It is that time of year again, folks. The time to eat and be merry as we celebrate Christmas (as well as a cheeky competition of course).
Hotel Chocolat have a delicious range this year, perfect for all tastes and budgets. I went along to the launch of their Christmas products up in Covent Garden and it was fantastic. Really got me in the mood for Christmas. I was pleased to see that this year they have vegan chocolate (or suitable for those with a dairy allergy). I tried some and it was so good. So look out for their dark chocolate advent calendar and wreaths.
I have been trying out their alternative mince pies, as well as their milk chocolate advent calendar. The ‘mince pies’ are a really tasty alternative (though I am a mince pie fan anyway). They are rich and smooth as they are filled with a blend of praline and caramel with a pinch of salt. If you don’t like the spice of a mince pie, or the chopped fruit, this would be a great alternative. They are £7.50 which would be a good stocking filler. Or you could leave it out for Father Christmas – too good for the kids haha.
The advent calendar is a really good size. But it has to be for someone that can resist not opening the boxes all at once. the chocolate is rich, thick and delicious. I like that there are a few options for the calendar, including dark or caramel too. At £12.50 I think it would have to be a real treat for someone (or yourself). But it is Christmas after all!
If you want to check out some more of Hotel Chocolat’s Christmas products, have a look at my video from the press launch below:
Now the fun part, the competition. You could win a Merry Little Christmas Hamper (RRP £25). The hamper contains:
- Clementine Baby Bombes
- 40% Milk Snowflakes
- Rocky Road Slab
- Comet Does Caramel Slab
- Christmas Pocket Selection
- Salted Caramel Nano Slab
- Fruit & Nut Nano Slab
All you need to do to be in with the chance of winning, is to enter via the Rafflecopter form below, completing as many entries as you would like.
Good luck! You have until 11.59 on 1st December 2016 to enter.
*all the items were gifted. My opinions and views are mine only.
Competition Terms and Conditions:
- The giveaway will run from 6am on 18th November 2016 and will run until 11.59pm on 1st December 2016, GMT.
- The prize is for one winner; one Hotel Chocolat Merry Little Christmas Hamper.
- Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
- All of the entries can only be completed through the Rafflecopter widget.
- All entries will be checked and verified.
- The winners is chosen at random, from all valid entries.
- The winner will be announced on 3rd December 2016 and the winner will be emailed, as well as announced through AAUBlog’s social media pages.
- The winners will have 72 hours to respond with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked, following the same procedure.
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I love family time and our Christmas dinner!
Christmas morning, when the children(even though now teenagers!)are up early, dogs excited, and we all open the Christmas stockings together…lovely cosy time x
Love forgetting all about work and spending quality time with my loved ones.
I love Christmas Eve when it’s all under the tree and I’m happy and proud I pulled it all off …against the odds X
My favourite bit of Christmas is when you’re out & about & you spy lovely lit Christmas trees through windows & houses that you know, once it gets dark, their electricity meters are whizzing around to keep great light displays going🎄💕
I love relaxing with a decent single malt on Christmas night.
Getting to spend quality time with my amazing family 🙂
My favourite thing about Christmas is my husband having 2 weeks off. We don’t spend much time together during the year as he works a lot and long hours. I live all year for my husband and children all home together for some quality family time.
I love family time at Christmas and seeing children’s faces and excitement.
Seeing my family, seeing my daughter happy and christmas dinner!!
I love giving gifts to my loved ones 🙂
Giving lovely gifts to my children and seeing their reactions
I love the excitement of Christmas Eve.
Pigs in Blankets are the best thing at Christmas 🙂
I love having all my family around me 🙂
spending time with my family and spoiling the kids
Christmas Day …. playing games and scoffing all day with family!
The chance to legitimately eat and drink loads of unhealthy stuff 😀
People are happier, lots of food / drink and time off of work! 🙂
i really love decorating the christmas tree its my favourite part of christmas
Seeing the kids happy and excited about santa visiting.x
Spending time with my family!
Spending time with my family. And of course the Christmas songs!
Getting together with family and friends that I haven’t see for ages :).
This year it will definitely be getting together with all my family from Australia
I love the full turkey Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, and the Christmas pudding!
Being able to eat chocolate for breakfast – guilt free.
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time off work to spend with the family
My favourite thing about Christmas is definitely the pressies!!
Spending precious time off with my hard-working hubster 🙂
Spending time with family and friends… mince pies are good too though!
I love spending time with my family, can’t wait!
My favourite thing about christmas is bring the magic to life for my children. Watching how sweet and innocent they are believing in santa, and the smiles on their faces.
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Everything!! Love to see my little boys faces on Christmas morning when they see Santa has been
The Christmas build-up – Watching my kids get so excited for the big day!
The joy and happiness, wish it could last all year long. .. and mince pies!
all of the lovely food and drink
I love all the family coming together and celebrating with gorgeous food and drink and having fun.
Love Christmas Eve, opening presents and Christmas dinner
Having all the family together on xmas day and watching the kids opening their presies excitedly
that its acceptable to drink from 10am (responsibly of course)
Seeing the excitement on my kids faces and watching their often unintentionally hilarious nativity performances.
Christmas dinner and spending time with family!
Spending time having fun with the family instead of doing the mundane everyday things
Christmas eve and day with the whole family my little grandchildren excitable faces magical 🙂
Time off work
Sitting down to dinner when all the hard work is done
I love spending quality time with my family x
That would be Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Its lovely to have a big feast with the whole family.
Spending quality time with family.
Getting together with all of my family
I love the excitement building up to Christmas
Spending time with friends and family
I love the relaxing family time, watching the little one play with their new goodies! 🙂
The children’s excitement on Christmas morning
Having the family around x
Love spending time with the kids curled up on the settee watching some good Christmas films
Spending time with family 🙂
I love spending time with my family
Seeing my girls get all excited brings the magic back that was lost before I had them.
i love watching Christmas movies with the kids 🙂
My favourite thing about Xmas is noticing that very palpable change in people’s mood and the atmosphere out and about on the lead up to the big day. They say that a lot of the spirit of Xmas has been lost but I can still sense it looking in people’s eyes and just talking to them…it’s a little like a Jedi mind trick I have 😉
Spending time with my family, and this year will be extra special as it is my daughters first Christmas
Guilt free indulgence just because it’s Christmas
Everything! from cooking the Christmas Cake, to putting up the tree, Christmas dinner…even taking down the decorations etc on Twelfth Night
Spending time with family, nothing better!
Making family memories 🙂
I love listening to little children sing Away In A Manger
I love spending time with my family and having 2 weeks off work is also a bonus.
Thank you. Seeing the grandchildren.
Spending time with my family
having all my family around me x
Decorating the house
Seeing my daughter’s face on Christmas morning and being with my family
Time with family and I love the decorations!
Trimming the tree with my family!
I like presents best ..lots and lots of presents ha ha
seeing the smile on my sons face
I love to see the kids excitement, especially on Xmas Eve.
It’s too hard to choose,I’m now 57 and I still feel like a child,I have my tree up already and the outside decorations go up at the weekend.My spare bedroom is piled with pressies waiting to be wrapped.I love seeing the excitement build on my grandchildren’s faces,it’s quite magical x
I love watching my kids opening their presents.
catching up with family from overseas xx
Family time with very few interruptions.
My favourite thing is getting together as a family.
seeing my children getting all excited about santa coming x
my fave bit about xmas is taking a break from work 🙂
Family, fun and happiness
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i love everything about Christmas, but my favourite has to be watching my children perform in their Christmas concerts at school
Watching Christmas films in the dark with just the tree lights on
All the family getting together from around the country for Christmas and boxing days. Will be the first time in years.
seeing all the family
I love having all the family together
Christmas Day itself, where we can relax and soak up the atmosphere in the day and put up our feet up at night
I love the memories and nostalgia of it and I love giving gifts to loved ones
The best thing about Christmas is having friends and family together to celebrate.
I love the festive feeling, the food, and of course having time to spend with the hubby and the family.
Spending time with family
I love the sharing of a meal with everyone together, a rare occurrence these days
I really love Christmas decorations! It’s the sparkle and bling, it gets me everytime 🙂
We enjoy going for a drive and seeing all the mad people’s electricity-guzzling christmas light displays!!
Time off work with not much to do.
I just love the whole atmosphere, with the decorations, lights, music, just makes me happy 🙂
My favourite this is family time, i love spending time with my children when they are off school
The best thing about Christmas is spending time with the family
It’s the season to be jolly eating drinking and being merry
spending time with the family and taking things in our stride.
Making happy memories with my lovely family
The smells of Xmas dinner and being with the family.
Eating and drinking anything I want for a few days-all the things I denied myself the rest of the year!
Spending time with my family is my favourite thing about Christmas!
the best thing is my birthday one xmas day and this year its a big un
Apart from seeing family, love the food and drink
Seeing all my family in one place at one time!
Putting up the tree, I love it!
Family is my favourite part. From putting the presents out on Christmas eve to waking up with the children on Christmas morning to seeing my Mom and my Sister and family for Christmas lunch. Love it all
my favourite part of christmas is cooking the christmas dinner if i dont cook the christmas dinner then it just doesnt feel like christmas
I love the fact that my husband, my son and myself are all off together from work and school for two weeks together. Love it!
I love having all our family together and eating all our favourite foods
My favourite thing about Christmas is all the festive food
The food – oh the mince pies 🙂
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family dinner all together
the most I love about Christmas is having my whole family together for the Christmas and New Year so very wonderful week
Spending time with family
getting to spend quality time with family
Spending time with family members we don’t get to see very often
Taking our little girl to see Santa
Catching up with family and friends, and the food, and It’s a wonderful life.
My favourite thing about Christmas is just seeing how excited my kids get with the magic of it!!
Roast dinner and crackers
Time off with family
Time off work to spend with wide family circle. Christmas Dinner too!
Boxing day football
I love Christmas Eve. Getting the food ready and putting presents under the tree – just a big kid really!
Spending quality time with family at Christmas is good. Probably my favourite thing though is seeing my great-niece, who is nearly 4, opening her presents.
My favourite thing about Christmas is that it is time for the whole family to get together to eat, drink and play.
My favourite thing about Christmas is time off with family.
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Time off with family
Having my hubby home from work
Spending time together as a family (and eating chocolates 🙂 ).
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I love the build up, the festive decor, movies & music. The general Christmas spirit!
Breakfast on Christmas morning – prosecco, bacon and egg rolls and the anticipation that it’s nearly time to open presents…best feeling ever ☺️
decorations and fairy lights i love the colours and twinkles
I love having the quality time with my family. My 3 teenagers are always so busy with college work and their jobs that it’s lovely to have those few days together at christmas
seeing how excited my little boy is and how magical it all is for him x
Spending time with my family and the food.
Putting the decorations up as a family. We all do our bit.
My favourite thing is family laughter when we all get together and create priceless memories
Definitely seeing my childrens faces in the morning!
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Putting up the tree, buying presents, xmas music. I love it all
My favourite thing about Christmas is being able to eat chocolate before breakfast and not feeling guilty!
seeing my kids faces xmas morning
Having lovely time with my family
Eating choc at breakfast and watching kids open their presents
Spending time with all the family surely this is what chirsmtas should be about x
Usually some of the T.V. especially the Doctor Who special.
love our elf on the shelf tradition at the mo
spending the whole of the day with my family
Family time 🙂 xx
Everything!!! The music, the film’s, the decorations and most of all some family time
mum’s xmas pudding
I love Christmas. It’s such a magical time of the year.
For me, it’s about spending quality time with Friends and family & making memories that last a lifetime.
I love waking up on Christmas morning and seeing our kids faces light up, knowing Santa has been.
Last year Santa left foot prints.
Spending time with family
I love all things Christmasy. Getting to spend more time with the Family can’t be beaten. Merry Christmas Everybody.
spending time with the family, watching the young kids faces opening their presents then relaxing altogether after a family christmas dinner. 🙂
Spending time with my kids and seeing all my family members like my sisters, niece, nephew and my parents 🙂
The magic and excitement of Xmas eve getting ready for Santa with my daughter
My favourite thing is the music 🙂 creates such a lovely atmosphere!
spending time with my family
When it is over. Bah humbug! However, I do like quality chocolate and Christmas trees.
Watching my grandchildren enjoying all the fun!
watching family open presents!
I love the fact that you enjoy staying in being cosy and you feel like you deserve treats x
Nothing Bah Humbug
Seeing all of the family.
Loads of food loads of drink loads of presents!! Ha ha
I love the childrens excitement and of course the presents, the food, the decerations, I love it all
Waking up early on Christmas morning and going downstairs to see if Father Christmas has been x
I just love absolutely every thing about Christmas! 🙂
Watching the kids open their presents on Christmas morning
time off work with family and friends 🙂
Spending fun filled times with family! Best bit ever!! <3
Spending quality time with my loved ones x
My favourite thing is our first full Christmas meal by candlelight on Christmas Eve.
spending time with the family
I love spending time with my family
Christmas movies and After Eights 🙂
I love everything about Christmas but my favourite thing is waking up on Christmas morning and seeing the excitement in my children as they discover Santa has been and get to work opening their stockings. Amazing.
Seeing the little ones opening and playing with their new toys, I also love watching Christmas films after our dinner x
My favourite thing about Christmas is the parties, the food and drink, and of course the big day itself!
opening presents x
(OK I know the comp is over) but enjoyed your review. I have read so many reviews on Hotel Chocolate and everyone seems to think they are great. Must try them in the future.