Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Laica & Caffarel Chocolate Eggs

Laica Chocolate EggsMy office is now next door to a Cost Plus World Market. Which means that I browse there about once a week ... and try to resist buying more than twice a month. It took three trips before I succumbed to this one kilo (2.2 pound) bag of Sweet Moments Chocolate Eggs (Ovetti) made by Laica. Priced at $9.99 it wasn’t that it would cost me a Hamilton, it was that it was more than two pounds of foil covered chocolate eggs. That’s a lotta candy!

The description on the front says milk chocolate eggs with hazelnuts cream and cereals filling. There’s also a little logo in the top right that says puro cioccolato.

Laica Chocolate EggsAll of the candies are the same flavor, but feature four designs on the foil. Each has the company logo on it and calls these Nocciola (hazelnut).

The light blue has an angry chick, the green has a white duck, the tan has a decidedly unhappy sheep and the yellow features emotionless butterflies and flowers.

The eggs are about 1.25 inches long with little lines on the widest part. They smell sweet and a little like roasted nuts and hot chocolate.

Laica Chocolate Eggs

The bite is soft and easy. The chocolate shell melts easily, it’s real chocolate and in the European milky style.

The center is creamy with dots of little cereal pieces. They’re like crisped rice, only spherical and according to the ingredients made of a mix of corn, rice, wheat and barley. They’re crispy and provide a nice malty crunch. The creamy paste in the center is sweet and sticky with a hint of hazelnut flavor - not as much as I’d hoped. The ingredients show that the center is sugar, fractionated oils, the cereal bits and then 8% hazelnut paste followed by cocoa & milk plus some other stuff.

Overall, they’re quite easy to eat. They don’t satisfy in the sense that after three I don’t want any more, instead I keep eating them. Though they’re more expensive than some other American made chocolate confections available for Easter, they edge out on the quality front and they certainly taste good. And they’re cute.

Last year Easter came much earlier (March 23, 2008), so I think there were far more after holiday deals to be found because of the compressed selling period between Valentine’s and Easter. One of them I was eager to take advantage of was this set of Caffarel Eggs being sold at Williams-Sonoma (they’re back this year). At regular price, they’re pretty expensive at $24 for 10 ounces (19 eggs). But I ordered them on clearance after Easter for $6.99 a bag. I also got the candy shell version which didn’t return this year.

Caffarel Eggs

Each little egg had a collar and label: mandorla (almond), torroncino (nougat), gianduja (hazelnut & chocolate paste).

Caffarel Gianduia EggSadly my clearance deal netted me two bags of bloomed chocolate. I ate most of the first bag, and though the bloom wasn’t too bad, it did make the outside of the eggs rather oily and difficult to remove the clingy thin foil.

The chocolate is smooth and silky (other than the bloom issue), the center was rich and thick, much like the other Caffarel gianduia products I’ve had. The nougat one had little crunchy bits in it. The almond one had an amaretto flavor to it that I didn’t care for at all ... so about a third of the bag was a flavor I didn’t care for (but luckily others I know do).

The quality of the ingredients is top notch and the hazelnut flavor (or almond, in the case of the mandorla) is rich and decadent. The packaging is exceptional, each one is a little gift (though also makes a lot of little bits of paper for cleanup). I’m not going to give them a rating because of the bloom though.

They’re a wonderful little treat, but very expensive when there are other products around like the Ovetti or even the Moser Roth Truffles my mother sent me from Aldi. However, I do see them sold singly from time to time, usually for a dollar at fine delis ... so it’s definitely worth it to have a little treat now and then.

Related Candies

  1. Lindt Chocolate Carrots
  2. Nestle Creme Eggs
  3. Lindt Lindor Truffle Eggs
  4. Caffarel Figs & Chestnuts (Fico & Castagna)
  5. Caffarel Chocolate Truffle Mushrooms
  6. Caffarel Gianduia 1865
Name: Sweet Moments Ovetti (Chocolate Eggs)
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Laica
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (3rd & Fairfax)
Price: $9.99
Size: 38 ounces
Calories per ounce: 157
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, Cookie, Italy, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:06 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Peloria's avatar

    The biggest question on my mind… why are the animals grumpy? wink

    Those look yummy - wish we had a Cost Plus in our area!

    Comment by Peloria on 3/31/09 at 9:46 am #
  2. bettyfelon's avatar

    Those first eggs look mouthwateringly delicious but there is no way I could justify spending that much money for that much chocolate

    Comment by bettyfelon on 3/31/09 at 10:30 am #
  3. My local Aldi’s doesn’t have the Moser Roth truffles any more.  I think they were to be a Valentines item.  They currently have a small range of items for easter.  I loved the Choceur
    Belgian Milk Chocolate Eggs (mixed mini foil covered chocolate eggs - expresso, orange, milk with crisps, hazelnut paste and plain with a whole hazelnut)  The Grandessa Signature
    Truffle Eggs were awful.  Very little chocolate flavor and the filling tasted of nothing.  Some of the others I haven’t bought yet look interesting, one looks like a lindt truffle knock-off.

    Comment by Rachel on 4/01/09 at 3:05 am #

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