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Easter is a time when confectionary brands really flex their creative muscles and this year has been no exception. We taste-tested alternative Easter eggs that can be bought online, including special diet eggs and showstopping products that have novelty value.
Melt London strawberry egg
This splendid, colourful egg has serious wow factor. It comes in a deceptively sober, elegant cardboard box that’s nice enough to be reused as storage. Unpacking adds to the fun as the egg is nestled deep in a nest of paper hay. Its bright red and green colour is a big hit in both the visual and flavour stakes. The chocolate is extra thick and has a high cocoa content, with just a hint of fruit flavour. It also gets top marks for being vegan and having 100% plastic-free packaging. A good choice if you want to gift an Easter egg that will be a talking point.
Wyke Farms Cheaster egg
A savoury Easter egg? This is a concept we’re wholeheartedly on board with. This ingenious solution for chocolate sceptics (because, believe it or not, they do exist) comes wrapped in a wax coating. The egg itself is made from signature Wyke Farms mature cheddar, with a ‘yolk’ dyed with natural colouring, and comes standing proudly in a branded mug. Somebody pass the chutney.
Play in Choc rabbit collection
This smart set for kids is lighter on the chocolate than other Easter options but big on the fun factor. It features four boxes each with small vegan chocolates plus a 3D rabbit puzzle and a fact card about the animal. An ideal choice for parents who don’t want to gift a huge egg, it’s worth bearing in mind that the chocolate isn’t the sweetest but we loved the melty texture and subtle coconutty flavour.
Firebox white chocolate flamingo eggs
This bold, brash set of coloured eggs is a Millennial pink-hued saccharine explosion. Within the cardboard egg box you’ll find half a dozen strawberry-flavoured speckled eggs. They’re super sweet, super fun and ideal for teenagers.
Fortnum & Mason praline Scotch egg
Heritage London department store Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented the very first ‘scotched egg’ back in 1738, so this modern, sweet remake is a natural continuation of its innovative spirit. The orange ganache ‘egg’ is surrounded by a soft chocolate praline which is crumbed in roasted hazelnuts and cocoa nibs. The chocolate is flavoured with simnel spices giving it an extra sprinkling of Easter magic. The stylish box finishes the whole thing off a treat.
This glossy painted egg looks almost too good to smash (emphasis on ‘almost’). Made for Selfridges by Baravelli’s, an artisan chocolatier in Conwy, Wales, the look is modern and elegant. The chocolate itself has vanilla notes and melts satisfyingly on the tongue. We also give top marks for the minimalist packaging that avoids excessive plastic waste.
Small, artisan producer Bianca Marton specialises in single origin and dairy-free chocolate. We absolutely love the colourful, hand-painted wash over her beautifully crafted Easter eggs. This orange painted egg is made from 75% Tanzanian dark chocolate and is suitable for vegans. The simple packaging allows the egg to stand out with its vibrant hue.
Pierre Marcolini 12 mini Easter eggs
Mini eggs, but not as you know them. These posh eggs are filled with a combination of pralines and ganaches, two titans of the chocolate world. The chocolate is tempered to perfection, giving the shells a satisfying crack and finish not dissilimar to feuilletine. We couldn’t get enough of them.
The Solid Chocolate Company Belgian milk chocolate egg
Why are Easter eggs hollow when the void could be filled with chocolate? That’s a valid question answered unequivocally by The Solid Chocolate Company’s ingenious solid Easter egg. The block design features 42 individual bite-sized pieces of chocolate made from rich, Belgian milk chocolate, although it also comes in dark and white. It’s 750g of pure indulgence and a chocoholic’s dream.
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