Life in lockdown has not been easy, but the end is seemingly in sight — and with Easter just around the corner there are plenty of chocolatey treats in the shops that are guaranteed to raise a smile.
If you’re searching for the perfect Easter egg to gift (or simply want to indulge your sweet tooth and purchase one for yourself) then we’ve rounded up the very best Easter eggs from big brands such as Cadbury’s as well as some more unusual treats from independent chocolatiers:
Supermarket eggs-tra special treats
There is no such thing as too many eggs, as this three-in-one chocolate delight from Morrisons proves. Inside the box is a shimmering Belgian milk chocolate egg nestled in a dark chocolate layer, which is concealed within a silky-smooth milk chocolate egg finished with vermicelli. This treat is suitable for vegetarians and is available in-store and online.
Tesco’s offering is a rich Belgian chocolate egg with freeze-dried raspberries, decorated with gold shimmer and flaked chocolate. The 300g egg is big enough to last the whole Easter weekend and is available as part of their Finest range.
Easter Hamper Selections
Cadbury’s has compiled a range of Easter baskets and hampers that suit all tastes and budgets.
From a £10 Eggstravaganza box which contains Mini Eggs, Crème Eggs and a Dairy Milk with Oreos Mini Bag as well as other goodies, to the Ultimate Easter Basket that is delivered in a wicker presentation hamper with enough treats for the whole family to enjoy well after the Easter weekend is over, Cadbury’s does not disappoint.
For a hamper full of Easter cheer that contains something for everyone, we love this luxury gift box which is packed with a Monty Bojangles Scotch Easter egg, jelly beans, mini choc chicks and crumbly fudge, all delivered in a hand-tied presentation box with a personalised gift card.
An Eggs-cellent breakfast treat…
There are not many days of the year when you can start your day with a breakfast of chocolate, but this ‘egg sandwich’ makes a perfect indulgent Easter Sunday treat. It might not be a traditional sarnie but using 3D scanning technology Hotel Chocolat has created ‘milk chocolate bread’ and a caramel and white chocolate eggy filling!
It’s packaged in a takeaway-style sandwich box, making it a quirky and indulgent Easter gift for kids and adults alike.
Sustainably produced, ethical Easter Eggs
Sustainability is increasingly important to many of us and if the amount of packaging and plastic used in some Easter eggs is a cause for concern, many alternatives allow you to indulge in a chocolate treat yet still uphold your ethical values
These Superior Salted Caramel Eggs contain a silky caramel ganache centre, wrapped in decadent chocolate and a delicate, speckled sugar shell. They are cleverly designed to resemble seagull eggs and are hand-crafted by Rococo in London. The best part is that the product and packaging are sustainably sourced and ethically produced.
This ‘Pond Life’ egg has drawn inspiration from the micro-environment of a busy pond and has been designed to mimic the shimmer and movement of water. It’s a bespoke creation that contains award-winning dark chocolate and hand-painted Yuzu caramel Koi Carp and strawberry flavoured frogs. All the packaging is fully compostable and 100% free of any plastic.
Vegan and vegetarian Easter eggs
If you are following a vegan diet or are dairy intolerant, you don’t have to miss out on a chocolate treat this Easter. Many chocolatiers are dispelling the myth that great tasting chocolate must contain milk, as these plant-based Easter treats show. Vegan chocolate has a rich and creamy texture with all the flavour of premium chocolate but without the dairy.
The Kakoa Iconic Easter Egg is created from almond and rice milk and also includes 6 smaller truffle eggs and a salted caramel bar. All their Easter treats are suitable for vegans and the packaging is 100% biodegradable.
Vegan chocolate is widely available in most of the major supermarkets, and this Choccy Eggsplosion Easter Egg from family-owned business Moo Free Chocolate is no exception. At just £3.50 it is an affordable treat that is gluten-free, dairy-free, soya-free and certified vegan—plus it tastes amazing!
Everything you need for an Easter Egg Hunt!
If you want to delight the kids this Easter and get them out in the garden, Waitrose is offering this Egg Hunt kit that contains twenty brightly-coloured, foil-wrapped eggs and four signposts to give youngsters all the clues they need to discover the hidden treats. The kit is available online and currently has 20% off making it a real bargain at just £4.80.
Cadbury’s always come up trumps with Easter egg hunt ideas and this year they have created a virtual Easter egg hunt that allows you to hide your egg anywhere in the world for a family member or friend to find.
You can either play free for fun and follow the clues to discover the hidden egg, or for £15 your loved one will receive a Cadbury’s chocolate egg in the post when they find their virtual egg hidden on the map.
Alternative Easter eggs
If you’re not a fan of chocolate or would prefer a savoury treat, then why not order a blue cheese egg and make it the centre of your cheeseboard at the dinner table this Easter? It contains a mellow blue-cheese egg, a jar of sticky fig relish and two packets of sourdough crispbreads for added crunch. The mellow, yet tasty cheese is also delicious spread on a toasted hot cross bun!
The Snaffling Pig Company have created a mouth-watering pork scratchings Easter egg, which can be personalised so no one else in the family can steal your snacks! There is a choice of several flavours to add spice to your scratchings, including Marvellous Maple, Hot to Trot Haberno and Mighty Colemans Mustard, all of which are incredibly moreish and will make the perfect accompaniment to an Easter weekend pint!