December 19th: Hotel Chocolat The Dark Christmas Collection
Another day and another Hotel Chocolat Christmas selection box has been devoured here at ChocolateMission HQ. The box on show today is the Hotel Chocolat The Dark Christmas Collection. This collection came billed as 'A selection of 19 of our finest festive dark chocolate truffles, pralines, caramels and more, all beautifully finished and ready to wow'. That my friends is certainly confidence for you but I wasn't doubting them given my past experience with Hotel Chocolat's previous dark chocolate expertise.
This 19 strong collection of chocolates weighed in at 185.0g and came presented in a very stylish looking 'hat box'. I'm not too sure what makes this a 'hat box' (perhaps the shape!??), but I thought it looked very classy nonetheless and the gold and white colour scheme gave it both a festive and prestigious feel. The selection contained ten different chocolates - some I've reviewed before and some that were all new to me. Here is what I made of them.
Hotel Chocolat box without a Rum Truffle and that is exactly what you see on the left above. For me the rum hit was a little too strong but I did enjoy the lovely warming alcohol sensation brought on by the revelation of the centre melt. The piece on the right there is the Christmas Cake. I remarked upon this piece in earlier reviews, though I'm happy to reiterate that it was a very competent chocolate with lovely notes of nutmeg, cinammon spices and fruity cranberry and orange. A real winner trust me!!
Overall if you are after a Christmas themed box of chocolate suitable for a dark chocolate lover then you need look little further than this Hotel Chocolat The Dark Christmas Collection. The box contains a lovely array of different flavours, fruits, spices and liqueurs and they all come coated in Hotel Chocolat's amazing 70% dark chocolate. Something Hotel Chocolat also always take pride in is their attention to detail and both the box and truffles inside make this a fantastically presented, classy looking selection that anyone should feel proud to either gift or receive (my preference with the latter!!). Does it get a ChocolateMission recommendation? You bet it does!
8.8 out of 10