Tried & Tested: 12 of this Easter's best eggs
If it’s your turn to play Easter Bunny, rest easy. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Brampton’s Food Marketing Experts to put a clutch of this year’s eggs to the taste test. Here’s a dozen of the best
Harry Specters Caramel Egg, £13, The Grafton, Cambridge, harryschocs.co.uk
On the outside: The box is very elegant and, through a cello window, you can spy the gorgeously shiny, artfully swirled egg inside. The box also reminds us that Harry Specters, based in Ely, is more than a brilliant chocolate brand: it’s a social enterprise which creates employment for people with autism.
On the inside: The main body of the egg is caramel-flavoured chocolate and it’s decorated with swizzles of white. It’s almost a shame to smash it. . .
Taste: If you’re a caramel fan, stop what you’re doing immediately and *order this egg*. The quality is top-notch: it’s melt-in-the-mouth creamy and the caramel/chocolate perfectly balanced.
Value: It’s worth every penny. Plus you know your purchase is supporting a great cause.
Best for: Anyone with a soft spot for caramel.
Chocolat Chocolat Small Adult’s Hand-filled Milk Chocolate Egg, £13.95, Chocolat Chocolat, Grand Arcade, Cambridge and chocolatchocolat.co.uk
On the outside: Inspired by the packaging in Parisian chocolateries, the presentation of Chocolat Chocolat’s delicacies can’t be beaten. Wrapped by hand in ribbon-tied cellophane, finished with a dinky wooden peg in the shape of an Easter egg, this egg is no exception.
On the inside: The halves of the egg divide to reveal a plump bag of Chocolat Chocolat’s signature pralines, all in sweet Easter shapes.
Taste: The milk egg is excellent, but it’s the creamy, chocolatey, nutty pralines you’ll be fighting over; sink your teeth into one and we guarantee you’ll want a second. Immediately.
Value: Exceptional. Divine egg, divine pralines, all divinely hand-packaged.
Best for: Real chocolate fans, particularly if they’re partial to a praline.
Bettys Milk Chocolate Buttons Egg, £12.50, bettys.co.uk
On the outside: Showcased in a beribboned cellophane bag, the milk shell is decorated with solid chocolate buttons, cast in the prettiest pastel colours, and swirls of white piping. It’s both classic and cute, too.
On the inside: The shell is empty but satisfyingly thick. Plus you’ve got the buttons.
Taste: Ohhhh, it’s good. Rich, silky smooth and dangerously delicious, you could easily eat the lot in one sitting. The quality of the chocolate - Bettys only use the best Swiss stuff - shines through.
Value: For chocolate of this quality, exquisitely decorated by hand, it’s cheap at the price.
Best for: Creamy enough for a child’s palate, complex enough for a grown-up’s. Either way, don’t expect the recipient to share.
Happi Oat Milk Chocolate Easter Egg in Salted Caramel, £10, happifreefrom.com
On the outside: Housed in a bold, bright cardboard box, decorated with a jaunty smiling egg, it’s Happi by name and happy by nature.
On the inside: Again, this egg is an empty shell - but that’s no hardship. The sweet/salty smell which wafts out when you open the inner bag is enough to get you salivating.
Taste: Remarkable. Among the best dairy-free milk chocolates we’ve tried, it’s seriously smooth, seriously creamy and chock-full of both cocoa and salted caramel flavours.
Value: Buy a mixed pack of three eggs - as well as Salted Caramel, Happi makes Plain Milk and Orange, too - for £22 and you save almost a third.
Best for: Yes, it’s ideal for the vegans in your life. But, delivering on its brand slogan - ‘all the ooooo without the moo’ - this dairy-free egg is so scrumptious, anyone would want to scoff it.
Montezuma’s Plucky Dark Chocolate Chick with Buttons, £6, montezumas.co.uk
On the outside: The traditional - and 100% recyclable - rectangular packaging is printed with cute pictures of just-hatched chicks. A clear window which showcases the dark chocolate chick inside.
On the inside: A hollow, dark, organic chocolate chick, plus a packet of dark chocolate buttons.
Taste: Containing 74% cocoa solids, the chocolate is rich, dark and strong in flavour. It’s delicious if you love dark chocolate.
Value: There are cheaper eggs out there but, if you’re looking for a great-quality, excellent-value, vegan chocolate egg then this is the one for you.
Best for: It’s on the small side, so perfect for children or anyone watching their sugar consumption!
La Petite Maison Handmade White Chocolate Egg, £18 to include First Class Royal Mail delivery, La Petite Maison, Cambridge, lapetitemaisonuk.com
On the outside: It’s absolutely exquisite. Showcased in a clear, beribboned box, the egg is painted in polka-dotted primrose yellow cocoa butter and, evidently expertly tempered, its shell is seriously shiny.
On the inside: The egg cracks to reveal a generous filling of pistachios, roasted and coated in caramelised white chocolate.
Taste: The white chocolate is next-level - silky, creamy, addictive - and the toffee-meets-nutty pistachios so scrumptious, you have to resist scarfing the lot in a single sitting.
Value: Anna, brains behind La Petite Maison, is a brilliant chocolatiere: not only is she very skilled, her flair for flavour is unrivalled. Anything she makes is cheap at the price.
Best for: Any white chocolate lover. It’s a stunner.
The Solid Chocolate Company Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Egg, £26.99, solidchocolateco.com
On the outside: The box is an unusual pyramid shape, featuring luxury gold graphics and a clear window which shows off the solid egg inside.
On the inside: 750g of solid, high-quality Belgian chocolate presented in 42 pre-cut bite-sized pieces, making it easy to grab a chunk. It also makes the egg last a lot longer... in theory!
Taste: Not as sweet as some other brands of chocolate, it delivers a strong hit of cocoa (35%) without any bitter aftertaste.
Value: Definitely more expensive than some of the High Street brands, but the amount and quality of the chocolate, paired with the innovative packaging and presentation, dictate that this Easter egg is a cut above the rest.
Best for: A true chocolate connoisseur. The ease of portion control is likely to appeal to women, providing an indulgent treat for Easter and beyond.
Chocolat Chocolat Children’s Hand-filled Milk Chocolate Egg, £9.50, Chocolat Chocolat, Grand Arcade, Cambridge and chocolatchocolat.co.uk
On the outside: Hand-decorated as well as filled, this egg is topped with a sweet, smiling, solid chocolate chick, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow.
On the inside: The milk chocolate egg cracks to reveal a pouch of chocolates in the shape of eggs and ducklings.
Taste: The super-creamy 32% milk shell is a real winner with little taste-testers, as are the praline-filled shapes (which - parents take note - are seriously worth snaffling when backs are turned).
Value: For this amount and quality of chocolate? You won’t get better for £9.50.
Best for: The little people in your life.
Booja-Booja Champagne Truffle Easter Egg, £29.99, amazon.co.uk
On the outside: Booja-Booja is famous for its stunning packaging, and this ornately decorated egg-shaped box is a keeper which you’ll be refilling for years to come.
On the inside: 150g of champagne truffles which are organic, vegan and free from dairy, gluten and soya.
Taste: The truffles are unbelievably delicious; among the best we’ve ever tasted.
Value: It’s the most expensive Easter gift on our list. But the keepsake packaging and truly luxurious truffles inside make it worth the extra.
Best for: This is an egg you give to someone very special. The fact it’s suitable for people with dietary restrictions is great, too.
Joe & Seph's Chocolate Popcorn Easter Egg, £12, joeandsephs.co.uk
On the outside: The packaging is to the normal high standard we have come to expect from this brand, but the best part was in the tasting.
On the inside: Accompanying the egg was a small bag of Joe & Seph's chocolate popcorn bites; if you haven't already tried these, we can highly recommend them!
Taste: The chocolate egg was impressively smooth and velvety and, better still, it was encrusted with their famous salted caramel popcorn, always a winning combination in my opinion!
Value: Based on the quality and flavour I would say that £12 is a fair price for the Chocolate Popcorn Easter Egg.
Best for: It will be an egg that is enjoyed by chocolate lovers across all generations.
The Chocolate Society Mixed Chocolate Mini Eggs, from £9.50 for 150g, chocolate.co.uk
On the outside: Beautifully packaged in a branded box with hand-tied ribbon.
On the inside: A box of miniature eggs, filled with a mixture of truffles and pralines.
Taste: Amazing! The eggs come in white, milk and dark chocolate with a range of fillings, so there’s something to suit everyone. The light green pralines were a particular crowd-pleaser.
Value: Good: the size of box and selection of chocolate inside are generous.
Best for: A couple: it’s perfect for sharing.
Buttermilk Zingy Orange Crisp Choccy Egg & Soldier, £6, Sainsbury’s and Tesco
On the outside: Its speckled shell visible through a shaped window, this egg comes in a colourful cardboard box - Buttermilk has pledged to make all its packaging plastic-free from this year - which would brighten any Easter basket.
On the inside: A new recipe from the great British confectionery brand, which has been making sweet treats since the 60s, both the chocolate orange egg and its accompanying ‘soldier’ bar are plant-based and certified vegan.
Taste: A smooth, chocolatey, orangey shell studded with crunchy orange caramel flakes, the texture combo and flavour profile is gorgeous.
Value: It’s beautifully made and presented, tastes great and the portion’s generous too. For £6? It’s a snip!
Best for: For any fan of orange chocolate - particularly those who may have struggled to find a genuinely good dairy-free version - this egg’s a cracker.
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