I’ve always been a fan of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka books. I think I was 10 when I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I still remember how was in complete awe of the astounding range of chocolate deliciousness Mr Wonka managed to create in his little old chocolate factory. In fact, I had many dreams about the day I’d visit a similar Wonka-esque chocolate factory to sample such a varied range of chocolate goodies. I mean, don’t tell me you didn’t read the book and yearn to sail in a chocolate boat down a chocolate river!
Anyway, this so-called chocolate fantasy of mine has (unfortunately) yet to become a reality. Nevertheless, I have come across lots of amazing chocolate in the last few years, and although they aren’t as wacky as Wonka’s mad creations, they suit me very well indeed. One of these brands is Hotel Chocolat, who I’ve blogged about before. One of the things I like about them is how much effort they put into the packaging of their chocolates, which is exactly why their chocolates make such perfect gifts.
This Valentine’s Day, Hotel Chocolat have again outdone themselves and come up with an amazing range of Valentine’s chocolate gifts. From pink champagne truffles to sexy hot lips to their signature chocolate slabs – they’ve got it covered. Yes, you heard me right. Chocolate lips!
Their Sleekster Love Selection features an impressive spread of chocolates, which they claim has “something for everyone to adore”. It offers a huge variety of flavours, and some of my personal favourites are the Pistachio Praline (masses of finely ground pistachios for a melt-in-the-mouth experience), the Caramel Sweetheart (caramel milk chocolate with a hint of morello cherry, salt, and masses and cocoa crispies and chopped hazelnuts for lots of texture) and the Champagne Truffle (milk chocolate cream ganache with generous splashes of Marc de Champagne).
But my favourite one of the lot has to be the AMAZING Liquid Caramel (liquid salted caramel encased in 40% milk chocolate) – one bite into this and the liquid salted caramel just bursts out into your mouth, sending you into all sorts of heaven. So, so good. In fact I would happily buy an entire box of them…
I’ve always loved the way Hotel Chocolat presents their chocolates, and this Sleekster selection is no different. I mean, the photo speaks for itself. The splashes of bright red and hot pink coupled with the various shades of brown make it look incredibly attractive, and not in a “oh my god how much food colouring is in that” way.
And at the end of the day, even if you’re not someone who believes in Valentine’s Day, I’m sure you believe in chocolate… and that in itself is a good enough reason to indulge in these delectable chocolates.
****Giveaway has now CLOSED – congratulations to Bill, who has won himself a Sleekster Love Selection from Hotel Chocolat! Please check your email!****
What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day?
Perhaps you be having a romantic candlelight dinner? Or maybe you’ll having a quiet night in. Or maybe you’ll be watching Top Chef and MasterChef New Zeland (and yes, that’s what R and I will be doing – we’re so boring aren’t we?). Whatever it is, I want to know! 🙂
For extra chances to win: (Each will get you ONE entry) – remember you need to answer the above question in order to qualify for extra entries!
- Visit the Hotel Chocolat Valentine’s online gift catalogue, and leave a comment below telling me what your favourite chocolate gift is.
- Tweet about the giveaway: You can use the “tweet button” below or copy this: I just entered the @breadetbutter and @HotelChocolat giveaway to win some chocolates for Valentine’s Day! #giveaway
- 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 Wednesday 9th February 2011 at 23:59 BST. A winner will be chosen at random, and once he/she confirms their address, the Sleekster Love Collection will be sent out to them. If the winner fails to confirm their address within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.
****Giveaway has now CLOSED****
*non-watermarked photos are courtesy of Hotel Chocolat