With Easter fast approaching with all of it's baking, duck roasting, ham glazing and egg hunting efforts looming on the horizon, I thought I would help out my faithful readers by sorting through the barrage of chocolate mini eggs on the market. Hence, this un-scientific, not blind and not very random taste testing.
I decided to enlist the Raz Man, Girl child, and of course myself in determining not only the best tasting egg, but the prettiest and the best value for money.
I picked three brands. Hershey Eggies. Cadbury Mini Eggs. President's Choice Brand (Not Obama...a large supermarket chain brand)
|Hershey Eggies...yellow dominant|
First up. Hersheys Eggies. $5.99 per 400g. The candy shell was nice and crisp, thicker than the other two and the chocolate heavy and dense. Good overall taste. They lost votes on the overall appearance..not as attractive as the other brands and far too many yellows and hardly any pink or blue. I'm not one for baby talk so the name "Eggies" bugged me a bit.
|Cadbury Mini Eggs..Bright and without speckles|
Next up was the Cadbury Mini Egg. $6.99 per 400g. A long time favourite of my family's, this egg has undergone some changes in the past few years. First they changed the colors, from gentle pastels to bright pastels, and then they removed the speckles. Not so "egg like" any more. I wonder if they changed the colours in the UK too. My online research shows them to be pale and speckled on the UK package.? A thin crisp shell and a smooth, creamy chocolate center. But they are the priciest at almost $7.00 a bag. I much preferred the Cadbury mini egg in it's pale version. Cadbury...quit messing with the eggs!
|President's Choice..the cheapest|
The last batch of delights were the President's Choice Brand. At $3.99 for 400g, they are a whopping $3.00 cheaper than the Cadbury and $2.00 less than Hershey. These eggs were right in the middle of the Hershey and Cadbury. More creamy than Hershey, not quite and melt in your mouth as Cadbury. Where these babies scored points is appearance. Better shape, better size, nicer colours, and above all in my opinion....they had SPECKLES.
|Top Left: President's Choice Top Right: Cabury Mini Eggs. Bottom: Hershey Eggies|
Cadbury-Most expensive, poor colors, good flavour, lacking speckles
Hershey-Middle priced, not enough variation in colours. lacking speckles
President's Choice-Far cheaper, good flavour, prettiest, Speckles.
And the Winner is President's Choice.
|All photos were taken with Rachel Ashwell's new book "Shabby Chic Inspirations" to provide color and beauty to the background...a super book and must read for lovers of the Shabby Chic look..|