Cadbury Mini Eggs have long been an Easter staple in my house. I prefer them even to the ever popular Cadbury Creme Eggs, which are nice, but can be a bit too sweet for me with all that gooey fondant in the center.
Mini eggs, if you haven’t had them, are about 3/4-inch high eggs that have pastel-colored matte candy shells over a solid chocolate center. They’re Cadbury products, but the ones available here in the US (excluding Cadbury chocolates that are actually imported and sold here) are made on license by Hershey’s. For years, they have been available in only one flavor: Â a very creamy and milky milk chocolateÂ that melts against your tongue the second you bite through that candy shell.
This year, I noticed that there is now a “Royal Dark” dark chocolate version of my Easter favorite! The new Mini Eggs are put together the same way as the milk chocolate ones, but feature darker shells, rather than the very pale pastels of the original candies; the ratio of candy shell to chocolate is the same and the eggs are still the same size. The chocolate inside is very nice – surprisingly dark, with both bitter and fruity notes. It is also quite the contrast to the creamy milk chocolate in the classic and if you put them out in a bowl without giving a little bit of a warning, you might end up with some very surprised tasters on your hands. That said, you can’t go wrong with either variety and I’m definitely keeping a mix of the two out this Easter. And stocking up on an extra bag or two since these are season products available only for a limited time each year.
AliciaMarch 11, 2008
Oh, I just love these. They’re my favorite Easter candy, so I have a mix out as well!
Sally McEntireMarch 11, 2008
I love these too. Are they in the stores now? I need to get some!
barbie2beMarch 11, 2008
i love those mini chocolate eggs but the cream eggs make me gag.
CarolMarch 11, 2008
I’ve always loved these, too, and was excited to see the dark chocolate ones, but when I tried them I have to admit I was a little disappointed. The dark chocolate is not as creamy and smooth like the milk chocolate ones are. I like to put the milk chocolate mini-eggs in a nice warm room for a couple of hours before eating them, they’re great that way!
HilaryMarch 11, 2008
I’m wild about the Cadbury mini eggs, too! They’re my Easter crack. P.S. They started selling that at Christmas time, too.
SarahMarch 11, 2008
These are my absolute favorite. I haven’t bought any this year because I can go through them so quickly. My husband found the dark ones last year and bought me a bag. I love them both!
EvaMarch 11, 2008
I adore these as well. If you have a Canadian or UK connection, try to get them to send you some. I find Cadbury chocolate (definitely in the UK and somewhat in Canada) better (IMO)…a little creamier and less sweet. ps. I just spotted the dark chocolate version and can’t wait to try them!
eMarch 12, 2008
These are my favorite Easter candy. In fact, I’ve consumed a bag of the milk and a bag of the Royal dark already this season!
beverlyMarch 12, 2008
I will have to try these. If you want a real treat try the ones sold at Williams Sonoma, they are like a mini truffle. They are more expensive but well worth it.
EnzaMarch 12, 2008
I had no idea they made these with dark chocolate…OMG! I’m running to the store NOW!