Following the success of their Christmas florins, Oxfordshire's Aurosó Chocolate has introduced a couple of Easter Egg Tablets to their seasonal range.
The Moonshine and Sunrise Easter Egg tablet flavours are identical to the smaller winter treats, but feature a thicker chocolate slab and different ratios of inclusions to chocolate.
The vegan Moonshine Easter Egg tablet feature Cotswolds whisky-soaked flame raisins, toasted pine nuts, home-grown rosemary, and a sprinkling of Halen Môn sea salt. Meanwhile, the Sunrise Easter Egg tablet boasts sour cherries, blackberries and granola, made in-house using Buckwheat groats, gluten-free oats, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, Madagascan cocoa nibs, ginger, cinnamon and Spring Honey from local supplier Honeys of Henley. Both sit on Easter Egg-shaped bases cast in a house-made 90% RaiseTrade Chocolat Madagascar couverture.
Back in November, I tasted the florins and noted that the Moonshine Florins were "fun, whimsical, and definitely a grown-up indulgence" and that the Sunshine Florins looked "more 'loaded' than the Moonshine variety," although the delicate inclusions felt lost against the intense dark chocolate base.
Catrin of Aurosó Chocolate kindly sent me the new chunky Easter Egg tablets to compare against the more dainty festive variety. I was interested to see if the new ratios made a difference to the overall flavours.
Vegan Moonshine Easter Egg Tablet
Aurosó Chocolate Dark Chocolate, Raisins, Pine Nuts and Whisky tablet ingredients:
Madagascar cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, flame raisins (7%), pine nuts (4%), whisky, fresh rosemary, Anglesey sea salt. Cocoa solids: 90% minimum.
Both tablets are wrapped in golden foil and sealed inside a clear plastic bag. Each features a coloured ribbon and matching gift tag that describes the product.
Beneath the golden foil awaits and egg shaped dark chocolate slab. The Moonshine tablet is studded with whiskey-soaked flame raisins, pine nuts and rosemary. Heady whiskey notes waft from the tablet as soon as you open the bag, let alone peel back the foil.
First impressions are good. It's certainly a more chunky proposition than the Florins, but it's still as charming. The aroma is the same, as are the ingredients. The form has been supersized from a disk to an egg-shaped slab.
The punchy Cotswolds Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky dominates the aroma, along with a slight herbal, vegetal aroma. Flavour wise, this tablet tastes a little more tame than the Florins, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Here, you get the flavour of the booze in the juicy raisins, but none of the intensity. The rosemary seems considerably more tame in this edition, as are the pine nuts. Even the dark chocolate fades behind the oaky whiskey flavours.
This slab feels more mature and grown-up compared to the Moonshine Florins, with a more balanced flavour allowing everything to shine in equal measures.
If you're worried about over-indulging in a luxury slabs of dark chocolate, fear not as there are only 14% sugars in this tablet, equating to just 10.6g in this 75g slab.
Sunshine Easter Egg Tablet
Aurosó Chocolate Dark Chocolate, Sour Cherry, Granola and Blackberries tablet ingredients:
Madagascar cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, sour cherries (6%), granola (4%) (gluten-free oats, blanched almonds, buckwheat groats, pumpkin seeds, coconut oil, honey, walnuts, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, ginger), blackberries (2%). Cocoa solids: 90% minimum.
This tablet takes on the same Easter-egg form, but with different inclusions, and thus a different appearance. Out of the two, I prefer the look of the Sunshine tablet, with its colourful palette of sour cherries, blackberries and home-made granola topping.
Like the Moonshine tablet, the recipe is identical to the winter Florins, but this time we've got a thicker chocolate base. So, you still get that intense smokey-fruity aroma of the 90% dark chocolate. You also get the smokey, leathery notes at the forefront of the flavour in the smooth dark chocolate.
The difference comes with the thickness of the chocolate and the distribution of toppings. Personally, I prefer these thicker slabs (they're just shy of 1cm in depth). The toppings work their way into just about every bite, meaning they stand out more. The granola is especially tasty, as are those tangy chewy bursts of sour cherry or the tart crunchy blackberries.
There's a creamy aspect that develops in tasting, and sweetness from the berries that helps balance the heady dark chocolate.
This is another feel-good bar with minimal sugars. There's just 13.8% sugars in this tablet, equating to a mere 10.3g in the 75g slab. It's perfect for snacking on, although you'll need to be strict with yourself if you want any hope of not munching down the whole slab in one go. Believe me, it's hard to resist.
Aurosó Chocolate Dark Chocolate Easter Egg Tablets Review
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The big brothers to the winter Florins, these chunky slabs of house-made 90% dark chocolate are the perfect grown-up indulgence for Easter. Low sugar yet full of flavour, these slabs are perfect for nibbling on, whether your vice is Cotswolds Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky or home-made granola with sour cherries.
Where to Buy Online
The Moonshine and Sunrise Easter Egg tablets are available to buy on the Aurosó Chocolate website here (£12; 75g).
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