My Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club Review

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I love chocolate. But then again, who doesn’t?Ā It’s one thing to buy chocolate but it’s another to have it posted to you every month. šŸ™‚

I discovered the loveliness of Hotel Chocolat a few months ago when I decided to sign up to their “Tasting Club” which is a monthly chocolate box subscription service. They have several selection boxes for you to choose from; the classic box, dark chocolate box, the milk chocolate box, white chocolate box, alcoholic box and fruity box. A box costs Ā£22.95 including postage and packaging which is quite expensive but the chocolates are sooo good I have not managed to wean myself off them yet… although I will be stopping my subscription later this month (more on this later in the post).

I started my subscription by opting for the Classic Box. Each box that I have received so far has been fantastic. The flavours have been really up my street and my favourite selection from the boxes so far have been the Eton Mess, the carrot cake, the billionaire’s shortbread and all the nutty praline truffle ones.

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August’s Hotel Chocolat Subscription box
The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Hotel Chocolat Classic Box Review
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The chocolate selections that I wasn’t a big fan of were the alcoholic ones as I don’t drink and just found them too strong (I gave these to Daddy P and he absolutely loves them!) and the fruity ones were usually hit-and-miss. Although saying that, my favourite fruity selection has to be the Gooseberry Fool – it’s slightly tangy, slightly sweet and seriously creamy thanks to the white chocolate casing.

My favourite selection out of this box was the square piece in the photo that is close to the ipad (caramel looking top). That caramel nougatine was crunchy, sweet and sticky. The inside was filled with praline truffle and was soo delicious! My least favourite from this box was the round white chocolate piece with the purple dot (blueberry filling). I love eating fresh blueberries but hated the taste in this chocolate. I just thought it didn’t compliment the white chocolate enough and was a bit of a weird combo.

Why I am stopping my subscription

At the beginning of August (well, end of July to be exact) I decided to embark on a health journey.

I have never ate well so my diet was full of crap consisting of bad fats, sugar and processed foods. Not good. On top of that, I never exercised. I then realised that after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes in both of my pregnancies, I needed to make a change to my diet and lifestyle… NOW. So I Ā started to eat better and healthier and took up postnatal pilates then signed up to the local gym to get fit and strong. For this reason, I decided I want to stop my chocolate subscription box as it’s not a necessity for me and is not healthy. I can’t be scoffing my face with a whole box of chocolates on a monthly basis and think it’s a healthy lifestyle choice.

Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge in chocolate and other naughty foods occasionally (I call them ‘cheat days’) but generally, I try to stay away from things like that but lastĀ week wasĀ challenging as it was mine and LO’s birthday so we kind of threw caution to the wind and pigged out on junk… Ooops! It’s okay to slip up occasionally so I won’t be too hard on myself for it and I will just make up for it by eating a little more healthier than usual this week. šŸ™‚

The Hotel Chocolat tasting club subscription is Ā£9.95 when you sign up for your first box which you can easily cancel straight after if you didn’t want to carry on the subscription to the next month. I definitely recommend giving them a try it if you haven’t before. You can either get the box as a treat to yourself or you can give the box to friends/family as a lovely gift. Either way, you won’t be disappointed! šŸ™‚

Flavour of The Month: Chocolate

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Flavor of the Month: Chocolate

I recently came across Oh My Glai’s blog and found a wonderful new blog challenge to take part in called “Flavor of the Month“. Glai selects a flavour each month then those who participating in the challenge will need to create a post about it. The best thing is thatĀ the the response post can be about anything that is related to that flavour whether it’s a food, recipe, product, poem, photo, collage, whatever you fancy. So without further ado, let me introduce you to June’s FOTM.

This month’s flavour is dedicated to… CHOCOLATEĀ (yay!)

We all (well, the most of us) love chocolate and there are many good reasons why we should including it being high in anti-oxidants, help ourĀ ‘happy hormones’ kick in, and being so versatile that we can eat it and even use it on skin to wash and bathe in.

Here’s my list of my favourite chocolatey things:

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

The Greenwich Mummy | Flavour of the Month: Chocolate

Without a doubt, chocolate brownies are my favourite! I love to bake them as they taste so much better homemade than shop-bought. Most restaurants, patisseries or bakeries that sell brownies will also taste good but nothing beats the divine taste home-baking though.

I adapted my own recipe from the BBC Good Food website. It’s a simply and easy-to-follow recipe that gives you mouth-watering results each time. I serve my brownies with cream, and occasionally with fresh raspberries or strawberries on the side. If you like a bit of an added dimension to your brownies, why not add in nuts such as almond, hazelnut or macadamia?

Caffe Nero’s Hot Chocolate with Cream

The Greenwich Mummy | Flavour of The Month: Chocolate

Caffe Nero do theĀ best hot chocolates ever… I swear by it. It must be the chocolate powder or whatever it is they use that makes it so creamy and rich. It’s almost like drinking melted chocolate but minus that sickly feeling as it’s not as sweet as some other cheap hot chocolate drinks I’ve bought. The cream on top is always delicious and the chocolate sprinkles makes the whole thing look pretty. You can seeĀ myĀ Instagram photo of my Caffe Nero hot chocolate from Manchester looking very similar to the standard in the Google Image above. When you want a high quality hot choc with a lot of cream on top… you now know where to go. šŸ˜‰

Lindt Chocolate Bars

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My favourite chocolate company so far – I haven’t sampled chocolates from the fancier chocolatiers such as Goddiva and Hotel Chocolat but will one day. For now, I am quite content with Lindt chocolate bars. I really love their milk chocolate truffles but the Excellence barsĀ are absolutely out of this world! My favourites are: 85% dark chocolate, intense orange, and roast almonds.

Nakd Chocolate Bars

The Greenwich Mummy | Flavour of the Month: Chocolate

When I’m trying to eat more healthy, I opt for my favourite raw chocolate bar instead. Nakd Cocoa Delight is my favourite and is made from dates, raisins, cashews, and cocoa… nothing else. Pure goodness! These are available in your local supermarkets i.e. Sainsburys and Tesco and you can also find them in health food stores like Holland & Barratts. They’re super tasty!

Natural Yoghurt, Honey & Raw Cacao Powder

The Greenwich Mummy | Flavour of the Month: Chocolate

Continuing on from the healthy-eating, this dessert is my absolute fav. I actually made it up at home and hadn’t realised there are other people out there who have done the same! It’s like chocolate dessert minus the bad stuff i.e. additives, sweetners, flavourings, etc. It’s simply natural yoghurt (or Greek natural yoghurt) whatever you prefer with a squeeze of honey and a tablespoon on raw cacao powder. I love a big spoonful of the cacao as the bitter taste is amazing but if you don’t like the taste, maybe try it with a teaspoon of cacao instead. It’s a really strong flavour – for a bit of extra special-ness I substitute the honey for a dollop of strawberry conserve which reminds me of a chocolatey strawberry muller corner… Yum!

Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Face Masque

The Greenwich Mummy | Flavour of the Month: Chocolate

An at-home facial is always recommended and if it there’s an option to include chocolate into the mix, I will surely jump to it. This shop-bought facial masque is available in drugstores i.e. Boots and Superdrugs as well as supermarkets. I love this particular brand as they do not test on animals and are made with natural ingredients. It smells like real chocolate (made with creamed cocoa butter and cocoa beans) and is a very creamy mask that leaves my skin feeling soft and supple afterwards. At only Ā£1 a pack, it’s a great weekly or bi-weekly treat!

Original Source Chocolate & Mint Shower Gel

The Greenwich Mummy | Flavour of the Month: Chocolate

I really try to be careful when selecting body and face products. I usually look for products that are animal-friendly and as natural as possible. My favourite chocolate shower gel is by Original Source; the chocolate and mint is simply divine. My skin is never dry afterwards and the scent smells so good. Chocolate and mint is one of the best choco-combos out there!

Chocolate Scented Pens

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These are from my childhood memories – not this exact brand but scented pens were all the rage throughout my primary school and secondary school days. I always loved the chocolate-smelly pens and the strawberry one which always smells like strawberry milkshake. šŸ™‚

So that is my list of my favouriteĀ things – I hope you enjoyed them and hope it brought to you some chocolatey nostalgia. If you would like to take part in this cool challenge, check out Oh My Glai‘s page for more details.

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In response to Oh My Glai’s Flavor of the MonthĀ challenge