It’s the last review before Easter Sunday on well…Sunday, and therefore I thought it was time to review surely the most legendary Easter snack there is- Cadbury’s Creme Egg. I don’t think you’ll find a single person in Britain who doesn’t know what a Creme Egg is, and apparently they are fairly big in the States and getting bigger. Can you get them elsewhere in the world? Well I’d love to hear from any readers in other places who have come across the Creme Egg…I’d imagine that Australia, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand etc must have?
But for those of you who are unfamiliar with the oval shaped product from Cadbury, it’s really very, very simple. There is a Cadbury’s milk chocolate shell with a smooth fondant centre to it. The fondant (as you’ll see in the photographs I’ve taken) is coloured to replicate an actual egg- it’s predominantly white but with a orangey tinge to it as well…although both the ‘white’ and the ‘yolk’ in this instance are made almost entirely out of sugar!
It is probably one of Cadbury’s most famous products I think- given the oval egg shape, you’ll be unsurprised to hear that this is a product that only appears for a few months a year. Cadbury experimented with making it available all year round but it flopped, so if you want a Creme Egg fix between May and Christmas, you have to instead buy one of Cadbury’s much less popular Creme Egg Twisted. They’re no fun at all though, because they’re shaped in very ordinary rectangular bars. Yawn. If it ain’t round, it ain’t sound!
It’s also time again for some shameless self-promotion. You might remember me posting a picture of a giant Curly Wurly that me and my sister made a while back. Well we’ve also made a giant Creme Egg. And as you’ll see below, it was pretttttty large.
It tasted decent too!
The regular sized Creme Egg looks just as impressive in its own way though. The wrapper is instantly recognisable never mind the unusual shape. Well, by unusual I mean unusual for chocolate. Obviously an egg shape isn’t that unusual in itself…because of…well…ordinary chicken/hen eggs etc.
What did slightly surprise me was the weight though. Because these are roughly the same size as a normal animal egg, you expect it to weigh the same too. However the Cadbury’s version of the egg is much heavier. You can tell that the fondant centre is going to be dense rather than whipped and light.
The smell of the Creme Egg fondant is hard to accurately convey. It’s unbelievably sweet (as you’d expect when you remember that fondant is basically just sugar with some water!) but it’s more than that- it’s ‘heavy’ too. By that, I mean that it’s cloying and sticky.
There is a bit of weedy milk chocolate from the ‘shell’ of the egg, but it isn’t strong at all, in fact you can barely really smell it because of the ridiculously strong fondant element.
Do I like the smell? Yeah, I think so. It isn’t sophisticated or subtle, but it does have a sugary charm about it.
It might have smelt somewhat insubstantial, but the egg shell on the Creme Egg is actually quite thick. And it has to be. To secure/protect the gooey centre, there has to be a lot of chocolate otherwise it would break like…an egg.
When you bite into a Cadbury’s Creme Egg, white and orange goo will pour out at you- it tastes much like it smells- very, very, very sugary indeed. There isn’t any depth of flavour, it is just sticky, thick sugar coated with some plain tasting milk chocolate. Normally Cadbury’s chocolate (even the ‘reserve’ stuff that they use for coatings like the shell here) is milky in flavour but you don’t get any of that with the Creme Egg…it’s totally about the viscous, gloopy colourful centre.
Controversial as it is to say given the popularity of the Cadburys Creme Egg, but I don’t really love it. I don’t hate it either, but the fondant centre is a loser for me- the consistency is just too sticky and sickly for me. It isn’t even that smooth really- if you let the Creme Egg melt in your mouth, it’s slightly grainy and rough on the tongue.
Like I say though, I don’t hate it either. Especially the challenge of eating it! Cadbury ran an advertising campaign for the Creme Egg back in 2005 titled “How do you eat yours?” and it’s an interesting question. Bite the top and eat out the fondant centre on its own? Try and take little bites out and risk getting goo on your clothes as it squelches out? Or (as one of my mates Ben insists is the ONLY way to eat a Creme Egg) the whole-in-one strategy?!
As an occasional, seasonal treat…it’s not bad.