So what's worth having this year then? Well here at ChocolateMission we are putting together two posts for you that we will post this week. In both of them we will give you our view on what we think is best to treat your significant other to this year - it's lovey-dovey chocolate galore on @ChocMission this week ... let us know what you intend to buy on Twitter.
Had this just been a chocolate selection featuring three different truffles we would have been slightly disappointed. Fortunately said truffles were kept within a huge, thick milk chocolate heart shape - almost like a Valentines Day themed Easter egg! Given this shell of milk chocolate was Hotel Chocolat's classical 40% cocoa recipe of pure milk chocolate indulgence we couldn't help but love it.
Speaking of Jim, to solve his the lonely heart on Valentines Day we decided he needed a little love so we put him in charge of reviewing this one :-) Here were his thoughts ....
"Hotel Chocolat describe this as "Created to make you feel utterly pampered and adored". Well suffice to say after working my way through what it had to offer I felt suitably both haha! £27.00 of your hard earned pennies is going to buy you the very tidy collection of a mini sparkling bottle of Rose, a Eton Mess mini-slab and a box of Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles. As a very infrequent drinker I wasn't bowled over by the Sparkling Rose but both the slab and truffles were just as special as I remembered them. Those who love strawberries and cream will absolutely love the meringue studded slab - white chocolate at it's very finest! The truffles were also very high quality though be warned they come with a fair old alcohol fuelled champagne kick! Big time gifting potential for lovers of boozie chocolate lovers."
Come on folks it wouldn't be a Hotel Chocolat range without the inclusion of a beastly new slab! This 200.0g monster was shared amongst team - it had to be it was so big!! The Perfect Match slab is a fusion of Hotel Chocolat's 40% and 50% milk chocolates that are decorated with lashings of their white chocolate. Although only differentiated by 10% cocoa the difference between the two is deeper than just pure aesthetics. The 50% recipe is noticeably less sweet and has a slightly crisper, richer cocoa taste to it.
More Hotel Chocolat recommendations coming later this week - in the mean time join us on Twitter and tell us your buying plans for Valentines this year - @ChocMission