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International sighting: Godiva Gems Peppermint Truffles
Posted: 10:00 Sun 28-Nov-2010. Price: $4.99 for 99g (around 10 truffles). Location: Shoreline, Washington, USA. Sub-flavours: Caramel Apple, apparently.
"Targaff" reports: I'd normally stay away from brands that aren't generally available in the UK (well, outside Covent Garden), but I have to make an exception for these. Godiva - essentially an American Hotel Chocolat with higher prices - have been branching out into the supermarket with their Gems range, most of which are of the tasty but unspectacular solid/caramel derivation, but with winter a-coming they've put out these limited edition peppermint truffles. "White chocolate with a creamy candy cane filling" is about as simple a description as there is, and with the chocolate taking a back seat to the filling, a perfectly judged minty flavour, I may have to stock up. Especially since they cost a fortune if you get them from the brand store instead. Haven't tried the Caramel Apple, on account of apples being nasty.
...And ta for this to our regular West Coast correspondent - just in passing, I'd always wondered if Hotel Chocolat are called that because it's supposed to be the kind of chocolate you got for free in fancy hotels? Anyway, in other semi-seasonal fillings: Ginsters are offering inadvertent tribute to the late Bernard Matthews with their Christmas Cracker sandwich and Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry Pasty; Cadbury Cocoa House are "hoping to create a festive atmosphere" down in the lower mall of Bluewater Shopping Centre with a Christmas menu that includes
Hot Chocolate Nog, Chestnut Hot Chocolate, or White Hot Chocolate and Orange; and "Greg Lowe" ignored
2007's health-and safety-gone-mad controversy to argue that: "If like me you are a fan of Mistletoe Kisses you will love Galaxy Mistletoe Kisses Cake Bars (Morrisons Byker, £1.49 for pack of 5). They are the usual Galaxy Caramel cake bar with an added layer of the chocolate cream from the Mistletoe Kisses chocolate bar."
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Posted: 17:26 Sun 28-Nov-2010 by "Nick T"
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Comment: An American Hotel Chocolat?? WTF?! Sorry to burst your bubble of there being absolutely nothing but a black void beyond your borders, but try Belgian (or Turkish).
Posted: 21:03 Sun 28-Nov-2010 by "Targaff"
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Comment: Sorry to burst your own bubble, but I'm not American. It's called writing for an audience - the site is .uk, after all, and Godiva fills the same role here as Hotel Chocolate currently does in the UK.
Still nice job on the baseless assumptions of ignorance.
Posted: 11:36 Mon 29-Nov-2010 by Snackspot
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Comment: thanks for clearing that up - just to continue my theme of "why are they called Hotel Chocolat?", maybe it's after the Eagles song Hotel California, where you can "check-out any time you like... but you can never leave"..?
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