When you have an eclectic group of friends from diverse backgrounds you often get awesome food gifts. If there is a better case for multiculturalism than that, I don’t know it.
I try not to buy any Hersheys products because Hersheys is a pretty despicable company. This isn’t usually very hard for me considering I’m not much of a chocolate eater, I shop mostly organically and forced child labor tends to leave a bad taste in my mouth, but then there are Cadbury Creme Eggs.
Oh how I love Cadbury Creme Eggs. Yes they are really sweet, much sweeter than I usually like my food (or in this case food like substances), but what gets me every time is the texture. It’s the crispness of the shell against the creaminess of the fondant inside that I can’t resist. Unfortunately Cadbury products are distributed by Hersheys in the US. So here I am trapped between every value I hold dear and, well, deliciousness. Sigh…
Recently my friend Janet, a British ex-pat (and consultant for my Fried Rice experiment) returned to England for a visit and came back to the US with a surprise for some of her friends; the real deal, straight from the UK, no Hersheys involved at all, Cadbury Creme Eggs. Best. Souvenir. Ever.
Every English person I know insists that Cadbury Creme Eggs in the UK are far superior to their American cousins. Now that I’ve tried my first one here’s what I can tell you; the chocolate in the UK version is undoubtedly better and the fondant much less sweet. I do think the fondant in the US version is too sweet, but I think the UK version could be a touch sweeter. A level of sweetness between the two versions would be perfect. Textruraly the UK version are perfection. I’d say the chocolate shell is ever so slightly thinner making it easier to bite through and the fondant is even creamier and less granular. Huge points to UK on texture.
All in all, due to texture, I think the UK version edges out the US version, but only by a hair.