If you’re looking to treat your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, what could be a more appropriate token of your affection than some chocolate hearts? Hotel Chocolat have your covered. You can choose from The Valentine’s sleekster box or the thick shelled Valentine’s Heart.
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?
Chocolate Hearts for Valentine’s Day
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.
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.
Giveaway Now Over
Hotel Chocolat Valentine’s Heart
Hotel Chocolat have a lot of fun when it comes to naming their products and this one goes under the name of Open Your Heart To Me. Or as CT quipped “this is the kind of open heart surgery I thoroughly approve of”. I was very much taken by the chunky heart shell which coyly hid the chocolates within.
A good milk chocolate is always a joy to eat and although I would prefer a higher percentage of cocoa, the 40% contained in this milk chocolate was high enough to deliver a genuinely pleasurable experience. It was sweet and milky without being sickly and it had the toffee notes I associate with Hotel Chocolat’s house milk.
Parts of the shell were good and thick which is how I remember my Easter eggs being when I was a child. Oh and Wagon Wheels were enormous back then too!
Intrigued by the thought of Strawberry & Black Pepper as well as the Chilli Caramel, I was really looking forward to trying these particular chocolates. My disappointment would have been obvious to any onlookers when I found there was only one of each inside the heart. In fact there were only eight chocolates all together. I did know this before it arrived, but still managed to feel crestfallen.
Strawberry & Black Pepper
Distinctive black pepper, covered in dark chocolate, but I didn’t really pick up the flavour of strawberry although the filling itself was tart. This wasn’t as delicious as I thought it was going to be, in fact it was my least favourite and after all that anticipation too!
Soft Chilli Caramel
Lovely liquid caramel that had the kick to it that I was hoping for. There was no doubting that the back of my throat recognised chilli. The caramel was delicious and contrasted well with the dark chocolate, although more caramel and slightly less chocolate would have improved it further.
Biting through the milk chocolate shell, I tasted vanilla custard and it was totally delicious. Vanilla bean seeds were liberally distributed throughout this white chocolate ganache.
Tart flavoursome raspberries in a white chocolate ganache wrapped up in a milk chocolate shell – also delicious.
It’s hard to beat a good hazelnut praline and I was not disappointed by this one. Smooth, creamy and flavoursome, wrapped in a milk chocolate shell, this was, if my repetition may be excused, delicious.
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Thanks for visiting Tin and Thyme. If you try any of these chocolate hearts I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or via social media. Do share photos on your preferred social media site and use the hashtag #tinandthyme, so I can spot them.