January 28th: Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon

Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon Double Choc - Kcal 195 Fat 13.5g Fat(sats) 6.5g Carbs 17.5g
Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon Vanilla - Kcal 195 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 6.6g Carbs 16.5g

If it were up to the retailers here in the UK its likely all our seasons would blend in to one. Yes the departure of the Christmas seasonal stock saw the arrival of the Easter chocolates and we had sighting of Cadbury Creme Eggs as early as December 27th 2012. Some might say this is madness, though I'm sure some of us were just happy to have favourites like the MaltEaster bunnies and Cadbury Mini Eggs back within everyday grasp.Thankfully the arrival of the Easter stock this year has not just seen old favourites return, but also the introduction of some new lines in to the mix. One of the new lines on offer this year are these Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon, and they come in both Double Chocolate and Vanilla varieties.

Now If you are choco-geeks like we are then you will instantly be thinking - aren't these the Milka Ei eggs (See HERE) with a little bit of Cadbury's branding. Well folks the answer to that is essentially yes - there are minor discrepencies which we will go in to, but for the main part the concept is pretty much the same. These Egg 'n' Spoon are essentially chocolate eggs that contain a mousse filling. These chocolate eggs are contained within a novel cardboard egg box, and come complete with a little dinky spoon to scrape out the inner filling. Whether just re-branded Milka products or not, in terms of being Easter themed and well presented there is no two ways about it - these look great! In terms of size and proportion of outer shell to inner mousse fillings we found that the 34.0g eggs were entirely the same to the Milka EI eggs we have imported previously from Germany. In fact, presentation wise these didn't differ from their Milka cousins - without the branding differences it would have been esthetically impossible to tell the difference between the two.

When it came to the taste test we did detect some minor differences, and these came predominently within the chocolate on offer. Both variants, Double Choc and Vanilla had milk chocolate outer shells that were distinctly Cadbury chocolate flavoured. The melt of both was thick and longing in the mouth, and the taste was laden with sweet, sugary cocoa milkyness. One might say that Milka is much the same, which it is, however the little touch of nutty hazelnut was absent from these UK Cadbury eggs - its a question of preference whether this a good or bad thing. In terms of the fillings these were identical to their German cousisns and were light, wispy and created a lovely delightful mouth feel. The Double Choc was delicious predominently compounding the sweet chocolate flavour hit. It was the the Vanilla flavour which was our favourite though, with its added creamyness and sweet bourbon flavours packed to the brim. Both egg types were tasty, fufiling little snacks - we frankly expected no less!

Overall we are pleased to see Cadbury unashamedly 'copy' a Milka concept here and are going to suggest that even at this early date that these are going to be one of the best new products to grace the market this Easter. The differences between the two products from Germany and our UK offerings here aren't of great significance but the additional note of hazelnut in the latter do slightly bring our preference to be with the German Milka Ei's. We aren't going to let that cloud our enjoyment of these at all though - these Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon are very tasty, and Cadbury fans will be delighted with their purchase should they choose to dip into their pockets to buy some of these this Easter. We would really like to hear your thoughts on these - especially if you have previously tried the Milka equivalents. These Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon come with big time ChocolateMission recommendations.

Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon Double Choc - 8.4 out of 10 
Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon Vanilla - 8.6 out of 10