We blind-tasted over 70 supermarket products to bring you the very best chocolate eggs and hot cross buns for Easter 2019.
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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.
Please note that some of these products are only available to buy in store and not online.
Best chocolate Easter eggs 2019
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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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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)
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)
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)
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