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Eight Years of Chocolate Blogging & a Valentine’s Day Giveaway #86

Valentine's Day Giveaway

Giveaway | 14th February 2017 | By

Happy Valentine’s Day. Today is of course a very important day for lovers. For me, however, Valentines Day has additional meaning. it’s the day CT and I set off on our year long adventure around the Antipodes and the day we arrived back home. It’s also the day I started my blog, Chocolate Log Blog, as it was then. So to celebrate this love of all things chocolate, I have a box of luscious chocolates from Hotel Chocolat for one lucky chocolate lover – a Valentine’s Day Giveaway.

Now that Chocolate Log Blog has morphed into Tin and Thyme, I don’t do as much chocolate blogging as I used to, but it’s still very much a passion and I create at least one new chocolate recipe a month. I’m also still running the monthly chocolate blogging challenge, We Should Cocoa. Astonishingly, this has been going for over six years now. Where does the time go?

To mark this blogiversay and my enduring love of chocolate, Hotel Chocolat sent me The Valentine’s. This box of heart shaped delights is from their Sleekster range and contains 27 delectable chocolates. Flavours include a fiery hazelnut praline with habanero chilli, salted espresso, honey, prosecco and gin and passion fruit cream. I love them all, but I was most surprised by the buttered rum, which I think might be my new favourite chocolate.

Valentines Day Giveaway

Anyway, this anniversary is a celebration of my readers too. This blog and the recipes I create would not exist if it wasn’t for you. Thank you so much for reading my posts, trying out my recipes and commenting. A special thank you goes to those who have stuck with me through the years – you deserve a medal! So to the giveaway.

The Valentine Sleekster is obviously no longer appropriate after today. Be not disappointed. For my Valentine’s Day Giveaway, I have a splendid Mother’s Day Sleekster to offer instead. A whopping 350g of dark, milk and white chocolates are filled with pralines, caramel, fruity truffles and tipsy ones too. If you want to get organised for Mother’s Day, which falls on the 26th March this year, this box is available at Hotel Chocolat retail outlets or online for Β£22.50.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Hotel Chocolate is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader a Hotel Chocolat Mother’s Day Sleekster box worth Β£22.50. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received who will then be contacted via e-mail. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 3 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. There are no cash alternatives. 

Valentine's Day Giveaway

The Mother’s Day Sleekster is offered and provided by Hotel Chocolat and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.

Closing date is Tuesday 14 March 2017 
Do take a look at the Tin and Thyme giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.

Hotel Chocolate Valentine’s Day

 I was sent the Hotel Chocolat Valentine Sleekster as a thank you. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own.


  1. Leave a Reply

    Tracy K Nixon
    14th February 2017

    It is a day to spend time with your loved ones, whether it is a partner, your family or a pet. And if you are completely on your own, you can treat yourself to something you love or enjoy!

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    Jo Glasspool
    14th February 2017

    Its a day to spoil and be spoilt. Just have fun together.

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    Rebecca Nisbet
    14th February 2017

    another expense!! but a good reason to get spoilt!!

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    Tracey Peach
    14th February 2017

    Nothing much to be honest because I’m single I just treat it as a normal day But I do love Hotel Chocolat πŸ™‚ x

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    Peter Watson
    14th February 2017

    Valentine’s Day is a celebration of lust and lust means choccies.

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    Debbie Smith
    14th February 2017

    for me it means getting flowers and my partner being nice to me lol xx

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    14th February 2017

    It means a time to enjoy all the pretty things that people put out. I don’t really go for Valentine’s Day in the typical sense because I don’t think a special day is needed to show someone you love them. Heart and flower shaped goodies are never a bad thing though!

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    14th February 2017

    I love Hotel Chocolat and would love to win this! To me Valentine’s day is all about having a great day spending time with my husband and children

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    Katie Skeoch
    14th February 2017

    It’s a day where I remind myself how lucky I am to have my partner & gorgeous boys around me.

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    Angie McDonald
    14th February 2017

    To me it’s just a day that represents the love that we all appreciate

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    William Gould
    14th February 2017

    It really doesn’t mean that much as we’ve been married for so long. It meant an “extra effort of wooing day” when I was younger and single though! lol

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    Tania Atfield
    14th February 2017

    It means a day to cherish with each other – if we have the time

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    emma walters
    14th February 2017

    a day to just take five in the mad rush of the morning and have that extra hug and cup of tea together

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    Isabel O
    14th February 2017

    It doesn’t really mean that much to be honest as I’m single but I’ll still curl up with a good book and my cat snuggled up on my feet this evening. πŸ™‚

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    Kim M
    14th February 2017

    I think it’s a lovely day to make that extra effort for your loved one to show them how much you care x

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    Kim Neville
    14th February 2017

    Having some romantic time with my OH and a nice Italian meal, prosecco and praline chocolates

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    14th February 2017

    Happy Blogiversary Choclette. Blogging world has changed so much and there are only a few blogs I follow loyally, though I may not always comment and yours is one of them. I am genuinely so happy for you and truly wish you many many good years of blogging and happiness with your CT.

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      14th February 2017

      Aw, thank you so much Shaheen. Blogging has truly changed, so I do really appreciate comments and interaction from my vintage blogging friends.

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    frances hopkins
    14th February 2017

    We don’t really do a lot on valentines day, I just think love should be shown all year – not just on one day x

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    laura banks
    14th February 2017

    we usually end up celebrating it on a weekend near to the day if it falls on a weekday so its not really a special day as such to us

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    Iris W
    14th February 2017

    Happy Blogaversiary. We don’t really do anything special on Valentines Day, but I would love these chocolates though and would share with my loved ones

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      15th February 2017

      Thank you Iris. I’m all into sharing the chocolate love πŸ™‚

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    Sophie Roberts
    14th February 2017

    I don’t see it as a particularly special day, it’s crazy to express how you feel about someone on one day of the year. It should be all year round!

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    14th February 2017

    Valentine’s Day used to be a day when people could let others know that they had romantic intentions, although as Valentine’s cards were anonymous and not signed with real names, I’m not sure how that worked! It would be nice to go back to a gentler sort of celebration, and take the emphasis off spending money!

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      15th February 2017

      Yes, so true Suelle. It’s rather sad that it’s become associated with so much commercial hype.

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    Anthony Harrington
    14th February 2017

    It means a lot to us as our Daughter was born on a Valentines Day, so extra special

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    14th February 2017

    It’s just a nice way to think about my family and be thankful for them.

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    Virginia C.
    14th February 2017

    It is not a particularly special day for me. I think it’s quite commercial and an excuse to get people to spend money. I much prefer romantic gestures like cooking a meal for my partner or going for a long walk with him.

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    14th February 2017

    All I want is chocolate chocolate chocolate. Happy Valentine’s Day to me πŸ™‚ lol

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    Stephanie Coals
    14th February 2017

    Have to admit that i’m not a fan of it, I think the idea behind it is lovely but it has now become so over commercialised and present focused that it’s lost its meaning for me.

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    14th February 2017

    Congratulations on the anniversaries, funny how some dates are are occurring theme in our lives. Love the idea of creating a new recipe every month, where does the inspiration come from?

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      15th February 2017

      Thanks Linda. Feb 14th is definitely an interesting day for me, but not in the obvious sense. Inspiration for creating recipes probably comes from thinking about food far too much.

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    Jenna Parrington
    14th February 2017

    For me it’s all about letting the person you love know how much they mean to you. It’s not all about the gifts.

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    Spencer Broadley
    15th February 2017

    Absolutely nothing – it is too cmomercialised and over-priced. A card and a home-made meal at home with possibly candles and wine is all that is needed

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    Eb Gargano
    15th February 2017

    Happy Blogiversary!!! Wow 8 years – you must have seen a lot of changes in blogging over the last 8 years…wishing you many more years of happy blogging! Eb x

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      16th February 2017

      Thanks Eb. Indeed, things are vastly different now, but I’m hoping I can hang on in there for a few more years yet.

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    Helen Thurston
    15th February 2017

    We don’t do much more than a card for Valentines Day (and some years we don’t even do that!) – far too commercialised. Having said that – nothing like a Happy Valentines Day text to make me smile πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer Bruce
    15th February 2017

    Valentine’s day is a nice excuse for a bit of fun, even if it with not spending any money. We find our own way, our favourite meal, a “no tech” night and family time.

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    Donna S
    15th February 2017

    Valentine’s day means a nice meal probably a takeaway and some chocolates … or flowers… maybe both

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    15th February 2017

    A day to celebrate love.

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    Natalie Crossan
    15th February 2017

    A celebration of love…. and chocs….. and champers πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

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    felicity smith
    15th February 2017

    it’s my birthday so it means never going out in a group with friends as places don’t want a group booking and your friends are all off with their significant other anyway…

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      16th February 2017

      Oh nooooooooo! Perhaps you could have an official birthday and then you can choose your own date.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    15th February 2017

    Congratulations! 14 Feb is a significant day for you and the chocolates look lovely. Now you just need to organise another trip to the Antipodes to celebrate πŸ™‚

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      16th February 2017

      Hahaha, indeed that would be wonderful Johanna, especially as I now have family living in Melbourne.

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    melanie stirling
    16th February 2017

    Valentines day isn’t very different to any other day to me,my husband and I tell each other we love them about 20 times a day anyway.I did get nice flowers and a card though.

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    Helen Moulden
    16th February 2017

    I think it’s a day where companies make a lot of money. Romance shouldn’t be about just one day, it should be everyday.

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    Victoria Prince
    16th February 2017

    To me Valentine’s Day is a day to make your loved one feel particularly special, and celebrate your love for each other

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    Jinger Kat
    16th February 2017

    These chocolates look so special, I’m sure they taste great too. I’m a huge chocoholic

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    16th February 2017

    everyday is love and valetines day

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    Natalie White
    16th February 2017

    A chance to spoil each other! πŸ™‚

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    kate kathurima
    17th February 2017

    Valentine is just another day me and my husband as one of us is always working

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    Sarahann Tonner
    17th February 2017

    Fir me, Valentines day is just a bit of din. I don’t take it seriously, we don’t exchange lavish gifts and are quite happy just using it as an excuse for more chocolate.

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    Jayne Townson
    17th February 2017

    Valentine’s Days to me means chocolate! We don’t bother with cards as it just seems an excuse for the card shops to make money, but I do like having a box of yummy valentines day chocolates.

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    Kirsty Fox
    18th February 2017

    It’s time for me and my husband to spend together, just us.

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    sam macaree
    18th February 2017

    i’m currently single so it means nothing to me! (except cheap chocolate in the days after!)

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    Kat Lucas
    18th February 2017

    Valentines means taking extra time and effort to show your partner how much you care about them

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    Sirley Young
    19th February 2017

    It’s a good excuse to go heart mad in my planner πŸ™‚

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    19th February 2017

    It means a warm breeze in the air and a spring in your step

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    Laura Nice
    19th February 2017

    Just to have time alone with my partner which we every rarely do.

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    19th February 2017

    Treat my mum to a day out and always have chocolates. Happy Mothers Day

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    Samantha O'D
    19th February 2017

    We don’t do valentines day, it’s not really a big deal to us

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    clair downham
    21st February 2017

    nothing as we have got older we are always too busy with the kids

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    Kim Styles
    22nd February 2017

    An excuse for a meal out !!

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