Chocolate and Hotel Chocolat

by MuminBusiness

Where did chocolate originate? and what does Hotel Chocolat US have to offer? A consideration of their gift selections.

Chocolate is delicious! You might like it as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, a drink, the cocoa beans themselves; There are so many options available for every taste-bud.

But where did it come from? You might ask...

The Cacao tree was discovered about three thousand years ago in Mexico, Central and South America and it was initially used mostly as a beverage. The beverage was made to taste bitter and spicy and yet it still became popular.

Hotel Chocolat seems to have made it a bit of a mission to collect the best chocolate from anywhere in the world and when they do not buy it, they grow their own in the Caribbean.

Cocoa Bean Varieties

About 66% of the chocolate eaten in the world is obtained from West Africa with the Ivory Coast being the main producer, followed by Ghana.  Having been brought up in West Africa, it is surprising to discover this fact.  All the chocolate I ate seemed to be imported from the UK, who supposedly bought the raw product from us. 

As mentioned above, chocolate is created from the seeds of the cacao tree, which when fermented and dried seems to be referred to as cocoa.  there are three main varieties in the world to day and they are criollo, forastero, and trinitario.

Criollo is the rarest form and so is pretty expensive.  It is grown in the Carribean Islands, Central America and South America.  It is pretty hard to grow this form as it is particularly susceptible to any kind of variation in weather conditions and also its yield is not that great.  It tastes best, of course!

The most common form is the forastero variety which is the form we all eat, probably.  It is considered the most bland of all the forms but it carries the classic chocolate taste that we all know and love.

Trinitario is a genetic blend of the above two and considered the lowest grade available.

Hotel Chocolat

Ok, let's talk about Hotel Chocolat.  A company imagined about 20 years ago by two men (surprisingly!) and with stores popping up all ove the UK and two in the US and a hotel in the Caribbean, this is a company that is here to stay.

Thankfully, for anyone who does not have a store near them, they have websites which actually is where they started the business initially before going offline as well.  The websites describe all their offering in glorious, mouthwatering detail and the images of the chocolate are actually to die for as you will see.  They offer The Chocolate Tasting Club in the UK and you can have a tasting in the US as well, though this is a physical appointment.

Take a look at a selection of their gift boxes.

Chocolate Gift Collections - The best boxes

Chocolatier's Table

Chocolatier's Table

This is their best box filled with sixty five chocolates.
 

It consists of fruit chocolate, solid chocolate logs, caramels, solid slabs of white, milk and dark chocolate all mixed together and so much more.  

 

This is definitely family sized and any family, company would be happy to receive it as there is more than enough to go around.

 

Just imagine this on the table as an after dinner treat.


In the UK: Have a look at this option of an even bigger chocolate gift box - Chocolatier's Table Luxe

 

 

Large Chocolate Dipping Adventure

Large Chocolate Dipping Adventure


 

Are you a fan of chips and dip when watching a movie or just as a relaxing fun snack?

 

This is a sweet version of a classic savoury treat.

 

It is an excellent option for a gift for any chocolate lover.  With caramel, dark, white and milk chocolate dip pots and a range of items to dip into the chocolate.  You could even provide teh strawberries or other fruits to dip into the chocolate.

 

Another novel idea!

If based in the UK, then you can get your chocolate dipping tray from the English version of Hotel Chocolat - Chocolate Dipping Adventure.

 

More on Chocolate

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to chocolate:

Petit Cheesecakes


A selection of four cheesecakes placed nicely in a presentation gift box.  A perfect snack, a perfect present.  The cheesecakes are chocolate, raspberry, white chocolate and a unique flavor - peach and mango.

This is called the Petit Cheesecakes.  Lovely.

In the UK: Petit Cheesecakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entertaining with Chocolate Box

Entertaining with Chocolate

Entertaining with Chocolate
 

Get up to eight friends together, bring out the box and have a tasting session.  There is something for all kinds of taste buds in this box.

 

Eighty chocolates and expert taste guides to help you understand what you are trying out.  You might be surprised at the range of flavors chocolate can have.

 

 

 


Have you ever shopped at Hotel Chocolat?

The Beauty Box

The Beauty Box

The Beauty Box


Pralines, a chocolate heart are just two of the chocolates you will get with this lovely box of chocolate beauty ( I just had to say that!)

 

After all the chocolates are eaten, the box remains as a reminder of the gift received.  

 

Very creative!

 

 

The Jewellery Box

 

The Jewellery Box

Another lovely box for chocoholics everywhere.

Ten chocolates wrapped up and a jewellery box awaits when the chocolate is finished.

This gift box is available in the UK and the US.

In the UK: Jewellery Box

So much more chocolate...

I hope you had a mouth-watering read through the various chocolate gift boxes available from Hotel Chocolat.  There really is so much more choice available though.  Take a look for yourself on Hotel Chocolat.  (Hotel Chocolat UK)

Do you enjoy Tasting Chocolate?

Another two selections from the chocolate tasting club - the dark and elements selection.
In the last few years, we've been hearing that dark chocolate is better for us than other chocolates. But is it healthy for us, or is it just the lesser of the evils?
Mouthwatering Vegan chocolates that taste delicious and respect animal rights.
Updated: 04/08/2012, MuminBusiness
 
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MuminBusiness on 04/07/2012

They really are lovely. There is a Hotel Chocolat near me and the chocolate from them is amazing. I could live in there! I usually look the other way when I go by it in order to avoid temptation!

Thanks!

sheilamarie on 04/07/2012

Wow, these sound heavenly! Any of them would make a welcome gift.

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