Hotel Chocolat has a range of deliciously summery chocolates to compliment the season, featuring some vibrant, fresh, fruity flavours and wonderful colours. We received an H-Box Summer Fusion Selection to sample, so we could enjoy the taste of summer for ourselves.
The chocolates look fantastic with shades of lavender, strawberry red, yellow and pink contrasting with the dark, milk and white chocolate. The designs are so pretty and inviting and everyone is different.
Everyone dived in to pick a favourite flavour from the selection of 14 chocolates. Freddy had his eye on the Shortbread Bite, a milk chocolate and praline square topped with clotted cream shortbread balls.
I was impressed with the range of flavours in the selection, which included coffee, nutty pralines, rich caramels and fruity cremes. Each individual chocolate has been lovingly crafted making them a treat for the eyes as well as for the taste buds.
The menu gives a brief description of the chocolate next to an illustration. With chocolates such as Key Lime Pie, Kiwi Smoothie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Summer Pudding, Blackcurrant Bombe, Summer Latte and Choc Fudge Sundae, there really is something for all tastes. As they are all alcohol free, the kids can enjoy them too...if you let them!!
I really liked the Peanut and Banana chocolate with its salted peanut praline, banana ganache and caramel cap all encased in a chocolate cup. It looked as good as it tasted. The fruity fillings that include lime, kiwi, blackcurrant, pineapple, peach and strawberry are all really flavoursome, intense and fresh. A burst of pure fruitiness and a real taste of the summer enrobed in Hotel Chocolat's quality chocolate. But I liked also having the delicate coffee flavoured Summer Latte, the fragrant Lavender Caramel and deep flavours of the Burnt Caramel as a contrast to all the fruitiness. It's a really good selection.
The most unusual combination is the Summer Cooler, a delicate cucumber and apple ganache enrobed in smooth white chocolate flavoured with zingy mint leaves. It's a very bold idea and I have to admit that I gave that one to Ian. I wasn't quite brave enough!
The H-Box of 14 chocolates costs £13.00 and would make a luxurious gift for someone special or an indulgent treat for yourself to celebrate the summer.
You can find the Summer Fusions H-Box online or in store now.