My two sons had an egg-stra special assignment after school on Friday.
With their big sister at a birthday party, it was down to six year old Little Man O and four year old Littlest Boy I to head to Cadwaladers to put their new Creme Egg Easter range of desserts and indulgent drinks to the test.
Unsurprisngly they were more than willing to accept this very special mission.
Located in the centre of The Red Dragon Centre’s atrium, Cadwaladars is part of a family-run chain which has been serving up ice cream since 1927. They offer a range of hot and cold snacks including and cakes, plus hot and cold drinks – plus a huge selection of ice cream and ice cream-based desserts.
The Creme Egg range launched earlier this month, returning to Cadwaladars after success in previous years.
Treats on offer include a Creme Egg hot chocolate (£3.95), containing milk, hot chocolate, a Creme Egg and chocolate and toffee sauce; a Creme Egg milkshake (£4.75), containing milk, vanilla ice cream, cream, toffee and chocolate sauces, and a Creme Egg; and a Creme Egg sundae (£6.95) consisting of vanilla ice cream, cream, chocolate and toffee sauces, and a Crème Egg.
And if you wanted something to accompany it with, there’s also a chocolate Creme Egg brownie (£2.50) too.
My boys were lucky enough to get to sample it all! I’d just like to clarify that they don’t usually consume this much sugar in one go, and the following day was strictly healthy food only. This was a real treat. But as my six year old said, “You’ve got to have Creme Eggs at Easter.” He also decided we should take the brownie home to their daddy so that he didn’t miss out.
Having to wait until I’d finished photographing the products before they could indulge was probably the longest five minutes of their lives. But they waited patiently and were then rewarded with their feast. Little O said the hot chocolate was his favourite while Littlest couldn’t get enough of the sundae. I was impressed at how well they managed to share between them.
You can see from the empty glasses that the indulgent chocolatey treats were a huge success.
I was pleased to see a vegan option on the menu. After 28 years of being vegetarian, over the last few months I have transitioned to vegan. It’s not always easy when dining out and I must admit despite having visited Cadwaladers several times I hadn’t realised what a great selection of vegan items they have on the menu.
They have dairy-free ice cream on offer, and are happy to assist in creating indulgent sundaes and other desserts that are dairy-free. They even have vegan chocolate flakes to top them with.
Vegan cakes on sale when we visited included a lemon and pistachio cake, flapjack, brownie, and chocolate and date slice. They are also getting ready to launch a range of new vegan sandwiches. Drinks can be made with soy or coconut milk plus they have a dairy free hot chocolate too.
I didn’t fancy a full size sundae so this was a smaller version for the purposes of review but it looked and tasted incredibly indulgent, rich and chocolatey. I have no complaints! It’s great not to have to miss out at this chocolate-filled time of year.
The Easter specials are on sale at Cadwaladars throughout the Easter holidays.
And while you are there be sure to check out all the other Easter and school holiday events at The Red Dragon Centre.
Cbeebies favourite Bing Bunny and his carer Flop will be visiting on Easter Sunday 1st April with appearances at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Tag your photos on social media with #IMetBing for the chance to win prizes.
Easter dining offers include Kids Eat Free at Bella Italia when purchasing an adult meal. Plus on Easter Sunday and Monday enjoy a free Easter Egg Calzone when you purchase a main meal. You can redeem this in store in conjunction with any other offer, including Kids Eat Free, but be quick; the calzone is only available while stocks last.
Spice Route have an Easter family buffet where children get a free squash; plus every Sunday at Grill & Shake children eat free with every adult main course purchased from the full menu.
There’s the usual 10-pin fun at Hollywood Bowl. Open from 9am every day during the school holidays you can enjoy 50% off when you bowl before 10am. Simply use the code EASTER1850 in the promotional code field in the booking process at www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk
You can also join the pink pin ‘Malteaser Bowl over the Bunny’ game every day from 4-6pm during the school holidays. Bowl a strike when the pink pin is at the head position to win Malteaser Mini Bunnies. T&Cs apply.
The ODEON is showing all the latest family film releases including Peter Rabbit, Duck Duck Goose, and A Wrinkle In Time. A family ticket for two adults and two children or one adult and three children costs from £20, with adults paying kids’ prices for children’s films.
Daily kids club screenings of slightly older films with bargain prices starting from £2.50. Find out more about all the family films you can check out over the Easter break on my blog Cardiff Mummy Says.
Don’t forget there’s free onsite parking for customers subject to minimum spend and ticket validation.