Easter Chocolate and Goodies 2013
Easter Chocolate & Goodies Round-Up 2013
by Rachel McAlley
It’s that wondrous time of year when you’ve shed the Christmas pounds and are allowed focus on one of life’s greatest luxuries – CHOCOLATE. Why? Because it’s Easter, Easter, Easter!
My first indulgence is the best of the best, from the chocolate shop of all chocolate shops – Charbonnel et Walker’s Big Bertha. This gigantic egg is handmade with English chocolate and boasts a stunning Victorian design of spring blossoms surrounded by beautiful chocolate piping. It’s a choc feast that’s made to order and comes in 2 sizes, the £350 7.7kg and the £650 12.25kg. When I say it’s the best of the best, it really is – a real treat for those who can afford such luxury (I can but dream).
But Charbonnel et Walker don’t just have the Big Bertha, they have the more affordable Dark Marc de Champagne Truffle Dark Chocolate Egg, a signature creation bursting with the famous dark Marc de Champagne truffles and can be bought over the counter or via the Charbonnel et Walker website at £13 for 115g, £23 for 225g, and £40 for 450g.
And, for those of us with a budget of under £10 for an Easter chocolate treat, Charbonnel et Walker have a choice of a Mini Eggs Chick or a Mini Eggs Bunny. Both priced at £9 for 150g, and each are presented in a handmade bunny or chick-shaped box that has been filled with milk chocolate speckled mini eggs. To purchase any of the above you can log on to charbonnel.co.uk or you can pop into the only Yorkshire store located within the County Arcade in The Victoria Quarter, Leeds.
If you don’t fancy shopping on the high street for your Easter goodies but want something a little bit unique, not in the mainstream, and only available to a small few, why not try searching for Chunk Chocolate on Facebook. Chunk Chocolate is one of those rare finds, somewhere to go for commissioned chocolate at seriously amazing prices. Chunk Chocolate can be found at a number of farmers’ markets in the north, but it can be commissioned via Facebook at facebook.com/CHUNKchocolates
Egg-Splosions are priced at £2.10 per bag and include, strawberry, vanilla, milk, dark, caramel, lemon and orange flavoured chocolate eggs with popping candy set into the middle of each individual egg. The Fried Egg lollies are simply marshmallows covered in Belgian milk chocolate and dotted with chocolate fried eggs, which consist of white Belgian chocolate with a chocolate orange yolk. These are also priced at £2.10 each. There will be a postage and packing price on top, but still worth every penny.
Harvey Nichols stores across the UK are supporting York born Chocolatier Paul A Young this Easter with a range of his handmade bespoke chocolate eggs and bars especially designed for the department store. The Paul A Young Mayan Spiced Salted Caramel Egg is built in a porcelain egg cup with an egg spoon and is a seriously decadent egg for Easter Morning, priced at £25.25.
His Mexican Mole Marzipan Bar is an exciting alternative to an egg, and is made from Dominican Republic dark chocolate filled with marzipan, blended with Mole spices, priced at only £4.95.
And, for those of us who are pure chocolate fans, the Paul A Young dark and milk chocolate Aztec Eggs are priced at £33.50 and are made with single origin Madagascan dark chocolate, with crunchy cocoa nibs, chipotle chilli and allspice, or single origin Madagascan milk chocolate with cinnamon leaf, nutmeg and chilli. Both Aztec designed eggs are a true taste sensation.
I can’t end the Harvey Nichols Easter treats here without mentioning a charming bag of eight mini iced Easter Chick Gingerbread Cookies that are colourful, tasty and, most of all, affordable at £5.95 per bag.
Harvey Nichols can be found on Briggate Leeds, or Online at harveynichols.com
One of my favourite chocolate emporiums is Hotel Chocolat, with stores in Leeds, Harrogate and York. This Easter their collection of chocolate treats and gifts is second to none, and a sneaky pick of my personal favourites include; the simple and cost effective £6.50 Eggs on Toast, a Hotel Chocolat classic with layers of mellow praline and soft caramel, topped with a creamy white fried egg – a mini chocolate triumph in my opinion.
Then there’s the Beau Bunny Egg, which is priced at £15 and is a wildly stylish hollow-cast chocolate egg with 6 praline and caramel filled mini eggs, and is printed with all-natural cocoa butter transfer.
The ‘piéce de rèsistance’ at Hotel Chocolat is their Half & Half Ostrich Egg, priced at a whopping £70. It’s a 1.1kg egg cast with 50% milk chocolate and the other half in 70% dark chocolate, served with 27 milk and dark truffles, which also include a selection of pralines. All Hotel Chocolat products can be purchased online at hotelchocolat.com.
For those who don’t like chocolate or are focused on health and diet, these little treats may be more up your street. Starting with the quintessentially beautiful York and Hebden Bridge based Yorkshire Soap Company shops – their selection of Easter goodies are outstanding and provide chocolate decadence without having to put anything in your mouth. The Easter Chick Soap Cupcakes are not only cuter than cute, but they smell divine with a violet infused scent, are all handmade from luxurious coconut oil and palm oil, blended with pure essential oils and sprinkled with body glitter, showcasing two little chicks perched on top of the delicate white soap base, and priced at £5.50 each. All are presented and packaged in a little handbag gift box. Just beautiful.
A more indulgent treat from the Yorkshire Soap Company is a slice of their handmade Chocolate Scented Soap Cake, which is priced at £5 per slice and again comes presented in a little handbag gift box. If you’re feeling like splashing the cash there’s always the full Yorkshire Soap Company Chocolate Scented Soap Cake, priced at £45 for the full cake which is presented in a cake box with ribbon. Deliciously mouthwatering yet without any calorie content!
For more information on all Yorkshire Soap Company products check out theyorkshiresoapcompany.co.uk
Prestat have just about redefined the word ‘moreish’ with these exquisite Sea Salt Caramel Truffles. A circular hard shell of chocolate, finely dusted with cocoa, encases a gooey, slightly salted, liquid caramel interior. One bite and the lovely, brittle chocolate egg gives way allowing the caramel to ooze out. The combination of sugar and salt is perfect, with the saltiness very subtly playing against the overall sweetness of the chocolate. Very pretty blue presentation box too – but try not to eat them all at once.
Prestat Sea Salt Caramel Truffles, £11 – prestat.co.uk
This Easter, if you have lots of money to spend, but don’t want to go down the sweetie route, there’s always a coffee mocha machine! Hope & Glory have just released the most stylish coffee machine for home use, priced from £349 at Hope and Glory Coffee and a choice of coffee pods which include the Easter favourite soft and smooth Mocha Mysore priced at £6.25 for 25 pods.
Hope & Glory coffee machines and roasted coffee pods have been designed and manufactured by coffee experts of Lincoln and York, and really do look amazing in any of the four available colours; red, blue, yellow and silver.
General Manager Jonathan Grasty has set aside the bar for an Easter chocolate sensation with his very own Raspberry Chocolate & Spiced Daquiri, and an ultimate Chocolate Martini. Both cocktails are priced at £7.50 and will be available over the Easter weekend.
The Raspberry Chocolate & Spiced Daiquiri consists of; Plantation 3 Rum, lime juice, sugar syrup, Crème de Cacao, Crème de Framboise and Tabasco sauce. The Chocolate Martini is made with Grey Goose Vodka, chocolate bitters, and Crème de Cacao. Optimum indulgence for me as vodka martinis are my absolute favourite. Have a wonderful Easter – I know I will.