I first reviewed these Crème de la Crème eggs from Artisan du Chocolat back in 2011 here. I don't think many a chocolate has scored as highly as these did; I was absolutely blown away with how good they were and what with a certain other Crème Egg causing speculation recently I wanted to make a return to these to see whether anything had changed.
They came packaged in a lovely card box that resembled a bunny whilst the eggs inside contained a fresh vanilla white chocolate ganache complete with a white chocolate ganache 'yolk' either flavoured with apricot and clementine or passion fruit.
So the flavours were pretty much the same as when reviewed previously, apart from clementine has replaced mandarin. I know a couple of years ago Artisan du Chocolat did a yuzu flavoured egg and also a mint one, which certainly sounded interesting, but it seems they've reverted back to more 'classic' flavours for this year.
Milk Chocolate Crème de la Crème Egg with Passion Fruit Yolk
These were just as good as I remembered; the size of the egg is similar to that of the modern day Creme Egg. The chocolate shell is just the right thickness, encasing a a gorgeous vanilla white chocolate ganache and a passion fruit yolk that is absolutely bursting with flavour. The balance of creamy/tart/sweet is perfect with the passion fruit bringing a gorgeous tropical, exotic flavour to the eat. I could quite easily eat one after another of these, unlike a certain other 'creme' egg these are no way sickly sweet, but satisfying, 'chocolately' and refreshing. Incredible.
Dark Chocolate Crème de la Crème Egg with Apricot & Clementine Yolk
Compared to the passion fruit egg this one is a bit more of a subtle eat; like a mellow chocolate orange. The dark chocolate isn't too bitter and offers a nice backdrop to the creamy mellow nature of the vanilla ganache and the apricot and clementine yolk that provides light refreshing fruity citrus notes. This is still delicious but definitely doesn't provide that same flavour hit as the passion fruit.
Overall both eggs are delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed eating both in the bag - however if they were sold separately I'd probably just opt to purchase the milk chocolate version; like last time I reviewed it I was simply blown away with how good it is. The smooth creamy ganache and the flavour explosion that it provides are simply superb.
Taste - 9.8/10 - Absolutely delicious.
Texture -9.6/10 - Gorgeous smooth creamy ganache, chocolate shell just the right thickness.
Appearance - 9.3/10 - Presented beautifully, love the bunny box.
Price -8.9/10 - At £9.99 for 120g or £14.99 for 250g, a bit more expensive than a standard Creme Egg but 100 times better. Well worth the additional expense.
Overall - 9.4/10 - You simply have to experience how good these are!!!
A great Easter gift for any chocolate lover.
WHERE TO BUY?
Online at Artisan du Chocolat here or accessible via the side banner.