We may be heading into one of the strangest Easter weekends we've ever experienced, but that's all the more reason to take the time to enjoy some fantastic chocolate.
Whatever your budget there's bound to be an Easter egg you'll want to crack into on Sunday. Here are some of our favourites that you can get your - socially distanced - hands on in time for the big day.
Proper Chocolate Company
The Proper Chocolate Company in Glasnevin Dublin has a range of show-stopping Easter eggs, like this
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt option for €20. Made with Achill Island sea salt it's vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. Easter eggs are available for click collection only in Glasnevin on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th April.
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Exploding Tree bunnies and eggs
Exploding Tree, which was one of the big winners at the Irish Food Writers' Guild Awards earlier this year, has a great range of Easter eggs and bunnies available for both collection and delivery. Prices range from €4.00-€14.95. The eggs can only be collected at ET headquarters in Clonakilty but Easter bunnies, which are available in three sizes and varieties, are available to be delivered all around the world. Click here for more info.
M&S and Lir have teamed up and produced this beautiful creation. It’s a caramel and fudge Easter egg sundae with crunchy fudge pieces and chocolate-dipped pretzels. You’ll get it for €15 in M&S stores nationwide.
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Wilde Irish Chocolates
Wilde Irish Chocolate has been around since 1997 and offers a delicious array chocolate bars, sweets, Easter eggs and fudge. Easter eggs are available via click and collect at the factory in Tuamgraney, Co.Clare or you can buy them in the Limerick market in Limerick city this Thursday. Or opt for another chocolaty treat at WildeIrishChocolates.com.
PLAYin CHOC ToyChoc Gift Set
This set is 100 per cent organic, vegan, GM-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar, home-compostable, plastic-free, and locally-made. For Easter, choose rabbit and you will be sent a gorgeous gift containing a rabbit toy and delicious chocolate. It's €19.99 for six or €3.49 for one and they're available online at jiminy.ie.
There’s an array of chocolate treats in Avoca stores and online this easter, from the likes of Skelligs Chocolates from Co. Kerry, Chez Emily from Co. Meath and Bean & Goose from Co. Wexford. This swirly bit of gorgeousness is the small hollow milk chocolate egg by Lorge Chocolatier in Kenmare, €10.95.
If white chocolate is more your thing, Koko Kinsale in Co Cork has you covered. This handcrafted egg is made with white chocolate sourced from Belgium and contains 28% coco. The packaging is hard to resist too. It's €20 via the website.
There are some new eggs on offer from Butlers including a range of 40 per cent milk chocolate eggs with prices starting at €12. There’s also a new chocolatier egg collection which features this beauty, a dark chocolate orange and almond egg priced at €12.50 - and it comes with mini bars too. Order at butlerschocolates.com.
(Main pic: The Proper Chocolate Company)