Monday, March 13, 2006

Cadbury Mini Eggs

Many other holiday candies are just different packaging for regular candies. Really, what’s so Christmassy about red and green M&Ms or Peppermint Patties in red and green foil? Cadbury Mini Eggs stand as one of those candies that aren’t sold any other time of year and as much as I’d like them to be, I treasure them when I see them in a way that I might not if they were as ubiquitous as M&Ms (whatever color they might be).

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Cadbury Mini Eggs are unique. While there are plenty of other candy covered chocolates ala M&Ms, the Hershey’s Eggs, Kissables, Jots and other imitators. There’s nothing else like the Mini Eggs, Cadbury doesn’t make a candy covered chocolate bean. They’re even oddly shaped, irregular, more like little rounded cones than eggs, they’re just such satisfying shapes.

imageWhat sets them apart from other chocolate candies at this time of years, first and foremost, is that they contain Cadbury chocolate. Cadbury is rather milky tasting, and certainly very sweet. Then it’s all cloaked in this amazingly odd slightly sanded, matte shell. The shell is crunchy and has slightly cool feel in the mouth. You can dissolve it away to get to the chocolate centers, or you can crunch the whole thing together for a sweeter burst.

The colors are even a little less common. Because of the matte finish the yellow, pink, blue and white morsels look like chunks of colored chalk and even have a slightly chalky feel when you first put them in your mouth.

Here’s the big surprise, when I turned them over to see where they were made it said “manufactured by Hershey Foods Corp under license from Cadbury, Ltd.” How long has that been going on? Um, since 1988 ... jeeze, shows you how much I pay attention!

UPDATE: New for 2007! Cadbury Royal Dark Mini Eggs ... hmm.

Related Candies

  1. Brach’s Robin Eggs (Solid Milk Chocolate)
  2. Lindt Lindor Truffle Eggs
  3. Cadbury Canadian Creme Eggs
  4. Cadbury Royal Dark Mini Eggs
  5. Peeps
  6. Cadbury Eggs: Creme & Caramel
  7. Hershey Eggs
Name: Mini Eggs
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Cadbury (mfd by Hershey's)
Place Purchased: Sav-On
Price: $.50 (on sale!)
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Cadbury, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:13 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. They really ARE superb.  Easter is definitely the best time of year for candy.  I love the Cadbury cream eggs too, although as I’ve gotten older, I can only seem to manage the baby size ones.  The all out best Easter candy, though, remains Brach’s fiesta eggs, which are impossible to find in the stores any more.  I ordered 10 lbs. of them from the internet at one point, which nauseated even me, but they are incomparable.

    Comment by zerodoll on 3/13/06 at 9:50 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    I had to look up the Fiesta eggs (malt eggs). I love malt eggs and though I buy the Whoppers Robin’s Eggs they’re not quite as good as the Brachs, which have a better shell and of course a better chocolate.

    I’ll have a roundup of the malted eggs later this week! Sadly, I didn’t see the Brachs.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/13/06 at 10:17 am #
  3. Your description of the taste and texture of the Mini eggs is spot-on, as usual. I am so excited when I see these candies on display at the grocery store each Spring. I get extra bags for the freezer for eating out of hand (of course) and for cupcake decorations.

    Comment by Cory on 3/13/06 at 11:05 am #
  4. mmmm, these are my favorite easter candy (although i love reese’s mini eggs, too).  they’ve been selling them at CVS for 2/.88 lately and i keep picking up little packs of them.  every year, i buy the first bag i see, then stock up towards the end of the easter season.

    Comment by anne on 3/13/06 at 11:10 am #
  5. My favorite Easter candy too! Love them!

    Comment by Brian on 3/13/06 at 11:24 am #
  6. There you go again, reading my mind.  First I see your reference to Billington’s Dark Brown Sugar (I eat the stuff out of a spoon - for real!  It is so gorgeous and delicious!) and then read on Friday your announcement of this week’s Easter candy review.  I think I will focus my Sugar Savvy Easter-chocolate roundup specifically on eggs which involve DARK CHOCOLATE, in order to avoid redundancy with your reviews.  I feel like a bit of an imposter discussing Easter candy as a Jew, but hey - I’m a Jew AND a candy-eater… and not, sadly, in that order.

    Comment by Joanna on 3/13/06 at 12:50 pm #
  7. yum.  i love these.  i have a sort of ritual for eating them.  first of all, i’m anal, so i’ll separate colors and either eat one color totally before moving on to another, or i’ll eat one of each color before starting the sequence again.  i’ll put them in my mouth, crack the candy shell, peel it off with my tongue, and then let the chocolate dissolve.

    i’m totally with you, they should be sold year round!

    Comment by erin on 3/13/06 at 1:33 pm #
  8. Oh, I’m so glad you gave these a 10. I love these. They are pure can’t-stop-eating-them evil.

    Comment by KathyR on 3/13/06 at 2:58 pm #
  9. I was waiting for the Cadbury eggs to be mentioned!! These are THE BEST ever. Every year I buy several bags and try to make them last. Thanks Cory for the freezer idea. Now I can buy more!! I turned my kids on to these delicious candies and to them, these are better than money. They should be available year round but isn’t it fantastic to see that dark blue bag this time every year?? Oh, the joy!!  Suzanne

    Comment by Suzanne on 3/13/06 at 4:12 pm #
  10. “i’ll put them in my mouth, crack the candy shell, peel it off with my tongue, and then let the chocolate dissolve.”

    I do this, too!

    Comment by Grace on 3/13/06 at 6:07 pm #
  11. I love these even though I’m not usually a huge fan of milk chocolate.  Usually I let the whole shell disolve and then savor the chocolate.  They should make a variety with the Cadbury’s dark chocolate.  Then I’d be overjoyed (and I’d gain many, many pounds I’m sure).

    Comment by g on 3/14/06 at 7:33 am #
  12. Hershey only makes and distributes Cadbury in the US, much like it does KitKat, which is Nestles else where.

    Comment by rachel on 3/17/06 at 11:32 am #
  13. Cybele's avatar

    rachel - yeah, I thought it was really weird how those manufacturing license work. Cabury is a competitor to Nestle and Hershey elsewhere, yet they have this deal with Hershey to make them here. Same with the KitKat. I’m sure Hershey isn’t allowed to export this “Cadbury” anywhere either.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/17/06 at 4:51 pm #
  14. mini eggs are great, if you live in canada you can get them around christmas time too( i was happy when i was on vacation there over xmas, and i found them in the store, which plesantly surprized me)

    Comment by angela on 3/25/06 at 6:46 am #
  15. Clearly, we have some kindred chocolate spirits out there…

    It’s the sugary crunch that makes these eggs so wonderful.

    This might sound weird, but I like to hold them in my hand for a minute or two so they warm up and melt on the tongue.

    Alas, they are hard to find—whenever I spot them, I usually buy a few bags. And they seem to disappear quite quickly.

    Comment by Lauren Young on 3/28/06 at 7:37 am #
  16. I love mini eggs more then anything else on the planet. Sometimes I thought that I would be incapible of ever loving a candy again, after my recent split with Skittles. I have to say that I plan to eat 5 bags a day until easter, then I will stock my shelves to handle the famine till next year.

    Comment by Amber Kirby on 4/07/06 at 9:55 am #
  17. #16 Was posted by my girlfriend and I recommend that she does not follow through with her plan if she wants to maintain her excellent body.  Mini-eggs are pretty great though.

    Comment by Sean McAndrews on 4/07/06 at 10:08 am #
  18. they are my favourite Easter candy!! but u know what, this year i can’t find any of them in my city

    Comment by Brenda on 4/16/06 at 5:57 am #
  19. these are the greatest candies ever. i am very depressed right now because im all out and i have to waita year to get some more. i am obsessed with them and they are all i can talk about during easter.they should sell them year around. running cross country make me get huge cravings for the sweet crisp chocolate. they are the best!

    Comment by mad on 4/30/06 at 2:46 pm #
  20. i love your eggs!!!

    Comment by Katie martinez on 5/22/06 at 3:02 pm #
  21. eggs - good mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i love dem

    Comment by ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm on 6/12/06 at 11:13 am #
  22. Mini eggs are great, but you should seriously try to get hold of the real Cadbury mini eggs (ie those manufactured by Cadbury in Birmingham and sold around England).  The US licensed version made by Hershey tastes like poison by comparison.

    Comment by Jack on 8/03/06 at 11:54 am #
  23. i’ve been vegan for about two years now, and these are the absolute only thing i miss eating. i would always stock up on them. my favorite candy ever.

    Comment by marisa on 9/21/06 at 7:16 am #
  24. I’m so excited to see that other people are obsessed with these as well. I loooooooove them so much. I’m kinda glad that they only come out one time of year though, because I’d be scared that I’d get used to them. I love all candy, but these are the best ever. I will sometimes put them in the microwave and melt them, and it’s o’ so delicious. One little candy with sooooo many possibilities. My sister ordered some from England for my birthday once, and I didn’t like the british ones at all. I can’t wait ‘til the day after valentines day when they come out. Yummmm…

    Comment by Jennette on 9/24/06 at 8:35 am #
  25. Cadbury Mini Eggs are very addictive for me.  I stock up on them at Easter.  I just noticed that they are coming out with a Christmas mini egg…..I saw someone advertise them on Ebay.
    A wonderful surprise for sure.

    Comment by Pat on 10/14/06 at 1:35 am #
  26. I have to say this is by far the best easter chocolate of all.  However you mentioned two ways of eating them and to be honest there is a third.  One that is looked over and that I discovered on accident.  It’s kind of a story so I’ll make it short as I can.

    Bought a bag about 6 years ago.  It was on my couch I was going to open it and enjoy but realized I had to run out again.  I left the bag there on the couch.  When I returned home I discovered my cat laying on top of the bag.  I grabbed him and pulled him off of it.  I scooped up my bag hoping that nothing was wrong.

    I opened so far so good nothing was melted into a large blob.  So I pop one in my mouth. I bit down and instead of solid chocolate I recieved this wonderful melted slightly warm casscade of chocolate.

    It was heaven.  I eat them like that ever year.  However instead of using my cat as a heater I pop them in my toaster oven for a few seconds.

    Highly recomend giving it a try if you haven’t already!

    Love you site btw!

    Comment by Marilyn on 11/01/06 at 2:25 pm #
  27. I just bought Cadbury’s Christmas version of these…but I am a little icked out because they had an ingredient on the label that I hadn’t seen before: PGPR. Now I know it’s a cheap emulsifier to make the chocolate seem smooth. Does anyone know if the mini-eggs have this too? I think I hate myself for enjoying something with artificial flavor *and* PGPR to boot!

    Comment by Jenn on 11/07/06 at 1:23 pm #
  28. MY RECORD IS 7LBS IN ONE WEEK! smile

    Comment by Ashley on 11/26/06 at 2:27 pm #
  29. Where are you buying these delectable treats? I NEED CHRISTMAS MINI EGGS!

    Comment by Noel on 12/05/06 at 8:09 am #
  30. Cybele's avatar

    Noel - I found the Christmas Mini Eggs at Walgreen’s.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/05/06 at 8:15 am #
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