Easter is approaching, and I thought I’d spare you the trouble of going through tons of mediocre Easter eggs and help you find the truly delicious ones right away. Last year the Easter egg test included a lot of eggs, many of which I would never eat again so this year I have narrowed it down to three of my favourite Copenhagen brands, and a couple of Norwegian ones. Since I have tasted chocolate from most of them before, I needed someone who was free from bias to help me do the test, and I’m very happy that Silje volunteered. We decided to divide the test is divided into two categories:
The Classic chocolate coated marzipan egg
I have chosen eggs from Summerbird, Magasin Chocolate Factory, Sv. Michelsen Chocolate and Nidar.
The Speciality egg
I have chosen eggs from Summerbird, Magasin Chocolate Factory, Sv. Michelsen Chocolate and Freia.
The price range on the eggs is between 20-30kr a piece (except the Freia eggs that are cheaper, but you have to buy them in packs of four and cost 30-40kr)
Sv. Michelsen Chocolate
The classic marzipan egg is not too sweet, has rich marzipan with a lot of almonds and a thick chocolate coating. It was rated a four out of six because it is nice, but not really that interesting. The consistency and the balance between the chocolate and marzipan is just not quite there.
The crunchy nougat egg is super light and airy with a thick coating of milk chocolate. I quite like the crunch (Silje didn’t), but we both agreed that it’s way too sweet and the nougat doesn’t really have the taste of hazelnuts that is should. Rated a three out of six because of it.
Nidar & Freia
The classic marzipan egg from Nidar is a true sign of Easter in Norway. They have been around for as long as I can remember and taste like my childhood. This is not a gourmet egg, but I absolutely love it. Sugary marzipan, milk chocolate coating and colourful sprinkles. In this test it was rated a two out of six, because compared to the other marzipan egg it has no chance of ever being on the same level. I will still eat them, just not straight after having a Summerbird egg as it would be totally unfair.
The Easter egg from Freia is newer. It comes in an actual egg carton with spoons and is a sweet little devil. It has a thick coating of milk chocolate and a fluffy cream inside. The chocolate itself is not amazing, but when eaten together, like we did with these bites it still rates a nice five out of six. Eaten with a spoon like it’s intended I would only give it a three out of six because the combination of the two elements is what makes it great.
Magasin Chocolate Factory
The classic egg has a thick dark chocolate coating and delicious marzipan. It is not too sweet, has a nice consistency, but Silje and I did not exactly agree on how to rate it. We both liked the flavour, but while she loves the thick chocolate layer I think it’s way too much because it messes up the almond flavour that I love so much. It got a five from me and a six out of six from Silje.
The Nougat egg is a dream. It has a thick layer of chocolate and silky smooth nougat with a real kick of hazelnuts. Despite that, it only gets a four out of six because it’s so sweet it makes you a little sick. Not quite the effect you want.
The Classic marzipan egg has a thin coating of two different kinds of chocolate, an amazingly soft consistency and a wonderful marzipan. This egg is perfection to me. The balance between the marzipan and chocolate is good, the consistency is perfect and it’s not too sweet. Rated a five from Silje and a six out of six from me.
The caramel egg is coated with a caramelized white chocolate, has a thick marzipan layer on the bottom and a delicious buttery salt caramel filling. Balance is really Summerbird’s thing. No flavour is overpowering the other, the balance is just perfect. Rated a five from Silje and a six out of six from me.
Deciding on a winner was not easy. Silje and I didn’t quite agree because our preferences are quite different, so we let the overall impression of the Easter egg decide when two eggs were rated the same based on taste alone.
The Classic Marzipan Egg
1. Summerbird (won on presentation)
2. Magasin Chocolate Factory
3. Sv. Michelsen Chocolate
The Speciality Egg
1. Summerbird (won on presentation)
3. Magasin Chocolate Factory
4. Sv. Michelsen Chocolate
Now, let’s just get one thing straight. ALL these eggs are pretty amazing, we have been tough judges. Summerbird is a killer on presentation, and none of the other brands get even close to the stunning finish their eggs have. Both first places in this test were won on presentation because the first and second place was so close in the taste test and I think that says something. We had a pretty nice Saturday afternoon.
I hope that you are enjoying some time off this Easter and get to eat a few delicious Easter eggs.