First up from my small selection of goodies is this 50% cacao milk chocolate nest with three of Hotel Chocolat’s distinctive egglets sat in the middle. Thankfully they aren’t glued in there – I had visions of wearing rather than tasting the caramel egglet!
Each of these egglets is made from 36% cacao white chocolate, and each has a different centre. There’s Caramel (yellow), Praline (blue) and Raspberry Ganache (pink), quite grown up flavours for something that has such a lighthearted look about it. The caramel is soft, unctuous and rich and the praline is a delight, and while the sweet tartness of the raspberry ganache was my least favourite, that really was a matter of personal taste.
The nest is another matter entirely. I have handled novelty ashtrays that are less solid than this little beast. It’s impossible to get into it without the aid of implements, such is it’s thickness. I ended up having at it with a very sharp knife, and it was well worth the effort.
It was a Hotel Chocolat 50% cacao milk chocolate that really changed my mind about high cacao milk chocolate, and even an ardent dark chocolate fan like myself had very little problem tucking into a second chunk.
I found myself liking the way this was put together as well. The packaging and content work well together and I almost found it nostalgic. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a well presented, well made Easter novelty from an accessible, quality chocolatier, and one I would recommend (but be aware that sharing it might be difficult – best buy one each).