The British chocolate company Hotel Chocolat (their flagship store is in High Street Kensington) has launched in the US. To celebrate this, they sent me $300 worth of their finest, most beautiful hand-piped chocolates.
There was a time when I wouldnâ€™t have been able to keep such things in the house, but I guess it helped that I stashed it all in the spare bedroomâ€™s closetâ€¦in a big cardboard boxâ€¦behind another big cardboard box. I also gave away several boxes to my chocolate-loving friends.
But I saved one box for last night, when I hosted the supper club. All I can say is, if you like your chocolate more on the sweet side than the dark side, youâ€™ll love Hotel Chocolatâ€™s goods. Filled with the freshest fruits, nuts, and other goodness, the shelf life of these is quite brief. And they are so rich that I, a chocolate lover non-pareil, could only manage a few pieces. (I hadnâ€™t had chocolate or any sugar whatsoever for the past two weeks, so was looking forward to a decent binge. Alas, alasâ€¦)
They are also, as you can see, gorgeous. Everyone oohed and aahed over these, so the visual punch they pack is substantial.
Because I know better than to keep an open box of chocolate around, I sent the leftovers home with 5chw4r7z. His colleagues are going to have an unusually upscale start to the weekend with these beauties.