Confessions of a Chocoholic
Hi. I’m Nimi and I’m a chocoholic. It feels good to finally get that off my chest as I’ve been in denial pretty much my whole life. I’ve unsuccessfully attempted to hide my love for chocolate ever since I was a child. So far, the only person I’m fooling is myself. I devour all types of chocolate, dark, milk, white – it really doesn’t matter. I will start a love affair with any regardless of brand and it’s usually beautiful whilst it lasts. Generally, I would say that I have very little brand loyalty when it comes to chocolate. It’s truly based on whatever captures my fancy at that moment. However, in the last 12 months or so, I’ve discovered Hotel Chocolat and it has rapidly become my number one go-to shop for all my chocolate treats. Hmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Sinking My Teeth into Hotel Chocolate
So why Hotel Chocolat? Well, as I’ve (ahem!) matured, so have my taste buds. I don’t particularly like chocolate saturated in sugar anymore, or sporting a gooey, caramel-soaked heart. I like mine to taste pure – or as pure as it’s going to get in any case and relatively simple. Also, I’m all about presentation, and let’s face it, nowadays, chocolate treats are also works of art. The more intricate the design or stunning the piece, the more likely I will go for it. So, in short, it has to taste natural and look like a delectable masterpiece.
What to Choose?
My sister’s mother-in-law introduced me to Hotel Chocolat on my birthday last year when she presented me with an assorted H- Box of goodies. I devoured them in no time and quickly became a regular customer. It doesn’t help that Reading Station has a small concession stand, which makes me susceptible to a purchase during any commute. I can’t even begin to tell you which variety of chocolate is my favourite so far. Truthfully, I like most of them, although, I am though somewhat partial to the Rare & Vintage Selector, Ghana 75% Supermilk Chocolate. And yes, a lot of it is to with the fact that I’m part Ghanaian and Ghana is one of the world largest cocoa producers. I also love the ribbon effect of the slab. I never realised how strong and sharp the taste of chocolate really is until I tried this particular one. It shouldn’t surprise me though as the beans are fermented. How do I know this? Well, I wrote and filmed a series of corporate videos for a client in Ghana many years ago. But, back to the chocolate; without the added sugar and whatnot to blunt your palate, you get to experience a more realistic bouquet of flavours and textures, which, in my opinion, makes it a terrific chocolate treat.
Another flavour on the list is the Supermilk Earl Grey Selector. Oh, my goodness….Earl Grey is actually my favourite tea, so to combine it with my favourite type of food is a dream come true! I’m actually a bit nuts about it.
I’m wrestling with the idea of joining their Tasting Club. On the one hand, I really should control my chocolate consumption. On the other hand, though, I feel you only live once and what kind of person deprives themselves of chocolate? I’m also looking forward to locating a Hotel Chocolat Café close nearby for a spot of afternoon tea with my sister and cousins.
Hotel Chocolat has more than just chocolate treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, teas, paired wines and spirits, as well as beauty staples such as perfumes, lotions and candles are just a handful of what the brand actually provides its customers. I have my eye on a few products, although I’m taking my time and slowly going through the process of sampling everything on my list. In my opinion, it’s an experience well worth savouring.