A little while ago, the lovely people at Hotel Chocolat sent me a rather large box of Vegan chocolate treats to try! Not going to lie, I was astounded when the box arrived because as you’ll be able to see in the pictures to come, it was absolutely massive – even the kitty (her name is Ozma) was impressed!! P.s. there are a few extra bonus cat pics at the end of this post.
Hopefully by the end of this post you’ll be so envious of all the chocolate I had to get through, you won’t be able to help but get yourself some treats too, and I’ve even got a 10% off discount code for when you spend the website too!
Since becoming Vegan on the 1st January this year (read a bit more about why, here), I’ve found that I do get asked a lot how I live without chocolate… And the answer to that, is I don’t live without out it. Most dark chocolate is actually vegan, and Hotel Chocolat is no different (but if you’re unsure, you can always double check the ingredients first!). I’ve never been a chocolate fiend, but a few times a week I do get an insatiable craving for a bite (or 4) of chocolate.
Upon opening the box, the Cocoa Gin in a lovely bottle with a wax seal was the first thing I spotted… Cocoa. Gin. Yup you read that right. If you know me, you’ll know I am partial to a tipple, especially if it’s of the gin variety – I didn’t even know chocolate gin existed! The flavour is rich, but not overpowering and is absolutely delicious with orange juice.
I mean where to start with this… It’s an award winning, half a kilo slab of rich, yet sweet, 70% dark chocolate. If you can’t tell from the photo above with my hand for reference, it’s absolutely ginormous – I actually still haven’t finished it (and it’s pretty tough to break up make sure you use a bit of force when you do!). Even if you were an absolute chocolate fiend I think it would take a few sittings to get through. Inside the bar you’ll find raisins, cranberries, almonds and hazelnuts set in the huge chocolate bar.
Buy the Fruit and Nut Frenzy Giant Slab (£16) here!
When I think of Hot Chocolate, I think of chocolate powder, however I was quite surprised that when I opened this I found grated flakes of dark chocolate. The guide instructions on the back suggest using 6 heaped teaspoons (35g) whisked into heated milk (with extra care being taken so that the milk does not boil as this will impair the flavour). I had a go making this and although different to how I remember making hot chocolate as a kid (I’m not really a ‘hot drink person’ these days) it tasted pretty good.
Whilst writing this I’ve actually had a brain wave that the chocolate flakes would be pretty tasty sprinkled on top of some ice cream (Vegan of course) if you wanted to be fancy.
Buy the 100% Dark Hot Chocolate (£9) here!
These babies are like little balls of heaven, similar to a traditional truffle-type chocolate, and filled with a hazelnut praline. The texture is so smooth and they really melts in your mouth. I’ve actually bought these in the past (before I was Vegan) and will definitely be buying them again. Lovely as a little sugar kick for yourself or as a gift.
Buy the Gianduja Bombe Selector (£3.85) here!
Out of all the items in my overwhelming box of treats, this one surprised me the most! I was expecting a standard rich dark chocolate bar, but this I almost can’t explain. It was so rich, not sweet, very unusual and had tangs of red wine. According to the website this bar is made with some of the best cocoa on the planet – which doesn’t surprise me one bit.
Buy the Saint Lucia 72% – Rare & Vintage Selector (£3.85), here!
Straight up, these Dark Chocolate batons were great – exactly what it says on the box. Nothing out of the ordinary flavour wise, but I loved having them in my desk, ready to have one when I was craving a chocolate fix at work mid afternoon, and the shape reminded me of chocolate fingers which I loved growing up.
Buy the 70% Dark Chocolate Batons (£7.50) here!
Not included in the box, but something I’ve tried before, and wanted to mention as a lovely extra little product: the Dark Chocolate Tiddly Pot (£2). It’s filled with loads of dark chocolate drops, perfect for nibbling on (much like the batons).
If this post has left you feeling like your life is a little bit empty because you don’t any have Hotel Chocolat, there’s 10% off when you spend over £40 with the discount code: HC16XM40CV4 (T&Cs – this offer expires at 23:00 ON 24/12/16. Offer is exclusive and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions. Excludes gift card and Tasting Club Gift Subscription purchases).
Queer & Curvy Cat Lady 💘 Another lifestyle blog, but with an alternative edge. Covering all kinds of subjects inc. Vegan & Cruelty-Free living, Self Love & Body Positivity, Travel & Adventure... To name a few. Usually found visiting restaurants with plant-based options, singing my heart out at gigs, or covered in glitter in a festival field.
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