Seeing as the nights are drawing in and the weather is terrible and we’re almost in September it seems like a good idea to roll out the first Christmas chocolate review. It doesn’t seem like yesterday that I was sweltering in London whilst I visited the Hotel Chocolat Christmas press event. But alas, those days have long gone. So I’m sat here in my warm hoody looking out of the window onto a dark, rain-sodden vista wondering how long it’ll be until I have to put the heating on? Well I can forget about that for a moment as I have before me some great novelty Christmas chocolates from the company that puts the fun into Christmas – well not grammatically, but in a cocoa sense.
These chocolate Christmas dinners are outstanding value. So they may be £6.50 for a 110g box that includes 5 chocolate turkeys and 5 chocolate Christmas puddings, but they are actually very good indeed. I normally have a problem with the actual taste of novelty chocolates as was seen with Fifi’s Boobies Au Chocolat, but Hotel Chocolat seem to have added another dimension with their “house” chocolate. Gone is the sort of honey flavour that seemed to characterise much of their milk chocolate novelty or basic range, such as the Vintage Milk Chocolate Buttons etc., and in has come a very mild, but delightful classic milk chocolate flavour that simply won’t disappoint.
I know that extended their range of gourmet chocolates with their single estate and single origin Purist bars, but they’ve never lost site on the importance of novelty chocolates. They’ve not lost their imagination, and I can tell that from looking at their other Christmas chocolates that should be added to their site in the next 6 weeks or so (I would say).
The detail of the chocolates is pretty dam good. You can easily make out what they’re supposed to be and I’m sure that most kids and even wives or girlfriends would find them entertaining and cute at the same time.
Another aspect I loved was the texture. Quite often novelty chocolates can be dry and brittle. These Christmas novelty chocolates had a very good texture – they were thick and had a very solid snap as I bit into them. But the biggest judge of the quality is that they’ve almost all gone. They are incredibly moreish be suitable as stocking fillers for anyone – young or old!
With Christmas chocolates I’m going to do quick ratings as things like nutritional information etc. aren’t really all that important and it’s more about the fun of them than any gourmet characteristics. So on that note, I’m going to give these Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Christmas Dinners an 75% because they do taste very good, are reasonably priced and I know the target audience will absolutely love them!
You will be able to buy them direct from Hotel Chocolat nearer to Christmas.