Their recent history is littered with great double acts whose contributions ensure
that they will be remembered for years to
come: Morecambe & Wise, Laurel & Hardy and Sooty & Sweep to name but a few. And
so, in answer to many who have asked us how
The Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club began, we have unearthed our very own double act
– Angus & Terry.
So where does the story begin? It turns out that there is not one single root,
but several strands. Hotel Chocolat came first
(our sister company delivering chocolate gifts) born out of general dismay at
the state of chocolate available in the UK.
Determined to improve standards, Hotel Chocolat forged links with the
chocolatiers with whom we have become familiar in the
past few years.
The success of these chocolate gifts then led us to the following perplexing
conclusion – the customers who like our
chocolates are always sending them to others! How then could they get to enjoy
the quality of chocolate that they so
A second factor became evident every time new chocolate samples arrived causing
a ripple of excitement and anticipation in
the office. Angus Thirlwell explains why,
“Some of the best fun had in the office was when new samples arrived – everyone
tasted, scored and had a great time. As we
enjoyed it so much, then I thought perhaps our customers would too?”
The spark of an idea began to form and the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club was
almost born. There remained only one more piece of
the puzzle. Terry Waters arrived on the scene and brought with him the technical
expertise of how clubs work and a concept
for a tasting club without high-pressure selling and any obligation to buy. The
ideas fused, all the strands came together
and The Club was created.
All that remained now was to find the chocolates and the chocolatiers. While
Angus was busy criss-crossing the European
countryside in a hired refrigerated van, Terry was forging ahead with the nuts
and bolts of running the new Club.
There’s no doubt that they were hectic times and the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club
has moved on in leaps and bounds. The
chocolatiers, who were at times sceptical and reluctant to produce in small
quantities, are now eager for their chocolates to
make an appearance. They have featured over 30 chocolatiers to date all competing
for a space in the tasting box. They are into their
fourth year and have recently unveiled a new look to celebrate. Members’
feedback has been vital in the evolution of the
Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club - long may you continue to keep them on the straight
Try the no commitment introductory selection featuring fresh, authentic and
unique chocolates for just £9.95 (£13 off) including delivery and FREE gift (worth £6).
It’s easy to get your tasting adventure under way.
Try the special
Introductory Selection for just £9.95 (£13 off) including delivery.
There are no
commitments or obligations to buy anything further.
They will deliver
in convenient packaging designed to fit most letterboxes.
happens? Well, if you decide you would like to discover more, then brand new
selections are available every month – but you always choose if and when you’d
like to receive new selections. Currently there are five different selections to choose
from – Classic, Dark, Milk, Elements and Fortified - available for £22.95 (inc