If like me, Easter has crept up on you and you haven’t been organised enough to buy your chocolate supplies, where should you be going that is Best For Easter Eggs? Obviously, the usual Cadburys supplies are everywhere with all the major Malteser, Mini Eggs, Caramel etc all available with differing offers depending on your supermarket of choice. Perfectly good chocolate, great for the kids and even for me occasionally but what if you want a really nice, thick and sinful egg. Where can you still get one from in the last few days?!
My top tip would have to be from Chocsford, a local producer of some seriously good chocolate. I’d recommend hot-footing it down to The Post Box in Lower Wolvercote for one of their beautifully handmade eggs. There’s a whole range of products depending on your budget: from the Shake, Rattle and Roll egg, a 53% dark chocolate egg that contains mini chocolate beans for £1.50 (that’s cheap!), to £7.95 for a half egg filled with either dark chocolate truffles (my favourite) or champagne truffles. A piped white chocolate butterfly balances on a 54% dark chocolate egg, an eggsplosion half egg is made with 34% milk chocolate and contains a chirpy chicken filled with mini beans and milk sesame seed shards. The wonderfully cute chicks are also available separately and there’s a mini egg assortment too! www.chocsford.co.uk
Hotel Chocolat and Thorntons still have plenty of stock available (pro-tip, HC reduce theirs by a decent amount after the weekend if you’re not chocolated out by then!) and offer both online and in-store shopping. Hotel Chocolat guarantee delivery in time for Easter if you order online by 6pm on Thursday 17th with a free selection box worth £12.50 if you spend over £35. Their extra thick eggs £28 are pretty good, or for more of a nibble, these are gorgeous!
Thorntons are currently offering 20% off online shopping and free delivery if you spend over £30. Personally, I find their chocolate a little too sweet but they have cornered the market somewhat in offering personalised eggs, perfect for children who can then believe the Easter Bunny knows exactly who they are! They also have a thick chocolate egg, along with the various spring animals in chocolate form. Which begs the question, do you bite the bum or hack off the head first?! I prefer to start at the top…
Marks and Spencer have their usual range, including a Percy Pig model, with Percy sporting a rather fetching pair of hundreds and thousands swimming trunks, £6. If you can still find them in store, their upmarket range look really impressive although I would be a little cynical and wonder just how much chocolate there actually is in that hand piped egg – spend the same amount and give me MORE chocolate!
What about an egg for those with dietary restrictions? Thorntons have several eggs that are suitable for vegetarians, while Hotel Chocolat goes a little further than that with one that is suitable for vegans.
M&S have a dairy free egg, but all their eggs may contain nut traces.
In fact, nut free chocolate eggs are a lot harder to source, with most eggs described as “may contain nuts”. Cadburys state their regular Cream Eggs are nut-absent but I’m not entirely sure I would feel safe with that for a serious nut allergy. Kinder Special Edition eggs and Easter Lambs appear safe but it’s always best to check. Surprisingly, Holland and Barrett don’t offer any nut free eggs, in fact, their chocolate eggs are Hazelnut Crunch! Sainsburys FreeFrom dark chocolate egg is nut free which should keep the grown-ups happy and for kids who, let’s be honest aren’t as discerning, Kinnerton eggs are nut free. Always check the labels though just to be absolutely certain.
For diabetics, Thorntons have an egg as part of their No Added Sugar range, £6.99
Hardy’s on the High Street have a small but good range for those with food intolerances, including a dark chocolate Stevia bunny with zero sugar at £6.49 and an organic dairy free, gluten free and vegan suitable egg from Moo Free at £5.49. They also have a Butterfingers chocolate bunny for those missing that stuff that Americans call chocolate £4.99…
The diet starts next week, right?!