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CHOCOLATE: Hotel Chocolat, From London


[1] Valentine’s Day gift box (all photos © Hotel Chocolat).


[2] We can’t get enough of the Champagne truffles!


[3] Resistance is futile!

 

Hotel Chocolat shop opened its doors in North London in 2004, with a mission to make exciting luxury chocolate.

Today, with more than 103 shops worldwide, including in the U.S.

It’s a hotel you’ll want to “check in” to.

The company is one of the world’s few chocolate makers to actually grow their own cacao, on Rabot Estate, cacao farm in Saint Lucia.

They also are sure that their cacao farmers get a fair deal.

In a world where this doesn’t happen often enough, it’s a big bonus.

We received a big Valentine heart as a gift, and have been nibbling away with delight.

In the special Valentine’s Day box, many of the pieces are heart-shaped, adding to the fun.

The dark, milk and white chocolate shells are filled with delectable soft, creamy centers:

  • Blueberry, caramel, passionfruit, pistachio, praline, raspberry, salted caramel, salted espresso, salted macadamia and vanilla
  • Classic chocolate truffles in champagne (photo #2) and mousse au chocolat
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    We couldn’t have been happier with each one.

    These are high-cacao content chocolates.

  • The milk chocolate is 40% to 50% cacao (compared to 30% for most mass-market chocolate).
  • The white chocolate is 36% cocoa (also compared to 30%).
  • The dark chocolate is 70%, the industry standard for luxury-quality dark chocolate.
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    This gives you more cacao flavor and less sugary sweetness—not that every bite isn’t a sweet treat.

    > CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE FOR GIFTS & TREATS.
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE

    > THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHOCOLATE: A GLOSSARY

     

     
      

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