“ Brand: Hotel Chocolat / Type: Egg „
I do enjoy a bit of chocolate - don't we all? But when it comes to easter eggs, the attempts of most chocolate makers are... a bit mediorcre if I'm honest. Tiny, wafer thin eggs that taste like the kind of chocolate to come out of a cheap advent calender. 2 years ago, I decided that enough was enough so I took the dive and bought a Hotel Chocolat easter egg. The price was rather scary - £24 for a bit of chocolate??? Regardless, I purchased on and took it home to devour. One look at it and I knew that i was in for a real treat. The egg was split into two individual shells - one had a rather nice cross-hatched pattern of piped chocolate, the other was coasted with rice krispies, cookies and even more chocolaty goodness. I dived right in with the cookie krispie shell. It was deliciously rich, indulgent and creamy - maybe too rich for some but fine for me. The cookies and rice krispies complimented the chocolate perfectly, it was like an orchestra playing a grand masterpiece for my taste buds. And it was by far the thickest easter egg I have ever seen - almost half an inch at the bottoms of the shells! The other shell was equally as perfect - adorably chocolaty. And to make the deal even sweeter, 12 assorted chocolates had been nestled in the shells. Caramels, nuts, truffles, solid chocolate bunnies, the lot. Needless to say, I would highly recommend it to a friend, and now it's become a personal favourite for an Easter treat. (Small bit of advice - if you can wait until the day after Easter, you can pick it up for half price!)
Brilliantly, the saying "The best things in life are free" applies to my review of this product as my mother delightfully bought this egg (along with another), for my boyfriend and I to share this Easter. Naturally, I took control immediately and rationed out the chocolates as I saw fit! The egg is made up of two individually wrapped halves- one is a 40% cocoa milk chocolate shell with puffed rice, cookies and chocolate chunks embedded in it. The other half has a layer of caramel over the shell of milk chocolate- the caramel isn't very visible but it's definitely there, as the taste is very distinctive! Inside the egg is a selection of chocolates- the ones I automatically distributed to my boyfriend were the Fruit & Nut and the Florentine Dream- no complaints from him. I indulged in the Pecan Praline and Chocolate Brownie chocolates before (kind of!) evenly distributing the remainder between us! If you have ever had Hotel Chocolat products before, then you'll absolutely know what to expect- and this won't let you down! It comes packaged in the distinctive H.C black and white packaging, and looks luxurious and indulgent- which it is! The shells on these eggs are EXTREMELY thick in places, and that is by no means a complaint!
First of all, apologies for the odd timing of this particular review, I meant to get it done much much sooner than this, but actually, I ended up getting quite a lot of chocolate for Easter, so it's taken me some times to make it through it all! For those that are unfamiliar with Hotel Chocolat, they are a chocolatier and cocoa growing company that have various shops and a mail order website that delivers to most of Europe. They specialise in luxury chocolate and are the originators of the world famous 'chocolate tasting club'. So what better time to exercise their skill that Easter? They offer a range of eggs for different tastes, including some plainer eggs, some tiny ones for smaller appetites or purses and their range of stuffed eggs (which come in standard and enormous sizes) of which the 'Rocky Road to Caramellow' egg is one. At around £15 its a lot of an egg, but this isnt a plastic boxed, tinfoil wrapped, delicate shelled cheapo, this is a serious egg! This egg has been on my favourites list for Easter for a number of years and I usually treat myself to one, this year I was treated instead by family, so it was extra yummy! The egg itself is about the same size as one of the standard Cadbury's eggs, only about 4 times thicker. You really have to get a good grip on it to break a piece off...or smash it with a wine bottle...that also works. One side is caramel infused (flavour, not gooeyness) smooth milk chocolate, and the other half shell is their standard milk chocolate that has biscuit, chocolate buttons, caramel and crispy bits embedded in it. The whole thing also includes six of the company's very yummy handmade chocolates. The rocky road side of the egg is my favourite, it seems a lot more moreish and the carramellow side while smooth doesn't really taste all *that* much of caramel, it just seems to make the chocolate richer and a bit sweeter, which is really only a good thing as far as I'm concerned. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the chocolate these guys produce is some of the richest, smoothest and purest melt-in-the-mouth chocolate I have tried, to have it wrapped in an egg shaped package is only cuter and more justifiable (since you just have to get into the festival spirit right?) Honestly though, I thought that last year my egg was bigger. I really hope that my favourite indulgence company is not trying the old 'shrink it and charge the same price' trick. I couldn't be sure though, will just have to try it next year...just to check.