Happy Easter everyone! For those of you who have waited until last minute to buy your Easter eggs for the big day tomorrow, here is a run down of this year’s eggs, chocolates and treats.
Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations
The excitable child inside me couldn’t wait to try Cadbury’s marvellous creations when they first launched a couple of years ago, and each their Wonka-esque factory launches a new invention, I rush to the corner shop with my pennies. Cadbury’s have always been my go-to Easter egg. I love the simplicity of their smooth and milky chocolate, that can melt on the tongue without the interruption of decorations or pieces of nut. Plus, you can keep the chocolate bars to eat later in the week once you’ve recovered from having eaten an entire chocolate egg before breakfast. I’m a big fan of the jelly popping candy bar—a burst of fruit and a tingling on the tongue. You’ll also get their cookie nut crunch bar.
Hope & Greenwood’s Luscious Lemon Flavoured Milk Chocolate Egg
I used to watch this quirky couple on TV, concocting retro sweets and chocolates in their kitchen, so when I saw that they had launched Easter eggs, I was intrigued. Their luscious lemon egg comes with Mrs Greenwood’s classic afternoon tea sweets: Treacle Tart, Lemon Meringue and Cherry Bakewell flavours. Each one has a hopelessly chewy centre and bursts with tongue-tingling flavour. You can really taste the fresh lemon zest in the egg, and the flavour is not at all synthetic or overly sweet. I would normally expect white chocolate to be paired with lemon, but it works really well with milk chocolate too.
Guylian Luxury Milk Chocolate Egg
An egg for the grown ups, the Guylian egg is at the higher end of Easter goods, and comes complete with a box of 11 of their finest Belgian chocolate sea shell praline truffles. No complaints here.
Peanut M&Ms Easter Egg
I would never usually go for an M&M’s chocolate Easter egg. I’m a bit of a chocolate snob and to me, M&M’s don’t scream quality. I couldn’t help noticing that the M&M’s milk chocolate egg tasted curiously like Galaxy chocolate, so I did a little digging on the internet and to my surprise, Mars, Incorporated make both Galaxy and M&Ms. (I couldn’t help congratulating myself on a strong taste palette and knowledge of chocolate.) This egg may before a future favourite of mine. The chocolate is sweet and creamy, with a hint of caramel. And the folks at M&M are a generous bunch: you get a grand total of four full-sized bags of peanut M&Ms!
Monty Bojangles Button Bedazzled Hand Decorated Milk Chocolate Egg
This simply, yet beautifully hand decorated egg makes a lovely Easter gift for a friend. I love the button design and inside the tag, you can wax lyrical with a message that reads “to the desperately important… from the truly magnificent.”
Ferrero Rocher bunny
You get a lot of bang for your buck with this little bunny. It will cost you a few more pence than other chocolate bunnies, such as Lindt’s Gold Bunny, but you get a much thicker shell, crammed with hazelnut pieces and 2 solid chocolate ears. Ferrero Rocher have transformed the flavours of their classic truffles into this cute Easter treat. I also love it’s unique shape of a bunny clutching a giant hazelnut. Don’t be fooled by the small size of this treat—all those nuts make it extremely rich, so enjoy in small doses.
Marks & Spencer Easter bunny biscuits
Very cute, but not all that tasty. The biscuit is a little dry and the vanilla and raspberry icings don’t pack that much flavour. But they do make a great addition to an Easter hamper. These ones are just for the kids.
Cadbury’s Creme Egg
When the news broke that Cadbury’s could be replacing their dairy milk chocolate with standard milk chocolate for their classic Creme Eggs, my heart sank. Some may say that you can’t tell the difference, but I strongly disagree. This new chocolate is not as creamy and doesn’t melt so easily in your mouth. What’s more, of the four eggs my family bought, three of them were falling apart at the seams—the two halves don’t seem to stick together so well now. Perhaps my taste buds are getting old (at the premature age of 22), but I also find the Creme Egg far too sweet now. The thick sugary overload of the fondant filling is too much and I would much prefer a place bar of Cadbury’s chocolate. But I did love these when I was younger, so this is purely don’t to taste.
Nestlé Milkybar Mini Eggs
Not even the three year-olds in my household would eat these. Enough said.
Cadbury’s Mini Eggs
Forever a classic, everyone has their way of eating these. Do you let the sugary shell melt away on your tongue, try to flake it off, then suck the chocolate centre, or crunchy it all in one go? They are highly addictive; you’ll have polished off the whole bag before you know it. Plus, they are perfect for decorating your Easter cakes.
Lindt Mini Eggs
Giving Cadbury’s a run for their money. The Lindt eggs have no sugar shell, they are just a solid milk chocolate egg that is the perfect oval shape to let slowly melt in your mouth. I really believe that a well-shaped chocolate make it taste so much nicer. The lindt chocolate has slightly nutty background notes which I love.