Thursday, 7 November 2013

Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar Giveaway + Christmas Collection [Now Closed, Thanks Everyone For Entering!]

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. 
Advent Calender

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. 
Christmas Selection

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. 
Christmas Truffles 
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. 
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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! 

129 comments:

  1. My Favourite Hotel Chocolate Product is The Sleekster White Selection becaise I adore White Chocolate:

    http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/collections/products/chocolate-box/sleeksters/white-chocolate-selection

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  2. My favourite chocolate from Hotel Chocolat is the Billionnaire Shortbread flavour. It is truly delicious, full of shortbread pieces and heavenly chocolate!

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  3. I was lucky enough that someone bought me the Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate....it was truly divine and nothing has ever beaten it.

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  4. My absolute favourite is the coffee bûche... going to give the triple layer a try, it looks amazing!

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  5. My favourite would have to be the 'Large Chocolatier's Table' for three reasons: 1) it's massive, 2) it's variety so you get a bit of everything, and 3) it really is MASSIVE (big enough to last a whole day even). That being said I've never actually bought one cause it turns out they're actually £100.00.. but if I COULD, this would be the thing I'd buy.
    Or maybe I should think tactically and say the advent calender..? But really you'd just know that was a lie.. (not that I don't want one, I really do..) so I'll stick with my first answer!!

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  6. I adore the milk chocolate & salted caramel batons!

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  7. milk chocolate & salted caramel batons

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  8. ooh i do like their champagne truffles

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  9. Milk chocolate with pistachio :)

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  10. I love the Eton mess slab. It's got fruit in it, so healthy too!

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  11. My fave has got to be the caramel and chocolate slab. A classic, but still a winner!

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  12. I adore the Champagne Truffles in the Fizz signature collection

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  13. Chocolate - the saviour when times get grim

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  14. I love the Praline chocolate and so does my daughter who eats most of mine!

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  15. i could have everything in Hotel Chocolat but my current favourites are the Mojito truffles, heaven!

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  16. would love any, I'm a chocoholic

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  17. I love the rum soaked sultanas - Ooooo! I'd love some now just thinking about them!

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  18. Dark Peppermint Truffles Selector

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  19. I absolutely love the bags of dark chocolate, 70% with ginger puddles - the best thing is that everyone else in my house only likes milk chocolate, so they're all for ME!

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  20. Milk chocolate with pistachios.

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  21. Cookies and Creme Caramel Chocolate Slab! :)

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  22. I could be good and say the dark chocolate batons with cocoa nibs. That's a nice grown up choice, isn't it? But they aren't really my favourite. I love love love their Eton Mess bars!

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  23. Just about any of their pecan products :)

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  24. Milk chocolate batons or milk chocolate marzipan fingers

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  25. The Caramel Milk Chocolate buttons obviously! :D

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  26. caramel and chocolate slab- A winner everytime with me especially after a stressful day! x

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  27. Big Box of Christmas Chocolates

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  28. The milky drinking chocolate is divine.

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  29. pistachio praline crunch- yumm!!!

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  30. The Salted Caramels are quite special indeed.

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  31. Cookies and Creme Caramel Slab - yummy yum yum

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  32. I love the Champagne truffles especially at Christmas!

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  33. Pistachio praline, is there anything on Earth more divine?

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  34. Pistachio praline crunch - I have never tasted them but they look so delicious I'm going to have to get myself down to Hotel Chocolat PRONTO!

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  35. The salted caramels are very yummy

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  36. Oh it has to be the caramel and chocolate slab. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! :P xx

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  37. caramel milk chocolate buttons

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  38. The Pink Champagne Truffle Handbag x

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  39. I've always wanted a rather large christmas cracker

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  40. Eton Mess - ooooh such a luxury treat! If I won the lottery I would only eat Hotel Chocolat all the time!

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  41. I love the Sleekster boxes as then I can get a bit of everything :)

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  42. Love the hot choc - delicious! X

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  43. For me - Pistachio praline - irresistable

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  44. Persipans because they melt on the tongue and taste phenomenal!

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  45. You can never go wrong with a champagne truffle :)


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  46. My fave is the Triple Layered Coffee Buche

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  47. Strawberry and cream puddles

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  48. Wow that's a tough one! It depends on my mood ;) Well it used to be Cherry Deluxe but now I'd have to choose their 70% Dark Chili & Orange slab! I also love their Rabot chocolate and their pralines and any containing crispy feuilletine. Yum! I feel a visit coming on!

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  49. Caramel giant slab I love it so much yum :)

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  50. any of the giant slabs!! love them!!

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  51. The marzipan selection! Yummmmy!

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  52. Elton mess truffles :) yummy

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  53. I love the slab with pistachio!

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  54. I looove truffles! they look so delicious :) x

    Vivi
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  55. The Salted Caramels are amazing! :)

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  56. I love the Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramels and any of the slabs really. This would make a nice change to my usual last minute pound shop advent calendar :)

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  57. My favourite would be the Marzipan Selection. Most of my Christmas shopping is done but I think I'll invest in a couple of the stocking filler boxes just in case - and if I don't use them, then they'll be all for me!

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  58. Definitely the Pistachio Prailine Crunches! CHRISTMAS YUMMO. x

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  59. I'm a fan of their plain slabs of dark chocolate, the quality is just fantastic!

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  60. The Mississippi mud pie giant slab is ridiculously good!

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  61. the champagne truffles are my favourite!

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  62. Pistachio Prailine Crunches omnomnom

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  63. My favourite is the caramel mini slab, I always eat around the florentine and save that part for last!

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  64. Nothing beats the Caramel Giant Slab for me - just perfection!

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  65. Champagne truffles are my absolute favourite. x

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  66. love the caramel slab! great for sharing!

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  67. Mississippi mud pie looks lush!! Mouth wateringly so!!!

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  68. Sleekster milk selection - heaven in a box!

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  69. Sleekster milk selection---totally love it...out of this world

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  70. As a nut-aholic the The Sleekster Nutty Selection is my idea of heaven

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  71. The Pralines are my favourite

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  72. THE CARAMEL SLAB SOUNDS DELICIOUS

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  73. Great comp although i think the wife would get in there first!!

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  74. All are lovely but my favourite would have to be the giant caramel slab...Gorgeous!!

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  75. Champagne Truffles - easy decision!

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  76. The caramel batons are amazing!

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  77. The kids club together and get me a slab each Christmas. Loved. The milk and white swirl!!

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  78. It has to be the Cherry Deluxe Selectors, I ask for them every Christmas! Yum, kirsch soaked cherries in amaretto truffle <3

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  79. I really love the little Cappuccino coffee cups they used to do in the 'Selector' range - but my current favourite is the Eton Mess. :) The Triple Layered Coffee Buche your Mum reviewed looks gorgeous!

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  80. I really love the dark chocolate tasting selection boxes. I've bought a couple now for special treats and we've enjoyed the whole tasting experience...reading the lovely descriptions, tasting, rating and comparing. Just nice to savor and take time over it.

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  81. The Petit Cheesecakes! Love anything cheesecake, mmm......

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  82. I absolutely love their salted caramel encased in milk chocolate. It's so oozy!

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  83. Has to be the Kirsch cherries for me. I love all things cherry related. They taste amazing! Not only are they a treat but they must count towards your 5 per day :) A great treat over the festive period.

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  84. My favourite is the Christmas Chambord Truffles

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  85. pistachio truffles for me, yummy!

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  86. Chocolate covered coffee beans, my two favourite things combined :-)

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  87. Oyster and champagne were amazing!
    ohsogawjess at gmail dot com

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  88. Pistachio Praline crunchies yum!

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  89. Christmas Mess Truffles yummy

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  90. the shooting star looks amazeballs!

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  91. I've never tried anything from Hotel Chocolat before so would love to try some

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  92. Giant caramel slab! Sucker for anything caramel :)

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  93. Mmmmmmmmm.....caramel slab! :)

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  94. The Mississippi Mud Pie Giant Slab

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  95. Dark chocolate covered caramelised almonds - mmmmmmmm!

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  96. Chambord Royale Champagne Truffles, truffles are always lovely. I am dribberling at the thought of them.
    Great giveaway thank you

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  97. The Christmas mess truffles, so festive!

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  98. Pistachio Praline truffles are just to dies for.

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  99. Mississippi mud pie slab is yummy.

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  100. cookies and creme caramel giant slab, yum!

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  101. The Christmas mess truffles mmmm

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  102. Classic Champagne Truffles, every time, and they won Gold in the 2013 'Great Taste' awards!

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  103. It's hard decision, but my favourites are the Petit Cheesecakes.

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  104. my favourite are the tiddly pots,perfect for snacking on whilst christmas shopping!

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  105. Got to be the
    Cookies & Crème Caramel Giant Slab

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  106. Chilli Penguins! :D @rhodak09

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  107. i love the big taster boxes. i bought one a few weeks ago and it was amazing. had passionfruit truffles and creme brulee and all sorts, so so tasty!

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  108. The Sleekster Caramel Selection but difficult to choice (and I must try the horseradish with white chocolate, intrigued!)

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