Hotel Chocolat: The Eggsibitionist – and a Giveaway #3

Hotel Chocolat make good quality chocolates. They may not be in quite the same league as some of the artisan chocolatiers whose chocolates I’ve been lucky enough to try over the past year, but I still find them highly desirable. They are certainly the best I’m able to acquire from any shops in my neck of the woods. I’ve entered many a blog giveaway to win Hotel Chocolat goodies and have had no success so far. However, not only have I now been sent one of their Easter eggs to review, courtesy of Jam & Cream PR, but I also have my very own Hotel Chocolat giveaway for you.

The Eggsibitionist – I liked the play on words and wondered whether the artistically marked mini eggs lurking within were straight out of some modern art gallery. It has a properly thick shell, like those I remember from childhood. It’s made of their house 40% milk chocolate, which I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into (and didn’t). The chocolate had an almost coconutty aroma with a smooth, creamy mouth feel and a satisfying depth of flavour. The egg contained 12 mini eggs in 6 flavours – one each, no squabbling:

Vanilla Custard Egg – this had the consistency of custard but more reminiscent of good vanilla ice-cream in a milk chocolate shell with a hint of bitterness to it – very pleasant.

Milk Praline – mmmmm hazelnuts roasting on an open fire. No mistaking the flavour here, hazelnut to the core. A fine quality praline, this was our favourite.

Mouse au Chocolat – for the dark chocolate lover, this is ideal. A 70% dark chocolate shell filled with a smooth and not overly sweet dark ganache. It was rich and the taste of chocolate lingered long on the palate – CT thought that one of these was a meal in itself.

Strawberry – we both found this white chocolate rather too sweet and a bit sickly for our palate. The strawberry ganache, disappointingly, tasted artificial.

Chocolate Brownie – this was very nice but I could see no real connection to a chocolate brownie. It tasted of cocoa pops, which I guess is no surprise as this is what it contained.

Caramel – this was the one I was most looking forward to. Unfortunately, the caramel was overly salty which detracted from the enjoyment. It did, however, have a really nice 50% milk chocolate shell.

To enter a giveaway to win The Eggsibitionist, leave a comment answering the following question:

What would you most like to see in your Easter egg?

For a second chance to win: tweet the following (not including quotation marks) “I want to win The Eggsibitionist @HotelChocolat Easter Egg from @Choclette8 http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/” then leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

For a third chance to win: follow @HotelChocolat on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

For a forth chance to win: follow me, @Choclette8, on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

Giveaway Rules:

  1. This is, once again, open to those with postal addresses in the UK only.
  2. Separate comments are needed for each entry.
  3. A winner will be picked at random from all eligible entries.
  4. The giveaway closes on 22nd March.
  5. The winner will be posted at the bottom of this post on 23 March.
  6. Ensure you leave a contact name.

Comments

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    nicsnotebook.com
    9th March 2011

    I know it’s impossible but I’d love to have minatures of all my fav choc brands in my egg – some dairy milk chunks, maltesers, galaxy chunks etc etc!!

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    Susan
    9th March 2011

    I’ve followed you on Twitter (@parkrunner) I have posted the link and I would like in my egg some dark choc orange with crispy bits and cointreau (I made that up don’t think you can buy them)

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    Lauren
    9th March 2011

    Irish Coffee Chocolate Egg. All my favourite things rolled into one :)

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    Lauren
    9th March 2011

    I am now following both HotelChocolat and Choclette8 on twitter.

    @coffeemufffins

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    Kate P
    9th March 2011

    I would most like to see some Hotel Chocolate Billionaires Shortbread chocs as they are soooo yummy!

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    Firebird
    9th March 2011

    What I’d like in my egg … Mmm a mix of the blueberry and apricot truffles … my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

    + Tweeted as @firebird2110

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    sara
    9th March 2011

    am following you on twitter @saralotay

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    sara
    9th March 2011

    am following hotelchocolat on twitter @saralotay

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    sara
    9th March 2011

    i would just love chocoloate of any sort in my easter egg! yummy yum yum @saralotay

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    josie301
    9th March 2011

    I would love to find a cleaning fairy in my easter egg! hardly likely – but you can always hope!

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    hoopie
    10th March 2011

    i would love to see pralines and salted caramel oozing out

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    stickytoffeepud
    11th March 2011

    I am now following @HotelChocolat on Twitter. I would love to win the Eggsibitionist.

    (@stickyt_pud)

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    stickytoffeepud
    11th March 2011

    I would love to find lots of yummy mini chocolate eggs in my easter egg.. preferably white chocolate but I do like all chocolate!!

    @stickyt_pud

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    Anonymous
    11th March 2011

    Angela Campbell:

    I would like my Easter egg to be like Pandora’s box – my Pandora Egg would contain Hope in the bottom of it (and maybe some peace and quiet)…can you tell I’m a slightly harrassed Mum?! : )

    @TwitNailAndAye

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    Anonymous
    11th March 2011

    I am following @HotelChocolat

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

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    Anonymous
    11th March 2011

    I’m Following @Choclette8

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

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    Jaz246t
    12th March 2011

    would love to have mint creams covered in chocolate in my egg

    twitter id @Jaz246t

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    Danny
    14th March 2011

    I would like to find a nice big bunny inside my easter egg!

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    bevleek
    14th March 2011

    In my Easter egg, I’d love more chocolate. In fact, just make it solid. Why spoil a good thing by adding something else.

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    Cornishgirl
    14th March 2011

    I’d love to find lovely smooth and creamy soft centre chocolates (milk and white) with lovely fruity flavours

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    happyfox
    14th March 2011

    I’d love to find another egg inside my egg, then one inside that, down to a solid truffle egg in the middle – Russian Doll Easter Egg :)

    @happyfox

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    Anonymous
    14th March 2011

    If I could have anything in my easter egg- it would have to be some of the hotel chocolat mini eggs! Mmmmm… (email: fluffyblueberry@gmail.com)

    Natalie Holland

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    Isobel
    14th March 2011

    I would most like to see chewing nuts in mine :) You don’t see them very often and they are gorgeous! Tooth breakers, though…

    Follow you both and tweeted from @Robo_Kitten :)

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    Elaine Livingstone
    14th March 2011

    ooohhh how about £1000…..no ok some cherry brandy liqueurs.

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    Elaine Livingstone
    14th March 2011

    tweeted @pooohbear2811

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    Elaine Livingstone
    14th March 2011

    I am following @HotelChocolat
    @pooohbear2811

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    Elaine Livingstone
    14th March 2011

    I am following @Choclette8 as well
    @pooohbear2811

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    Jo Y
    15th March 2011

    I would like to see it completely filled with thick caramel with fudgie pieces in. Not the easiest to eat but…..

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    Anonymous
    15th March 2011

    Hi – I’m following Hotel Chocolat on Twitter
    Thanks
    Christine
    twitter @kyber1993

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    Suzy
    16th March 2011

    I’d love to find a yummy selection of milk, dark, salted caramels, oh and maybe some truffles too!

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    verity
    17th March 2011

    I am following you and Hotel Chocolat now @verityjdo

    I would like to find a diamond ring inside an egg! Here’s hoping!

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    Jacqueline
    18th March 2011

    I would like to see some of Hotel Chocolate’s caramel chocolate in my easter egg!

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    emily13
    19th March 2011

    I’d like to find a variety of mini cheese eggs in my egg, yes I know that sounds a bit odd, but it would then be a 2 course meal in one :)

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    Ursula
    20th March 2011

    Caramac – not seen this most delicious chocolate in an Easter Egg for years.

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    Simon
    21st March 2011

    Mmmmm, ideally another slightly smaller egg…and inside that egg, yep another slightly smaller egg (and so on..) rather like those Russian dolls. But chocolate. :O)

    Simon.

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    Simon
    21st March 2011

    Now following you on Twitter.

    Thanks for the comp! :o)

    Simon.

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    GrapeVine
    21st March 2011

    I’d loke to find white chocolate coated dried raspberries and strawberries inside my Waster Egg.

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    Alison
    21st March 2011

    I love to get lots of chocolates inside. I am sure we had more when we were little and eggs have shrunk!
    @ali991 on twitter

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    legs21
    21st March 2011

    I would like to see some of Hotel Chocolate’s caramel chocolate in my easter egg!

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    Jo
    21st March 2011

    Aww a chocoholics dream I would love to see violet creme, rose creme, lime, creme and lemon creme filled chocolates in my Easter Egg.
    I am dreaming now.

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    Jo
    21st March 2011

    I am following @HotelChocolat on Twitter @Jo_Bryan

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    Mrs Goriami
    21st March 2011

    I would like to find some chocolate buttons inside my easter egg, I am still a big kid at heart! @goriami

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