‘Eggsperts’ test the best Easter treats

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Young Sheffield ‘eggsperts’ in the field of chocolate tasting have cracked the puzzle of which Easter treat shapes up as best.

Six pupils from St John Fisher Catholic Academy, Hackenthorpe, stepped in to help Star readers choose from the many options available.

Easter egg tasting at St Fisher School, Hackenthorpe.  The tasters get their hands on the chocholate.  L/r Oliver Peters (nine), Harry Siner (nine), Lewis Mappin (11), Ipanda Kalyata (11), Amelia Jackson-Wercherz (11) and Evie Flint (nine).  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Easter egg tasting at St Fisher School, Hackenthorpe. The tasters get their hands on the chocholate. L/r Oliver Peters (nine), Harry Siner (nine), Lewis Mappin (11), Ipanda Kalyata (11), Amelia Jackson-Wercherz (11) and Evie Flint (nine). Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Our panel put seven eggs – from basic to luxury – to the test, judging them on flavour, decoration and value for money.

First up was the largest product, a Maltesers egg with three Malteasers bars – but size did not appear to be a consideration as it disappeared in seconds.

Ipanda Kalyata, aged 11, said: “It tastes luxuriously amazing. The bars are crunchy as well.”

However, Cadbury’s Creme Eggs proved to be a little too much of a good thing.

At first, the pupils said they should make them in bigger forms, but at least two ended up in the bin.

Amelia Jackson-Wercherz, 11, said: “When you have too many you feel a bit sick, the cream is quite rich and strong.”

Clever packaging on Nestle’s Milkybar Milkybarn product, with a white chocolate cow and egg inside, caught the eyes of the panel.

Oliver Peters, nine, said: “It looks ‘sick’ because the Milkybar kid is a cowboy and it looks like a ranch.”

Ipanda said: “It’s creamy and milky. It’s my favourite type of chocolate.”

Popular children’s character The Gruffalo adorned the front of the Thorntons egg – and style took precedence over substance.

The nutty flavour was ‘delicious’ at first and all loved the icing design.

But Evie Flint, nine, then said: “It’s too strong and not as good as it looks.”

The egg which caused the biggest debate was Sainsbury’s milk chocolate egg – with fizzy strawberry laces.

Lewis Mappin, 11, loved it so much he rated it as a nine out of 10, saying: “The sweetness of the lace brings out the taste of the chocolate. I’d buy it for the chocolate but the laces are a bonus.”

But Harry Siner, nine, said: “I didn’t like that one, because it’s Sainsbury’s own it’s not as good as Cadbury’s or Thorntons, you can taste the difference.”

The Cadbury’s Caramel egg was a big hit as the pupils said they ‘can’t see the camarel but you can taste it’.

The offering from Swiss firm Lindt was expected to do well – and the golden rabbit, which came with three chocolate carrots, was rated the best of them all.

The pupils all praised the ‘cute’ packaging and said a key consideration was you could ‘see whether it was larger than the others’.

Amelia said: “It’s luscious. It gets a 10 out of 10 from me, I feel like Simon Cowell.”