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Most of the Easter eggs you’ll see this year are pretty much the same as every other: egg-shaped. Some may even come with toys, mugs, chocolate bars or dashed with some inclusions. Other luxury eggs will still be the normal shape but adorned with truffles, ganaches or pralines to the side. But nothing you could find elsewhere would be as off the wall and utterly fantastic as this giant one from Demarquette. Well apart from his other one.
Let’s be honest, there isn’t a whole load of originality going on in the Easter egg market. You can get that idea firmly out of your head, however, as this Easter egg is just so damn gorgeous, and I’m sure no-one would disagree. I tried taking photos of it within the packaging and although it looked wonderful to the naked eye, it just didn’t photograph too well and didn’t do the fine creation any justice. Removing the reflective packaging with its bows and fluffy Easter chick you can see how gorgeous it is.
Of course it looks like an ocean scene with seashells and chocolate fish. When I first saw it on his website I knew I just had to have one and if it weren’t for my ineptitude with public transport in London I would have purchased one last week. Thankfully Marc is an incredibly generous (and talented man) and he sent one up for me to try out. I’ve been sat here for a good few minutes just turning it around and looking at the fine detail. I’ve been looking at the lovely, rustic light blue wash and the pristine white seashells. I’m just wondering how he managed to make the egg with the seashells embedded into it as when I tried I made a complete pig’s ear of a simple one. It must have been a nightmare to incorporate them into the larger shell. There’s a lot head scratching going on here – well until I decided to forget about how it’s made and just concentrate on how it tastes.
In total Marc has used half a kilo of very good quality 38% milk chocolate which is just a delight to eat. But it’s those sea salt and strawberry caramel shells which are just heaven in chocolate form. The balance of the chocolate and salted strawberry caramel is superb. I just love the little pieces of strawberry that give it an almost popping-candy texture as bursts of sweet, fruity flavour come bursting out. They’re not actually as salty as could be as expected, and I’m glad of that as the balance is just perfect. Just wait until you get one between your teeth and one half slides off the other as you crunch into it as the flavour leaps out at you – soooo good!
The milk chocolate shell is also wonderful. It’s not that dramatic, but still is very rich, creamy and full of flavour. Some parts are obviously thicker than others, but this isn’t any conventional Easter egg and you get 1/2kg of very good milk chocolate which is the main thing. In fact I love the fact that you’ll snap off pieces and then they’ll be thicker than others – it’s like a chocolate bonus.
So far this year I’ve been trying to think of which Easter eggs would be best to share with your wife or husband and I think this has to be it. You can both pick off the seashells and talk about the flavours. It’s also large enough to easily snap off pieces without getting in each other’s way too much and there’s more than enough to go around.
I don’t want to upset anybody but comparing this Â£30 Easter egg to William Curley’s Â£30 egg, I’d be giving my money to Marc – because I found it more fun and definitely more substantial (but don’t tell him!) Damn good work Marc, it’s getting a ‘the best’ rating without a second’s thought.
There’s only one problem. You’ll have to go into Marc’s shop to get one as they’re too fragile to send to paying customers. Even though they’re thick the shells could come off if the Royal Mail or a courier chucked it around their network. If you don’t live in West London then it could make a nice day out as it’s not far from either Gloucester Road, South Kensington, Fulham Broadway or Sloane Square underground stations.