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Dairy-Free Easter Egg Taste Test 2018: Which Milk-Free Easter Egg Should You Buy This Year?

Dairy-Free Easter Egg Taste Test 2018: Which Milk-Free Easter Egg Should You Buy This Year?

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We tasted this year’s supermarket dairy-free eggs, so you don’t have to. Find out which ones are worth cracking open and the ones to avoid.

Easter is fast approaching which means one thing: chocolate! Whilst most people browse the shopping aisle and choose their egg from an array of different options, what choices do you have if you have a dairy intolerance or you’re vegan?

Good news! Over the past few years, the free-from section in supermarkets have expanded, meaning you don’t have to thoroughly hunt around to find a dairy-free egg. Now more than ever, it’s much easier to push aside the average dairy egg and experience new sweet treats and flavours.

Here at YorkTest, we decided to go on our own Easter egg hunt and round up four dairy-free chocolate eggs to review just for you. We scoured the shelves of three major UK supermarkets and selected two dark and two light chocolate products.

Once we selected our eggs, we nominated two volunteers, Charlotte and Jack, at YorkTest HQ to taste test the products for us. Both volunteers had never tried dairy-free chocolate before, which made them perfect taste-testers for our Easter challenge!

We asked them to rate each egg based on its value, texture, presentation and, above all, taste! If you’re intolerant to cow’s milk or you have a loved one who is dairy free, we can tell you the best option on the supermarket shelves. 

Which egg was crowned YorkTest’s best dairy-free Easter egg 2018? Find out below.

M&S Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg 160g – £7.00

✔ Milk Free
✔ Gluten Free
✔ Wheat Free
✔ Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

M&S Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Easter Egg

At the high end of the market, next up we have the M&S Dark Chocolate Egg. You can find this egg in their ‘Made Without’ section of their store. Expertly packaged in florescent pink foil and a polka-dot base, the egg includes dark chocolate buttons in case you have a little extra room for even more chocolate.

“I liked the presentation of this egg. You don’t see many eggs that aren’t in a cardboard or plastic box, so I was impressed with this design. Not only would this be a fantastic gift, but the texture was spot on and the taste was nice. I wouldn’t have been able to guess this was a free-from Easter egg,” Charlotte explains.
Jack mentions that out of all the eggs they tried, “this had the best texture. You couldn’t tell that it didn’t contain cow’s milk. It tasted creamy”.
Unfortunately, this egg isn’t available on the M&S site, but hopefully you can still snap one up in their stores!

Presentation: 7/10 Taste: 7/10 Texture: 10/10 Value: 4/10 Total: 28/40

Asda Belgium Dark Chocolate Egg 200g – £5.00

✔ Milk Free
✔ Gluten Free
✔ Wheat Free
✔ Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Asda Free From Dark Chocolate Egg

Asda’s free-from range radiates a touch of luxury this Easter with its purple dusted packaging and transparent box. This is a dairy, wheat and gluten free Belgium dark chocolate egg with luxurious cocoa nibs. It also includes decadent dark chocolate truffles with a vanilla flavoured fondant centre – yum! It’s free from artificial colours, flavours and hydrogenated fat. The mid-range egg is made from soya lecithin and uses rice flour and coconut oil.

We caught up with one our taste testers, Jack Robinson, who says, “The best part of this egg wasn’t even advertised! It had little crunchy bits inside it! Even the camera man loved it. The little truffles that came with it were also rich and tasted amazing”.

Commenting on the overall score of the Easter egg, Charlotte Court says, “The presentation was luxurious and impressive but, however, I have seen many more extravagant eggs on the market, hence why I gave it a 4.

“The egg itself was rich and tasty. I did mark it down slightly due to the texture as I wasn’t too sure about the crunchy addition to the chocolate. Overall, the presentation, taste and texture were ‘egg’cellent. I would definitely recommend and repurchase for myself or a friend”.

Luckily, this Easter egg is still in stock. Check it out here if you’re feeling extra chocolatey!

Presentation: 9/10  Taste: 8/10  Texture: 6/10  Value: 8/10   Total: 31/40

Moo-Free Original Organic Egg with Choccy Drops 125g –  £3.95

✔ Milk Free
✔ Gluten Free
✔ Wheat Free
✔ Soy Free
✔ GM Free
✔ Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Stores available: Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett

Moo Free Original Organic Egg with Choccy Dips

At Moo-Free, all dairy-free Easter eggs are made using Hammy’s multi-award winning organic rice milk chocolate. Moo-Free has released three Easter eggs this year: an orange flavoured egg, honeycomb flavoured and their original with choccy drops.

The packaging is fresh and bright, and it was fantastic to see an organic dairy-free egg on the shelves. It’s important to note that this egg is only 125g. The portion would be ideal for a child who is dairy-free. However, adults who are looking for an Easter egg may see this as a bitesize choice.

Our taste testers further backed this up and they both commented that this was a very “average egg”. Charlotte says, “I wasn’t overly keen on the presentation of this one. It was just average in appearance. Again, the taste and texture were ok, but overall it was a very average Easter egg”.

If you’re looking for a budget egg this year, you can still get your chocolate fix with this Moo-free alternative which won’t break the bank.

Buy it here.

Presentation: 6/10  Taste: 6/10  Texture: 6/10  Value: 5/10    Total: 23/40

Sainsbury’s Free From Choc Eggs & Discs 125g – £3.50

✔ Milk Free
✔ Gluten Free
✔ Wheat Free
✔ Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Sainsbury's Free From Choc Eggs & Discs

Here we have the most affordable option out of our four eggs we tasted. Sainsbury’s has expanded their free-from range over the past few years, including milk-free cheese and their own range of gluten-free bread. These momentous moments were celebrated by everyone who is dairy-free. Here at YorkTest, we were excited to try this dairy-free egg, given how expansive their free-from section can be and their own brand chocolate is simply delicious.

Unfortunately, the taste experts didn’t agree. The packaging is geared towards a younger demographic, with cartoon bunnies and bees scattered around the box. Jack says, “The presentation was a bit overkill. Less is more when it comes to Easter eggs”. Charlotte agrees with Jack’s comment and mentions, “I wasn’t keen on the presentation at all. It just screams ‘cheap’ and it truly looks like a value egg”.

Made with soya lecithin and rice flour, our testers weren’t impressed with the taste either. “The taste and texture of the egg was well below average. It tasted like advent calendar chocolate,” Charlotte says.

Do you want to take a gamble? Add this egg to your bag here.

Even though this egg fell short in our ratings, Sainsbury’s do offer another alternative dairy-free egg in their stores, which you can view here.

Presentation: 4/10  Taste: 2/10  Texture: 4/10   Value: 4/10     Total: 14/40

After taste-testing four products from three major UK supermarkets, the winner of the best dairy-free Easter egg 2018 is…..

Asda Belgium Dark Chocolate Egg!

Asda Easter Egg Review Winner

We’re not alone either. The Huffington Post reviewed 28 eggs and Asda’s Free From Egg came out on top in their dairy-free category! It looks like Asda’s mid-range choice is an all-round winner.

Did you also know that a dairy-free, vegan treat won the best Easter egg of 2018? The Good Housekeeping Institute assessed 142 Easter eggs and the best overall was the Booja-Booja Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Truffles which scored a whopping 89/100.

It’s a great year to be dairy-free! Check out our video below to get the full lowdown on our taste test.

Happy Easter everyone!

Are you new to choosing dairy-free alternatives? We understand that it can be a challenge to start and stick to new eating habits, especially if celebrations like Easter tempt you back into the foods you want to avoid. Check out our guide to a dairy-free Easter.

Do you find yourself symptomatic after consuming cow’s milk, soybean or perhaps cocoa bean? You may have a food intolerance. There is an easy way to confirm whether certain ingredients in your diet aren’t working for you. YorkTest’s Food&DrinkScan programme analyses your IgG reactions to 208 food and drink ingredients to pinpoint the foods you need to avoid, including cow’s milk, soybean and cocoa bean.

† YorkTest define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction

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