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Easter for Adults!
Lir Baileys Irish Cream Easter Egg
Member Name: cyberem78
Lir Baileys Irish Cream Easter Egg
Date: 10/04/09, updated on 10/04/09 (255 review reads)
Advantages: Sophisicated, liqueur taste. Luxury chocolate.
Disadvantages: Too much packaging.
Easter eggs aren't necessarily just for kids! At least, that's what I told myself when I treated myself to one of these Lir Bailey's Irish Cream chocolate eggs aimed at adults. This was for sale at a local discount store for only £2.50 (on offer) and for this you get a medium sized hollow chocolate Easter egg and six truffles filled with an Irish cream liqueur.
The packaging of my egg is slightly different to the illustration shown in the Dooyoo picture, although it is exactly the same product. The cardboard box is now black and is tall and long, shaped rather like a giant shot glass. The egg, wrapped in golden foil, is encased in a layer of inner plastic and sits atop of the cavern of sweeties, which are indiviudally wrapped in gold and red plastic wrappers. The overall look of the egg is very dramatic and sophisticated and there is no way this could appeal to children. It is a strictly adults only Easter themed chocolate product. The design is very sexy and it looks like it would be an expensive item. I would say that the brand use a little too much cardboard in their packaging, with the egg and sweets dwarfed by the outer cadboard layer. This is not environmentally friendly and concerns me a little.
Lir is the company that make the chocolate for this product. I have never heard of them before but according to the packaging they are a premium Irish chocolate making company. A little essay on the edge of the box tells the legend of King Lir of Ireland whose children were turned into swans by a nasty stepmother, jealous of their beauty and attention from her husband. The company claim that this story and the passion, love and poetry is "embodied in the indulgent experience of Lir Chocoloates"! I think reading this little piece of information makes me feel that the company really care about this product and how they want their customers to feel enjoying the food.
The chocolate egg is tightly wrapped in shiny foil, with the layers overlapping for maximum freshness. The egg is marked with a deep grrove pattern, like the bark of a tree. This helps to make the texture more interesting as it melts in the mouth. I was surprised that the chocolate smelled so strongly of cocao when I unwrapped it - a rich, deep musky smell that makes the mouth water. Breaking into the egg is easy - the thickness varies with the widest point of the egg being around 3mm thick and being around 4mm thick at the oval points.The taste of the chocolate is very fine. It is like a fine Belgian chocolate, obviously very rich in cocoa solids. It melts away quite quickly and is a fine, smooth consistency. It is not sticky or thick in the mouth. I would say that this chocolate seems to be more of a luxury chocolate than brands like Cadburys or Nestle. There is enough to want to leave it and return to eat it later.
The round truffles are encased in a plastic wrapper which you need to twist open. The gold paper is marked with the Bailey's Irish Cream logo and they look beautiful and very expensive. The milk chocolate outer layer is very pale in colour. It is a different kind of chocolate to the egg. It is more milky in consistency. It is quite thick. The inside of the truffle is a sticky and soft globule of truffle which tastes strongly of the Bailey's alcoholic liqueur. To look at the truffle centre looks quite pale and jelly-like but it has a sharp, decadent flavour and it feels almost naughty to taste!
The packaging provides information including ingredients. The truffles contain 12% of Bailey's Original Irish Cream Liqueur and this works out at 1% alcohol. The chocolate consists of 30% cocoa solids and 20% milk solids. The product contains milk and soya and is made in a factory that uses nut ingredients. It is suitable for vegetarians.
I have really enjoyed this egg and feel that it is a brilliant Easter gift idea for adult family members. It is certainly worth the money I paid for it and I actually would have been happy to pay a lot more. This is a luxury chocolate treat that I would definately buy again. Roll on next Easter!
Summary: A sexy Easter egg for grown ups!