Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The very chocolaty Hotel Chocolat giveaway

You may have gathered from all the chocolaty recipes on my blog, that I like chocolate. I particularly like good chocolate and I especially like good, dark chocolate. So how pleased was I, when the people at Hotel Chocolat chose me as one of their Christmas product tasters? Well, pretty chuffed, to be exact.

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.
UK residents only.
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.

Integrity Statement
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.
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34 comments:

  1. I'd like the chocolate pengiuns for my daughter!
    @iheartmuthahood

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  2. I already follow hotel chocolat and I've tweeted @iheartmuthahood

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  3. alternative mince pies please @pooohbear2811

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  4. following them and tweeted for you @pooohbear2811

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  5. Alternative Mince Pies

    @littleboo_21
    http://boorootiggertoo.blogspot.com/

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  6. Following on Twitter and tweeted

    @littleboo_21
    http://boorootiggertoo.blogspot.com/

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  7. alternative mince pies - have followed @MummyFever

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  8. have tweeted too @MummyFever

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  9. it would have to be the truffle advent calendar to share. What a fab treat each day for me and hubby!
    @louisesims

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  10. tweeted too @louisesims

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  11. The Alternative Mince Pies look great, I'd love to find them under the tree.

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  12. Oh and I've tweeted - I am @suddenlunch

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  13. I'd love the Christmas goodie bag, lovely selection of yummies!

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  14. Also tweeted, I'm @coversnails :)

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  15. I'd love any of the hampers, because I'm greedy like that ;-) But on a smaller scale, I'm intrigued by the alternative mince pies.

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  16. Loving the Chocolate Goody Bag
    @PaulaHaylock

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  17. Jade Heathfield3/11/11 4:24 pm

    Alternative Mince Pies please! (Also tweeted)
    @jadeheathfield

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  18. Of course it has to be the chocolate goody bag, not becaue I am greedy (I lie - I am), but the truth is I can share them with my husband, normally I have to hide my chocolates from him, this way I can happily share :)

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  19. I was going to say the truffle advent calendar, but I guess it would have all been eaten by Christmas, so I'm going to have to go for a big fat chocolate goody bag!

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  20. already following hotel chocolat on twitter and have duly tweeted! @maxineflossy

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  21. I would love to find the Christmas Goody Bag under my tree!

    thepricklypinecone(at)gmail.com

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  22. The Alternative Mince Pies look Fab! I am an absolute chocoholic and would love one of these with a cup of coffee on Christmas morning

    @robynlclarke

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  23. I'd love to find a Wreath, I love chocolate with cranberries in!

    @suburban1mummy

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  24. I'd love to find the Tiddly Caramel Penguins! They look delish! x

    @sarah34090

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  25. Dasher The Reindeer - too cute

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  26. Have tweeted as well @LouiseRWs

    thanks

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  27. Haha love that you felt guilty about opening the calendar before December (I would too!)

    I would love the Christmas Pamper Hamper, that would keep me going for a while!

    @makedomum

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  28. And I'm following @hotelchocolat and tweeted the comp (@makedomum)

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  29. Thankyou for the fab chance to win chocolate, Who could resist?! My favourite Christmas choc gift would be the Christmas table cracker love the idea of a chocolate surprise!

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  30. Have tweeted as @sweet_Kat30 https://twitter.com/#!/sweet_Kat30/status/133940146570674177
    and am following @hotelchocolat on twitter

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  31. I like the Tiddly Caramel Penguins!
    @sophiejanem

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  32. follow and tweeted @sophiejanem

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