“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Egg „
After Easter loads of egg themed chocolates in my local Tesco were half price, so I simply couldn't resist buying a few. One of these products was the Smarties Shaker Egg. I didn't fancy it at full price (around 40-50p I believe), but at 23p I thought it was a bargain.
The Nestle chocolate eggs are slightly different to the likes of Cadbury's et al, chiefly because of the packaging. Whereas most chocolate eggs are wrapped in foil, the Nestle eggs are contained in little foil-based packets, just like normal sweet packets really. The disadvantage to this is that it is much more difficult to tell how big or small the egg is - the packaging does make the egg look bigger at first sight (or am I just being cynical?). On the other hand, the larger packaging does mean that a lot more information about the egg can be printed on the packet.
The pack itself is themed just like normal Smarties packs. It is blue with a picture of the egg and coloured Smarties, as well as the Smarties logo. The pack is eye catching and would easily appeal to a child. The packaging notes that the egg may contain traces of nuts, wheat gluten and egg. One egg contains 126 calories, which is a lot lower than I was expecting! Contact details for Nestle also appear on the pack.
The big selling point for this egg is that - as the title suggests - you can shake it and it makes a noise! The rattle the egg makes is really satisfying and I can imagine little children getting really excited. It's almost spoiling the fun to open the egg and eat it (well, that might be a slight exaggeration!).
When I opened the egg to taste it I noticed that it was the same size and had the same pattern as the Aero egg, an interesting wavy pattern. I'm guessing they make the shells all together and then add the filling. The shell itself is quite thick. Inside the shell is a good amount of mini Smarties in lots of different colours.
I enjoyed the creamy chocolate and the Smarties added a bit of colour to the treat. Overall I do like this egg although small children may appreciate it more!
I would recommend this, but as it's well after Easter by now I suspect there won't be any more in the shops. Oh well, there's always next year!
Recent when in one of the bargain stores in the UK I saw some of the left over treats from Easter which were now being sold at what seemed to be a clearance price. One of those was the colourfully packaged and rather noisy sounding "Smarties Shakers". Coming in a plastic packet the product sounded more like a babies rattle than something edible though with the "Smarties" branding on the packet it was obvious that this was one of Nestle's stand out products.
The product comes in a small plastic packet, as opposed to the normal Smarties cardboard tubes that have become almost an iconic packaging on the shelves of sweets shops. Inside the packet is a small chocolate egg with markings on the top and bottom and the infamous "Nestle" written across the egg. When moved the egg makes a "rattling" noise, something that seems to be an odd characteristic, however worry not, it all makes sense. The eggs are packed with mini Smarties (a count came to 18, though this may not be a standardised amount) coming in all the Samrties colours and looking as brilliant as Smarties ever do.
So lets first look at the egg. Although the Nestle chocolate is far from being the best out there the egg is edible, sadly though it's really just the plain milk chocolate from Nestle who haven't even tried to improve it. It tastes rather bland, even a little tastes, dry and not very good to be honest. If your one of those that would rather have smooth, intense chocolate this isn't for you, though with "Smarties" you're obviously not looking for Lindt. So can the Smarties save the product or is it a complete failure?
Well Smarties are a classic product, they've been around for years in their current form (though they have been changed in regards to the colourants in recent years). Sadly these aren't Smarties, they may look like baby Smarties but their was something in their shrinking that has taken much away from them. The coating makes up too much of the smaller candies and as a result you can't really taste the chocolate, and they as a result they seemed bland, much like the egg.
Overall the product is a bit of failure, it's obvious why places are selling them off, after someone's had one they are unlikely to be coming back for a second. Even at the 18p that some stores are selling them at they seem rather over priced. With out being rude these really don't live up to the Smarties name.
The product contains milk and soya and may also have traces of nuts and egg.
Also note: The image that dooyoo are using and the egg I had do not appear to be the same product though they use the same name so it may just have been different packaging.
Despite knowing Easter was on its way I was not organised enough to buy him and egg from me so after finding very little left in Tesco's we went to the co- op and discovered a shelf full of eggs so gave my son the choice of eggs.
My son does have a strange obsession with anything to do with Eggs so was delighted to see rows of chocolate eggs. He picked out the shaker Smarties egg partly because it was the only egg he could pick up and make a noise and also as he loved the design with a monster on the front of the box. I personally was delighted he picked such a small egg which weighs 990gand was able to buy a couple of Maltesers eggs to go with it for his cousins for the sum of £3.
One thing I do really like about these is they are very environmentally friendly as there is no plastic packaging yet they are not as basic as the ones with no cardboard which just tend to look like you have been cheap rather than thinking about environmental issues.
I gave him his egg on Easter Sunday and he took great delight in shaking his egg. He spent about ten minutes shaking it. It is covered in a traditional tortoise shell case chocolate which does not split into two halves. To get in we had to push a hole in the shell then pour the Smarties out which my son thoroughly enjoyed pouring them out. The Smarties are the traditional full size Smarties and these are no free from artificial colours and flavours. He did actually offer me one but I made sure I go and orange one as these do taste of chocolate orange compared to the others which taste of standard chocolate.
We got a bowl for the shell as it crumbled up but my son declared he didn't like chocolate and gave it to me. I personally do prefer Cadbury's Chocolate but did eat half his egg. This chocolate was quite thin which made it easy to break a hole in but left me feeling like I hadn't actually eaten much chocolate at all. While my son did enjoy the Smarties I think he actually seems to not be a great fan of the chocolate the egg was made of.
These Eggs entertained my son more than any other egg but next year I think I shall be more organised and stick to Cadbury's for the sake of my waist line.
It's Easter, or rather it was, and with it I received a slightly lower compliment of eggs than usual - although it was by choice, as I am currently trying to lose weight. The Smarties egg is ideal as it is a smaller egg than some, meaning you can treat yourself without feeling too bad.
Packaging: Nestle are moving into the recycling era and unlike other egg packages, this one is completely without plastic. The outer box is brightly coloured, mainly blue with smarties on it. There is a small window in the cardboard which allows a tantalising glimpse of gold to be seen. When shaken, the box rattles - there are indeed Smarties about the egg! When I opened the outside box, I discovered the inside package was also cardboard - cleverly designed in the shape of a basket, and decorated as such, so much prettier than the clear plastic containers previously used. The egg itself is wrapped in gold foil.
The egg: The egg was quite easy to break open and inside were Smarties. They are just lose inside the egg, meaning if your egg has been shaken a lot (*blushes* as if I would sit there and shake it a lot!) there is a coating of what can only be described as Smarties dust inside the egg as well. I was very impressed with the amount of Smarties - it could almost be a whole packet of Smarties in fact. The egg chocolate is normal Nestle chocolate, which on it's own and not wrapped around a KitKat can be a little bland and certainly doesn't have the creaminess of Cadburys, however it is still tasty and enjoyable chocolate. Hell, it's chocolate, so I'm not going to turn my nose up at it!
The best bit about it is the egg contains 126 calories. Whilst that isn't the best, it's still less than most bars of chocolate and means you feel less guilty if you scoff it all. I have actually been restrained and only ate half and the Smarties. Although I think I may finish the rest tonight!!
When I went into Cost Cutter yesterday they had reduced all Cream Egg sized eggs and you could buy any 4 for £1.00, they'd got a MASSIVE selection so I ended up spending a fiver on them and filling the biscuit tin up for a treat for everyone.
I got a few of these Smarties Shaker Eggs because it's the only one my 2 year old sister can have without getting into too much of a mess with them. The filled eggs make too much mess in a toddlers hands so this Smarties one is perfect because it's just a chocolate shell with mini Smarties inside it. They come in little bags instead of being wrapped in foil and this isn't the one in the photo Dooyoo have got up, like I said it's the Cream Egg sized egg and not the large one.
The chocolate is thicker than I thought it would be, I've not had one of these eggs for years but fancied one after my tea today. The chocolate is kind of like what Smarties taste like, it's like they've made the egg out of the chocolate INSIDE a Smartie but it's a bit sweeter and is more creamy than eating a tube of Smarties.
It's nice but still not as good as the chocolate on a small Cadburys or Galaxy egg and it tastes a bit like cheap chocolate as well. You bite the top off the egg to get to the Smarties and the idea of them being loose inside the egg is that you can shake the egg and hear the Smarties rattling round inside. There's not all that many Smarties and I wish there was a few more but they're cute being the mini Smarties, I was lucky and had quite a few orange ones in mine so they had a yummy flavour.
Recommended..... especially if you can get them as cheap as I did!!! Yummy!!!
Following the lead of the first person that reviewed this egg, It is for the mini shaker egg and not the bigger one as pictured.
Thanks to my son for eating this egg and letting me sample some for the review. I afraid I wouldn't buy this to eat myself as not enough chocolate to bite into.
Smarties shakers are small eggs slighter smaller then a Cadbury creme egg. These are made by Nestle though. The wrapper is quite full in your face if you understand what I mean, It has the Nestle logo a picture of a chocolate egg with the smarties in and around and smarties shakers written over it too with a blue background.
The egg itself is a medium thickness of milk chocolate which is verging on being thin. The Smarties inside are mini smarties in the colours the same as normal size smarties. I prefer full size smarties myself.
These cost is around 50p and available from most supermarkets or newsagent shops.
Contains 126 calories per pack.
The added bargain with this egg is that before opening the egg from wrapper it can be used as a shaker with the smarties rattling inside.
This is written on the pack,
Good to remember, Enjoying chocolate as part of a varied balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle is one of life's little pleasures.
Like we need telling that!
This product is free from artificial colours and flavours so saves worrying that kids are going to climb the walls after eating it.
Amongst the ingredients of black carrot and red cabbage for the colourings are two ingredients that surprise me but I don't know much about them and they are - carnuaba wax which is from plants and beeswax which is not the sort from the ears. Ok I'm officially put off this product now lol..