A Magical Christmas with Hotel Chocolat

Chocolate is one of those comfort foods that I’ve always had a soft spot for. My earliest memory of chocolate is probably Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bars, which I used to eat almost religiously. And then there was Kit Kat, which still remains one of my favourite chocolate bars up till today.

Through the years, I’ve tried lots of chocolate – some good, some not so good, and some absolutely amazing ones. Hotel Chocolat is one of those amazing chocolate brands that I’ve come across. I still remember my first ever experience of the Hotel Chocolat range of chocolate gifts – one of my best friends bought me one of their chocolate slabs for my birthday, and I was so in awe of its beauty that I simply admired it for a whole month before actually eating it. Yes, I am strange.

This Christmas, Hotel Chocolat have as usual outdone themselves and come up with a fantastic selection of chocolate goodies. From dark chocolate truffle trees to advent calendars to gingerbread liquid chocolat (hot chocolate), they have it all. Now, who wouldn’t want to receive such lovely treats for Christmas?

Definitely not me. Which is why I jumped at the chance to try out some of the chocolates from Hotel Chocolat’s Christmas present range.

The Ultimate Advent Calendar for two is one of the most beautifully packaged advent calendars I’ve ever seen. Boasting a selection of luscious luxury truffles behind each window, this advent calendar is a guarantee of a very happy and fulfilling run up to Christmas.

One of the most enjoyable things about advent calendars is the mystery of what is concealed behind each numbered window. I was swiftly transformed back to my childhood when I was opening up the windows to reveal the simple yet classy looking truffles. We don’t really do advent calendars back in Malaysia, so I got *slightly* over excited and opened every single window… I blame my inner child.

What I like most about this advent calendar is how there are TWO mini truffles behind each window – i.e. no need to fight your other half/siblings for the chocolate… which is what I know both my sister and I would have done if we had one of these growing up. We’re both slightly obsessive about chocolate, you see.

The truffles consist of six different flavours: liquid caramel (brown line – you can’t see this as it’s been halved in the photo above), gingerbread truffle (green topped), orange liquer caramel (orange topped), rum liquid caramel (light brown topped), mousse au chocolat (red line) and house milk praline. My personal favourites were the rum liquid caramel and the gingerbread truffle – nothing like a bit of rum and ginger to bring a bit of festive cheer.

And then there was Mr. Best Dressed Reindeer, who was made from 70% dark chocolate. This was another one of those “I can’t bear to eat this, it’s too cute/pretty” moments. After some oohing and aahing, I finally nibbled at his ear – and my, it was good. If dark chocolate is not your thing, you could always go for the milk chocolate Santa, or the white chocolate Snowman. All “Best Dressed”, naturally.

And then there were the Tiddly Snowmen. These adorable white chocolate mini snowmen would be a perfect stocking filler – and trust me when I say no child (or even adult!) would not want to find this in their stockings come Christmas morning.

Now on to the exciting part! Thanks to Hotel Chocolat, one lucky winner will win an Ultimate Advent Calendar to accompany his/her countdown to Christmas! Just imagine how much more pleasant December will be with the knowledge that you’ve got chocolates to look forward to every single day… :D

To enter, do any (or all) of the following: (Each will get you ONE entry)

  • Visit the Hotel Chocolat Christmas site, and leave a comment below telling me what your favourite chocolate gift is.
  • Tweet about the giveaway: I just entered the @breadetbutter giveaway for a @HotelChocolat Ultimate Advent Calendar! http://wp.me/pAcXx-oI #giveaway
  • Like Hotel Chocolat on Facebook, and leave me a comment below telling me you’ve done this.
  • Stumble this post, and leave me a comment telling me you’ve done this.

This giveaway is open to all residents of UK, Europe and USA. Giveaway ends Friday 19th November 2010 at 23:59 BST. A winner will be chosen at random, and once he/she confirms their address, the Ultimate Advent Calendar will be sent out to them. If the winner fails to confirm their address within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Good luck! :)

***Giveaway has now ENDED***
Congratulations to Alison, who has won herself a Hotel Chocolat Ultimate Advent Calendar!

* non-watermarked photos courtesy of Hotel Chocolat

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65 thoughts on “A Magical Christmas with Hotel Chocolat

  1. Oh man the advent calendar is COOOL! I didn’t realise there were two truffles for each day (and ok, they DO look a little bit like breasts, don’t they?) – I think I’m gonna get some of these as gifts for peepz :)

  2. Received [url=http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/Classic-Milky-and-Caramel-Liquid-Chocolat-Gift-Set-P500083/]this[/url] for Christmas last year and had amazing hot chocolate for the rest of the year!!! Okay fine, i think it lasted me two months ;p

  3. My favorite chocolate gift is the cinnamon rum sultanas, which are made with white chocolate, but make up for it with the cinnamon and rum!

  4. Their Christmas selections just look fantastic, love the festive flavours, and call me greedy but the one with 2 layers looks the best to me :)

  5. Liked Hotel Chocolat on facebook, tweeted as @alison_1966 and my favourite is Truffles to Share Advent Calendar as I would share it with my hubby ermmm think about sharing it lol

  6. It has got to be the Mulled Wine Cherries for me!
    I’ve tweeted @beedle82, and I already like Hotel Chocolat on Facebook (I’m a member of their chocolate club :) )

  7. My favourite chocolate gift from the website is the Rather Large Cracker as I can’t think of anything more scrumptious to get in a cracker than a bundle of yummy chocs – thats got to beat your usual plastic toy cars, cheesy jokes and flat paper hats!
    I’ve also ‘liked’ your facebook profile (obv. im Isla Scott on Facebook) and I tweeted about the competition, see:- http://twitter.com/#!/NiceMovesIsla/status/2678386254155776
    please enter me into the competition, thank you!

  8. The advent calender for two is such a fab idea! I always get my boyfriend a calender and it would be soo nice to enjoy it too. The dipping adventure looks like so much fun too.

  9. I’d love the The Sleekster Classic Christmas Double Layer Selection. That way I have one layer and my husband the other – it’s the only way to stop him pinching my favourites

  10. I love the chocolate truffle tree – looks like it would be really yummy & all for me!

    I’ve tweeted – @josie301

    & I like Hotel Chocolat on FB

    Cheers!
    Jo x

  11. Tweeted (@lowie131) and liked on facebook. My favourite choc is the mulled wine cherries. Absolutely adorable and very Christmassy.

  12. The Sleekster Classic Christmas Luxe Selection YUM.YUM !

    Already following Hotel Chocolat on Facebook !

    Tweeted as @CHOCOAJ

    Would stumble this post but don’t know how to ! lol

  13. My favourite is the Christmas Goody Bag- Ref 350118, think my children would be fighting over this.
    Have liked on facebook and tweeted @blackthornbest

  14. Liked, stumbled, tweeted (@sarokaal). Dribbled all over the HotelChocolat site and decided I don’t care what you get me as long as it’s chocolate and from there!

  15. my favorite thing on the hotel website was Tiddly Milk Reindeer. also following you and hotel chocolat on twitter @caizley and i have liked hotel chocolate on facebook

  16. Good lord. It’s 2 in the morning… and I want to bake these beauties so badly! No figs in the house… but I’ll make do :)

    I love the mochi texture too, I discovered it last year and haven’t been able to get enough ever since, haha.

    I checked out the site for Hotel Chocolat just now… I know what I’ll be dreaming about tonight! So much deliciousness… *mmmmm* The truffles for two advent calendar is wonderful – one to share, if I can make myself do it :D I love the build up and anticipation of Advent calendars – so classic! I want it enough to have Facebook liked Hotel Chocolat, just for another shot at tasting these incredible looking goodies.
    :) love the cupcakes

  17. Ultimate Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar , love to recieve this, and you got to give this to me before Christmas.

    Now a facebook fan using name above

    and have tweeted using @phyllgerry

    xxx

  18. All those chocolates look gorgeous! I think my favourite from the christmas selection is the “Large Festive Chocolate Dipping Adventure”. And of course the “Ultimate Advent Calendar”… ;)

  19. The booby advent calendar haha. I’ve also done shared on Twitter @googoodoll83, and I already like Hotel Chocolat on Facebook /alisoncomps. :D

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