There’s no better excuse than a long weekend and a holiday heavily focused on chocolatey treats to indulge in some seriously luxe Easter eggs. Indeed, sweet Easter treats are said to make up 10 percent of the UK population’s annual chocolate spend. There’s also no denying the rise in popularity, diversity and quality of Easter eggs. As such, if you’re hoping to push the boat out this year, you can opt for a decadent Easter egg that’s been decorated like a Fabergé creation and could double as a table centrepiece. Or go the route of selecting something crafted from the finest chocolate. We’ve scouted out 10 of the best luxury Easter eggs from artisan chocolatiers, high-end heritage brands and even new releases from top restaurants and hotels. Be advised, while many are available to order to homes around the world, other eggs in our list are collection-only. Keep reading below for our curated selection.
10 top-quality Easter eggs
Claridge’s Easter egg
Created by Claridge’s pastry chef Yago Doamo, this limited-edition egg made from French Valrhona chocolate comes wrapped in beautiful Art Deco packaging, inspired by the hotel’s iconic black-and-white tiled lobby. The milk and dark chocolate eggs have already sold out, but the hotel’s white chocolate version is still in stock, and just like its counterparts, is filled with hand-made praline chocolate ‘quail’s eggs’ and encased in a beautiful jade box – true, classic luxury.
Fortnum & Mason’s hand-painted chick Easter egg
World-famous department store Fortnum & Mason has released an egg that’s almost too good looking to eat. Its hand-painted eggs come in two seasonal designs – featuring a bunny or a chick – and are crafted by master chocolatiers based in Wales. The egg is made from aromatic Colombian chocolate and the artwork is created over many weeks using natural pigments – so it’s definitely one to savour.
Gleneagles’ Easter Egg
One for the Scotch lovers. New this year, the Scottish hotel brand’s Easter egg is created by its in-house pastry team in collaboration with French chocolatier Valrhona. Together they have created a special 64% dark Gleneagles chocolate, used to make the egg, which is then filled with Gleneagles x Glenturret 11-year-old single malt whisky truffles.
Harvey Nichols’ egg with ears
If ceramics are your thing, then Harvey Nichols has a real Easter treat in store for you this year. Its Easter egg takes the form of a ceramic ornament designed by legendary ceramicist Mary Rose Young. They’re painted by hand and only 30 have been produced (they’re rarer than a Fabragé egg, according to Harvey Nicks). There’s no missing out on the chocolate though, as this decorative egg has luxurious milk chocolate salted caramel truffles hidden inside.
Hotel de Crillon’s Easter bell
Those based in Paris or passing through this Easter are in reach of one of the most extravagant Easter eggs we’ve ever seen. Pastry chef at five-star Hotel de Crillon Matthieu Carlin has created a 900g chocolate Easter ‘bell’ crafted from 66% dark chocolate, hazelnuts, almonds, raisins and candied lemons. It comes with a chocolate mallet to smash it open, revealing a chocolate and praline egg beneath. Not only that, but whoever breaks open their bell to reveal a gold-leaf coated egg will win an afternoon tea at the hotel.
80€ (collection only), rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-de-crillon
Laudurée’s 160th anniversary egg
The iconic French patisserie has this year released a 160th anniversary egg filled with white, milk and dark chocolate figurines representing each of Maison Ladurée’s iconic patisseries. The large milk chocolate egg is engraved to mark the anniversary and topped with a pretty pastel bow.
£95 (collection only), laduree.co.uk
Maison François’ cochon de pâcques
For a little extra je ne sais quoi, get your Easter chocolate fix from London’s fine-dining bistro Maison François. Instead of a traditional egg, though, the restaurant has released a chocolate Easter pig or ‘cochon de pâques’. Created by pastry chef Jéremy Prakin, these delightful pink creations are made from artisanal French chocolate before being filled with house-made Piedmonte hazelnut gianduja (think of it as a kind of fancy Nutella).
£30 (collection only), maisonfrancois.london
Marchesi 1824’s coloured eggs
This classic Milanese pastry shop has conjured up a selection of chic treats, including a coloured Easter egg selection. The four eggs are flavoured with white chocolate and cocoa nibs, milk chocolate and chopped IGP Piedmont hazelnuts, white chocolate and Sicilian pistachio, and white chocolate and raspberry, all branded with the Marchesi 1824 chocolate stamp, of course.
Pierre Marcolini’s Creativ’Eggs
The box of ‘Creativ’Eggs’ from Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini presents Easter eggs in a new way. With a contemporary shape and five exciting flavour options that match praline with seeds – ranging from pistachio praline with sunflower seeds to dried fruits, kinako praline and crispy grilled rice – these little eggs are an adventurous taste seeker’s dream.
Rococo’s blonde Easter egg
A unique offering from Rococo this year – a brand new ‘blonde’ chocolate egg made from caramelised white chocolate, giving the egg a toasty flavour. The golden-hued treats are filled with popcorn coated in the same chocolate and boxed up in one of Rococo’s illustrated blue boxes. One for those with a serious sweet tooth.