Taste test: the best chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns



Hotel Chocolate Extra-Thick Milk Chocolate Easter Egg 2019 edition

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Cocoa Loco Thumpingly Chocolatey Marbled Rabbit
200g, £9.95, abelandcole.co.uk
Like something an old lady would have on her fireplace. Beautiful chocolate. This is the one I would buy.

Sainsbury’s Nibbles Milk Chocolate Bunny
150g, £2.75, sainsburys.co.uk
It’s got some character, that’s a lovely smile. Standard milk chocolate, nothing particularly special. Maybe a bit grainy, not super smooth. It’s cute, a kid’s gonna like that.

Waitrose Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny
120g, £5, waitrose.com
It’s a little bit less friendly. Milky, creamy, sweet. Maybe not for a child. My boyfriend would probably like it … it’s a cool bunny, interesting looking, not your average.

Michel Cluizel Milk Chocolate Rabbit
45g, £10, harveynichols.com
This bunny-duckling hybrid, it’s got a sweet little bottom is really smooth. It’s small, a kid might feel a bit shortchanged but I think it’s a good size for one.

Milk under £10

eggs under 10

Marks & Spencer Swiss Milk Chocolate Egg Decorated with Nibbed Hazelnuts
310g, £8, marksandspencer.com
I would prefer the hazelnuts to be dotted throughout but I like the yummy little eggs.

Selfridges Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Salted Caramel Truffles
170g, £9.99, selfridges.com
Lovely thickness. Not that much snap. I like the egg. I hate the truffles though, super sweet. The chocolates bring it down.

Montezuma’s Organic Milk Chocolate with Butterscotch Eco Easter Egg
150g, £8.99, ocado.com
I kind of like the honeycomb, but I would like less. It’s not particularly attractive. I like it but it’s very sweet.

Cocoa et Co Belgian Milk Chocolate Geometric Egg
280g, £9, sainsburys.co.uk
Space-agey. The colour’s come off on my hands. I don’t like the chocolates. I thought they would be like Rolos but they are flat tasting. Super sweet.

Novelty eggs

Novelty eggs

Moser Roth Giant Ostrich Egg
800g, £14.99, aldi.co.uk
It’s supposed to be like a white speckled chocolate, the taste is nice, but very sweet. It’s great fun. No one has ever presented me with an egg that big … it’s like a head and a half.

Divine/Joe & Seph’s Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Popcorn Easter Egg
200g, £10, ocado.com
OMG, it’s so sweet but quite addictive … really nice to have the crunch. I wish it was a bit saltier.

Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco Egg
170g, £17.50, ocado.com
It’s like when you’re a kid and you accidentally choose one with booze and you’re like “Ew, yuck”. It’s not a nice pink. The chocolate is … all OK.

Heston from Waitrose The Chocolate Teapot
320g, £20, waitrose.com
I don’t like the taste of the chocolate. What am I supposed to do with the gloves? It’s all a bit weird. Too much novelty. I feel like it’s so messy.

Luxury eggs


Hotel Chocolat Extra-Thick Milk Chocolate Easter Egg
390g, £27, hotelchocolat.com
I love the snap of the chocolate. I think the wow comes from breaking it open and stuff tumbling out. Probably all-round best flavour.

Bettys Large Milk Chocolate Spring Flowers Egg
600g, £57.50, bettys.co.uk
Very beautiful. The subtle marbling is quite lovely. A showpiece. The flowers just taste sugary.

Pierre Marcolini Big Lovely Heart Egg
500g, £49, marcolini.com
The fun factor is high. I’m not sure about the colour scheme. The inside feels very Harry Potter-y.

Venchi Chocaviar Milk Chocolate Egg
340g, £44.99, selfridges.com
It’s a nice egg, but I wouldn’t pay more than £20 for it. I don’t want to open an egg and have plastic fall out, it’s not appetising … and a metal keychain? I hate it. The chocolate is tasty.

Dairy-free eggs

free from

Asda Extra Special Free From Dairy Free Belgian Dark Chocolate Easter Egg
200g, £5, asda.com
Balanced flavour, didn’t taste free from. Not much snappability factor but it’s a nice texture.

Tesco Finest Free From Belgian Dark Chocolate Egg
200g, £5.50, tesco.com
I like the thin crunch and snap of it. It improves. I don’t like the chocolates or their filling at all, it loses a point for those.

Marks & Spencer Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg
160g, £7, marksandspencer.com
The flavour is nice but the buttons are more interesting. You can’t tell it’s free from.

Moo Free 65% Dark Dairy Free Easter Egg
160g, £7, ocado.com
I quite like the smell of the inside of it, like an old school cafe with hot chocolate and coffee on the go. It’s got a lovely snap.

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

Tesco Finest Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns
£1.50 for 4, tesco.com
There’s a lovely mix of dried fruit. It has all of the makings of a good bun. I like that the top isn’t perfect.

Co-op Irresistible Richly Fruited Hot Cross Buns
£1.25 for 4, food.coop.co.uk
Moist, doughy, bouncy, full of fruit. It’s got some different textural points – it’s a bit chewy in the corners, which I enjoy a lot.

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Fruity Hot Cross Buns
£1.25 for 4, sainsburys.co.uk
There’s something I don’t love about the smell. It’s nice and fruity but a little bit small. Better toasted, needs butter.

Waitrose 1 Perfectly Fruited Hot Cross Bun
£1.89 for 2, waitrose.com
This feels drier and harder to open up … I don’t like the dough so much, it’s not bouncy. Personally, I don’t love an overly glazed bun. This is my least favourite.

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