Easter Gift Guide 2013

Due to the amazing feedback you all gave us for our
Christmas and Valentine’s gift guides we have decided to do our first ever
Easter gift guide. The variation of different Easter gifts is larger than ever
in 2013 so we have chosen some of our favourites to share with you. We have
personally tried and tested all the items which we listed so these are our personal
recommendations. Artisans and chocolatiers have been busy planning their
exciting 2013 Easter ranges for months so there are some incredible creations
from large brand names as well as smaller family run businesses.
Charbonnel et Walker is yet another long established and
reputable company with members of the Royal family counting towards some of its
loyal and illustrious clients. The original setting up of the business was
encouraged by Edward VII himself who convinced Madame Charbonnel, a highly
skilled chocolatier from Paris to form a partnership with Mrs Walker and
establish a chocolatiers in Mayfair, London. Charbonnel et Walker is one of the
few companies to be endorsed by the Royal Warrant as chocolate makers for Her
Majesty the Queen, and they are immensely proud of this. It will come as no
surprise to anyone that a company with this reputation of commendation will
produce some of the finest chocolates imaginable. We tried their Fine Milk
Chocolate Selection Easter Egg. The packaging and presentation, including the
Royal Warrant crest of course, is sophisticated and elegant. It is a pleasure
opening and unboxing this Easter egg to reveal the delicately placed fine milk
chocolates inside the egg, only revealed when you open the egg itself. A true
treasure of an Easter egg. 
We first discovered Rococo Chocolates just before
Valentine’s Day and we haven’t looked back. Their passion and drive to create
the best chocolate delights time and time again is inspiring, with a bit of
humour thrown in for good measure! The two Easter items we have selected from
Rococo are the Easter Egg filled with a selection of ganaches (£16.50) and the Dirty
Bunnies (£5.95). The Easter Egg is beautifully presented in a traditionally
designed Rococo Chocolates box which opens to reveal a beautiful shimmering
golden egg, which in turn opens to reveal the beautifully crafted chocolate
ganaches. We don’t spoil the surprise by revealing the flavours but they are
mouth-watering!  If you want a gift which
is something small but equally delicious the humorously titled Dirty Bunnies
are something which should be on your list. The little bag contains two
chocolate praline rabbits and a selection of chocolate covered roasted coffee beans to imitate rabbit
poo, funny eh!
Cocoaloco is one of those special chocolate companies where
you know a lot of love and passion goes into the crafting of their chocolates.
All Cocoaloco’s chocolate is organic; they even use packaging which makes
minimal impact on the environment. Sarah and Rory of Cocoaloco set out to make
their company “build a premium treat reputation around words like approachable,
affordable and genuine choice” and they have certainly done that! We have been
sampling some of their Easter’s products over the past few weeks and there
is something for everyone’s taste. Their milk chocolate Easter eggs are mini,
luxuriously smooth and come in adorable packaging alike an egg box, fun! If you
fancy something a bit more substantial but not as traditional as an Easter egg
they offer fantastic Easter themed chocolate animals almost completely solid
chocolate! We’ve tried their milk and dark chocolate bunny and chicken, a
quirky Easter gift! If you want a small gift for those office friends or just a
little extra something for someone we found some little bags of chocolate
heaven! Cocoaloco have put together two different bags of solid chocolate eggs.
One bag is made up of the finest dark chocolate or if you have a sweeter tooth
then the marbled white and dark chocolate eggs are maybe more your thing. We
thought their bunny chocolate lolly was fun too!
Marks and Spencer’s is a name instantly recognisable and
associated with quality. They have a wide range of Easter gifts available in
stores nationwide. The small selection of items we picked to write about in
this guide are the delectable box of 5 small beautifully crafted Easter eggs
all with individual flavour themes and small selection of small Easter treats
available in most stores. The selection of 5 eggs comes beautifully presented
in a long box complete with imitation straw for decoration. The chocolate is of
the finest quality and melts in your mouth. The other small items are the
Bubbly Mint Chocolate Egg, Honeycomb Truffle Crunch Bunny and Bubbly Chocolate
Bunny, excellent gifts for your office friends!
We love companies who have long, established and illustrious
histories and Betty’s is one of those companies. There is a lot of history behind
the business and even a little mystery around where the name Betty actually
came from! Its far too much to explain here so grab a tea or coffee and pop
over to Betty’s website to read ‘The Betty’s Story’ about where this fabulous
company came from here
. Their Easter range offers both the traditional and the modern. We love their
Swiss milk chocolate egg, stippled with dark Grand Cru chocolate and
hand-decorated with a jolly white and dark chocolate Gloucester Old Spot pig,
relaxing among spring flowers. This is sure to make any of your friends and
family envious. For those small gifts or the little something extra their adorable
boxes of milk and white chocolate lambs are both delicious and cute.
When a company has been mastering chocolate making since
1845 you can be pretty confident they know what they are doing. Year after year
Lindt improves and advances their wonderful range of chocolates and they have
not failed for Easter 2013! This year we would say their key Easter egg is
their Heavenly Hazelnut Egg Milk (£19.99), a wonderful milk chocolate egg
rolled in roasted hazelnuts and then, to top it all off, rolled in yet another
layer of chocolate. Making this their thickest most decadent Easter egg to
date! If you’re after something a little simpler but just as delicious they
also have on offer their Lindor Shell Egg (£8.19) including some astonishingly
delicious Lindor truffles including Milk, Irish Cream & Stracciatella.
Easter also wouldn’t be complete without a Lindor Easter Bunny or a whole
family of them as they are now available in loads of different sizes and even
colours, milk, dark or white.
Whittard never fail to come up trumps when you’re looking
for a classy and sophisticated gift. Another company with a long and
illustrious history, being formed in 1886 stocking over 130 varieties of tea,
many coffees, hot chocolates, china and lots more. This Easter they offer a
little something alternative to chocolate, something which can be brought out especially
for Easter each year or used all year round. These are the wonderful bone china
bugs decorated with two decorations either ‘Easter Parade’ or ‘Bunny Hop’ (both
£8). If you’re looking for something a little chocolatier they offer jars of
milk chocolate eggs covered in multi coloured foil, beautifully presented in an
imitation glass jar. Perfect for the impromptu Easter egg hunt!
Artisan du Chocolat believes in creating “luxury through
individuality, innovation and exceptional craftsmanship”. This is evident from
their reputation for being one of the leading chocolatiers in the UK. Gerard
Coleman, founder and artisan chocolatier sources the finest cocoa beans from
around the world and transforms them into wonderful artisan chocolates and
chocolate treats. This process is done in-house in the UK unlike many
chocolatiers who simply import the readymade chocolate. This love and
dedication to providing the very best quality by making it himself is the key
to Artisan du Chocolat’s continued success. Artisan du Chocolat always has
something innovative and appealing for every occasion and this Easter is no
different. We love their new character eggs, the perfect treat for a child, but
equally bring a smile to any adults face! Each one has its own look and
personality, which one will you get? These are available in full size (£17) or
in miniature form in boxes of 6 (£15.99). The full size character egg comes in
wonderful box with shredded paper to protect the egg, but wait; it isn’t any
paper its edible shredded paper flavoured with apple! Amazing! If you fancy
something a little different then we highly recommend you check out the Crème
de la Crème Eggs collection (£9.99) packaged in the chic and tasteful bunny
inspired box.
Montezuma’s is a funky company always buzzing with fresh new
ideas and they have not failed this Easter either. Montezuma’s love to work
with flavours to combine what they think works best in their fine chocolate.
This Easter, if you’re eco minded Montezuma’s are offering two Eco Eggs one
Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs and the other Milk Chocolate and butterscotch
pieces (both £7.99). Both eggs are packaged in biodegradable cardboard
container and the eggs themselves are wrapped in foil. We haven’t seen anything
like them before; let’s hope other companies follow in their footsteps. If
you’re looking for something more substantial and with a sense of luxury their Super
Thick Half Dark and Half Milk Chocolate Egg with Truffles (£17.99) is perfect.
This egg is perfect for either the hard to buy person or those of us who find
it so difficult to choose either Milk or Dark chocolate, you can have both with
this egg! The egg is made of thick chocolate meaning more chocolaty goodness.
The egg is also filled with some of Montezuma’s fine truffles, it would be rude
to say no.
Easter isn’t all about chocolate, there are other options
too. Haribo has come up with some wonderful Easter themed sweets. We love their
mini bags of Easter themed sweets which are included in several of their gifts
such as the Easter Fun Bucket and Haribo’s first ever re-sealable pouch! We
think they are a brilliant alternative for Easter egg hunts in the garden or
around the house. The Easter Fun Bucket is brilliant for kids too as it
includes some suggestions on what they can do with the bucket after they
inevitably empty it. One of the suggestions is to use it as a plant pot, an
excellent kids project with summer just around the corner!  Some other gifts including the Bouncing
Bunnies box is a perfect alternative to a traditional Easter egg, again
including mini bags and the box even includes details on how to use the pop out
bunnies as a game. You cant mention Haribo without thinking of their Starmix,
so they have come up with another brilliant gift which is a gift box containing
a bag of the traditional Starmix and another special bag which contains just
the fried eggs.
Just like chocolate, Easter isn’t all about eggs. But if
you’re still chocoholics like us and need your chocolate fix then Black River
offers simple straight forward exceptional quality chocolate bars. Why not buy
a few, tie a ribbon around them and there you go, a perfect classy gift. Easter
shouldn’t be all about kids getting Easter eggs, adults deserve them too so
treat yourself or your loved one. Black River is rather special chocolate, in
fact its very special. Black River chocolate is made of single origin Jamaican
Trinitario cocoa beans. These are produced in long established farms in the
famous Blue Mountain region of Jamaica. The beans made to make Black River
chocolate are flown straight from Jamaica into London Gatwick airport so you
know exactly where your chocolate has come from and been. Black River chocolate
was even voted as Jamaica’s international chocolate brand, you can’t get much
better than that!  The bars we have
chosen as this year’s recommended Easter gift are available either singly
(£5.50-£6.00) or as a pack of 4 (£22). They are Milk, Dark, Vanilla Chocolate
and even a Sugar Free bar! They are all made with the single origin Jamaican
Trinitario cocoa beans and sweetened with cane sugar. Treat someone to
something dark and exotic this year.
Butler’s Chocolate is Ireland’s favourite luxury chocolatier
for over 80 years, being originally founded in Dublin in 1932 by Marion Butler
and then bought in 1959 by the Irish Sorensen family who still own 100% of the
business today. Butler’s Chocolate take pride in their heritage, even offering
the ‘Butler’s Chocolate Experience’ which allows you to see behind those secret
chocolate factory doors. Their Easter range for 2013 is something very special
indeed. From adults to kids alike there is something for everyone. The Medium
Milk and Medium Dark chocolate eggs (£9.50) come elegantly wrapped and full of
delicious chocolates or truffles. If you’re after something for the kids look
no further! Butler’s have created wonderful large chocolate rabbits (£7.50) all
with quirky expressions. These are available in milk, dark or white, our
favourite is the delicious melt in your mouth white chocolate rabbit.
Thorntons is another well-known and reputable brand known by
children and adults alike for decades, in fact Thornton’s recently celebrated
their 100th Birthday! Thorntons was set up by Joseph William Thornton
in 1911 who then handed the business to his two sons who made it into what it
is today. Easter is all about tradition, but what about something traditional
with a quirky twist? Thorntons have designed two chocolate eggs which incorporate
two very well-known and traditional desserts, Tempting Trifle and Black Forest
Gateaux (£9.99 or 3 for £20). The Tempting Trifle egg is made of custard
flavoured white chocolate packed with fruity jellies and colourful sprinkles. The
Black Forest Gateaux egg is made of luxurious dark chocolate crammed with juicy
black cherries which burst with flavour. Treat yourselves!
Lucky’s have a well-established and popular chocolate shop
in London called Lucky’s Wonderland. This is a place of wonder and amazement, a
real life chocolate paradise! Lucky’s love coming up with fresh, unique
chocolate flavours. This Easter, keeping with traditional theme they have
released a Humpty Dumpty range (individually £6.95). We tried four of the
wonderful flavours available. The Lord Dark Toffius is made of 60% cocoa dark
chocolate with delectable dulce de leche filled shells. The Duke Of Nutting
Hazel egg is made up of 40% cocoa milk chocolate with luscious praline &
hazelnuts filled shells. Lucky’s also have two other Humpty Dumpty eggs, the
milk chocolate egg filled with Bailey’s ganache and the milk chocolate egg with
the scrumptious peanut butter filling. 

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2 thoughts on “Easter Gift Guide 2013

  • March 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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    Fabulous review. Never heard if loads of these places and deffo thinking I may need a Humpty Dumpty or 6 for our family!! TY

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