The best vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate Easter eggs for 2021
Searching for Easter eggs to suit dietary requirements has never been easier; supermarkets have upped their game in terms of flavours and fun little extras, with everything from marshmallows and honeycomb to caramel truffles now available in vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free eggs.
But the question is, are they any good?
We compared a selection of this year’s supermarket eggs to determine which are worth cracking into.
Aldi Moser Roth free from egg
£4.99 for 200g , Aldi
The packaging is smart (though heavy on the plastic), and the vegan, gluten- and dairy-free egg is a nice thick one, but strangely, the chocolate tastes more like mint than caramel. The thick truffle shells break to reveal a powdery, granular hazelnut centre. Overall, it’s a rather strange Easter-egg eating experience.
Taste test score: 2/5
Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From mini mallows egg
This is a rather cute little vegan, dairy- and gluten-free egg, featuring a splodge of white chocolate within which a scattering of mini marshmallows is set. It doesn’t make for such a great eating experience, however. The milk chocolate doesn’t taste terribly high quality, and is overly sweet and underwhelming in flavour. But the marshmallow-studded chocolate is near impossible to eat; the chocolate is too thick, and the marshmallows a sticky, homogeneous mouthful.
Taste test score: 2/5
Co-op Free From chocolate egg with caramel truffles
£3.50 for 120g, Co-op
Co-op has done very well on its packaging this year, swapping plastic for cardboard trays. Sadly the vegan, dairy- and gluten-free egg within is pretty nondescript, all sugar and soya lecithin, and the caramel-filled truffles are fairly unspectacular, though perhaps good for fans of caramel Galaxy bars.
Based on appearance and scent, this egg doesn’t have a lot going for it. The taste of the chocolate however, does have a mellow, creamy caramel note, but too much and it becomes a little sickly. The accompanying bag of chocolate buttons are rather tasteless and crumbly; not a patch on the chocolate truffles hidden inside other eggs.
Fans of Reese’s Peanut Buttercups will love this; the vegan egg (which is also plastic-free), which comes with two packs of almond ‘nuttercups’ – discs of almond butter enveloped in dark chocolate. The chocolate itself, a dark-milk made without palm oil, is perfectly fine, but relatively nondescript. But those nuttercups are dangerously addictive.
Taste test score: 3.5/5
Morrisons The Best free from truffle indulgence egg
Though it’s nothing particularly special to look at, this egg (vegan, gluten- and dairy-free) has all the smooth richness of dairy-rich milk chocolate. Unlike much free-from chocolate, it melts on the tongue and has a lovely warm caramel flavour; the honeycomb shards are a little soft, but this can be easily forgiven. The accompanying truffles taste like Quality Street – satisfying in that lovely childish chocolate way.
This vegan, gluten- and dairy-free egg also happens to be plastic-free, and is a good option for those who dream of a dairy-free chocolate orange. The egg itself is a satisfyingly thick, slightly darker milk chocolate, studded with tangy little shards of orange crisp – and there’s a little bar of the same chocolate to save for later.
Taste test score: 4/5
M&S vegan eggplant egg
£6 for 135g, M&S
Quirky, fun and very current – this aubergine-shaped egg in dark, vegan and dairy-free chocolate certainly wins on novelty factor, and smells quite tempting, too. The rather delicate chocolate shell has a nice dark-milk intensity and creaminess to it, and a nice snap to boot. Good for planet-conscious teens and young adults.
Taste test score: 5/5
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