The virus crisis doesn’t have to dampen our enthusiasm for Easter treats, writes Roz Crowley
Supermarkets are providing a terrific service, continuing to do deliveries, including Easter eggs.
Fortunately, we had bought our sample from the Chocolate Shop in Cork’s English Market before it closed temporarily. It’s now available online.
Exploding Tree at explodingtree.com has Fairtrade Bean to Bar eggs for local collection in Clonakilty, with bunnies and other treats online. Avoca in Dublin and Wicklow is doing a delivery service. Cinnamon Cottage in Rochestown, Cork is also delivering chocolate eggs along with readymade meals. There are others in the survey below.
Our tasting was conducted on WhatsApp, with numbered bags of each egg given to tasters through car windows. The children revelled in the diversion (as did their parents, who enjoyed the virtual 20-minute childminding).
We looked mainly at brands we hadn’t reviewed in the past, and were impressed. The usual big brands have many bargains, but we went for interesting and good quality here.
Chocolate is a treat, so we can keep leftover eggs for later to avoid putting on weight while confined. And we can still exercise.
Rich, smooth, milk chocolate appealed to tasters of all ages. Attractive, colourful patterns on eggs, some filled, some not. Available in the Lorge shop in Kenmare, from lorge.ie and from chocolate.ie.
The subtitle The Joys of Spring is apt, in this egg attractively decorated with sugar foliage, a butterfly and ladybirds. The chocolate has 35% cocoa solids which gives it enough chocolate flavour with added vanilla extract for a slightly caramel and milky flavour. Fairtrade a plus. “Tastes like Heaven” was the eight year old’s response. Made in Germany.
In an attractive pink box, the elegantly shaped hexagonally ridged egg has 40% cocoa solids and sits with six gold-coated caramels. The chocolate has lots of pure cocoa flavour with some vanilla which all tasters liked. A good buy from supermarkets. Made in Navan, Co Meath. Tops with the eight year old.
The green-tinted coating resembling a raw cocoa pod, comes from Cluizel in France and has six chocolates inside. With 65% chocolate solids, it is mildly dark and not bitter. A light, elegant, opulent chocolate that has the thickest shell of all samples. Adults liked its pure, clean taste and the idea that it’s less calorific than some others. The four year old liked it too. Buy eggs online at chocolate.ie.
Honeycomb egg speckled through this 33% milk solids chocolate egg sits on top of a decent sized bar of honeycomb chocolate for a good value buy. The taste has a more fatty feel than other samples, but the spiking with honeycomb lightens it and appealed to the children. The adults found it oversweet. Made in Co Dublin. Available in speciality shops.
With 33% cocoa solids this egg has no chocolates inside. The thick chocolate is rich and creamy with a gentle vanilla flavour. Children surprisingly found it oversweet, but liked the decent thickness. Available in supermarkets, it can be ordered online as part of a big shop.
This hollow egg with a separate bag of solid chocolates is dairy free and vegan friendly. With 45% cocoa solids, the small egg has about 7% more sugars than some other samples and a little more fats, with rice powder as an extra ingredient. None the worse for this, it has a taste of quite dark chocolate. The lively taste may be as a result of organic ingredients. In supermarkets.
This egg appears to have two thick milk and dark chocolate half shells, but in fact is predominantly dark, the lighter chocolate a coating over one half. Each type of chocolate is rich and luxuriously creamy, with 35% cocoa solids in the milk and 72% in the dark. Substantial and liked by all tasters. Made in Britain.