Friday, March 19, 2010

Real Eggshell filled with Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle

Real Eggshell filled with chocolate truffleAt the Fancy Food Show in January I saw these lovely little items and couldn’t wait until I found them in the store.

The name isn’t so enticing but at least it’s accurate: Real Eggshell filled with Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle. I found mine at Cost Plus World Market, which has a great selection of Easter candy this year. They were a bit expensive at $3.99, so for some folks this might replace the chocolate rabbit if they’re on a budget.

It’s a real eggshell that’s been emptied and filled with a gianduia. The shell is then resealed with a little sticker dot over the hole, painted up and sold. The chocolate resolidifies and when the shell is peeled off, it’s like hard boiled egg made of chocolate.

Real Eggshell filled with chocolate truffle

I thought it might be cute to serve them as a dessert like a soft boiled egg. I didn’t try it myself, but I’m guessing instead of sticking them in the fridge before opening you could pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds or a pan of hot water for a minute to make them soupy. Then it’d be like a rich hazelnut pudding that you’d eat with a spoon.

Real Eggshell filled with chocolate truffle

Even though it’s what I’d consider a novelty product, the ingredients are gourmet: sugar, hazelnuts, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk powder, soy lecithin and vanillin. I didn’t refrigerate either of mine before opening them, so I think as long as it’s not too warm (over 75 degrees) they remain solid enough to peel.

I opened mine two different ways. For the green one above I peeled off the sticker at the bottom. This showed that the painting is added after the filling is added, as the sticker is also painted and the margin under it is still a white chicken egg shell. For the second egg, the yellow one, I just smacked it against the edge of a table and pulled off bits.

Real Eggshell filled with chocolate truffle

Both eggs I had contained a void inside - so thought this one looks like it’s a hollow egg, the vacant space isn’t really that large. It’s kind of like the real air pocket in chicken eggs.

The truffle inside is soft, smooth and creamy. The hazelnut flavors are the best part - grassy, roasted and nutty. The dairy and cocoa butter keep it ultra smooth and the cocoa touch mellows it all out. It’s on the sweet side, not as sweet as Nutella or a Milka bar, but sweeter than the dark chocolate versions of gianduia I’ve had from Caffarel.

The confection is a novelty that lives up to the promise. It’s beautiful, unique and charming though a bit problematic to consume. I thought the best way to eat it was to expose enough truffle filling and then bite it off. Then I misjudged and got a little eggshell ... eating eggshell makes me think I’m eating my own teeth (I know, weird phobia). Finally I ended up taking off all the shell and muddling through with melty fingers.

$3.99 for 1.75 ounces actually isn’t that bad for true European gianduia, but still it seemed expensive because of the effort involved in getting the shell off. My favorite style of egg decoration is the laborious Ukranian style. That would be inappropriate for these because the shell is destroyed to get to the candy (Ukranian Egg Decoration or Pysanka application would also destroy the filling, which is added first). The point is that I didn’t care much for this airbrushed 80s reminiscent dayglo abstract.

Though the package says that the 1.75 ounces are a single portion, I found it too much to eat in one sitting. It’s 290 calories.

Related Candies

  1. Laica & Caffarel Chocolate Eggs
  2. Nestle Creme Eggs
  3. See’s Hollow Eggs with Novelty
  4. Princess Marshmallow Eggs
  5. Godiva Easter Eggs
  6. See’s Scotchmallow Eggs
  7. Kinder Egg
Name: Real Eggshell filled with Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Gut Springenheide
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Glendale)
Price: $3.99
Size: 1.75 ounces
Calories per ounce: 166
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, Germany, Easter


Name: Real Eggshell filled with Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand:
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Glendale)
Price: $3.99
Size: 1.75 ounces
Calories per ounce: 166
Categories: Easter, Chocolate, Nuts, 7-Worth It, Germany, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:17 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. That is definitely a very interesting candy.  I assume they clean the eggs?  How do the do that when it is a delicate shell?  I’d need to read more on that before I tried it.  They would make fantastic desserts for a dinner party, so beautiful.

    Comment by Mark D. on 3/19/10 at 7:12 pm #
  2. Those are too pretty to eat!

    Comment by Gigi on 3/19/10 at 9:23 pm #
  3. In my country these kind of easter eggs are pretty popular, especially this one that comes unpainted:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aixcracker/3325483707/

    Kids can paint them themselves. Compared to regular chocolate eggs, this is seen as somewhat a luxury candy item. The hole is filled with white sugar paste. It’s completely non-dairy, but it can contain traces of egg protein.

    Comment by Emma on 3/20/10 at 2:37 am #
  4. Hmmm…seems like trying to get the shell off would be more effort that the chocolate is worth.

    Comment by Pam on 3/20/10 at 11:29 am #
  5. I remember seeing these last year, but like Emma said, they were unpainted. I don’t remember seeing them painted like you’ve shown here. I’m with you though Cybele, the possibility of eating an eggshell kept me from buying it.

    P.S. Gorgeous photos as usual Cybele!

    Comment by gracecarriveau on 3/21/10 at 2:23 pm #
  6. OMG - just managed to find one of these in a supermarket in the UK!!! Can’t wait to try it!!! They are just so pretty!

    Comment by cinabar on 3/28/10 at 3:08 pm #
  7. How fun! I might have to head to CPWM just to try one out.

    We have relatives who live on the Texas/Mexico border, and they send us confetti eggs - blown out eggs, filled with confetti, that you are supposed to break over people (to shower them with the confetti). Great fun, but I’d rather have a chocolate filled eggshell.

    Comment by Tricia on 3/31/10 at 9:08 am #
  8. Where can I buy these…been looking since I was a kid…my sister and I always got a plain egg filled with chocolate and it’s our best memory of easter

    Comment by amber pauls on 3/15/14 at 6:28 pm #
  9. My nana used to make these and I’m searching for the method with is how I’m here! There were so much fun as a child. Now I’m a mom but my nana isn’t here anymore. I hope I find the method to pass it on to my daughter.

    Comment by Dani on 3/24/14 at 1:37 pm #

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