No matter how old we get, there’s something about the joy of a chocolate Easter egg that fills us with glee. Whether it’s unwrapping the foil coating or discovering the hidden treats inside, our love for Easter eggs is as strong as when we were five years old. Our taste buds have evolved a bit since the days of Mars Bars and Milky Ways though, so we decided to try out some of the market’s more high-end offerings (including a few from top London restaurants). You can check out the results of our taste test below, before heading off to nab yourself an egg or two, or three or four…
Best for children…or big kids!
Balthazar, Covent Garden
What: Colette, Zoro and Bozo Eggs
Why: The talented pastry team at this upscale bistro have created a whole collection of chocolatey goods to celebrate the Easter season, all of which are available to purchase at the front of the restaurant. From this playfully decorated trio, our favourite was the white chocolate Colette, who comes complete with bright red lips and an egg splatted on her head. If you’re looking for a high-quality egg which is still playful and fun, we think these creations will be appreciated by younger members of the family, or those who are young at heart.
How much: All eggs, £16 each
Best for traditional
Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly and Royal Exchange
What: Hand Decorated Milk Chocolate Egg
Why: This egg may not be the edgiest kid on the block, but no one really goes to Fortnum’s for its cutting-edge products. Instead, you go to find something that’s resolutely traditional and oh-so-pretty. It’s range of hand decorated Easter eggs is exactly that. Made in England, the egg uses Tercentenary-blend milk chocolate, with each edible flower decoration shaped by hand. Once you’ve cracked it open, you’re greeted by a bag of miniature chocolate chunks, shaped as Easter emblems including baskets, church bells and bunny rabbits. Of the eggs we ate, this was definitely the most high-quality, and we’d hope so too, considering it’s more than hefty price tag.
How much: £40
Best for a surprise
The Ivy, Covent Garden
What: The Ivy Easter Egg
Why: The Ivy’s original site in Covent Garden is that most classic of London restaurants, so we loved the packaging’s nod to its famous stained glass windows. When we unpacked the egg, we were a little disappointed that it was covered in simple gold foil. We needn’t have worried though, as once we unwrapped it, we were greeted by a chocolate egg streaked with gold and covered in edible green glitter. Once you’ve cracked open the egg, you’ll also find rich gold-embossed salted caramel truffles, which are a welcome surprise.
How much: £20 each
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Best for over-the-top
Sexy Fish, Mayfair
What: The Nauti-but-Nice Easter Egg
Why: Sexy Fish is hardly a restaurant that's known for its subtlety – a giant gold-plated crocodile hangs from the wall and there's a waterfall behind the bar. It shouldn't be a suprise then that the restaurant's Easter egg is truly and utterly extra. The white chocolate egg is decorated with nautical-themed chocolates including shells and fish, and we were impressed by the quality of the chocolate. We also loved the packaging and the single bitter chocolate truffle inside, naturally sprayed gold.
How much: £20 each or served in the restaurant as a sharing dessert for two, £24
Best for Instagram
What: Ruby Chocolate Egg
Why: Ruby chocolate took the world by storm last year, mainly because it’s naturally pink and boasts a raspberry fruit taste, without any use of food colouring or artificial flavours. This egg from Chococo is made with 47% cocoa Ruby chocolate, and we found it to be very sweet, making it ideal for the sweet-toothed one if your family. The hints of raspberry really come through in the aftertaste, so this could work as an egg for someone who isn’t a big fan of traditional chocolate.
How much: £18.50 each
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Best for serious chocolate fiends
What: Mega Milk Egg
Why: Another offering from Chococo, but this time a little more traditional. This egg is crafted with 65% Madagascan milk chocolate and shimmers with a fun gold exterior. We found this to be the most ‘grown up’ of the eggs we tasted, and we think its strong taste is best suited to real chocolate lovers. Happily, despite its high cocoa level, the egg contains just eight percent sugar, so it’s a good choice for anyone trying not to indulge too much this Easter time.
How much: £18.50 each