“ Brand: Hotel Chocolat / Type: Dark „
Hotel Chocolat are a well known cocoa grower and chocolatier, who have retail shops across the country. I recently discovered a Hotel Chocolat shop in my local town when someone bought a colleague at work a box of yummy looking chocolate's for their birthday. Hotel Chocolat first started as a catalogue based business which made their exclusive brand of chocolate's available to UK consumer's for the first time. A website then followed in 2004 and one of the first of many Hotel Chocolat stores appeared on the high street.
Hotel Chocolat has a large range of beautiful chocolates in a great range of traditional and very different flavours. They sell fabulous gift boxes with a mixed selection and slab's of chocolate as well as chocolate bars and special treat sized packs and even drinking chocolate. I love their crackers, each of which comes with a small selection of chocolates in each cracker.
The button's come in milk chocolate and dark chocolate; I am however reviewing the dark chocolate buttons. The button's come in a pink box with a lovely pattern design on the box. On the flap to the side of the box it tells you that they researched old buttons from the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s and became so absorbed that they decided to do their own collection.
You get a total of 18 antique buttons in a box which are cast in 70% cocoa dark chocolate. The box is 100g and it cost's £6.00.
On the back of the box you will find a list of ingredients and their contact details as well as a picture of the buttons which you get inside the box as well. It also has a sell by date too, which isn't until 15th Feb 2011, so these keep for a long time as long as they are stored in a cool dry place away from strong odours.
As you open the box there is a piece of plastic film which has Hotel Chocolat printed onto the clear sheet. It then has a thick plastic sheet which is black which covers the chocolate buttons. When you take the plastic layers off this reveals a lovely layer of 6 buttons in different sizes. The buttons look a very dark chocolate colour and you can smell the strong smell of cocoa in the chocolate buttons. The buttons look quite thick and they have some lovely designs on the front of them. You get three layers of these buttons and each button comes from its own place in the plastic tray which holds them in place and stop's them from falling out when in the box. The button's are a nice size and are quite thick as well.
When putting one of these into my mouth the texture is very smooth and it breaks quite easily in your mouth. As soon as you bite into the button you can taste the dark chocolate and the flavour fills your mouth. The chocolate does taste slightly bitter as its 70% cocoa but I love the taste and it's not too bitter for me. After eating the button, you do get a slightly bitter after-taste which does tend to linger in your mouth for a while.
As these are very rich they are quite sickly and I couldn't eat more than 2 after each other. In fact after I had 2 this was enough to sort out my sweet chocolate cravings for a few days.
You can find a list of their stores and more information about Hotel chocolate on www.hotelchocolat.co.uk. You can also buy from their online store as well.
The buttons are suitable for vegetarians and are alcohol free.
These do contain Soya.
I am a huge fan of dark chocolate anyway so I love these and think they are really yummy. If you don't like dark chocolate I would recommend getting these in milk chocolate as they make a lovely gift. £6.00 may be a bit pricey for chocolate but I don't think it's that more expensive compared to shops such as Thornton's and other chocolate shops. The buttons do come well presented in a lovely box too. If you don't fancy trying the button's I would highly recommend trying something else from their store as they do a huge range of things suitable for nearly everyone. I will be shopping here again!
(review also on ciao)