Hotel Chocolat

This page shows Chocablog reviews of Hotel Chocolat products, a British cocoa grower and chocolatier, known for it's fun, quality chocolate gifts and growing chain of high street shops.

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Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg Selection

A selection of Hotel Chocolat hollow eggs.

Hotel Chocolat ‘A Nest Of Egglets’

Three filled mini eggs in a milk chocolate test.

Hotel Chocolat Big City Bunny

Does this chocolate bunny taste as good as it looks?

Rabot 1745 Restaurant Review

Hotel Chocolat's new restaurant in Borough Market.

Hotel Chocolat Signature Christmas Collection

Seasonal chocolates from Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat Coffee Bûche

A triple-layered coffee-flavoured buche.

Hotel Chocolat Island Growers Saint Lucia 70% Milk Chocolate

A 70% Milk Chocolate From Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat ‘The Connoisseur’ Extra Thick Easter Egg

A rather post Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg.

Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Egg Sandwich

A salted caramel milk chocolate egg from Hotel Chocolat.

Hotel Chocolat Easter Collection

A box of Easter chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.

Hotel Chocolat Rather Large Christmas Cracker

A giant Christmas cracker stuffed with chocolates.

Hotel Chocolat Launch Christmas Range

Hotel Chocolate launches Christmas, Halloween and Beauty ranges.

Hotel Chocolat Hot Chocolate Cocktails At The Botanist Sloane Square

We sample four hot chocolate cocktails at The Botanist.

Hotel Chocolat Keepsake Easter Tin

A decorative tin filled with flavoured mini eggs.

Valentine’s Roundup

A round up of this year's Valentines offerings.

Hotel Chocolat Love Notes

Heart shaped Valentine's from Hotel Chocolat.

Hotel Chocolat Mini Crackers

Mini chocolate Christmas crackers from Hotel Chocolat.

Hotel Chocolat Eggs & Soldiers

It’s probably been 32 years since I last had eggs with soldiers, but this cute little Easter box from Hotel Chocolat still managed to catch my attention.

Hotel Chocolat Quail Eggs

A cute little box of a dozen chocolate mini eggs with assorted fillings.

The Chocolate Tasting Club Christmas 2010 Collection

Observant readers might be wondering why I’m writing about Christmas 2010 chocolates that you couldn’t possibly buy in January 2011. There is method (of sorts) in this madness, I assure you. These “Chocolate Tasting Club” chocolates were a Christmas gift from …

Hotel Chocolat The Purist 70% Chuao

If you’re not seriously into chocolate, you may not have heard of Chuao, but it’s kind of a big thing at the moment. It’s actually a small village in Venezuela, but those in the know say the surrounding plantations produce …

Hotel Chocolat Dark & Fruity Yule Log

In case you hadn’t noticed, here in the UK, the nights are drawing in, and yes, Christmas is looming large. Of course, Christmas is a time for chocolate (although here at Chocablog every day is a day for chocolate) and …

Hotel Chocolat Gingerbread Liquid Chocolate

This is part of Hotel Chocolat’s new winter range, and was one of many items in our goody bag at their Christmas launch event waaaaaay back in July. The idea of gingerbread hot chocolate sounds amazing to me. I’m a …

Hotel Chocolat Signature Dark Collection

This tiny little massive box of chocolates was a small part of the goody bag we received at the Hotel Chocolat Christmas launch back in July, but has only just gone on sale. It looks like there have been a …

Hotel Chocolat Summer Goody Bag

Time for another Hotel Chocolat goody bag! I do love these things, despite the fact that they come in a little handbag and are probably not aimed at me. I think there’s something exciting about ripping open a bag full …

Hotel Chocolat 50% Island Growers Gianduja

Gianduja, for the uninitiated, is a mixture of chocolate and hazelnut paste. It’s sometimes sold in blocks (great for creating delicious desserts), used as a filling for individual chocolates, or as in this case, simply cut into small squares and …

Hotel Chocolat Super Boosters

Any chocolate that comes in a test tube must be good. If it’s made from cocoa nibs and has a Hotel Chocolat logo on it, then it should be awesome. The name and presentation are clearly designed to get you thinking …

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Launch

A hot and sunny day in early July may not be the obvious time to launch your Christmas range to the press, but that’s exactly what Hotel Chocolat chose to do yesterday. After having hired (or broken into, we’re not quite …

Hotel Chocolat The Purist 50% Milk Island Growers

I happened to pass by one of Hotel Chocolat’s stores recently and decided to pop in for a look, since we’ve not been sent anything from them for a while. While Hotel Chocolat continue to bring out ever more outrageous, …

Hotel Chocolat The Purist Madagascar Milk 52%

This milk chocolate bar packs a hefty 52% cocoa solids and is the sibling to the Purist 72% Dark Madagascar bar I reviewed recently. It features beans from the same Menavava plantation, extra vanilla and cocoa nibs. The format and packaging …

Hotel Chocolat Just Desserts H-Box

This is just the kind of thing I love. A light, fruity summer selection box from Hotel Chocolat. This particular “H-Box” (I don’t know why they named a box of chocolates after a prison block) consists of 14 milk, dark …

Hotel Chocolat The Purist Madagascar Dark 72%

I chose this bar from Hotel Chocolat, partly because I wanted a change from the usual seasonal promotional items they send us, but primarily because I’m a big fan of Madagascan chocolate. This is the first time I’ve had one …

The Rabot Estate, Borough Market

A little bit of St Lucia came to London’s Borough Market this morning. A new chocolate shop, bringing a little warmth to a rather cold spring day. If Rabot Estate sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the name of Hotel Chocolat’s plantation …

Hotel Chocolat Magnificent Heart

Another heart-shaped Hotel Chocolat product for Valentines, and this time it’s a 70% cocoa dark chocolate creation studded with fruit and nuts. Before we continue with this, I feel I ought to pout this particular item into perspective. Yes, it’s THAT big. …

Hotel Chocolat Chilli & Nibs Sweethearts

This deep red box contains four rows of seven chocolate hearts, each engraved with what would appear to be the, or possibly one of, Hotel Chocolat’s Valentines motif (of which more later, but on a much grander scale). This is the …

Hotel Chocolat Gorgeous Heart – Fruity Affair

“Gorgeous Heart – Fruity Affair” is a silly name for a silly chocolate. Brilliantly silly, that is. A successor to last year’s ‘Heart Strings‘, this giant 650 gram heart comes in very similar packaging, laced up down the middle and …

Chocolate Heart Face-Off: Hotel Chocolat vs Thorntons

This year, Hotel Chocolat and Thorntons sent us similarly sized boxes of chocolate hearts, so rather than do two reviews, I thought it would be fun to put them head to head and see who comes out on top – …

Hotel Chocolat Best Dressed Reindeer

I’m not sure why clothes are important to a reindeer. Neither am I sure how wearing nothing but a pink scarf qualifies someone as ‘best dressed’. But in the world of Hotel Chocolat, pretty much anything is possible. According to the …

Hotel Chocolat Sparkling Stars Pralines

This praline selection from Hotel Chocolat apparently has a Christmas theme to it. I’m not convinced the three snowflakes and two sprigs of holly on the box add up to the most festive theme in the world, but someone in …

Hotel Chocolat Undiscovered St Lucia 42% Milk Chocolate

Hotel Chocolat have created a range of chocolates using cocoa from their own Rabot Estate on St. Lucia, and I have been fortunate enough to have received a box of assorted bars and pralines to sample. As mentioned in my interview …

Hotel Chocolat Munchkins

These cute little things are tiny little balls of shortbread cookie coated with orange-flavoured white chocolate. Each ‘pumpkin’ is about 1cm in diameter and there’s a total of 115g in each pretty little bag. Yes, this one is another Halloween …

Hotel Chocolat Yummy Bones

It may be Chocolate Week, but let’s not forget that other important festival of chocolate – Halloween – is also approaching fast. With that in mind, Hotel Chocolat sent me this rather gruesome skull. (At least I think it’s just …

An Interview with Angus Thirlwell

The other day I was given the opportunity to interview Angus Thirlwell, co-founder of Hotel Chocolat. As it turned out our chat lasted about an hour and the time passed remarkably quickly. Angus is a thoroughly engaging and easygoing chap, …

Hotel Chocolat Milk Chocolate Mini Slab

This slender little slab was part of the goodies Dom & I were given at the Chocolate Week / Mexican Tourist Board Event. The rear appears to be sealed with wax (which it isn’t, but it’s an interesting touch). Now, whether …

Hotel Chocolat ‘The Purist’ 100% Stick

Something else we were given at the Academy of Chocolate Awards this summer – a stick of pure cocoa from Hotel Chocolat’s St. Lucian plantation. It comes with a recipe for a hot chocolate drink, but since it’s still relatively …

Hotel Chocolat Fruit & Nuts Milk Slab

Slab time again! This 500g beauty from Hotel Chocolat is made with 40% cocoa solids milk chocolate, hazelnuts (8%), sultanas (5%) and cranberries (2%). That may not seem like a lot of fruit and nuts, but hazelnuts and cranberries don’t actually …

Hotel Chocolat Sleekster Milk Oblivion

It’s been a while since we reviewed any Hotel Chocolat offerings, and I can’t even remember the last time I reviewed a proper box of chocolates from them. But this large (390g) box turned up on my doorstep last week …

Hotel Chocolat Tutti Fruitti Slab

It’s always a nice surprise when the postman knocks on the door with a big box from Hotel Chocolat. This particular delivery contained two 500g chocolate slabs with a summer theme, and this Tutti Fruitti one really grabbed my attention. Made …

Hotel Chocolat Your Eggsellency Egg

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 …

Hotel Chocolat Creamed Caramel Easter Egg Sandwich

Easter is approaching rapidly, and that can only mean one thing – more Easter Eggs from Hotel Chocolat. They’ve been kind enough to send us a couple, and I’m starting with the smaller of the two. This 100g egg is made …

Hotel Chocolat Heart Strings

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 …

Hotel Chocolat Pretty In Pink Goody Bag

Taking a step up from the Caramel Sweethearts, we have this Valentine’s offering from Hotel Chocolat. A pink “goody bag” packed with chocolatey delights. In no particular order, we have: “Selection of the Season” Chocolates This small tray contains six heart shaped, …

Hotel Chocolat Caramel Sweethearts

Well Valentine’s Day is coming up again and that can only mean more weird and wonderful creations from Hotel Chocolat! I’m starting with the simplest of the three sample products they’ve sent us this year. Caramel Sweethearts are “two-bite” pieces of …

Hotel Chocolat Little Angels

Time for more Hotel Chocolat Christmas specials. This time we have angel shapes made in solid white chocolate and ‘caramel chocolate’ – a blend of milk chocolate and caramel. It’s part of the same range as the Chilli Penguins and …

Hotel Chocolat Kissing Mistletoe

Hmm. So what can I say about this. Chocolate “kissing mistletoe”… Well, the chocolate’s nice. It’s that standard, smooth, glossy, 40% Hotel Chocolat milk chocolate. I think we’ve exhausted most of the adjectives that could be used to describe this chocolate …

Hotel Chocolat Fruit & Nut Christmas Wreath

I love Hotel Chocolat. Everything they do is of exceptional quality and beautifully presented. But I like them most when they come out with something completely outlandish, indulgent and just plain weird. So as you might have guessed, I particularly like …

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Peepster Box

I love Hotel Chocolat slabs. Not only are they delicious chunks of yumminess, but you also get enough to feed a small planet for approximately five years. Luckily, the mini slabs are equally delicious, but much more manageable. I doubt they …

Hotel Chocolat Chilli Penguins

Christmas is just around the corner and for me, that can only mean one thing. More weird and wonderful stuff from Hotel Chocolat. And what better way to start than these cleverly named “Chilli Penguins”. We have a bunch of stuff …

Hotel Chocolat “Boo!” Halloween Chocolates

Last week I reviewed Hotel Chocolat’s Halloween Minislabs and found them to be just a little too good to give away to trick-or-treaters. This week I have something a little more managable – individually wrapped Halloween-themed milk chocolates. In case you …

Hotel Chocolat Halloween Minislabs

Halloween is nearly here, and while I’m not a major fan of it myself, any excuse for more chocolate can’t be all bad. So here we have a seasonal addition to Hotel Chocolat’s “minislabs” range. Having only ever reviewed their giant …

Hotel Chocolat Canapés Caramel

It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed any Hotel Chocolat products, so it’s probably about time we looked at some of their latest offerings. They were kind enough to send some samples, and this one in particular caught my eye. Now …

Hotel Chocolat ‘The Purist’ Nobbly Nibs

The life of a chocolate reviewer isn’t all freebies arriving by special delivery and ‘I thought you’d enjoy these’ gifts from friends and relations. Sometimes one has to go out and track down interesting new products to sample, and these …

Hotel Chocolat Serious Dark Fix Egg

One of the many tempting offerings from Hotel Chocolat this Easter, the Serious Dark Fix Egg is, as one might expect, aimed at those who prefer their cocoa content in the 70th percentile. The shells (extra thick as always) are …

Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road To Caramellow Egg

I’ve lost count of the number of times the postman has knocked on my door with packages from Hotel Chocolat. But this time my reaction was more “Oh.” than “Oooooh!” The box was much smaller than I had been expecting… After …

Hotel Chocolat Collection of the Season

When I opened the package and saw this box of chocolates, I realised that Hotel Chocolat don’t just employ master chocolatiers – they also have some pretty talented packaging designers. This box is a masterpiece of classic (and classy) design. From …

Hotel Chocolat Love Selection Peepster Box

While Dom was busy blindfolding himself and playing games with Hotel Chocolat’s Secrets and Desires box, I was nibbling my way through this – the Love Selection. A seasonal selection of Hotel Chocolat’s slabs which included two Love Slabs (one …

Hotel Chocolat Secrets & Desires

We’ve mentioned many times before just how important packaging is. Whether simple or extravagant, it can make or break a product. Hotel Chocolat have always been experts at packaging, and this is no exception. In fact, the packaging for the product …

Hotel Chocolat Selection Of The Season

Sometime last week I was getting ready to go to work when Postie knocked at the door. Instead of the parcel I was expecting I was delighted to discover that I had been sent this. . . .. and equally pleased …

Hotel Chocolat Rather Large Christmas Cracker

If you’ve ever seen an Arnold Schwarzennegger movie, you’ll know that when you see a man wearing shades carrying a 2 foot long cardboard box under his arm and walking toward your house, it’s time to hide behind the sofa. A …

Hotel Chocolat – The Purist

Christmas, a time for giving. If you’re reading this, you’d probably agree that it’s a time for giving chocolate, and a great opportunity to splash out a bit. Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Santa knew what I …