The final Valentine’s offering from Hotel Chocolat this year, and I’ve saved the best… well, the biggest at least… for last.
I had no idea what was in this giant, pink, 700g box, and I deliberately avoided looking at the description on the back so it would be a nice surprise. The bright pink box is laced up like a bodice, meaning rather than just ripping it open, you have to… undress it.
Once you’ve “tugged at the Heart Strings” (as Hotel Chocolat puts it), the box opens and you’re presented with this:
A rather large solid milk chocolate heart… with lots of pink bits. The Hotel Chocolat web site describes it as:
“A heady blend of love and chocolate in a daringly flirtatious, ribbon-tied corset. Just tug the heartstrings and slowly reveal a striking milk chocolate heart swirled with fruity two-tone strawberry chocolate. Pressed with luscious kirsch truffles and pralines, crunchy strawberry shortbread, chopped hazelnuts and crushed meringue pieces.”
Yup. That sounds about right…
Unfortunately, and somewhat typically, my heart was broken in two. I’m not sure how or when it got broken, as it was well packaged, but that could be a bit of an issue – and it did spoil the wow factor a little. But not much.
The important thing is how it tastes, and I can sum that up in one word: divine.
I simply love the strawberry chocolate (a mixture of chocolate and freeze dried strawberries). The aroma and flavour are chocolatey and fruity and incredibly moreish.
But the best part of Heart Strings is that you never know quite what flavours you’re going to get. Because it’s impossible to break off a piece accurately, you always get a slightly different combination of milk chocolate, straberry, meringue or truffle. So even a slab of this size never gets boring.
If you really want to make an impact this Valentine’s day, then I would absolutely recommend this. But if you can, I would also consider buying it from a physical Hotel Chocolat shop, rather than online if you want to make absolutely sure that your heart doesn’t get broken in the post.