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Nestle chocolate is perhaps my least favourite chocolate, apart from Hershey. The reason isn’t only because it has a relatively low cocoa content, that it often tastes of cardboard but because they take out cocoa butter from the chocolate making process and replace some of it with vegetable oil – which makes it lank and dank in my opinion. If giving chocolate to your children that is of good quality then I’d probably look elsewhere.
As I’ve reviewed many a product from Nestle and they never seem to improve in terms of the chocolate itself, I’m going to skip over that aspect. I know it’s the most import part of an Easter egg in the traditional sense, but when you throw a mug into the mix, then priorities change. I’m a mug for a mug. I just love all the different shapes and types and I was very impressed with this one. Generally I don’t like short mugs as I feel short-changed when I have a cuppa, but this more than made up for by its sheer weight – it’s a bulky mug that suit big hands. Whether it makes up for the fact that this egg costs ¬£7 in most places is another thing when you add in the terrible chocolate and the tasteless Smarties.
Currently Tesco’s (until 6th March 2012) and Ocado (until 9th April 2012) are offering them for 2 for ¬£8 or ¬£7 each. Sainsbury’s don’t sell them and Waitorse are selling them for ¬£5.59 each or 2 for ¬£8 (until 8th April 2012). I’d only “recommend” them at the discounted level as otherwise I feel they’re not good value. You see, the egg itself is only 142g and put’s at the very lightweight end of the medium-sized Easter eggs category – where Asda are selling eggs for ¬£1 each!
If you’ve got a child that’s very much in to their Smarties then fair enough, but otherwise, it‚Äôs a struggle to suggest that parents should part with their money on this eggs when it uses vegetable oil, is 61% sugar and 17% saturated fat – which puts it at the higher end for eggs aimed at kids. Overall, I’ll give it a rating of “Below Average”.