February 27th: Kellogg's Pop Tarts Cinnamon Roll

Kcal 210 Fat 7.0g Fat(sats) 2.5g Carbs 34.0g (per pastry)

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Some of our most commonly visited reviews on the site are our posts on Kellogg's Pop Tarts, seemingly you folks cant get enough of hearing about all the awesome flavours that they get Stateside. In the theme of being the voice of the people we decided to request these Kellogg's Pop Tarts Cinnamon Roll from our Yankee Pop friends. Fast forward two days later and we had ourselves a 400.0g pack of 8 pastries to munch our way through - breakfast was served.

Now if there is one thing we have come to learn Pop Tarts its that your kitchen is going to be left smelling rather fantastic post their little visit to the toaster. Ladies and Gents things were no different today - in fact they probably smelt the best ever! We were all foaming at the mouth (no rabies!) once the gorgeous cinnamon and pastry smells filled our nostrils, thankfully this wasn't to be a tease to a non-satisfying taste. The combination of buttery, crumbly pastry, sweet as sin icing and sticky cinnamon filling was very nice indeed and was met with a thumbs up all round. The texture was a bit of a moisture vacuum, though this was really a non-issue for most who had a coffee/hot chocolate in close quarters. One was enough for most though some of the team pushed the boat out and obliged the serving suggestion of two.

Overall Kellogg's Pop Tarts Cinnamon Roll get a deserved ChocolateMission thumbs up and were resoundingly enjoyed all round by the tasting panel. We have tried a lot of the Pop Tarts line up now (see the archives HERE) and these are flavour that go beyond some more of the generic flavours in the range which admittedly at times all taste very similar. These Pop Tarts Cinnamon Roll do genuinely deliver on the cinnamon front and manage to create a handy toaster snack that is at least in the ball park of the freshly made cinnamon roll pastries you get from local supermarkets etc. I don't think the ChocolateMission crew would ever get to a consensus on a top 3 Pop Tarts flavours of all time but I don't think these Cinnamon Roll would be missing from many lists.  

8.5 out of 10

February 25th: Milka Tuc Cracker / Milka LU Biscuit

Milka Tuc Cracker - Kcal 515 Fat 26.0g Fat(sats) 15.0g Carbs 62.5g (per 100.0g)

Milka LU BiscuitKcal 525 Fat 25.5g Fat(sats) 16.5g Carbs 59.5g (per 100.0g)

We teased you last week with our post on the Milka Birthday chocolate but today we finally bring you our reviews of another two new Milka chocolates. Thanks again to our friends Cybercandy we have been munching our way through both of these Milka Tuc Cracker and Milka LU Biscuit chocolates. Both of these biscuit and crackers themed chocolates are instances of Kraft utilising their wider portfolio, marrying their famous Milka chocolate brand with their just as widely reknowned Tuc cracker and LU biscuit brands. Would these be marriages made in heaven? Or disaster divorces just waiting to happen? ... we sorta gave the game away in our last post didn't we :-)

This is normally the part where we get to say 'these came in the standard 100.0g' format, however these limited editions were actually slighly under that size - Milka Tuc Cracker 87.0g and Milka LU Biscuit 87.0g. We liked the look of both chocolates and thought the decorative way they placed both the crackers and biscuitt within the chocolate were a more creative style of implementing them than just sticking them throughout the middle of the bar. The wrappers were also rather cool to see with both the Tuc and LU brands interwoven in the usual Milka style packaging.

You've probably peeked at the scores already so we wont beat around the bush and just reveal that we liked the Milka Tuc Cracker ever so slightly more. The saltyness of the crackers in contrast to the sweet, hazelnut noted chocolate provided more of a distinct taste than the sweeter LU biscuit. Both essentially were highly complimentry of the chocolate with their crisp texture, but the Milka Tuc Cracker was the pick of the panel when it came down to the vote, winning out 3 vs 2. Though both were great tasting they weren't the most fulfilling of chocolates given the light nature of the crackers and biscuits, and it wasn't long before we were scratching away at the last remanant crumbs - this is more a reflection of how moreish both were :-)

Overall both these bars get the ChocolateMission thumbs up and we would like to praise Kraft for bringing together all three brands. There wasn't a single individual on the tasting panel that disliked either of these chocolates. As aforementioned the preference did ever so slightly lie with the Milka Tuc Cracker though I don't think many of them would be distraught if you were to give them the Milka LU Biscuit in it's place. If you are a fan of sweet and salty combinations the Milka Tuc Cracker comes highly recommended but thats not forgetting that fans of the more commonlly found Milka Choco Swing will almost certainly be large proponents of the Milka LU Biscuit.

Milka Tuc Cracker - 8.3 out of 10
Milka LU Biscuit - 8.2 out of 10

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February 22nd: Lindt Excellence Dark Caramel with a Touch of Sea Salt

Kcal 494 Fat 30.0g Fat(sats) 17.0g Carbs 57.0g (per 100.0g)

Over a year on from my review of the Lindt Excellence Dark Caramel , I today got the chance to give the chocolate a bit of a second chance after its first disappointing feature on the site - See HERE. If you take the time to look back at my review of that bar in September 2011 you will see that I was mostly disappointed with the lack of strength and flavour delivered by the dark chocolate recipe. Since reviewing that bar then I haven't bought that chocolate since, though upon seeing this new variety today with the added 'Touch of Sea Salt' enhancement, I thought there was enough potential for improvement.

I found this bar on sale in Tesco where it had a shelf rrp price of £1.99 (I managed to get it on a cheeky 2for£3!!). As with every bar in the Lindt Excellence range the chocolate came in 100.0g size and was segregated into the traditional thin, branded square blocks. The bar was unsurprisingly well presented combining the usual sophisticated, clean looking Lindt Excellence fonts and on pack visuals. to good effect. Lookswise the chocolate looked no different whatsoever from the bar I reviewed a year  ago though with the only added inclusion being salt I was hardly expecting anything else.

Despite the lack of aesthetic differentiation there were definitely a bit of variation in terms of the taste. Unfortunately Lindt obviously hadn't been reading there ChocolateMission reviews :-) as my previous dissatisfaction at the use of their 47.0% dark chocolate was not addressed with it again the recipe used for this bar. The good news about this was that I did find the added salt element did bring a little bit more depth flavour wise, and the sweet and savoury contrast delivered had a little more interest to it than just the mild cocoa flavours on offer from the chocolate. For me the salt level was just about right and I felt that the buttery notes of the caramel felt a little more livelier than they had done previous. Three blocks of this as a serving felt like a good amount complimenting a mid-afternoon/after dinner coffee.

Overall I thought this was a better chocolate than the one I reviewed last year. The salt element was a very welcome addition to the mix and it did a job enhancing both the dark chocolate and crunchy caramel pieces. As far as chocolate and salted caramel offerings go I wouldn't say this was a spectacular one (I will leave that to the likes of Paul A Young and Artisan du Chocolat), but for the price it is certainly one worth consideration. Despite the salt helping things out, I still can't help but feel just how much potential there is if Lindt were to use one of their stronger dark chocolate recipes. We all know I'm a big fan of their 70%+ dark chocolates, this isn't a macho thing, I genuinely think their stronger dark chocolates are better (not always the case for all brands!). If you see it on offer give this Lindt Excellence Dark Caramel with a Touch of Sea Salt a try - you'll likely not be as fussy as me and enjoy it.

8.2 out of 10

February 20th: Milka Geburtstagstafel (Birthday)

Kcal 535 Fat 29.5g Fat(sats) 17.5g Carbs 59.5g (per 100.0g)

Our friends over at Cybercandy recently sent us some samples of the latest Milka limited edition bars gracing the shelves in Germany right now.

In and amongst two rather awesome offerings (more on them next week - oh what a tease haha!) we laid our hands on this bizarrely named Milka Geburtstagstafel bar. This 100.0g limited edition marks Milka's 111th birthday .... yes you read that correctly 111th!?

Essentially this Milka Geburtstagstafel (Birthday) bar is just the Milka Happy Cows (See HERE) with a few decorative changes. Rather than the scatter gun white chocolate splodges, you get a lovely looking white chocolate cow placed in the middle of the bar. Lovely though this all sounds this unfortunately didn't change the fact that for most of the taste panel this was still too on the sweet side, with the majority saying they would rather of just had a bar of the standard hazelnut noted Alpine milk chocolate on it's own.  

Overall if we are totally honest we thought this bar was a let down and probably just a bit of a 'cash in' on the part of Milka to try and push yet another limited edition to their legions of fans. As much of a shame as this was, we do get to be an awful lot nicer about the other two bars mentioned previous in the post today - make sure you keep an eye on @Chocmission to see when we publish those reviews.

7.5 out of 10

February 18th: Lindt Lindor Coconut

Kcal ??? Fat ??? Fat(sats) ??? Carbs ???

We think it's pretty safe to say that every brand in the land has cottoned on to the fact that limited editions are the name of the game at moment in confectionery land!!! We aren't afraid to say that anything we see branded with a those special two words on the packaging instantly get our attention. Goodness knows what it is, but there is something exciting about products that aren't going to be around forever. As aforementioned, it seems every company around has got wise to this consumer love of limited editions - Lindt's latest being these all new Lindt Lindor Coconut.

The first thing we noticed about these Lindor Coconut was that the packaging and presentation of the truffles was near on exactly the same as the last limited edition Lindt offering, the Lindt Lindor Stracciatella. The cool, light blue packaging and wrappers seem to have almost been transferred from one product to the next. Whether this is coincidence or done purposely this is surely a mistake on Lindt's part considering the idea of limited editions is to grab short term attention. These could easily pass by the most ardent of Lindt Lindor fans who will mistakingly just believe they are the Stracciatella!

Ho-hum, luckily for these Lindt Lindor Coconut, the presentation is only one aspect of the ChocolateMission rating system, and thankfully they do score rather highly elsewhere across the board. These latest Lindor combine milk chocolate exterior shells with inner coconut flavoured cream fillings and trust us they taste incredible! The coconut flavouring is made apparent from the outset with strong coconut scents immediately detectable upon unwrapping. The milk chocolate is of a good quality and provides a delicious sweet, milky cocoa flavour hit before the delivery of the epically creamy, soft and silky melting fillings. As is promised by the glorious smells, the truffle fillings don't disappoint with their nutty,  coconut creamyness generating that all too familiar Lindt Lindor 'just one more and I'm done' appeal. These weren't so much satisfying in a hunger fufilment sense, but their tastyness was undeniable.

Overall we were a little unsure about the suitability of these coconut themed Lindor given the winter/spring season (coconut is definitely more of a summer flavour!!) and the sloppy choice of presentation style. However, having tasted them these thoughts were pretty far from our mind due to just how delicious they were. The milk chocolate and coconut filling combination was fantastic, though once these limited editions are gone we wouldn't feel cheated seeing either white chocolate or dark chocolate variations in the future. Lindt Lindor fans who like coconut are going to love these and should definitely make a point of sniffing them out before they are gone. Just be careful not to overlook them as the Lindor Stracciatella!!!

8.0 out of 10

Chocolate is good for us??? Part # 1

Any long term ChocolateMission readers will be well aware of our scpetism at the whole 'chocolate is good for us' arguement. This site is an open forum though folks so we've let our pals over at 'Detox Your World' send us some of their favourite recipes that utilise their superfood chocolate products. We are going to be trying some of these out for ourselves in the next few days - let us know what you think of them on twitter @Chocmission


3 easy superfood chocolate recipes

Did you know that the UK now ranks third in the world for per capita confectionary consumption? So what, you might wonder – a little of what you fancy does you good, doesn’t it?

Well, yes …

Your penchant for chocolate need no longer be a guilty pleasure and here’s why…

Raw chocolate is good for both our physical and mental wellbeing

Although it sometimes feels as though all of the things we enjoy most are off the menu, especially when we want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and benefit from an attractive, slim figure, this isn’t strictly true. Indeed, raw chocolate is proof of the proverbial pudding. Unlike regular chocolate, raw chocolate is prepared using natural superfood sweeteners such as agave syrup and lucuma powder and doesn’t contain fattening milks or dairy products. Raw chocolate not only boasts the intense, unadulterated flavour of raw cacao (a pleasure, that can’t be understated!), it also contains a unique selection of wholesome nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Consuming raw chocolate:

• Encourages a prolonged feeling of fullness and helps us lose weight – it’s true! Raw cacao contains large amounts of the important trace element, chromium, which has been directly linked to a reduction in body fat.
• Stabilises our blood sugar levels – chromium is routinely administered to diabetics to help them manage their condition.
• Provides a welcome boost of energy - raw chocolate is rich in magnesium, which demonstrably increases energy levels.
• Improves our mood (as well as our sex lives!) – raw chocolate contains particularly high concentrations of PEA, the so-called ‘love drug’ which heightens libido, in addition to large quantities of anandamides which make us feel blissfully happy.
• Keeps us looking younger and feeling fitter for longer – the powerful antioxidants in raw cacao help combat free radicals and thus visibly reduce the signs of aging (including fine lines and wrinkles), strengthen our immunity and reduce our risk of cancer and other diseases.

3 easy superfood chocolate recipes that you simply can’t resist!

Raw cacao is an extremely versatile superfood that can be purchased either as a powder, or in crunchy beans, nibs, creamy butter or rich liquor forms. All of these yummy products can be used to prepare a wide range of utterly irresistible superfood chocolate recipes.

Our favourite 3 easy superfood chocolate recipes for beginners include:

1. Superfood ‘Snickers-style’ raw chocolate bar

A healthy, raw chocolate alternative to the ever-popular chocolate bar, crammed exclusively with pure, natural superfoods.

25 ml of organic extra virgin coconut oil
1.5 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder
Lucuma powder (add according to taste)
A few handfuls of raw organic goji berries, raisins and pumpkin seeds
Organic peanut butter

Mix the organic coconut oil and raw cacao powder together in a bowl until they form a smooth paste. Then, depending on how bitter or sweet you like your chocolate, add some lucuma powder to taste. Mix thoroughly once more, before stirring in the organic goji berries, raisins and pumpkin seeds. Now spoon some of the chocolate mix into individual cake cases and add a generous layer of organic peanut butter. Finally finish with another layer of chocolate mix and place into your freezer. Allow the raw chocolate to set for about 1 hour prior to serving.


2. Raw cacao & lucuma smoothie

This deliciously creamy and amazingly easy superfood chocolate recipe is a brilliant alternative to regular chocolate shakes. It provides an instant blast of energy and is perfect for any time of day.

125 g of organic shelled hemp seeds
2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
Lucuma powder (add according to taste)
1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
1 banana
½ an avocado
½ litre of water


Simply pop all of the ingredients into your blender, blitz for a few seconds or until smooth and it’s good to go!


3. Zest for life lemon and goji chocolate bar

A wonderfully invigorating superfood chocolate recipe, guaranteed to have your lips smacking in delightful anticipation.

• 2 cups of goji berries
• 2 cups of raw cacao nibs (peeled)
• 1 teaspoon of lemon peel
• 2 cups of grated raw cacao butter

Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz until smooth. Pour the mixture into a mould of your choice and place into the fridge to set. This superfood chocolate recipe makes an incredibly romantic Valentine’s Day gift, especially if you opt for heart shaped moulds.

February 15th: Harry Potter Chocolate Frog / Hello Kitty Treats

Harry Potter? Hello Kitty? What on earth has become of the ChocolateMission!????

Don’t worry folks you haven’t stumbled your way on to the wrong site, and no we haven’t (quite) gone totally mad on all the chocolate we have been eating ☺ No, in actual fact we have quite the special post today, featuring two of the worlds biggest franchises. Thanks to our pals at @AmericanSoda, we today got the chance to try out the Harry Potter Chocolate Frog and a selection of Hello Kitty Treats. If you are tempted to try either of these today be sure to check our lovely site sponsors online store – AmericanSoda.

Harry Potter Chocolate Frog
Kcal 80 Fat 4.5g Fat(sats) 3.0g Carbs 9.0g (per frog)

As self-confessed Harry Potter fans we were delighted to get a bunch of these Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs sent our way. These Chocolate Frogs are made by the Jelly Bean Company and each weigh a bite-size 15.0g. Suffice to say these aren’t a choice of snack suited for hunger fulfillment, but it’s really a given these are about a heck of a lot more than that! Each of the purple sparkly wrappered Frogs comes as described in the books with each packet containing its very own ‘Collectible Wizard Card’ – nice touch! Attention to detail there!!

As aforementioned the frog themselves are rather tiny and are basic milk chocolate with crisped rice innard offerings. Being totally honest the chocolate isn’t all that special and it reminded us of the pretty basic, kiddie friendly sweet milky chocolate that coats most of your mass market Mars and Nestle bars etc. Those looking for chocolate satisfaction and excellence will be disappointed, though those susceptible to the Potter franchise charm offensive (like us haha!!) will be more than happy with their purchase. Now … where’s our Butterbeer got to?

7.0 out of 10

Hello Kitty Treats
Kcal 180 Fat 9.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 27.0g (Highest values of all 3 variants! Cookie Dough!!)

There isn’t one of us here at ChocolateMission who can really describe what the Hello Kitty franchise is all about, but from what we do know is that it is a worldwide brand with immense appeal in the Far East. Despite our lacking knowledge weren’t going to be turning down the chance of trying out these three variants of the Hello Kitty Treats range – Cookie Dough, Chocolate Brownie and Sprinkle Cupcake.

All three variants came packaged in their own colour coded Hello Kitty branded packaging. We couldn’t help but feel love for the cute little Kitten, but we weren’t going to be handing out points just for that – not many anyway ;-) If you are wondering how we are possibly going to review all three variants in the one review then let us reveal all. These Hello Kitty Treats are in fact made by the same folks who make Cookie Dough bites (Taste of Nature).

- Cookie Dough Bites Chocolate Chip
- Cookie Dough Bites Chocolate Brownie
- Cookie Dough Bites Cupcake Sprinkle
… to see all these reviews See HERE

If we had to pick a winner between them all we would again stick with our original review and go for the more chocolatey Chocolate Brownie offering. They aren’t the most sophisticated of snacks ever, but they sure make very suitable cinema/film night in snacking options! The Hello Kitty branding just makes them even that more appealing!!!

Remember to head to AmericanSoda if we’ve tickled your fancy with these today!

February 13th: Thorntons 'I Love Chocolate' Hamper

Just when we thought things were going to go quiet on the chocolate front our friends over at Thorntons got in touch! Yes folks, as of now Thorntons sell personalised chocolates and they wanted to celebrate this by treating us here at ChocolateMission to a lovely Thorntons 'I Love Chocolate' Hamper. We were obviously never going to be turning down the chance to review one of these collections, so without any hesitation we gave them the green light to one send across to go through the rigorous ChocolateMission rating system.

Chocolates delivered to you door sounds like a great idea in concept but of course it is going to be highly dependant on what these chocolates actually are! Don't worry, we can hear you from here - What is in a Thorntons 'I Love Chocolate' Hamper!?? Well allow us to inform what awaits you inside the rather cool looking giant green box:

Thorntons Continental Milk, White & Dark Collection (300g) - (Full Review - HERE)
Thorntons Moments (250g) - (Full Review - HERE)
Thorntons Chocolate Smothered Toffee Box (525g) - (Full Review - HERE)
Thorntons Continental Viennese Bag (105g)
Thorntons Premium Collection (96g) - (Full Review - HERE)
Thorntons Continental Alpini Bag (112g)
Thorntons Milk Chocolate Block (90g) - (Full Review - HERE)

That's a heck of a lot of chocolate for just £25.00 huh!?

As you will see we have previously reviewed a number of goodies included in the hamper, so we've kindly given you all the links to the full reviews of some the bits n' pieces above. If you are after just a summary then by our reckoning you want to be making moves on the Continental Collection and Smothered Toffee if you are going to be sharing. Both of those have previously recieved marks of over 8.0 out of 10 on the ChocolateMission rating system! They are both wonderful in their own right, with the Continental Collection providing a delightful mixute of rather fancy truffles, and the Chocolate Toffee an equally good offering with its dangerously moreish chocolate smothering some ridiculously buttery, creamy toffee innards! Other highlights have to be the Milk Chocolate Block for those with plainer taste and the Premiuim Collection certainly isn't to be sniffed at either with it's take on a lot of classic chocolates.

Overall what did we think then!? Well on a value for money basis this is one outstanding hamper. Nothing is ever perfect (see our Thorntons Moments review haha!), but the majority of what is included within this Thorntons I Love Chocolate Hamper is going to satisfy whom ever you have in mind to recieve it. Whether it is a treat for yourself, family, friend or special someone, we think there is something for everyone within here and are certain that smiles will be left on faces. We would recommend this Thorntons I Love Chocolate Hamper be top of mind next time you are buying a chocolatey gift for a fellow chocoholic - if you are thinking of sending another our way please do so ... just  hands off the chocolate toffee or there will be trouble :-)

8.5 out of 10

February 11th: Cadbury Thank You (2013 Edition)

Kcal 270 Fat 17.0g Fat(sats) 9.5g Carbs 25.0g (per box - 48.0g)

Cadbury 'Thank You' - have we not seen these before? The answer to that is sort of!! Yes ladies and gents - sort of!!! Whatever do I mean!? Well folks if we look back through the ChocolateMission archives you will see that these 'New' Cadbury 'Thank You' chocolates are actually an amalgamation of two Cadbury products released last year. The observant among you may have already clocked that these are in actual fact a cross-breed of the Cadbury 'Thank You' box 2012 (See HERE) and the Cadbury 'Lots of Lovely Little Pralines' (See HERE) ... you may have also clocked this wasn't necessarily a good thing!

Taking the chocolates from the 'Lots of Lovely Little Pralines' and the name and flower shaped moulds from the 2012 'Thank You' box, we have these - a 48.0g collection of flower shaped milk chocolates with hazelnut praline. Even considering the minimal investment required (£1.00),  I'm afraid to say that we were not impressed at all.

For starters the chocolates were very small and were about the size of a 1p piece in diameter. They frankly just looked a little pathetic in hand and the cross-section wasn't half as compelling as last years Cadbury Thank You chocolates which although not great, at least looked somewhat cool with their yellow coloured vanilla filling. As for the chocolate and praline contents we were just as unimpressed as we were with the 'Lots of Lovely Little Pralines' from the year before. The milk chocolate lacked the usual creamyness of Cadbury Dairy Milk as it was their cheaper milk chocolate recipe; and to top it all off the so called praline filling was just as limp as it was last year. Devoid of nuttyness or any sort of hazelnut influence, the rougher textured centre had no impact flavour wise - a total let down for those desiring creamy hazelnut goodness.

Overall we wouldn't recommend these new Cadbury Thank You chocolates under any circumstances. Harsh though that sounds we say this for two pretty strong reasons - 1) the chocolates are poor 2) the person who receives these will probably be aware that your gesture only cost you £1.00!! I know people will say its the thought that counts, but surely if someone is worth saying 'Thank You' to you are going to dig in to your pockets for more than just the solitary golden nugget. We have praised your new products a lot in the last year Cadbury but you let yourselves down here.

5.0 out of 10


Hold press!!! Since writing the review above we've been aware of these Cadbury 'With Love'. Essentially they are just last years Cadbury 'Lots of Lovely Little Pralines' with a new name. Again priced at £1.00 you are gonna be a pretty cheap looking valentine serving these up this year! Enjoy the pics - avoid the chocs ;)

NEW Cadbury Dairy Milk Gifting Service

Have ChocolateMission sold their souls to Cadbury Dairy Milk? 

Has ChocolateMission creator Jim become their brand mascot? 

Have ChocolateMission bought the Cadbury Dairy Milk brand from Kraft??????

Unfortunately the answers to those questions are - No, No and No :-)

What you are actually looking at is this latest new service from the people in purple - the all new Cadbury Dairy Milk personalised gifting service.

This new service, dubbed "Joyville Made", enables you to design and personalise a wrapper especially for your loved one with any word, message and even a photo.

We don't usually feature promotional shout outs like this, but collectivelly here at ChocolateMission we decided this was one well worthy of attention. The personalised wrappers are frankly rather cool, and the fact you ate guaranteed some rather tasty Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate to back it up with makes it a service worth knowing about.

Here’s how the gifting service will work:
  • Go to www.joyvillemade.com
  • Choose from two different sized bars (200g - £5.25) or (360g - £7.23)
  • Add a title, photo and message of your choice
  • Create a bespoke web link with photos, videos or albums that are special to you both
  • A unique package will arrive on your loved one’s doorstep in just a few days
We believe the service is now live - drop us a line on Twitter if you use it! It would be good to hear some first hand experiences on how good the service is - @Chocmission

Remember!! It's Valentines Day NEXT Thursday!!! If you have left it to the last minute do not despair!! ChocolateMission to the rescue!!!

Hotel Chocolat are offering all ChocolateMission readers to a 10% discount offer on all purchases over £25.00 by using the code CMISSIONSPRX10 !! See the Hotel Chocolat Website HERE

If you are a fan of the dark chocolate then you will want to be checking out the Hotel Chocolat King & Queen of Hearts ... check out the UBER cheesey description ...

"The King & Queen of Hearts beautifully cast in deep but smooth 70% dark chocolate – always a winning hand" ... epically cheesey don't you think :-)

Luckily the 70% dark chocolate is first class - not to be missed out!! See all our other Hotel Chocolat Valentines Day chocolate reviews HERE.

February 6th: Hotel Chocolat Open Your Heart To Me

10% off your Hotel Chocolat order sound good?? See HERE for details

'Open Your Heart To Me' may sound more like the title for the latest Cliff Richard cheese-pop album, but in actual fact it is the name of Hotel Chocolat's latest little masterpiece. The line-up from Hotel Chocolat for Valentines Day this year has been a mixture of old favourites and some new additions. One of the new options to the range this year is this Hotel Chocolat Open Your Heart To Me - an offering described by Hotel Chocolat as:

"Our melt-in-the-mouth milk chocolate heart hides a captivating selection of 8 milk, dark and white chocolate hearts, beautifully finished with splashes of hot pink and purple"

This delightful sounding masterpiece came packaged in no fewer than three protective boxes to preserve its delicate chocolate contents. The total package weighed in at 255.0g with chocolate heart and truffles combined. We didn't think was bad value given the quality of the packaging and presentation which even for Hotel Chocolat felt like a step up in quality with the glossy box and classy looking inner contents. Inside the very cool looking outer cardboard box inside their was a massive, hollow chocolate shaped heart - believe us it looked incredibly impressive, and very very thick!

This chocolate heart was made using the standard Hotel Chocolat 40.0% milk chocolate recipe. We've had it so many times here at ChocolateMission you would've thought we would have started taking it for granted. Admiteddly we are spoilt here at ChocolateMission when it comes to HC but I can safely say that we always appreciate the quality they bring. Their milk chocolate is supreme in its creamy richness and it has that dangerously moreish sweet lingering cocoa taste that begs you to take just one more piece. We often ask ourselves why all milk chocolate just can't be this good?

In addition to the plentiful milk chocolate on offer the heart contained an assortment of their finest chocolate heart truffles - Dark Chocolate Mousse (dark chocolate), Lemon Berry Tart (white chocolate), Caramel Praline (milk chocolate) and Strawberry Love (white chocolate). We suggest you see HERE if you want to read about these in more detail - in summary all of these were as expected individually outstanding and provided a nice selection of nut, fruit and caramel chocolate truffle options. A very good mix of flavours!

Overall this Hotel Chocolat Open Your Heart To Me is up there with the best that Hotel Chocolat have to offer this February. It is by no means ground breaking in terms of concept or innovation, but what it does provide is a beautifully presented package full of luxurious milk chocolate and an outstanding truffle selection. If you are after a gift to make someone feel very special then this is probably about as good as you are going to get for a chocoholic. It is one of the more expensive in the Hotel Chocolat line up this year but considering the total package we think it's holds value for money! You should certainly get payback in terms of 'lovin' :-)

8.8 out of 10