Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Ostrich Egg (Giveaway Closed)

I’ve been a fan of Hotel Chocolat since around 2005, when I first discovered them online following a friend’s recommendation.  Their approach to chocolate was completely different and a welcome change.  Importantly to me, Hotel Chocolat have long flown the flag of commitment towards ethical trading.  I was very pleased when one of their boutique-style shops appeared on my local High Street – especially as they often have a tray of taster chocolates on the counter!

Now I know that I probably shouldn’t be tempting you with chocolate Easter Eggs with still six weeks to go until Easter Sunday, but I like to think of this as preparation!  Since Hotel Chocolat have been kind enough to send me a small parcel, I’d like to whet your appetite with this beauty; it’s The Dark Chocolate Ostrich Egg!

The really good news is that one of my lucky readers will also be sent one in time for Easter!

Look good?! The Ostrich-sized egg is made up of two extremely large 70% dark chocolate shells covered first in crunchy almond pieces and then coated in a second layer of chocolate.  It weighs over a kilogram and the shell is so thick that I had to give it a good, satisfying whack with a rolling pin to begin breaking it up!
In case the Ostrich Egg itself doesn’t fill you up over the Easter weekend, Hotel Chocolat also include eight decorated mini-eggs, three mini-slabs of Fruit & Nut and Chilli & Orange dark chocolate, and a tray of over sixteen popular dark chocolates including ‘explode-in-your-mouth’ liquid caramels, a sugar-coated Gianduja and their ‘5-second’ chilli praline.
My favourites from the selection – and I promise I have shared them around! – were the Chilli & Orange slab (a sensational combination!), the texture and flavour of the Ostrich Egg itself and the House Praline, their signature chocolate for good reason.  The boozy dark chocolate mini-eggs are also divine and I’m torn as to whether I love most the Amaretto or the Strawberry Marc de Champagne truffle.
Everything is very well presented.  The foil-wrapped Ostrich Egg arrives tied with a ribbon, ‘nested’ within a large rectangular black box with a crisp white lid.  The egg sits next to a compartment containing the separate box of chocolates, mini-eggs and slabs.  It is very tastefully done.
The Dark Chocolate Ostrich Egg is a true showstopper.  Extravagant: yes. Over-the-top: yes.  Deeply pleasurable: yes.  It would make a striking centrepiece for an Easter table gathering, a grand gift for the one you love or if you have, at any point in the year, been ‘in the dog house’ of a chocoholic, this is the Egg to go out and buy to make things all better.
The Giveaway:
Hotel Chocolat are going to send one of these beauties to a lucky reader.  The Dark Chocolate Ostrich Egg is worth £65.00 and is their most luxurious egg of the season.  It could be yours.  You could be as happy as I am now sampling it!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY 28TH MARCH 2011  
Good Luck!

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106 Comments

  1. Fabulicious Food says:

    >THANK YOU FOR ALL THE ENTRIES AND COMMENTS. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

  2. FacelessFood says:

    >Retweeted link to comp @facelessfood

  3. FacelessFood says:

    >Already follow you on Twitter @facelessfood

  4. FacelessFood says:

    >I only just spotted this comp, but better late than never!
    I like the look of the egg box selection on Hotel Chocolat.

  5. MeLikeyUK says:

    >Hey there – glad to be a follower of you and Hotel Chocolat! The cake looks lovely – where did you get the cakestand from?
    Great photography BTW and an awesome blog 😉

  6. Alex Bray says:

    >I follow the fab @renbehan on twitter! @alexbrayphoto

  7. Alex Bray says:

    >I follow @hotelchocolat on twitter @alexbrayphoto

  8. Alex Bray says:

    >I've tweeted this blog entry!! @alexbrayphoto

  9. Alex Bray says:

    >My favourite is The Milk Ostrich Egg …. Mmmmmm!!!

  10. >Hi. I'd like to enter your competition and have posted the link on my twitter @cakesbydali
    Thanks, Dali

  11. >Am following you on twitter as @rh23rh23

  12. >Have tweeted as @rh23rh23

  13. >Already following Hotel Chocolat on Twitter

  14. >Serious Dark Fix Extra Thick Easter Egg is my favourite

  15. Miss Whiplash says:

    >And finally – have Facebook liked and commented 🙂

  16. Miss Whiplash says:

    >And have tweeted (@misswhiplash)

  17. Miss Whiplash says:

    >Am already following you (@misswhiplash)

  18. Miss Whiplash says:

    >Hotel Chocolat are followed (@misswhiplash)

  19. Miss Whiplash says:

    >I'm loving the wee quails eggs this year – I'll definitely be getting them for all my egg giftees…

  20. Edinburgh says:

    >The Eggsibitionist Extra Thick Egg. I already follow @HotelChocolat and am tweeing about it! (My husband will be really, really happy if I win this for him)

  21. >strawberry melt egg is my fav

  22. >following on twitter @emmaand

  23. >I like Fabulicious Food on Facebook.
    Emma L Clarke
    Thanks for the generous competition and have a happy Easter!

  24. >I follow @RenBehan on Twitter
    @emma1111111

  25. >I have RT'd the link to the competition as requested for another entry into the competition

  26. >Already like HotelChocolat on FB and Twitter
    @emma1111111

  27. >My favourite is the Strawberry Melt Egg Sandwich – Mmmm…
    @emma1111111

  28. >I have retweeted @Hestia14

  29. >Liked Fabulicious Food on Facebook

  30. >Liked Hotel Chocolat on facebook and following on twitter @Hestia14

  31. >following RenBehan on twitter @Hestia14

  32. >I'd love the Easter weekend selection so the family could share it.

  33. Metal Mummy says:

    >And tweeted 🙂 @metalmummy84 x

  34. Metal Mummy says:

    >Following you on Twitter 🙂 @metalmummy84 x

  35. Metal Mummy says:

    >Liked Fabulicious Food on FB x

  36. Metal Mummy says:

    >Liked the Hotel Chocolat facebook AND following them x

  37. Metal Mummy says:

    >Om nom nom nom.

    The creamed caramel club egg sandwich looks divine!

  38. Inside the Wendy House says:

    >Like your Facebook Page (Wendy McDonald)
    Many thanks 🙂 xxx

  39. Inside the Wendy House says:

    >Follow you on Twitter. @wendymcd83

  40. Inside the Wendy House says:

    >Tweeted @wendymcd83

  41. Inside the Wendy House says:

    >Like Hotel Chocolat on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

  42. >I'm following on twitter and love the look of The Purist Extra Thick Egg…Yummmm!!!!!!!

  43. Inside the Wendy House says:

    >The Sleekster Egg Box looks divine. Lots of little eggs to sample over the weekend…and Easter Sunday is my birthday this year too! Perfect excuse to indulge!

  44. Choclette says:

    >There is so much I'd love to have, but I think the milk chocolate Ostrich Egg would do very nicely 😉

  45. Choclette says:

    >I'm following you on Twitter

  46. Choclette says:

    >I'm following Hotel Chocolat on Twitter

  47. winningmum says:

    >my favourite item on the Hotel Chocolat website is the Easter Weekend Hamper – wonder if it would last a weekend?

  48. >I've tweeted via the button too – thanks 🙂

  49. >I've liked Hotel Chocolat on facebook and follow on Twitter

  50. >The Easter weekend selection looks like a fun way to spend the easter weekend! Thanks – fab prize!

  51. >And followed you on Twitter as well… @cobbiecollinge

    Big Thanks, lovely prize!

    Simon.

  52. >RT'd the post using the button… @cobbiecollinge

  53. >Liked the Hotel Chocolat page on Facebook/Twitter…

  54. >Yum! Love them all, but my first choice would be the You Crack Me Up Extra Thick Easter Egg.

    Thanks!
    Simon.

  55. >I like the Serious Dark Fix™ Extra Thick Easter Egg.
    Can't wait to get my hands on one.

  56. Jacqueline says:

    >I already follow you on twitter 🙂

  57. Jacqueline says:

    >I am following them on twitter 🙂

  58. >I have liked Hotel Chocolat on Facebook

  59. >I follow Hotel Chocolat on twitter – @lucyloumartin

  60. >I have tweeted this competition on twitter – @lucyloumartin

  61. >I have followed you on twitter – @lucyloumartin

  62. >It just so happens that the Dark Chocolate Ostrich Egg is my favourite!

  63. >Gotta be the 'you crack me up' egg as there are the little cute faces to share with the kids!

  64. Lynn Savage says:

    >i 'like' you on Facebook

  65. Lynn Savage says:

    >I already 'like' hotel chocolat on Facebook

  66. Lynn Savage says:

    >I love the 'you crack me up' egg. Looks great with all those smiling faces popping out of the egg.

  67. Heidi Wilson says:

    >I follow you on twitter = @Walpolegirl

  68. Heidi Wilson says:

    >Checked out Hotel Chocolate – I like their box of oodles of eggs

  69. Heidi Wilson says:

    >Hi I have followed Hotel Chocolate on Twitter – Heidi @Walpolegirl

  70. >I have retweeted you, couldn't find the button on this page. Is that ok? @NikkiEatwell

  71. >I have to say the dark ostrich egg is my fav, the quails eggs looked good too!

  72. >I also follow you on twitter NikkiEatwell

  73. >I've also 'liked' Hotel Choclat's page.

  74. >Milk Chocolate Easter Eggsposé would be my yummy fave!

  75. >The Easter Hamper – fabulous 🙂

  76. >And finally I've liked Fabulicious Food on FB!

  77. >I'm now following you on Twitter 🙂
    @disneymumjo

  78. >I like Hotel Chocolat on FB and follow them on Twitter 🙂

  79. >I love the Egg and soldiers as they look so cute!

  80. becksell2001 says:

    >Followed you on twitter @becksell2001 and tweeted 🙂

  81. >I like the Your Eggsellency Extra Thick Egg.

  82. >I like your FB page too x

  83. >I follow you on twitter @josie301

  84. >I have tweeted @josie301

  85. >I like Hotel chocolat on FB & follow on twitter @josie301
    x

  86. >Liked you on facebook
    Diana Cotter

  87. >Following you on Twitter
    @happyfox

  88. >Already following hotelchocolat on Twitter
    @happyfox

  89. >You've actually got my favourite right there – I've coveted that Dark Chocolate Ostrich Egg ever since I first saw it 🙂

    @happyfox

  90. stickytoffeepud says:

    >I am now following you on Twitter

    @stickyt_pud

  91. stickytoffeepud says:

    >I am following Hotel Chocolat on Twitter

    @stickyt_pud

  92. stickytoffeepud says:

    >The dark chocolate Ostrich Egg is definitely my favourite. It looks 'eggstremely' delicious!

  93. >i am liking you on facebook 🙂

  94. >i am following you on twitter

    @claireishoop

  95. >i have tweeted

    @claireishoop

  96. >i like hotel chocolat on facebook and follow them on twitter

    @claireishoop

  97. >aside from the ostrich egg the rocky road to caramel extra thick egg looks divine

  98. Frances144 says:

    >Actually, I have relooked at the website (wipes drool off mouth) and I want the caramel world slab! That would suit me fine.

  99. Frances144 says:

    >I think I have covered all the options. Starving now!

  100. Frances144 says:

    >Well that Ostrich egg looks amazing. I could eat that forever!

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