If the way to a woman’s heart is via the stomach, you can pretty much guess that every signpost on route will be labelled ‘chocolate’. And so, with Valentine’s day now within walking distance, it seems like a box of choccies is a sensible, if safe option as a gift for you Valentine.
But if this is the option you are taking, make sure you do it in style. And by that, I mean with one of the sumptuous collections from leading British chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat. Hotel Chocolat takes chocolate to the next level, with a range of unusual ingredients and flavours that are a gourmet’s delight.
The lovely Beau-Jane from Hotel Chocolat was kind enough to send me a box of the ‘Sleekster Valentine selection’ for me to review, and I have to say this was one of the most pleasurable reviewing experiences I have ever had. (ahem!) The selection is made up of 28 chocolates, all filled with a range of delicious fillings. The flavours, in full, are Passion Fruit Truffle, Strawberry & Rose Truffle, Triple-Layer Praline, Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Balsamic Caramel, Pink Champagne Truffle, Lemon Berry Tart, Caramel Praline, Soft Caramel, Champagne Bellini, Chilli, Ginger & Almond Praline and Creamy Raspberry Truffle.
These are chocolate treats that look amazing, and taste just as good. There is truly something for every taste. I love caramel and strawberry flavours, and so was really taken with the balsamic caramels, a sort of mini whip shaped treat, and also the pink Champagne truffles (delicious – you could really taste the Champers.) For hubby, who enjoys nutty chocolates, the praline selections were a real hit. The flavours of all the chocolates were deep, this wasn’t a hint of Champagne Bellini, but a real hit of it, making the Sleekster collection a decadent treat. I can’t help but think the recipes for these chocolates were planned with Champagne flutes and a bubble bath in mind…
Everything about this selection of chocs screams luxury, and with the beautiful box covered in über romantic images, this is truly a wonderful Valentine’s gift that is good for giving, and for sharing.