Christmas is coming…vegan treats from Hotel Chocolat

Well, it is that time of year when you start to think about gifts for loved ones. Vegan or dairy free gifting is just getting better and better every year, but if you are still stuck for what to get the lactose free lovely in your life, look no further! I aim to bring some dairy free sparkle to Lockdown 2.0 and your Christmas gifting.

I was very excited when Hotel Chocolat announced it would be bringing out a box of chocolates. So excited I pre-ordered a box to try! In the dairy free gifting world, a good old fashioned mixed box of chocolates is a rare find indeed. Hotel Chocolat do have quite a few vegan chocolate specials throughout the year, but I hope this is one that will stay.

These come as an ‘H-box’ which is a smaller selection, or a ‘Sleekster’ which is a much bigger collection (that hopefully Santa will bring me, if he is not in quarantine). One important point to note is that both cost the same price as their dairy counterparts – regular followers of my blog will know this is something I am passionate about advocating for. Although the H-box is a smaller version, I don’t think it is possible to be disappointed with the selection and variety here.

Contained in the H-box are the following chocolate delights:

  • Simple Nutmilk
  • Pecan and Nutmilk
  • Salted caramel and Nutmilk
  • Raspberry and Nutmilk
  • Gianduja Bombe
  • 45% Nutmilk Baton
  • Ornage and Nutmilk Baton
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter and Nutmilk Buche

As you can see, this box of chocolates is very much part of the growing Nutmilk range, which creates a lovely creamy taste and texture without the dairy aspects of actual cream. Can you taste it? Yes, you can. But I would say on the whole it is subtle and goes well with all the flavours. My only slight disappointment would be the salted caramel, as I think this is the least perfect match. But, by no means is it inedible.

One of the other amazing things about this vegan H-box is the sheer differences in texture between the chocolates – definitely something I miss from having a box of chocolates before I found out I was lactose intolerant. The caramel is probably the closest in texture to ‘real’ caramel – smooth and flowing from the centre. In fact, I would say they have got it spot on. You also have the more truffle-like texture of the pecan and the gianduja bombe. The batons are pure, solid, silky-smooth chocolate and the buche brings some crunch to proceedings. I think the different textures are one of my favourite things about the collection.

Any problems with this amazing box of chocs? Only one. They won’t be around the house for long! I would definitely recommend treating the lactose free lovely in your life to a box of these for Christmas.

Rating – 5/5

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