Picture the scene, Christmas is fast disappearing from the memory and the people in power at the various chocolate manufacturing companies are starting to panic. Having produced a white chocolate version of their best selling brand so that it can be marketed as a snow version and foisted on weary consumers as they try desperately to tap into the yuletide spirit they now have to turn there attention to Easter. Lets face it though, there is not a great deal of thought needed when it comes to celebrating the resurrection of Christ using the medium of chocolate, you simple take that best seller and squash it into an egg shape!
What could be easier? I was a little worried a few years back when I noticed Rolo eggs gracing the shelves, I was a bit shocked last year when I noticed the humble Aero bar had been eggified, but that was as nothing compared to my abject horror when I set sight on a newcomer called Terrys Chocolate Orange Egg & Spoon! Now maybe I am missing something here, but arent Terrys Chocolate Oranges fairly much egg shaped already? And what exactly was the fluffy gunk in the centre of these abominations? I was shocked, it seems to me nothing is sacred in the world of confectionary, indeed it took a momentous effort to grab three of the four packs and drop them into my Tesco trolley.
The smallish 34g eggs come in a faux orange egg box specially made to accommodate four of their ilk, a blue sheaf acts as a band to hold the box shut as well as displaying Nutritional, Ingredient and other useful information as well as instructions on how to eat them! Safe to say that nutritionally these are not on a par with a serving of vegetables or a fresh apple with each egg notching up a whopping 195 calories and 13g of fat. Indeed the two most prominent Ingredients are Sugar and fat which is a bit worrying even though we are talking chocolate.
People with allergies to nuts, egg and wheat protein are advised to steer clear as are those with intolerances to milk and milk related products. Finally, those instructions on how to eat the eggs, now I can only presume that the makers of these eggs, Kraft, are having a little joke, do they really think we have no idea how to eat chocolate? Dear oh dear. Apparently the consumer is supposed to use one of the two orange plastic spoons supplied to flip off the lid and eat the gunk mixture inside, just for their cheek I will go against their wishes and shove a whole one in my mouth, thatll teach them!
Its now two hours later and in retrospect it wasnt a great idea to shove the whole egg in my mouth, the nurse at casualty said it could have been very nasty had it not melted and freed my airway. So for the remaining three eggs I shall do as Kraft foods suggest. A little jagged line shows where to hit the egg with the spoon and sure enough a gentle tap separates this top part from the main egg much as a real boiled egg would do.
I am now meant to use a spoon to eat the Delicious filling so I do as requested and am rewarded with a delicate chocolaty mousse type filling, delightfully smooth and with a hint of orange flavour as an after taste. I am surprised that this filling is not at all sickly and melts in the mouth to perfection. With my spoon searching the far reaches of the inner shell the egg is left as an empty chocolate shell which I pop into my mouth to savour. Again the milk chocolate is smooth and uncomplicated and melts freely in the mouth to release a sweet and orange tinted flavour, thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
Another facet of these eggs is that two of them have a chocolate filling while the others have a cream centre, so in the name of research I pluck up a cream centred one (signified by a cream coloured top on the foil wrapper) and do the spoon trick afresh. This time the cracked top reveals a pale filling redolent of marshmallow and orange. This again is deliciously smooth and has a milkier sugary taste to it that the chocolate filling lacked.
The faintest touch of orange again tantalises the taste buds almost as an afterthought and reminds me that this is a relative of the Terrys chocolate egg. I think on balance I prefer the cream filling to the chocolate one just for the contrast it has against the chocolate of the egg but both are very enjoyable without being sickly, a rare feat with these small filled eggs.
At around the £2.30 price these are not the cheapest eggs of this style and shape but they do leave you satisfied yet not bloated, and they are a welcome change from the likes of crème eggs. Four stars out of five from me then with the recommendation that these are decadent, delightful and ever so slightly naughty try them.