What’s Easter without some chocolate? Penny McCormick rounds up a CRACKING SELECTION of the best EASTER EGGS on the shelves this year …
For the perfectionist: Known for his artistry and exquisite flavour combinations, Dublin-based Belgian chocolatier Erik Van der Veken has created a collection of six luxury Easter eggs destined to impress the most discerning of chocolate lovers. One of only two Cacao Barry brand ambassadors in Ireland, Van der Veken’s products are made from 100 per cent sustainably sourced chocolate from the prestigious French chocolate brand favoured by professional chefs and chocolatiers. The pale ombré green Sicily Easter egg, with a delicate chocolate feather, is crafted from Cacao Barry’s beautifully balanced Zephyr white chocolate. Inside is a layer of pistachio praline made from Sicilian pistachios, €38; www.arcanechocolate.com.
For the chocolate connoisseur: Limerick-based artisan chocolatier Anna Coffey Lynch has created two luxurious handcrafted Easter eggs which are available to pre-order online. The first is a handpainted vegan friendly and gluten-free Valrhona “Manjari” Madagascan dark chocolate egg studded with crushed pistachios, which contains a sweet pistachio surprise. The second is a Luker “Noche” milk chocolate egg studded with an outer layer of crumbled salted caramel pieces (made using Achill Island Sea Salt) and containing a salted caramel treat inside. Both cost €25 plus a charge of €5 for postage and packing; www.braw.ie.
For Granny: Nothing says I love you Gran better than a keepsake tin from Butler’s Easter collection… 70% Dark Chocolate easter egg with truffles, €15, www.butlerschocolate.com.
For the fashionista: Just in time for Easter comes a special launch from Cave Things by Nick Cave – aka the vampire of The Vampire’s Wife fame. The hip brand’s box of Happy Chocolates, £45, is an assortment of rose and violet cream dark chocolates, available to purchase on www.cavethings.com.
For baby: The eco answer to a Kinder Egg – this chocolate with a surprise toy is organic, vegan, GM-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar, home-compostable, plastic-free, and locally-made. Plus the chocolate is absolutely delicious! Prices start from €2.99 – €17.99; www.jiminy.ie.
For the flamboyant friend: Lily O’Brien’s Honeycomb Flame Wrap Egg, €12.99, is an egg with a difference. Each milk chocolate egg contains honeycomb pieces throughout the egg and there are also four signature recipe crispy heart chocolates included inside the egg. www.lilyobriens.ie??
For the grandchildren: Percy Pig in his Jazzy Trousers, €15, Colin the Caterpillar Milk Chocolate Egg, €7.50 or Bella Bunny, Kylie Koala and Walter the Sausage Dog, €7.50 each. These are some of the cute characters and creamy chocolate eggs destined to put a smile on the face of the giver and receiver. www.marksandspencer.com
For Dad: Stillgarden’s Distillers Edition Gin Easter Gift Box, €52.50 is a ginthusiasts dream. It contains a bottle of Stillgarden’s Distillers Edition Gin, a distinctive dry juniper gin, with two new “Nick & Nora” glasses filled with chocolate Easter eggs, two mixers, a greeting card, and two garden tour tickets to use at Stillgarden Distillery in the future, where the recipient will enjoy a complimentary cocktail. www.stillgardendistillery.com
For traditionalists: For those who believe you can’t beat a Cadbury’s egg, this year Cadbury is introducing a new Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Egg with Mini Fingers, €13. Also in the line-up is the Cadbury Diary Milk Choca-Latte egg. This was created by Roscommon student, Callum Clogher, who won the “Cadbury Inventor” competition in 2019 creating his own Cadbury Dairy Milk bar. This Easter, Cadbury are introducing the Choca Latte Egg 2 – which will be accompanied by two of of Callum’s delicious coffee, cream and vanilla Cadbury Dairy Milk bars. www.cadbury.com
For Mum: You can’t beat a Butlers Chocolate wrapped egg with mini eggs, €12.50, www.butlerschocolate.com.
For vegans: The Irish-made Chocolately Clare gift sets are not only vegan but also wrapped in home compostable Natureflex, making them plastic free. From €2.99 – €17.99; www.jiminy.ie.
For you: The perfect little pick me up to be enjoyed any time between now and Easter – these little bags of orange milk chocolate eggs come encased in a crispy sugar shell, for only €1.50. Keep them beside your desk; www.marksandspencer.com.
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