Here at House of Coco, you’d be forgiven for confusing our title with the luxurious Hotel Chocolat, but there’s so much more that makes a name. From their delectable Easter Eggs to being known for their sustainable plantations, we’ve never really met anyone with a bad word to say about this brand. This is especially true for our #TeamCoco girl Jenna who insists on their birthday Sleekster as a gift every single year. With their brand new experiences launching, it was time to see how this well established chocolatier brings the process to life. With a mix of Prosecco, Cocoa Beans and a whole lot of expertise, she was in for a treat.

“With the promise of bubbles and chocolate Cocktails, It’s no surprise that I already had one foot in an Uber when this invite hit our inbox. Hotel Chocolat has been a favourite of mine for many years, as they just seem to get it right over and over again. You would never catch me eating a full box of Cadbury Milk Tray, but a full mixed box of Hotel Chocolat’s finest? Under an hour is my personal best. With inventive flavours such as Mojito, Eton Mess & Apple Strudel they don’t seem to mess around with basic choices and neither do I. That’s another reason why this event caught my eye as they seem to have brought the ancient Chocolate method to life but with a not surprising high-end twist. Here’s my low down on the most scrumptious experiences for any occasion all courtesy of Hotel Chocolat’s inventive new offering…

If you’re looking after your friends Kids but can give them back after
A decorating adventure ­– Children’s Chocolate Workshop

£20pp for one hour

Cocoa Vaults, Covent Garden & Roast+Conch, Leeds

Maybe not one for your own offspring as the sugar rush is going to be REAL. This experience is a fun way to learn about the history of cocoa and how the beans are transformed into chocolate. Hotel Chocolat’s friendly, expert chocolatiers share tips on decorating, and then they let the kids go wild to create their own chocolate masterpiece to take home. I made a slightly amateur #TeamCoco chocolate bar on my visit and I think the kids there actually put me to shame!

If you want to get those Aphrodisiacs going on Date Night
Your Chocolate Tasting Adventure

£50pp for two hours and a goody bag to take home

Cocoa Vaults, Covent Garden & Roast+Conch, Leeds

It’s a known fact that good quality Cocoa can get your endorphins and your blood pumping, so this experience is a great little rendezvous idea. Have you ever wanted to explain how chocolate tastes? Was the ‘terroir’ the source of those smoky notes? What happens to chocolate that isn’t properly ‘conched’? Get an insider’s view from their expert chocolatiers, and sample a good selection whilst hopefully impressing your date. Learn how to explain taste like a chocolatier whilst you sip on a glass of their Prosecco Superiore – what could be better?

If you’re bored of the usual ‘Mix & Mingles’
The Chocolate Lock-In

£10pp for 45 minutes

Most Hotel Chocolat locations

If you’re so over the usual networking events, grab your work pals and leave the office for one to remember. As one of just 10 VIP attendees, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Prosecco before mingling with other guests over a chocolate tasting, sometimes with a sexy little pairing. The store team will be on hand to answer your questions during the 45-minute event, as well as giving you your Secret Cards, which entitle you to your £10 ticket price back off anything you purchase on the night. If you’re lucky, the team may have a little something extra waiting in the wings for you as well – but you’ll have to come along to find out what it could be…

Each date has it’s own theme so be sure to catch the one you fancy:

26 July – Best Whites
9 August – Mellow Milkiness
23 August – Summer Fruits
6 September – Cakes and Bakes
27 September – The Darker the Better
11 October – Truffle Tasting
25 October – Caramel Six Ways
8 November – Dairy-free Delights

If you want to impress the family with your chocolatier skills
Bean to Bar Experience

£65pp for 90 minutes and a goody bag to take home

Cocoa Vaults, Covent Garden
Rabot 1745, Borough Market
Lion Yard, Cambridge
Chocolate Metropolis, Leeds

This really is exactly what it says on the tin, you take some raw cocoa beans and genuinely make your own bar of chocolate. Learn from Hotel Chocolat’s skilled chocolatiers whilst watching how ‘tempering’ perfects chocolate whilst sipping on their very own Prosecco Superiore. You’ll learn from the experts what it takes to transform roasted cocoa beans into your very own chocolate bar. Trust me, you’ll have arm ache and be more than ready to devour it once you’re done!”


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Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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