Hotel Chocolat approached us to review a couple of their festive boxes and I instantly handed this over to Caro because I don’t have an amazingly sweet tooth, she does, if I said the words choc and o-holic in the same sentence I wouldn’t be far wrong. Caro has been in rehab with her MS for the past 7 weeks and she was more than delighted to be presented with this challenge. So here is her review of the Hotel Chocolat Ginger Box and The Winter Desserts box…..
The first box we chose was their Ginger Box. This was a no-brainer since we are both very partial to ginger. This ginger box is special from outside in. It comes in a unique hand piped foil design on the packaging, which makes it perfect as a gift. Inside, you’ll find ginger in three different guises. First there are two slabs of chocolate flavoured with ginger which are specially made and exclusive to this box. Then there are ginger and hazelnut squares. These are a touch of genius, dark chocolate squares with crystallised ginger and the crunch of roasted hazelnuts. Lastly, there are gingerettes, stem ginger strips covered in dark, dark chocolate
The second box is known as Winter Desserts and is designed with the festive season in mind providing a taste all of the delicious desserts on offer. It is a stunning collection of fourteen chocolates inspired by winter puddings.
- Apple Strudel is a mix of tart apple, walnut and cinnamon with an amaretti biscuit topping that provides the flavour and texture of flaky pastry.
- Christmas Mess -It doesn’t get much more British than Eton Mess! Traditionally served at summer cricket matches, this is a winter version with cinnamon and cranberry.
- Mince Pie Brownie -How about a cross between a mince pie and a brownie? Winners both in my book.
- Gingerbread is a “Christmas icon” – this is a praline spiced with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Caramel Chocolate Pot- A luscious gooey salted caramel with high cocoa content makes this a must for the fan of a salted caramel.
- Mousse au Chocolat- A splendid, frothy balance of cocoa and cream that is undeniably mousse like.
- Trillionaires Shortbread -An even lusher version of their Biionaires version rich with hazelnut praline and butter caramel
- Carrot Cake- Hotel Chocolat’s take on this favourite, made with real carrots and walnuts – a delicious take on a highly popular cake.
- Raspberry Hazelnut Torte – A perfect combo of dark praline with tangy raspberry running through it – a chocoholic dream.
- Coffee & Walnut Cake -The coffee and walnut cake is, quite rightly, a favourite.
- Arabica coffee and Lara walnuts – bliss!
- Orange Mousse -A toasted orange base topped with a butter caramel – a toffee to die for!
- Raspberry Panacotta -A vanilla Panacotta topped with zingy raspberry – who could resist this pudding?
- Tiramisu -A favourite Italian pudding, a wonderful concoction of coffee, chocolate and cream.
- Rhubarb and custard- Like Marmite you either love rhubarb or you don’t. I do! This is a fabulous mixture of tart fruit and creamy vanilla custard
- Ginger and hazelnut -Spicy ginger, crunchy hazelnut, set in 70% dark chocolate. The Italian terroir of Piedmont creates naturally sweet hazelnuts that go perfectly with the ginger.
Either of these boxes are the perfect gift to take to a drinks party, a trip to your parents-in-law, or as a wonderful finale to a festive dinner party. That’s if I don’t eat them before I get there! (I might even buy one box to take with me and one to have when I get home!) As always they come in the most beautiful packaging, complete with black ribbon and gift card. If you click on the pictures you’ll be able to put in your Christmas order or simply browse the frankly mouth-watering selections available.