First up, Hotel Chocolat sent us one of their new, and rather heavyweight, Extra Thick Easter Eggs to try. The packaging is really glossy and attractive (it looks a little like a hatbox, decorated with ribbon) and the egg inside doesn’t disappoint either – we tried the Rocky Road to Caramel egg which had two really chunky halves of chocolate: one side was embedded with all sort of goodies like biscuity pieces and puffed rice and the other was a scrummy mixture of caramel chocolate and milk chocolate. Inside were more delicious Hotel Chocolat chocolates.
The verdict? All round a heavyweight contender but, as usual with Hotel Chocolat, it’s a bit of a luxury item at £26, although weighing in at a hefty 500g there’s plenty of actual chocolate for your money.
Montezumas sent us a couple of their new Monkey Bars. Celebrating all things British (a ‘monkey’ is Cockney rhyming slang for 500) in this the year of the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, these bad boys are pretty enormous (I’ve provided you with a fork so you can get the idea) and were absolutely delicious. They snap into big chunks (so you don’t feel overly guilty: ‘what? It’s just one square’!). Our fave was the ‘Nanny Goat’ salted peanut and butterscotch. Priced at a bargainous £13.99 they’re available from Montezumas shops and John Lewis, amongst other places.
The lovely chaps at Biscuiteers have added hand-iced chocolate eggs to their lovely range of biccies. Quite pricey at £25 but their stuff is notoriously high quality (I often send their biscuits as presents and they’re always amazing)
Or maybe if a chocolate egg isn’t going to be quite enough, I could interest you in a break at the Chocolate Boutique Hotel? Decorated in gorgeous chocolatey browns (of course), the hotel provides everything you could possibly need for a choctastic weekend away, including ‘choctails’, chocolate fountains in your room and even chocolate making workshops. What’s not to love?
If you’re interested in shopping locally, I thought Big Barn was a good idea. It’s kind of like Amazon or Etsy, but for local food. Click on http://www.bigbarn.co.uk/marketplace/?vendorsearch=chocolate to find Artisan chocolatiers near you or online.
There’s loads of other chocolatey stuff going on this Easter including:
A free Easter fun day at the Boat House Restaurant and Bar in Chertsey on Saturday 7 April 2012, including mini cupcake decorating and an Easter egg hunt. There are two sessios: 11.30am and 5.00pm. Contact 01932 565 644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An Easter egg treasure hunt organised by the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London as part of their ‘Family Fun in the City’ package. In true Sherlock Holmes style (deerstalker optional), the hunt takes you round some nearby attractions including the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds. Everyone who completes the quest gets an egg too! The package includes accommodation for two adults and two kids under 12 in lovely mini-suite style accommodation with loads of extras like in-room movies and meal vouchers. Plus breakfast is free for kids! A great little getaway