My Valentines Day coverage started with my take on one of Hotel Chocolat's newest slabs the 'You Smoothie' (See below!). New Chocolate Mission readers will also want to bare in mind that the archives contain reviews of several other Hotel Chocolat goodies that I've reviewed done the years - just take a look HERE.
Getting put under the JCM spotlight today we have these Hotel Chocolat Lips & Hearts. Both of these mini-boxes of chocolates come at the more affordable end of the Hotel Chocolat product spectrum and cost only £5.00 each (See HERE). Though both look the same sort of offering there is a slight variation between the two - the Lips are plain 'milk chocolate truffles' and the Hearts are 'praline filled truffles'.
Now, you probably know where I'm going to go with this before I even say it, so I won't labour the point. Given my love for nuts, in particular hazelnuts, you will find it of little surprise that the Heart chocolates were indeed were my favoured out of the two. Whilst both had the same indulgent sweet creamyness to the milk chocolate constituents, the Hearts just had more of an interesting overall taste with the woody hazelnut coming through within the divine, soft feeling ganache centres.
Overall if you are looking for a Valentines option that wont have your bank manager in tears, but still looks and tastes the part, then these Hearts and Lips truffles are well worthy of your consideration. In my opinion these are great for a person looking to impress, yet at the same time not go excessive.
Hotel Chocolat Lips - 8.0 out of 10
Hotel Chocolat Hearts - 8.2 out of 10