Monthly Treats That You Deserve

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hotel Chocolat. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about others that we often forget that we deserve a treat too. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can mean that ‘me time’ is something in short supply. The good news is that there are ways that you can treat yourself without needing a milion hours or a million pounds.

Enjoy Some Spa Treatments

A trip to a spa used to be something considered a luxury, but, these days, many spas have special offers on things like facials, massage, mani and pedicures. Hotel chain Malmaison even has treatments that are specifically timed to fit around the school run, so that you can drop the children off and then grab an hour of total pampering and relaxation for yourself. Although this might not be something you would do every week, you could certainly enjoy this as a monthly treat.

A chocolate treat

Everyone loves a bit of chocolate, and the Hotel Chocolat tasting club is a fabulous way to try some new and unusual flavours. The club allows you to select chocolates that are then delivered to your door each month, with subscribers getting to try this new Hotel Chocolat flavours before anyone else. Joining is simple, and is also popular, with 55,000 current subscribers. If you are a chocoholic, a chocolate conniseur or just someone with a very sweet tooth, this is a gorgeous way to treat yourself. Just add your favourite movie and some wine.

A Beauty Subscription Box

A beauty subscription box is something to look forward to each month, A great way to try new products without paying full price for a full sized bottle (because, be honest, how annoying is it when a new product disappoints or doesn’t suit), a beauty subscription box is a little touch of luxury to drop onto your mat each month,

How do you treat yourself each month?

Valentine’s Day Ideas from Hotel Chocolat

If the way to a woman’s heart is via the stomach, you can pretty much guess that every signpost on route will be labelled ‘chocolate’. And so, with Valentine’s day now within walking distance, it seems like a box of choccies is a sensible, if safe option as a gift for you Valentine.

But if this is the option you are taking, make sure you do it in style. And by that, I mean with one of the sumptuous collections from leading British chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat. Hotel Chocolat takes chocolate to the next level, with a range of unusual ingredients and flavours that are a gourmet’s delight.

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The Sleekster Valentine Selection £24 click to visit Hotel Chocolat

DSCN5921The lovely Beau-Jane from Hotel Chocolat was kind enough to send me a box of the ‘Sleekster Valentine selection’ for me to review, and I have to say this was one of the most pleasurable reviewing experiences I have ever had. (ahem!) The selection is made up of 28 chocolates, all filled with a range of delicious fillings. The flavours, in full, are Passion Fruit Truffle, Strawberry & Rose Truffle, Triple-Layer Praline, Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Balsamic Caramel, Pink Champagne Truffle, Lemon Berry Tart, Caramel Praline, Soft Caramel, Champagne Bellini, Chilli, Ginger & Almond Praline and Creamy Raspberry Truffle.

DSCN5932These are chocolate treats that look amazing, and taste just as good. There is truly something for every taste. I love caramel and strawberry flavours, and so was really taken with the balsamic caramels, a sort of mini whip shaped treat, and also the pink Champagne truffles (delicious – you could really taste the Champers.) For hubby, who enjoys nutty chocolates, the praline selections were a real hit. The flavours of all the chocolates were deep, this wasn’t a hint of Champagne Bellini, but a real hit of it, making the Sleekster collection a decadent treat. I can’t help but think the recipes for these chocolates were planned with Champagne flutes and a bubble bath in mind…

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Loving the wonderful colours.

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My favourite balsamic caramels in the foreground.

Everything about this selection of chocs screams luxury, and with the beautiful box covered in über romantic images, this is truly a wonderful Valentine’s gift that is good for giving, and for sharing.