This giveaway is now closed, thanks to those who entered!
Among the bizarre and/or impersonal emails I’ve been sent by PR people (one started “Hi there…” and wanted to send me seeds. Understandable since, you know, I keep my name top secret and this is a gardening website) only one product so far has made it past my steely-eyed gatekeeper skills to you, dear reader. Call it discerning taste or just that chocolate has a weakening effect on me but I’m giving away a Hotel Chocolat Easter Weekend Hamper that includes chocolate in the shape of egg and soldiers (!) that childhood favourite. Or maybe you hated it, but if it was made of chocolate you probably wouldn’t have, right? There’s also a box of chocolates, a super-thick milk half-egg filled with mini-eggs, cute dark baby-chick shaped eggs, a 100 gram slab and egg florentines. I love florentines and sort of wish I was getting them but I’m going to Berlin this weekend so I’m feeling expansive and am content to live vicariously through you.
I first ate Hotel Chocolat chocolate when I went to visit Catty and I may or may not have decimated her supply. Since then I’ve found out that the company runs an Engaged Ethics programme in both the countries where they source their cocoa. At their cocoa plantation Rabot Estate in St. Lucia they grow their own cocoa and also guarantee to buy entire crops above the world-market price from other local growers which leaves a good taste in my mouth and positively influenced my decision to do the giveaway.
I hope the chocolate will reach the winner by Easter so entries close on Friday the 8th April and must be from residents of the U.K, Europe or the U.S and Canada (sorry Antipodeans). Tell me your chocolate stories – to enter, leave your tale of eating, cooking or bathing in chocolate in the comments. On second thought…maybe not the bathing, I don’t want you to defile my innocent ears with anything too wanton. For a second entry, you can like Hangawareness on Facebook or follow me on Twitter – don’t forget to tell me you did so in your comment. If you already do and want a second entry, let me know too. Good luck!