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So, say you wanted to send someone in the UK a very special gift. VERY special, and you know they like good chocolate when they can get it. Would you go with Leonidas or Hotel Chocolat?

Amazon UK has a 500 gram box of Leonidas chocolates for 23.95 plus free delivery. It contains 30 chocolates. Alternately, Hotel Chocolat has a 350 gram box containing 27 chocolates for 22.50 plus 3.95 delivery, so 26.45 for the box. Given that the Hotel Chocolat "sleekster" box only has 3 fewer chocolates in it than the Leonidas "ballotin" box, I'm guessing that there's a lot more packaging weighing down the Leonidas box. Yes, I agree that sleekster and ballotin are pretentious words to describe boxes, but I live with it.

Yes, all the above is in pounds, not Canadian dollars. Yes, it's very fucking expensive, but it's also a very special occasion. Would you go with Leonidas or Hotel Chocolat?

Date: 2017-03-10 02:45 am (UTC)
executrix: (Default)
From: [personal profile] executrix
I have a friend who keeps giving me boxes of chocolates despite my telling her NOT to--sometimes the boxes are beautiful enough to keep, so I would definitely look to see if the packaging is a gift in itself.

I think I would give the person a gift certificate either for Leonidas or Hotel Chocolat, so the recipient could pick zir own--ze might not like praline f'rex, or might be crazy about raspberry creams. Or a gift certificate for a really nice food hall like Harrod's so they could get chocolates--or maybe smoked fish, or a great cheese, or...

Date: 2017-03-10 04:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] executrix
I do like chocolate! I'm just too fat to eat it.

There's a really good chance that an excellent brand of chocolate is set up for direct deliveries. It could be tricky for a person without a computer to make the selection, though.

Date: 2017-03-10 04:03 pm (UTC)
executrix: (ganache)
From: [personal profile] executrix
I put the chocolates in the freezer so I had to let them thaw before I ate them, and I ate two or three a day instead of six or eight!

Date: 2017-03-10 03:09 am (UTC)
madripoor_rose: milkweed beetle on a leaf (Default)
From: [personal profile] madripoor_rose
My first question would be if you'd tried either of the brands and which one you like best? Because in my experience, just being expensive and well known doesn't automatically mean it is good chocolate. Taste is subjective, Y'know?

Edited to add: oops, skipped over the UK based line in the post title.
Edited Date: 2017-03-10 03:12 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-10 03:35 am (UTC)
madripoor_rose: milkweed beetle on a leaf (Default)
From: [personal profile] madripoor_rose
I think I might go with Leonidas then, just because of the three extra chocolates. :)

Date: 2017-03-10 07:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
I'd probably go for Hotel Chocolat because I personally prefer their style.

Date: 2017-03-10 07:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] londonkds
I personally prefer Hotel Chocolat as well, but that's probably because I think there are much better Belgian makers than Leonidas, for not that much more money proportionately.

Date: 2017-03-10 09:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] antisoppist
Living in rural UK, I have heard of Hotel Chocolat but not Leonidas (I am not particularly interested in chocolate). But there is a Hotel Chocolat shop in many shopping malls and we even have one in the high street in Taunton, so if you want it to feel like a more exotic gift, I would go for the other one.

But I have no idea about appearance or taste. My weakness is crisps.

Date: 2017-03-10 11:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clanwilliam
Funnily enough, I find Hotel Chocolat to be a bit posher despite their success, possibly because I encountered Leonidas at a younger age. I do like Leonidas, but they're very much on the sweet and creamy side of chocolate.

I like both, but if I didn't know the recipient's tastes, I'd go for Hotel Chocolat as being more varied.

Mind you, I tend to give people Montezumas, especially the chili and curry ones, so what would I know?

Date: 2017-03-10 02:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
To the best of my knowledge, if sustainability and fair trade are an issue, I think Hotel Chocolat may have the edge.

And my sympathies with the balsamic thing. I have the same "why?" factor with seasalt in chocolate, and since I can eat anchovies straight from the jar and spread marmite in thick slabs I'm more salt-friendly than most.

Date: 2017-03-10 01:36 pm (UTC)
antisoppist: (cake)
From: [personal profile] antisoppist
I quite like chocolate but I could quite easily live without it and would pick lemon tart or sticky toffee pudding over anything chocolate-related on a dessert menu.

My eldest child actively dislikes it though and we a hard time persuading relatives to buy her sweets instead of eggs at Easter when she was little. She is now 15 and suggests that they could give her the cash instead :-)

Date: 2017-03-10 02:21 pm (UTC)
lexin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lexin
I would go for Hotel Chocolat as well. More interesting chocolates.

Date: 2017-03-10 09:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mandragora
Actually, I'd go for Godiva rather than either Hotel Chocolat or Leonidas. Don't get me wrong, I eat Hotel Chocolat quite a lot (there's one near where I work) but when I want to treat myself I go for Godiva (also near where I work). I prefer both to Leonidas and another brand I also prefer to Leonidas is Charbonnel & Walker. I guess I'm just not that keen on Leonidas, maybe.

Date: 2017-03-10 09:48 pm (UTC)
mandragora: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mandragora
Meant to add that I presume Amazon doesn't deliver Godiva, though, so I'd go with Hotel Chocolat.

Date: 2017-03-12 09:05 pm (UTC)
mandragora: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mandragora
I'm good, many thanks for asking. No significant health issues for years now and I'm actually fitter than I used to be, which helps (I do a lot of walking and am reaping the benefits in that it allows me to eat a lot of chocolate!).

Yep, 2 nephews, both in the US. One is working there and living with American girlfriend in Vegas and the other is at university in Boston, although he's currently in LA. Enjoy your niece and whatever new baby is whilst small because before you know it they'll be all grown up and trying to launch an app as a start-up (youngest nephew).

I've moved jobs myself and head a team that's been working on the UK Government Budget. So, we're all knackered currently. Budget was last Wednesday but we're still working on the legislation for presentation to Parliament and getting that ready in time is going down to the wire. So, yes, I think I understand the pressure you're under all too well. We'll have a bit of a breather after 20 March but this year we're going to have 2 Budgets so will have to start work on Autumn Budget (in reality that's already started but the pace will pick up) soon. Oh, and of course there's a little thing called Brexit that we're also working on...

Fingers crossed that you're well enough to come over soon as it would be fabulous to see you. The Highlands and Skye are gorgeous and definitely worth a visit.

I think going with Hotel Chocolat is a good decision and actually it is British (unlike Leonidas or Charbonnel & Walker) so that may please the uncle, as well as the fact that the chocolate is lovely. And you should treat yourself, on occasion, definitely, including with some quality chocolates!

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