I recently went to the launch of Hotel Chocolat’s Easter range at their shop near St Paul’s, and the thing that struck me most was the sheer size of the range of products on offer now. A quick glance at the Hotel Chocolat website shows they have 51 products in the Easter category alone.
The next thing I noticed was that as large as the range is, everything seems to be carefully thought out. Take this tin, for example. It’s the kind of thing that you might want to keep long after you’ve eaten the 11 mini egg chocolates inside. Designed with a flat base, so it sits nicely at an angle without rolling away, it’s a bit flowery for my own tastes, but it would still be a bit of a shame to throw it away.
There are three different chocolates inside the tin – salted caramel, pink champagne and a house praline.
The salted caramel is surprisingly good for a mass produced chocolate. The milk chocolate shell is maybe a little thick, but the soft and sweet caramel inside is very nice indeed. I’ve been spoilt by a lot of handmade artisan salted caramels lately, but I’d still quite happily eat a whole bag full of these.
The milk chocolate praline egg is also very good, with a very smooth praline filling. I’m not a big praline fan, but I did find myself eating all of these without thinking!
Finally, the pink champagne egg is just a little sweet for my tastes, but it is one of the nicest champagne truffles I’ve had in a while. It tastes of pink, so if that’s your kind of thing (or the recipient of this gift’s thing), then it’ll be perfect.
I actually like this rather a lot. When it comes down to it, it may just be 11 mini eggs for £15, but it’s simple and elegant and just a little bit different from your average Easter egg.