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As Easter is almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about chocolate and who better to meet the needs of chocoholics than Hotel Chocolat. They are the only British cocoa grower and origin chocolatier in the UK and have been passionate about real chocolate for the past 20 years. The company is all about originality, authenticity and ethics. It’s great to see a UK company do so well using innovative creative flare and maintaining a classic British style and wit in their approach to luxury chocolate.
Hotel Chocolat’s commitment to produce premium quality chocolates has allowed chocolate lovers from the UK, Europe and America to receive gorgeous chocolates via mail order. Hotel Chocolat retail stores can now be found up and down the UK and grow in number every year so that consumers on the high street can now get their hands on these high quality chocolates. I popped into their Cambridge shop on Petty Cury to see what treats Hotel Chocolat has in store for us this Easter. Here are my recommendations for the Easter Eggs you should consider buying for friends and loved ones:
The Original Extra Thick Easter Eggs™ – £24
Hotel Chocolat has been making these extraordinary Easter eggs for the past 18 years. It is refreshing to find an Easter egg which consists of a chocolate shell which is three times thicker than the average Easter egg – we have suffered for long enough in this country with the super thin chocolate shells made from sickly sweet inferior chocolate found on supermarket shelves. Hotel Chocolat do a range of shells made from milk, dark and white chocolate so you’ll definitely find something to please any chocolate lover. As with all their eggs, Hotel Chocolat has gone back to the Easter of our childhood and have hidden a tasty selection of Easter chocolates inside each egg. My favourite is the Serious Dark Fix™ Extra Thick Easter Egg – lovers of dark chocolate will enjoy this egg made from Hotel Chocolat’s award-winning 70% house dark chocolate with one shell studded with crunchy cocoa nibs. The chocolates inside include praline, rum truffle, chilli praline and single malt whisky truffle.
Easter Eggsposé™ Half Eggs – £14 or any 2 for £25
These are new to the Easter range from Hotel Chocolat. They consist of half an extra thick egg made from either premium milk, dark or white chocolate which is then filled with a tasty selection of Easter chocolates that are ready to burst out and tantalise the taste buds. The Easter Eggsposé™ Half Egg is an ideal Easter gift when a whole egg might be a little too much. My favourite for boys of all ages is The Nibblatron – five cute little chocolate robots nestled in an extra thick egg shell made of 40% mellow milk chocolate.
Easter Egg Sandwiches™ – £8 or any 3 for £21
These quirky handmade chocolate eggs are made with two slices of premium chocolate between beautifully decorated hollow shells. The unusual Egg Sandwiches are a fun gift to give someone and different from the norm so they would be received quite well I think. The quirkiness of these eggs are the perfect way to make someone smile this Easter. My favourite is the Strawberry Melt – two slices of meringue-studded strawberry and white chocolate sandwiched between creamy white shells.
Gigantic Ostrich Easter Eggs™ – £65
It’s an understatement to say that Hotel Chocolat’s exclusive Ostrich Eggs are large – these Easter eggs really are gigantic! Each one weighs a staggering 1.3kg! Available in milk chocolate or dark chocolate, they definitely would make a big impression on someone really special but I think they’ve been designed more for sharing so one would make the ideal gift for a family. My favourite is the Milk Ostrich Egg made from 40% milk chocolate which has been covered in cookie pieces, crispy rice and chocolate chunks. Inside is a gorgeous selection of chocolates including truffles, caramels, macadamia and pistachio pralines and lots more.
Whichever egg you go for, I hope you have a lovely Easter this bank holiday weekend with friends and loved ones. And don’t forget – chocolate is for life not just for Easter!
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