Usually my mum and I treat ourselves to a Hotel Chocolat egg for Easter, but this year we thought we'd also give their Easter Sleekster a go.
It came an an elegantly decorated box that tempted us for two weeks before Easter Sunday came along. We shared them out between family around the table, after dinner, and reception was mixed - although mostly positive.
Removing the box revealed ten different truffles, of which there were three of each, meaning no one missed out on one they wanted to try.
The selection was divided into egglets and bow tie bunnies, create a cute theme that both adults and children can enjoy (there are a couple of alcoholic ones, so make sure you check before giving them to kids).
As you can see from the picture, we like to score our chocolates, so going from best to worst, I'll start off with the mandarin and olive oil egglet. While some might cringe at the thought of olive oil in chocolate, it works like a dream, especially when mixed with the citrusy flavour of the mandarin. I gave it a ten, but Mum wasn't so keen. Perhaps it is an acquired taste.
My dad and Gramps both scored the Easter Bunny Cocktail a nine; a boozy treat of vodka, Crème de Cacao, and cherry brandy. My nine went to the caramel bow tie bunny, which was lovely and mellow.
Respectable eights went to Irish coffee liqueur, salted caramel, and nutty caramel. The former was dark and bitter, the latter had sweet pecan notes, and the salted caramel had that jen es sais quoi.
The rest were somewhat under whelming and all too sweet. Among these were the white bow tie praline bunny, dark orange bow tie bunny, raspberry zinger, and apricot ganache.