Leeds family’s Easter egg tips

Munch bunch: .Jennie Carroll and daughters Maeve and Niamh assess the Easter eggs. Picture: Simon Hulme.
Munch bunch: .Jennie Carroll and daughters Maeve and Niamh assess the Easter eggs. Picture: Simon Hulme.
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Whether you want to shell out £30 on a handmade egg or prefer to peck at treats that are dairy and gluten free, there’s no shortage of sugary choice this Easter.

To save you feeling fried while roaming the aisles searching for the best of the bunch, we asked one Leeds family to munch their way through offerings from some of the biggest brands and give us their verdict.

Jennie Carroll, who lives in Roundhay with husband Dan and daughters Maeve, seven, and Niamh, took on the choc-tastic challenge, with enthusiastic assistance from the girls.

The eagle-eyed trio eggs-amined a Kinder Surprise egg, £5; Thorntons Harry Hopalot chocolate rabbit, £5; Cadbury’s Mini Eggs egg, £3.50 and Nestle’s Maltesers Teasers egg, £6 – all from Co-operative Food.

And after an eggs-austive assessment, looking at shelf appeal, taste, value for money and fun factor, the overall winner was the Kinder Surprise, with an eggs-ellent 19 out of 20.

Jennie, 39, said the chocolate and gift was a “winning combination” for kids. She added: “Maeve went for this egg straight away, excited about the surprise it had inside and it truly lived up to her expectations as it contained a Polly Pocket toy.”

Thorntons came second with 17, followed by Mini Eggs, 15, then Maltesers Teasers with 14.

Jennie said: “The Thorntons bunny design makes it very attractive and it was the first one that Niamh went for, but it didn’t taste as good as the others.”

She added: “The Mini Eggs offers great value for money with an egg plus bag of Mini Eggs.”

But, she said: “The Maltesers egg fails to deliver on the fun factor, which leaves it trailing behind.”

How they scored

Kinder: Shelf appeal: 5

Fun factor: 5

Value for money: 5

Taste: 4

Total: 19/20

Thorntons: Shelf appeal: 4

Fun factor: 5

Value for money: 5

Taste: 3

Total: 17/20

Mini Eggs: Shelf appeal: 3

Fun factor: 2

Value for money: 5

Taste: 5

Total: 15/20

Maltesers: Shelf appeal: 3

Fun factor: 2

Value for money: 4

Taste: 5

Total: 14/20

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