It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed anything from Thorntons, and there’s a few reasons for that.
At one point it looked as though the company was slowly dragging itself into the 21st Century with higher end, better quality products, but over the last year or so, I get the general impression that’s no longer a priority as the company has been fighting for its very survival. Unfortunately, it’s the higher-end chocolate that seems to have suffered most during this time, and lately there’s been little from Thorntons that has truly excited me.
But I know many wonderful people at Thorntons who are talented and forward thinking, and if anyone can turn things around again it’s them. So I was secretly quite excited when I came home to find this nice looking egg, literally waiting for me on my doorstep. It’s part of a range of “Great British Dessert” eggs; the others in the range being Eton Mess and Lemon Meringue.
Presented in a clear plastic box that (unlike some eggs I’ve had this year) is nice and easy to open, this egg just looks good. It’s not an artisan sculptural product, but neither does it look cheap or tacky. It’s a hefty 430g, and it looks like the kind of egg you just want to dive into and devour, rather than something overly arty or insubstantial.
The front of the egg contains a nice ‘window’ of sliced dried banana and special toffee, and the rest of the egg has smaller pieces of toffee embedded in it.
Banana in chocolate can be a hit or miss affair, but I like it in this egg. The pieces of real banana are crunchy and tasty. I found myself eating the front of the egg first, then wishing for more.
The rest of the chocolate is thick, creamy and quite tasty. It’s sweet, but certainly above average for an Easter Egg shell, and something I could quite happily nibble on over the course of an Easter afternoon. The little pieces of crunchy special toffee scattered throughout the shell work well, and the overall flavour is surprisingly reminiscent of the dessert the egg is imitating.
There are no other chocolates with this particular egg, but frankly you don’t need them. There’s plenty of substance and just enough flavour and style to keep all but the fussiest chocoholic happy this Easter.