As you may have already realised by now, I am a little bit partial to a nice bit of chocolate. It is the one thing I couldn’t live without and it would certainly be something I’d request if I was stranded on a desert island. Although if I was really lucky, I’d get stranded on the island of St Lucia and would go and seek out Hotel Chocolat’s Cocoa Plantation on The Rabot Estate. I’m dreaming again…
Anyway, as you might have also noticed, it’s that time of year again when we get to think about Valentine’s Day gifts and so I’ve been busy sampling some of Hotel Chocolat’s collection, in particular the Open Your Heart To Me dreamy chocolate heart filled with a selection of milk, dark and white chocolate mini hearts. It’s priced at £25.00 RRP, which for Valentine’s Day, I think is reasonable.
Now, I admit to some tactical thinking on my part: my favourite chocolate from the entire Hotel Chocolat range is (boringly enough) their 40% milk chocolate. As much as I love flavoured and filled chocolates, there’s something quite special about the taste of their 40% milk chocolate and in its very plainest form, too. So, the great big 40% heart is all for me. The chocolates inside are for hubby. Well, they would have been if I wasn’t required to taste them all and tell you all about it!
The ‘Open Your Heart To Me’ selection reminded me of a lovely big heart-shaped Easter egg, filled with delicious goodies. The heart opens up to reveal chocolates decorated with splashes of hot pink, red yellow and purple chocolates, that are bursting with flavour too. Imagine velvety pralines and truffles laced with vanilla and ‘frisky’ raspberry, closely followed by strawberry with black pepper (couldn’t detect too much black pepper) and caramel with a little tickle of chilli.
I like the way that Hotel Chocolat ‘think’ about their flavours and match them to the occasion. Christmas was spiced with orange, chilli and notes of cinnamon and now we’ve moved onto the strawberry-scented romance and the friskiness of raspberry for Valentine’s Day! Perfect.
There’s plenty to chose from in the range, I also like the Milk Engraved Chocolate Heart (RRP £6.50) and because I like pink, I would also be very happy to receive the Bafta Pink Collection (with sparkling pink rosé, 8 pink champagne Truffles and 3 BAFTA masks) designed especially for the BAFTA’s on Sunday 13th February (close enough to Valentine’s Day!)
But don’t let me be the only judge, Hotel Chocolat have very kindly offered a second ‘Open Your Heart To Me’ gift to one of my lucky readers.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Visit the Hotel Chocolat website and tell me in the comment box below which of their Valentine’s Day Chocolates are your favourite. (Whatever your selection, you will still receive the Open Your Heart To Me selection as your prize.)
3. Copy and tweet the following “I would love to win the Hotel Chocolat Open Your Heart To Me selection on #Fabulicious Food!”
5. Follow Fabulicious Food! on Networked Blogs for a final bonus entry, just let me know you are doing so.
You can enter this competition via any of the five ways described above but you please leave me a separate comment for each time you have entered to make it easier to count your individual entries. No details of any of the entrants will be passed onto anyone else.
The winner will be chosen by an online randomiser. I will be able to see your email and contact you if you have won, but your email will not be visible to the public and will NOT be passed on.
This giveaway is open to all UK readers.
Closing date: Tuesday 7th February 2012 at midnight. The winner will be announced the next day.
This is a featured post. Thank You to Hotel Chocolat for sending me this product for review.