I meant to mention Hotel Chocolat at Christmastime but never got around to it.  Now, with Valentine’s Day only ten days away it is the perfect time to rave about the treats this British chocolate offers.


I discovered Hotel Chocolat while walking down Boston ’s Newbury Street in December, shortly after they opened their very first US Retail location there.  I am not a fan of chocolate, but as a fan of anything British (file this under “Anglophile”) I was intrigued.  I was instantly attracted to the gloriously displayed treats and knew that they would make the perfect holiday gift for the folks in the office and great hostess gifts.

I am embarrassed to say I loaded up on the stuff and then placed an even larger order online.  The chocolates came in cooler with ice packs to make sure the chocolates did not melt.  I thought that was very cool.  I made gifts of the candy to a dozen or so of my associates and everyone raved.

Now with Valentine’s Day approaching, I went back to the Hotel Chocolat site to see what they were offering and I was not disappointed.  I love the idea of the “Magnificent Heart – Fruit & Nut Bliss” which is described: “unleash the darker side of Valentine’s Day, if you dare… with broodingly dark yet smooth chocolate, succulent raisins and cherries and the thrilling crunch of hazelnuts and pecans. A chocolate heart shaped gift for those with adventurous tastes.”  Sounds perfect to me!

Remind me to post the story about the Vintage Button chocolates Hotel Chocolat makes.

 Check out all the Valentine’s Day treats available at Hotel Chocolat.