Easter is certainly fast approaching and with less than one month to go I was fortunate enough to be sent one of Hotel Chocolat's delicious looking new eggs - this Brownie Hard-Boiled Egg to be exact. I love Hotel Chocolat's Brownie chocolates; both their rich, indulgent flavour and their nibbly texture make them a delicious chocolate.
Here they've been paired with a 50% milk chocolate shell with pecan praline. The whole offering weighs in at 220g and with the Brownie Selector packs weighing in at 70g it means that the egg is 150g.
On first reading of the product description I wasn't sure what this "50% milk chocolate shell with pecan praline" would entail; would it mean that the egg shell would be filled with pecan praline - that would be incredible! However on opening and tasting I found that in fact the 50% milk chocolate base has been blended with a pecan paste, which was still pretty delicious.
As the chocolate has been blended with a pecan paste the texture is slightly softer than usual, sitting somewhere in between a standard, firmer, crisper chocolate and a smooth, softer, praline. Meaning that the melt in the mouth texture is a lot smoother and richer and feels so indulgent. As with the texture the eat is also fairly rich, the 50% milk chocolate has deep cocoa notes, with slightly nutty undertones but balances well and has just the right amount of sweetness. The egg has a good level of thickness and I certainly don't think it's the type of egg you could eat all in one go, you need a smaller amount to be satisfied due to the richness of the eat.
Now for the addition of the Brownie chocolates, I've tried them quite a few times, so I knew just what to expect, but for those who haven't tried them they offer a wonderful smooth, rich, dense chocolatey praline-esque eat due to the addition of the pecan paste and 50% cocoa solid milk chocolate base. Whilst the addition of the small pecan pieces offers a textural contrast. Offering the perfect accompaniment to the hollow egg shell.
Taste - 8.4/10 Rich, luxurious and deeply chocolatey with lovely nutty notes.
Texture - 8.7/10 - The egg has a glorious melt in the mouth texture whilst the Brownie chocolates are the perfect mixture of smooth and nibbly.
Appearance - 8.0/10 - Looks great and good thickness on the shell.
Price - 7.5/10 - At £15 it's good value for money and not going to break the bank.
Overall - 8.2/10 - As with most of Hotel Chocolat's products, delicious and a great Easter offering.
Anyone that enjoys a richer milk chocolate but doesn't like to cross over to the "dark-side".
WHERE TO BUY?
In Hotel Chocolat stores or online here.