As I have previously mentioned, I'm not a fan of Cadbury Creme Eggs. I used to be - in fact, I loved them. At least, I think I did. I'm assuming I was just enamored of the novelty of a chocolate and liquid sugar-filled egg. It rarely ever actually looked like an egg white and yolk, but they were at least trying.
Don't get me wrong - I'm still a huge sucker for novelty, especially when it comes to food. But the flavor and "peak of flu season" mucus-like consistency of the filling is just too much to bear.
When I saw Cadbury Creme Egg Cookies on the shelf, my first thought was, "Oh." I think that was the appropriate reaction. The packaging describes the cookies in two different ways. I will let you decide which description you feel is more effective:
"Cookies with a white and yellow fondant filling and a delicious Cadbury coating"
"Cookies with a white and yellow fondant filling covered in a milk chocolate and vegetable fat coating"
I'm assuming John Q. Cadbury V came up with the latter, and the design team was too worried for their jobs to not use it. Personally, I like the second description - the use of the term "fat" in a product description has an admirable level of "screw it".
The cookies look about what you'd expect them to. Moving on.
Cadbury was able to do a pretty legit job of centering the yolk on the cookie. I was expecting it to just have yolk haphazardly strewn throughout the filling.
But regarding the yolk - I'm assuming Cadbury is saying bunny eggs have bright orange yolks? And if so, why is the Creme Egg logo always placed on a yellow splatter? I find the orange yolk intensely off-putting. I don't know why I would find the concept of a yellow yolk in my cookie better, but I do.
The cookie part itself is dark brown, but it tastes like shortbread. This is the best part of the overall cookie. But given my dislike for the Creme Egg filling, I was surprised to find myself enjoying the whole thing.
There is just enough Creme Egg slime to give you some of the flavor and softer texture, but not enough to initiate my gag reflex. The chocolate coating is okay, but nothing special. I think this batch needed more vegetable fat.
Not surprisingly, there are points where the sweetness is almost overwhelming. Eating one of the cookies is a bizarre wave of sweetness ebbs and flows. You immediately are hit with the Creme sweetness, then it dials back for the more subdued shortbread sweetness, then the Creme comes back all "I'M NOT DONE YET!" It would have been nicer if the cookie went out on a more reasonable note, but I guess it's not terribly surprising.
Overall, the Creme Egg Cookie is quite good. I don't see myself having more than one a day, but before having any I'd assume I'd never want to eat more than one full stop. So that's a victory for it. And given that this is a chocolate covered cookie injected with Creme Egg filling, the nutrition stats aren't off the charts. Two cookies for 150 calories - you could have the entire package of six for 450 calories. Not a dietary delight, but for an Easter pigout, there's worse routes to take.
So if you like Creme Eggs, you'll probably love these. And if you don't, they're still worth a try.
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