Ok, I have something to confess: when it comes to desserts and baked goods I prefer anything fruity or flowery. When eating out at restaurants, I’m always the person who passes up on the chocolate dessert for the lemon dessert, the crème brulée, the rose macaron, or the caramel mille-feuille. I think this is due to the fact that as a child I would devour anything and everything that had chocolate in it. I exclusively ate chocolate ice cream for most of my childhood.
But when it comes to eating actual chocolate: bon bons, truffles, and bars, I swoon and fall in love with all flavors. I like all kinds of chocolate: dark, milk, caramel, nut, coffee, coconut… I think that there is nothing better than a smooth piece of chocolate slowly melting in your mouth. I’m always looking for brands of chocolate that will satisfy my cravings for that one perfect bite of creamy chocolate. I buy a box of chocolates and keep it hidden in my nightstand, where no one will discover it (I guess the secret is out now!).
So when I was given the chance to sample some Hotel Chocolat chocolates from their Christmas Gift Collection , I immediately said yes! yes! yes! and did a happy dance. Hotel Chocolat is a company based in Britain. They recently opened stores in Boston, MA, they have their own cocoa plantation, Rabot Estate in St Lucia, where they will soon be opening a hotel. The christmas gift collection includes Stocking Fillers, Christmas Gifts for Kids, and Unique Chocolate Gifts.
You see, I discovered Hotel Chocolat on a trip to London. I visited one of their stores and stocked up on pink champagne truffles, and chocolate bars. I adore the Eaton Mess Bar a strawberry & vanilla flavored chocolate bar with pieces of cookies, meringue, and strawberry, that comes in giant slab form.
I received these super cute caramel milk chocolate angels and a festive milk chocolate wreath from the Christmas Collection.
The caramel angels are cast in creamy, super smooth caramel milk chocolate. They are melt in your mouth perfect.
The milk chocolate wreath has pieces of florentines, cocoa cookies, shortbread cookies and white chocolate chunks. The milk chocolate is smooth and all the delicious chunks provide a satisfying crunch.
Now for the giveaway:
One lucky reader will win this gorgeous Holiday Collection to be delivered to one US based address. The collection includes a fruit-and-nut wreath, gingerbread-spiced chocolate puddles, chili-infused dark chocolate penguins, and a box of filled chocolates. The giveaway ends on Saturday November 20th at midnight EST. The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email or twitter.
To win, leave a comment on this blog post, and for extra entries do one or all of the following:
1.Follow me on twitter and re-tweet this: RT @onevanillabean A Confession, Rocky Road Brownies & a #HotelChocolat Giveaway! http://bit.ly/cNQDAH
2.Go to the Hotel Chocolat Facebook page and like it. Leave a comment here saying you liked the Hotel Chocolat Facebook page.
3.Leave a comment on this blog post with a link to a product from the Hotel Chocolat website that catches your eye.
If you do all, you will get four entries.
And in honor of the chocolate give away, I took this Rocky Road Chocolate Brownie Recipe from the US Hotel Chocolate website for a spin:
These brownies have a crisp crust on top, are gorgeously gooey on the inside, and are studded with marshmallows.
3 ounces Hotel Chocolat Liquid Chocolat, or chopped dark chocolate for melting
5 ounces Unsalted butter
4 ounces Plain Flour
3 Large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 ounces granulated sugar
3 ounces Hotel Chocolat Liquid Chocolat, or chopped dark chocolate for adding into batter
3 ounces nuts
1 cup mini marshmallows
1. Pre-heat the oven to 325°F. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
2. Mix 3 ounces of Liquid Chocolat and the butter in a heat-proof bowl. Gently heat the bowl over a double-boiler and stir until the butter and chocolate have completely melted . Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Sift the flour into a bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and vanilla extract until well blended. Then whisk in the sugar.
5. Add the egg mixture to the melted butter and melted chocolate. Next, add the flour and the remaining 3 ounces of Liquid Chocolat. Mix until smooth. Fold in the nuts.
6. Pour into the prepared pan. Push the marshmallows into the batter.
7. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 45 minutes, until the marshmallows are golden brown. Once ready, a knife inserted into the center of the pan will still have a small amount of batter on it.
8. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Then cut into squares and serve warm.
That wreath is absolutely fabulous! Not only beautiful and so festive but how original with all that they have mixed in. But the brownies! Wow! I’m on a browniepalooza and these look just the thing! Great recipe, stunning, perfect brownies!
Great giveaway! The chocolate looks sooo yummy!
the caramel spread sounds delicious! http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/Caramel-Smudge-Chocolate-Spread-P500055/
liked on fb!
These look delicious! I would love to try them.
I love me some chocolate! this is my comment entry.
entry #2-I would love to try the “peepster-milk edition”-four kinds of milk chocolate with a ‘cookies and creme’ version? sign me up!
Your brownies look awesome, Ill have to try it this weekend!
The Dark Christmas selection
looks absolutely decadent!
Love the wreath, so cute, so delicious its right up my ally.I can try and keep it away from my wife as long as possible, but a treat like this won’t last long in this household.Re-tweeting now.
Yum, looks delicious! I’d love to bring the prize home for my family to share over the holidays.
I RT’d the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/Kay819/status/3096840627036160
The Dasher the Reindeer chocolate is so cute!
You should make an Eaton Mess Cupcake next!
Thank you everyone for you responses! Keep them coming!
Lynne–Oh wow, I didn’t even know about the caramel smudge chocolate spread!
Kay–I love the cute reindeer too!
Little Queen Jay–OMG! An Eaton Mess cupcake is an amazing idea! Will have to explore that!
I love the idea of a chocolate advent calendar: http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/cid/NOPHFRWGV9SJCIPFDXNO5VRB5TRJJAA4/advent-christmas-calendar-P300130/
Thanks for sharing (and those brownies look decadent!)
those chocolates look delicious *drool*
Hello. Caroline the chocoholic here…and I can’t stay away from anything Hotel Chocolat! 😉
I’m loving the Dark Christmas Discovery Box: http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/christmas-present-P350117/
Those angels look wonderful.
Great giveaway!! Btw, your site always makes me hungry =)
in what i am sure is a vain attempt to win this amazing looking giveaway i have liked Hotel Chocolat on facebook, am now following you on Twitter and am posting to this site with a link from the Hotel Chocolat website because this chocolate looks like it is TO DIE FOR and I want to try it so badly! http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/Cookie-Choc-Chip-Giant-Slab-P310189/
p.s. these brownies look A-mazing
This “Dipping Adventure” looks like it would be so much fun for a night with friends. (Although the Caramel Smudge Chocolate spread sounds divine as well.)
Elana–Oh, how I wish I had one to give to each one of you! You get 4 entries for all your hard work!
This looks awesome. I love holiday-themed sweets.
Also, this looks delicious: http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/unusual-christmas-presents-P500080/
Great giveaway – thanks!
I might have to try some of that chocolate. Free or not.
Oh wow… chocolate… what a great giveaway!!! Thank you SO MUCH for the opportunity! Plus, the brownies look divine.
hi, i want to win please. thanks. 🙂
Oh man, chocolate sweet tooth beware. Thanks for the giveaway.
I’d really like to try those penguins!!
CHOCOLATEEEE!!!!!! I want!
Quedé salivando con el post
oh that is serious. i love chocolate, my waist does not. but my mouth is watering so i think in this case my waist loses!
Seriously? Why is the there not a store in Chicago? This is pure bliss: http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/cid/LOPPK05NJFRZRXH0WJDW98QBG4D2QD3X/Classic-Dark-and-Chilli-Liquid-Chocolat-Gift-Box-P500082/
what a great giveaway! I would love to win:)
I would love to try the Pick-Me-Up of the Season Gift Bag, it looks so good!
I love the crackly crusts on brownies! But I don’t like pudding skin!
Oh it all sounds wonderful!!
I liked the Hotel Chocolat Facebook page! Mmmmm chocolate…
Also, these champagne truffles don’t look like the most chocolatey thing they have to offer, but they are very intriguing. Champagne and chocolate? Sign me up! http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/classic-champagne-truffles-P260092/
The chocolate wreath and the brownie looks so good. The brownie looks really moist. Maybe I’ll try to make the brownies for the holidays.
Love the crackly top on that brownie!
I’m pretty sure my life would be better with this caramel and milk chocolate http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/Caramel-Canapes-P110396/
I believe that I should win this chocolate giveaway because quite frankly, I never win anything and nothing good ever happens to me. Also, I really love chocolate.
i am yet to try out rocky road brownies at home..love the store bought ones
The photo of the brownies led me to you via Serious EAts. I am knew to food blogs and am enjoying every minute.