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Asda’s vegan chocolate egg is dubbed the best Easter egg for 2020

A £5 vegan Easter egg has come joint top in Good Housekeeping’s blind taste test – beating off many traditional and more expensive rivals.

Judges gave top marks to Asda‘s Extra Special Free-From and Vegan Belgian Dark Chocolate Egg with Vanilla Truffles, which is both dairy and gluten free.

It is good news for the millions of Brits who are adopting a flexitarian approach to their diet and eating less meat and dairy.

The taste tests, run by the Good Housekeeping Institute, proves – as with Greggs vegan options – that people do not need to compromise on taste.

A £5 vegan Easter egg has come joint top in Good Housekeeping's blind taste test beating many traditional and more expensive rivals.

A £5 vegan Easter egg has come joint top in Good Housekeeping's blind taste test beating many traditional and more expensive rivals.

A £5 vegan Easter egg has come joint top in Good Housekeeping’s blind taste test beating many traditional and more expensive rivals.

The vegan egg at just £5 for 200g came joint top with the Marks & Spencer Extra Thick Blonde and White Chocolate Egg, at £12 for 500g

The vegan egg at just £5 for 200g came joint top with the Marks & Spencer Extra Thick Blonde and White Chocolate Egg, at £12 for 500g

It also scored the same as an artisan creation from The Chocolate Libertine's Honeycomb Beehive Egg with Honeycomb nuggets, which is £69.99 for a hefty 2.3lbs

It also scored the same as an artisan creation from The Chocolate Libertine's Honeycomb Beehive Egg with Honeycomb nuggets, which is £69.99 for a hefty 2.3lbs

The vegan egg at just £5 for 200g came joint top with the Marks & Spencer Extra Thick Blonde and White Chocolate Egg, at £12 for 500g (left). It also scored the same as an artisan creation from The Chocolate Libertine’s Honeycomb Beehive Egg with Honeycomb nuggets, which is £69.99 for a hefty 2.3lbs (right)

THE TOP RATED EASTER EGGS 

Best Overall Egg: (Joint Winners)

  • Asda’s Extra Special Free-From Dark Chocolate Egg with Vanilla Truffles, £5 for 200g – 80/100
  • M&S’s Extra Thick Blonde and White Chocolate Egg, £12 for 500g – 80/100
  • The Chocolate Libertine’s Honeycomb Beehive Egg with Honeycomb Nuggets, £69.99 for 1.05kg – 80/100

Best Milk Chocolate

  • Cocoa et Co Belgian Chocolate Beehive Egg, £10 for 220g sold at Sainsbury’s – 75/100
The Cocoa et Co Belgian Chocolate Beehive Egg, £10 for 220g sold at Sainsbury's – 75/100 won best milk chocolate egg

The Cocoa et Co Belgian Chocolate Beehive Egg, £10 for 220g sold at Sainsbury's – 75/100 won best milk chocolate egg

Tesco's Doug the Dinosaur, £3.50 for 200g scored 76/100 and was named the best kids egg

Tesco's Doug the Dinosaur, £3.50 for 200g scored 76/100 and was named the best kids egg

The Cocoa et Co Belgian Chocolate Beehive Egg, £10 for 220g sold at Sainsbury’s – 75/100 won best milk chocolate egg (left) while Tesco’s Doug the Dinosaur, £3.50 for 200g scored 76/100 and was named the best kids egg (right)

Hotel Chocolat's Pen Pals, £10 for 120g  also scored 76/100 and was named joint top

Hotel Chocolat's Pen Pals, £10 for 120g  also scored 76/100 and was named joint top

Hotel Chocolat’s Pen Pals, £10 for 120g  also scored 76/100 and was named joint top

Best Kids Chocolate (Joint Winners)

  • Tesco’s Doug the Dinosaur, £3.50 for 200g – 76/100
  • Hotel Chocolat’s Pen Pals, £10 for 120g – 76/100
  • Co-op Golden Honeycomb Crunch Egg-splosion, £5 for 200g – 76/100

Best White Chocolate (Joint Winners)

  • M&S’s Extra Thick Blonde and White Chocolate Egg, £12 for 500g – 80/100
  • The Chocolate Libertine’s Honeycomb Beehive Egg with Honeycomb Nuggets, £69.99 for 1.05kg – 80/100

Best Free-From

  • Asda’s Extra Special Free-From Dark Chocolate Egg with Vanilla Truffles, £5 for 200g – 80/100

GHI said: ‘Tasters couldn’t get enough of the melt-in-the-mouth chocolate with hidden crunchy cocoa nibs and loved the deliciously gooey truffles that come with it.’

The vegan egg at just £5 for 200g came joint top with the Marks & Spencer Extra Thick Blonde and White Chocolate Egg, at £12 for 500g.

It also scored the same as an artisan creation from The Chocolate Libertine’s Honeycomb Beehive Egg with Honeycomb nuggets, which is £69.99 for a hefty 2.3lbs.

Collectively, these three best Easter eggs have knocked artisan brand Booja-Booja off the top spot, ending the chocolatier’s three-year winning streak.

THE TOP RATED HOT CROSS BUNS 

Hot Cross Buns

  • M&S 4 Luxury Hot Cross Buns, £1.50 for 4 – 89/100

Free-From Hot Cross Buns

  •  M&S Made Without Wheat Gluten Free 4 Hot Cross Buns, 1.50 for 4 – 76/100
Alongside Easter Eggs, Good Housekeeping have also tested Hot Cross Buns, where M&S come out on top for both the traditional Hot Cross Buns, as well as the free-from Hot Cross Buns category

Alongside Easter Eggs, Good Housekeeping have also tested Hot Cross Buns, where M&S come out on top for both the traditional Hot Cross Buns, as well as the free-from Hot Cross Buns category

M&S's gluten free hot cross buns also came out on top

M&S's gluten free hot cross buns also came out on top

Alongside Easter Eggs, Good Housekeeping have also tested Hot Cross Buns, where M&S come out on top for both the traditional Hot Cross Buns, as well as the free-from Hot Cross Buns category

Good Housekeeping had its consumer tasting panel test 31 different eggs, shortlisted from 105, across categories such as Milk Chocolate, Free From, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate and Kids Chocolate. 

Alongside Easter Eggs, Good Housekeeping have also tested Hot Cross Buns, where M&S has come out on top for both the traditional Hot Cross Buns, as well as the free-from Hot Cross Buns category. 

This year, for the first time, Good Housekeeping’s expert tasters tested more than 100 Easter lunch foods, including 20 pre-prepared roast potatoes, 18 chickens, 15 legs of lamb and nine types of ready-made Yorkshire puddings. They also tried and tested, horseradish sauce, mint sauce and onion gravy.

M&S claimed top spot in four different categories, which Good Housekeeping said made them the ‘hero of the Easter roast’.

They nabbed the best award for its Roasting Potatoes with Goose Fat, £3 for 450g; Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Rosemary, £15 for 800g; Onion Gravy, £2 for 350g; and its ‘suitable for vegetarians’ pack of six Yorkshire Puddings. 

THE TOP RATED EASTER ROAST DINNERS

Best Roast Leg of Lamb

• M&S Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Rosemary, £15 for 800g – 86/100

Best Roast Chicken

• Co-op Roast in the Bag Extra Tasty Whole Chicken, £5 for 1.5kg – 84/100

Best Roast Potatoes (in dripping)

• M&S Roasting Potatoes with Goose Fat, £3 for 450g – 84/100

M&S Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Rosemary, £15 for 800g – 86/100 won best roast

M&S Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Rosemary, £15 for 800g – 86/100 won best roast

M&S Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Rosemary, £15 for 800g – 86/100 won best roast 

M&S Roasting Potatoes with Goose Fat, £3 for 450g scored 84/100

M&S Roasting Potatoes with Goose Fat, £3 for 450g scored 84/100

Bannisters Garlic & Rosemary Roasting Potatoes sold through Ocado, £2.15 for 360g scored 87/100

Bannisters Garlic & Rosemary Roasting Potatoes sold through Ocado, £2.15 for 360g scored 87/100

M&S Roasting Potatoes with Goose Fat, £3 for 450g (left) scored 84/100 while Bannisters Garlic & Rosemary Roasting Potatoes sold through Ocado (right) £2.15 for 360g scored 87/100

Best Roast Potatoes (suitable for vegetarians)

• Bannisters Garlic & Rosemary Roasting Potatoes sold through Ocado, £2.15 for 360g – 87/100

Best Yorkshire Puddings

• M&S 6 Yorkshire Puddings, £1 for 132g – 79/100

Best Onion Gravy

• M&S Onion Gravy, £2 for 350g – 81/100

Best Vegetarian Tart

• Waitrose & Partner’s Roasted Vegetable and Goat’s Cheese Tart, £4.00 for 400g – 88/100

GHI Expert Condiments

• Stokes Creamed Horseradish, £3.99 for 220g, Ocado.

• Coleman’s Mint Sauce £1.00 for 165g, Ocado.

Source: Daily Mail – Articles

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