Taste & Tell

Here's which supermarket's Easter eggs came tops in our taste test

To help you buy the best, we rated classic chocolate Easter eggs and marshmallow eggs from top retailers

14 April 2019 - 00:00 By Hilary Biiller
A whopping 59% of people start munching on the ears after unwrapping a bunny-shaped Easter egg, according to a study published in The Laryngoscope Journal.
A whopping 59% of people start munching on the ears after unwrapping a bunny-shaped Easter egg, according to a study published in The Laryngoscope Journal.
Image: 123RF/tommyandone

HOW WE CONDUCTED OUR TASTE TEST

IT'S FREE AND FAIR!

The Taste & Tell series is a monthly feature where the same or similar supermarket items are put to a blind taste test by a panel. (This one was made up of members of the SA Cake Decorator’s Guild.)

We bought chocolate Easter eggs and marshmallow Easter eggs from five big retailers and asked our tasters to score them according to various criteria including whether or not they'd buy the product. 

To ensure the tasting was fair, the Easter Eggs were stripped of their packaging and numbered under the watchful eye of food expert Jenny Kay before being served to the panel.

Auditor Mellicent Mashell oversaw the process and collated the scores.

It's important to remember that taste is subjective and what is good for one may not be good for another.

THE RESULTS

CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS

NOTE: As the Easter eggs we tasted were all different, we gave them individual scores out of 10.

From top to bottom: easter eggs from Woolworths, Checkers, Food Lover's Market and Pick n Pay.
From top to bottom: easter eggs from Woolworths, Checkers, Food Lover's Market and Pick n Pay.
Image: Christoph Hoffman

WOOLWORTHS: CHOCOLATE BUNNY

Score: 9/10

Price: 180g for R69.99

What the judges said:

  • Mbone: Lovely appearance and shape. Quality is good and tasty.
  • Sue: Packaging attractive, not too sweet, it melts in your mouth and is smooth on the tongue.
  • Anastacia: Chocolate smooth to taste and delicious to eat.

CHECKERS: FREY CHOCOLATE BUNNY

Score: 7/10

Price: 170g for R79.99

What the judges said:

  • Franco: Packaging attractive but chocolate is very sweet.
  • Debbie: The packaging will sell this product but disappoints on taste.
  • Bernice: Chocolate doesn't match packaging.

FOOD LOVER'S MARKET: HOLLOW CHOCOLATE EGG

Score: 6.5/10

Price: R29.99

What the judges said:

  • Bernice: A reasonable quality of chocolate.
  • Helma: It's OK, but still not as good as one other sample.
  • Anastacia: Average packaging, chocolate is too sweet.

PICK N PAY: MILK CHOCOLATE HOLLOW EGGS

Score: 6/10

Price: R46.99 for six eggs

What the judges said:

  • Mbone: Rather sweet, not melt-in-the-mouth chocolate.
  • Sue: Very sweet, not really a good chocolate as it coats one's tongue.
  • Franco: Very sweet, not a strong chocolate taste and leaves a fatty residue on the palate.

CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW EGGS

FIRST PLACE: WOOLWORTHS

Marshmallow Eggs, real chocolate. Azo dye and tartrazine free

Price: R54.99 for 24 eggs

What the judges said:

  • Jacqui: Quality chocolate and marshmallow tastes good.
  • Bernice: I can taste vanilla in the marshmallow.
  • Helma: I wanna have more.
From top to bottom: chocolate marshmallow Easter eggs from Woolworths, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar.
From top to bottom: chocolate marshmallow Easter eggs from Woolworths, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar.
Image: Christoph Hoffman

SECOND PLACE: CHECKERS

Eggs Galore Mallow Eggs

Price: R49.99 for 30 eggs

What the judges said:

  • Helma: Good looking but not very tasty chocolate.
  • Deon: Good appearance, synthetic taste.
  • Mbone: Looks good inside and out.

THIRD PLACE: PICK N PAY

Chocolate Coated Marshmallow Eggs. Azo dye and tartrazine free

Price: R52.99 for 36 eggs

What the judges said:

  • Debbie: Chocolate is really a coating of 'sweet'.
  • Bernice: Chocolate is gritty, nice centred yolk.
  • Anastacia: Marshmallow is light and fluffy.

FOURTH PLACE: SPAR

Squillos Marshmallow Eggs

Price: R59.99 for 48 eggs

What the judges said:

  • Sue: Marshmallow too sweet.
  • Mbone: Chocolate not tasty and marshmallow dense.
  • Anastacia: Marshmallow has too much gelatine.

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