Saturday 16 December 2017

Put to the test: Easter eggs

It's that time again when chocolate eggs are uncovered and eaten guilt free, almost.

There is so much choice when it comes to buying Easter eggs and everyone has their own favourite chocolate, but what should you get for the kids?

We tasted Easter eggs for children, all available at supermarkets. We looked at packaging, price and taste.

Marks & Spencer the simpsons, 85g

Price: €2.99 (€35.18 / Kg)

Verdict: We had six willing tasters, and most of them thought this tasted the best. Consisting of a foil-wrapped egg in a box, there was no plastic packaging, which is good news. The packaging is clear with nice bright colours and a big picture of Homer on the front. It is the dearest of the lot, though.

Best for: Bright, tasty fun

Cadbury buttons, 172g

Price: €3.77 (€21.99 / Kg) or 3 for €5 (€9.69 / Kg) at SuperValu.

Verdict: This egg is packaged traditionally and it's full of delicious Cadbury chocolate. There is an Easter egg trail game on the back and a website listed for further Easter egg hunts. The box has information about Cadbury's commitment to reduced packaging, but this egg still comes foil-wrapped in plastic and then a box. It is the best value of all when you avail of the special offer.

Best for: Traditional taste and value

Tesco hollow choc bunny, 60g

Price: €0.90 (€15 / Kg)

Verdict: A simple small bunny in foil wrapping, it is cute in yellow, pink and white colours and comes with lots of nutritional info on the back. The chocolate is nice but tastes very sweet and sugary. It is really small but could be handy if you want to give an Easter gift to a few kids.

Best for: A small token or gifts for a few

Aldi choceur bunny, 200g

Price: €2.49 (€12.45/ Kg)

Verdict: A big bunny in clear wrapping, this one contains a mix of milk, dark and white chocolate. It is very sweet and not as nice as other Aldi chocolate offerings and we weren't crazy about the mix of chocolate flavours. This is a lot of thick chocolate, though, and joint-best price along with Lidl's bunny, when special offers aren't taken into account.

Best for: Big kids who can eat a lot of chocolate

Lidl bunny, 200g

Price: €2.49 (€12.45 /Kg)

Verdict: Another big bunny that looks similar to Aldi's one and also has a mix of milk, dark and white chocolate to accentuate the bunny's features. The verdict was split evenly down the middle in terms of liking or disliking the taste. This chocolate is also sweet and has a slight vanilla taste.

Best for: More big kids who can eat a lot of chocolate

Irish Independent

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