Thursday, 10 March 2011

Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies - and win yourself a massive Easter Egg

So, Hotel Chocolat (via the lovely Beth) offered to send me a free Easter egg. A 1.4kg Ostrich Easter Egg, which comes with a side order of a box of chocolates, a rocky road bar, a caramel road bar and a chocolate rabbit, to be precise. Worth a whopping £65 - which I believe is about £60 more than I spent on our two Easter eggs last year! 

This is what it looks like on the website

And this is what it looked like on my bedroom floor. Nice carpet, eh?

And, my goodness, is it a lot of chocolate. The two egg halves are incredibly thick, and studded with all kinds of nice chewy bits. Mr 'Splorer swiftly took to referring to it as the dinosaur egg. I took half of it to work - and there was still some left at the end of the day! Some of the other half got turned into cookies, but it has taken us about 10 days to get through the rest of it, plus the box of chocolates and the bars. (10 days doesn't sound that long, but remember that Mr 'Splorer has the sweetest of teeth and I myself am never one to say no to a nice bit of chocolate.) In fact, even as I type we are just biting off the head of the rabbit, the last remaining bit. Yum!

It seems that the 1.4kg refers to the total weight, but 997g is still a pretty hefty egg.
 

But I don't want to imply that we haven't been enjoying it. This is a jolly good egg. (Ho ho ho - sorry!) Mr 'Splorer's just described it as 'the best Easter egg he's ever had'. And it is so nice to get an egg made of decent chocolate, rather than melted down advent calendar chocolates, or whatever it usually is. And all the bits on the side are just as full of chocolatey yumminess (though I must say the box of chocolates suffered from the age-old problem of not enough hazelnut praliney ones and too many pointless strawberry and coffee ones, but what can you do?!). I'm not sure I could ever actually bring myself to pay £65 for an Easter egg, but if you were looking to impress or spoil a (potential) loved one over the Easter period, or wanted to splash out on an Easter egg that makes all other Easter eggs feel a bit inadequate, this is the one for you. 
And the good news is that Hotel Chocolat are offering another Ostrich Easter Egg to give away to one of my lucky readers. Go to the bottom of the post for the giveaway rules. 


In the meantime, I also wanted to mention the chocolate chip cookies that I made with this chocolate. I decided to take this opportunity to try a recipe from Good to the Grain, a recipe book that I probably never would have heard of if it wasn't for the lovely food blogs. But it is getting rave reviews all over the shop. And I found these Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies on the Blue Ridge Baker. They are made with whole wheat flour, so they feel a bit more virtuous. There was some talk on the blogs of them being a little salty, so I only used 1 tsp, instead of 1 and a half. And I wouldn't have wanted more than that. They had a pleasing saltiness, though I think they needed a bit more chocolate to counterbalance that. They seemed to come out a bit cakey, so I think next time I'd make them a bit smaller than specified.  But apart from that, these were pretty damn good. They went down very well with Mr 'Splorer and the workmates, anyway!


Now, onto that giveaway...

HOTEL CHOCOLAT OSTRICH EGG GIVEAWAY

Rules
This giveaway is open to all readers over 18 with a UK address.  
The winner will be chosen at random in a method of my choosing (which may or may not involve Mr 'Splorer, a bag and a whole load of bits of paper). 
Closing date: midnight GMT Friday 25th March 2011

There are two ways to enter. Either: 

Like Hotel Chocolat's Facebook page or follow Hotel Chocolat on Twitter, and leave a comment on this blog post to tell me you have done so.

or: 

Go onto Hotel Chocolat's website and find the product you would most like to receive for Easter and tell me what it is in a comment on this post. 

....Or both! (For two entries.) 

Oh, and there are A LOT of bloggers trying out and giving away Hotel Chocolat Easter goodies, so for more chances to win, check out the list here.

Good luck! And many thanks to Beth and Hotel Chocolat for sending me the delicious freebie. 

61 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I would love to receive the Rocky Road To Caramel™ Extra Thick Easter Egg
    but everything on the site looks fantastic!

    Laurax

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  2. I have done it! I have liked Hotel Chocolate on facebook and I actually do like them so that's goo! I really hope I win because that Easter Egg is amazing!xx

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  3. I have entered!! Looks amazing! I love chocolate especially the coffee and strawberry ones!

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  4. I only feel slightly envious that you got the Ostrich egg to review and I got the £7 kid's egg. ;)

    I have liked Hotel Chocolat's Facebook page anyway - I might feel less envious if I manage to win one of those babies!

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  5. i follow hotelchocolat on twiiter and facebook

    @claireishoop

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  6. i actually would love an ostrich egg - loooks fab and the chocolate is so thick. also the extra goodies inside is the icing on the cake.

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  7. I have been meaning to make those cookies for a while - might need to stop thinking about it and just get on with it!

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  8. Oh and I follow Hotel Chocolat on twitter and have liked their facebook page

    Thanks

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  9. I love the look of the You crack me up egg! is my favourite

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  10. Nora...You lucky lucky girl!...I never get an easter egg...mainly because I am usually a weightwatcher each year! haha... Not this year for a change though! I have done all 3 actions to secure a spot in your draw hehe...And having drooled over their website for the last 20 minutes...yet again...!..I can safely say that I will and can only dream about their Dark ostrich Egg hehe! great post...and cookies look tasty! xxx

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  11. I have liked Hotel Chocolat on FB, and I really like their profile picture with Mr Easter Egg head!!

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  12. I am now following Hotel Chocolat on Twitter. I would love to win the Ostrich Egg as it looks absolutely divine!!

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  13. Oh yum! I've done the annual giving up chocolate for Lent so an ostrich egg would be amazing to make up for 40 days and nights of chocolate deprivation! I'm following on facebook, and have my eye on the choclate pancake recipe for post-Easter breakfasts.

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  14. Yeah like the look of the Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Egg

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  15. Wowee that is one heck of an egg! Owing to my healthy eating plan I won't be having any chocolate eggs this year but I hope the lucky winner loves the prize!

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  16. I like the Eggsibitionist Easter Egg!

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  17. That's a beast of an easter egg!

    I already have my favourite HC egg 'the dark serious fix' but I would like most to receive a box of the house pralines, they are amazing!

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  18. I have liked Hotel Chocolat on Facebook.
    The Ostrich egg would be my favourite item from the Hotel Chocolat website because you have told me it lasts 10 days yummmm 10 days of chocolate pleaseure..

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  19. I Have liked hotel Chocolat on facebook and already follow on twitter.
    I would love to get the Rocky Road To Caramel Extra Thick Easter Egg

    twitter id @Jaz246t

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  20. I love the idea of egg and soliders, and maybe it is acceptable to eat them for breakfast?
    http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/cid/MWOBBSI8J04HAVSG6OTP3H8KU13E0CDA/Easter-Egg-Boxes-P111118/

    Liked and followed on facebook and twitter :)

    Hope I win!!

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  21. If I had to choose an egg it would be this one, it looks very decadent indeed!

    Liked and followed them both!

    PS. Loving the cookies.

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  22. Woohoo liked and follwed on twitter and facebook

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  23. A you crack me up extra thick egg would be good :)

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  24. What a fabulous giveaway and how big is that egg!!!!

    I follow Hotel Chocolat on twitter (@dmbaxt) and on Facebook (Donna Baxter)

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  25. Having searched the Hotel Chocolat website (purely for research purposes honest!) I would love to receive the Goody Bag of The Season from here:

    http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/Goody-Bag-Of-The-Season-P350139/

    This looks a fabulous gift and of course contains my favourite Hotel Chocolat choccies!!

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  26. Following on Twitter @LouiseRWs

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  27. You Crack Me Up Extra Thick Egg - if I had to pick just one

    @LouiseRWs

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  28. Hello! I would like The Milk Ostrich Egg please :D ..... mmmmm

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  29. Already a Hotel Chocolate FB Fan - Beverley Leek Ne Hayes and avid Twitter follower @bevleek :)

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  30. I'd love to a Dark Chocolate Easter Eggsposé Egg but this one looks amazing too!

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  31. Liked on FB and following on twitter @clare_anderson

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  32. Well the thing I would most like to get from their website is the Milk Chocolate Ostrich Egg, so what an amazing co-incidence! I've often admired it from afar but never tried it. I think if I did Manna From Heaven would probably be the way I'd describe it.

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  33. I already follow Hotel Chocolat on Twitter and Facebook (and spend so much time browsing in their shop that they'll probably send me a restraining order soon!)
    @LindyHine

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  34. I'd love someone to give me the Dark Chocolate Ostrich Egg. Do you think there's such a thing as too much chocolate?

    @happyfox

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  35. Already following Hotel Chocolat on both Twitter and Facebook.
    @happyfox/Diana Cotter

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  36. I like hotel chocolat on FB & follow them on twitter @josie301

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  37. I like the look of the Strawberry melt egg sandwich
    http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/Easter-Eggs-Gift-P300160/
    looks different than the usual easter egg.
    x

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  38. I'd like the 'Smooth Praline Toasty - Handmade Easter Egg Sandwich' off of their website - even if it does sound disturbingly savoury :)
    Lucy

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  39. I would like the you crack me up extra thick egg - very cute! x

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  40. I follow Hotel Chocolat on FB and Twitter :)

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  41. I love the look of the egg and soldiers from the Easter range as they're soooo cute!

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  42. the Easter weekend Hamper - mega choc feast :)

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  43. Hi - I'm following Hotel Chocolat on Twitter.
    thanks
    Christine

    twitter @kyber1993

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  44. I'm following on Twitter @verityjdo . And the thing that I'd most like to recieve actually is that Ostrich Egg - it's immense!

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  45. I have 'liked' the facebook page and drooled over the eggs, I would love to have the milk chocolate Ostrich Egg .

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  46. Liked and Followed both on Facebook/Twitter, thanks! (@cobbiecollinge)

    Simon.

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  47. I would choose the "You Crack Me Up Extra Thick Egg" - looks cute (and no doubt tasty as well!)

    Thanks again!
    Simon.

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  48. I've liked and followed :) @emilyh13 - Thanks, great prize!

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  49. Oh my goodness that egg looks amazing! So thick..

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  50. I am following HC on Twitter (and am thus constantly tempted by their new product news!)

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  51. I am also liking the look of the HC Sleekster Egg Box Selection. Looks there'd be enough for me to share a few! Ixx

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  52. Hi,
    I`d pick the Milk Choc Ostrich Easter Egg - its massive and would last me hours!

    Thank u.
    Barbara

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  53. Hi,
    Following Hotel chocolat on Facebook/Twitter as well. (@Woosh55)

    Thanks again!
    Barbara.

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  54. Wow, you did well. I can't believe the size of this egg and how thick it is.

    I follow Hotel Chocolat on Twitter and would sooooo love to win this egg ;-)

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  55. My goodness me! That's an egg! Being of "healthy appetite" i.e. greedy I don't see how anything could beat an ostrich egg!

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  56. following Hotel Chocolat on twitter and facebook

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  57. i liked hotel chocolat on facebook too!

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  58. I have followed on twitter @Hestia14

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  59. I have liked on facebook

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  60. Mmmmm, I'd love the Milk Chocolate Ostrich Egg and I promise to share it with the family.

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  61. I am so liking the sleekster egg.

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