In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Romilda Vane snuck a love potion into a box of chocolates in the hopes that Harry Potter would fall head over heels in love with her. Unfortunately in the muggle world, we can’t rely on Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to snag a date, but we can rely on Hotel Chocolat. They have been brewing special recipes and lacing truffles with some delicious magic of their own.
If you want to win the heart of someone special this Valentine’s Day, then why not try Hotel Chocolat’s Love Potions? This 115g box of chocolates contains four spellbinding cocktail flavours, in the form of sixteen bullet shaped truffles that are bound to pierce your heart. Each is beautifully decorated with a swirl of natural colouring at the tip, making them look deliciously dangerous.
The Golden Kiss Martini has a creamy vanilla flavoured milk chocolate shell. I didn’t read the description before tasting, but immediately recognised a good shot of vodka in the cream liqueur. It had a warming citrus flavour. 8.5/10
As the name suggests, the Passion Berry Margarita has a healthy dose of passion fruity. Initially I thought the sharpness coming from this tequila ganache was from grapefruit, but the passion fruit is actually mixed with raspberry. I found this quite surprising, as I couldn’t detect it at all. The truffle is encased in a white shell, which tasted too sweet for the filling, and would have been better served with dark chocolate. 7/10
Dark chocolate did find its way into the Champagne Cocktail and contained a pleasing mixture of woody notes and orange. The truffle is filled with a champagne ganache, which noticeable, but not overly strong. If you compare it to Hotel Chocolat’s Oysters and Champagne, this one is much milder. 7/10
The Blood Orange Bellini is encased in a creamy white chocolate shell with notes of vanilla. Inside you’ll discover a prosecco liqueur mixed with sharp orange oil and delicate floral elderflower. 7.5/10
Hotel Chocolat’s Love Potions look and sound magical, but maybe the name does itself a disservice. For me at least, it set the bar too high, and did not quite meet expectations. They have a lovely mild taste, but do not deliver as powerful a punch as you might envisage for a potion.