The Good: Good taste, Great bulking, Generally decent ingredients, Stores well, Good chocolate
The Bad: Pricey until after Easter, Not at all nutritious.
The Basics: The Cadbury Chocolate Creme Egg returns in 2012 and I couldn’t be happier!
There are very few treats I am able to eat at the moment that I used to love. As part of my current health kick – which is largely about getting in better shape for my wife while I support her through her getting healthy – I have been introduced to many new (many wonderful, actually) snacks and treats. But when my wife and I were out shopping the other day, a throwback from my pre-health food days appeared before my eyes and I could not resist! It was a Cadbury Chocolate Crème Egg and those who read my many reviews or know me know I love Cadbury Crème Eggs (reviewed here!). The Chocolate Crème Eggs are almost as good.
The thing about Cadbury Chocolate Crème Eggs is that their production appears to be erratic. As an Easter candy, they are only available once a year. But last year, they were not produced at all! So, figuring that this might be my only chance to get one of these delights for the next few years, my wife graciously allowed me off my diet for the enjoyment of these rarer Cadbury gems!
Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs are an Easter delight manufactured by Hershey in Canada, whatwith Hershey having a license from British chocolatiers Cadbury UK Limited. Each egg is an oblate spheroid one and three-quarter inches tall by one and a quarter inches in diameter at its thickest point. Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs are, as their name implies, egg-shaped and each one comes individually wrapped in a foil wrapper. Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs are sold individually at prices that range from $.50/ea. to $.99/ea., depending on where one finds them. Seriously, there seems to be no consistent manufacturer's suggested retail price. The Chocolate Crème Eggs are erratically produced and thus far, I have only found them in the 4-5 egg multipacks. They might be available individually, but I have not seen them that way this year yet.
Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs are an egg comprised of milk chocolate surrounding a chocolate cream center that is like a thick frosting or a more fluid fudge. The shell is about an eighth of an inch thick. This shell covers a thick chocolate-flavored cream center.
Ease Of Preparation
These are candy, so preparing them is as simple as opening the box and then opening one of the foil wrappers around the actual Cadbury Chocolate Crème Egg one wishes to eat. There is no special way to unwrap or eat Cadbury Chocolate Creme Egg truffles, though sometimes the Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs are not sealed perfectly and their chocolate center leaks out, sticking to the foil. This can make it harder to unwrap the egg, but a good thumbnail takes care of all of the foil and leaves one prepared to devour or savor this seasonal treat.
Unlike the standard Cadbury Crème Eggs, I tend to enjoy the Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs fresh (not frozen). As a result, whenever I unwrap one of these Chocolate Crème Eggs, I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the aroma of chocolate. The Chocolate Crème eggs are not merely a chocolate scent, they are delightfully rich in their chocolate flavor, like walking into a small warm room packed with people, each of whom has two mugs of steaming hot chocolate. The chocolate bouquet is not concentrated where it smells like dark chocolate, but rather like a much greater quantity of chocolate trapped in a small area!
Unless one has the Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs in an annoyingly warm environment (ick, the melting of the Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs!), the shell of the egg must be bit into in order to consume the egg. The chocolate coating is delightfully hard for a milk chocolate and any fear that these would have the waxy, mass-produced flavor of most Easter chocolates is dispelled the moment the chocolate hits the tongue. Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs have a very simple, not-entirely-sweet chocolate for the shell. It has good give without fracturing too much.
But then the shell is augmented by the chocolate crème from within and all of a sudden, the egg gets much, much sweeter. The center of a Cadbury Chocolate Crème egg tastes like one is eating brownie batter. It is chocolatey, fluidic, and has just a slightly grainy sugar texture to it. It synergizes with the shell, melting together on the tongue in the most delightful way! This is possibly the most potent, delightful milk chocolate experience one may have!
Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs are candy, so it is tough to look at these for something nutritious and then blame them for not being healthy. Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs taste amazing and are limited, which is probably why they are so expensive. The primary ingredients are milk chocolate, sugar, and corn syrup. There is nothing unpronounable in these candies, which I appreciate.
A serving of Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs is considered one egg. From one egg, one consumes 170 calories, seventy of those calories being from fat. There is less than five milligrams of cholesterol, a marginal amount (15 mg) of sodium, and there are no vitamins in these. There is 2% of one's daily calcium, but this is hardly enough to justify gorging oneself on them!
Honestly, these are candy and anyone looking to them for actual nutrition has forgotten the magic of the Easter bunny and how some things in life should simply be enjoyed! These are not Vegan-compliant, nor are they recommended for anyone with a nut allergy as they are produced on the same equipment that peanuts (and tree nuts) pass over. They are, not marked as kosher, nor gluten-free.
One of the reasons I love Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs is because they keep so exceptionally well. I buy them on clearance and freeze them in my deep freeze for the year! And they keep! Without aid, they ought to be kept at room temperature out of sunlight, lest they melt and make a real mess. I could not find an expiration date on the box of eggs I bought.
As for cleanup, throw the wrappers in the garbage and you've taken care of cleanup! Outside that, there is no real cleanup needed, unless one is eating them in a hot environment. In that case, it is likely one would need to wash their hands. If Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs melt into most fabrics, they will stain, both for the chocolate coating and the chocolate center. For that style of cleanup, be sure to consult a fabric guide for whatever you stained.
Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs might only come around every other year (or even less frequently), but they are worth stocking up when they do. Fortunately for us, this year is one of the “right” years for these delightful confections! Get them while you can!
For other Easter candy and chocolate reviews, please check out:
M&M's Limited Edition Mint Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse Peeps
Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints
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© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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