01-04-2012

Surprise in choc taste test

KINDER has ranked as the choice chocolate for WA youngsters at Easter, with the popular treat coming out on top in a blind taste of six supermarket brands.
And confectionary experts this week urged parents to buy quality chocolate eggs and bunnies with a lower sugar content and more chance of enhancing their child's palate for Easter.

The Kinder bunny beat Cadbury, Heritage, Lindt, Red Tulip and lastplaced Coles brand when Perth chocolate lovers Neve Jones,  8, Hannah Lichtenstein, 9, Kai Jones, 8, and Ethan Roth, 9, returned their verdicts.
And the girls were the connoisseurs, favouring the more expensive brands, while the boys' sweet tooths were easily sated with the cheapest brands. Hannah described the Kinder as "milky, melting in my mouth quickly", while Cadbury was "creamy with not
too much sugar or salt". Neve rated the Coles egg as "terrible", while Cadbury was "good but not fabulous", and Kai concluded Kinder had a "really good smooth milky taste".  Last Easter, Ethan happily devoured a Red Tulip Humpty Dumpty egg, but
during the blind taste this week he declared Kinder was "the best Easter egg I've ever tasted".

Celebrity chef Emmanuel Mollois, of ABC's Poh's Kitchen fame, said the quality of Easter eggs varied greatly.
He said some brands were "very sweet" and "full of sugar", "which is why kids love it so much".
"(But) it's important kids learn from a young age to appreciate good-quality chocolate," Mr Mollois said. "Easter
comes once a year, why not make it about quality? Kids will learn to appreciate quality if we let them."
He rated Lindt as a quality brand and good value for money.

Andrew Myers, manager of Fremantle Chocolate Company, said a key difference among brands was whether they were made with cocoa butter, or based on compound or cooking chocolate. "Coverture (using cocoa butter) is a little more expensive, but worth it," Mr Myers said. "It requires someone with good chocolate knowledge to temper the chocolate correctly, so you get that
snap and flavour great chocolate is known for. "Compound chocolate is cheaper and vegetable fats and oils are used instead of cocoa butter. This is the more common of the two, unfortunately." Mr Myers said compound chocolate was generally cheaper and he urged shoppers to check the label for cocoa butter content.

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