It’s hard to believe that Easter is this weekend, it seems like this year is flying by! You may still be hunting for fine Easter chocolate to give to your friends and family. Want some tips about what to look for when you’re shopping? This is the perfect year to move beyond that gold bunny! Click here to learn about looking for “real” chocolate for your little bunnies and chicks (or for the grown ups) on your list.
Easter is the perfect time to visit your local chocolatier or chocolate maker. Click here to visit our chocomap.com database and download our mobile app to find the chocolate shops nearest you! We always enjoy seeing what new things they develop for their Easter chocolate collections and the ways that they push the boundaries of chocolate artistry. Here are just a few examples of the fabulous creations we noticed “hopping” around the internet. We had such a hard time narrowing down our choices, there were just so many amazing products available this year. This is not an exhaustive list. If it was, you would be reading until next Easter!
The Chocolate Lab
It’s amazing to see what chocolatiers are able to do with a shape as simple as an egg. They create designs that range from beautifully understated, to one of a kind pieces of art. The collection of designer Easter eggs created by Dallas Southcott of The Chocolate Lab and this team are definitely the latter – just look at these stunning examples! Each one is hand painted using coloured cocoa butter. Check out their Instagram page to see more! The Chocolate Lab is located in Calgary, Alberta & we’re very proud to say that Dallas is an Ecole Chocolat grad!
Tomorrow is the day! The first wave of eggs are ready for pickup at the #chinatown #chocolateshop. They are filled with truffles and caramels, for your enjoyment, when you're ready to stop admiring them, and crack them open. They are all unique, and they're only available in person. #designeregg #unique #egg #chocolateegg #edibleart
Many chocolatiers love to create large chocolate showpieces during the major “chocolate holidays” such as the winter holidays, Valentine’s Day & of course, Easter. Look at the craftsmanship involved in creating this adorable bunny made by Christophe Bonzon and his team at Chez Christophe of Burnaby, B.C. And as you can see from the Instagram post below, Christophe is raffling off the bunny in support of the BC SPCA, so some lucky person is going to win this guy!
Enter to win me! We've partnered with the BC SPCA this year and have created a raffle with 100% of our proceeds going directly to them. Tickets are 1 of $2 or 3 for $5. Come and check out the #showpiece on display now in the cafe! Draw will take place Sunday, April 16th at 9am. #chocolate #bunny #burnaby
Fruition Chocolate is a small batch chocolate maker & confectioner in upstate New York. They make chocolate from bean to bar and have won numerous Good Food Awards and International Chocolate Awards for their chocolate. Owned by husband and wife team Bryan and Dahlia Graham, Fruition Chocolate is also known for their delicious confections, and their Easter eggs are no exception. They are 68% dark chocolate filled with either strawberry jam with basil ganache or peanut gianduja with toffee. And those bunnies? They are made from single-origin Dominican Republic chocolate – yum!
Charm School Chocolate
It’s fun to see chocolate makers that are known for their chocolate bars come up with special products just for the holidays. Charm School Chocolate is known for making award-winning vegan, non-dairy bean to bar chocolate. Not all vegan chocolate is created equal, and Charm School is truly delicious. These eggs are also vegan and non dairy! The flavours are Coconut milk chocolate and hazelnut cream, Vanilla bean white chocolate and lemon marzipan, and 70% dark Belize with salted caramel. Are you drooling yet?
L.A. Burdick Chocolates
You may be familiar with L.A. Burdick Chocolates and their famous chocolate mice? Well, they’ve made these adorable bunnies for Easter! Flavors include a dark chocolate shell and dark chocolate ganache with French raspberry puree; a milk chocolate shell with dark chocolate ganache with espresso and maple syrup; and a white chocolate shell with hazelnut gianduja and a hint of orange.
Beta 5 Chocolates
When we think of spring, we think of flowers, and it wouldn’t be Easter without eggs, so what better than to combine the two? Vancouver’s Beta 5 Chocolates did just that with their Easter collection this year. These “crocus buds” are just beautiful. But they didn’t stop there – the INSIDE is also full of chocolates, such as caramelized coconut and coconut macadamias. These would make such an elegant hostess gift for Easter dinner.
lots of new goodies showing up in-store this weekend, like our coconut + passionfruit crocus buds // dark chocolate layered with passionfruit praline, lined with caramelized coconut and filled with coconut macadamias // available in-store this saturday, april 1 and our pop-up shop is returning to 3345 cambie st starting tuesday april 4! . . . #beta5easter #beta5popup #easter #chocolate #eggs #crocus #pastryelite #valrhonausa #dailyhivevan
Another Vancouver favourite is Chocolate Arts owned by Greg Hook – how could you not take home one of these adorable roosters? These guys are semi-solid, filled with 2 mini eggs & 2 bunnies, and they are available in milk or dark chocolate. They would make a great addition to any Easter basket!
Stick with Me Sweets
Susanna Yoon from Stick with Me Sweets in New York City is known for her exquisite chocolates – perfectly made and beautifully decorated. It’s not surprising she was named one of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America. Her Easter eggs are no exception, they are pieces of edible art. They are almost too pretty to eat, but we know you’re up to the task!
Toronto’s David Chow is an award-winning chocolatier and pastry chef. David has so much creativity, both in terms of his recipes and the design of his pieces. Each one is delicious and perfectly made. We were so glad to see that David brought his “sunny side up” eggs back again this Easter, they are amazing!
Another Toronto favourite is Soma Chocolatemaker. Soma also makes their chocolate from bean to bar and they have won numerous International Chocolate Awards for their amazing chocolate. This year for Easter they created “lacy eggs” and these amazing “mango pods” beautifully packaged in a clear glass jar. Each piece is a work of art!
Giorgio Demarini of Roselen Chocolatier
Last, but certainly not least, we just HAD to show you this bunny bonbon from Giorgio Demarini of Roselen Chocolatier. Giorgio has a background in design, and this comes through in the details he puts into his chocolates. We’re proud to say that Giorgio is also an Ecole Chocolat grad, and we always eagerly anticipate what he will make each holiday. Once again, he didn’t disappoint!
We hope you’ve enjoyed drooling over some fabulous Easter chocolate! Each of the chocolatiers and chocolate makers we’ve mentioned have Easter collections, so visit their websites (we’ve linked to them all above) to see more of what they have to offer!
Happy Easter from all of us at Ecole Chocolat! We hope the Easter bunny is good to you! What is your favourite Easter treat? Tell us in the comments!