I thought I’d conclude my own little look at Easter chocolates with this slightly eccentric offering from James Chocolates. It’s a 70% cocoa dark chocolate egg, but it’s James Firecracker chocolate, and therefore home to chilli, pepper, spice, and of course popping candy. It’s also slightly odd because when I first saw it I thought it looked more like a Christmas pudding than an Easter Egg – or maybe that’s just my perception. To me, those pink peppercorns (yep, they’re pink peppercorns) look like holly berries.
One other thing I ought to mention. I had a bit of fun extracting the egg from it’s packaging, eventually opting to open the bottom of the clear plastic sleeve and slide it free that way. I’m not sure this is the best way to package an Easter Egg.
When I first tasted the Firecracker chocolate, I quite enjoyed the ‘fun’ element. The popping candy fits in very well with the exploding, fiery ‘theme’, and there’s a definite air of jollity about it. The thing is, would anyone want to buy an egg made of this chocolate? As a joke perhaps, or for someone with unusual tastes, but I can’t help but feel that the recipient of one of these eggs would probably still be nibbling on it well into May.
The dark, slightly bitter cacao flavours are soon joined by the gentle warmth of the pepper, and the popping candy (and there’s plenty of it) adds a playful finish to proceedings. It’s definitely a ‘niche’ egg, and I didn’t find it particularly seasonal, although I suppose there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to Easter Eggs. It’s just that Firecracker Chocolate in November seems more appropriate.