Friday, 26 January 2018

The Salted Caramel Chocolate Hamper by Hotel Chocolat

What is a better way to say "I love you" to the one you love on Valentines Day then with a chocolate hamper. I adore chocolates especially luxury chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. New to the Valentines Day chocolate gift ideas is The Salted Caramel Chocolate Hamper, retailing at £25. This perfectly packaged elegant hamper includes some salted caramel favourites includes.

  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Puddles
  • Salted Caramel & Pecan Chocolate Spread
  • 50ml Sated Caramel Vodka Liqueur
  • Salted Caramel Shortbread
  • Caramel Cheesecakes Selector
  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolat   

Each chocolate has a dash of sea salt which lifts the caramel chocolate recipe and bring out the deep maltiness and notes of dulce de leche. I particularly enjoyed demolishing the Salted Caramel Chocolate Puddles and the Caramel Cheesecakes Selector.
There are a range of other Valentine Day gift ideas on the Hotel Chocolat website if you want to treat yourself to something extra.


The lovely people at Hotel Chocolate are giving one lucky reader The Salted Caramel Chocolat Hamper. To be in with a chance, follow the below instructions.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake

I own only one, yes one Christmas cookbook. For me, no Christmas cooking or baking is complete without a visit to Nigella Lawson's Christmas cookery book. Bursting with recipes, I'm always inspired to try a new festive recipe. Whilst many may enjoy the traditional Christmas cake with marzipan and lots of fruit, I've been brought up on the rum laced Jamaican fruit cake which is what I always prefer. I do however have a soft spot for chocolate and when I rediscovered this spiced chocolate Christmas cake, I just had to bake it. With all the lovely Christmas spices cinnamon, cloves and zest of clementine complimented with chocolate, this cake is a perfect alternative to a rich fruit cake. What I found surprising is how gooey the chocolate was when cooked, almost similar to a brownie in texture, but with a warm hint of Christmas with every bite. It's surprisingly quick to make and can be made from start to eating within 1.5 hours. 





The recipe for Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cake can be found here. I added a sprinkling of icing sugar over the cake.
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Jumbo Oat and Raisin Cookies

I haven't baked cookies in a very long. The last amazing cookie I ate was in New York, I can't say that these are remotely close but they managed to hit my desire to have a moerish and gooey cookie. I remembered that many moons ago, I brought a baking book which was dedicated soley to baking cookies. I didn't fancy making an extravagant cookie but something which had incredibly easy to make, soft and gooey in the middle such as these oar and raisin cookies.




Ingredients
85g rolled oats
100g plain  flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
60g unsalted butter, softened
soft light brown sugar
50g granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
175g raisins
Optional 1 tbsp coco powder

Method
Preheat the ocean to 190C/37F/Gas Mark 5. Place the oats in a food processor and pulse briefly, then tip into a bowl and sift in he flour and bicarbonate of soda and salt and stir together.
Place the butter and sugars in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Place the egg and vanilla extract in a separate bowl and whisk together, then add to the butter and mix well. Add the flour mixture, into 15 balls and place on 2 large non-stick baking sheets, spaced well apart. Press the cookies into rough rounds. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

xxx
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Brownie Pudding

I'm a sucker for any pudding which contains chocolate. Smooth, rich and gooey, this brownie pudding is perfect for tantalising your taste buds. I found this incredibly easy to make and even easier to eat. This brownie pudding is more gooey that a normal chocolate brownie and would go well with custard, for those crisp winter nights. 

Brownie Pudding

Brownie Pudding

Recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery, Life is Sweet.

Makes 23x32cm (9x13in) tin, to scoop or serve as desired.

For the pudding
245g plain flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
295g caster sugar
30g cocoa powder
250ml evaporated milk
2tsp vanilla extract
50g butter
200g chopped pecans

For the topping
275g soft light brown sugar
60g cocoa powder
750ml hot water (boil then let cool slightly)

Method
Preheat the oven to 175C (350f), Gas mark 4. Grease the tin with butter. To make the pudding, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa in a bowl.
Using a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand held electric whisk, beat the evaporated milk, vanilla and melted butter into the dry ingredients until smooth. Fold in the pecans by hand and spread the mixture evenly in the tin.
To make the topping, mix the brown sugar and cocoa together and sprinkle over the mixture in the tin. Pour the hot water over the entire pudding.
Bake for 40-45 minutes before serving.

xxx
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Brownies

I have fond memories of walking past W H Smith circa 2010-2011 at Birmingham New Street when the train station was undergoing refurbishment. Back then, I was studying my Masters degree and would pass time before train transfers to flick through Readers Digest baking book for recipe inspiration. The brownies featured in this book are probably the easiest baking recipe in this book, however when you want a quick chocolate fix, these brownies serve the purpose; they are incredibly easy to make. What's better is these brownies taste amazing, rich and moerish. I added some white chocolate (which is of course optional)  in the brownie mixture which gave it a further chocolate hit. 



Ingredients 
125g buter at room temperature
200g dark chocolate, chopped
2 eggs
230g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
60g plain flour
2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
100g walnuts

Method
Use a 20cm (8in) square tin. Grease and line with baking parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F Gas Mark 4) . Melt the butter and 115g go the chocolate in a bowl and set over gently simmering water; remove from heat and leave to cool. 
Whisk the eggs in a bowl with electric beaters. Gradually add the sugar; beat continuously until the mixture is thick and foamy and leaves a ribbon - like trail when the beaters are lifted. Add the vanilla essence and the chocolate mixture and blend in thoroughly. Sift flour and cocoa powder over the mixture and scatter in walnuts and the rest of the chocolate. Fold the mixture together with a large spoon. 
Pour the batter into the tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is a rich brown. place a piece of foil over the top if it looks to be in danger of burning. Cool brownies briefly in the tin cut into squares. Cool brownies completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight conner; they will keep 3-4 days. 
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Hotel Chocolat Chocs to Chill Sleekster Review and Giveaway

A lovely parcel arrived at my home a couple of weeks ago from my favourite chocolate company, Hotel Chocolat. Hotel Chocolat have a range of seasonal chocolates which make the perfect gift for yourself or as a present.  The Summer Season is all about ice-creams, milkshakes and smoothies and the lovely people over at Hotel Chocolat have in-cooperated Summer flavours into their Chocs to Chill Sleekster chocolates. With flavours including Chocolate Milkshake, Vanilla Truffle, Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream, Pink Lemonade and Coconut and Mango Smoothie the chocolates are a Summer flavour explosion.

There is a retro feel to some of the flavour combinations features and for the best results, it's best to chill the chocolates 30 minutes in the fridge before serving, if you can wait that long.  My personal favourite is the Coconut and Mango Smoothie, the flavour is soo exotic and luxurious. Retailing at £22.50, this is an affordable small taste of luxury which you can indulge yourself in.


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Hotel Chocolat Just Mik Easter Egg

It's Easter next month. Two bank holidays to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Somehow, chocolate has become synonymous with Easter with Easter traditions being celebrated in different ways throughout the world. In Jamaican culture, the traditional Easter is Jamaican bun with cheese. In England there's literally hundreds of Easter Eggs, from the cheaper end to the luxury scale. As one for luxury, I am always impressed by the wonderful range of luxury Easter Eggs that Hotel Chocolat has to offer. What I like about Hotel Chocolat Easter Eggs is that it's a world away from the cheaper chocolates, their Easter Eggs are super thick, luxurious and rich.
This year I was lucky enough to receive the Just Milk Easter Egg, retailing at £27 includes half 40% milk, half 50% milk, egg piled high with creamy pralines and velvety-soft truffles. 


Do take a look at your local Hotel Chocolat store or online and treat yourself or a loved one to a luxurious chocolate. I have one Just Milk Easter Egg to giveaway. All you have to do is follow the instructions on below.

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Disclaimer: I received the Extra Thick Easter Egg for review purposes. 

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Hotel Chocolat Autumn Sleekster Review & Giveaway

A new season is upon us, Autumn which its falling leaves and crispy morning air, my taste buds adjust to my second favourite season. Gone are the Summer flavours to be replaced with earthy Autumn flavours. When I think of Autumn, I think of apple crumble, banana bread and lots of nuts. Hotel Chocolat are always innovators with introducing seasonal flavours into their chocolates.
In the Autumn Sleekster (£22.50) there are wonderful flavours such as Florentine Isabelle, Walnut Praline and Salted Caramel Pecan Pie and so many more.
As the luxury box arrived, I quickly unopened and studied the enclosed menu inside. What should I start with, first. I adore anything with nuts so I tried The Acorn, signature hazelnut chocolate which is wonderful. I also really liked the apple crumble chocolates, I didn't think the combination quite work, apple crumble flavoured chocolates but I had a sudden sends of nostalgia after eating it. My sister and I have devoured the remaining chocolates, getting #chocolatewasted, but it is the season for a little indulgence isn't it?

The lovely people at Hotel Chocolat are giving one lucky reader The Autumn Sleekster. To be in with a chance to win this, follow the below instructions.

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Disclaimer: the Autumn Sleekster was gifted by Hotel Chocolat. 
xxx
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Prague Cake

Prague Cake is one of the stand out recipes from the award winning best-selling cookery book Mamushka. I bookmarked this recipe for well over a year and was looking for the perfect reason to bake this intricate cake. Lo and behold, my work had a charity bake sale so I made the chocolate cake with a condensed milk filling, slathered with chocolate ganache. You do need a little extra time to make this cake, it's not your ordinary chocolate sponge cake, but what it takes in time is rewarded in this gorgeous and unique chocolate cake. 





Ingredients 
Sponge 
5 eggs, fresh and cold
150g caster sugar
80g butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing (optional)
175g flour
30g cocoa powder

Drizzle
5 tablespoon caster sugar
50ml cognac (I used rum)
1 tablespoon water

Filling
4 egg yolks
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
200g (7oz) slightly salted butter, softened
240g condensed milk

Ganache
300g plain dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
75g butter

Method
1) Place a medium metal bowl in the freezer, for making the filling later on.

2) Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and prep a 23cm (9inch) round spring form cake tin with a removable base by buttering it or lining it with  baking parchment.

3) For the sponge, beat the eggs and sugar together in a bowl with an electric whisk for at least 5 minutes until very thick, pale and foamy. Trickle in the melted butter. Sift the flour and cocoa together and then gently fold into the batter with a spatula. Try not to knock any air out of the sponge - there is no raising agent, so air is all you've got to help it rise.

4) Pour the cake batter gently into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes. Test it by gently touching the top of with your finger - it should spring right back. Switch the oven off and leave the cake in the oven but with the door open.

5) Once the cake is cool, open the tin but not completely. To cut the cake into 3 equal discs, do the following place the base of the tin on something stable and tall (like a large jar) and push the cake out by two-thirds, then slice it horizontally with a bread knife. Push the cake up out of the tin a little more and cut across the cake again, making sure that the next disc is the same thickness as the first. You should end up with 3 discs of the same thickness.

6) To make the drizzle, heat the sugar, Cognac and measurement water in a small saucepan an boil briefly, then let it cool and drizzle over the sponges.

7) Next, make the filling by heating the egg yolks and measurement water in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whizzing constantly until the mixture turns thick and foamy. Stir in the cocoa powder and take off the heat.

8) Take the metal bowl out of the freezer and place the so dented butter in it, then beat it with an electric whisk. When it's starting to foam, trickle in the condensed milk, then gently fold in the cooled yolk mixture.

9) To make the ganache, pop the chocolate and butter into a glass bowl and set it over a pan of simmering water. Let it melt slowly, then give it a gentle stir once it looks almost melted - don't disturb it too much or it will go grainy.

10) Meanwhile, use the filling to sandwich the 3 sponge layers together, then spread the chocolate ganache on the top and down the sides of the cake.

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Hotel Chocolat Summer Chocolate Collection Review and Giveaway

Some days we have warm Summers other days it pours down raining. That's the thing with the Great British Summer, we don't always have one. But when the Sun is out, or in, there's no better ways enjoying the longer days eating refreshing chocolates with family and friends. Hotel Chocolat's Summer Chocolate Collection is ideal if you are celebrating, perhaps end of Uni, weddings, garden parties and BBQ'S and what's more is the chocolates do not appear to melt.
Inside the Summer Chocolate Collection, is: 15 refreshing summer chocolates, Mini Champagne Truffles, Creamed Caramel Puddles, Raspberry & Caramel Lick and two Summer Selectors. All this is for £35 which I think is a reasonable treat (especially straight after pay day). All these lovely goodies are displayed in a beautiful gift box so even if you don't want to treat yourself you can treat someone else. One of my favourites things in this collection was the Caramel Lick, it's so moreish and addictive.





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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Hotel Chocolat Luxury White Chocolate Easter Egg Review and Giveaway

Easter is around the corner, a matter of two weeks away. Easter isn't just for children, why should they have all the fun? There are some great Easter Eggs marketed toward us grownups, which I am more than happy to taste and try. As Easter is the time for sharing and indulging, you can have a luxurious Easter treat for yourself. After all, by the time Easter rolls around we would be 3 months into the year and what way to celebrate or as I say, get chocolate wasted by indulging in a range of the Hotel Chocolat Easter products. I received the gorgeous White and Light Extra Thick Easter Eggs as I adore white chocolate. There's something creamy and silky about white chocolate, but this chocolate is far superior, the shells are incredibly thick and also includes 12 luxurious chocolates filled with a variety of exotic flavours. The White and Light Extra Thick Easter Egg is a little pricey at £27, but this is Easter and You deserve a treat. I have managed to save half of my Easter Egg for the actual day, but the white chocolates are by far the best I have tasted, so this has been quite difficult to do.





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Disclaimer: Many thanks to Hotel Chocolat for sending me the product for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Rum Laced Rocky Road

EAT THIS BEFORE YOU START YOUR NEW YEARS DIET. I almost made a month without posting something chocolate related. Almost, but not quite. This time of year, our home is filled with rum, dark and white, all hailing from Jamaica (as we used the Havana Club rum some time ok), alongside other over indulgent food goodies. I often want a quick chocolate and alcohol hit, but do not fancy anything cakey. This is where no-bakes come in, because you can quickly create an over indulgent chocolate treat that is quick to prepare and even quicker to eat. The rum gives this rocky road a warmth and additional depth, for me, this makes rocky road ridiculously addictive. I struggled to stick to one square and I'm sure you will too. 





Ingredients
100g soft butter
100g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
3tbsp dark rum
300g chocolate digestives
2 tbsp milk
80g marshmellows 
3 tbsp golden caster sugar
50g dried apricots


Method
Melt the butter and milk chocolate in the microwave in a 30 second blast, add the rum. Put the chocolate digestives in a freezer bat, bash the biscuits with a rolling pin - you want a combination of biscuit pieces and crumbs. 
Fold the biscuits in the butter-chocolate mixture, add the milk marshmallows, sugar and dried apricots.
Tip into a lined baking tin, flatten with a wooden spoon, leave to set for at least 1.5 hours. 

Enjoy and have a wonderful New Year.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A Box of Christmas Review and Christmas Giveaway #3

Another blog post celebrating my love for chocolates, in particular my love for Hotel Chocolat. Hotel Chocolat are really the go to shops for affordable luxurious chocolates and they have such a wide range of chocolates, there are something for everyone and every budget. I was kindly sent The Chocolate Gift Box, which would make a lovely Christmas present for chocoholics you may know. I also think the Chocolate Gift Box, retailing at £25, would make a wonderful stocking filler or perhaps if you are playing secret santa. In the Christmas Box there is a Caramel Snowflake, Coconut Snowballs, the Christmas Duo, Milk Dizzy Pralines and a Comet Does Caramel Slab. I desperately tried to not devour the whole lot in one go, but having sampled them all, my personal favourites are the coconut snowballs and the Caramel Slab. Have a look in your nearest store or have a look online for your pre-Christmas treat.
A Box of Christmas 


A Box of Christmas

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Flourless Nutella Chocolate Cake

If you have thought I have covered enough chocolate cake recipes on my blog, you would be wrong. I am painfully aware that the majority of my cakes on my blog are of the chocolate kind and that's because unsurprisingly I am addicted to chocolate cake. I am also unapologetic about it. I've been thinking of different type of chocolate cakes, I'm used to the sponge sandwiched in-between ganache variety but thought I would try something slightly different. With a jar of Nutella in my cupboard that needed to be uses asap, I wanted a lovely chocolate hazelnut cake and whilst I'm using the famous chocolate hazelnut spread, the pairing of ground almonds made this cake a refreshing and "lighter" change to all the chocolate cakes I have used. The results is a light, incredibly chocolately, moreish and velvety cake. I found it difficult, if not impossible to stick to one slice, so 3 slices later, I can tell you, you will adore this.
Flourless Nutella Chocolate Cake

Flourless Nutella Chocolate Cake

Slice of Flourless Nutella Chocolate Cake

Flourless Nutella Chocolate Cake

The making of my Flourless Nutella Chocolate Cake

Recipe for Flourless Nutella Chocolate Cake
Ingredients
For the Cake
5 eggs, separated
130g butter, softened
200g Nutella
200g ground almonds
130g caster sugar

For the Ganache
100g dark chocolate
2 tbsp semi skimmed milk
50g icing sugar

You will need a 9 inch spring form tin, a hand held mixer.

Method
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and using a hand held mixer, whisk until soft peaks are formed. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs yolks and whisk again. Fold in the Nutella, ground almonds and finally the egg white until the cake mixture is glossy and chocolatey. Pour the mixture in the cake tin and bake on the top shelf of the oven for 30-35 minutes. To check whether the cake is cooked, insert a skewer, in the middle and this should come out clean.

Leave to cool on a cooling rack and get on with making the icing. In a saucepan, gently heat the dark chocolate, milk and icing sugar, be careful not to burn and the chocolate should be glossy. When the cake is cooled, pop in the fridge for 15 minutes, this to make the cake extra cold and prevents crumbs when pouring the ganache on top. Pour the chocolate ganache over the top and smooth with the palette knife. Enjoy.
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Hotel Chocolat Patisserie Sleekster Review and Giveaway.

Oh how I love Hotel Chocolat products, especially their sleekster range of chocolates - these always include an array of different flavours, textures, colours and the chocolates are simply gorgeous. I have particularly enjoyed devouring these chocolates after not having eating any chocolate for 2 weeks (whilst I was in Jamaica!). Our favourite cakes, bakes and puddings have been recreated and in-cooperated into these luxury Patisserie Sleekster luxury chocolate form which, if you are like me someone who likes chocolates and puddings this sleekster will be right up your street. I resisted the urge to waffle the lot without savouring the taste to share my favourite chocolates in this blog post.


The Blondie was my favourite chocolate in this selection, the wafers in the chocolate were crisp: the white chocolate smooth and a nutty texture, the Billionaires Shortbread was another highlight for me; the rich chocolate topped with caramel, cookies and hazelnut was a taste explosion in my mouth and another favourite has been the tiramisu, I adored the strong chocolate and cream in a little morsel. Other flavours which you may like include:
  • Caramel Cheesecake (sour cream tang, French Butter caramel)
  • Carrot Cake (real carrots and walnuts)
  • Mousse au Chocolat (cocoa and cream)
  • Custard Tart (nutmeg and cocoa)

Retailing at £22 for 27 luxurious chocolates, this makes a beautiful and decadent treat for 1 (or 2) or a lovely gift for someone.

The lovely people at Hotel Chocolate are kindly giving one lucky reader of my blog these gorgeous chocolates.

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

New Vlog Post Red Velvet Chocolate Celebration Cake and Stellar Cake Tin Review.

Chocolate cake is enjoyed in my house whether it is in the depths of winter or the warmth of Summer. And what's not to love about chocolate cake: it's rich, indulgent and is a sensation on my taste buds. My Red Velvet Chocolate Celebration Cake is easy to make and the results are impressive. This cake will be loved by the whole family, I guarantee.






With the baking and Autumn season upon us, why not invest in some reliable and efficient bakeware to help you achieve those wonderful cakes and bakes. The lovely cake tin as seen in this vlog post is from the new Stellar Cookware baking range. The 10inch deep cake tin is perfect for baking celebration cakes as it has efficient and even heat distribution which makes superior baking results. Their new range of bakeware is also non-stick so the surfaces will never rust or peel. This cake tin would also double up as a baking tin for savoury bakes (I have some delicious baked pasta recipes in mind) and the product has the Stellar Lifetime guarantee. Retailing at £16.50 it's not the cheapest of cake tins, but as stated it has a lifetime guarantee and once you feel it (it's heavy duty) it's a life investment. Also, this range can be used on the hob, under the grill and in the oven with temperatures up to 240C. 


Disclaimer: I received the Stellar Hard Andonised Cake tin for review purposes, I was not required to write a positive review.

xxx
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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Hotel Chocolat Chocs to Chill Sleekster: Review and Giveaway

I love chocolates, that's nothing new. I also love and adore chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. Why? Their chocolates are iconic, luxurious, beautifully presented and are far superior than any other of the high street brand of chocolates. Also, Hotel Chocolat offer a fair deal to those who grow the cocoa beans across the Caribbean and Africa. I have reviewed so many of their chocolates, but this was new to me (mind you they do have lots of products) and these Chocs to Chill Sleekster were one of these products. Containing 38 Fruity and Tangy Summer chocolates, these chocolates are ideally better served after being popped into the fridge for 30 minutes. The wide range of flavours include: Passion Fruit Margarita, Mojito, Eton Mess and my absolute favourite Champagne Truffle. As much as I love these Chocs to Chill chocolates, they are dangerous, incredibly addictive and must be viewed with caution - you will eat the lot in almost one go.

The lovely people at Hotel Chocolat are giving one lucky ready a Chocs to Chill Sleekster, all you have to do is follow the below instructions and enter via Rafflecopter.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

New Vlog Post: Habana Mousse de Chocolate (Havana Chocolate Pots)

Considered to be a “National Jewel”, Havana Club Rum is a Cuban institution and was a necessary purchase from my recent travels to Cuba. I can understand why Cubans would consider their trademark rum to be a national treasure, less strength that other Islands rum, the Havana Club has a subtle yet warm taste, which in this case, compliments my chocolate mouse pudding incredibly well. Hence the inspired name: Havana Chocolate Mouse (I give the Spanish name for a nod to nostalgia of my travels). 
This is one of my all-time favourite desserts not least because it only takes an incredibly impressive 5 minutes to make, providing you have all the necessary equipment and ingredients ready. I love to eat this delectable dessert mid week in the early hours of the evening, the perfect pick me up after a long day; the fruits helps cut through the rich chocolate mouse and the Cuban rum brings a warmth to the dish.



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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hotel Chocolat: Large Chocolat Dipping Adventure Giveaway.

I adore chocolate and I know you do too. I think the people working at Hotel Chocolat know how much I adore and how much my readers adore Hotel Chocolat products, hence they regularly offer me and you guys the opportunity to sample their beautiful products (that's what I like to think). Hotel Chocolat have a selection names "Superhereos" which are in fact, top rated and most popular chocolates on sale. This range includes:  Eton Mess, The Brownie, Classic Champagne Truffles and Cocoa Beer, he Chocolate Biscuit Tin and Iconic: including Large Chocolate Dipping Adventure and The Sleekster Everything. I was asked whether I wanted to review a product and I chose the Large Chocolate Dipping Adventure (retailing at £35), however with an impending holiday to Jamaica (where I want to look my best), I decided to offer a giveaway for all you lovely readers. The Hotel Chocolate Dipping Adventure will appeal to all the chocoholics out there, a combination of milk, dark, white and caramel chocolate pots with fruit, nuts and biscuits to dip into this chocolicious delight. Described as the perfect entertainment for dinner parties, friends and family, this is the perfect thing to get out after a dinner party say, or when you are having family time.
To be in with a chance of winning this fabulicious prize, follow the instructions below.
  • Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter
  • Leave a comment on my blog (This Is An Essential Requirement). For additional entries, follow me on Instragram, like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, Google + and follow Hotel Chocolat on Twitter
  • All entered will be checked and verified.
  • Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random.
  • The competition will run from 14.05.15 -14.06.15
  • Winners will need to respond within 7 days.
  • Hotel Chocolat will dispatch the items.
  • The competitions is open to UK residents only. 
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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Foodies Festival Birmingham Ticket Giveaway.

Foodies Festival, the UK largest food and and drink festival is coming to the heart of the Midlands, Canon Hill Park in Birmingham on 15th - 17th May 2015.  I adore outdoor food festivals; the atmosphere, the diversity of cuisines and the different age groups that all have a common love in food. I've seen many photos of Foodies Festivals on social media from the different cities that have hosted the event so I know the city of Birmingham are in for a foodalicious treat. 
Foodies Festival have been established for 10 years and a range of top well-known chefs will be demonstrating scrumptious dishes in live theatres. Foodies Festival is a very reasonable family day out, tickets range from £8 - £13 for a standard ticket depending upon the day chosen, however, those who want to indulge £35 - £38 for VIP tickets (including a glass of bubbly, goody bag, refreshments & masterclasses amongst other goodies), for children under 12, entry is free. Admission to masterclasses and theatres are free and is on a first come, first serve basis.


As stated there are a number of theatres and happenings at Foodies Festival.

  • Chefs Theatre - Ping Coombes, winner of 2014 Masterchef, Glyn Purnell Owner of Michelin Restaurant Purnells and Dhruv Baker, winner of Masterchef 2010 have been confirmed to sharing their culinary expertise on this stage. I am hoping to see all three when I attend the show.
  • Chocolate Cake and Bake Theatre
  • Wine and Champagne Theatre - Highlights including guiding visitors though the best of British champagne and matching food with alcoholic and non alcoholic beers. 
  • Craft and Beer & Spirits Theatre
  • Tasting Theatre - Local experts guide visitors through masterclasses such as "chocolate safari" and "how to sniff chocolate like a rock star".
  • Pop Up Restaurants - some of the regions favourite restaurants will be serving up some their signature treats. 
  • Street Food Avenue - a feasting hub serving a range of hot and cold dishes from countries such as Africa, French, Mexican, Indian, Argentinian, Brazilian, Japanese and Thai. 
  • Children's Cookery Theatre - a Kiddy Cook where little ones can learn basic cooking skills. 
The lovely people at Foodies Festival are offering 3 readers of Food Glorious Food a pair of tickets (one for you and a plus one).  To be in with a chance, please follow the instructions below.

  • Follow the instructions on the rafflecopter.
  • Leave a comment on my blog (This Is An Essential Requirement). For additional entries follow me on Instragram, like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, Google + and follow Foodies Festival on Twitter. 
  • All entries will be checked and verified
  • Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random.
  • The competition will win from 02.04.14 - 30.04.15
  • Winners will need to respond in 3 working days after being contacted.
  • Foodies Festival will dispatch the tickets.
  • The competitions is open to UK residents only.

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