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This year's must-have Easter eggs

Featuring white, milk, dark chocolate and vegan eggs

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This year more than ever, we deserve to indulge at Easter. The good news is there’s plenty on offer from supermarket bargain buys to blow-out luxury treats by Irish and international chocolatiers.

If you have someone in your life that says Easter eggs are "just for kids", we recommend cutting them out of your social circle immediately. No matter what age you are, there’s just something about a chocolate egg wrapped in colourful foil that fills us with joy; a rare feeling we should all embrace in these continuing troubling times. Whether it’s cracking into the hollow chocolate egg or discovering the hidden treats inside, our love for Easter eggs is as strong as when we were six years old.

In recent years, however, Easter eggs have gone from small chocolate eggs wrapped in foil to elaborate designs that look almost too good to eat. Limerick-based artisan chocolatier Anna Coffey Lynch has created a luxurious handpainted vegan-friendly and gluten-free Valrhona “Manjari” Madagascan dark chocolate egg studded with crushed pistachios while everyone's favourite luxury supermarket, M&S has designed an egg that has been fashioned to look like the infamous aubergine emoji (yes, really).

But for any traditionalists out there, don't fret – there are plenty of classic eggs on the market this year from supermarket bargain buys to Irish made milk chocolate eggs. 

Below, we've rounded up the best Easter eggs on the market this year that you can buy online for delivery, collect in person, or pick up along with your grocery shop, before the big weekend.

The Proper Chocolate Company

Founded by Patrick and Kelli Marjolet in 2016, The Proper Chocolate Company produce bean-to-bar chocolate in micro-batches right here in Dublin. The pair hand sort, roast, crack and winnow cocoa beans before refining, conching, ageing, tempering, moulding and packaging them into decadent chocolatey treats. This Easter, The Proper Chocolate Company is pulling out all the stops with a range of 4 different Easter eggs: 70% Tanzania with Achill Island Sea Salt⁣⁣, 70% Dominican Republic with cocoa nibs⁣⁣, Milk Chocolate with their house Salted Caramel Blond Chocolate ⁣⁣and 'The Golden Egg', a pure salted Caramel Blond Chocolate egg. Prices start at €20 and the eggs can be bought online at properchocolatecompany.com or at their weekly market stall at the Honest2Goodness Market in Glasnevin. What's more, they're also being stocked at a range of selected stores nationwide. Click here for more information. 

Braw

Braw is a Limerick-based bakery and chocolatier founded by Anna Coffey Lynch during the pandemic. Previously a pastry chef and chocolatier for many big hotels and companies across Ireland, she began creating care packages for friends and family which soon developed into a new small business that aims to bring these connections and comforts to the wider public. For Easter, Braw has created two luxurious handcrafted Easter eggs which are available to order online. The first is a handpainted vegan-friendly and gluten-free Valrhona “Manjari” Madagascan dark chocolate egg studded with crushed pistachios, which contains a sweet pistachio surprise. The second is a Luker “Noche” milk chocolate egg studded with an outer layer of crumbled salted caramel pieces (made using Achill Island Sea Salt) and containing a salted caramel treat inside. Both cost €25 plus a charge of €5 for postage and packing. Click here for to more information or to place an order.

M&S

Easter is set to be another delicious occasion for M&S, with the store offering everything from a luxury Vanuatu chocolate egg to a giant white chocolate Percy Pig and everything in between. At just over 400g, there's a fruit and nut milk chocolate lattice egg that comes with hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios and golden raisins. Also on the shelves is family favourite Colin the Caterpillar - only this time in egg form. This creamy milk chocolate egg comes with a bag of mini chocolate faces, to replicate the best bit of every Colin the Caterpillar cake. Speaking of adorable, meet Bella Bunny, Kylie Koala and Walter the Sausage Dog; a range of hollow milk or white chocolate characters that are sure warm hearts this Easter. But perhaps the most shocking of M&S' offering this year is the Egg Plant Kitchen egg; the store's debut vegan Easter egg that has been cheekily shaped like an “egg plant” or aubergine as we call it here. See marksandspencer.com for their full range of eggs, prices and open stores. 

Bean and Goose

Run by sisters Karen and Natalie Keane, Bean and Goose chocolate is made locally at Last Tree Farm in county Wexford. Using the complex and rich flavours of their single-origin chocolate paired with flavours and ingredients that reflect and celebrate the seasons, you can be sure Bean and Goose have created something special for Easter. This year, they have created a whimsical Irish hare and a goose. Both creations come in both milk and dark chocolate and are priced at €19.50. You can shop directly from their online store or pick up a hare or goose from your local Avoca store. 

Koko Kinsale

One look at Koko Kinsale's Easter eggs and you'd mistake them for a statue belonging to an art gallery. It makes sense given Frank Keane's art background. Sadly, it’s too late to buy one of these incredible edible works of art this year, but you can still order one of their just as delicious and beautiful foil-wrapped milk, dark and white chocolate eggs, handmade by his team of chocolatiers, for delivery in Ireland. They cost €20 (plus €6.75 p&p) and are available from kokokinsale.com.

Lindt

This time last year, Lindt helped bring some joy to our lives with the launch of their salted caramel truffles. 12 months later and they continue to bring a smile to our face with the launch of their extensive Easter egg range which alongside classic flavours and the iconic gold bunny comes a salted caramel egg. With a brand-new packaging refresh, inside is a 260g Lindt chocolate egg with a handful of the creamy Lindor salted caramel truffles. Priced at €12, the range of egg is available in supermarkets nationwide. 

Grá Chocolates

We’ve been following the trajectory of Gráinne Mullins’ culinary career since she shot to fame after winning the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year award late last year. The pastry chef’s lockdown-motivated project, Grá Chocolates has been on our wish-list ever since she launched her decadent chocolate Christmas baubles. For Easter, Mullins has crafted equally as showstopping creations. Each egg is carefully hand-painted with the finest quality cocoa butter. With five delicious options available, the only hard part is choosing which one to go for. Priced at €40, they are available to order from grachocolates.com

Chez Emily

Ferdinand and Helena first met in July 1983, when Helena (a second-generation Belgian born in Ireland to parents that had emigrated in 1964) was in Belgium visiting grandparents and family. After conversing for a year via letters, they started a long distance relationship in 1984 and Helena moved to Belgium in November 1985. Ferdinand and Helena later returned to Ireland in 1996 where they set up Chez Emily, a handmade chocolate company. Now, 24 years later, the business has blossomed into two retail outlets with a strong representation across Ireland. For Easter this year, Chez Emily has created traditional Easter eggs and bars with flavours such as honeycomb, dark and milk chocolate. See chezemily.ie for more information. 

Aldi

Aldi has launched a cracking new range of Easter Eggs this year, including luxurious artisan-style chocolatey delights that are set to get chocolate-lovers’ pulses racing. From indulgent ruby chocolate to popping candy and eton mess eggs, and even free-from options, there’s something for everyone – and all at egg-cellent prices starting from as little as 59c! See Aldi.ie for more information or see in-store for their full range of Easter eggs. 

Cadbury

For those who believe you can’t beat a Cadbury’s egg, this year Cadbury is introducing a new Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Egg with Mini Fingers, €13. Also in the line-up is the Cadbury Diary Milk Choca-Latte egg. This was created by Roscommon student, Callum Clogher, who won the “Cadbury Inventor” competition in 2019 creating his own Cadbury Dairy Milk bar. This Easter, Cadbury are introducing the Choca Latte Egg 2 – which will be accompanied by two of of Callum’s delicious coffee, cream and vanilla Cadbury Dairy Milk bars. See cadbury.ie for more information. 

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