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Taste test: the best chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns

The Guardian logo The Guardian 5 days ago Compiled by Molly Tait-Hyland

Chocolate Easter bunny and colorful Easter eggs © Getty Chocolate Easter bunny and colorful Easter eggs Bunnies

Cocoa Loco Thumpingly Chocolatey Marbled Rabbit 200g, £9.95, abelandcole.co.ukLike something an old lady would have on her fireplace. Beautiful chocolate. This is the one I would buy.

★★★★

Sainsbury’s Nibbles Milk Chocolate Bunny150g, £2.75, sainsburys.co.uk It’s got some character, that’s a lovely smile. Standard milk chocolate, nothing particularly special. Maybe a bit grainy, not super smooth. It’s cute, a kid’s gonna like that.

★★★

Waitrose Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny 120g, £5, waitrose.comIt’s a little bit less friendly. Milky, creamy, sweet. Maybe not for a child. My boyfriend would probably like it … it’s a cool bunny, interesting looking, not your average.

★★★

Michel Cluizel Milk Chocolate Rabbit 45g, £10, harveynichols.comThis bunny-duckling hybrid, it’s got a sweet little bottom is really smooth. It’s small, a kid might feel a bit shortchanged but I think it’s a good size for one.

★★★

Milk under £10

Chocolate Easter Egg on wooden background. Easter concept © Getty Chocolate Easter Egg on wooden background. Easter concept Marks & Spencer Swiss Milk Chocolate Egg Decorated with Nibbed Hazelnuts 310g, £8, marksandspencer.comI would prefer the hazelnuts to be dotted throughout but I like the yummy little eggs.

★★★

Selfridges Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Salted Caramel Truffles 170g, £9.99, selfridges.comLovely thickness. Not that much snap. I like the egg. I hate the truffles though, super sweet. The chocolates bring it down.

★★★

Montezuma’s Organic Milk Chocolate with Butterscotch Eco Easter Egg 150g, £8.99, ocado.comI kind of like the honeycomb, but I would like less. It’s not particularly attractive. I like it but it’s very sweet.

★★

Cocoa et Co Belgian Milk Chocolate Geometric Egg 280g, £9, sainsburys.co.ukSpace-agey.
The colour’s come off on my hands. I don’t like the chocolates. I thought they would be like Rolos but they are flat tasting. Super sweet.

★★

Novelty eggs

Moser Roth Giant Ostrich Egg 800g, £14.99, aldi.co.ukIt’s supposed to be like a white speckled chocolate, the taste is nice, but very sweet. It’s great fun. No one has ever presented me with an egg that big … it’s like a head and a half.

★★★

Divine/Joe & Seph’s Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Popcorn Easter Egg 200g, £10, ocado.comOMG, it’s so sweet but quite addictive … really nice to have the crunch. I wish it was a bit saltier.

★★★

Prestat Pink Popping Prosecco Egg 170g, £17.50, ocado.comIt’s like when you’re a kid and you accidentally choose one with booze and you’re like “Ew, yuck”. It’s not a nice pink. The chocolate is ... all OK.

Heston from Waitrose The Chocolate Teapot 320g, £20, waitrose.comI don’t like the taste of the chocolate. What am I supposed to do with the gloves? It’s all a bit weird. Too much novelty. I feel like it’s so messy.

Luxury eggs

Tasty white chocolate easter egg on wooden background. Typical Brazilian Easter egg to eat with spoon, stuffed with creamy chocolate and truffled chocolates. Easter concept. © Getty Tasty white chocolate easter egg on wooden background. Typical Brazilian Easter egg to eat with spoon, stuffed with creamy chocolate and truffled chocolates. Easter concept. Hotel Chocolat Extra-Thick Milk Chocolate Easter Egg390g, £27, hotelchocolat.comI love the snap of the chocolate. I think the wow comes from breaking it open and stuff tumbling out. Probably all-round best flavour.

★★★★

Bettys Large Milk Chocolate Spring Flowers Egg600g, £57.50, bettys.co.uk Very beautiful. The subtle marbling is quite lovely. A showpiece. The flowers just taste sugary.

★★★

Pierre Marcolini Big Lovely Heart Egg500g, £49, marcolini.com The fun factor is high. I’m not sure about the colour scheme. The inside feels very Harry Potter-y.

★★

Venchi Chocaviar Milk Chocolate Egg340g, £44.99, selfridges.com It’s a nice egg, but I wouldn’t pay more than £20 for it. I don’t want to open an egg and have plastic fall out, it’s not appetising … and a metal keychain? I hate it. The chocolate is tasty.

Dairy-free eggs

Chocolate easter eggs on backgrouund © Getty Chocolate easter eggs on backgrouund Asda Extra Special Free From Dairy Free Belgian Dark Chocolate Easter Egg200g, £5, asda.comBalanced flavour, didn’t taste free from. Not much snappability factor but it’s a nice texture.

★★★

Tesco Finest Free From Belgian Dark Chocolate Egg200g, £5.50, tesco.com I like the thin crunch and snap of it. It improves. I don’t like the chocolates or their filling at all, it loses a point for those.

★★

Marks & Spencer Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg160g, £7, marksandspencer.com The flavour is nice but the buttons are more interesting. You can’t tell it’s free from.

★★

Moo Free 65% Dark Dairy Free Easter Egg160g, £7, ocado.com I quite like the smell of the inside of it, like an old school cafe with hot chocolate and coffee on the go. It’s got a lovely snap.

★★

Easter Hot cross buns © Getty Easter Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

Tesco Finest Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns£1.50 for 4, tesco.com There’s a lovely mix of dried fruit. It has all of the makings of a good bun. I like that the top isn’t perfect.

★★★★

Co-op Irresistible Richly Fruited Hot Cross Buns £1.25 for 4, food.coop.co.uk Moist, doughy, bouncy, full of fruit. It’s got some different textural points - it’s a bit chewy in the corners, which I enjoy a lot.

★★★★

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Fruity Hot Cross Buns £1.25 for 4, sainsburys.co.uk There’s something I don’t love about the smell. It’s nice and fruity but a little bit small. Better toasted, needs butter.

★★★

Waitrose 1 Perfectly Fruited Hot Cross Bun £1.89 for 2, waitrose.com This feels drier and harder to open up … I don’t like the dough so much, it’s not bouncy. Personally, I don’t love an overly glazed bun. This is my least favourite.

★★

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