I hadn't actually ever tried Hotel Chocolat chocolate before, so I was really looking forward to receiving one of their products to review...
I was excited to find a beautifully presented dark chocolate advent calendar on my door step the other morning. I noticed (for blogging purposes) that it contained 175g of 70% cocoa solid, vegan/dairy-free chocolates, but then as Miss Ony and Miss Kahonie were around at the time, I had to stop reading the back of the box and get on with the tasting. I also had to share the first chocolates with them, rather than sneak them indulgently without the kids knowing!
It felt rather naughty opening the first door of the advent calendar before October was even over, but we soon got over that! We found that each piece of chocolate was either inscribed with a little message, or shaped into a cute little Christmasy motif. They were dark and glossy and snapped in two with a satisfying crack (I'm not sure why, but this is a sign of good chocolate apparently.)
The chocolates had a strong, smooth chocolaty taste, and were pleasantly sweet (I find some dark chocolate too bitter). They melted deliciously on my tongue, and left me wanting another one! My children and husband all thought the chocolate were lovely too, although they're not quite as fussy about their chocolate as I am!
I must admit that at £17, the price of the calender is rather more than I would usually spend, but it would make a lovely gift for someone special. Hotel Chocolat also have a yummy-looking range of Christmas stocking fillers starting from just £5, so there's something suitable for all budgets.
Helpfully, they mark all their products with their suitability for different dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free, so you don't have to look through lists of ingredients, before deciding what to buy.
So to the giveaway - I have one dark chocolate advent calendar to give away, just like the one I reviewed.
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED: Winner is @maxineflossy
- All you have to do is visit Hotel Chocolat's Christmas page and tell me which product you would like to find under your Christmas tree this year.
- For an extra entry, follow them on Twitter and tweet this message @HotelChocolat @FacelessFood - I entered the Hotel Chocolat giveaway to #win a chocolate advent calendar #vegan #vegetarian
- Leave me a comment below for each entry (maximum 2 per person), with some way of contacting you.
Competition closes at midnight Saturday 12th November.
I will announce the winner here and on Twitter.
The winner will be picked randomly and contacted within 48 hours.
If I don't hear back from the winner within 7 days of this, I reserve the right to re-draw and offer the prize to someone else.
I received a chocolate advent calender to review and one to give away on my blog. I did not receive payment, and the views expressed are genuinely those of myself and my family. Pin It