All posts tagged: hotel chocolat

Tree to Bar Experience, St Lucia 

One of the many reasons I was excited about our stay at Boucan hotel in St Lucia was the ‘Tree to Bar’ experience. I’ve always appreciated good chocolate (I mean, who doesn’t?!) and learned a bit about the chocolate making process when I attended a class at Bake with Maria earlier last year. So to be able to get to experience it in the flesh in St Lucia was incredible! As I mentioned in my first post about Boucan, the hotel is owned by Hotel Chocolat and is located on the historic Rabot Estate. As you walk around the grounds, you’re constantly surrounded by cocoa trees, adorned with pretty red, yellow and purple pods, which will soon be made into chocolate. We were given a tour by our expert guide Merle who was incredibly knowledgeable, walking us through the whole process from planting the trees and their maintenance on the estate, through to sorting the beans and making the choccie! We were shown how to carefully pick the pods from the trees, making sure the …

Staying at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia 

In the words of Maria Von Trapp, “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”. I was wondering where to begin on writing about our wonderful holiday to St Lucia and then the wise old words of Maria sprang to mind. So this first post is about our arrival in St Lucia, and our stay at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Soufriere. When I was booking the holiday as a surprise for Tim’s 30th, I wanted it to have two elements – both relaxing and adventurous. Boucan certainly fit the bill for the latter (and even the former, to a degree!) Boucan is a small luxury hotel owned by world renowned chocolatiers Hotel Chocolat, on the South-West of the island in Soufriere. Boucan is set among the rainforest, on St Lucia’s oldest chocolate plantation, the Rabot Estate. When you think of St Lucia, you might think of the two big ‘mountains’ that you see in all of the photos, known as the pitons. Well this hotel overlooked them both – you …

The Chocolate Show, London – My Top 5

Last month I paid a visit to The Chocolate Show in Kensington with my friend Laura. A whole show full of chocolate? Surely it can’t get much better than that?! There was so much to see and so many different types of chocolate that it would be impossible to write about it all. So I thought I’d give my highlights through a Top 5. Here we go, in no particular order… Paul A Young  I’ve been a fan of Paul A Young’s ridiculously amazing chocolate for a while now, as Tim has bought me an Easter Egg from his shop in the City for the past few years. It’s not the cheapest chocolate by any means, but it’s definitely worth it. I was excited to see the man himself at the show, and he and his team were making delicious gooey brownies which you could smell from far away. We were pretty much lured over by the divine scent! You can find out more about Paul A Young here. 2. Marou Vietnamese Chocolate They say …

Win Tickets to The Chocolate Show in London!

Chocoholics – ASSEMBLE! The Chocolate Show is taking place at London’s Olympia National Hall from 16th-18th October 2015 and I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away! Bringing the UK’s ‘Chocolate Week’ to a close, the show will bring together over 60 British and international participants all under one roof: artisans, iconic brands, chefs and cocoa experts, sharing their passion for chocolate and demonstrating their favourite chocolate recipes. Highlights will include the Bean to Bar Factory, a children’s area hosted by the award-winning musical Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, as well as a pop-up dessert bar hosted by renowned French chocolate maker Valrhona, and cocktails with a patisserie twist from Cosy. The best chocolate companies from the UK and around the world will also be exhibiting, such as Hotel Chocolat, Paul A Young, Rococo, Willie Harcourt-Cooze and many more. You can find out more about the show on the website here. I’ll be attending and I just can’t wait!! To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: …

Luxury Easter Eggs: Hotel Chocolat and Heston Blumenthal/Waitrose

Each year Tim and I buy each other an Easter Egg and this year, we both ended up buying each other dark, rather luxurious eggs. I bought Tim the Heston Blumenthal Easter Egg from Waitrose: It’s in a very nice black and gold box – it almost looks more like a whisky/spirit box than an Easter egg! It opens up from the side to uncover a golden painted chocolate egg and when you crack into it, it reveals dark chocolate on the inside with a number of smaller mandarin flavour eggs, on a bed of edible straw. It’s all very ‘Heston’! Tim bought me the Rabot 1745 Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat: I adore Hotel Chocolat – it’s pricey, but the chocolate is always so delicious. It’s the closest I’ve ever found to the chocolate we tasted in Belgium, many years ago. The Rabot 1745 egg is one of their ‘extra thick’ range – one side is pure Madagascan 72% dark chocolate, and the other in  Saint Lucian 70% milk chocolate – it’s going to …