You can tell this is something a little special from the moment you pick up the box.
It has the perfect balance of minimalist style and a touch of the ‘home made’ look that lets anyone who receives one know a lot of thought has gone into it. It’s made from a thick matt black craft paper with the simple ‘Hotel Chocolat’ logo in silver and a gold label that makes it look like some kind of chocolate trophy.
It’s almost a shame to rip it open and destroy it to get to the chocolate inside. Almost.
When you do lift the egg out of the remains of the box, the first thing you notice is the weight. This is seriously heavy (450g) and almost feels solid. I guess they weren’t kidding when they said ‘extra thick shells’.
The second thing you notice about it is that each half is wrapped separately. One half is milk chocolate wrapped in silver, and the other is 72% dark chocolate, wrapped in gold. Clever.
Inside, each half of the egg is stuffed full of large egg-shaped dark, milk and white chocolate truffles. None of the usual small bag of boring non-descript chocolates here. No wonder if felt solid.
The truffle eggs are simply delicious. All different with (according to the web site) “soft ganaches of kir royale, marc de champagne, bellini, kirsch, whisky, calvados, rum, amaretto, tiramisu and much more”. Yup, they’re all alcoholic – but they’re also incredibly soft and creamy.
The chocolate shell is a work of art in itself. Half milk, half dark chocolate, but both extra thick with an eggshell luster finish and embossed with the Hotel Chocolat logo. The milk chocolate half is smooth and has a distinct flavour – I’m guessing it contains a little more cocoa than your average milk chocolate.
The dark chocolate half is as nice as any dark chocolate I’ve had. My only real issue with it is that it’s quite hard to eat being so thick. You either have to smash it on the table or just nibble little bits off it as you can’t really just break it in your hands.
But the real stars here are definitely the little truffle eggs. They look and taste amazing and entirely fill up the centre of the main egg. The problem is that they’re so moreish, you might just find yourself getting a little tipsy.
On the plus side, the alcohol content is the perfect excuse for not sharing them with the kids. These are far too good for children anyway.
Finally, in the interest of full disclosure, I’d like to add that this was a free review sample sent by Hotel Chocolat, but that in no way affects the content of this review. It is quite simply one of the most delicious (and beautiful) things I’ve ever eaten and I have absolutely no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it. If you’re tempted to buy this for a loved one this Easter, I guarantee they will not be disappointed.
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