Taste test: which Easter eggs and hot cross buns should you buy?

Pierre Marcolini easter mystere eggs

Pierre Marcolini Easter 2018 collection; photograph: Pierre Marcolini

 


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Milk chocolate bunnies

Easter taste test

Choceur Chocolate Bunny
100g, 79p, aldi.co.uk
A bit of depth, more of a toffee flavour… caramel that’s been taken a bit further. Sweet without being too creamy.
★★★★

Taste the Difference Swiss Chocolate Bunnies
440g, £6, sainsburys.co.uk
I feel sympathetic towards this bunny, it looks like a mother bunny. Quite thick chocolate, unexpectedly. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have much flavour at all.
★★★

Fortnum & Mason Bunny in a Box
100g, £15.95, fortnumandmason.com
Shinier than the others. The design gives it more personality. You can hear the snap. A very unusual flavour.
★★★

Marks & Spencer Beatrice Bunny Hollow Swiss Milk Chocolate
170g, £5, marksandspencer.com
It has a pleasant caramel flavour. It’s a little bit chalky but the finish is quite creamy.
★★

Kids’ milk chocolate eggs

Easter taste test

Montezuma’s Organic Milk Chocolate with Butterscotch Eco Egg
150g, £8.99, montezumas.co.uk
Butterscotch bits… that adds nice texture and interest. Mmm, it’s got a slightly salty character that breaks up the monotonous sweetness.
★★★

Co-op Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownie Eg
200g, £5, co-operativefood.co.uk
The whole thing smells of fudge, which may appeal to some. The chocolate is thick and creamy.
★★★

Asda Smash Egg
330g, £5, asda.com
No shine, no snap. The small eggs inside have a thin crisp shell. I probably wouldn’t eat the egg but these are fun.
★★

Holdsworth
Hoppy Happy Easter Egg
200g, £9.99, selfridges.com
I don’t like the buttons on the side, chalky and extremely sweet. The egg has a nice sheen… a slight smoky flavour. ★

Praline eggs

Easter taste test

Rococo Praline Quail Eggs
200g, £10.95, rococochocolates.com
Good quality. You’ve got hard candy, then a darker layer and the praline inside. I really love the layers.
★★★★

Waitrose Easter Praline Eggs
175g, £5, waitrose.com
The shell is really light, perfect. Very, very sweet. You can definitely tell its a praline, there’s a nutty flavour.
★★★

Fortnum & Mason Six Golden Praline Eggs
300g, £25, fortnumandmason.com
I don’t like this gold… it’s kind of neon. Very heavy. It’s a proper egg shell! Gosh, extremely sweet, soft chocolate… sickly actually. Difficult to eat. Style over substance.
★★

Hotel Chocolat Elizapeck Milk Praline Eggs
75g, £6, hotelchocolat.com
The chocolate is chalky and the shell isn’t satisfying. No shine. Doesn’t look appealing, tastes of nothing.
★★

Dark chocolate eggs

Easter taste test

Rococo Dark Chocolate Floral Egg
65%, 220g, £26.25, rococochocolates.com
Nice, satisfying snap. Quite acidic and fruity, not unpleasant… berry notes. The chocolate is good quality. I don’t like the plastic packaging inside, it feels inorganic somehow.
★★★★

Waitrose 1 Dark Chocolate Easter Egg
65%, 240g, £10, waitrose.com
It feels a bit intimidating… it looks like the Gherkin. It doesn’t snap as well as you might think. Fruity and coffee-ish in flavour.
★★★★

Marks & Spencer Single Origin Dark Chocolate Cocoa Pod
72%, 180g, £10, marksandspencer.com
The design is beautiful. Not overly thick. It’s got a bitter note. I can tell it is higher than 70% – a very adult taste.
★★★

Tesco Finest Dark Chocolate Egg
70%, 165g, £5, tesco.com
It’s OK. Quite thin. Good snap. Coffee-ish. Easy to eat but not much complexity. Smells like new shoes.
★★★

Luxury eggs

Easter taste test

Choc on Choc Belgian Chocolate Giant Ostrich Egg
350g, £25, choconchoc.co.uk
It’s only half an egg. No shine, incredibly hard to break. Melts well on the tongue, pleasant… a bit oaky.
★★★

Chococo Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Filled Egg
250g, £18, chococo.co.uk
Tastes like a children’s hot chocolate drink. The outside looks cheap, the inside very elegant.
★★★

Waitrose Chocolate Marble Egg
500g, £15, waitrose.com
I don’t like big eggs, I don’t get the point, but I suppose if you’re sharing it… Quite chalky. It’s doesn’t taste of anything except sweetness…. A little cocoa flavour at the end now.
★★

Pierre Marcolini Milk Chocolate Mystery Egg
250g, £45, uk.marcolini.com
Lovely gloss. The darker praline tastes quite nice but the aftertaste of this one is awful. Not executed well.
★★

Hot cross buns

Easter taste test

Morrisons The Best Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns
4, £1, morrisons.com
A lovely glazed top. Loads of fruit, making it more like a teacake. Very sweet, could have been moderated by a bit more spice. A lingering aftertaste, almost like burnt toffee.
★★★

Marks & Spencer Luxury Hot Cross Buns
4, £1.70, marksandspencer.com
Looks pale and tastes like bread with fruit. It doesn’t have the spice.
★★★

Asda Extra Special Hot Cross Buns
4, £1.20, asda.com
It’s flat and dull. A reasonable amount of fruit and spice. Nice close-textured crumb but, alas, very dry to taste.|
★★

Tesco Finest Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns
4, £1.50, tesco.com
It feels very doughy. It has good flavour but the texture is heavy.
★★

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