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Win a Mint Chocolate Selection from Beech’s Fine Chocolates worth £20

With Christmas just around the corner, there are certain things on everyone’s shopping lists – mince pies, Christmas pudding, a bottle of sherry for Gran, not forgetting a box or two of after dinner mints. For us, a box of mint chocolates are an essential on Christmas Day, but with my mint chocolate loving husband we often have a box of his favourites in the house for him to nibble on after dinner.

Back in May we reviewed some delicious chocolates from Beech’s Fine Chocolates, amongst the selection we sampled were their Original Dark Chocolate Mint Creams which were about the best mint chocolates I’d ever tasted. Smooth dark chocolate and a vibrant minty cream centre. They’re top of our after dinner list now.

Beech's Fine Chocolates

Beech’s Fine Chocolates have been making quality traditional British chocolates in Preston, Lancashire since 1920. They use 100% natural ingredients, and all of their products are gluten free and many are suitable for Vegans. I have a lot of love for Beech’s Fine Chocolates, they make great gifts and they are really good quality. 

I am delighted to be able to offer my blog readers the chance to win a mint chocolate selection from Beech’s Fine Chocolates worth just over £20. The selection includes – 

  • After Dinner Mint Creams 150g, £4.99
  • After Dinner Mint Crisps 150g, £3.99
  • Dark Chocolate Mint Creams 90g, £2.99
  • NEW Luxury After Dinner Mints 130g, £3.99
  • NEW Dark Chocolate Mint Bar 60g, £1.75
  • Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mint Thins, £4.99

For more information about Beech’s Fine Chocolates or to place an order, visit their website – you won’t regret it!

WIN A MINT CHOCOLATE SELECTION FROM BEECH'S FINE CHOCOLATES WORTH £20

Win a Mint Chocolate Selection from Beech’s Fine Chocolates worth £20

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5. The winner will receive a Mint Chocolate Selection from Beech’s Fine Chocolates worth £20.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 11th December 2016.
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Review: Beech’s Fine Chocolates

Last year I reviewed some Beech’s Fine Chocolates Easter chocolate treats and developed a very soft spot for this local company producing excellent chocolates. Beech’s Fine Chocolates have been making traditional British chocolates in Preston, Lancashire since 1920. They were kind enough to send me some of their new range of chocolates to try out.

First of all I loved the colourful statement packaging. I really like how colourful and fun they are, each box has a bold pattern which really makes them stand out from the crowd and all the packaging is recyclable. Beech’s Fine Chocolates are made using 100% natural ingredients and all products are gluten free and many are suitable for Vegans. 

After dinner we opened the Original Dark Chocolate Fruit Creams which are made to a traditional recipe using natural fruit oils.  This 150g box contains a selection of  orange, lime, raspberry & lemon cream centres which are covered in dark chocolate.  They boys liked these best, I’m not usually a fan of fruit creams, I often find them a bit sickly, but I liked these, they weren’t too sweet and I very much liked the lime flavour. There were 14 chocolates in this attractive box which retails for £4.75, they are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.  

Beech's Fine Chocolates

In another beautiful box were the Milk Chocolate Covered Dairy Fudge. I’m a bit of a lover of dairy fudge, it’s sweet but not as sweet as the crumbly bags of fudge you get at the seaside. This 100g box does not disappoint and I was a bit reluctant to share. Each box of the Milk Chocolate Covered Dairy Fudge contains 9 chocolates and retails as £2.99. This product is also gluten free.

Beech's Fine Chocolates

Hubs loves mint chocolates, so he opened the Original Dark Chocolate Mint Creams and gave his approval. He liked the smooth dark chocolate and the mint cream which he thought wasn’t too sweet. The 150g box contained 14 of these lovely minty chocolates which are made using English Mitcham Mint oil, which is grown in Hampshire. The mint creams are suitable for vegans and vegetarians and are gluten free.

Beech's Fine Chocolates

I have to confess that I wasn’t really looking forward to the last box of chocolates we tried. Milk Chocolate Coconut Macaroons, I’m not usually a fan of coconut and wouldn’t pick a Bounty out of the selection box, but these were hands down my favourite chocolate of the selection. Lovely milk chocolate and hand-shredded coconut all mixed up together and made into a lovely bite-size macaroon (not a trendy macaron). Apparently these were very popular in the 80s and 90s and they’ve brought them back and I hope they stay!

They cost £2.99 for 9 chocolates and I adored these, perhaps a bit too much. Even if you’re a bit uncertain about coconut I’d say give these a try, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Beech's Fine Chocolates

It’s nice to see Beech’s Fine Chocolates bringing out a new range and reinventing some of their old favourites. They’re a lovely, good quality chocolate and they are good value without looking or tasting cheap. They always have offers on their website, so it’s worth checking out especially if you’re buying a few boxes. I’m very happy to buy Beech’s because they’re fairly local to me and delicious too.

 

Baking with Beechs Fine Chocolates Plus Review

There are grim scenes in our house at the moment. Husband and I are trying the 5:2 diet which basically means for two days a week we forgo any food based joy and eat dust, lettuce and dust. Anyway it’s starting to work which is a great thing, especially for my endurance event in training husband. The 5:2 diet does mean that for five whole, blissful days each week we can eat whatever we want (though seven trifles in a sitting is frowned upon apparently). It was with some considerable delight (and woe, they arrived on a fast day) that we received a selection of Beechs Fine Chocolates to try in time for Easter.

Beechs Chocolates

We were sent two of their many flavours of chocolate thins, mint and ginger as well as some chocolate fondant bunnies for the small boy to have for Easter.

Beechs Chocolates

The thins are lovely thin disks of  chocolate, meant for after dinner but actually eaten before, during and after our dinner because they were amazing. Husband is a real lover of mint chocolate and he was blown away by them, saying they were seriously good (praise indeed from him). He tried the ginger and said they were the best ginger chocolates he’s ever had.

I loved both the mint and the ginger, they packed just the right amount of flavour and would be perfect for offering around with coffee after a lovely dinner with friends.

Each packet contains 20 thins and costs £4.99 a box, the chocolate is very rich and unless you’re a glutton (looks at hubs) then one or two thins are plenty to satisfy any chocolate craving. I always find that with good quality dark chocolate a little goes a long way, which is great if you’re trying to drop a couple of pounds.

There are four different kinds of thins available from Beechs Chocolates, these are Milk Chocolate Anglesey Sea Salt Thins, Dark Chocolate After Dinner Ginger Thins, Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mint Thins and Dark Chocolate Lime & Chilli Thins.

We were sent two boxes of  the Beechs Chocolates Bunny Family for the small boy to try. These are priced at £2.99 a box and contain ten different chocolate bunnies filled with fondant, though you can also get caramel bunnies too.

The bunnies were very popular, seriously cute and a nice chocolate nibble, the bunny shapes make them perfect for an Easter treat. The small boy loved them and somehow we managed to make the box last a couple of days, but only because I managed to hide them.

On Friday afternoons the small boy and I like to bake something, usually a cake to offer any visitors over the weekend. We decided to make a chocolate sponge cake and as an experiment we added some Beechs Chocolates Ginger Thins to the cake, it was delicious, so I’ve decided to share the recipe.

Beechs Chocolate

Chocolate & Ginger Sponge Cake

Ingredients:
4oz sugar
4oz butter or margarine (I used stork)
2 eggs
4oz self raising flour
2 dessert spoons of chocolate powder
3 Beechs Chocolate Ginger Thins
splash of milk if needed

Method:
1. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Stir in the eggs.
2. Add the chocolate powder and combine, then sift in the flour and stir through. If the cake batter is too thick (which it might be a little) add a drop of milk until it is the right consistency.
3. Put mixture into a lined loaf tin and put the thins half way into the cake at regular intervals (see picture).
4. Bake in pre-heated oven at 190 degrees for 30 minutes.
5. Leave to cool and then try not to eat it all in one go.

It’s utterly delicious on its own, but would be lovely slightly warm with a scoop of ice cream. The chocolate thins impart a deliciously subtle flavour of ginger into the cake. Definitely something we’ll be baking again.

Beechs Fine Chocolates get the thumbs up from us, I’ll be looking out for them in the future, they’re seriously delicious British made chocolates, perfect for after dinner and equally great to bake with, and what’s more hard to please hubs loves them.

Note: We were sent a selection of chocolate thins and bunnies from Beechs Chocolates free of charge for review purposes, all images and opinions are our own.