Chocolate Easter bunnies… travel and taste test

The choccy bunnies are coming... but which one's got your name on it?

The choccy bunnies are coming… but which one’s got your name on it?

Heading away over Easter? Then you’ll most likely be packing a few chocolate stowaways in your suitcase to surprise the kids or partner… but will your bunnies and eggs survive the attentions of baggage handlers and over-enthusiastic taxi drivers en route to the hotel? Find out here as we put some popular Easter bunnies through the taste test and international travel bash test…

Chocolate Easter Bunny taste test

Our head chocolate boffins, Cery and James

Our head chocolate boffins, Cerys and James

With many Easter eggs the size of a small family home in Milton Keynes, packing one of these choccy bricks will leave scant room for your smalls. Stashing a slimline chocolate bunny could be the perfect compromise to keep the kids happy and ensure you’ve also get some pants to wear.

In part 1 of the test, our chief Chocolate Boffins, Cerys and James, pictured, oversee the APH taste panel as it gives a gastronomic verdict on bunnies liberated from some of the UK’s top supermarkets…

Aldi bunny reporting for duty

Aldi bunny reporting for duty

Aldi

How much: £0.65p
Type: Milk chocolate
Weight: 125g
Calories: 546kcal/100g
As you’d expect from Aldi, its Dairyfine branded Easter bunny is great value.

The milk chocolate bunny comes in a boy or girl version – don’t panic parents… that’s signified by a blue or pink jacket on the packaging.

Top marks for value and detail, but here’s how the taste test panel rated it…
Comment: ‘Tastes quite fake and nutty’
Verdict: 33/60

Lidl bunny is up for the challenge

Lidl bunny is up for the challenge

Lidl

How much: £0.79
Type: Milk chocolate
Weight: 150g
Calories: 532kcal/100g
Another great value bunny that is pretty impressive in stature.

The kids will certainly be impressed, but size isn’t everything.

With reviewers likening it to everything from Kinder egg-style choc to something more akin to cardboard, here’s how the taste test panel rated the Lidl chocolate bunny.
Comment: ‘Nice and creamy, would quite happily eat this’
Verdict: 44/60

M&S bunny... are you relying on a label?

M&S bunny, Alfie… too cute to eat?

Marks and Spencer – Alfie Bunny

How much: £6.00
Type: Milk and white chocolate
Weight: 210g
Calories: 544 kcal /100g
At £6.00 it would seem that little Alfie Bunny has got a lot of tastebuds to impress to justify such a hefty price tag.

Looking at the weight of the bunny, It’s not giving a great deal more choc for your buck, either

Our testers found the taste to be overly ‘buttery’, but judging by the final verdict – that’s just how they like it.
Comment: ‘This tasted quite yummy, almost caramelly’
Verdict: 51/60

He's the bruiser of our bunnies - but dark choc divides

He’s the bruiser of our bunnies – but dark choc divides

Sainsbury’s

How much: £6.00
Type: Dark chocolate
Weight: 440g
Calories: 555kcal/100g
We certainly wouldn’t want to meet this hefty brute of a bunny down a dark warren! At 444g of mouth-watering choc, this is an impressive and extremely good value Easter gift.

However, we should confess that the dark chocolate bunny proved to be a ‘Marmite’ moment for our taste test panel, which was reflected in the final score.

Dark chocolate fans loved it, while milk chocolate addicts reacted like they’d been force fed decomposing kippers.
Comment: ‘Didn’t like this at all, but then I’m not a fan of dark chocolate. Bitter and tasteless’
Verdict: 28/60

Tesco bunny... will he perform?

Tesco bunny… will he perform?

Tesco

How much: £0.79
Type: Milk chocolate
Weight: 120g
Calories: 544kcal/100g
Another budget bunny, but could the Tesco example raise its head above the others – or would it get shot down by the taste panel?

Sadly for this little bunny, there seemed to be a constant theme of a ‘funny’ aftertaste…

Nothing to laugh about there, then – we take our chocolate very seriously here. Next, please!
Comment: ‘Creamy but a flowery taste which is a bit unusual and not great’
Verdict: 38/60

Harry Hopalot... a bit of a ringer for Waitrose, we feel

Harry Hopalot… a bit of a ringer for Waitrose, we feel

Waitrose/Thorntons

How much: £4.00
Type: Milk and white chocolate
Weight: 250g
Calories: 543kcal/100g
Our disappointment that Waitrose didn’t seem to have their own-brand bunny was turned to joy as our eyes fell upon Harry Hopalot from the parish of Thorntons.

He was surprisingly good value considering we were shopping in posh supermarket Waitrose.

Would his cheeky face and milk chocolate inserts be enough to win over our taste test panel? Unfortunately, not… it seems that Harry is rated as rather cheap tasting.
Comment: ‘Unremarkable’
Verdict: 41/60

Bash test yummies… Easter bunnies

So, we’ve tested the bunnys’ chocolate credentials, but will they be tough enough to beat the baggage handlers and international taxi drivers as you head to the hotel? Find out as we pack them in a suitcase and simulate the bashes and bangs they might well receive as they join you on your hols…

The test: First of all we packed the bunnies in a suitcase and took a drive along twisty roads including a section of vicious sleeping policemen. After this, we dropped the suitcases from 3ft to replicate loading into the plane’s hold.

Hover your cursor over the hotspots below to see how the bunnies got on…
Warning: Chocolate bunnies were harmed during the making of this feature, children may find the scenes distressing.

Bash test yummies… Easter bunnies

So, we’ve tested the bunnys’ chocolate credentials, but will they be tough enough to beat the baggage handlers and international taxi drivers as you head to your holiday destination? Find out as we pack them in a suitcase and simulate the bashes and bangs they might receive as they head on their hols…

The pics below the pristine bunnies show how they looked after being dropped from 3ft in a suitcase full of clothes…

How the bunnies looked after some sitcase abuse

How the bunnies looked after some suitcase abuse

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