Easter eggs on test with Claire Clark

By
Eve O'Sullivan
Added
30 March, 2015

With so much chocolate choice out on the shop floor this year, we decided to enlist the help of Claire Clark MBE, pastry chef extraordinaire and Cooked author, to help us whittle down the pick of the bunch from high-end brands. From artisan truffles and dairy-free options to supermarket stars and big budget, there’s something for every discerning chocoholic. On a budget of £10+, we asked Claire to rate them on taste, looks and value for money: here’s her verdict.



BEST TASTE


Rococo Birds of Paradise Easter eggs, £25.www.rococochocolates.com


Easter eggs Rococo Claire Clark

These little eggs just seemed special from the off; sweet packaging, a real handmade feel. And the flavour didn’t disappoint; the chocolate itself had a real depth to it, really exceptional. And the flavours - lime, mandarin and passionfruit with tonka bean - enhanced the profile of it with the citrus notes. The shell was beautifully thin, and the filling inside soft and smooth. The kind of chocolate you want to stash away and refuse to share. 


Looks: 3/5
Value for money:3/5
Taste: 5/5
Total: 11/15



BEST LOOKS


Marks and Spencer Giant Golden Lattice egg, £40, www.marksandspencer.com


Marks and SPencers Golden Lattice Easter egg

There’s no denying this looks the ticket; a very special egg that has involved a lot of effort, from the extra thick shell to the box and ribbon. The chocolate itself is nice, nothing stand-out, but weighing in at 1.5kg, you can’t beat the value for money - or impact - of this egg. 

Looks: 5/5
Value for money: 4/5
Taste: 3/5
Total: 12/15

BEST VALUE

Hotel Chocolat Rabot 1745 Extra Thick Easter Egg, £29, www.hotelchocolat.com

Hotel Chocolat

This looks really luxurious, lovely packaging and a fantastically thick shell, which made it look more bespoke. The truffles inside were less attractive, but tasted good, especially the salted caramel flavour. At just under £30, you get a lot of cocoa bang for your buck. 

Looks: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Taste: 3.5/5
Total: 11.5/15

AND THE REST

Booja Booja Hazelnut crunch truffles Easter egg, £24.99, www.boojabooja.com

Booja Booja Easter Claire CLark

These are some of the nicer dairy-free chocolates on the market; the packaging itself looks bespoke, but the chocolate has less of a handmade feel. Saying that, a box of these would go a long way to please anyone with a lactose intolerant person in their life.
 
Looks: 3/5
Value for money: 2/5
Taste: 3/5
Total: 8/15



The Chocolate Society Blonde Grooved egg, £25, www.selfridges.com

Claire Clark Easter egg selfridges

Blonde chocolate is very popular with pastry chefs at the moment; biscuity and caramel-like in flavour with a touch of salt, it’s definitely one for the fans of milk chocolate. I loved the look of this egg, very sharp, clean and modern, but it’s definitely a gift for a special person, as it’s pretty expensive chocolate.
 
Looks: 4/5
Value for money: 2/5
Taste: 4/5
Total: 10/15

Pierre Marcolini Russian Easter Dolls, from £14, www.selfridges.com

Pierre Marcolini Easter egg

I love Pierre Marcolini chocolate, but I confess that I didn’t like the design as much of that of a normal egg, although I can imagine others would disagree, as it’s very striking. With a starting size of 70g, it’s good quality, but perhaps best as a gift if you’re going to friends or family for Easter lunch, given how much you get.
 
Looks: 4/5
Value for money: 2/5
Taste: 3.5/5
Total: 9.5/15


Claire Clark is the author of 80 Cakes Around the World.


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