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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 /” 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.

132 Comments

  1. nicsnotebook.com

    9th March 2011 at 8:28 am

    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!!

    Reply
  2. nicsnotebook.com

    9th March 2011 at 8:29 am

    Have tweeted your link also (@nicsnotebook)

    Reply
  3. nicsnotebook.com

    9th March 2011 at 8:30 am

    I have followed Hotel Chocolat on Twitter x

    Reply
  4. nicsnotebook.com

    9th March 2011 at 8:31 am

    And I have followed you on Twitter!! Contact name = Nicola McCandless xx

    Reply
  5. LF

    9th March 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’d like just lots and lots of chocolate! Particularly chocolate orange bites.. I hoover all boxes of chocolate for that when it’s my turn to pick 😀

    Can be contacted via http://thehumblehomecook.blogspot.com/

    LovingFood.

    Reply
  6. Susan

    9th March 2011 at 11:46 am

    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)

    Reply
  7. Lauren

    9th March 2011 at 12:31 pm

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

    Reply
  8. Lauren

    9th March 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I am now following both HotelChocolat and Choclette8 on twitter.

    @coffeemufffins

    Reply
  9. Chele

    9th March 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Swoon, looks lovely ;0)

    Reply
  10. Kate P

    9th March 2011 at 6:49 pm

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

    Reply
  11. Kate P

    9th March 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Have tweeted the message as @yummymumto2

    Reply
  12. Kate P

    9th March 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I follow @HotelChocolat on twitter

    Reply
  13. Kate P

    9th March 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I am following you @Choclette8 on twitter

    Reply
  14. Firebird

    9th March 2011 at 6:57 pm

    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

    Reply
  15. sara

    9th March 2011 at 7:00 pm

    am following you on twitter @saralotay

    Reply
  16. sara

    9th March 2011 at 7:00 pm

    am following hotelchocolat on twitter @saralotay

    Reply
  17. sara

    9th March 2011 at 7:01 pm

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

    Reply
  18. sara

    9th March 2011 at 7:01 pm

    i have tweeted! @saralotay

    Reply
  19. Caroline

    9th March 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Mini eggs filled with caramel.

    Reply
  20. Caroline

    9th March 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I have tweeted the message

    Reply
  21. Caroline

    9th March 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I am following you on Twitter
    @meewal

    Reply
  22. Corina

    9th March 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I love praline-filled eggs.

    Reply
  23. Corina

    9th March 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve tweeted.
    @Corinathecook

    Reply
  24. Corina

    9th March 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter
    @Corinathecook

    Reply
  25. Corina

    9th March 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’m following @HotelChocolat on Twitter

    Reply
  26. Carol

    9th March 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I’d love to see lots of old fashioned sweets like toasted teacakes, bon bons etc in my egg

    Carol
    http://www.dormouseandtheteapot.blogspot.com

    Reply
  27. josie301

    9th March 2011 at 8:02 pm

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

    Reply
  28. josie301

    9th March 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I have tweeted @josie301

    Reply
  29. josie301

    9th March 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I follow Hotel chocolat on twitter @josie301

    Reply
  30. josie301

    9th March 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I follow you on twitter 🙂 @josie301
    x

    Reply
  31. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    9th March 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I’d like a golden goose inside mine, which lays chocolate eggs!

    Reply
  32. Quay Po Cooks

    10th March 2011 at 8:21 am

    Ooo these look mouth watering!

    Reply
  33. hoopie

    10th March 2011 at 9:11 am

    i would love to see pralines and salted caramel oozing out

    Reply
  34. hoopie

    10th March 2011 at 9:12 am

    i have tweeted

    @claireishoop

    Reply
  35. hoopie

    10th March 2011 at 9:12 am

    i follow hotelchocolat on twitter

    @claireishoop

    Reply
  36. hoopie

    10th March 2011 at 9:13 am

    i’m following you on twitter

    @claireishoop

    Reply
  37. T and Cake

    10th March 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Salted caramel truffles or gianduja would be fab!

    Reply
  38. Bex

    11th March 2011 at 12:53 am

    I would most like to find a mix of creme eggs, toffee crisps, wispas, crunchies and ripples inside mine 🙂
    rebeccajlsk@gmail.com

    Reply
  39. stickytoffeepud

    11th March 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I have tweeted your link to win The Eggsibitionist

    (@stickyt_pud)

    Reply
  40. stickytoffeepud

    11th March 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I am following you on twitter. @stickyt_pud

    Contact name: Charlotte Cragg

    Reply
  41. stickytoffeepud

    11th March 2011 at 12:42 pm

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

    (@stickyt_pud)

    Reply
  42. stickytoffeepud

    11th March 2011 at 12:44 pm

    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

    Reply
  43. Anonymous

    11th March 2011 at 2:42 pm

    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

    Reply
  44. Anonymous

    11th March 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I have Tweeted: I want to win The Eggsibitionist @HotelChocolat Easter Egg from @Choclette8 http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

    Reply
  45. Anonymous

    11th March 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I am following @HotelChocolat

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

    Reply
  46. Anonymous

    11th March 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I’m Following @Choclette8

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

    Reply
  47. mangocheeks

    11th March 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Simply good chocolate.

    Reply
  48. Jaz246t

    12th March 2011 at 8:26 pm

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

    twitter id @Jaz246t

    Reply
  49. Jaz246t

    12th March 2011 at 8:27 pm

    have tweeted at
    http://twitter.com/#!/Jaz246t/status/46668597321416704

    @Jaz246t

    Reply
  50. Jaz246t

    12th March 2011 at 8:28 pm

    am already following hotel chocolat
    on twitter

    @Jaz246t

    Reply
  51. Jaz246t

    12th March 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Am now following you on twitter

    @Jaz246t

    Reply
  52. kushlacat

    13th March 2011 at 7:20 pm

    colin firth, naked

    Reply
  53. Danny

    14th March 2011 at 9:29 am

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

    Reply
  54. bevleek

    14th March 2011 at 11:44 am

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

    Reply
  55. bevleek

    14th March 2011 at 11:46 am

    Tweeted @bevleek 🙂

    Reply
  56. bevleek

    14th March 2011 at 11:47 am

    Already a Hotel Chocolate fan & follwer @bevleek x

    Reply
  57. bevleek

    14th March 2011 at 11:48 am

    Following @Choclette8 on Twitter @bevleek 🙂

    Reply
  58. seasiderinthecity

    14th March 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I think I’d love my egg to have turkish delight inside.

    Reply
  59. seasiderinthecity

    14th March 2011 at 12:40 pm

    following hotelchocolat @clare_anderson

    Reply
  60. seasiderinthecity

    14th March 2011 at 12:41 pm

    following you on twitter @clare_anderson

    Reply
  61. Cornishgirl

    14th March 2011 at 1:17 pm

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

    Reply
  62. Cornishgirl

    14th March 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Following you on twitter @LindyHine

    Reply
  63. Cornishgirl

    14th March 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Following Hotel Chocolat on twitter @LindyHine

    Reply
  64. Cornishgirl

    14th March 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Tweeted @LindyHine

    Reply
  65. happyfox

    14th March 2011 at 1:22 pm

    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

    Reply
  66. happyfox

    14th March 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Tweeted @happyfox

    Reply
  67. happyfox

    14th March 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Following you on Twitter
    @happyfox

    Reply
  68. happyfox

    14th March 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Already following hotelchocolat
    @happyfox

    Reply
  69. Anonymous

    14th March 2011 at 1:57 pm

    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

    Reply
  70. Anonymous

    14th March 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I have tweeted! (fairydustwing on twitter)

    email: fluffyblueberry@gmail.com
    Natalie Holland

    Reply
  71. Anonymous

    14th March 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I follow you on twitter, (fairydustwing)

    fluffyblueberry@gmail.com
    natalie holland

    Reply
  72. Anonymous

    14th March 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I follow hotel chocolat on twitter!
    (fairydustwing)

    fluffyblueberry@gmail.com
    natalie holland

    Reply
  73. Isobel

    14th March 2011 at 2:11 pm

    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 🙂

    Reply
  74. Elaine Livingstone

    14th March 2011 at 9:54 pm

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

    Reply
  75. Elaine Livingstone

    14th March 2011 at 9:56 pm

    tweeted @pooohbear2811

    Reply
  76. Elaine Livingstone

    14th March 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I am following @HotelChocolat
    @pooohbear2811

    Reply
  77. Elaine Livingstone

    14th March 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I am following @Choclette8 as well
    @pooohbear2811

    Reply
  78. julia

    15th March 2011 at 8:12 pm

    luxury truffles

    Reply
  79. Jo Y

    15th March 2011 at 8:15 pm

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

    Reply
  80. Jo Y

    15th March 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I follow Hotel Chocolat on Twitter

    Reply
  81. Jo Y

    15th March 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I’m now following you on Twitter 🙂
    @disneymumjo

    Reply
  82. Anonymous

    15th March 2011 at 8:24 pm

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

    Reply
  83. Please Do Not Feed The Animals.

    15th March 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Ummm…maybe that white fluffy stuff you get inside a walnut whip. Yum. Or just marshmallow. Mmmmm.

    Reply
  84. Suzy

    16th March 2011 at 10:20 pm

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

    Reply
  85. Suzy

    16th March 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Sorry, that’s suzitacakeeater@gmail.com!

    Reply
  86. verity

    17th March 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I am following you and Hotel Chocolat now @verityjdo

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

    Reply
  87. Becky

    18th March 2011 at 5:31 pm

    i want this egg!

    Reply
  88. Becky

    18th March 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I have retweeted this!@BSSCleaning

    Reply
  89. Becky

    18th March 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I follow you on twitter @BSSCleaning

    Reply
  90. Jacqueline

    18th March 2011 at 11:02 pm

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

    Reply
  91. Jacqueline

    18th March 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I tweeted!

    Reply
  92. Jacqueline

    18th March 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I follow them on twitter 🙂

    Reply
  93. Jacqueline

    18th March 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I follow you on twitter 🙂

    Reply
  94. emily13

    19th March 2011 at 9:55 am

    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 🙂

    Reply
  95. emily13

    19th March 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’ve tweeted the giveaway – @emilyh13

    Reply
  96. emily13

    19th March 2011 at 9:57 am

    I follow Hotel Chocolat @emilyh13

    Thanks!

    Reply
  97. Ursula

    20th March 2011 at 7:54 pm

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

    Reply
  98. Ursula

    20th March 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I am following @HotelChocolat
    @Hestia14

    Reply
  99. Ursula

    20th March 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve tweeted the message @Hestia14

    Reply
  100. Ursula

    20th March 2011 at 8:02 pm

    also following Choclette8 @Hestia14

    Reply
  101. Simon

    21st March 2011 at 12:35 am

    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.

    Reply
  102. Simon

    21st March 2011 at 12:36 am

    Tweeted on Twitter (@cobbiecollinge)

    http://twitter.com/#!/cobbiecollinge/status/49630250350542848

    Simon.

    Reply
  103. Simon

    21st March 2011 at 12:36 am

    Following @HotelChocolat on Twitter…

    Simon.

    Reply
  104. Simon

    21st March 2011 at 12:37 am

    Now following you on Twitter.

    Thanks for the comp! :o)

    Simon.

    Reply
  105. GrapeVine

    21st March 2011 at 5:15 am

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

    Reply
  106. GrapeVine

    21st March 2011 at 5:16 am

    I’ve tweeted the message

    @janesgrapevine

    Reply
  107. GrapeVine

    21st March 2011 at 5:16 am

    I’m following @HotelChocolat

    @janesgrapevine

    Reply
  108. GrapeVine

    21st March 2011 at 5:17 am

    I’m following you on Twitter

    @janesgrapevine

    Reply
  109. Alison

    21st March 2011 at 5:22 am

    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

    Reply
  110. Alison

    21st March 2011 at 5:22 am

    Tweeted @ali991

    Reply
  111. mummy24

    21st March 2011 at 7:55 am

    i would like to see lots of carmel! @ashlallan

    Reply
  112. mummy24

    21st March 2011 at 7:55 am

    i follow you on twitter @ashlallan

    Reply
  113. mummy24

    21st March 2011 at 7:56 am

    i follow hotel chocolat on twitter @ashlallan

    Reply
  114. mummy24

    21st March 2011 at 7:56 am

    i have tweeted too @ashlallan

    Reply
  115. legs21

    21st March 2011 at 8:42 am

    I’m following you on Twitter @emmacella

    Reply
  116. legs21

    21st March 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’m following @HotelChocolat @emmacella

    Reply
  117. legs21

    21st March 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’v tweeted the message @emmacella

    Reply
  118. legs21

    21st March 2011 at 8:44 am

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

    Reply
  119. Jo

    21st March 2011 at 9:10 am

    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.

    Reply
  120. Jo

    21st March 2011 at 9:12 am

    I am following @HotelChocolat on Twitter @Jo_Bryan

    Reply
  121. Jo

    21st March 2011 at 9:13 am

    I am following @Choclette8 @Jo_Bryan

    Reply
  122. Catgran

    21st March 2011 at 9:55 am

    I’d love an Easter Egg filled with Rocky Road

    Reply
  123. Catgran

    21st March 2011 at 9:56 am

    I follow hotel chocolat on twitter @lackro

    Reply
  124. Catgran

    21st March 2011 at 9:59 am

    I have tweeted

    I want to win The Eggsibitionist @HotelChocolat Easter Egg from @Choclette8 http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/

    @lackro

    Reply
  125. Catgran

    21st March 2011 at 10:01 am

    I am following @Choclette8 @lackro

    Reply
  126. Mrs Goriami

    21st March 2011 at 10:44 am

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

    Reply
  127. Mrs Goriami

    21st March 2011 at 10:46 am

    Tweeted! @goriami

    Reply
  128. marchez50

    21st March 2011 at 5:09 pm

    lots of cadbury creme eggs 🙂

    Reply
  129. marchez50

    21st March 2011 at 5:10 pm

    have also tweeted @boo1003

    Reply
  130. marchez50

    21st March 2011 at 5:14 pm

    also following @HotelChocolat

    @boo1003

    Reply
  131. zoover

    6th September 2011 at 3:53 am

    Really cool post, it was really enjoyable!

    Reply

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