This is my second giveaway of National Chocolate Week 2011 and if you are a chocolate fan (as I think you might have guessed I am) then this hamper is a pretty special treat.
The Purist Collection
The chocolate in The Purist range is rare and unique because it is made from fine cocoa. This is different to bulk cocoa which is what over 95% of the world’s chocolate is made from. Whilst very good chocolate can be produced from bulk cocoa, fine cocoa has a real finesse; each bean could be uniquely influenced by factors such as the soil, location, heat, tropical rain – just like grape vines and fine wines are affected by the different growing conditions around the world. Since fine cocoa is also rarer, this collection is really something to get excited about. Also worth noting is the conch time – the longer the conch time (96 hours, 120 hours) the finer the chocolate will be, resulting in a really pure, melt in the mouth experience.
The full Purist range includes 70g Purist bars, as well as Purist caramels and pralines and ‘super boosters’ which are ‘nibbly pieces of pure Saint Lucian Trinitario cocoa simply sealed in 70% cocoa dark chocolate’.
Since Hotel Chocolat tell us that cocoa is an “official superfood, packed full of natural antioxidants, mood-lifting compounds, trace minerals and a caffeine kick” – who wouldn’t want to work their way through the goodness inside this hamper?!
The Purist Collection hamper includes:
Dark Super Boosters (nibbly pieces of pure Saint Lucian Trinitario cocoa taken from the heart of the bean – sealed in 70% cocoa dark chocolate)
Intense Dark Purist Praline Tray (65% Dark Island Growers with Piedmont hazelnuts in praline)
65% Dark 96 Hour Conch Island Growers 70g Bar Saint Lucia (winner of a 2010 Great Taste Gold Award)
50% Milk Island Growers 35g Bar (sits midway between milk and a classic dark bar)
100% Dark Hacienda Iara Bar 35g Bar (an immediate and intense cocoa hit made from Arriba Nacional cocoa beans)
As I sampled my way through this hamper I felt as though someone had given me a box of contraband – this is chocolate that is simply too good to be sitting in the high street. Because the chocolate hit is so intense, you don’t need to gorge yourself on it, which made a nice change for me and also meant that the box lasted a good while.
My favourite pieces from this whole collection were the pralines, just something else altogether, though the little dark chocolate coated cocoa nibs sitting on my desk as I type are also providing a useful energy boost! I’m off to the Hotel Chocolat shop on my high street now to buy some of the Purist Dark Caramel Pralines too. I also note that Judith from Mostly About Chocolate in her guest post yesterday chose the Hotel Chocolat 120h Conch Purist 65% Chocolate Bar as her second favourite high street chocolate bar…so I’m off to buy one of those too to sample.
Try this collection for yourself:
1. “Like” the Hotel Chocolat Facebook Page and then come back to me to let me know that you have done so by leaving a comment on this post
2. Follow @HotelChocolat on Twitter and then come back to me to let me know that you have done so, again by leaving a comment on this post.3. Tweet this post using the button below and leave a comment telling me that you have done so including your Twitter username.4. Follow me @RenBehan on Twitter and again leave a comment in the box below to tell me that you have done so, including your Twitter username.5. Visit the Fabulicious Food on Facebook and “Like” and leave a wall post to tell me you have done so.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only
Closing date: Friday 14th October 2011 at 3pm
The winner will be announced in a subsequent post on Saturday 15th October 2011
Image Credit: Hotel Chocolat
Many thanks to Hotel Chocolat for sending me one of these hampers for review.