The box has a sleeve which has the chocolate menu printed onto it. These are the chocolates in the Classic Christmas Selection:
Chambord Royale -A real Champagne truffle blended with black raspberry liqueur.
Christmas Mess - Fruity cranberry ganache and strawberry mousse with meringue sprinkles.
Cranberry Cup - Tangy cranberries blended in a more-cocoa white chocolate ganache.
Rum Punch -A creamy milk truffle with ginger and orange and premium Jamaican rum.
Nutmeg & Almond Praline - Almond praline flavoured with nutmeg.
White Chocolate & Vanilla Bell - Cast in creamy white chocolate with vanilla essence and seeds.
Dark Christmas Tree - Cast in smooth dark chocolate with deep aromas and punchy cocoa notes.
50% Milk Bauble - Deeply chocolaty but still milky – made with less sugar and more cocoa.
Pistachio Praline Crunch - Pistachio praline with cherry and a hint of rose and a whole pistachio nut.
Mulled Port - A warming truffle with ruby port, spiced with Pimento leaf and bitter orange.
Marzipan & Amaretto Truffle - Fine almond marzipan softened with a splash of mellow amaretto.
Caramel Supernova - A star of oozingly soft caramel paired with 70% dark chocolate.
Praline Crisp Star - A contrast of smooth, mellow praline and masses of nibbly feuilletine.
The chocolates look beautiful, with some vibrant festive colours and Christmas shapes. The flavours are all very seasonal featuring fruity cranberries, boozy port and rum, spicy nutmeg and rich marzipan. The flavour combinations are very imaginative and sophisticated, providing an exciting taste journey for discerning palates.
The textures and tastes were all very interesting and fans of Hotel Chocolat will not be disappointed by this festive selection with its combination of seasonal flavours, which are on a whole adventurous and surprising.
My favourite chocolate was the Praline Crisp Star with smooth praline and crispy feuilletine enrobed in milk chocolate and shaped like a Christmas star. It was lovely and looked beautiful. This is perhaps the most mainstream of all the chocolates in the selection, but the quality was exceptional.
The Sleekster box fits through most letterboxes so can be delivered even if no-one's home and costs £23.00. If you buy three or more seasonal Sleeksters the price is discounted to £21.00.
See more chocolate gifts from Hotel Chocolat at www.hotelchocolat.com