Easter Taste Awards 2019 results

We blind-tasted over 70 supermarket products to bring you the very best chocolate eggs and hot cross buns for Easter 2019.

Hot cross buns laid out to be tested with winner's badge

All products were chosen independently by our editorial team. This review contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission for purchases made. Please read our affiliates FAQ page to find out more and read about how we write BBC Good Food reviews.

Over three days, our expert judging panel taste tasted more than 70 products from 11 national supermarkets to bring you our definitive list of top buys for 2019. From chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes to the all-important hot cross buns, we've rounded up the ultimate shopping list. Read on to find out which products passed our test. 

For the full list of winners, including highly commended products, visit our best Easter eggs and best hot cross bun results pages.

Please note that some of these products are only available to buy in store and not online.

Best chocolate Easter eggs 2019

For the full list of winning eggs, including highly commended products, visit our best Easter eggs results page.

Dark chocolate egg in cocoa pod shape in packaging

Best dark chocolate Easter egg

Waitrose Duchy Organic dark chocolate cocoa pod

The unique shape, glossy finish and moreish, silky and ever-so-slightly salty chocolate made this egg a big hit with us. The extra-glossy finish is impressive and the chocolate has a good snap, despite being moulded in an uneven shape. There's a slight smokiness to the flavour and it strikes the perfect balance between sweet and bitter. Buy from Ocado (£12)

M&S milk chocolate lattice egg in packaging


Best milk chocolate Easter egg

M&S handmade fruit and nut milk chocolate lattice egg

This elegant egg has an intricate chocolate design and classic flavours – it looks like a product you'd buy from a traditional chocolatier. The nuts give the chocolate a welcome savoury hit and we loved the dried fruit – although as some people aren't a fan of raisins and their ilk, we wouldn't claim this as a total crowd-pleaser. Buy from M&S (£12)

White chocolate caramel Easter egg in packaging


Best white chocolate Easter egg 

M&S hand decorated The Bee’s Knees white chocolate egg with caramelised sugar

The trusty Caramac bar goes luxe. This fresh spin on notoriously sweet white chocolate features toasty toffee undertones and is a world away from one- dimensional, sickly white chocolate. We couldn't get enough of it and thought it showed real innovation. Buy from M&S (£8)

Dairy-free dark chocolate egg in packaging


Best dairy-free chocolate Easter egg 

Asda Extra Special Free From Belgian dark chocolate egg with vanilla flavoured truffles

We’ve been impressed by Asda’s free-from range recently, and this beautiful egg is no exception. Like lots of vegan chocolate, it's rich in flavour, which is perfectly balanced by the sweet truffles. The chocolate is well-tempered and has depth of flavour. 'Extra special' in name and nature. Buy from Asda (£5)

Waitrose hand iced chocolate egg on white backgroud


Best luxury chocolate Easter egg

Waitrose hand-iced floral egg with fleur de sel truffles

This egg truly is luxury chocolatier standard, from the delicate, traditional piped decoration to the incredible salted truffles that were absolutely showstopping. A clear winner among our judges, this entry won over more novelty eggs as there's real elegance in its simplicity. The milk chocolate shell is crisp, smooth and glossy, with a creamy flavour that's not too sweet. Buy from Waitrose (£15)

M&S chicky bang bang Easter egg in packaging


Best kids' chocolate Easter egg 

M&S chicky chicky bang bang

Ideal for an Easter egg hunt. This playful egg has universal appeal, thanks to the quality chocolate that adults will also love. We applaud the design that manages to be both child-friendly and elegant at the same time. Buy from M&S (£10)


Best hot cross buns 2019

For the full list of winners, including highly commended products, visit our best hot cross buns results page.

M&S hot cross buns in pack on white background


Best traditional hot cross buns 

M&S luxury hot cross buns

The clear winner of this round, these buns are sticky, perfectly spiced and packed with juicy fruit. The texture is light and not at all stodgy. They also have a picture-perfect finish thanks to the super-glossy glaze and evenly piped crosses. Buy from M&S (£1.50)

Tesco gluten-free hot cross buns in packaging

Best gluten-free hot cross buns 

Tesco Free From hot cross buns

This round was a real mixed bag but we found these Tesco buns were the most similar to a traditional hot cross bun. We liked the subtle spicing, light texture and even distribution of plump, juicy fruit. Buy from Tesco (£2)

Salted caramel and chocolate hot cross buns in packaging


Best flavoured hot cross buns 

M&S salted caramel & chocolate hot cross buns 

Described by one judge as ‘outrageous’, these decadent, super-soft buns are generously filled with rich caramel and dark chocolate chips. They pack a mean punch in the flavour stakes and are even in shape with a luscious texture. They'd be even more luxurious toasted and served with ice cream, but they're a delight eaten straight from the packet. Buy from M&S (£1.50)

For the full list of Easter Taste Awards 2019 winners, including highly commended products, visit our best Easter eggs and best hot cross bun results pages.

This review was last updated in March 2019. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk. 

 

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
Be the first to comment...We'd love to hear how you got on with this recipe. Did you like it? Would you recommend others give it a try?
Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.