After having a few days off from reviewing I fancied something different to get my teeth into. After reviewing my chocolate stash I found the perfect item: The Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Log. It’s a chocolate from the Toblerone ilk as it’s a long, wholesome beast of a chocolate experience which will offer puzzlement as you work out which is the best way to enjoy it.
It may set you back £8 for 190g of dark chocolate with hazelnut paste and chopped nuts which is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans as well as those requiring alcohol-free chocolate; but this chocolate log is superb if you’re wanting something interactive and suitable for dinner parties. If you’re on your own you can either just bite off pieces as you choose – leaving teeth marks as you go. If you’re being a little more sophisticated you may feel like using a sharp knife and just slicing little slivers off and placing them on wafer thing biscuits. What I did notice is that when you do this, they look liked chocolate versions of salami slices, so you could make your own chocolate pizza.
On to the taste. It did have a strong dark chocolate, nor was it overly praline in nature. The flavours were simply mild and welcoming. I actually wouldn’t mind a much darker version without the hazelnut, just like the dark chocolate Toblerone. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, that if the flavours were more robust, that you may consume less of it in one go. That could be a blessing in disguise as I doubt it’d be wise to eat 190g of this in one go.
The taste may not be over the top, but the aroma is distinctively praline and a bit too much for me. The temperature isn’t the warmest in the office, but I feel that it has helped make the aroma more prominent and may be off-putting for some, or if you’re a big praline fan, it may entice you in more.
If you want to get creative then I’d definitely suggest this chocolate log, as well as if you just want something substantial to get your chops around. I loved it, but I thought it could be improved with a less praline alternative.