Time to jump in there and fortify your Easter basket, says Sam Wylie-Harris.
It’s the most enticing time of year and the range of dreamy chocolate delights makes you want to seek out, savor… and secretly save some for yourself.
Here’s what’s in our Easter Parade, with a delicious egg for every chocolate lover in the family…
1. Best for children
With a choice of fillings from Chocolate Mix to Swedish Pick & Mix, Peter Rabbit & Friends, Promenix Reusable Easter Egg, £13.50, Gava, a Scandi-style sugar mix with a variety of treats to suit all tastes.
2. Best for teenagers
Rimmed with starry sprinkles, the Funfetti Filled Easter Egg, £21.99 (500g), Cutter & Squidge contains creamy caramel ganache filled eggs and cute pink and white chocolate caramel and honeycomb dream bar eggs once they’ve broken open the milk chocolate shell .
3. Best for animal lovers
As well as the beautiful bouquets, Fortnum & Mason’s Decorated Easter Egg Trio, £55 (270g) contains three milk, white and dark chocolate eggs nestled within a collection of matching chocolate animals.
4. Best for eco warriors
With 5% of the sale of each ice cream donating to the Ocean Giants programme, Chococo’s Milk Chocolate Ocean Easter Egg, £13 (175g), is a firm favorite with its milk chocolate turtles and starfish.
5. Best for romantics
This Spring Flower Milk Chocolate Egg, £32, Bettys, is an Easter egg in full bloom and is hand decorated with bluebells, daffodils and other spring flowers so it looks perfect and is a real token of affection.
6. Best for cookie lovers
M&S’s ultra-chocolaty ‘more chocolate than biscuit’ milk chocolate rounds have been household favorites for years (they sell 110,000 packs a week…). And now they have brought out an egg. Celebrating 20 years of the infamous Bicky, the Extremely Chocolatey Biscuity Egg, £8 is a surefire hit.
7. Best for fitness fans
Hotel Chocolat has teamed up with My Protein to bring you a protein-packed Easter treat… My Protein x Hotel Chocolat Luxury Chocolate Egg, £19.99, packs a punch with 44g of protein. As an added bonus, there are two bars of chocolate: Chocolate & Salted Caramel and Chocolate Orange.
8. Best for Baileys lovers
A Belgian chocolate Easter egg in the shape of a sundae, Baileys Sundae Egg, £10, Ocado, is topped with chocolate chips and salted caramel crispies, with the flavor of Baileys Original Irish Cream at its heart.
9. Best for sharing
A dozen chocolate pralines to pass around, who can resist these speckled eggs wrapped in a thin, crunchy sugar crust shell? Praline Quail Eggs, £10, Dukeshill.
10. Best to treat yourself
There could be arguments over this glittery golden treat, so it’s much better to hold on to the Chirpy Chicks milk chocolate Easter egg, £19.95, Fortnum & Mason and a gift for yourself. Inside you’ll find three solid milk chocolate chicks to celebrate the joy of Easter.
11. Best for those on a budget
For those who prefer their egg shapes flat (and luxuriously thick), these Moser Roth Egg Slabs, £3.99 each, Aldi, are a real bargain. Available in White & Blonde Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Raspberry or Milk & White Chocolate, we just can’t get enough of these.