Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Valentines Gift Guide 2014

Following on from your wonderful feedback (thank you!) you gave for our Christmas Gift guide we published a few months ago we decided to repeat our Valentines Gift Guide we published last year. We have selected just a few of our favourite items this year which will hopefully give you some inspiration on what to buy your Valentine!

Hotel Chocolat are well known for their luxury chocolates and innovative flavours and they certainly have not failed to impress this Valentines! There is a huge selection of gifts suitable for Valentines Day on the Hotel Chocolat website, whether in the Valentines range or not. We have chosen several of our favourite items this year to suggest to you. Our favourite item from Hotel Chocolat this year is The Sleekster Valentine Selection (£24) which comprises of 24 luxury chocolates such as Passion Fruit Truffles, Salted Caramel Cheesecakes and Champagne Bellini’s just to name a few. These come beautifully presented in one of Hotel Chocolat’s luxurious boxes.  The second item we choose was the gorgeous pink and gold heart shaped box called Love and Hugs (£26) which is filled with 19 incredible chocolates including creamy chocolate truffles and oozy caramels to name just a few.  Sure to bring a smile to your loved ones face on Valentines Day!  If you’re after something quirky Hotel Chocolat also has some chocolate slabs in their Valentines range. Our favourite is the So Good Together 200g Slab (£8) which is made up of raspberry and white chocolate beautifully decorated with swirls and a honeymoon scattering of raspberry pieces symbolic of rose petals, delicious!  Another small and quirky item in their Valentines range is their chocolate Lovebirds (£11) which comprises of some intricately moulded lovebirds made of caramel milk chocolate and some cute strawberry white chocolate hearts.

Rococo’s passion and drive to create the best chocolate delights time and time again is inspiring and they have some cheeky treats in their Valentines range this year!  They have a wonderful range this year but when we seen this item we knew we had to share it with you. Not only is it a little bit cheeky but it is absolutely delicious too! We chose the Venus Nipples and Lips (£14.95) gift box which contains 4 lips which are made of high quality dark chocolate, coated in white chocolate and hand painted to look like gorgeous red lips. There are also 6 coffee truffles representing the nipples in the gift box. These coffee truffles are covered in white chocolate and topped with a chocolate coffee bean. If you want something classy but a little bit cheeky than this gift box is perfect.

Thorntons is another well-known and reputable brand known by children and adults alike for decades, in fact Thornton’s recently celebrated their 100th Birthday! Thorntons was set up by Joseph William Thornton in 1911 who then handed the business to his two sons who made it into what it is today. Thorntons have released a wonderful Valentines range this year and we found it difficult to pick what we wanted to feature in our gift guide. We decided to opt for a small box of chocolates which would go beautifully with a bunch of flowers as that little something extra. The box we chose to feature was the Hugs and Kisses Box (£3.49) filled with caramel and truffle chocolate hearts. Beautifully presented in a heart shaped box, the chocolate is melt in your mouth and the fillings luxurious and delicious.

Marks and Spencers never fail to come up with great gifts for Valentine’s Day and this year has been no exception. We have chosen this box of chocolates to feature as it stands out from the crowd as being somewhat different. The Colour Burst Collection of Milk, Dark & White Chocolates (£15) comes in an elegantly designed box of chocolates features pear and raspberry compotes wrapped in a white chocolate shells, blackcurrant and apple compotes in dark chocolate shells, strawberry and redcurrant compotes in milk chocolate shells and lemon and lime compotes in intense dark chocolate shells. Now if that combination of treats doesn’t have your mouth watering I don’t know what will! The box comes beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and makes the perfect gift got your loved one, they won’t be disappointed!

Butlers Chocolate is Ireland’s favourite luxury chocolatier for over 80 years, being originally founded in Dublin in 1932 by Marion Butler and then bought in 1959 by the Irish Sorensen family who still own 100% of the business today. Butlers Chocolate takes pride in their heritage, even offering the ‘Butlers Chocolate Experience’ which allows you to see behind those secret chocolate factory doors.  We have chosen two different items from Butlers Valentine’s range to feature this year.  The first box is our favourite as we haven’t seen a box like this in recent years which makes this one stand out from a lot of others. The Large Red Velvet Keepsake Heart (€16) Box is covered in red velvet! How luxurious! The box comes beautifully presented including a bow is and packed with 16 chocolates ranging from hazelnut truffle to lemon sorbet, something for all tastes. The second box we have chosen to feature is the Valentine’s Heart Tin Assortment (€13.50) which is a beautifully designed tin with scrolling detail on the outside. The tin is filled to the brim with 19 delicious chocolates including lemon, mixed berry and chocolate truffle. We love both these products as both boxes/tins can be kept to keep those precious memories in.


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