When it comes to colour, subtlety is not my thing. I love bright, bold and some may say garish colours. I especially love gold. So, when I was given the opportunity to try this gold hamper tower from Hamper Gifts, I couldn’t resist it – never mind the contents.
As it happened, the contents of this Deluxe Golden Tower Hamper were worth having too – it is mostly filled with chocolate after all. The mix was eclectic with all sorts of unusual items packed in together, some of which we’ve already eaten, some will be good for taking on walks and others I shall use for cake making and decorating purposes.
The boxes were literally crammed with goodies including marzipan, chocolate pecans, sugared almonds, white chocolate pieces, honey roasted nuts, chocolate stones and a mini fruit cake. Various truffles and individual chocolates were scattered throughout, cleverly filling in any any gaps. Whilst they may not be top flight artisan products, they are well worth having and I was like a kid in a sweet shop, not knowing where to make a start! Whilst I haven’t yet eaten the chocolate stones, I was particularly thrilled by these as they are a novelty I remember from childhood and have not seen them again since.
Everything arrived in good condition and most items were not over packaged. The biscuits were the only item I found disappointing in this respect. They were more wrapping than edible substance – they came in quite a substantial hessian sack, but when opened were small in number and size and the individual wrapping seemed quite unnecessary.
There are eight very pretty golden oval boxes which all have a slightly different embossed pattern on them and stack neatly on top of each other. They are tied together with a matching ribbon which fits snuggly around them but can easily be removed and replaced again and again. The boxes themselves are quite sturdy and could be used for a myriad of purposes including reuse as gift boxes. When we manage to get through the contents, I’m thinking they will become my new jewellery case(s) or then again they would be good for storing cake decorating materials – decisions, decisions!
Disclaimer I was sent a tower to review and as always, all opinions are my own.
There are a huge range of other sumptuous looking hampers on the website such as these champagne gift hampers and they would make an excellent present for anyone who likes their food and drink. However, Hamper Gifts are offering one of my readers their very own tower in this fabulous giveaway.
22 August 2012 – Thank you to everyone who took part in this, I really enjoyed reading what you would have done with the the boxes. I’ve been moved, a good chuckle and gained lots of ideas. The boxes were won by Baked with Kindness.
Having seen some lovely looking raspberry curd over at the HungryHinny back along, I was determined to make some as soon as possible and as it happened just in time to use in cakes for my birthday tea. I had some rose sugar just waiting to be used and some local raspberries – raspberries and rose are a heavenly combination.
This is what I did to make the raspberry & rose curd:
- Squished 200g of raspberries in a bowl & placed this over a pan of simmering water.
- Added 150g rose sugar – complete with rose petals.
- Grated in the zest of an organic lemon.
- Squeezed in the lemon juice.
- Blitzed with a stick blender.
- Added 60g unsalted butter and stirred until melted.
- Whisked in 2 duck eggs (equivalent to 2 large hens eggs).
- Stirred over the heat for a good twenty minutes until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Sieved mixture and poured into two sterilised jars.
- used rose sugar rather than cardamom sugar in the cake batter.
- creamed the butter & sugar then beat in the melted white chocolate.
- substituting the curd for raspberry rather than apricot, both in the batter and the mascarpone topping.
- swirled the curd through the batter rather than layering it in the middle.