Easter will soon be upon us, March 31st is the date, so an early one this year. Supermarket shelves have been stocked full of eggs since Christmas and if like us, you may have even indulged in one or two! How about ditching the same mass market brands you find for £1 every year and surprise your loved ones with something a little different. Don’t get me wrong, we all love a Cadbury’s cream egg but a gift including the below will mean so much more. Here are some of our favourite chocolate that in our eyes, will make the perfect Easter gift.
Velvet Chocolate Truffles
These truffles are very nice indeed. They are fairly large, too big to pop into your mouth whole, but takes several bites in which you can savour the taste and enjoy it that little bit longer. Velvet Chocolate Truffles are hand-crafted using fresh ingredients and contain no artificial additives or preservatives. They are rolled in flakes of pure Belgian chocolate and the truffle centre is thick, smooth and creamy.
My favourite truffle was strawberry but other flavours are available including milk, dark, white truffles, intense dark, orange, cappuccino and lemon. The strawberry truffle is rolled in white chocolate with a few flakes of pink to distinguish it from the plain white truffle. It smells lovely and sweet as white chocolate should. The truffle centre is a very light pink with a lovely subtle strawberry flavour, perfect on the tongue.
Velvet truffles are available online. The dark, milk and white truffles are available in a gift box and five other flavours including the strawberry can be bought in 100g bags. Find out what we thought of the lemon truffle here and read our full review of the mixed truffle gift box here.
Individual marzipan chocolates are hard to come by in the UK. Marzipan has a strong association with both Christmas and Easter as is usually found on top of a cake. Amanche combine premium quality almond marzipan with fine Belgian Callebaut® chocolate to create individual marzipan chocolates in a range of unique flavours. Each chocolate contains a soft marzipan centre enriched with distinct flavours such as Strawberry with cracked black pepper, Chilli and also Ginger. Although unusual these flavours all blend perfectly with the almondy taste of the marzipan. The chocolate is of excellent quality and it’s thick enough to get your teeth into or if you have a little more patience, will melt in the mouth slowly.
There are 12 flavours in total which comes in boxes called ‘BonBons’ in a range of sizes. We previously reviewed a medium 150g box priced at £13.49 which contains all 12 flavours. Each box if beautifully presented making this the perfect luxury gift. Marzipan is often used to create decorative balls or shapes which are then placed on top of an Easter cake. Why not create something truly spectacular (and a lot less hard work!) by placing a selection of these individual chocolates on top of your cake. Their textured chocolate shell makes them a fantastic cake decoration, whilst the marzipan flavour beautifully compliments a traditional Easter Simnel cake (recipe here). Amanche’s marzipan chocolates are available to purchase online where they are currently on special offer from just £7.50 for a small gift box.
OK, OK, technically speaking Lindt could be classed as a mass market brand found in almost every UK supermarket. However, Lindt has always been a favourite of mine, so it was only right they feature in this post. Lindt’s Lindor balls are delightful and are available all year round. At Christmas Lindt tempt us with a chocolate reindeer, Santa and teddy and at Easter it’s the bunny, wearing bright gold foil and all wearing the red ribbon with the gold bell dangling around their necks. The chocolate is lovely, creamy and smooth. In some places it can be quite thick too, perfect for dunking in a cup of tea! The chocolate just melts in the mouth very easily and quickly.
The Lindt bunny can be enjoyed by young and old. Different sizes are available, small, medium and large (the small are ideal for children as they don’t have the ribbon and bell). Bunnies can now be bought in white and dark chocolate too. I prefer the milk bunny and can never resist him. Available online or in most shops.
We love to hear about your favourite Easter treat or whether there’s something you long for which is no longer available? For other ideas this Easter click here for more chocolate reviews. Easter is the perfect excuse to consume a large quantity of chocolate so what are you waiting for?
Living life, loving cake,