Last year I don’t think I bought any Easter eggs. How bad is that?! Hot Cross Buns. Now that’s a different story.
Hot Cross Buns are an absolute fave of mine. An Easter treat enjoyed as early as possible, right up until and after Easter. They make a delicious breakfast, served simply with butter, or with peanut butter and banana, or even with jam and strawberries! I actually love them so much that at my old job, instead of a birthday cake like everyone else, we’d have hot cross buns for mine – I’m so lucky that my birthday is close to Easter!
This year however, I’m definitely buying Easter Eggs. I am not missing out for another year, and I’m off to visit my cousins on Easter weekend, so it’s pretty much essential that I take Easter Eggs right?
SO in time for the big weekend (it is pretty big isn’t it? Like second after Christmas…), I’ve partnered up with the O2 Centre on Finchley Road to taste test a selection of Easter treats from Sainsbury’s (there’s one in the shopping centre), so I can honestly tell you which are worth heading out to stock up on. Or I mean, for the Easter Bunny to pick up.
First up…The Milk Chocolate Egg with Chocolate Caramels. A nice size, not too big, it came with a little bag of 5 chocolate caramels too.
The little chocolate caramels had a thin chocolate shell and a very sweet, runny caramel centre, and the creamy milk chocolate egg was good quality and a decent thickness.
All in all, a great combo and an absolute bargain at only £1. Rating: 3/5.
The Taste the Difference Swiss White Chocolate Bunny was massive! The chocolate itself was really thick with a great snap when you broke into it.
Tasting the first bite, it tasted really creamy, indulgent and very sweet. It was slow at melting on the tongue, meaning every small bite lasted longer, but Alex thought that it became sickly quite quickly – more for me? Or it could just last longer!
At £6 I don’t think it’s badly priced at all, especially compared to some of the larger branded Easter treats, and for a great quality swiss chocolate too! Rating: 4/5.
The Taste the Difference Belgian Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with Cocoa Nibs had a slight crunchiness to it from the nibs, and each bite gave a delightful rich, full bodied taste that lingered in the mouth.
Alex thought a little bitter, but being a fan and consumer of dark chocolate myself, I thought the quality made it worth a lot more than the £5 price tag. Rating: 4/5.
Another Taste the Difference Belgian Egg, the Milk Chocolate Egg with Salted Caramel, immediately gave off a sweet taste which reminded me of honeycomb. Again, this egg had a slight crunchiness, and a distinctive salty taste which came through.
After each bite, the chocolate left behind a delightful taste of salted caramel on the tongue which lingered.
At only £5, we thought that this was really reasonable too, and it’s definitely something I’d buy for someone else! Or maybe myself. This was Alex’s fave of the lot, and for that…Rating: 5/5.
The final Taste the Difference Belgian Chocolate Egg we tried was the White Chocolate with Pistachio.
With no strong initial taste, the flavour came through as the chocolate started melting in the mouth. Very creamy and sweet, with a nice crunch (similar to the others), the pistachio flavour only shone through lightly, with the nutty taste occasionally lingering after each bite.
This egg is the same price as the others, at £5, and as I’m a huge fan of pistachio, I think this was my fave egg, and for that…Rating:5/5.
We also tried the Taste the Difference 4 Hot Cross Buns. Packed with juicy sultanas, and giving off a slight zingy taste from the orange, the buns were dense from the fruit, yet fresh, not overly sweet and were almost slightly fluffy.
They were definitely up there with my fave hot cross bun choices. At £1.50 they’re a little more expensive than the cheapest option, but well worth trading up for. Rating: 4/5.
If you’re looking for presents, you can get heaps of Easter gifts and cards for your nearest and dearest at some of the other stores at the O2 Centre too. Paperchase and Flying Tiger Copenhagen have some fab Easter ranges featuring sweetie jars, plush toys and eggs for Easter hunts.
There are also several events going on over the Easter break for families and little ones – check them out here.
What do you have planned for the long Easter weekend? Whatever you’re doing, and whether you’re buying gifts or chocolate treats, I hope you all have a fab one!
*The O2 Centre Finchley Road provided me with all the products for the taste test. All views my own.