A good book, a hot water bottle and Septembers edition of Hugo’s Chocolate Club. I really couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon in the current baltic temperatures (okay, its not that cold but it is jumper weather up North).
If you haven’t heard of this revolutionary brand than I highly suggest you go check it out. Members of Hugo’s can sign up to a monthly subscription of chocolate. There are four options of subscription, one month for £22, three months for £63, 6 months for £120 or a whole year for £228.
Every time the selection is different and what I completely love about this brand is that it showcases four talented chocolatiers per month. In Septembers edition, the likes of Duffy’s, Kneals Coco and The Chocolate Cottage are featured. Duffy’s Milk Corazon Del Ecuador bar was my favourite item in the luxury box. Taking a flavour of ‘Cocoa nibs/oak-smoked salt’ the silky smooth chocolate combined with a a hint of crunch and salted caramel undertone is complete perfection. This award winning bar is created with cocoa beans from the Guayas region of Ecuador.
One of my all time favourite flavours is raspberry and Kneals Chocolates provided by Hugo’s certainly hit the spot! Birmingham based chocolatiers formed by husband and wife Neil and Gaelle have been enjoyed by many at the farmers markets around their local area. Raspberry Delight is a combination of dark chocolate which is filled with raspberry ganache with dried raspberries sprinkled across the top. The intensity of the raspberry complemented the rich dark chocolate creating a luxury chocolate bar.
Coco Chocolatier brings a touch of artistic flare to the industry. collaborating with local and international artists to create their unique paper packaging is such a wonderful thing to see. The honey and milk chocolate bar is a sharp taste much more luxurious and delicious than a regular supermarket bar.
Last but certainly not least comes from The Chocolate Cottage. This delicate mini chocolate tray includes Lemon Meringue Pie and Easedale Eton Mess signature chocolates. The smooth and creamy filled miniatures created by brand owners Angela and Richard come with a tangy fruit filling. The sharp lemon really works well with the white chocolate and the crunchy meringue finishes off the fruity flavour.
I have been so impressed with Hugo’s Chocolate Club as a brand. Their ethos of creating a luxury box for their members whilst showcasing smaller chocolatiers is something very special. I couldn’t recommend subscribing to their boxes even if it is just for the first month to start. You will be hooked and that £228 will be the best amount of chocolate spending you have ever done!