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When you spend ¬£37.50 on an Easter egg that weighs 227g and has the name Fortnum & Mason associated with it, you’ll probably, like me, expect it to rock your world. Alas, it didn’t do it for me. The sort of money that Fortnums are expecting people to pay should really give a wondrous and memorable experience. Apart from being visually stunning within the box and when you unwrap it from the inner bag, it starts to go down hill from there.
There is no doubting that the egg looks fabulous on their website, but the egg I had looks different. First off it’s got a label that partly obfuscates the design inside and that actual design is different to the one I received. It could be viewed as less ornate and less awe-inspiring. In fact some of the “spiky” parts of the design looked haphazard and slapdash – something I wouldn’t really expect from Fortnum & Mason. I doubt, although I could be wrong, that the sugar flowers were made by the people actually putting the eggs together as they seemed to be more professionally created. I don’t like to be critical of the work of a company that Fortnum’s use, but I don’t think this egg is up to their standards.
The chocolate itself is sweet, with 36% cocoa solids, but I found it far too sweet. There’s no mention of the amount of sugar the egg contains, but it’s the most prevalent ingredient and I would suggest it’s at around the 63% level. The texture may be very pleasant, but my taste buds were so distracted by that sacchariferous flavour.
You also get a handful of milk chocolate shapes inside such as ducks, rabbits and chickens. I actually found them far too ornate and difficult to recognise, but I am getting on a bit! They were also poorly made with air bubbles in them which would mean that not enough care or attention to detail was taken when cooling them. It also looks like they were slightly tarnished by ‘blooming’, and seeing as the egg itself wasn’t bloomed one could¬†conceivably¬†suggest that these treats weren’t properly stored before being placed in the eggs?
I’d love to complain and say my ¬£37.50 was wasted and I’d like it back, but I doubt I’ll get very far. The quality hear was reminiscent of newly ‘qualified’ chocolatier making test Easter eggs to wor out what designs would work and how long they’d take to make – not ones that one of possibly the world’s most historic and famous department stores. If this one is to go by, I’d suggest missing out on the other Fortnum & Mason Easter eggs.