AN EASTER egg costing just £2 from Lidl is one of the winners in The Sun’s blind taste test.
We bravely ate our way through nearly 30 Easter eggs to find which eggs give you the most delicious chocolate for your money – so which ones came out on top?
The Sun bravely tested Easter eggs to find the best
The price of the Easter eggs in our test varied from just 49p up to a huge £27.
But price doesn’t necessarily indicate quality, as savvy shoppers know only too well.
So we took on the noble task of trying out randomly selected Easter eggs from Britain’s biggest supermarkets as well as the most popular chocolate brands.
We found that some of the best were also some of the cheapest – and some of the priciest were among the worst.
We tasted them in batches and separated them into six categories: own-brand, branded, novelty, luxury, £2 or less, and free from.
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It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.
There was a tie for the most popular egg overall.
KitKat’s Salted Caramel Easter Egg, which costs £8 at Tesco, was a unanimous winner in the luxury category and received the most votes from our team of hungry testers.
Tied for the same number of votes was Lidl’s cheap and cheerful £2 Favorina Milk Chocolate Bunny.
The cute character’s chocolate was creamy and rich, and tasted much more expensive than it really was.
But which were the other winners – and losers? Find out below.
Sainsbury’s Sainsbury’s was the winner for best own-brand egg with its £4 Pick N Mix Egg
We selected five own-brand eggs from Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s.
Prices ranged from £2.99 for Aldi’s egg up to £5 for Asda’s.
The winner was from Sainsbury’s: a milk chocolate egg that had pick and mix sweets embedded in the shell.
It was a hit with our tasters, who kept coming back for more.
One told us: “It was like a party in my mouth.”
Lidl’s dark chocolate egg came in last place, proving that our testers prefer more traditional milk chocolate eggs.
None of our panel were hugely bowled over by the options, and several had quite an artificial taste.
Sainsbury’s topped the tables as being the best own brand egg
All agreed it was better to spend slightly more on an egg from a brand you love.
Terry’s Terry’s £4 Chocolate Orange Easter egg won in the branded eggs category
A £4 Terry’s Chocolate Orange Easter Egg was the clear winner in the branded eggs category.
It was followed by Lindt’s £6 Lindor egg and Bounty’s £8 extra-large egg, which both came in joint second place and were firm favourites of our panel too.
In news that might surprise chocolate fans, Cadbury’s £4 Creme Egg Easter Egg came in last place.
But most of the testers said they loved all the eggs and that it was tough to choose a favourite.
Prices for these eggs vary between supermarkets but we’ve listed the lowest prices we’ve found for them.
Terry’s Chocolate Orange Easter egg was a firm favourite among the panel
KitKat KitKat’s £8 Salted Caramel Fudge Easter egg was the best luxury egg and one of the overall winners
The cheapest luxury egg won this test by a landslide.
The vast majority of the testers voted for KitKat’s Salted Caramel Fudge Easter Egg, which is £8 at Tesco.
It won the most votes out of any egg overall too, joint with one other.
One described it as “salty, crunchy and delicious”.
Bottom of the pile was Morrisons’ £8 The Best Ruby Half Chocolate Egg: a milk and ruby chocolate egg covered in nuts.
Testers said it “tasted of flowers” or “like when you accidentally eat vegetable crisps instead of normal crisps”.
Testers thought KitKat’s salted caramel egg was delicious
Best novelty egg
Sainsbury’s Sainsbury’s £2.75 Nibbles Milk Chocolate Bunny won the novelty category
Sainsbury’s has won again in the novelty category for its £2.75 ultra-cute Nibbles Milk Chocolate Bunny, despite being one of the cheapest in the whole taste test.
Testers praised the luxurious creamy chocolate – and one even said they’d “consider marrying it”.
Proving that a hefty price tag doesn’t guarantee a good Easter egg, testers really didn’t like Heston for Waitrose’s £20 The Chocolate Teapot, which came joint last.
Some of the comments included “tastes of soy sauce” and “wouldn’t even give it to the dog” – ouch!
Aldi’s Sparkle the Unicorn joined Waitrose in last place.
Sainsbury’s topped the tables with its novelty bunny, while Waitrose and Aldi took the wooden spoon in last place
Best for £2 or less
Lidl Lidl £1.99 Favorina Milk Chocolate Bunny was the clear winner
This one was an easy contest.
Lidl’s £1.99 Favorina Milk Chocolate Bunny was the clear winner with five times as many votes as the other eggs in the category.
Testers said it tasted like a much more expensive egg and loved the creamy chocolate.
But they also praised Aldi’s £1 second-place Hollow Egg with Mini Eggs, which was a few people’s favourite.
Bottom of the pile was Kinnerton’s £1 Character Egg, which you can buy at Tesco. Testers said they liked but that it tasted like cheap chocolate.
Tesco Tesco’s free-from Easter egg was the winner – but the testers weren’t really fussed on any of them
For people with allergies or vegans, Easter can be a tough time.
But there are lots of free-from options around these days, so we tried five from Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco.
Tesco’s £5 Salted Caramel Flavour Egg came out on top, with testers loving the crunchy bits of puffed rice inside the shell.
But our panel didn’t really love any of them, and said you could taste the coconut oil used instead of milk in many of the eggs.
Tesco’s free from egg proved to be the most popular with Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in joint last place
One said Sainsbury’s free from egg, which came in joint last place “tasted like sadness”.
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We’ve contacted Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco for comment.
Lindt’s £8 white chocolate Easter egg scooped the top spot in Good Housekeeping’s blind taste test last month.
You can now buy Ferrero Rocher mini eggs in cocoa and hazelnut flavours and they sound delicious.
Aldi is also selling mini eggs and they’re dupes for popular brands including Oreo, Creme Egg, Kinder Bueno and Cadbury Caramel.
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