Easter is just around the corner and Hotel Chocolat know it’s not always easy being the designated Easter Bunny, so they’ve filled your basket for you! This delicious hamper is bursting with fresh and favourite recipes including the odd tipple for the grown-ups, while everything else is family-friendly: City Chocolate Bunnies filled with classic molten caramel, elegant 40% milk chocolate Puddles, Eggs & Soldiers with truffle eggs and praline toast slices and the mellow Caught on the Hop Slab to snap and share. Now all you need to do is find somewhere to hide it all – or gift them to someone else who will…
The Easter Bunny certainly thought of the whole family when he dropped off this hamper of chocolate eggs and rabbits. It’s the big day in a box! Hotel Chocolat are one of the world’s few chocolate makers to actually grow cocoa, on their beautiful Rabot Estate plantation in Saint Lucia. Connecting cocoa-growing with luxury chocolate making and retailing makes them unique in the UK, and gives them an in-depth understanding of the factors that impact the final flavour of their chocolate, right from the growing tree.
Centuries ago, Mayans revered the potent cocoa bean as a gift from the gods, but somewhere along the way its power has been lost in translation. As sugar prices have dropped, British chocolate has focused increasingly on sweetness. Today, sugar is 20 times cheaper than cocoa, and a typical bar of milk chocolate contains more than twice as much sugar as cocoa.
Making their chocolates, their mantra has always been ‘More Cocoa, Less Sugar’. Cocoa will always be their number-one ingredient, even in milk and white chocolate. Their house-grade milk chocolates, meanwhile, are 40% and 50% cocoa, and even their white chocolate is 36% cocoa, well above the average. This balance of cocoa to sugar is crucial: high levels of sugar dull the flavours of the cocoa itself, denying you all those nuanced notes such as citrus, red and yellow fruits, coffee and brownie and masking the quality of the cocoa so that poorer types can be used. They’re also committed to using only real, natural ingredients – nothing artificial, ever.
You can buy this beautiful hamper here and if you fancy winning one for yourself or someone special, just enter via the rafflecopter below. Good luck!