As Thorntons are celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year this Easter Egg was brought out as a unique offering to their Easter range and wow it certainly looks like a special treat, consisting of a huge milk chocolate egg flecked with loops of white and dark chocolate and a box of 36 chocolates underneath this is definately an Easter Egg that you wouldn't be disappointed to receive!
This is the sort of egg that you would most likely buy for that special person in your life, or someone who had given up chocolate for lent & was in serious need of a chocolate fix! It is beautifully presented in a large clear box with a gorgeous blue bow and it looks every bit as wonderful as Thorntons intended it to be and priced at £24.99 this egg certainly is one of the best value eggs I have seen around this Easter, not only do you get an egg but a huge box of chocolates consisting of a variety of 18 different chocolates, 2 of each, including : Vanilla Truffle, Soho Caramel, Ganache au Marc de Champagne, Layered Chocolate Classic, Diplomat, Cherry Truffle, Raspberry & Rose, Lemon Meringue, Orange Garden, Toffee Mousse, Midnight Melt, Viennese Truffle, Double Chocolate Pot, Manhattan Melt, Caramel Cup, Tiramisu, Hazelnut Praline & Lime&Chilli!
Normally I don't particularly love Thornton's boxed chocolates, I find them too sugary and sweet but this actually sounded like a really interesting appealing box of chocolates, there is definately something for everyone & with 8 limited edition chocolates especially made for this Jubilee edition it would be a nice chance to sample some of the new range that Thorntons are coming up with.
As I started to sample some of the chocolates in the box I actually really enjoyed them; ok they may not be your high pricey chocolate shop chocolates with a variety of weird and wonderful flavours but you know what, this is what I really liked about them, they are classic flavours that actually work & don't leave you longing for simplicity. The highlights for me in the box had to be:
The new Raspberry & Rose chocolate
A gorgeous raspberry mousse and jam with lingering hints of rose encased in a thick chocolate shell and shaped like a heart, it was amazingly fruity with a gorgeous smooth texture.
The Viennese Truffle
I've always loved this chocolate, it's been one of the only ones that I used to enjoy at Thorntons, I'm not sure what it is that I like about it since it is very sweet, but it could be something to do with it's amazingly creamy sumptuous texture & the naughty sprinkling of sugar on it's exterior.
The Double Chocolate Pot
I'd never seen this chocolate from Thornton's before but it was so rich and sumptuous, with a deep chocolate truffle and an almost light chocolatey mousse it melted in the mouth and made me wish that my family hadn't eaten the other one!
The Manhattan Melt
I'd seen this chocolate dotting around in Thornton's Metropolitan box I think it is but have never had the chance to try it until now! Wow, such an amazingly creamy chunky chocolates with a gorgeous melt giving wonderful fruity hints throughout. A real winner.
I don't need to go on to say how good the rest of the box were, yes there were some hit & misses but you can't argue that this is a good selection of chocolates with timeless classics & new editions that will definately please everyone in your family and of course a perfect sharing size with a whopping 4 layers!! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed these and would definately not say no to another a box of Thorntons chocolates in the future after this experience.
On moving onto the egg with its thick milk chocolately shell, Thornton's chocolate is quite sweet but no where near as sweet as some of its cheaper counter part eggs you may find from the likes of Cadburys etc and presents itself as a very moreish chocolate , I could quite happily munch my way through large quantities of it with a nice cup of tea in front of the television, with 30% cocoa solids it has a much higher percentage than some cheap chocolates on the market & possesses a wonderfully smooth smoky caramel flavour that just makes you keep wanting to come back for more. The good thing about this egg though is that it's so big that even despite its moreish quality it will no doubt last you well over your Easter period, weighing well over 400g!
I really liked this edition to the Thorntons Easter Egg range, when faced with the likes of Hotel Chocolat etc I always find that Thorntons never offer enough of a novel appeal, their eggs always same to be the same year after year so it was really nice to see a new different edition to the family, not only did it provide a huge substantial shell but undernearth lurked a delicious box of 36 chocolates, anyone who wouldn't want to receive this for Easter has something seriously wrong with them and at a price of £24.99 this is the best value Easter Egg on the market that I have come across.
Taste - 8/10 - Pleasantly surprised by this Thorntons offering, the boxed chocolates provide a diverse range of chocolates and the egg has a wonderful moreish milk chocolate flavour.
Texture - 7.4/10 - The chocolates generally had good textures, a couple were a bit on the dry side but overall they were good, whilst the egg provided a smooth creamy chocolate.
Appearance - 9.2/10 - Looks exquisite, not only packaged wonderfully but the egg is stunning, along with a gorgeous box of chocolates that once empty you could keep the box for afterwards!
Price - 9.6/10 - Without doubt the best value egg on the market this Easter.
Overall - 8.5/10 - With eggs like this all I can say is that hopefully bright new products will be coming our way from Thorntons soon!
To grab your Easter Egg from Thorntons either pop into one of their shops or visit their online site at www.thorntons.co.uk