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Like we didn't get enough chocolate over Christmas, right? That was the thought I had in mind when on Boxing Day I was greeted with an email from Hotel Chocolat telling me that all their Christmas stock was now 50%.
There were many Christmas themed chocolates that I had been interested in trying from Hotel Chocolat over the last month or two, but I was not willing to pay the full price. So even though I have got more than enough boxes of chocolate to last me till next Christmas, I still could not resist the temptation of getting so much chocolate at half price.
Their Christmas Clearance sale is on in all their high street retail shops and online, but as it is just what is last of stock, what is available will vary shop to shop.
I ordered my chocs online, and they were promptly delivered a couple of days later. First among my stash are two pots from their 'chocs to chill range'. This was a new concept they developed for summer 2012: twenty-four little bite size ganache truffles that you keep in the fridge. I don't think the concept really works for winter as you want to be keeping warm rather than chilled, but it is not actually necessary to chill the chocolates. I don't as I don't think cold chocolate tastes half as nice.
I was disappointed by the summer selection in this range, but their winter selection is a big improvement. First they have Rum & Raisin Ice Cream, which will go down well with anyone who likes liqueur chocolates, and their Sticky Toffee Ice Cream is to die for. They were originally £9 a pot, but are now down to £4.50.
Next on the list was their Zesty Caramels from the Selectors range. Originally £3.50 for six truffles, they are now down to £1.75. The truffles have a gooey caramel centre that is flavoured with lemon, and reminds me of lemon curd.
My most festive order was a Purist Christmas Wreath. Made with 70% Arriba dark chocolate with hazelnuts, almonds, and golden jumbo raisins. The large version has gone from £25 to £12.50. I got the smaller size version, which is now £4.50.
Finally, my most indulgent purchase were four mini Yule Buche Logs. Dense gianduja each with a mix of fruit, nuts and spices, it came with a slate cutting slab. This is no longer available online, but you might still find it in stores. You can also buy them individually.