods with Angus Thirlwell, co founder of Hotel Chocolat. I've been a Hotel Chocolat fan since forever, so it was great to get to know a little about the brand. They've got their first full fine dining restaurant in the UK Rabot 1745 opening at Borough Market next week, and I've already got my table booked for the end of the month so look out for my review. I'm going with my parents for a pre Christmas jaunt around Borough Market, so we should have lots of different dishes to sample and for me to photograph. I've been menu stalking and I'm already excited.
The team at Hotel Chocolat have been kind enough to give me one of their amazing milk chocolat advent calendars to give away to one of you guys, and below I thought I'd share with you some of my picks from their Christmas collection this year to give as gifts or to treat yourself after the evenings tasting (and enjoying some of the things they were kind enough to send me home with!) If you want to be in with a chance of getting your hands on the calendar (UK readers only, sorry!) leave a comment on this blog post with your favourite Hotel Chocolat product before November 14th so I'll have plenty of time to get it in the post to you.
Double Layer Classic Christmas Collection: £42, The Signature Christmas Collection: £25, The Sleekster Classic Christmas Collection: £23, The H Box Classic Christmas Collection: £12.50
With all the pretty flavours and how incredible the whole thing looks, and the beautifully illustrated boxes they have really pushed the boat out this year on their Christmas selection boxes. Also, I've tasted all of these chocolates, and I can tell you that they are all amazing and there is something for everyone. I've linked up above to all the different sizes they do to suit whoever your buying for and whatever your budgets is.
6 Christmas Mess Truffles: £3.75, 6 Pistachio Praline Crunches: £3.75, 6 Chambord Royale Champagne Truffles: £3.75
You can get some of the special Christmas chocolates for this year from the selection boxes in packs of six for you to enjoy yourself, or to have as stocking fillers. If you buy three or more of these selection boxes in store or online, the boxes will be reduced to £3.20 each. My all time favourite for this year, surprising for me because it has absolutely no booze in is the Christmas Mess. It has wonderful layers and the most incredible tangy cranberry puree. The Pistachio Praline Crunches are really unique and have a hint of rose flavour to them, and the champagne truffles are fantastically fruity. I love a good champagne truffle.
Triple Layered Coffee Buche: £9
I'm not a coffee person, so when they gave me this Triple Layered Coffee Buche to take home with me I knew it would be the perfect little 'just because' gift to take home for my Mummy that weekend. Well, her feedback is that it is really rich, indulgent and fantastic. She has been having a slice as an after dinner treat every day for about a week. She really, really has been enjoying it, so it is basically the perfect small gift for coffee lovers.
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I've started thinking about it, but I have not had the chance to buy anything yet. I honestly have no idea what I am getting anyone at the moment; I really need to get my thinking cap on!