October 28th: Hotel Chocolat Peanut & Caramel Snuggle

Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Cuisine

Kcal 555 Fat 39.0g Fat(sats) 21.0g Carbs 39.0g (per 100.0g)

You have to love the Autumn season! Fair weather, crunchy leaves underfoot and of course a whole new raft of Autumnal themed Hotel Chocolat seasonal goodies for us here at ChocolateMission to review :-) We've been sent so many lovely samples from our pals @HotelChocolat we've had no choice but to bring back Hotel Chocolat Mondays. Remember folks you guys are all winners too! Make sure you utilise the special 10% off discount code for the Hotel Chocolat site - just enter the code CMISSIONHCWIN10 at the checkout.

When asked which of the new Original Giant Slabs we wanted to review it only took us a matter of seconds to settle on this Hotel Chocolat Peanut & Caramel Snuggle. This 500.0g beast came billed as 'roasted peanuts wrapped in a blanket of caramel and milk chocolate with caramel pieces and a pinch of sea salt' - you can see why we were tempted by this huh!? With so many of us in the team such big advocates of caramel, chocolate and peanut combinations we were uber keen to have the chance to try it. Expectations amongst us all weren't exactly tempered when the slab turned up @Chocmission HQ looking as amazing as it did on the website - check out the photos!

We'd love to say the team 'shared this amongst each other over the course of a few days' however that would be inaccurate given it lasted less than 24 hours :-) Straight away from the minute we opened the cardboard sleeve enclosing the slab the sweet chocolatey smells and wafts of savoury peanuts let us know we were in for something special. Thankfully disappointment wasn't on the menu; the blend of milk and caramel chocolates was as ever fantastic and delivered a fusion of familiar creamy cocoa and burnt sugar toffee like flavours. The plentiful peanuts placed within were equally impressive and added a fresh nut element to the taste with some highly impactful savoury, salty influences. The nuts were considered a big win all round by the team adding an amazing moreishness taste wise and textural excitement with their crisp crunchyness. We all tried to resist but couldn't help ourselves with this Hotel Chocolat Peanut & Caramel Snuggle; second helpings too quickly turned to thirds, and then third helpings to fourths.

Overall the Original Giant Slabs range has been built with sharing occasions in mind though none of in the team were ashamed to admit they could have of happily had one of these Hotel Chocolat Peanut & Caramel Snuggle slabs all to themselves. You would think that unlikely given you would expect after 500.0g you would be bored of the one chocolate but the Hotel Chocolat Peanut & Caramel Snuggle totally dispels that theory. The combination of sweet caramel chocolate and salty peanuts was an absolute joy from the very first to the very last bite. Every single one of us in the team was highly impressed with this slab and would advocate that Hotel Chocolat make it a permanent part of the Original Giant Slabs range rather than just a limited edition seasonal offering. Yet again - highly recommended.

8.9 out of 10