With Easter around the corner, there’s no doubt that everyone is stocking up on chocolate eggs, but what do you do if you’re vegan or dairy-free?
Luckily free-from items are no longer confined to the top of the supermarket shelves in a dusty corner somewhere. Thanks to the rise of veganism, dairy-free eaters through choice or through health reasons can indulge in a wide range of vegan Easter eggs this year.
We’ve carried out a supermarket sweep at some of the largest food stores, such as Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s to see which egg is crowned YorkTest’s best dairy-free Easter egg 2019.
Aldi Moser Roth Free-From Easter Egg - £4.99
This is Aldi’s first ever dairy-free Easter egg. Even better, it’s also organic. For £4.99, you get a 65% dark chocolate hollow egg, along with 3 organic chocolate truffles with a hazelnut filling.
We’re surprisingly impressed with this chocolate vegan egg, given its price, and the truffles were certainly a nice treat or two! It’s excellent value for money but it did leave a slight bitter aftertaste, and one of our testers mentioned it sometimes ‘clinged to the mouth’.
Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Free-From Egg - £6.50
Introducing Tesco Finest’s caramel flavour egg with sea salt and crispy rice pieces – this is perhaps the most mouth-watering egg out of them all. When we tried this, we noticed that the chocolate didn’t have a bitter aftertaste which is sometimes common with free-from chocolate. Just like the Aldi egg, Tesco have thrown in a few hand-decorated truffles which are raspberry and orange flavoured – yum!
Our taste testers especially commented on the creamy taste and the good balance between sweet and salty. The extra crunch at the end is a sweet surprise and it tastes just like dairy milk chocolate.
Moo Free Bunnycomb Egg - £3.95
We can always rely on Moo Free for our free-from treats! They are especially fantastic for children with their playful and bright packaging. You should be able to pick this egg up in major retail stores, such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco for only £3.95.
We were a little apprehensive at first as the honeycomb flavour is always a little tricky to get just right – too much and the flavour can be too overpowering; too little and the honeycomb flavour may lack taste.
Some noted that the egg was a ‘good effort, but it needed a flavour kick to it’, but others noted it tasted very similar to a Crunchie bar! As you can see, this egg had mixed reviews. See if it tickles your fancy when you’re next at the supermarket and let us know what you think!
Asda Extra Special Belgium Dark Chocolate Free-From Easter Egg - £5.00
Asda won our best dairy-free Easter egg last year, so it was good news that they have rolled out the same egg again this year. With a cocoa nib filling and creamy truffles, this won’t stay on the shelves for long. If you see one, put it straight in your basket!
Our taste testers were quick to pick up on its powerful flavour and others noted that it was smooth and rich. However, some testers thought the bitterness was too imposing and this impacted its final rating this time around.
Buttermilk Free-From Chocolate Orange Easter Egg - £6.00
The Cornish artisan confectionery brand Buttermilk has introduced a handful of dairy-free Easter eggs this year after only recently dipping their toes into the free-from market. The chocolate orange reminded us of Terry’s Chocolate Orange and it was sweet without that sickly feeling.
Our testers loved the ‘orange kick’ and the texture was smooth, creamy and well-balanced. A few, however, thought it could be a little too sickly if you were to eat the whole egg in one go. The packaging too is high quality and would be a lovely Easter gift for those who are vegan or dairy-free due to the artisan feel of the product.
Buttermilk Free-From Chocolate Honeycomb Easter Egg - £6.00
Due to Buttermilk’s new range, we decided to put another one of their dairy-free eggs to the test. This time around we chose the chocolate honeycomb egg, as we were curious to see how it matched up to Moo Free’s version.
Unfortunately, this one went down like a lead balloon with our taste testers, one noting that they ‘wouldn’t use it as a stocking filler’. The general consensus was that the egg was too sugary and sweet. However, this would certainly appeal to those who have a sweet tooth!
Sainsbury's Deliciously Free From Choc Egg - £3.50
We were a little underwhelmed by Sainsbury’s last year. This same Easter egg came last in our taste test as it lacked texture and, more importantly, taste.
Once again, we tried the same egg they’ve brought out this year and unfortunately it still didn’t cut it. Many of our testers noted that it had a very poor flavour and tasted similar to the budget advent calendar chocolate at Christmas. However, at a price of £3.50, this is a budget egg which shouldn’t be completely ruled out. Give it a try and see what you think.
Moo-Free 65% Dark Free-From Egg - £5.49
This is one for the dark chocolate lovers! Moo-Free were one of the original dairy-free chocolate brands and this one in particular is an affordable egg which accommodates most taste buds.
We found that this chocolate version had a slight bitter tang to do it. One tester in particular said it was ‘smooth, but perhaps a little bitter’, but it satisfied our cravings. It’s worth picking up in the supermarkets if you see one.
Just Chocolate Deliciously Dark Chocolate Egg - £6.99
This chocolate egg is free from dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, peanuts and tree nuts. It also has no artificial flavours. The egg also comes with an 85g chocolate bar as an added bonus.
Testers mentioned it was nicely balanced, with a smooth flavour and only an ever so slightly bitter aftertaste. Others, however, mentioned it’s rich with a powerful punch!
Holland and Barrett Dairy-Free Easter egg with Bunny Bar - £2.99
Aimed at a younger market, just like the Moo-Free Honeycomb egg, this Holland and Barrett egg is only £2.99, so it’s not an egg that will break the bank. Unfortunately, we didn’t hop to it when these eggs came out and they were sold out in many stores around us.
Reviews on the product have been positive, with one person in particular saying: “The price is brilliant as so many free-from eggs are expensive. I loved them so much I ordered another 6!”. If you see one in the store, crack it open and let us know what you think!
What’s been your favourite Easter egg this year? Get in touch and let us know!