With Easter fast approaching it’s time to get cracking and stock up on chocolate goodies for family and friends. Whether you're looking for a beautiful gift for that special someone, the ultimate egg hunt prize, or treats for the Sunday table, this year there's plenty of fantastic Easter eggs on offer.
From artisan chocolatiers to supermarkets, this year retailers have gone the egg-stra mile to transform the humble hollow shell into an array of splendid seasonal delights, experimenting with new moorish flavours and beautiful designs. Choose from sophisticated hand decorated designs, to indulgent truffle filled shells to Easter eggs as you’ve never seen them before…
1. Spring Bloom Easter Egg
Featuring a white chocolate shell covered in a glorious eau de nil with silver lustre and hand-decorated with bluebells, narcissi and other spring blooms in royal icing, Easter eggs don’t come prettier than this limited edition Spring Bloom egg from Bettys, £30.
2. Organic Rose & Almond Easter Egg
Dairy free and covered in petals and almonds, this organic dark chocolate egg from Daylesford hails the coming of summer with it's fragrant flower and nut combination, £20.
3. Avocado Easter Egg
Drawing on the current craze for the avocado, this playful Easter egg will please adults and children alike. Featuring a dark chocolate shell and a white chocolate inside, made avocado green with natural colouring, it costs £8 at Waitrose.
4. Octagonal Hand Painted Belgian Chocolate Egg
Bringing a touch of sparkle to the Easter season, this Marks & Spencers Octagonal Easter egg boasts a shimmering hand decorated shell along with six mini Marc de Champagne truffles, £12.
5. Classic Ostrich Easter Egg
For the ultimate in indulgence for all the family try Hotel Chocolat’s Ostrich Egg. Made from a whopping kilo of chocolate to resemble a life-size ostrich egg - the biggest egg laid by any bird - Easter eggs don’t come bigger than this!
If that wasn’t enough the extra thick shell, packed with with crunchy cookies and puffed rice, comes with 27 mixed chocolates and six gold eggs, £80.
6. Large Decorated Chocolate Easter Egg
The National Trust's Large Decorated egg features a white chocolate nest containing sugar coated chocolate beans and mini eggs, £10.
7. Fortnum & Mason White Chocolate Egg
Filled with handmade white chocolates and decorated with handmade sugar flowers, this white chocolate Easter egg is guaranteed to bring a pretty touch to a spring table, £39.95.
8. Hot Cross Bun Easter Egg
Capturing the real taste of Easter, this Prestat egg is infused with orange and sweet, warm spices plus filled with six mini hot cross bun flavoured eggs, £17.50, Ocado.
9. Divine Milk Chocolate Egg with Toffee & Sea Salt
Made from fairtrade milk chocolate, this thick shell is dotted with toffee and sea salt flakes for a sweet and salty Easter treat, £5, Ocado.
10. Fried Egg Easter Egg
Fun for all the family, this Chocolate Society egg features a milk chocolate shell decorated with playful white chocolate and cocoa butter fried egg designs, £29.95, Liberty London.
11. Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Easter Egg
With a dark chocolate blend shell coated internally with raspberry pieces this fruity Easter egg hails the coming of summer and comes with hidden surprises, £55, Venchi.
12. Selfridges Selection Easter Egg
Presented in a striped keepsake box, this Belgian chocolate Easter egg by Selfridges Selection includes six cocoa-dusted sea salt caramel truffles, £12.99.
13. Green & Black's Organic Butterscotch Egg
Organic and fairtrade, this milk chocolate shell is studded with crunchy butterscotch pieces, £6, Waitrose.
14. Co-op Ecuadorian Milk Chocolate Gem
With a precious stone-inspired shape and splattered decoration resembling mineral veining, this striking milk chocolate egg from Co-op certainly looks the part, but also tastes the part featuring additional rich Cornish sea-salted truffles, £7.