Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

Ah, springtime. A time when young men’s thoughts turn to the sweeter things in life, like milk chocolate moulded eggs filled with white and yellow fondant, the world’s tastiest faux embryo — the Cadbury Creme Egg. A snack I once held in the highest regard, though as of late our relationship has changed.

Originally posted on 3/04/14

I must begin with an apology to our friends in the United Kingdom. Our U.S. Cadbury Creme Eggs, distributed by Hershey (much like the Nestlé Kit Kat), aren’t the grand and glorious Cadbury Creme Eggs you are used to. They lack the strength of character and moral resolve. They are very much American.

And I must also send my condolences to Australia and New Zealand. Once lands ripe with fresh Creme Eggs, factory restructuring has led to the majority of their fondant-filled eggs to be imported from the UK, a process that leaves the normally runny filling stiff and sad. I can only imagine their pain.

They can no longer enjoy that supreme seasonal snack sensation the way I enjoyed it as a child, cracking them open and letting the filling slowly drip onto my face (it was meant to be my tongue, but I missed more often than not). It was sweetest, most innocent bukkake, wrapped in colourful foil and hidden within the plastic grass of a basket that had something to do with Jesus.

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

Since the Cadbury Creme Egg’s named debut in 1971, several mutations have arisen as part of the normal marketing process. Some, like the vomit-inducing Giant Creme Egg, have faded from memory. Others, like the Chocolate Creme Egg, Mini Creme Egg and the Cadbury Caramel Egg, appear on store shelves around January of each year, riding the coattails of their famous cousin.

And lo, did I eat them.

The Cadbury Creme Egg Proper

I’m not sure the “proper” label can be applied anymore, at least not in North America.

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

It looks perfectly normal, brings back the same childhood memories of feeling vaguely sick around Easter time, but there’s something just a tiny bit off about today’s Cadbury Creme Eggs. They are smaller.

Before 2006, the average American Cadbury Creme Egg weighed 39 grams and contained 170 calories. Today’s eggs weigh 34 grams and contain 150 calories. No big deal, right?

You are so wrong. So, so wrong. Seriously, why are you even here. Go take a class or something.

Sorry, I get passionate about this. You see, the original Cadbury Creme Egg was perfect. The perfect amount of chocolate. The perfect level of sweetness. Optimal fondant volume. They were crafted to be exactly the right amount of horrible crap. An Easter basket consisting of a single unit would be enough for a sensible child (there are no sensible children).

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

Lowering the size threw off that delicate balance. There’s not quite enough chocolate. The tongue doesn’t fit in the hollow as well as it used to and the creamy payoff not nearly as satisfying.

I’m sure Cadbury would cite cost-cutting or perhaps even health concerns as reasons for the reduced size. I say that’s bullshit. The real reason? Suddenly one Creme Egg isn’t quite enough. Two is far too many, of course, but don’t tell your stomach that. And hey, since it’s cheaper to buy a four-pack you might-as-well do that. Next thing you know you’re dead at the bottom of chocolate and fondant pit, and Hershey/Cadbury is pulling out your gold fillings with pliers. Devious. Borderline evil.

Mini Creme Eggs

Further confusing the size issue is the Mini Creme Egg.

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

A miracle of modern miniaturization, what’s most impressive about the Mini Creme Egg is that the grand illusion remains intact despite its small stature. I wouldn’t begrudge Cadbury for filling these tiny beasts with all yellow or all white, yet here we are, perfect.

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

The problem with these is that, with the exception of running out completely, there is no way to know when to stop eating them. There are words and numbers on the back of the package, but I could not tell you what those mystical symbols mean. For all I know they are a spell to get you to eat more Mini Creme Eggs.

To Cadbury’s credit, they have managed to maintain the ratio of chocolate to fondant enjoyed by the regular Creme Egg, but the thinner chocolate and lighter filling just makes devouring an entire hen house’s worth that much easier.

Chocolate Creme Eggs

I have no idea how these things are still being manufactured. They are horrible.

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

Purchase a container of the cheapest chocolate cake frosting you can find at the dollar store. Take a heaping spoonful and place it in your mouth. DO NOT SWALLOW OR CHEW YET. Now take big old bite of a chocolate bar. Top it off with a few squirts of Hersey’s chocolate syrup. Now chew. That’s the sensation of eating a Chocolate Creme Egg.

If I needed that particular combination — if I could not live without it — then I would die.

In summary, not a big fan.

Cadbury Caramel Egg

These are not Creme Eggs, but they are sold in the same section and I have to justify purchasing them, so here we are.

Cadbury Creme Eggs: The Snacktaku Review

The Cadbury Caramel Egg might be the finest caramel delivery device known to man. It’s like a glorious Caramello sphere, without the odd feeling that I’m taking a bite out of one of the Italian-American friends I had growing up on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

When I die, I want my casket filled with Cadbury’s creamy caramel. I might have to go through a few dry runs first.

“Dry runs” probably wouldn’t apply to that situation at all.

Despite attempts by Cadbury to sabotage its own greatness with strange sizes and questionable offshoots, the Cadbury Creme Egg remains one of my deepest and most abiding snack loves. It will never be the same again, but every bite is filled with decades of fond(ant) memories.

Thanks for the candy baskets, Jesus!

Snacktaku is Kotaku’s take on the wild and wonderful world of eating things, but not eating meals. Eating meals is for those with too much time on their hands. Past critiques can be found at the Snacktaku review archive.

This piece was originally published on Kotaku US and appears on Kotaku Australia via syndication. We’ve reshared it for Easter because it’s honestly fun and the love/hate relationship people have with Creme Eggs is endlessly fascinating.


  • Used to like these as a kid but had one a few years ago and the taste made my eyes water. I have a sweet tooth but it was just too much.

    • Cadbury recently stopped making them in Australia & NZ and started importing UK ones which are sickly sweet, have a filling that’s more frosting than fondant (it used to be runny like a soft-boiled egg) and don’t actually use proper milk chocolate on the outside. They are vastly inferior. When you were a kid you would have had the original ones made here and they were much nicer.

  • I saw the image up the top and decided this is definitely a repost from the US. I have only seen them in singles down here in AU, it is a very american thing to take a one off treat and package it in a 12 pack

      • not that i have seen, work for woolies and though I now work out in the sticks, I did work in a larger melbourne store until 2 years back. It is quite possible that they exist now and we don’t get them out my way.

  • We used to get these all year around in Oz but Seppo demand & Cadbury becoming cheap as shite means that we seldom see them any more.

    Wish sucks because they were awesome!

  • I used to love this as a rare treat until Cadbury now enforces an Islamic halal tax if you wish to purchase theirchocolate products 🙁

    • You’re not being taxed for the halal certification any more than you’re taxed for grain fed, free range or Heart Foundation certifications. The reason companies pay for halal and any other certification is so they can participate in lucrative markets that have the certification as a requirement. The cost of certification is absorbed by market growth, not passed on to the consumer.

      Religious paranoia and racism are what spread nonsense rumours about halal certification, don’t lower yourself to that level.

  • ohmygodihatethesethings

    They’re so horribly sweet. The filling is like 100% sugar. It’s disgusting. I don’t understand how people can manage to eat them. I don’t throw chocolate out usually, but I’ve tried these twice and thrown them out both times.

    • I’m with you. I had never tried them until this year, yeah pretty sure i’d rather eat raw sugar than these again.

      • As luck would have it my mum and brother just came to visit and I now have a bag of mini creme eggs sitting next to me…

        Still gross.

      • Oh, you poor fella….

        This year Cadbury switched the chocolate from being Dairy Milk to being “cocoa solids”. They’ve gone from being pretty decent to being horrible, with the worst aftertaste.

        • Eh, I don’t think that would’ve made much of a difference to me. Imho Cadbury has never made good chocolate, i’ve always found it to be too sweet and gritty. The stuff my friend in England has sent me that we can’t get here was better though, still a bit sweet for my tastes since I prefer dark chocolate 😛

    • I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one. Even as a kid, I preferred dark chocolate (my favourite was the Club egg)

  • It was sweetest, most innocent bukkake, wrapped in colourful foil and hidden within the plastic grass of a basket that had something to do with Jesus.

    So good!

  • I miss the chocolate one. We havent had that one in YEAAAAAARS. But im not sure if it was good, or just romanticizing the past/my childhood.

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