As a true chocoholic, it’s an huge understatement to say I was excited when I was approached by Hugo’s Chocolate Club for a review. Hugo’s provide a monthly subscription box of delicious artisan treats straight to your door, with prices starting from £22 a month.
Members of Hugo’s can sign up to a variety of packages to suit their budgets and needs. If you wanted to send a one-off box to a friend for a lavish birthday gift, one month is £22. You can also subscribe on 3-monthly, 6-monthly and yearly plans, with the average monthly price getting slightly cheaper the longer you sign up for. One of the perks of Hugo’s is that each selection box will be different, with a surprise offering of posh choccies that really showcase what these talented chocolatiers can do.
I received the September box a few weeks ago, and I was really impressed with the modern and stylish packaging. You really do get an exclusive and expensive feel before you even see the contents; it feels like a real treat yourself moment! Hugo’s Chocolate Club also provides you with a little booklet, providing details on the chocolatiers and the chocolates themselves, which I think adds a nice personal touch.
Upon opening the box, the first item I noticed was the Duffy’s Milk Corazon Del Ecuador bar. Firstly, the packaging of this bar is lovely! It’s classic and timeless and is really eye-catching. This award winning chocolate really melts in your mouth. It’s smooth and creamy, with the slight bite of the oak-smoked salt that gives it a savoury undertone. It’s a perfect combination of subtle salty and sweet without being too rich or overpowering in either flavour. This bar is also soya and gluten free.
I was most excited for this next bar as I read through the descriptions of the chocolates in the Hugo’s booklet. Not only are the couple that founded Kneals Chocolate’s local to me being based in Birmingham, they’ve created a chocolate bar that combines two of my favourite flavours; dark chocolate and raspberry. It’s a classic combination for a reason, they really do go so well together as the bitterness of the dark chocolate mixes with the sweetness and sharpness of the raspberry. The raspberry flavour in this Raspberry Delight bar is pretty intense thanks to the raspberry ganache centre and the dried raspberries on top, but I love it! this is definitely a very naughty and indulgent treat!
Coco Chocolatier supplied a milk chocolate and honey bar to this box, and it’s not quite what I was expecting. The taste is sharper than you would imagine with a definite strong honey taste. I expected a sickly sweet bar and was pleasantly surprised! this certainly feels and tastes a lot more high quality and premium than other high-street milk chocolate and honey combinations that I have tried. I also really enjoy that the packaging for Coco Chocolatier bars are created in collaboration with both local and international artists. No wonder it’s so Instagrammable!
Finally, we have the signature chocolate tray from The Chocolate Cottage, featuring Lemon Meringue Pie and Easedale Eton Mess individual chocolates. The lemon meringue in particular is very sharp, and the lemon cuts through the sweetness of the chewy meringue and white chocolate casing well. The eton mess has a very powerful fruity flavour, so much so that it almost tasted floral to me (but that may be my personal taste). I found that you couldn’t really taste the white chocolate on this one, which was a bit of a shame but perhaps the intention is to wow you with the flavour, which it certainly does!
Overall, I’m really impressed by Hugo’s Chocolate Club. Not only is their brand itself wonderful, with a unique idea and elegant marketing, but the products that they have supplied match this. My personal favourite is the Kneals Dark Chocolate and Raspberry bar as it is such a classic flavour combination, but it is done so well that it doesn’t taste boring or familiar. All of the samples really do scream quality, and I have not been disappointed or underwhelmed by any of them. Whilst the box is a little expensive for my budget, I would still definitely recommend it and it would make a fantastic birthday or Christmas treat!