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By Lauren Hill | March 21 2018
How do you surpass all expectations of family and friends this Easter? Gift them the most impressive Easter egg you can find. A diamond-set chocolate bunny, egg crafted from chocolate lace and whimsical galactic creation are just some of the elaborate works of art that make up this year’s extravagant Easter offering.
In time for Easter, the pastry chef of Shangri-La Hotel Paris, Michael Bartocetti, has created the Galaxio Easter Egg inspired by the Artists & Robots exhibition at the Grand Palais. Over a period of six months Bartocetti came up with a design based on the animated heroes of his childhood, in which soft and fruity pure dark Caribbean chocolate is sprinkled with Kasha grains, caramelized walnuts and salt flowers. The egg’s captain is made from Jivara chocolate and complemented by hazelnut praline and Kasha. This limited edition egg is available until April 5th at the hotel.
Ahead of the Easter holidays, Hotel Café Royal’s executive pastry chef Sarah Barber has created a handcrafted and glazed egg made from the finest French Valhrona chocolate. Produced in the village of Tain L’Hermitage in the south of France, this chocolate is known for its aromatic profiles. The egg is then sprayed in rouge cocoa butter and decorated with delicate chocolate feathers that are painted with gold. All of this houses a collection of white chocolate and raspberry truffles. The egg will be available until April 1st from Papillon at Hotel Café Royal.
The specialist in niche luxury products and experiences VeryFirstTo has created what is undoubtedly the world’s most extravagant chocolate Easter bunny. Hand carved by the award-winning chocolatier Martin Chiffers, the chocolate bunny stands at 38cm in height, weighing 5kg, with two 1.70ct round brilliant diamonds representing the rabbit’s eyes. Once the chocolate has been eaten, these diamonds can be made into a bespoke piece of jewelry, free of charge, courtesy of 77 Diamonds. A donation of £1,000 (around $1,400) will go to The Prince’s Trust charity with every chocolate bunny sold.
Modeled to look like a giant lollipop, this Easter egg combines a dark Venezuelan chocolate and milk chocolate shell with candied almonds and hazelnuts and a Madeleine cake. The egg is available throughout the Easter period at the Ritz Paris Concept Store.
The Oeuf Infiniment Grand Easter Egg stands out for the precision and skill that goes into creating its elegant lace chocolate shell, which reaching 85cm in height comes to 22kg in weight. The egg is made from Pure Origin dark chocolate from the Paineiras Plantation in Brazil. 3kg of mini eggs are then hidden inside.
Weighing 1.4kg, the Colossal Egg by Fortnum & Mason comprises five different flavored eggs which sit inside one another. Milk chocolate and salted honeycomb comes first, followed by dark chocolate orange, silky smooth milk chocolate, white chocolate, and strawberry and black pepper. A mint dark chocolate egg centerpiece completes the creation.
The most extravagant Easter offering by master chocolatier William Curley is the ‘William Curley Signature Couture Collection’. Of these, try the large dark chocolate sea salted caramel option consisting of a rich dark chocolate shell made with Amedei Toscano 70 percent, which is generously filled with classic salted caramel chocolates. Other flavors, in either milk or dark chocolate, include orangettes, cindertoffe and nuts. William Curley Easter eggs are available at the chocolate company’s Harrods concession and the online boutique.
Paul A. Young’s 2018 limited edition Easter egg is the inventive Machu Picchu Signature Egg. Made from Guittard 65 percent Peruvian dark chocolate, the egg is hand-painted in bright metallic by Paul A. Young himself. And in celebration of Guittard’s 150th anniversary this year, the egg comes with a box of nine truffles made from the rare anniversary 62 percent chocolate blend. Paul is currently the only chocolatier in the UK to offer this exclusive chocolate. Just 10 of these eggs will be available from Paul’s three London chocolateries.
To combine the Easter egg and chocolate bunny, avant-garde chocolatier Pierre Marcolini has come up with the Egg Hat. This new creation encompasses a Maison dark chocolate egg topped with a big-eared white chocolate bowler hat, and a collection of mini eggs and caramel animals. Tucked into two drawers, the mini eggs come in indulgent flavors such as white chocolate pistachio praline and extreme fondant, while the mini animals include milk chocolate caramel rabbits and dark chocolate caramel ducks.
The most extravagant egg created by Godiva this Easter is without doubt the Ultimate Treasure Egg. Decorated with an appealing swirl design, this egg is made from a sumptuous Belgian milk chocolate and filled with signature Godiva chocolates. This smooth and velvety masterpiece is accompanied by five small luxury milk chocolate eggs.