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Hotel Chocolat, The C Word and a Giveaway #5

Giveaway | 6th November 2011 | By

There is a certain something I generally don’t like to hear mentioned before December, but that’s about to change – the dreaded C word will shortly be appearing on my blog. Only dreaded in November and especially in October or September, but very much loved in December. This post is all about Christmas, more specifically Christmas Crackers – there I’ve said it now, so will no longer shy away from it.

To my delight, a box of ten mini crackers from Hotel Chocolat arrived in the post recently. All dolled up in one of my favourite colours, gold, these would certainly grace my Christmas table and indeed, I hope they will. Each cracker contains a filled chocolate covered with the classic Hotel Chocolat 40% milk chocolate and they all sound scrumptious:

  • Rhubarb Fool – rhubarb and white chocolate mousse
  • Billionaire Shortbread – caramel, cookies and praline
  • Berry Mousse – raspberry and strawberry mousse
  • Cinnamon Praline – hazelnut praline spiced with cinnamon
  • Milk Truffle – as described by the title, a milk chocolate truffle

As I’d really like to keep these for Christmas, I haven’t actually opened any of the crackers to try a chocolate – once started I’d find it too hard to resist eating the lot. But I have been wondering how to use them when the time comes. They would make luxurious place name tags for a festive dinner setting or would even look good decoratively scattered around the Christmas table. Stocking fillers are another thought or perhaps used as a Christmas gift tag. They could even be hung on the Christmas tree – I’m a big fan of edible decorations.

Not wanting to keep these delights entirely to myself, Hotel Chocolat have agreed to offer up an additional box to one lucky person. To enter the giveaway you must leave a comment on this post answering the question below. You have until midnight GMT on Monday 14th November when the giveaway closes. The winners will be randomly selected after this date. Once again, apologies to oversees visitors, but this is only open to those with a UK postal address.

What would you like to give a loved one from the Hotel Chocolat Christmas Selection?

Additional entries can also be made by doing any of the following and leaving me a separate comment to tell me what you’ve done (but you must answer the question above for these to be eligible):

  • Following me on Twitter
  • Following my blog via Networked Blogs (follow button can be found on the sidebar)
  • Tweeting the following message “win @HotelChocolat mini crackers from Chocolate Log blog @Choclette8 – bit.ly/sTCT5E”
16 November Update. This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been drawn using Random.Org as follows: no. 86 – Bdonna191

Comments

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    6th November 2011

    And there was me thinking you were talking about the other c word… You know, the one that rhymes with punt! I’d give my family all of the Christmas selection because they deserve it!! xx

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    Foodycat
    6th November 2011

    My sister in law is a dessert freak – she’d love all of it, but especially the winter dessert petit fours!

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    Suelle
    6th November 2011

    I’d give Hubby the Purist Christmas Wreath, as it’s packed full of flavour, but it’s not over the top festive. Hubby is a ‘Bah Humbug’ sort of person when it comes to Christmas,dista so things like reindeer and santas would be wasted on him!

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    mummy24
    6th November 2011

    i would go for the alternative mince pies – they look fab

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    Gardenteacakesandme
    6th November 2011

    My sister overdoses on Mince Pies during Christmas so what better gift than the Alternative Mince Pies.

    @daisyangel1

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    ukusa1
    6th November 2011

    I would like to give my husband Cinnamon Praline – hazelnut praline spiced with cinnamon because it reminds me of home.

    Retweeting as well.

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    Kate@whatkatebaked
    6th November 2011

    And just tweeted win @HotelChocolat mini crackers from Chocolate Log blog @Choclette8 – bit.ly/sTCT5E( @katecakeandbake)

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    Karen S Booth
    6th November 2011

    I LOVE the sound of the flavours, all very different and festive! PLEASE don’t add me to the giveaway, as Hotel Chocolat sent me some chocolates too…..I would feel greedy if I entered!

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    Snowfairy
    6th November 2011

    I like to give the Alternative mince pies, but only because I’d like to try them myself!!!
    @snowfairie

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    Hotly Spiced
    6th November 2011

    These look great. What a fabulous idea. And who could resist this kind of a temptation.

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    thelittleloaf
    7th November 2011

    I’m so impressed with your self restraint…I would definitely have cracked open one cracker (minimum!).

    In answer to the competition question, I’d love to give a loved one a box of the Alternative Mince Pies…mostly because I’m not mad keen on mincemeat, ADORE salted caramel and praline, and would hope that they’d give me one! šŸ™‚

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    Chele
    7th November 2011

    I’m not going to enter the competition for obvious reason but I have to admit that they look mighty darn fine. Not sure if I should admit that the Christmas prep is well and truly under way in the Teapot Kitchen lol

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    JaneM
    8th November 2011

    I would give The Sparkling Christmas Basket!
    @sophiejanem

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    JaneM
    8th November 2011

    following through Networked Blogs – Jane Morfett

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    Kim
    8th November 2011

    It would have to be the turkish delight for my boyfriend as it is his all time favourite, but I couldn’t resist the tiddly caramel penguins since he fell in love with penguins after our visit to Edinburgh Zoo this year!

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    Kim
    8th November 2011

    I follow you on Twitter (@cakesfromkim) šŸ™‚

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    Stralisemiai
    9th November 2011

    I love the alternative mince pies, simply because I have never liked normal mince pies and would really love to give these a whirl! Don’t be afraid to mention the C word, I saved this year for presents and I have been festive since mid September when I started planning how to spend it! I looked at our decorations today too and we havnt long made home made gift tags! I really feel this christmas will be extra special, the children are old enough to understand and stay awake for parties. Fingers crossed šŸ™‚

    @stralisemiai

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    Stralisemiai
    9th November 2011

    I already follow vis GFC but signed up via networked blogs too as it was an entry requirement. @Stralisemiai

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    Stralisemiai
    9th November 2011

    I am already a follower, many thanks for hosting and let us know when you do open these just how fab they really are! @Stralisemiai

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    Pig in the Kitchen
    10th November 2011

    I also cracked and mentioned the C word this week. There’s no pretence left is there? It’s all Christmas Christmas Christmas on the telly… šŸ™

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    kellyyoung
    10th November 2011

    I would love to give my mum the The Christmas Wreath, she loves anything thats a novelty and she loves chocolate!! (even i love it)

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    zbody
    10th November 2011

    Would love the alternative mince pies…..numinums x tweeted

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    Paul
    11th November 2011

    Tiddly Milk Reindeer

    Following on twitter @paulellams

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    Sharon
    11th November 2011

    Billionaire Shortbread because my family make me feel like a billionaire. XX

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    Isis1981uk
    11th November 2011

    I’d give my mum the Cheese Tasting Experience as she’s not a huge chocolate fan (BUT I AM!!)

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    M.
    11th November 2011

    I’d love to give my other half Alternative Mince Pies as he doesn’t like ordinary mince pies!
    @maisietoo

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    M.
    11th November 2011

    Following with Networked Blogs as Maya Russell
    @maisietoo

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    Bex
    11th November 2011

    I would love to give the alternative mince pies šŸ™‚
    @OhNoItsBex

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    Sue McCarthy
    11th November 2011

    The Sparkling Christmas Gift Basket

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    Shnorlick
    11th November 2011

    I would like to give my husband the portly santa because it has a striking resembalence to him.

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    bev_metallica
    11th November 2011

    I think the Tiddly Caramel Penguins are incredibly cute so will probably get a couple of those for stocking fillers.

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    googoodoll
    11th November 2011

    The Ultimate Christmas Hamper, but only because they would have to share it with me! šŸ˜€

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    susiemc
    11th November 2011

    The ultimate christmas hamper, great to share

    have followed

    & tweeted susiemcd1

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    Kate Pollard
    12th November 2011

    I’d love to give my boys the Cool Yule slab because it looks really funky (and the reindeer is cute!) x x

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    Kate Pollard
    12th November 2011

    I already follow you on twitter as @yummymumto2

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    Kate Pollard
    12th November 2011

    I have tweeted the message as @yummymumto2

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    Kate Pollard
    12th November 2011

    Am following via networked blogs :o)

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    It would have to be Cheese Tasting Experience as he’s mad on cheese!

    @clairew137

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    Following via networked blogs – @clairew137

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    Following on Twitter – @clairew137

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    Tweeted – @clairew137

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    I have tweeted – @paulaburnside

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    Lyndsey Brett
    12th November 2011

    I’d give my mum ‘The Sparkling Christmas Basket’ to treat her.

    Every Christmas day my mum has the impossible task of preparing Christmas dinner for herself, my dad and grandparents, whilst also having to prepare separate dinners for myself and my brother who dislike traditional Christmas food! I know it’s a lot of work so I’d love to treat her with a Hotel Chocolat hamper….

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    Lyndsey Brett
    12th November 2011

    I’m following on twitter @cocktail_koala and I’ve tweeted abut the comp too šŸ™‚

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    I’d love to give my daughter the Dark Chocolate Rudolph Reindeer.

    @beachrambler

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    I follow you on Twitter – @beachrambler

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    I have tweeted – @beachrambler

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    Green_day87
    12th November 2011

    I would buy my brother the Christmas at Santa’s House – Children’s Gift Box. I looks like a really nice and fun present!

    @green_day87

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    den cross
    12th November 2011

    I would love to give my husband the alternate mince pies

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    Piper and Daisy
    12th November 2011

    I’d give my hubby the Tiddly Milk Reindeer. Just like him they are a little bit naughty, a littly bit ‘horny’ and there’s lots to share šŸ™‚ @piperanddaisy

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    steph armstrong
    12th November 2011

    Alternative Mince Pies would be my choice for my OH – he loves Hotel Chocolat

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    mata777
    12th November 2011

    I would get my partner’s mum the Classic Christmass Double Layer Selection – it looks yummy and would last forever.

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    Anonymous
    12th November 2011

    Christmas Goody Bag, tweeting at @WISHGIRL123

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    Herbs
    13th November 2011

    I’d like to give the Classic Christmas Selection – plenty of choices there

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    Herbs
    13th November 2011

    tweeted your message
    @SmokinHerbz1

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    Herbs
    13th November 2011

    now following you
    Smokin Herbz
    @SmokinHerbz1

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    phyllgerry
    13th November 2011

    I would give Hubby the Ultimate Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar, so he would have a little treat each day in December.

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    ali thorpe
    13th November 2011

    After drooling at the Nutty Noel Pick Me Up, I have decided I would give my nephews a Jolly Santa each x

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    emma brooksbank
    13th November 2011

    a portly santa for my better half, dave, as it reminds me of him…sweet and tubby šŸ˜‰ and very desirable….

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    @emmziebee
    13th November 2011

    @emmziebee on twitter retweeting your post ;-).xx

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    margaret
    13th November 2011

    my daughter would love Dasher the Reindeer

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    straysuzi
    13th November 2011

    I would give the – Classic Christmas H-Box Selection – after all H also stands for Heart you as well as Hotel

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    sheridarby
    13th November 2011

    I’d treat my daughter to The Sparkling Christmas Basket – but only if she’d share it with me

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    William G
    13th November 2011

    The Sleekster Classic Christmas Selection would contain something for everyone – including my very picky wife!

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    Char
    13th November 2011

    My family all love cheese (except me!) so I would choose the cheese tasting experience.

  66. Leave a Reply

    Corina
    13th November 2011

    I’d love to win the Christmas Goody Bag for my husband.

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    BeX
    13th November 2011

    My little DEERS would go CRACKERS for the Ultimate Milk Advent Calendar!

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    new-mummy
    13th November 2011

    I’d buy my daughter the Christmas at Santa’s house – how cute is that šŸ™‚

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    angieh
    13th November 2011

    I love the idea of the “Cheese Tasting Experience” – really unique gift!

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    sista-t
    14th November 2011

    love these mini crackers. how cool would these look on my table on xmas day love them.

    @supermommy1983

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    hoopie
    14th November 2011

    i’d give the goody bag, as it looks like a good selection

    @claireishoop

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    Bruce
    14th November 2011

    for my Mum I should have said – following you and have tweeted @essexgirlSE

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    Sharon
    14th November 2011

    christmas goody bag would make a fab present for my chocaholic friend.

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    Ian Campbell
    14th November 2011

    I’d give a loved one the Classic Christmas Selection / The Sleekster Classic Christmas Selection. It contains a fab variety of Hotel Chocolat chocolates, so there’ll definitely be something for all tastes. A really magical gift šŸ™‚

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