Chocolate Eggs for Easter

So I realised the other day that I haven’t ever really done any Easter content so I decided to change that by eating way too much chocolate and feeling ashamed…and a little bit sick. You know, typical Easter stuff. So for this piece I tried not one, not two but five chocolate eggs. Now to be clear I don’t mean Easter eggs in the conventional sense, it’s not a large hollow chocolate shell in the shape of an egg, but rather a small chocolate confection, also in the shape of an egg. These confections each have a filling and I’m sharing below what I thought of each of them. 

Cadbury Creme Egg
A product of Cadbury (a subsidiary of Mondelez International) that has been produced since 1963, with annual sales in excess of 200 million, between New Years and Easter. I have always loved Creme Eggs, I was always tickled by the fact that the inside fondant layers mirrored the yolk of an actual egg. Anyway, I’m led to believe that a lot of people think these are sickly sweet, and that they are a once in a while type snack, but I honestly love them. I could eat one every day…although I do not recommend that. It has a delicate flavour balance between the chocolate outer shell and the rich, sweet inner core. It’s so good and there’s not really anything else like it. 

Cadbury Caramel Egg
As the name suggests, this is also made by Cadbury, the same people that make the delectable Creme Egg, and was launched in 1994, but despite being a very similar concept, it is a remarkably different beast. So first off, the chocolate is solid, specifically in terms of quality, not in thickness. Speaking of which though, It’s all very well balanced, not too thick, and not too thin. Okay so now the inner core, the Caramel is very heavy on the palate, it’s sweet but for me at least, borders on being cloying and too thick. With the Caramel chocolate bar made by Cadbury you have a thin layer of Caramel, sandwiched between layers of creamy milk chocolate, but with the egg, it’s perhaps too much Caramel all at once. I think compared to the Creme Egg, this is far more of a once in a while treat, but it’s one that’s very tasty. 

Cadbury Oreo Egg
Another Entry on this list from Cadbury, and one which exists thanks to their joint ownership by Mondelez International, who have also owned Nabisco (the company which originally made Oreos) since 2012. Now this is a really interesting idea, and I think that in principle the Oreo Filling and the crumbly biscuit work really well together as a filling for the egg. However unfortunately for me at least, the execution wasn’t the best. The filling ends up as mostly solid, far too thick and dense to really be enjoyed. It becomes a little overwhelming and confusing on the palate. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it, but I feel like it puts two amazing elements together, and they don’t really serve to heighten one another. I said very much the same about the Famous Grouse Truffle Bar, which you can read about here

Hershey’s Cookies & Creme Egg
So as the name suggests this is a product from The Hershey Company, which is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. So while it’s slightly chalky because of the biscuit mix, it’s still very creamy and sweet. This is different to the other entries on this list because rather than being an outer shell of milk chocolate it appears instead to be an outer shell of cookies and creme, which blends into an inner layer of the same, but with a different consistency. I actually found the consistency to be very appealing, and overall it’s sweet and moreish, but I could easily see people finding it too sweet. 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Creme Egg
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a corollary product of The H.B. Reese Candy Company, which is itself a subsidiary of The Hershey Company. I found the chocolate to be much thinner than the other eggs but it works really well. The peanut butter is really rich and salty and thick without being overwhelming, and it blends together really well with the chocolate to create something smooth and creamy and incredibly moreish.

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