I TRIED ALDI'S BIZARRE NEW DRINK INSPIRED BY ICONIC CADBURY CHOCOLATE

If there’s one thing I have to get at Easter, it’s a Cadbury Creme Egg, as the spring holiday just isn’t complete without one.

I’m also partial to a silly little drink, so when I heard Aldi had combined the two to create a seasonal tipple, I knew I had to give it a go.

The bargain retailer is launching a special limited-edition version of their popular Ballycastle Country Cream, in a Chocolate Crème flavour for Easter 2024. 

Aldi customers have been going wild following the product announcement online proclaiming they ‘need’ it ASAP. 

The Baileys-style liqueur is inspired by the beloved Creme Egg and costs £7.69 for a 70cl a bottle. Unfortunately, shoppers aren’t able to get their hands on it until March 14, but Metro.co.uk managed to get a sneaky preview of the drink. 

While the flavour of this sounded right up my street, I initially didn’t have high hopes for the taste, as my last experience with Ballycastle (the raspberry ripple one) was awful. Quite possibly the worst drink I’ve ever had.

The product description also wasn’t doing the most to sell me on it, as it rather vaguely says: ‘A blend of double cream, alcohol and flavourings’. Yum?

But all it took was one sip for me to be proved wrong and realise that the Ballycastle Chocolate Crème is fabulous.

Diehard Creme Egg fans will likely be disappointed as the Creme Egg flavour is incredibly subtle. At times I wasn’t sure if I could actually taste it or if it was just some kind of placebo effect from the iconic yellow goo splatter on the bottle.

Essentially this drink is more of a smooth alcoholic chocolate milkshake, and while it’s not quite what I expected, it’s still very tasty, so much so that I don’t think it should be saved for just Easter time.

I’d go as far as to say that I’d sack off the traditional glass of Baileys at Christmas in favour of some of this. 

We’ll have to wait and see what others think once this actually hits the shelves, but if it’s as popular as I think it’ll be, then perhaps Aldi should consider making it a permanent addition to their Ballycastle range. (Hint hint).

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If you’re looking for ways to satisfy your chocoholic tendencies until the drink goes on sale, then you might be interested to hear that we recently gave one of the UK’s most expensive supermarket Easter eggs a go, to see if it was worth the hefty £14 price tag.

The Cracking Pistacho egg is made to look like a pistachio, with a blonde caramelised white chocolate outer shell, and a green pistachio flavoured egg inside, which is speckled with chopped pistachio pieces. 

Social media users have gone nutty (sorry) over the egg, branding it a ‘dream’ combination of flavours. BBC Good Food voted it the best white chocolate Easter egg for 2024, and the Good House Keeping Institute proclaimed it THE Easter egg to try.

I thought Waitrose had done a cracking job with the pistachio chocolate flavour — it’s not too strong and not too subtle. Call me Goldilocks, because it’s just right.

The pistachio nibs add some fun texture to the mix, but that’s about it. There’s no satisfying crunch to be found – they’re more for the aesthetics than anything else.

Meanwhile the outer shell of blonde chocolate had a delicious caramel aroma and tasted smooth and creamy.

I actually really enjoyed the whole thing, but the price is the real clincher. If you’ve got the money to spare and love trying quirky food, then this is the Easter egg for you, and it would also make the perfect gift if you’re looking to impress.

However, if you’re not particularly fussy about your chocolate – and you just want one of your old favourite Easter eggs to celebrate the season – then it probably won’t be worth it.

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