For a truly decadent Easter, forget Cadbury’s crème eggs and treat yourself to a chocolate gift with the wow factor. . .
For talented chocolatiers and top chefs Easter is the perfect time to show off their skills – even Heston Blumenthal has created a limited edition £15 hand-crafted egg for Waitrose! But there’s more than one way to enjoy chocolate this weekend. Here’s our chocoholics guide to Easter . . . enjoy!
Master pastry chef Pierre Marcolini’s Brussels based chocolate house opened its first boutique outside of mainland Europe in London’s Selfridges last year. Part of their spectacular Easter range, all made with the best single estate chocolate, this chocolate creation makes a show stopping Easter gift.£99 from Selfridges
Originally a Nespresso limited edition variation, the dark chocolate ciocattino Grand Cru has now been added to the permanent range. If you’re a Nespresso fan you’ll recognise the livanto blend - its caramel flavour blends perfectly with the dark chocolate notes. £3.50 for a sleeve of 10 from Nespresso
High-end patisserie and chocolate boutique Pierre Herme in Paris often has customers queuing outside hours before opening. They specialize in macaroons but we think their chocolate is just as divine and love the unusual flavour combinations. The good news is you can now buy his creations in London’s Selfridges too – with no queues! This beautiful egg is made of single origin Peruvian chocolate and the bright chocolate discs are vanilla, passion fruit and salted butter caramel.£90 from Selfridges or Pierre Herme in Paris
This velvety rich chocolate liqueur is the ultimate after-dinner indulgence. Made from fine milk chocolate blended with cream it’s an Austrian brand named after their most famous composer. Eat while listening to Eine Kleine Nachtmusik . . . 34 from Harvey Nichols
Renowned chocolatier Paul A Young has teamed up with the fabulous Grosvenor House hotel in London to design the ultimate grown-up chocolate inspired afternoon tea.Classic finger sandwiches are followed by an array of deliciously inventive pastries, champagne and chocolate truffles. If you really want to push the boat out try the chocolate adventure package’ for £444 and enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel, a copy Paul’s award winning book Adventures with chocolate’ and a surprise chocolate treat during your stay. £39.50 from Grosvenor House Hotel
Ganache is the house specialty of Parisian chocolatier La Maison Du Chocolat. This beautifully packaged selection includes creamy milk chocolate and rich dark chocolate ganache filled eggs. The perfect gift to take to an Easter party – will finish off your Sunday roast perfectly. £52 from La Maison Du Chocolat
For those who just can’t commit to only one type of chocolate can have it all here. From top British luxury chocolate boutique Hotel Chocolat, this enormous egg is composed of one dark chocolate shell and one milk chocolate shell, both studded with tasty almonds and filled with praline filled eggletts and a mixture of decadent chocolates. £75 from Hotel Chocolat
Inspired by Bailey’s newest variety - Baileys chocolat luxe - master chocolatier Lucie Bennet has given egg and soldiers a whole new meaning for Harvey Nichol’s brasseries. The beautifully painted chocolate shell is filled with a creamy Baileys chocolate ganache and served with sweet chocolate brioche soldiers. Breakfast is most definitely the most important meal of the day! £12.50 outside London and £15 in London in Harvey Nicholsbrasseries and cafes (available from 7th-25th April)