Now Mothers Day has passed, it is a rapid downhill to Easter. With the kids breaking up on Friday – for some reason they go back to school on Easter Monday but don’t get me started on that one, I am busily making preparations for the holidays.
We will be away the second week of the break, but home for the first so I have been preparing things to keep the occupied during that time.
I have also turned my thoughts to Easter proper, being away for the immediate run up, means I need to have sorted it sooner rather than later.
If you are anything like me, you will have been moaning for the last three months that the shops have had Easter eggs on display since boxing day, but now it’s almost Easter and time to get organised for it, there is increasingly less choice in the shops.
I was lucky enough to be asked to take a look at the Easter range on offer from Hotel Chocolat. Now, anyone who has read anything I have written before knows how much I love chocolate, proper chocolate, and not the stuff that comes in the purple wrapper – although that has its place if you like it overly sweet, I don’t! I was lucky enough to try a product from their Christmas range – http://wp.me/p3tFtX-et, and I loved it. So, when the chance came to review an item from their Easter range, I was more than happy to do so.
For those of you that haven’t been blessed with trying the chocolate, it is a touch of luxury. It is rich and creamy, not too sweet and yet not bitter either. Trying to describe the magic feeling you get when eating chocolate is impossible, so you’ll just have to try it for yourself, and I strongly recommend that you do!
The Easter range from Hotel Chocolat has something for everyone, and if you aren’t lucky enough to have a shop near you, their website could have you spending hours just deciding what you want as the choice is amazing! I know I could easily spend a small fortune on there!
I must admit to being a bit of a traditionalist where Easter gifts are concerned as I like the symbolism of what the egg represents, but when I was asked to choose something from the range to try, I decided to move out of my comfort zone a little. I asked the boys to look at the products on the site with me, and choose what they thought looked the most interesting. There was a lot of “I wanting” as every product we looked at had something going for it, but every one agreed with me on my final choice, of Egg and chips – http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/easter-eggs/egg-and-chips
It just looked brilliant, and who doesn’t love egg and chips?!!!
The box arrived, the packaging is beautiful making it into a special gift, and there was total excitement in the house as we sat down to share the chocolate. The fried egg is white chocolate – proper white chocolate with vanilla bean, and not set condensed milk, with a soft caramel yolk, under a crispy shell. The chips are pure indulgence with smooth milk chocolate filled with amazing runny caramel and decorated with yellow coloured white chocolate – I think it would have looked better decorated in red to look like ketchup but then I am a ketchup fiend! It was really rich, but that was a good thing, because it meant the flavour was savoured and not just rammed in. It also meant that although there were 4 of us trying in, we only devoured half of it and saved the rest for the next day!
D was so enamoured by it, he said I was to get his Easter egg from them as the chocolate was so much nicer than “normal” Easter eggs. That is praise from a hard to please wee man, but I believe I must be raising my children properly if they prefer real chocolate!
I would say something like this is for that special someone as are all the products from Hotel Chocolat as they aren’t your cheapy chocolate you buy in every other shop. This is a high quality product and you are therefore paying for such. The Egg and chips is £14, so not cheap, but definitely value for money, because it is chocolate that adds the touch of luxury to your day. There are products in their range that are specifically for the kids – I love the egg on toast on a stick which is just £2, but there are also eggs of all sizes and designs that would make a lovely gift for anyone. I know I would never complain about receiving something from their range – yes that is a major hint if Hubby is reading this!!!!
I think in future I make sure I hide my Hotel Chocolat stash from everyone else as they say its good to share, I say, that’s a lovely thought but chocolate is MINE!