Spring is here and with it comes the opportunity for some extra (or should that be egg-xtra) indulgence. The giving and receiving of Easter eggs need not be limited to childhood. And with some premium artistic designs, boozy recipes and elaborate decoration, there’s a range of stunning and delicious choices for the chocolate connoisseur.
Fortnum & Mason Hand-Decorated Milk Chocolate Easter Egg
If you’re seeking something completely unique, opt for this individually hand-decorated egg – each of the outer artworks are one of a kind, while the shell itself comes from F&M’s antique moulds. Tercentenary-blend milk chocolate is tempered to create a glossy finish, while handmade chocolate chunks are found within.]
Project Earth Forest Friendly Chocolarder
A healthier and more ethical option, the Chocolarder egg has a relatively high cocoa content (60%) for a milk variety. This ensures a creamy, yet sophisticated taste, offset by golden toasted oats. Free from refined sugar, it’s suitable for those who follow vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free and vegan diets.
Charbonnel et Walker
This heritage brand – chocolatier to HM the Queen no less – was formed in 1875. It operates from a salubrious Bond Street address, which has seen the custom of patrons including Noel Coward, Wallis Simpson and Sir John Gielgud. The delicate milky egg has a hinged opening, while the lavishly decorated tube contains an ingenious secret compartment filled with fine truffles. The price tag reflects this egg’s supreme quality.
VENCHI 1878 – White Chocolate Allegro Gourmet Easter Egg
Made in Italy from the smoothest white chocolate, this egg’s shell pops open to reveal an interior constructed from cacao nibs, toffee flakes and raspberry crystals. It’s an affordable yet luxury option, presented in a sleek metal tin.
Fortnum & Mason Handmade Milk & Dark Chocolate Easter Egg
Shaped in Fortnum & Mason’s antique metal moulds, this egg has a vintage vibe. It’s perfect for those who enjoy the contrast of both milk and dark and contains an array of handmade filled chocolates. This egg is simple, traditional and very classy, nestled in a teal and gold F&M branded gift box.
Extra Thick Champagne Easter Egg
While many of the luxe eggs on our list are extra fine, this one from Hotel Chocolat bucks the trend. The super-chunky shell comes in two halves – one 40% milk chocolate, the other a blend of strawberry flavoured white and milk chocolate. It may take an extra tap to break open the thick wall of this egg, but once you do, you’ll be rewarded with pink and white Mercier champagne and ganache truffles.
Claridge’s Milk Chocolate Easter Egg
Open a muted teal presentation box to reveal a striking monochrome and chevron foil-wrapped egg, finished with a thick black satin bow. Hand made using Valrhona milk chocolate, the limited edition item is new for 2021 and filled with moreish salted caramel gull’s eggs.
Love Cocoa – Prosecco Milk Chocolate Egg with Pink Gin Truffles
Fun and frivolous, Love Cocoa’s prosecco creation contains both popping candy and gin-infused pink truffles. An oversized chocolate shell is prosecco flavoured and made from single-origin Columbian milk chocolate. The products are handmade in the UK and represent the five-year-old brand’s ethical, environmental and sustainable philosophies.
Venchi – White Chocolate & Salted Nuts Easter Egg
Founded in the 1800s, Venchi’s artistry has become internationally renowned. Sweet yet salty, smooth yet crunchy, this Italian egg’s shell melds salted caramel with white chocolate, Piedmont Hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios. The result is a voluptuously thick and layered taste sensation that adds a savoury element to your candied Easter decadence.
Harvey Nichols – Eggs With Legs – Buckle Edition – Egg Cup & Chocolate Easter Egg
Buy an egg gift that can be treasured long term, in the form of this playful and glitzy hand-painted ceramic cup designed by Mary Rose Young. Each is a limited edition and has some subtly unique features, which can be enjoyed again and again at breakfast time throughout the year. There’s still a chocoholic fix, however, in the form of a classic foil-wrapped hollow egg.
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