If you are like me, the pattern of Christmas chocolate purchasing goes something like this….
- See a great deal in the shops- buy it either as a gift or to put away for the festive season at home.
- Eat it the following day.
- Repeat several times from October onwards.
So imagine my delight at some legitimate premature Christmas chocolate eating. Tesco have sent me a couple of bits from their seasonal range to try out. This range has been created for Tesco by the master chocolatiers behind Hotel Chocolat and Harrods. The range is very pocket friendly ranging from smaller gifts from £4, up to £20 for beautifully packaged gift boxes. .
Milk Chocolate Gingerbread Stars
This little beautifully designed box is a prime example of how good things come in small packages. Wrapped in tissue nestle 9 thick milk chocolate stars with a topping of caramelised biscuit, ginger crumble and white chocolate.
At just £4, not only do these make a perfect luxurious stocking filler, or a lovely small gift for teachers etc, their decorative nature means they would be beautiful adorning cupcakes (they are about an inch in diameter) or on an iced Christmas cake.
Me? I ate them with a latte. Didn’t I share them you ask? No. I hid them in my secret mummy chocolate cupboard and ate them when my kids weren’t looking. Mean? Yes, a little. I might have to get them some of their own to ease the guilt! My defence? They were too tasty to leave any survivors. Thick slabs of chocolate, with a hint of crunchy gingerbread festive flavoured joy. Yum.
It is almost too pretty to eat. But only almost. What kind of fool would put chocolate behind glass and put it on the wall like art? You would at the very least need a hammer to break the glass in the case of a chocolate emergency. Anyway, back to the matter in hand. I didn’t put it in a frame, I put it in my mouth and it was good!
A big thick slab of tasty chocolate, with a topping of cinnamon and gold dusted malt balls (posh maltesers-esque crunchy bits!), ginger crumbles and caramelised biscuit. I had this with a glass of Baileys. Yes, I have Baileys in the house already. I bought it on special offer, and put it by for Christmas. And opened it the next day. I have no patience. Anyway the combo of creamy booze drink, and magnificently Christmas-y chocolate, was like a little bit of a festive party in my mouth. Back to the chocolate- fab-u-lous. A very generous sized bar, even I couldn’t eat it all in one go, and I have world championship level gluttony skills. The taste is fab, creamy, crunchy, sweet, lovely spicing levels. Top notch.
Anyway, there is a little bit left, so do excuse me while I go finish it off while the toddler is napping,