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Recently I was asked if I’d like to try some Easter products for a luxury chocolate brand. I’m certainly never one to turn down chocolate, especially luxury chocolate, so I of course said I would love to! After I’d said yes, I found out it was for Hotel Chocolat, and I’d be trying one of their Ostrich Eggs. I’ve tried a few Hotel Chocolat products before and they’ve always been extremely good, so I was very excited to give this a go.
The egg came in a beautiful large box, with a lovely rabbit design on the side, and a ribbon tied around it. I’ll be keeping the box once the egg is finished to store things in as I think it’s far too nice to throw away! One thing I particularly liked is that, in comparison to usual Easter eggs, there was no window in the box, so there was a much better reveal of the surprises inside as you opened it.
On taking off the lid, you first see the menu, which outlines the delicious range of truffles and pralines which come with the egg, and underneath this was the chocolates themselves. There are a generous 21 chocolates in all kinds of fantastic flavours like salted caramel, florentine, and chilli truffle. I’ve tried a handful of them so far and they are all wonderful, with lovely deep flavours and smooth textures.
Below the box of chocolates was the egg itself. Nestled in crinkled paper, the egg is wrapped in thick, gold foil, and comes in two halves tied with a ribbon. I had the ‘Half and Half’ egg, which means you get one half of the egg in milk chocolate with feuilletine pieces, and the other half of the egg is dark chocolate with almonds. Both sides are extremely thick, with around an inch thick chocolate around the rim, and still a centimetre thickness at the thinnest point of the shell. I can’t decide which is my favourite as both of the chocolates are such amazing quality!
The final part of the egg is a half dozen mini praline eggs which are buried in the paper underneath the egg. These are as delicious as the rest, and I loved that they were buried in the paper as it meant they were a brilliant surprise as you are unpacking it, and it was a bit of fun to delve around to try and find them all.
The egg that I had was the Half and Half Ostrich Egg. It retails at £70, so it isn’t going to be in everyone’s Easter budget, but if you do want to spend a little more to really treat someone, I can’t imagine you could get anything much better. It really goes a very long way - I’ve been eating it for 2 weeks or so now and I still have more than half left, so for the price you do get a lot of chocolate. I think it would also be perfect if you wanted to buy one nice egg for a family or a group of your employees to share rather than getting them one smaller thing each. If you’re on a smaller budget, Hotel Chocolat have lots of less pricey alternatives which also look amazing, like the Rocky Road to Caramel Egg (£27), or the Sunny Side Up bar (£7.50).
Thank you very much to Hotel Chocolat for sending me this egg to try.