Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Hotel Chocolat: The Eggsibitionist - and a Giveaway #3

Hotel Chocolat make good quality chocolates. They may not be in quite the same league as some of the artisan chocolatiers whose chocolates I've been lucky enough to try over the past year, but I still find them highly desirable. They are certainly the best I'm able to acquire from any shops in my neck of the woods. I've entered many a blog giveaway to win Hotel Chocolat goodies and have had no success so far. However, not only have I now been sent one of their Easter eggs to review, courtesy of Jam & Cream PR, but I also have my very own Hotel Chocolat giveaway for you.

The Eggsibitionist - I liked the play on words and wondered whether the artistically marked mini eggs lurking within were straight out of some modern art gallery. It has a properly thick shell, like those I remember from childhood. It's made of their house 40% milk chocolate, which I couldn't wait to get my teeth into (and didn't). The chocolate had an almost coconutty aroma with a smooth, creamy mouth feel and a satisfying depth of flavour. The egg contained 12 mini eggs in 6 flavours - one each, no squabbling:

Vanilla Custard Egg - this had the consistency of custard but more reminiscent of good vanilla ice-cream in a milk chocolate shell with a hint of bitterness to it - very pleasant.

Milk Praline - mmmmm hazelnuts roasting on an open fire. No mistaking the flavour here, hazelnut to the core. A fine quality praline, this was our favourite.

Mouse au Chocolat - for the dark chocolate lover, this is ideal. A 70% dark chocolate shell filled with a smooth and not overly sweet dark ganache. It was rich and the taste of chocolate lingered long on the palate - CT thought that one of these was a meal in itself.

Strawberry - we both found this white chocolate rather too sweet and a bit sickly for our palate. The strawberry ganache, disappointingly, tasted artificial.

Chocolate Brownie - this was very nice but I could see no real connection to a chocolate brownie. It tasted of cocoa pops, which I guess is no surprise as this is what it contained.

Caramel - this was the one I was most looking forward to. Unfortunately, the caramel was overly salty which detracted from the enjoyment. It did, however, have a really nice 50% milk chocolate shell.


To enter a giveaway to win The Eggsibitionist, leave a comment answering the following question:

What would you most like to see in your Easter egg?

For a second chance to win: tweet the following (not including quotation marks) "I want to win The Eggsibitionist @HotelChocolat Easter Egg from @Choclette8 http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/" then leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

For a third chance to win: follow @HotelChocolat on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

For a forth chance to win: follow me, @Choclette8, on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

Giveaway Rules:

  1. This is, once again, open to those with postal addresses in the UK only.
  2. Separate comments are needed for each entry.
  3. A winner will be picked at random from all eligible entries.
  4. The giveaway closes on 22nd March.
  5. The winner will be posted at the bottom of this post on 23 March.
  6. Ensure you leave a contact name.

132 comments:

  1. I know it's impossible but I'd love to have minatures of all my fav choc brands in my egg - some dairy milk chunks, maltesers, galaxy chunks etc etc!!

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  2. Have tweeted your link also (@nicsnotebook)

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  3. I have followed Hotel Chocolat on Twitter x

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  4. And I have followed you on Twitter!! Contact name = Nicola McCandless xx

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  5. I'd like just lots and lots of chocolate! Particularly chocolate orange bites.. I hoover all boxes of chocolate for that when it's my turn to pick :D

    Can be contacted via http://thehumblehomecook.blogspot.com/

    LovingFood.

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  6. I've followed you on Twitter (@parkrunner) I have posted the link and I would like in my egg some dark choc orange with crispy bits and cointreau (I made that up don't think you can buy them)

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  7. Irish Coffee Chocolate Egg. All my favourite things rolled into one :)

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  8. I am now following both HotelChocolat and Choclette8 on twitter.

    @coffeemufffins

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  9. I would most like to see some Hotel Chocolate Billionaires Shortbread chocs as they are soooo yummy!

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  10. Have tweeted the message as @yummymumto2

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  11. I follow @HotelChocolat on twitter

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  12. I am following you @Choclette8 on twitter

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  13. What I'd like in my egg ... Mmm a mix of the blueberry and apricot truffles ... my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

    + Tweeted as @firebird2110

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  14. am following you on twitter @saralotay

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  15. am following hotelchocolat on twitter @saralotay

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  16. i would just love chocoloate of any sort in my easter egg! yummy yum yum @saralotay

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  17. i have tweeted! @saralotay

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  18. Mini eggs filled with caramel.

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  19. I have tweeted the message

    http://twitter.com/Meewal/status/45567267609649152

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  20. I am following you on Twitter
    @meewal

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  21. I love praline-filled eggs.

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  22. I've tweeted.
    @Corinathecook

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  23. I'm following you on Twitter
    @Corinathecook

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  24. I'm following @HotelChocolat on Twitter

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  25. I'd love to see lots of old fashioned sweets like toasted teacakes, bon bons etc in my egg

    Carol
    www.dormouseandtheteapot.blogspot.com

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  26. I would love to find a cleaning fairy in my easter egg! hardly likely - but you can always hope!

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  27. I follow Hotel chocolat on twitter @josie301

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  28. I follow you on twitter :) @josie301
    x

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  29. I'd like a golden goose inside mine, which lays chocolate eggs!

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  30. i would love to see pralines and salted caramel oozing out

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  31. i have tweeted

    @claireishoop

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  32. i follow hotelchocolat on twitter

    @claireishoop

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  33. i'm following you on twitter

    @claireishoop

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  34. Salted caramel truffles or gianduja would be fab!

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  35. I would most like to find a mix of creme eggs, toffee crisps, wispas, crunchies and ripples inside mine :)
    rebeccajlsk@gmail.com

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  36. I have tweeted your link to win The Eggsibitionist

    (@stickyt_pud)

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  37. I am following you on twitter. @stickyt_pud

    Contact name: Charlotte Cragg

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  38. I am now following @HotelChocolat on Twitter. I would love to win the Eggsibitionist.

    (@stickyt_pud)

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  39. I would love to find lots of yummy mini chocolate eggs in my easter egg.. preferably white chocolate but I do like all chocolate!!

    @stickyt_pud

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  40. Angela Campbell:

    I would like my Easter egg to be like Pandora's box - my Pandora Egg would contain Hope in the bottom of it (and maybe some peace and quiet)...can you tell I'm a slightly harrassed Mum?! : )

    @TwitNailAndAye

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  41. I have Tweeted: I want to win The Eggsibitionist @HotelChocolat Easter Egg from @Choclette8 http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

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  42. I am following @HotelChocolat

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

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  43. I'm Following @Choclette8

    @TwitNailAndAye

    (Angela Campbell)

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  44. would love to have mint creams covered in chocolate in my egg

    twitter id @Jaz246t

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  45. have tweeted at
    http://twitter.com/#!/Jaz246t/status/46668597321416704

    @Jaz246t

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  46. am already following hotel chocolat
    on twitter

    @Jaz246t

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  47. Am now following you on twitter

    @Jaz246t

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  48. I would like to find a nice big bunny inside my easter egg!

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  49. In my Easter egg, I'd love more chocolate. In fact, just make it solid. Why spoil a good thing by adding something else.

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  50. Already a Hotel Chocolate fan & follwer @bevleek x

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  51. Following @Choclette8 on Twitter @bevleek :)

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  52. I think I'd love my egg to have turkish delight inside.

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  53. following hotelchocolat @clare_anderson

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  54. following you on twitter @clare_anderson

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  55. I'd love to find lovely smooth and creamy soft centre chocolates (milk and white) with lovely fruity flavours

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  56. Following you on twitter @LindyHine

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  57. Following Hotel Chocolat on twitter @LindyHine

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  58. I'd love to find another egg inside my egg, then one inside that, down to a solid truffle egg in the middle - Russian Doll Easter Egg :)

    @happyfox

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  59. Following you on Twitter
    @happyfox

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  60. Already following hotelchocolat
    @happyfox

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  61. If I could have anything in my easter egg- it would have to be some of the hotel chocolat mini eggs! Mmmmm... (email: fluffyblueberry@gmail.com)

    Natalie Holland

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  62. I have tweeted! (fairydustwing on twitter)

    email: fluffyblueberry@gmail.com
    Natalie Holland

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  63. I follow you on twitter, (fairydustwing)

    fluffyblueberry@gmail.com
    natalie holland

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  64. I follow hotel chocolat on twitter!
    (fairydustwing)

    fluffyblueberry@gmail.com
    natalie holland

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  65. I would most like to see chewing nuts in mine :) You don't see them very often and they are gorgeous! Tooth breakers, though...

    Follow you both and tweeted from @Robo_Kitten :)

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  66. Elaine Livingstone14 March 2011 at 21:54

    ooohhh how about £1000.....no ok some cherry brandy liqueurs.

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  67. Elaine Livingstone14 March 2011 at 21:56

    tweeted @pooohbear2811

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  68. Elaine Livingstone14 March 2011 at 21:57

    I am following @HotelChocolat
    @pooohbear2811

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  69. Elaine Livingstone14 March 2011 at 21:59

    I am following @Choclette8 as well
    @pooohbear2811

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  70. I would like to see it completely filled with thick caramel with fudgie pieces in. Not the easiest to eat but.....

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  71. I follow Hotel Chocolat on Twitter

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  72. I'm now following you on Twitter :)
    @disneymumjo

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  73. Hi - I'm following Hotel Chocolat on Twitter
    Thanks
    Christine
    twitter @kyber1993

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  74. Ummm...maybe that white fluffy stuff you get inside a walnut whip. Yum. Or just marshmallow. Mmmmm.

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  75. I'd love to find a yummy selection of milk, dark, salted caramels, oh and maybe some truffles too!

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  76. Sorry, that's suzitacakeeater@gmail.com!

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  77. I am following you and Hotel Chocolat now @verityjdo

    I would like to find a diamond ring inside an egg! Here's hoping!

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  78. I have retweeted this!@BSSCleaning

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  79. I follow you on twitter @BSSCleaning

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  80. I would like to see some of Hotel Chocolate's caramel chocolate in my easter egg!

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  81. I'd like to find a variety of mini cheese eggs in my egg, yes I know that sounds a bit odd, but it would then be a 2 course meal in one :)

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  82. I've tweeted the giveaway - @emilyh13

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  83. I follow Hotel Chocolat @emilyh13

    Thanks!

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  84. Caramac - not seen this most delicious chocolate in an Easter Egg for years.

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  85. I am following @HotelChocolat
    @Hestia14

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  86. I've tweeted the message @Hestia14

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  87. also following Choclette8 @Hestia14

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  88. Mmmmm, ideally another slightly smaller egg...and inside that egg, yep another slightly smaller egg (and so on..) rather like those Russian dolls. But chocolate. :O)

    Simon.

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  89. Tweeted on Twitter (@cobbiecollinge)

    http://twitter.com/#!/cobbiecollinge/status/49630250350542848

    Simon.

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  90. Following @HotelChocolat on Twitter...

    Simon.

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  91. Now following you on Twitter.

    Thanks for the comp! :o)

    Simon.

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  92. I'd loke to find white chocolate coated dried raspberries and strawberries inside my Waster Egg.

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  93. I've tweeted the message

    @janesgrapevine

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  94. I'm following @HotelChocolat

    @janesgrapevine

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  95. I'm following you on Twitter

    @janesgrapevine

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  96. I love to get lots of chocolates inside. I am sure we had more when we were little and eggs have shrunk!
    @ali991 on twitter

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  97. i would like to see lots of carmel! @ashlallan

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  98. i follow you on twitter @ashlallan

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  99. i follow hotel chocolat on twitter @ashlallan

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  100. i have tweeted too @ashlallan

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  101. I'm following you on Twitter @emmacella

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  102. I'm following @HotelChocolat @emmacella

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  103. I'v tweeted the message @emmacella

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  104. I would like to see some of Hotel Chocolate's caramel chocolate in my easter egg!

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  105. Aww a chocoholics dream I would love to see violet creme, rose creme, lime, creme and lemon creme filled chocolates in my Easter Egg.
    I am dreaming now.

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  106. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/Jo_Bryan/status/49759923977986048

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  107. I am following @HotelChocolat on Twitter @Jo_Bryan

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  108. I am following @Choclette8 @Jo_Bryan

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  109. I'd love an Easter Egg filled with Rocky Road

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  110. I follow hotel chocolat on twitter @lackro

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  111. I have tweeted

    I want to win The Eggsibitionist @HotelChocolat Easter Egg from @Choclette8 http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/

    @lackro

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  112. I am following @Choclette8 @lackro

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  113. I would like to find some chocolate buttons inside my easter egg, I am still a big kid at heart! @goriami

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  114. lots of cadbury creme eggs :)

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  115. also following @HotelChocolat

    @boo1003

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  116. Really cool post, it was really enjoyable!

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