The best edible gifts for Easter 2021
From flashy hampers to extravagant eggs, here are the best items to surprise a loved one this Easter
Easter falls just weeks before the UK businesses begin to open up again after the pandemic, meaning that a Sunday roast at your favourite country pub will unfortunately be off the cards.
So for this rather unique Easter, why not send a package of something truly delicious to a loved one to show you care? Here are some of the best edible treats available for Easter 2021:
LADURÉE BY CHAPON
Ladurée, Parisien masters of the macaron, have partnered with French artisan chocolatier Patric Chapon for their mouthwatering upcoming Easter collection.
Alongside delicious chocolate eggs, the classically delicate Ladurée Easter egg box design draws new inspiration from the Mayan chocolate god “Ek Chuah” and incorporates a seasonal pastel colour scheme.
The individual dark chocolate egg is created with 75% Chuao chocolate encrusted with toasted almonds, while the beautifully designed gift box holds 20 Sicilian almond and Piedmont hazelnut praline chocolate eggs which are carefully decorated with white chocolate designs. The collection is available in stores and online from the 15 March.
BOLNEY AFTERNOON TEA HAMPER
Although somewhat unorthodox, Tempus believes a luxury afternoon tea is the perfect way to celebrate Easter and this year you can surprise your family with a Bolney hamper, packed full of sumptuous goodies and delivered straight to her door.
Inside you will find an array of tempting tea-time sweets, including clotted cream shortbread, marmalade, Truffles, salted caramel popcorn and a slider of English fudge – all of which go wonderfully well with a tine of loose-leaf afternoon tea and a bottle of Eighteen Acre Sparkling Rosé and Lychgate Rosé.
CAMBRIA JULIA'S VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
The slice of Cambria Estate Winery dubbed Julia’s Vineyard, named for Julia Jackson in 1986, consists of ancient soils with fossilised seashells, shale, limestone and sand, with fog swept vines that have endured since the 1970s.
And Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir is the Californian estate's crowning glory; vibrant garnet in colour with a wonderful swirl of juicy red fruits on the nose. Ripe cherry, bold black grape and strawberry flavours on the palate are complimented by a touch of cinnamon spice and subtle underlying earth tones, followed by a well-rounded, mid-palate and a deftly defined elegant finish.
CRÊPEAFFAIRE EASTER EGG HUNT PANCAKE KIT
Even though hosting large family feasts is off the table this year, you can still have fun at home with an Easter egg hunt and a cracking prize of chocolate filled crêpes for the treasure hunters of the house.
Perfect for big and little kids alike, Crêpeaffaire’s kit takes Easter treats to a new level with 250g of luxury house-blend pancake mix (enough for around 10 crêpes), and seasonal toppings of Nutella, smarties, white chocolate, mini eggs, golden syrup and Cadbury’s crème eggs. Whether you stack them up or sandwich them together, it couldn’t be easier – just add water and get ready to flip.
FORTNUM & MASON VEGAN-FRIENDLY SUSTAINABLE SAILBOAT CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG
This Easter, iconic food brand Fortnum & Mason is releasing its latest tantalising treat, the Fortnum’s Sailboat 85% Chocolate Easter Egg. Despite making an epic journey from the Caribbean to Piccadilly, this egg is the sustainable choice for Easter 2021 having been transported by a fleet of wind-powered sailing boats from Grenada to Ireland in order to be environmentally conscious.
This vegan friendly creation balances complex flavours of fresh fig, bold cocoa and rich aromas of tobacco and leather, and nestled within you will find fine flavour cocoa tea husks; a delicious by-product of the chocolate-making process, which can be steeped to make a smooth and exhilarating cocoa tea. This egg is the ultimate guilt-free indulgence.
EVOK CHOCOLATE CHICKEN COOP
Leading hospitality group EVOK is launching The Chocolate Chicken Coop this Easter; a collection of chocolate masterpieces to celebrate the 2021 trend of nostalgia and the traditions of Easter that we all love.
Yann Brys, Meilleur Ouvrier de France and Director of EVOK's sweet creations, has designed a different treat for the identity of each EVOK hotel. Four bold and delicious interpretations in limited editions to thrill the taste buds of children and adults alike.
HÔTEL DE CRILLON CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG SHOWSTOPPER
Deep in the heart of Paris lies Hôtel de Crillon, an iconic hideaway set inside a building dating to 1758 that was officially designated a palace by the French government in 2018. And at Le Boudoir, the hotel's on-site cognac shop, Head Pastry Chef Matthieu Carlin has designed an exquisite Easter egg incorporating Caribbean and Dominican Republic origin dark chocolate to construct a culinary feat, taking edible artistry to new heights.
The egg represents two main symbols of the hotel; its celebrated 1973 Citroen DS car that ushers hotel guests around the capital, and the Parisian pavements of the Place de la Concorde.
EASTER TREATS FROM PAUL
PAUL bakery has put together a collection of Easter treats for 2021, from the new Spring Sharing Box and family breadmaking DIY kit, to brioche hot cross buns and indulgent cakes, all available from 19 March.
The Spring Sharing Box is perfect for those planning an Easter picnic or afternoon tea, featuring two Fraisier Bunnies (sponge cake filled with mousseline cream and fresh strawberries, topped with green marzipan), two Craquant Eggs (dark chocolate sponge cake with chocolate mousse, a thin layer of crisp praline and a chocolate glaze), and a box of 12 jewel-like mini macarons.
The wonderfully named Eggceptional Carrot Cake meanwhile, takes a popular classic and shaping it into a seasonal special, this beautiful egg-shaped carrot cake is made using freshly grated carrots, soft cream cheese, pecan nuts and vanilla syrup – topped with an iced carrot and a sprinkle of pecans for added crunch. The brand is also offering Hot Cross Cramique Brioche Buns - soft brioche dough buns studded with raisins and nibs of sugar - and a Family Breadmaking Kit featuring all the ingredients you need to recreate the finest loaves at home.
MARIAGE FRÈRES TEA-INFUSED EASTER EGGS
Luxury French tea emporium Mariage Frères has just launched a beautiful new box of tea-infused ‘Joyeux’ Easter Eggs - creamy ganache infused with Thé de Pâques crème brûlée under a crisp shell of chocolate speckled with colourful, festive dots.
Each box features four delicious flavours: dark chocolate ganache, almond, almond praline and hazelnut gianduja.
MON DESSERT DIY KITS ENVIOUS EASTER BUNNY
Mon Dessert have received masses of praise for their innovative dessert DIY kits, packed with simple to use instructions, pre-weighed ingredients and an inarguable Instagram-perfect aesthetic.
For their Easter-themed kits, choose from their Easter Bunny Cream Tart, Hot Cross Bun Kit and the Easter Chick Macaron all of which are cute enough to make the grumpiest of us smile.
Who says Easter eggs have to be chocolate? Why not treat yourself to a little something savoury with Petrossian's world-famous caviar?
This year, the iconic caviar brand is launching a number of limited edition offerings including the After Eggxiting Gift Set, which includes two so-called "Eggxiting" jars that each contain 12g of caviar and are paired with Petrossian vodka miniatures and two mini individual tasting spoons that can be taken anywhere.
If you want to scale up the festivities, Le 7 Eggxiting Gift Set is perfect for a chic aperitif amongst friends and family this Easter. The set contains a stunning round metal Petrossian box, including seven Eggxiting jars with 12g of Daurenki caviar, as well as seven tasting spoons.
PLEESECAKES THE DIP-DIP HOORAY CHEESECAKE AND HAPPY PLEESTER BUNDLE
Let the cheesecake wizards Pleesecakes bring the wow factor to your Easter table and picnic spreads this year. The Dip-Dip Hooray (serves 8-10) cake features a double chocolate digestive biscuit base, vanilla cheesecake mixed with crushed Cadbury’s Mini Eggs and rainbow sprinkles, topped with Easter confectionary and an orange blossom yolk, plus toasted hot cross bun dipping soldiers.
Meanwhile the Happy Pleeseter Bundle includes six cheesecake flavours; Carrot Cake, Crème Egg, Mini Eggs, Hershey’s Blondie, Reese’s Brownies and Hot Cross Bun.