I picked this little egg up from Artisan du Chocolat’s stall at the London Chocolate Festival on Friday – a freebie for remembering their ‘magic word of the day’.
They come in milk and dark chocolate varieties. This is the milk chocolate version – I also scored a dark chocolate one on Sunday but scoffed that on the spot, so we’ll just be looking at the milk one for now! It’s just over 4cm long and as you can see, from the outside doesn’t look anything special.
Even once you’ve removed the wrapper, there’s nothing to distinguish it from any other chocolate egg. Slightly bigger than a Mini Egg. Slightly smaller than a Creme Egg with odd dimples top and bottom that let the egg sit horizontally. Still nothing spectacular though.
Until you get inside. The soft, creamy milk chocolate shell is filled with the most deliciously light fondant ganache. The white part is vanilla and the orange centre is a deliciously light and floral passion fruit. The dark chocolate version is vanilla and orange.
Tasting them individually, you really get a sense of the fresh flavours. I was particularly fond of the fresh Tahiti vanilla and could quite easily eat it by the bowlful. On its own, the passionfruit is tangy and refreshing, but sampled together with the vanilla, the flavours seem much more subtle and work togther wonderfully. The milk chocolate is rich and smooth and brings everything together perfectly.
You’re certainly not going to get the same sugar rush from this as you would from a Creme Egg and at £1.49 each, they aren’t cheap at all. But as with so many things in life, you get what you pay for. Or in my case, you get what you know the magic word for. Yum.