There’s something rather wonderful about the aroma that wafts out from a good box of chocolates when you lift the lid off. Hotel Chocolat never fails to disappoint in this regard. This beautiful gold box, embossed with coppery gold oak leaves and acorns, is the Autumn Sleekster. It’s just made its way onto the shelves in time to help us through the shortening days. The Autumn Sleekster contains 27 chocolates with the comforting tastes of mellow fruitfulness. I found walnuts, crumble, pecan pie and banana bread. As always with Hotel Chocolat, there are new chocolates to get excited about amongst some familiar favourites. Salted caramel is my top chocolate and the one I will always hunt for first. Thankfully it’s not been forgotten here. No good chocolate selection box is complete without at least one, I reckon. This autumn sleekster not only has two salted caramel pecan pies, but also two salted caramel vodka chocolates. Oh joy!
The salted caramel vodka is warming and sumptuous and the flavours linger on for some time after eating. This makes for a particularly satisfying experience. I was delighted to find an autumnal apple crumble. You really can’t have a self-respecting autumn collection without one of those. It may be a little different from the blackberry and apple crumble I recently posted, but you definitely know what you’re getting. Tart apple alongside spiced caramel sits in a dark chocolate cup with a little crunchy crumble on the top. I was a little surprised to find that the Banana Bread was one of my favourites. Banana bread is lovely of course, but you don’t expect it to feature in a box of chocolates. It has crunchy walnuts and hazelnuts with banana and just a hint of cinnamon in a milk chocolate shell. For CT, who is rather fond of coffee flavoured chocolates, there were a couple of Tiramisu which kept him happy for a while. With a choice of whipped mousse, chewy florentine, marzipan, pralines and dark chocolate, to mention but a few, there is something to suit every palette.
The colours of the chocolates are mostly dark oranges and tans to reflect the seasonal colour, as is the box, which is why I find it so appealing; I think I’ll have to keep it. The nuts, spices, alcohol and general warm coziness found in the chocolates make this a box to dip into after a bracing walk through the autumn leaves. Snuggle up and enjoy. Sorry Denmark, but who needs hygge?
The Autumn Sleekster is available at Hotel Chocolat retail outlets or online. It retails at £22.50.
I was sent the Hotel Chocolat Autumn Sleekster for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own.
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