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And now on to one of my most favourite chocolatiers in the country. Not only have they made some awesome dark chocolate but are fairly local to me – and I love to support local businesses. Paul and the team are new to making Easter eggs and having tried myself, I know how difficult it can be if you don’t have Â£10,000′s to spend on equipment. So how well did Paul and the team do?
Of course they’re not going to spend big bucks on the packaging, but instead get a basic design and place their labels on. And this will definitely appeal to people who are more interested in the quality of the ingredients than branding. People in the local area would also love that this egg is made in Ramsbottom, Lancashire and not in some factory that’s just been moved to the UK to Eastern Europe.
Visually the egg seems to be a cross between the marble one from Tesco and the swirly one from Madame Oiseau which was overpriced. I couldn’t get any dimension details from the packaging to say how large it is, but itâ€™s pretty hefty and is 16cm tall – and from that point alone, I’d say itâ€™s worth the Â£10.
In terms of quality of the chocolate shell itself, itâ€™s very good. I’m sure that Paul did tell me the origin of the couverture used to make it, but I can’t remember. At this 54% level, however, it does have a Demerara sugar type flavour to it. It’s no way near as bitter as most dark chocolate, instead this egg is more of a compromise egg for those that have had enough of the overly sweet, mass-produced stuff we see in the supermarkets and the eggs that may overpower some people. There’s also a very slight hazelnut edge that plays a part in the background.
What I did love, however, was the dark chocolate truffles inside. Not only were they utterly delicious, but I got six instead of the five it says on the packaging! The outside have a coating of cocoa dust whilst the inside tastes homemade and slightly nutty again. They’re more Booja Booja than Charbonnel et Walker! And that should appeal more to us more relaxed people in the north than perhaps the Chelsea set in the south?
Overall, this Easter egg has more of a homemade feel, with its rough edges, than a highly pristine and pretentious egg that you could find in the big city, and that’s what I like about it.