Cover The Easter hamper (Image: Fortnum and Mason)

Celebrate this Easter with the cutest, most decadent and “egg-ceptional” chocolate eggs and bunny-themed cakes and confections—from boozy eggs, cookies filled with chocolate eggs and pralines, to a cross-restaurant giant egg hunt, there’s something for vegans, kids, and families alike

1. The Peninsula Hong Kong and The Peninsula Boutique

The boutique’s handmade Easter egg is an ambitious showstopper. Infused with Madagascar vanilla, each designer Belgian chocolate egg is embellished with a gold leaf and comes with the hotel’s iconic Pagebear decoration, or chocolate carrots, bears and smaller chocolate eggs.

If you find the chocolate animals too adorable for eating, opt for the hampers, which come with an exclusive Easter page bunny cradling a knitted basket. The hampers also contain an assortment of chocolate eggs, bear-shaped pralines, cheery chick and bunny lollies, and mini fruit candies.

The Peninsula Hong Kong also offers an Easter egg cake and carrot cake made with with cream cheese and almond crumble.

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2. Agnès b.

Agnès b has plenty of chocolate egg varieties to offer, including uncommon flavours such as gianduja vanilla and crème brûlée. But there is a lot more than eggs in store: check out the two-way chocolate pop stick which is filled with white chocolate, marshmallow, hazelnut and 56 per cent dark chocolate, to be dipped in a mug of hot milk to create a bedtime drink.

Aside from chocolate, there is also the joyeuses pâques, a cake with blood orange mascarpone cream, jelly and white chocolate; Easter cookie lollipops in the shape of bunnies and chickens; and almond and fruity cereal dragées.

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3. La Maison du Chocolat

This year, head chocolatier Nicolas Cloiseau, who, in 2016m was awarded the Insignia of the Chevalier of Order of Arts and Letters, which recognises his contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance, has come up with the “cracking chicken” eggs made with dark and milk chocolate moulded into the shape of a chick hatching from an egg.

There are also chocolate egg mouldings in three versions: a praline maison, made with almonds and hazelnuts nestled in a real egg shell with dark chocolate coated inside; a bitter chocolate egg with a fruity tone; and a half-dark, half-milk chocolate egg filled with small Easter figurines and praline eggs.

4. Pirata Group

All things come to those who … feast. Pirata’s popular Italian restaurants Pici, The Pizza Project and Pane e Latte are giving away giant 72cm-tall, 7kg golden chocolate Easter eggs to three lucky customers. From April 15 to 18, order their Easter desserts, including “Pici surprise” chocolate egg, Meringata alle Fragole at The Pizza Project, and hot cross bombolonis with custard filling and the uovo di pasqua (Italian for “Easter egg”) filled with a lemon custard, almond cake and milk chocolate at Pane e Latte. When you’re done enjoying the treat, flip the plate to see if the golden egg is there. Those without a sweet tooth can enjoy Easter specials at the restaurants.

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5. Fortnum and Mason

Lush is the word for the royal grocer when it comes to its Easter goodies. The Easter hamper is a go-to for all things chocolatey: nougat chocolate eggs, Easter carrot sweets, white chocolate carrot cake-filled bars and milk chocolate bunny eggs, in which four hand-decorated milk chocolate bunnies are hiding inside the shell. For those looking for something simpler but no less special, there are golden eggs that look like they come straight from a fairytale. These hollow, painted, real egg shells are filled with decadent praline milk chocolate.

Aside from chocolate, the hamper is also packed with Easter simnel biscuits, which is a twist on the traditional simnel cake; pistachio and clotted cream biscuits; sweet orange, bergamot and lemon marmalade spread for hot-buttered toast, crumpets and scones.

Why not finish the decadent treats with a cup of Easter tea?

6. Conspiracy Chocolate

The homegrown chocolate maker whips up fond childhood memories with their series of artisanal Easter eggs, which come in a bright pink paper egg carton printed with watercolour art depicting Easter-themed plants and animals. Each carton contains six vegan chocolate eggs in two flavours: four are made with 75 per cent dark chocolate and lined with a creamy vegan dulce de leche filling; two are modern recipes with matcha, puffed rice and raspberry truffle wrapped inside a chocolatey crust.

 

7. Cookie DPT

Calling all cookie monsters out there: the brand known for its giant American-style cookies in a variety of creative versions, such as coconut with pandan, CBD and dark chocolate, cheesecake and potato chip, has now launched a few Easter specials. The Cadbury egg is a milk chocolate cookie filled with caramel cream and topped with mini Cadbury eggs. The menu also includes carrot cake cookies and mochi carrot cupcakes. Surprise friends and families with the “Candy Bar” series in the Easter cookie box, containing cookies made with childhood favourite chocolate bars, such as Almond Roca, Kitkat, Snickers and Kinder.

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8. Charbonnel et Walker

Looking for something boozy? This historic British luxury chocolatier has turned their iconic pink milk chocolate truffle with a Marc de Champagne centre into mini eggs. The team has also come up with a non-alcoholic version in its milk sea salt caramel mini Easter egg truffles. The mini chocolate eggs are presented in handmade egg-shaped boxes printed with elaborate Easter motifs.

Fans of Peter Rabbit are also in for a treat this year. Charbonnel et Walker is collaborating with the British children’s series created by Beatrix Potter for a limited edition collection, in which white and milk chocolates come in a tiny book-shaped box. The series also includes Peter Rabbit mini chocolate bar sets.

9. Ritz Carlton

Pastry chef Hugo Li’s Easter creations are a feast for both the palate and the eyes. His Easter treat highlight is a hen-shaped chocolate paired with a strawberry cheesecake and chocolate eggs. For something a little more fun, opt for the giant Easter egg, which is cracked open with a mini wooden hammer to get to the praline chocolate hidden inside. The chef has also created a lighter option: an Easter yogurt mousse cake which has a silky texture and refreshing spring flavours.

10. Shangri-la Group

The pastry teams at the Shangri-la hotels are adding an easter twist to their famous chocolate figurines. Island Shangri-La’s executive pastry chef Julien Gourmelon has created a whole “spring farmland”, which features a chocolate farmgirl, an artistic vase of chocolate tulips, and a chocolate windmill with turning blades. There is also a special edition carrot cake made with Hokkaido cheese and caramelised pineapple.

Kowloon Shangri-La’s executive pastry chef Dhilmin Silva goes for the spring garden theme. His handcrafted goodies include a pink chocolate egg decorated with edible butterflies, strawberry chocolate eggs, eggs made to look like a pot of blooming flowers, bunny chocolate cupcakes, and egg-shaped tiramisus.

Kerry Hotel’s executive pastry chef Jerome Husson adds a modern touch to classic creations. The Easter eggs and chocolate hens and owls are studded with dried fruits and roasted nuts then covered with a layer of chocolate from Valrhona.

11. The Mandarin Cake Shop

The cake shop has lined up sculpture-level chocolate products this year. Aside from adorable 600g chocolate bunnies holding daisies and carrots, there are chocolate eggs in vibrant colours and intricate patterns on sale. Consider the “art palette” egg which comes with an edible brush, palette and paint for instance. or a golden egg concealed within a delicate dark chocolate nest in the shape of a giant egg. The cake shop also offers Easter-themed confections, including a pistachio mascarpone and mango cake, carrot cakes with cream cheese and the hotel’s classic cheesecake, now levelled up with colourful chocolate garnishes.

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