Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendars Competition (Closed)

Like many in the UK, I celebrate Christmas as a purely cultural tradition. Although I am interested in the origins of the ways we celebrate, it’s about history rather than religious significance for me.

On a religious level, Advent is a period of anticipation; indeed the word itself comes from adventus; Latin for “coming” and marks the weeks of preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus and looking ahead to his second coming. It is also the beginning of the liturgical year – that is the Christian calendar that determines the dates of various feast and fast days, celebrations of Saints and other observances.

For me, a nostalgia-loving Humanist, Advent is all about Advent calendars, and the ones I love best are chocolate ones! Who can resist the nearly-month-long ritual of finding the right number, carefully opening the door and revealing that day’s chocolate inside?

Twenty years ago, I was happy with a really cheap version; a couple of quid in Woollies (RIP) and I was sorted. But over the last couple of decades, my chocolate tastes have changed enormously and the really cheap stuff – more sugar and vegetable fat than actual cocoa content – just doesn’t cut it. The first time I bought a Hotel Chocolat advent some years ago, it felt outrageously expensive (and compared to my Woollies ones it was!). But nowadays, I’m happier to spend more on quality chocolate and I’ve also realised that £12.50 for a box of 24 tasty chocolates is actually perfectly reasonable.

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Hotel Chocolat’s Advent Calendar to Share (£26) is a rather charming way of sharing the advent fun without having to share the chocolate treat. I think of it as a Couple’s Advent Calendar but of course, it would work for siblings or friends too, as long as they don’t mind taking turns to open the door! Behind each window are two baby truffles and there are a range of flavours to find including simple milk and dark truffles, salted caramel, gingerbread, almond and nutmeg, cinnamon, raspberry and hibiscus, and mulled wine.

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For those who don’t want to share, Hotel Chocolat’s one-person Advent Calendars (£12.50) come in dark, milk or white chocolate versions. Behind each door is a cute moulded chocolate sculpture.

COMPETITION

I have two prizes to giveaway to Kavey Eats readers!

  • First prize is a Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar to Share.
  • Second prize is a Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar.
  • Each prize includes delivery within the UK.

HOW TO ENTER

You can enter the competition in 3 ways – the more ways you enter, the higher your chances of winning:

Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment below, sharing your favourite way of enjoying chocolate at Christmas.

Entry 2 – Twitter
Follow @Kavey on Twitter. Existing followers are, of course, welcome to enter! Then tweet the (exact) sentence below.
I’d love to win @HotelChocolat Advent Calendars from Kavey Eats! http://goo.gl/80jVag #KaveyEatsHCAdvent
(Do not add my twitter handle into the tweet; I track entries using the competition hash tag. And please don’t leave a blog comment about your tweet either, thanks!)

Entry 3 – Instagram
Share an image of your favourite Christmas Tree decoration via your Instagram feed. In the caption include my username @Kaveyf and the hashtag #KaveyEatsHCAdvent.

RULES & DETAILS

  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Friday 14th November, 2014.
  • Kavey Eats reserves the right to alter the closing date of the competition. Changes to the closing date, if they occur, will be shown on this page.
  • The 2 winners will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator. The first name selected will win the first prize. The second name selected will win the second prize.
  • Entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
  • Where prizes are to be provided by a third party, Kavey Eats accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of that third party.
  • First prize is a Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar to Share and second prize is a Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar. Free delivery within the UK is included.
  • The prizes cannot be redeemed for a cash value.
  • The prizes are offered and provided by Hotel Chocolat.
  • One blog entry per person only. One Twitter entry per person only. One Instagram entry per person only. You may enter all three ways but you do not have to do so for your entries to be valid.
  • For Twitter entries, winners must be following @Kavey at the time of notification. For Instagram entries, winners must be following @Kaveyf at the time of notification. Blog comment entries must provide a valid email address for contacting the winner.
  • The winners will be notified by email, Twitter or Instagram so please make sure you check your accounts for the notification message. If no response is received from a winner within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

Kavey Eats attended the Hotel Chocolat Christmas preview event and received samples of items in the range.
Winner of the first prize is Nikki Greene (blog comment). Winner of the second prize is @CaffeineCatty (twitter).

Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!
170 Comments to "Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendars Competition (Closed)"

  1. Laura

    My favourite way to enjoy chocolate at Christmas is freely throughout the day(s) just being able to go and help myself to a few when I really fancy it from a huge selection. We don’t do modest at Christmas! Thanks for such a fab giveaway by the way!

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  2. Phil

    I nibble on things through the day such as Quality Street and treat myself to something more luxury in the evenings. There’s usually a nice box of luxury chocolates doing the rounds in the evenings – Hotel Chocolat or something similar and it’s always great fun to share that with family with a nice glass of Baileys or other liquer whilst watching TV!

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  3. tracy nixon

    We always crack open a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the evening of Christmas Day, to enjoy with a glass of Baileys – it is tradition!

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  4. Jane Willis

    My favourite way WAS Cadbury’s Chocolate Coins. No other brand is good enough for me. Now they are stopping production, I may have to cancel Christmas.

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  5. Adrian Barnett

    Take a good quality milk chocolate, let a square melt in your mouth and then drink some Dalwhinnie distillers edition, instant fruit and nut bar.

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  6. Lisa

    Chocolate at Christmas, for me, comes in two ways.

    Either at the end of Christmas Day itself, when it’s all over, and I can relax in front of the fire with the cat and some silly TV, or on Boxing Day, when it’s probably breakfast, before Actual Breakfast happens.

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  7. Tracey Peach

    My Favourite way to enjoy Chocolate at Christmas is cuddled up with my family xxx

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  8. Angela Campbell

    After the kids have finally gone to bed, all the dishes have been washed and sat with the cats in front of the open fire, with only the sound of the cats purring and the fire crackling…bliss!

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  9. L edge

    With my two little boys and then a few cheeky ones on my own at night…however the elf gets the blame!!
    Happy Xmas 🙂

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  10. Iona

    With the family in front of a good film.
    Oh, and it’s got to be fancy chocolate, it is christmas after all!

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  11. Lorna Kennedy

    I spend a fortune on chocolate at Christmas, that get’s eaten all the way from Christmas Eve through to New Year! However……. a little secret stash that’s full of nuts is always hidden away for the evening when the kids are in bed, to be enjoyed feet up with a glass of wine 🙂

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  12. michelle evans

    Snuggled on the sofa with the children, fluffy robes, good family christmas film and some lovely choccies

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  13. Amelia Kennedy

    Nibbling on various chocolates we keep under the tree whilst watching Christmas TV!

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  14. frieda garnham

    i love chocolate and it would be great to win this my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures

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  15. victoria ruth stevens

    We have choc all day at Christmas and always have choccy coing before breakfast. The kids love it!!

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  16. Nicki Greene

    Chocolate for breakfast on Christmas day for me 🙂 then during the evening snuggled up on the sofa with my daughter we like to share a chunk from hotel chocolate slabs….yummy!!

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  17. Fiona K

    My favourite way is to enjoy a selection of chocolates secretly on my own while watching a good film

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  18. Krzysia

    I start with a few tree decorations in the morning, graze on something cheaper like quality street during the day and relish special treats like Hotel Chocolat ones during the evening. I do love my chocolate:-)

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  19. Corinne Henson

    We buy looks of chocy for xmas that we do not open till Christmas day then we basically just gorge ourselves until the day after new year 🙂

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  20. Tracy Newton

    The little ones always start on the selection box pre dinner. Once I start on the after dinner mint chocolates that’s it. I am munching all day long.

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  21. gemma brown

    the best way to eat chocoloate is when hiding to avoid sharing. Chocolate is so much more enjoyable when you’re being naughty

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  22. kerry charlesworth

    I LOVE chocolate!! Christmas is my excuse to nibble at chocolate all day lol but enjoy them most when watching a good film!

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  23. Angela Fitzjohn

    I like to enjoy chocolate at Christmas is in the evening when the kids have gone to bed, all nice and cosy with just the Christmas lights on, snuggled up on the sofa with my favourite box of chocolates, remembering all the fun I gave had with my family.

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  24. angela bates

    The best way to enjoy chocolate at Christmas is when opening presents, but I also do like the odd chocolate whilst cooking!

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  25. Kate

    When I was little, my grandma used to keep chocolate in a small dish on the fireplace and I’d sneak them before dinner. As I got older, my Mum started doing it too but I was big enough to get away with just eating them. Now I’m all grown up, I have my own dish of chocolates by the fire place but it’s hard to enjoy them when I have to watch out for kids sneaking them!

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  26. Lorraine Tinsley

    My favourite way to enjoy chocolate is with a nice glass of wine in front of the TV 🙂

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  27. Rachael G

    The kid’s get their chocolate fix in their advent calendar and my Hubby and I enjoy some posh chocolates when they’ve gone to bed so we don’t have to share!

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  28. Faye

    Mine is fighting over the green triangles in a box of Quality Street and leaving the wrappers in the tin because I know it’ll wind my mother up!

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  29. Alison Joyce

    I love having a chocolate for breakfast each morning from the advent calendar my mum always buys me even though I’m nearly 40

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  30. Siobhan McGurk

    Having chocolate before breakfast on Christmas Day, then nibbling on it for the rest of the day!

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  31. Bruce Kennedy

    Sharing is ok when it’s tins of Roses or Quality Street and the like – but the good stuff – save it till the kids are in bed to savour it with a glass of bubbly.

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  32. Emma Birley

    If we get selection boxes, we always make Rocky Road!! Yummy and great way to use it all; family take a lot away with them 🙂

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  33. Tracey Belcher

    Slowly – Yes you read right! I try to savour it, let it melt on my tongue. I tend to nibble all day on it though hence why I try to do so slowly 🙂

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  34. Linda Tweed

    A big, delicious home-cooked meal and time with family – couldn’t ask for anything better 🙂

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  35. Rachel Williams

    Chocolate truffle torte so rich you have to sit still for a while after eating. (Thanks, Saint Delia!)

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  36. Fiona Henderson

    Under a massive blanket with all the family enjoying a classic christmas film.

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  37. Tom Hawes

    the best way to enjoy chocolate at Christmas is a huge box of Roses and/or Quality street gradually munched through by the whole family thought the day!

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  38. M.NotLeafy

    We get advent calendar chocs from Chococo of Dorset, no fancy box just 25 different chocs. Superb quality chocolate and they have some brilliant innovative flavours like Chilli Tickle, Bob’s Bees & Milk Vodka. The finale is a spiced Christmas pud choc with popping candy. We have to buy 2 boxes because cutting a Raspberry Riot in half with a razor blade is a bad idea after a meal and drinks! We also indulge in a pack of their dark, deep chocolate coated cinder toffee.

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  39. Jen English

    I love all the extra, more luxury type chocs we buy at Christmas. It’s a time to indulge in the chocolate we wouldn’t normally eat.

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  40. sian

    Has to be melted into hot milk and drunk in front of the fire whilst watching a film with the family

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  41. Ane S

    My favourite way of enjoying it is sitting with the family and opening a tub of chocolates whilst watching Christmas movies!

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  42. claire blaney

    I love eating chocolate first thing in morning while were opening our presents 🙂

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  43. Susie M

    I like a bowl filled with chocs on the coffee table to dip into with anyone who pops round.

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  44. Stephanie Whitehouse

    I just love the hollow chocolate tree decorations. I know they aren’t good value, but they are so pretty and seem to taste better than average

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  45. Maxine

    Little and often (I learned at an early age that spending Christmas with tummy ache is not good after gorging on goodies!)

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  46. Lauren

    I love having chocolate with my husband, snuggled on the couch watching Christmas movies! Bliss!

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  47. Louise Mith

    We have a tin of chocolates which we open Christmas Eve and have a couple with a cup of coffee, they are usually gone by Boxing Day after family and neigbours have visited. My 6 year old daughter always asks if she can have some as a treat for being good, I must have blinked and missed it!

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  48. maxine m partridge

    i love going to my nans as she always has the tins of sweets, doesnt seem the same when we have them at home

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  49. Charlotte martin

    Throughout December I make my usual bowl of porridge in the morning and place my advent calendar chocolate on top so it melts into it 🙂 its like have desert for breakfast! Hurry up December……

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  50. Emma Nixon

    I love chocolate.. Christmas is a great excuse to sample many choccies. The best time to eat them is in the evening in front of the xmas tv..

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  51. Nicola Friend

    Chocolate goes with everything at Christmas, especially melted over the Christmas pudding!

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  52. katrina walsh

    We always enjoy a chocolate and milk breakfast on xmas morning. If you cant skip a healthy meal on xmas morning then when can you ?

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  53. Amelia Avossa

    The first food that touches our mouths on Christmas morning and eve! is Chocolate! 😀 we love it 🙂

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  54. Stacey Rowe

    In my PJ’s watching a Christmas film with a nice mug of hot chocolate too! You can never have too much chocolate and at Christmas no one can object!

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  55. Louise Comb

    I enjoy Christmas chocs best by starting as early in the day as possible. Tree chocs are the best 🙂

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  56. Shereen

    Christmas chocolate used to be all about the Terry’s Chocolate Orange at breakfast time, but as my tastes have changed I’ve come to love some dark chocolate, eaten in place of dessert after the traditional massive turkey dinner.

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  57. Helen Swales

    My favourite way is to share it with a group of friends and family, even my favourites!

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  58. Jackie ONeill

    My favourite way of enjoying chocolate is by myself. Everything else in my life I share but not this…

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  59. Sam Furniss

    Since I was thirteen I have always made rum truffles for the family, I think if I ever decided to try and miss a year there’d be serious trouble!

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  60. Tracy W

    I know this may sound like I made it up to win a competition, but every Christmas my son buys me something from the Hotel Chocolat Christmas range, preferably the caramel chocolate. This year I’m hoping for the Salted Caramel Snowflake!

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  61. Louise Mcnicol

    I always get loads of choccies at Christmas and so do the kids – result! I spend my day going back and forth between various boxes. Well it is Christmas!

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  62. Joanne B

    I love choccies at christmas – chocolate orange is my favourite, tap tap and a cup of tea BLISS!

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  63. Rachel Edney

    Keep it in the fridge, and dip in a few times in the evening when everyone else is in bed. Sometimes I even sneak one in when their in the other room and if they come in I pretend that I’m not eating anything.

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  64. Linda Thorn

    I love chocolate,
    In a fondue made up with many streams,
    Or a Profiterole made up with many swirls,
    And cream,
    But the best for me
    It’s got to be
    Chocolate with Brazil nuts in it

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  65. Nicola Dudson

    My favourite way to enjoy chocolate at christmas is snuggled on the sofa with the kids watching a christmas film and eating lots of chocolate of course

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  66. Karen Lloyd

    We get a big tin of roses out in the evenings and pass it around the room. There are never enough purple ones to go around though.

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  67. Angella Willis

    I put up my Christmas Tree on 1st December and hang chocolate parcels on it, one for every day up until Christmas Day. Then when I settle down to watch tv in the evening I slowly eat one. Its like an Advent Calendar!

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  68. Kat Allinson

    We like to have a tin to share and then my husband likes a chocolate orange and I quite like and special box or bar too. My daughter normally has a lindt reindeer and my baby will be given a little Moo Free bar this year as she is dairy free.

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  69. Eloise

    Putting chocolate decorations on the tree and trying not to eat them in the first few days!

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  70. Em S

    My favourite way of enjoying chocolate at Christmas is guilt-free when the kids are in bed, whilst watching a good Christmas movie 🙂

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  71. Sam Furniss

    I love Physalis dipped in chocolate, apart from tasting wonderful, they look gorgeous too!

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  72. Ian Campbell

    My preferred option is to craftily integrate it into any food, no matter how healthy – chocolate with anything is a surefire winner, right? 😉

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  73. Yasmin J

    I don’t like Christmas Pudding, so I always go for the most indulgent hot chocolate version instead

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  74. Anna Ibbotson

    I love the fact that the festive season makes it acceptable to have chocolate in the morning! And I am partial to a nice cup of hot chocolate, one of winter’s perks!

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  75. Jennifer Gilbert

    My fav way of enjoying Choco at Christmas is in excess. Would love to win this!

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  76. Louise A

    Pure decadence, I enjoy eating chocolate with hot chocolate complete with whipped cream!

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  77. Lora

    my favourite way is to buy a reduced advent calendar a week into December and scoff the first lot in one go 🙂 Then chocolate every morning after that – December is the only time of year you can eat chocolates in the morning

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  78. Georgia McAllister

    We share our chocolates in the evening when we’ve recovered from Christmas dinner.

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  79. Paula Harvey

    We love to eat chocolate for tea instead of proper grub! Also if there is chocolate left once the kids go back to school I melt it down and turn it into Crispie Cakes or Brownies and pop them in their lunch boxes!

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  80. sarah

    when we melt it and make our own chocolates, love scraping the last of the melted choc out n eating it.

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  81. Kelly Hooper

    Our chocolate tin goes out on the first of december and we all have a few as and when we want

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  82. Lisa Wilkinson

    I love the chocolates you hang on the tree. Usually they’re all gone by Christmas day.

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  83. Marrian

    My favourite way to enjoy chocolate at Christmas is by having lots of it! 😀

    As much as I prefer higher quality chocolate like Hotel Chocolat, I also do like the ‘cheap’ chocolate you get at Christmas.

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  84. natalie holland

    We always have a chocolate themed dessert at christmas. Last year, it was a chocolate torte. The year before, chocolate cheesecake. Before that – chocolate bread and butter pudding!
    Aside from that I love a box of chocolates after the big meal – after cheese, with coffee.

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  85. Liv B

    My favourite way of enjoying chocolates at christmas is after dinner during a film with a strong cup of coffee. Perfect!

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  86. elizabeth ferguson

    I choose a selection of chocolates (depending on what I have in the house/ gifts received) and stick them on a table in the living room for all to share 🙂

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  87. Katherine Davy

    Going for a bracing post-dinner walk on the beach with pockets stuffed full of chocolates -just to keep one’s strength up, you understand!

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  88. Heidi Brown

    i like to scoff it, i am sorry, i would love to savour it but in our house its snooze you loose!

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  89. chirag p

    getting time to myself then hogging a tub to myself and choosing the good ones. When asked a bemused face appears

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  90. saz

    I eat tins of chocolate on christmas day plus a huge box of chocolate liqures and chocolate in the pudding i make diffrent puddings each christmas but always add chocolate to them plus mint matchsticks that i get in my stocking filler.

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