December 21st: Hotel Chocolat Christmas 2012 Bits n Bobs Part #3

Part #3 of my Hotel Chocolat Christmas 2012 Bits n Bobs series .... they sent a lot this year huh!? Make sure you get your orders in today to avoid disappointment!!

Hotel Chocolat Tipsy Christmas Puddings
Hotel Chocolat's stocking filler range has traditionally focused on serving the kids market (Tiddly Reindeers, Piglets in Blankets etc) though 2012 has brought about change with some new adult targeted products like these Hotel Chocolat Tipsy Christmas Puddings. I've recently reviewed different variations of these chocolates in some of the festive themed selection boxes, but today I got to try out a more substantial larger version. These Tipsy Christmas Puddings came in a pack of 6 (75.0g) and came described as '... everyone’s favourite pudding recreated with milk chocolate and succulent raisins, nutmeg, orange and lots of rum and brandy'. Well folks they weren't lieing on the rum and brandy :-) these chocolates certainly pack a punch! The alcohol hit for me was a little strong, though the strength of the orangey, fruity flavours were enough to temper the boozie flavours to a reasonable level. The creamy milk chocolate wasn't as expressive or pronounced as normal though the initial melt when placed in the mouth was awash with spiced milk and cocoa flavours. I personally would go for the Hotel Chocolat Alternative Mince Pies but fans of alcohol fueled chocolates will not want to overlook these.

8.0 out of 10 

Hotel Chocolat The Christmas Buche Collection
Ladies and Gents this product you see here is one of the best things I've reviewed this Christmas period! Indeed if you are a fan of gianduja you need look no place else because this has it all in one seriously stylish, great tasting pack. This Hotel Chocolat The Christmas Buche Collection is a four pack selection of mini Buche chocolate logs containing these four awesome flavours: Ginger & Hazelnut, Pecan & Almond, Hazelnut and Coffee & Amaretti. The four logs came in a beautiful pack that contained a very cool slate cutting board for ultimate classiness  It's hard for me to pick a favourite from the four as each had their own quirky flavour characteristics that built on the underlying base of sinfully rich cocoa and hazelnut. At a push I would pick the Coffee & Amaretti as my preferred variety, though special mention has to go to the Ginger & Hazelnut for the outstanding element of sugary, spiciness brought by the candied ginger. When Hotel Chocolat are good they really are something special! Check out the score - very highly recommended!

9.1 out of 10