Could Easter be our most favourite time year? I mean what’s not to like, it’s the longest bank holiday of the year, it’s usually sunny, all four days are filled with friends, family, food and drink, and it’s perfectly acceptable to have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
House of Coco’s Rachel McAlley explored the high-end chocolate market to see what gorgeous gifts were available on the high street and online.
There’s so much choice at this time of year, from high street confectioners and local artisan producers to the best high-end chocolatiers, all trying to get our attention and our cash, so who do we love? The two that stand out above the rest this Easter are Harvey Nichols and Hotel Chocolat, see below for a few chocolatey ideas.
Harvey Nichols, Bodrato Colours Egg, £19.95
Artisan hand-painted Easter egg in Italian chocolate, vibrantly decorated with both coloured and white chocolate flashes.
Harvey Nichols, Simply Chocolate, ‘The Egg’, £39.95
Beautiful brass or copper egg filled with 15 small chocolate egg halves, a mixture of Crunchy Coco (milk chocolate with coconut pieces), Misty Martha (dark chocolate with ground hazelnut) and Pink Polly (white chocolate with raspberries and Persian liquorice).
Harvey Nichols, Rococo Children’s Egg, £22.50
40% cocoa milk chocolate egg, filled with 8 individually foiled colourful solid milk chocolate eggs, all packed together in either a blue or pink box.
Harvey Nichols, Michel Cluizel, Milk Chocolate Hen, £15.95
Direct from the factory of Michel Cluizel in France, one of the premier chocolatiers in the world, this handcrafted milk chocolate hen has been made from some of the finest bean-to-bar chocolate the world has to offer.
Hotel Chocolat, Extra Thick Patisserie Egg, £27.00
Half pecan pie, half salted caramel cheesecake Easter egg. Filled with classic desserts, reimagined in chocolate. A selection including Eton Mess, Fudge Sundae, Tiramisu, Treacle Tart and many more.
Hotel Chocolat, The Bunnies Basket, Easter Hunt, £8.00
15 solid creamy 40% milk chocolate bunnies and chicks, individually wrapped for Easter.
Hotel Chocolat, Hard Boiled Easter Egg, Salted Caramel, £15.00
The shell is cast in Hotel Chocolat’s signature solid caramel chocolate and a flourish of Guérande sea salt to lift the dulce de leche notes. Paired it with eight soft salted caramels sealed in 40% milk chocolate.
Hotel Chocolat, Woolliam Speckled Eggs, £5.50
A collection of milk chocolate praline eggs in crispy shells.
All Harvey Nichols Easter gifts are available instore or online, all Hotel Chocolat Easter gifts are available instore or online. Happy Easter!