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Christmas Crackers from Hotel Chocolat

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 06-12-2012

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If you are looking for something a bit special for your table this Christmas, take a look at this cracker from Hotel Chocolat.

This would make a fantastic centrepiece for any party or celebration this Christmas.

This beautiful cracker is a massive 640mm long – they’re not kidding when they call it their “Rather Large Cracker” – and contains 40 wrapped chocolates, 12 silver party hats, and some jokes. The included chocolates are a selection of Hotel Chocolat’s finest, with a mixture of pralines, truffles, dark and milk chocolates, white chocolates, as well as ones containing alcohol and those which are more child friendly. Needless to say this was a big hit with my husband and I who thoroughly enjoyed testing out all the chocolates. I don’t think we found one that we didn’t enjoy!

At £38 this is not a cheap item, but to end a festive get together with family and friends, or even if you just fancy treating yourself to something rather special this Christmas, its an amazing item. It would also be a well received gift I’m sure!

The “Rather Large Cracker” can be found at the Hotel Chocolat online store along with the rest of their Christmas range.

Product Review: Hotel Chocolat – Rocky Road To Caramel Extra Thick Egg

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 01-04-2012

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I know my last post was focusing on things you could get your little ones for Easter apart from chocolate eggs, but I’m not here to suggest this egg for any of your children. I think this is an ideal egg for hard working parents to enjoy this Easter!

When Hotel Chocolat refer to this egg as “Extra Thick” they aren’t kidding. The two egg shells are in places half an inch thick which is immense when compared to traditional eggs. The “Rocky Road” egg shell is studded with crispy puffed rice, cookies and chocolate chunks, whilst the “Caramel” egg shell is a layer of caramel chocolate over a base of milk chocolate. If the two egg shells aren’t enough for you inside you’ll find a dozen individual chocolates. These are some of the “Best Of” from Hotel Chocolat and include praline with cookies and silky smooth milk chocolate ganache along with solid bunnies and chicks cast in milk and caramel chocolate to stay in the Easter spirit.

I must confess that the 12 individual chocolates have not made it to Easter and are all delicious – I was a particular fan of the slightly salted chocolates. I can only begin to imagine how long it is going to take me to work my way through the epic egg shells, but I am rather looking forward to finding out!

The Hotel Chocolat Extra Thick Egg range is available now in store and online.


Guest Post: Making Kids Happy At Christmas – Hotel Chocolat

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 16-11-2011

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The Christmas holidays will be here soon and excited children are already impatiently waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.
The holiday season is often filled with annually observed traditions strictly adhered to by Christmas revellers. For example, parents have the option of counting down to Christmas day with the addition of yearly advent calendars filled with chocolate treats. This not only teaches children to patiently wait for the holiday, but will reward them with a delicious indulgence.
Most parents use the Christmas holiday as a way to teach their children about the importance of this special day in addition to spoiling their children with presents and stockings filled with goodies. It can be challenging to find fun stocking fillers for children. However, several ideas for parents to consider include small hair clips for girls and cars for boys. Of course, any child will be excited to receive chocolate, and this stocking filler will provide a festive atmosphere during the Christmas holiday.
This is an exciting time of year for children and parents should enjoy the festivities by remembering that their kids will only be their particular ages once. These are special years and parents can increase the enjoyment of the holidays when they slow down and savour every moment. Also, the traditions that parents consistently plan and participate in will enhance their children’s memories of these happy times.
Fun traditions to consider include visiting a holiday theme market near the Christmas holiday, opening an annual present on Christmas Eve such as new sleeping attire or an ornament for the tree. Parents also have a variety of affordable hand-made traditions available to them. For example, baking Christmas cookies for the neighbours or stringing cranberries and popcorn as decoration for the Christmas tree will be memorable occasions for their children.
It can make kids happy to help those in need during the Christmas holidays by having them pick out a gift for a needy child, or volunteer at a shelter.
Parents should also remember that the most important way to encourage their children to enjoy the holidays is to spend time with each other. Christmas is a family event and a time to be with loved ones. Children will be happy to see family members during a holiday dinner or on Christmas day, and parents will be filled with the holiday spirit when they experience the season through their children’s delight.