How many Easter eggs do you buy? Whether you believe in the Easter bunny or support the religious side of things I bet either way your going to be sneaking in some chocolate. The shops become laden down with packaging heavy eggs and we tend to ignore the prices just so we can eat an hollow egg shape of chocolate. Strange.
However there can be a fun side. Little yellow chicks stuck everywhere, egg hunts in the woods, socially acceptable chocolate consumption in public. So I went to investigate some of the plush sides to easter egg design and see what I could find when I delved a bit deeper in to this ow so sweet holiday.
I caught sight of Claridge’s egg in the metro:
Head pastry chef Kimberly Lin inspired by the famous black-and-white marble lobby at Claridge’s created an art deco spring treat. With just 100 limited-edition eggs produced in three varieties, using Valrhona dark, milk and white chocolate. Each egg is filled with salted caramel gull’s eggs and wrapped in black-and-white art deco foil, tied with a black satin bow. It is then carefully packaged in a glamorous eau de Nil coloured box. Wow.
Claridge’s Easter Eggs can be purchased from them, for £50 each.
My second egg-citing discovery was on Print Club London’s Instagram feed as they spotted this Camille Walala creation in Harrods.
Artist Camille Walala has partnered with Harrods to create three exclusive patterns, her vibrant prints have been translated onto Easter eggs, each one handpainted by an artisan chocolatier. The eggs are made using 41% milk couverture – an exclusive blend created by Harrods pastry chefs in a Parisian chocolate laboratory.
With only 12 eggs in total, the limited-edition eggs are highly-prized; a fitting marriage of an exciting London designer with our world-famous store. Purchase the £350 Camille Walala x Harrods Easter eggs from the Harrods Food Halls, Ground Floor, if you can.
With a little more research in to fine chocolatiers I found Pierre Marcolini.
Founder and creative director of the Maison that takes his name, is renowned for his outstanding chocolate expertise and his passion for creating chocolate. His collection this year Kawai conjures up a world of mesmerising tricks of the orient, where Japanese Dolls morph in to easter eggs. From £35 up to £175. A lot of their eggs are available only in their stores, I assume to make sure you get them in one piece.
A lot of other glamorous hotel chains get their own eggs prepared available for their guests to enjoy for an exclusive few weeks at the start of April. My favourites have come out of the Bulgaria.
On the left is a previous design by Alain Ducasse a beautiful layered egg for £45, this years design is elevated to an elegant work of confectionary art, with the exquisite ‘Nest Egg’.
The egg is handcrafted with 66% cacao dark chocolate made from Trinitario beans from the Caribbean islands, and is encased in a luxurious red velvet coating. Framed by delicate feather-like dark chocolate and golden chocolate ribbons, the egg sits upon a base of solid white chocolate and chocolate chips, resting on an intricate nest of dark chocolate. Just £26 an available now.
With the accompanying price tags I am not sure I could ever eat any of these master pieces but it’s a beautiful combo chocolate & design. I leave you with a few more chocolate’s to make your mouth water, happy hunting!