I'd heard so much about Lucky's, a London based company taking their inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, producing a fine range of cakes coated in delicious thick Valrhona chocolate it seems that everyone across the chocolate reviewing scene has been raving about their amazing novel yet delicious products so I was so excited when I heard that they would be down at the London Chocolate Festival I was attending!
When I was down there I managed to pick up a couple of their cakes, which will be coming up in a later review at some point, but also 3 of their limited edition Humpty Dumpty Easter Eggs brought out of Wonderland especially for Easter! Their concept of the Easter Egg is just as novel as that of their cakes, chocolate eggs with filled shells, yes you heard me right filled shells! Wow an interesting idea! The three flavours that they are brought out have cute fun names and are as follows : Sir White Pumking (Valrhona 35% White Chocolate Egg filled with spiced pumpkin and coconut compote), Mister Chestnut Mate (Valrhona 40% Milk Chocolate Egg filled with vanilla & chesnut purée) and finally Lord Dark Tophius (Valrhona Dark Chocolate Egg filled with a milk caramel), don't you just love the names of these guys!
To be honest I was quite skeptical about these eggs, although I loved the concept, pumpkin & chestnut aren't what I normally enjoy in chocolate, the caramel egg , oh yes fine, but the other two I was slightly worried that I would find them a bit too out-there.
I decided to start with Sir White Pumking and work my way up in terms of cocoa solids; before I talk about flavour etc, I just have to say how wonderfully these are presented, they are so cute, wrapped in sellophane a top a box with drawn on legs and finished with a delicious looking chocolate bow you certainly wouldn't hope that your Humpty wasn't going to fall off the wall and break too early!
The egg breaks relatively easily into 2 thick halves and on cutting shows an oozing orange coloured filled centre inside the delicious creamy white chocolate. Despite the chocolate, Valrhona, being exceptional as it always is, I just couldn't get my head around the filling, it just really wasn't for me and felt like it belonged in much more of a savoury dish.
The compote didn't offer enough of a smooth texture and had lumps of pumpkin throughout that I found quite off putting, the spices of clove and cinnamon overpowered everything a bit and I just felt that this purée shouldn't have been put inside a wonderful Easter Egg but instead warmed up and served as a more savoury dish. There may be some people who enjoy this flavour with their chocolate but this really just wasn't my cup of tea, pumpkin + chocolate are two things that should be kept completely separate.
I moved onto Mister Chestnut Mate next, hoping that I would enjoy this one slightly more, the texture of this egg is much better, the chesnut purée had much more of a smooth finish and on first bite I thought I was really going to enjoy this one, it certainly isn't something different, but as the flavour built I started to change my mind.
I would definately say chestnut is an acquired taste, it offered a very dry/woody approach that tasted alcoholic, even though there was no prescence of alcohol, despite the creaminess of the milk chocolate I was left with a dry almost dusty flavour in my mouth & the resounding thoughts in my head that I would stay away from Chestnut flavoured things in the future.
My final egg to try was Lord Dark Tophius and I was praying with all my might that I would enjoy this, in theory this one was a "normal" flavour, there should be nothing about this egg that I dislike and thankfully this was true. Despite me not liking the other two eggs this one certainly made up for it and I thoroughly enjoyed this and munched my way through the whole egg, yum!
The experience of eating this egg was wonderful, it makes you feel like a young child again messily munching away on the thick chocolate shell filled with a gorgeous milk caramel centre and by the time I had finished I am ashamed to say that I had it all around my mouth! The milk caramel centre is amazing, it's gorgeously smooth and not over poweringly sweet as so many caramels are, it has a light toffee flavour and reminded me of an extremely good toffee sauce, pairing excellently with the dark chocolate. All I can say is I am so glad that Lord Dark Tophius was this yummy!
Although not having enjoyed Sir White Pumking or Mister Chestnut Mate you can see how good an idea and concept this is from Lucky's, the idea of the filled shell is genius and the cute presentation of Humpty is just perfect for Easter time, I have never seen anything like this before, from the cute name to the nicely finished little bow in terms of presentation it could do no wrong. However I just feel that maybe the flavours could have had a bit more of a wider appeal, there may be people out there who like pumpkin in their chocolate but unfortunately I am not one of them, this is certainly nothing to do with the quality of the product but more of my personal preference and therefore I was very glad that Lord Dark Tophius was there to save the day with his good classic tasty flavours.
Taste - 5/10 - Unfortunately because I didn't enjoy Sir White Pumking or Mister Chesnut Mate I can't really give a high score on taste, although Lord Dark Tophius was satisfying the other 2 flavours were just way too out there.
Texture - 6/10 - The textures seemed to get better with each egg I tried, the pumpkin was lumpy, the chestnut slightly dry but the milk caramel was smooth and divine.
Appearance - 9.3/10 - I loved how these were presented and the fact that the egg split easily in half was a big plus!
Price - 8/10 -At £7 for each of these I thought this was quite a reasonable buy considering the quality of chocolate they are made with and the obvious work that has been put into them.
Overall - 7/10 - Loved the concept just wished there had been different flavours.
If you want to have a look at Lucky's Online store you can visit them at www.luckys-online.co.uk to look at their delicious range of cakes in Wonderland or they have a pop up store in Harvey Nichols at the moment if you want to go and delve into the wonderfulness that is Lucky's!