It’s easter egg time again! The second egg that Hotel Chocolat sent us this year was this attractive looking creation dressed in black and gold. As you’d expect from Hotel Chocolat, the packaging is top-notch.
Inside the tastefully designed box, each egg half is wrapped separately in sliver foil and hides a big bag of truffles.
One half of the egg is 35% milk chocolate, the other 74% dark chocolate, and they both look and taste divine. I particularly like the way the Hotel Chocolat logo is embossed into the shell. Simple and classy.
As you’d expect, the chocolate taste wonderful. The milk chocolate is rich and creamy and melts away in the mouth in an incredibly moreish manner. The dark chocolate is delicious and fruity and equally moreish.
My only real issue here is that the chocolate is so thick, it’s really difficult to break. I ended up having to smash it on the table just to get a small piece, and even then I nearly managed to break the table.
The truffle mini eggs inside each half all contain alcohol. They’re packed in quite tightly, making this 440g egg almost solid chocolate. Just the way an easter egg should be!
The truffle eggs are:
Rum and Raisin
Soft and smooth truffle in a milk chocolate shell with a much more subtle taste than I was expecting. It’s very definitely rum and raisin, but the alcohol isn’t too overpowering.
A 74% dark chocolate truffle with a blackcurrant and champagne filling. This one has a wonderful deep purple centre. Again, the flavours are subtle and don’t overpower the rich notes of the chocolate.
Pink Marc de Champagne
The only white chocolate here, and probably the least alcoholic in flavour. The Marc de Champagne flavour is quite delicate and works well with the white chocolate. But it’s not pink!
Grand Marnier and Vanilla
Milk chocolate with a very soft, almost liquid centre. Again, the alcohol flavour doesn’t overpower the chocolate – and more surprisingly, the vanilla comes through most of all here. Very nice.
Another dark chocolate, this time with… whisky, oddly enough. I have to say though that I didn’t pick up a great deal of whisky flavours here. The alcohol is quite strong, and there’s a subtle woody taste, but not much whiskyness. Still delicious, but probably my least favourite of the bunch.
What more is there to say? This is a quality product – an altogether classier proposition than the Egg Sandwich I previously reviewed. I highly recommend it as a gift for either a dark or milk chocolate lover – just so long as they like
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