For 2021, we’re getting our Easter celebrations going a little early.
Good Friday may not be until April 2 but after the year we’ve had, we think we deserve an extra few weeks to gorge on as many Easter eggs as our newly invested elasticated loungewear will allow.
This year, it’s all about treating ourselves and if that means your version of self-care is cracking into a smooth, melting chocolate shell adorned with an array of mouth-wateringly delicious toppings - then we are here to support you. It’s in the name of Easter, after all.
We are looking at one of the most extravagant offerings to date with new luxurious varieties of white, milk, dark and even blonde and ruby to suit even the pickiest of chocolate connoisseurs - and create quite the fabulous egg hunt.
Get ready to spoil yourself (or your friends and family) with champagne flavourings, sculptural shapes and intricate museum-worth detailing, see our favourites below.
Laduree The Milk Chocolate Egg
The French patisserie brand may be best known for its macaroons but don’t sleep on its Easter offering. Combining the main ingredient found in the almond-based cookie with a chocolatey twist, the egg-celent treat is crafted from Chuao chocolate and Saint Malo milk and adorned with the nut.
A dark chocolate variety is also available with 75 per cent Chuao chocolate with toasted almonds on the exterior.
Selfridges Easter Egg
At luxury department store Selfridges, there is not one but two eggs that we think deserve a place in your seasonal celebrations. With a nod to sustainability, they have partnered up with Chocolarder and as such, use ethically sourced cacao from the Dominican Republic and sugar cane from the green harvest project in Brazil to craft the chocolaty treats. The Almond Nougatine is made from almonds wind sailed from Spain, while the Honeycomb iteration benefits from the delicious honey from beekeeper Matt Pitt’s Cornish Black Bees. The packaging is also plastic-free.
Rococo Ruby Chocolate Egg
It’s hard to believe that it was only in 2017 that ruby chocolate (dubbed the “fourth” variety after dark, milk and white) entered our lives and now it’s everywhere and we couldn’t be happier. Rococo has transformed the pink iteration into an egg with chocolate-coated raspberries to go alongside it. Fruity and delicious.
Charbonnel et Walker Fine Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Fine Milk Chocolates & Truffles
Charbonnel et Walker has become synonymous in the chocolate world with luxury and the brand’s Easter offering proves why. Within this innovative gold case, you’ll a secret compartment packed with satisfying quantity of fine milk chocolate and truffles including Marc de Champagne flavoured iteration. But the egg is, of course, the star of the show resting on a straw bedding. The perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life.
Venchi 1878 Chocaviar Latte Gourmet Easter Egg
Imagine a Fabergé that opens to reveal a chocolatey surprise and you’ll have something akin to Venchi’s Chocaviar. The name comes from the pearl-like granules that make up the interior of the egg and resemble the delicacy. This has been covered in a mouth-watering silky coating that’s all-round yes from us.
Prestat Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with Dark Chocolate Truffles
Royal Warrant Holder Prestat offer chocolates fit for Queen Elizabeth herself and so to truly indulge this Easter, you can’t go wrong. It’s the Dark Chocolate iteration that has our taste buds tingling this year, presented alongside chocolate truffles. Bravo Prestat, bravo!
Cocoa & Co. Chocolate Egg
Luxury chocolate lovers, you’re in for a treat. Sainsbury’s Cocoa & Co range has not one but three new additions to its range. The first, the Belgian Milk Chocolate Easter Egg has a shimmering gold stripe adornment. You will also find the Single Origin Dark Chocolate with a smooth and rich flavour. Most show-stopping of all, the Single Origin Dark Chocolate Shimmer Egg will certainly be winning style points with an elegant gold lustre look.
Love Cocoa Prosecco Milk Chocolate Luxury Egg with Pink Gin Truffles
Prosecco? Check. Chocolate? Check. Gin? Check. This egg truly has it all. Love Cocoa - the brand by James Cadbury - has combined all our favourite things in a boozy twist to the classic childhood treat. You’ll find a prosecco and popping-candy infused milk chocolate shell, paired with pink gin truffles. If that isn’t enough to get your mouth watering, also add the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Truffles to basket. It is free from palm oil and housed in recyclable and plastic-free packaging.
Melt Chocolatiers Easter Egg
The Notting Hill-based chocolate shop has an array of Easter eggs this year that taste as good as they look. Along with the show-stopping Strawberry Easter Egg, the brand is also offering a version that looks like an acorn. Nailing both style and substance, it is crafted from 70 per cent smooth milk chocolate with an almond rocher nutty cap and a candied orange tail. Sign. us. Up.
Aldi Chocolate Easter Eggs
Proving that “luxury” doesn’t always equate to “expensive”, budget supermarket Aldi is here to delight chocolate fans everywhere with its premium Moser Roth Geo and Ripple Eggs. Crafted from Fairtrade chocolate, there are a variety of flavours; Ruby, Blonde, Dark Chocolate & Orange, Belgian Milk Chocolate, Crunchy Salted Caramel and Belgian White Chocolate & Forrest Fruit. If you can’t choose just one, the brand’s Duo Eggs have you covered with a half-half approach combining white, milk or dark chocolate.
Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road to Caramel Extra-Thick Egg
For us, Easter hasn’t truly begun until we have gorged our way through Hotel Chocolat’s seasonal offering. The selection is one of the best out there and you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one (luckily we don’t judge so feel free to add them all to basket).
The Rocky Road to Caramel is part of the brand’s satisfying extra-thick collection where they have doubled down on the typical casing adding even more indulgent chocolate. It has a solid caramel chocolate shell with hints of dulce de leche, creamy milk chocolate, cookies and puffed rice. Inside, you’ll be delighted to find a mix of truffles, pralines and caramels. Luxury lovers will also swoon after the brand’s Champagne flavouring.
Pierre Marcolini Magical Easter Garden
Luxury chocolatier Pierre Marcolini is known for fabulous sugary creations, and this Easter its giant bunny emerging from an egg has made a triumphant return (biologically inconceivable yes, but stunning nonetheless). There are lots of other confections to snap up in the Magical Easter Garden collection, including mini bunnies (£9.90), animal caramels, amaretti biscuits (£8.90) and an Easter cake (£25) for those who want to go all out.