Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Chocolate egg rankings



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The Taste Team blindly scored the following chocolate Easter eggs on a 100-point scale, judging them on appearance, taste and texture of chocolate and fillings, and how the chocolate and fillings complemented each other. The weight of eggs, given in (), may vary slightly according to type of filling.

Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter

1. Reese's

Average score: 96

Price: 50 cents each (1.2 ounces)

Comments: Lots of peanut flavor. Mellow texture.

2. Graeter's

Average score: 88

Price: 80 cents each (1 ounce)

Comments: Good chocolate. Good peanut flavor.

3. Haute Chocolate

Average score: 76

Price: 89 cents each (.75 to 1.25 ounces)

Comments: Thick chocolate layer. Full peanut flavor.

4. Esther Price Fine Chocolates

Average score: 66

Price: $1.25 each (2 ounces)

Comments: Filling a little too sweet. Little peanut flavor.

5. (Tie) Papas

Average score: 56

Price: 49.5 cents each (1.125 ounces)

Comments: Little peanut flavor. Rich but waxy-tasting chocolate.

Schneider's Homemade Candies

Average score: 56

Price: 89 cents each (1.25 to 1.5 ounces) or $9.75 per dozen

Comments: Filling lacks flavor. Good chocolate.

7. Fawn Confectionery

Average score: 52

Price: 85 cents each

(1 ounce)

Comments: Lacks peanut butter flavor. Artificial flavor.

8. Sweet Tooth Candies

Average score: 51

Price: 90 cents each (1 ounce) or $9.90 per dozen

Comments: Artificial flavor. Overly sweet.

9. Aglamesis Bros.

Average score: 50

Price: $13.95 per pound or about $1.16 to $1.27 each (1.3 to 1.6 ounces).

Comments: Too sweet. Waxy chocolate.

Dark Chocolate-Covered Opera Cream

1. Esther Price Fine Chocolates

Average score: 92

Price: $1.25 each (2 ounces).

Comments: Very smooth, silky and rich. Melts in your mouth.

2. Aglamesis Bros.

Average score: 88

Price: $13.95 per pound or about $1.16 to $1.27 each (1.3 to 1.6 ounces).

Comments: Creamy. Very silky filling.

3. Graeter's

Average score: 81

Price: 80 cents each (1 ounce)

Comments: Very "tasting" chocolate. Rich filling.

4. Sweet Tooth Candies

Average score: 73

Price: 90 cents each (1 ounce) or $9.90 per dozen

Comments: Smooth and rich. Good blend of chocolate and cream.

5. Schneider's Homemade Candies

Average score: 72

Price: 89 cents each (1.25 to 1.5 ounces) or $9.75 per dozen

Comments: Very sweet. Chocolate lacked "dark" flavor.

6. Fawn Confectionery

Average score: 69

Price: 85 cents each (1 ounce)

Comments: Peppery aftertaste.

7. Papas

Average score: 41

Price: 49.5 cents each (1 ounce)

Comments: Very sweet. Waxy-tasting chocolate.

"Wild Card"

1. Aglamesis Bros. "dark chocolate turtle"

Average score: 98

Price: $13.95 per pound or about $1.16 to $1.27 each (1.3 to 1.6 ounces)

Comments: Excellent nutty texture. Rich, creamy and smooth chocolate.

2. Esther Price "dark chocolate strawberry cream"

Average score: 89

Price: $1.25 each (2 ounces)

Comments: Smooth and silky. Refreshing strawberry flavor.

3. Schneider's Homemade Candies "dark chocolate chocolate-

amaretto"

Average score: 88

Price: 89 cents each (1.25 to 1.5 ounces) or $9.75 per dozen

Comments: Deep "dark" flavor. Meltingly soft.

4. Graeter's "dark chocolate Bavarian mint"

Average score: 85

Price: 80 cents each (1 ounce)

Comments: Just the right mix of mint and chocolate. Velvety chocolate.

5. Papas "dark chocolate coconut cream"

Average score: 75

Price: 49.5 cents each (1.125 ounces)

Comments: Plenty of coconut flavor. "Dark" but bitter aftertaste.

6. Sweet Tooth "dark-chocolate milk-chocolate melt-away"

Average score: 74

Price: 90 cents each (1 ounce) or $9.90 per dozen

Comments: Filling lacked smooth texture. Mild chocolate flavor.

7. Haute Chocolate "milk chocolate vanilla butter cream"

Average score: 61

Price: 89 cents each (.75 to 1.25 ounces).

Comments: Too sweet. Chocolate is thin and waxy-tasting.

8. Fawn "dark chocolate butter cream"

Average score: 50

Price: 85 cents each (1 ounce)

Comments: Filling is too sweet and overpowering. Artificial tasting.




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