Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Lake Champlain Hazelnut Eggs

I would be remiss in reviewing Easter candies not to include something a little more upscale. Besides the usual drug-store fare such as Russell Stovers, I found quite a few candies at Whole Foods. I got a wonderful birthday basket of Lake Champlain a couple of months ago and have been nibbling away on it, so I thought I’d check out their seasonal items.

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These little impluse buys were in a bucket by the checkout stand. At $.79 each, I was willing to give them a try (I didn’t even know what they were except that they were blue and from Lake Champlain). When I got home and bit into one (I know, brave!) I was pleasantly surprised to find a hazelnut praline. The eggs are actually “half-eggs” and about the size of an egg-shaped walnut and probably weigh a little less than a half an ounce.

In fact, if you were wondering where to get those Caffarel Guanduia chocolates in the States, look no further than these for your domestic equivalent.

The outside is rich milky chocolate and the filling is a soft hazelnut and chocolate mixture. It’s thick and clingy, nutty and buttery. Yum. I can’t eat a lot of these at once (I only bought two, so I’m safe). They’re very rich tasting and utterly filling. One with a cup of coffee is quite a treat.

The Lake Champlain Easter eggs come in a variety of flavors (caramel, raspberry & coconut) that you can order from their website and I’m sure some Whole Foods carry them as well.

There’s no way I can possibly keep up with all the Easter candies, but Joanna over at Sugar Savvy has created a roundup of a lot of dark chocolate Easter eggs.

Name: Hazelnut Praline Eggs
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Lake Champlain
Place Purchased: Whole Foods
Price: $.79 each
Size: ~.42 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, United States, Lake Champlain, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:02 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I am not a fan of either milk chocolate or hazelnuts, yet your glowing review propelled me want to add those Lake Champlain babies to my
    mental candy shopping list.  Let me know if you come across the Green and Blacks praline eggs - I bet they’re along the same lines, but with my precious DARK chocolate.

    So many huevos!  I barely even scratched the surface…

    Comment by Joanna on 3/25/06 at 6:32 am #
  2. Mm, those sound similar to Sarris eggs.  How big are those? Have you had the Sarris Meltaway Eggs?  They’re so good! Hazelnut and java and
    raspberry and peanut butter and straight chocolate and some other flavors I don’t even remember… *propels you to the Sarris website*

    Comment by Tindy on 3/25/06 at 6:33 am #
  3. I wonder why we don’t have many hazelnut chocolates in the US.

    My absolute fave.

    I’ve even resorted to Chocosphere!!!

    Comment by desertwind on 3/25/06 at 6:41 am #

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