Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection – Review and Giveaway #77
Chocolate is an all year round necessity in this household. We have our favourites of course, but we also like to change things up a bit and try new brands, styles and flavours. We get especially excited by those that reflect the seasons as they pass. The Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection does just that.
Thoughts of summer conjure up Wimbledon, garden parties, fetes and weddings. Colourful berries and champagne reign supreme. Hotel Chocolat knows this and their box of delights covers both. You’ll find melt in the mouth champagne truffles, fruity flavours and a lolly. You can’t have summer without a lolly. The flavours are exquisite and there are a few surprises to be had too. As you’d expect from a collection though, there is more to it than just berries and champagne. You’ll find something here that will appeal to most tastes with a mix of solid chocolate, smooth mousses and sumptuous truffles covered in white, milk or dark chocolate.
I was sent the Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection to try and more importantly, I have one to offer up as a giveaway to my UK readers. You’ll find out how to enter at the bottom of this post. The box comes in cool colours to beat off that summer heat – we should be so lucky! It’s tied with a white ribbon and is decorated with a cocoa pod and leaf motif; it’s sturdy enough to be reused. The chocolates arrived in perfect condition as all are well packaged, with most of the packing material being recylable. The collection retails at £35.
So, what exactly will you find in the Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection? Here goes.
White chocolate is rarely a favourite with me, I generally find it to be just too sweet and sometimes a bit cloying. The six Cherry Jubilee chocolates turned out to be one of my absolute favourites and poor CT didn’t get a look-in. The flavours and textures of these chunky squares married together extraordinarily well I found. A layer of sour cherry cream is topped with crispy praline and then covered in smooth white chocolate. White chocolate does pair well with fruit and the sour notes of the cherries offset the sweet creaminess of the chocolate very nicely.
A pack of eight pretty pink, yellow and dark chocolate domes. The secret raspberry here is pure genius. It’s not, as I’d assumed inside the chocolate, no that is reserved for the passionfruit cream, which tastes of actual passionfruit – hooray! The raspberry is in the 70% dark chocolate shell. These are a taste sensation made for people like me who adore both raspberries and passionfruit. Tart fruit and rich chocolate combine to make something that is akin to how I imagine chocolate sherbet would be.
These nineteen chocolates are best served chilled, according to the instructions. There was no danger of these being served in any other way as it’s been so grey and chilly here over the last few days. Thank goodness for a box of chocolates filled with the flavours of summer and a fair bit of alcohol too. There is something in the box to suit different flavour preferences, but given that there is only one of most of the chocolates, you might want to sample them all yourself – in the spirit of experimentation you understand!
You’ll find mostly fruity numbers in this box, including the afore mentioned cherry jubilee and secret raspberry, although the latter is actually called passion fruit and raspberry smoothie this time around. The creaminess of white chocolate can offset the sharpness of some fruits and seven of these chocolates are enrobed with it. Other fruit flavours include: lemon, lime, blackcurrant, strawberry and mango.
Banana is an unusual chocolate filling and I was slightly dubious before I tried the banana smoothie. It turned out, of course, to be a firm favourite. A smooth intense banana cream combines beautifully with the 40% milk chocolate shell.
Not everything in this box is fruity, however, champagne, fudge, ganache and chocolate mousse all make an appearance. As previously mentioned, alcohol plays a starring role. The mojito, for instance, packs a powerful punch. Filled with a smooth rum and mint cream, the lime seems to reside in the white chocolate shell and is thoroughly delicious.
Creamed Caramel Puddles
This 110g bag of puddles consists of bite-sized milk chocolate discs flavoured with caramel that are made to fit perfectly in the roof or your mouth. That’s my favourite way to eat them anyway. Savoured like this, they melt ever so slowly and flood the tastebuds with varying notes of chocolate and mellow caramel. Just wonderful.
Raspberry & Caramel Lolly
A Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection would not be complete without a lolly and a chocolate lolly is my kind of lolly. This two toned 36g flavour bomb on a stick is where zingy raspberry meets creamy milk chocolate flavoured with caramel. What more can I say?
Mini Champagne Truffles
This 85g bag contains fifteen exquisite balls of delight. If you like champagne and chocolate, you will adore these. Milk chocolate shells are dusted with a little icing sugar and filled with milk chocolate ganache flavoured with real champagne. You can taste it too.
I was sent the Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own.
Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection Giveaway
Hotel Chocolate is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader a Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection box worth £35. 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 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. There are no cash alternatives.