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We have had the eggstremely difficult job of sampling the delights available this year, with something for everyone. Here is a selection of speggtactular treats to tickle your taste buds!
M&S can always be relied upon for some of the tastiest Easter Eggs in a huge variety of flavours. Luxury lovers can tuck into the Collection Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Lattice Egg at £15, beautifully decorated and studded with rich fruit and nuts, or the Collection Marc De Champagne Egg also £15, with champagne flavoured truffles inside the creamy milk chocolate egg.
Teenagers will be sure to enjoy the sundae eggs priced at £10 each. Choose from Caramel and Fudge Sundae Egg, or the Fruity Easter Sundae, both decorated to look like sundae desserts and packed with flavour.
For complete chocolate fans there are the Extremely Chocolatey Biscuit Egg and Extremely Chocolatey Speckled Egg Crunch at £8 each. Both are made with extra thick chocolate embedded with either biscuit pieces or crunchy speckled eggs.
Not forgetting children, M&S also have a great selection for the younger ones. The iconic Percy Pig Chocolate Egg at £4 certainly doesn’t disappoint with a bag of the much-loved sweeties inside the chocolate. Seth the Sloth at £5 is too cute to eat – almost! The Bunny Ears Tin £5 is filled with chocolate and the cute tin can be reused for lunch or storage. Finally, the Jumbo Easter Button £5 is a treat encrusted alternative to the traditional egg.
Joe & Seph’s Chocolate Popcorn Mini Eggs £3
The Willy Wonka of popcorn is back with their gourmet treat for Easter! This lighter treat is a great alternative to normal mini eggs as the silky dark chocolate is followed by a touch of sea salt and satisfying crunch from the salted caramel popcorn encased within. They are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, and also make a perfect premium option for an Easter Egg hunt.
Available from www.joeandsephs.co.uk
Tony’s Chocolonely Great Big Chocolate Eggs £4.49 and Easter Lemon Meringue Milk Chocolate Bar £3.98
These two options are great for people who are concerned with making ethical choices when it comes to chocolate. Tony’s has revolutionised how it sources, processes and pays for cocoa to inspire other chocolate makers to change their ways and make a difference.
The Great Big Chocolate Eggs are small in size, but huge in flavour, and the seven flavours of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, nougat, hazelnut, caramel sea salt, almond sea salt and pretzel toffee are divided unevenly over the 12 solid eggs to illustrate the inequality in the chocolate industry. The Lemon Meringue Bar is packed with meringue pieces made from free-range eggs, and a hint of zesty lemon. Both items are packaged minimally with fully recyclable and plastic free materials meaning you can indulge completely guilt free!
Available from Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Whole Foods and other independent retailers
Yolkies are a great chocolate alternative for children. They combine fun and taste with sugar free edible slime and gummy yolk to eat, with a collectible surprise toy all encased in the mystery egg. The innovative edible slime is a first, and the collectible super cute foodie character is kept separate in a secret compartment for safety. Characters available include sushi, pineapple, pickle, pepper, ice cream, and hotdog, with 12 to collect in total.
Available from Tesco and Ocado
Treasure X Alien Ooze Eggs £4.99
These eggs are a fantastic non-edible Easter treat for children. Break open the hard-outer shell to discover a squishy alien egg inside. You need to squeeze to hatch and bursting out will be one of 12 collectible mini aliens. Searching through the ooze will reveal an alien treasure, and these strange alien creatures also like to suck up their ooze through their mouth and nose. Squeeze the sides of the alien to watch them slurp it up and spit it out!
Available from Smyths Toys, Argos and other retailers.