What’s a national holiday without a chance to buy ever more outlandish and unusual themed gifts? Nothing we tell you, nothing.
With Easter up next we’ve hunted down our favourite egg-themed edibles, from cheese and pasty varieties for the anti-sweet brigade to the fantastical unicorn egg. There are also budget buys, luxury splurges and something for the dairy-free lot...
Whimsy overload! Give a loved one – or yourself – the gift of a unicorn egg.
Available in milk or white chocolate and covered in edible pearlescent spray, it comes adorned with a horn, ears, eyelashes and multicoloured icing hair.
Nothings says “I spent a lot of money” quite like a Harrods seal.
Delight the nut lover in your life with the luxury department store’s new handmade Belgian milk chocolate egg encrusted with caramelised hazelnuts and filled with praline chocolates.
For those lucky enough to be be on the receiving end of too much chocolate, M&S has a delightful soft hollow nougat egg made with almond, hazelnut and pistachio. Mmm, nougat.
£5, Marks & Spencer (stores only)
Gin and Tonic
This one’s ideal for chocolate purists or anyone who has given up the white stuff, but is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Hotel Chocolat’s single-origin Saint Lucia 100% dark egg is filled with juicy Turkish raisins and unblanched Californian almonds. Inside there are Gianduja Hazelnuts – Piedmont hazelnuts coated in 100% dark praline.
£15, Hotel Chocolat
For the savoury-toothed among us who feel left out at this time of year, So Wrong It’s Nom has launched a solid cheese egg that’s “hard, slightly crumbly yet still creamy in texture with a deliciously sharp flavour cutting through.”
£14.95, So Wrong It’s Nom
Finally, your childhood dreams of biting through an egg into something more than the air of a hollow shell can come true!
These solid eggs are sliced into hand jigsaw pieces and come in white, dark and caramel.
£24.99, The Solid Chocolate Company
For those who prefer their egg-based toys in supersize, Kinder has released a giant version with a choice of My Little Pony or Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
Fun fact: Kinder eggs are banned in the USA - as are any “candies” with toys embedded inside.
The most sophisticated of Easter eggs, Artisan du Chocolat’s Sculpture creation comes with 70% Colombian dark chocolate cradling a ganache filled, 18 carat gold leaf adorned egg. There’s also a side of assorted dark mini eggs.
£35, Artisan du Chcolat
Chocolate hen's eggs
Nothing says “Happy Easter” like a hilarious prank, so crack on with these genuine hen’s eggs filled high-quality milk chocolate, hazelnut and almond praline.
£19.95, Chocolate Trading Co.
Well, Easter comes but once a year, which is possibly already too often for Marmite-flavoured chocolate, depending on which side of the love/hate spectrum you lay.
Okay, so this one started out as an April Fools’ joke by the Cornish Bakery but people believed in the beauty of egg shaped pasties and asked for them to be real. The firm says the idea was so popular, it may consider doing them for real next year.