These are the most expensive Easter eggs money can buy
Here at Gentleman’s Journal, we don’t usually go in for Easter eggs. But, this year, we’ve cracked. Lockdown has been lacking on luxury, so we’ve finally decided to shell on out for some of the best decadent, delectable designs chocolatiers are whipping up.
Some are dark chocolate and hand-decorated. Some are white chocolate and filled with salted caramel treats. Some are milk chocolate and moulded into meticulous, almost artistic designs. But all are impressive, all are above £50 and all will make your self-isolation Easter that little bit sweeter…
What chocolate is it? Highly aromatic ‘Fine Flavour’ Colombian chocolate with 45% minimum cocoa solids, crafted exclusively for Fortnum’s by master chocolatiers in Wales.
Why is it so expensive? Because it’s hand-painted! And that decoration job takes weeks. Interestingly, the paint used to colour this grown-up chicken (no cutesy chicks here, thank you very much) is alway made using completely natural pigments.
What chocolate is it? White chocolate — but this is no Milkybar. Instead, Claridge’s have turned to premium French chocolatier Valrhona to create the creamiest, most sumptuous white chocolate to ever pass your lips.
Why is it so expensive? Because, inside, it hides extra treats — in the sweet, salty shape of salted caramel gull’s eggs. Also that elegant decoration, inspired by the iconic hotel’s striking black-and-white marble lobby.
What chocolate is it? The shell itself is sculpted from 66% Caribbean dark chocolate, and comes garnished with square truffles, reminiscent of the Parisian cobblestones found on the Place de la Concorde. Inside it, little chocolate rocks and praline eggs.
Why is it so expensive? Because it could double as a work of art. Fantastically French, that car erupting from the shell is the Hôtel de Crillon’s famous Citroen D.S — worked into chocolate by innovative on-site Pastry Chef, Matthieu Carlin.
Le Boudoir Citroen Egg from Hotel de Crillon
What chocolate is it? Venchi’s fabled, fabulous milk chocolate. An exquisite blend of natural vanilla essence, milk, sugar and first-rate cocoa. It’s guaranteed to delight even the most dedicated chocolate purists.
Why is it so expensive? Its size, for starters. This egg may be hollow, but it still weighs over 1 kilogram. And that’s probably due to all those rich, crunchy hazelnuts — an explosive, timeless combination of tastes and textures.
What chocolate is it? Marchesi’s sweetly bitter, potent and piquant dark stuff. Made from the highest quality ingredients from the most revered corners of the cocoa-producing world, this egg plays it straight — but does so with unerring quality.
Why is it so expensive? Because of said quality. Forget hand-painted chickens or salted caramel fillings; this egg means business. Even the packaging is sleek, refined and no-nonsense. This is chocolate for grown-ups.
Marchesi Dark Chocolate Egg
What chocolate is it? Divinely rich 70% dark chocolate — with a dash of salt added to bring out the bitterness. One half is mixed with almonds, the other with hazelnuts. Expect lots of crunch, even more flavour and even more chocolate — this is another egg that weighs in over 1 kilogram.
Why is it so expensive? Is that not enough? No? Okay, well how about a a tray of 20 additional chocolates, including nutty pralines, luscious caramels and indulgent booze-infused confections? And, if you want even even more, six golden eggs to finish.
What chocolate is it? Amedei chocolate — created by a family-run chocolatier in Tuscany, widely considered to be the best in the world. Pair those tools with their craftsman, four-time winner of ‘Britain’s Best Chocolatier’ William Curley, and you’ve got the egg to end all Easters.
Why is it so expensive? Because of the years of expertise and passion that went into creating it. Inside, expect exotic mango and passion fruit truffles — and a bottle of Emissary Asolo Prosecco Superiore on the side.
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