Eggs are iconic at Easter — and so is chocolate! We’ve come to take for granted that we will receive sweet bites of chocolate in our spring baskets. It’s all part of the holiday fun.
But not everyone can or will eat chocolate. And some people prefer savory treats to sugary ones. Which is why British supermarket Sainsbury’s is introducing a new Easter egg made entirely of cheese.
The concept’s not completely new. In recent years, other cheesy Easter eggs have been offered for sale. In Iceland, Ford Farms created the Cheaster, a Wensleydale cheese with chocolate and raspberry curls. British blogger Annem Hobson of So Wrong It’s Nom helped create the Cheester, an egg made from Napier cheese.
But this new version, named the Cheesalicious Easter Egg, uses 120 grams of creamy cheddar cheese. You purchase it in a pack from Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses for £5, a price that includes a package of oatcakes and a sachet of chutney.
Emma Garvey, Cheese Buyer at Sainsbury’s, told The Daily Mirror that the store is always looking for new, unique products for gifting periods.
“The Cheesalicious Easter Egg seemed like an obvious and exciting choice to expand our Easter egg offering and cater to cheese aficionados nationwide,” she said. “The egg is truly delicious and we can’t wait to see the response from our customers.”
And what about that response? Well, check out this statement, one of many positive tweets about the cheesy egg floating around online, from Twitter user @MyMissKylie:
Ok I have just seen an Easter Egg made entirely out of Cheese. 🧀
Yeah, I know what I am buying myself for Easter. 😂
— RPG Cheese (@shadow_kylie) March 15, 2019
Not everyone is sold, though. Twitter user @Jonsta1990 is going to take a pass:
An easter egg
Made from cheese
For £5 pic.twitter.com/Z6uO99Gzlq
— Jonsta (@Jonsta1990) March 12, 2019
But what about those of us who can’t get to a Sainsbury’s?
Well, we may not be able to go out and buy egg-shaped cheese from a London store, but we can try to reproduce the concept for our Easter brunch tables at home. Check out this recipe for an Easter egg cheese ball from blogger Frugal Mom Eh! that sounds like it’ll be perfect as a spring holiday app.
Or if you still want to appease your sweet tooth, consider mixing cheese and candy for a hybrid Easter cheese ball your family could love. This recipe is from the Design Dazzle blog:
We know it’s not exactly the same. If worse comes to worst, though, maybe Babybel cheeses in their wax wrappers will do in a pinch.
What do you think? Is cheese better than chocolate on Easter?