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Tried & Tested: This Easter's sweetest treats




From hot cross buns to chocolate eggs, Easter would be incomplete without sweet treats. Together with our friends at Brampton’s The Food Marketing Experts, the Velvet team puts this year’s best to the test

Louise Cummings tests Easter Essential Gift Box, £36 (plus shipping), available from April 5, Fitzbillies, Cambridge and fitzbillies.com

On the outside: Delivered in a Fitzbillies’ signature blue box, there’s an air of intrigue to this package!

On the inside: A scrumptious selection: four hot cross buns (the best I’ve tasted, topped with a sticky glaze and laced with candied peel and sultanas); a simnel bar cake (featuring a pleasingly thick slab of marzipan); an Easter bunny shortbread biscuit (devoured by my girls before it reached my lips – enough said); and a box of assorted macarons (the perfect balance of crunchy outer shell, and soft chewy filling). A seasonal showstopper!

Score: 5/5

Alice Ryan tests Bettys Spring Bloom Egg, £35, bettys.co.uk

Bettys Limited Edition Spring Bloom Egg (55349127)
Bettys Limited Edition Spring Bloom Egg (55349127)

On the outside: Housed in a luxurious duck-egg and gilt lidded box, this egg is so exquisitely decorated, it could give Fabegeré a run for its money. The white chocolate shell is coloured pretty pastel pink and finished with a sheen of silver lustre, and there’s a bouquet of piped icing blooms on the front: white cherry blossoms, gold leaves and green shoots. It looks *almost* too good to eat.

On the inside: If you can bring yourself to crack it, this egg tastes amazing. The quality of the chocolate - Bettys only use the best Swiss stuff - is impressive: smooth, creamy, delicious. For a fan of white chocolate, which I am, this egg is hard to beat. This may not be the cheapest Easter treat on our list, but you’d struggle to find one which looks or tastes lovelier.

Score: 5/5

Riadh A. Falvo tests Milk Egg with Praline Shapes, £13.95, Chocolat Chocolat, Grand Arcade, Cambridge and chocolatchocolat.co.uk

Chocolat Chocolat filled milk chocolate egg (55798927)
Chocolat Chocolat filled milk chocolate egg (55798927)

On the outside: Head chocolatier Isabelle Chappell and team expertly hand wrap their milk chocolate Easter eggs in traditionally inspired Parisian packaging. Each Chocolat Chocolat

Easter egg pedestal box boasts bright spring colours, with equally vibrant ribbon, tied together with a beautifully hand painted mini wooden egg. A sweet little keepsake to treasure long after the chocolate has melted in your mouth.

On the inside: The eggshell itself is divided into two halves of deliciously smooth milk chocolate and filled with a selection of Chocolat Chocolat’s signature praline Easter figurines, including marbled white and milk chocolate hens, milk and dark chocolate ducklings, and cute cotton-tailed milk chocolate bunnies of course! The praline inside each figurine is deliciously nutty and delectably creamy, making this the Easter egg of choice for chocolate and particularly praline lovers.

Score: 5/5

Jennie Baxendale tests Gåva Lilian Ägg with Swedish Chocolate Mix, £15.50, gavagifting.co.uk

Gåva Lilian Ägg with Swedish Chocolate Mix (55349848)
Gåva Lilian Ägg with Swedish Chocolate Mix (55349848)

On the outside: In Sweden it’s traditional to give refillable eggs - or Äggs - at Easter. Arriving beautifully packaged in a monochrome box, you can choose the design of your Gåva Ägg: Lilian, pictured, is covered in a pretty spring floral, but there are options to suit the style of any recipient, from geometrics to animal prints. With a tactile matt finish, the eggs are lovely quality, making them a truly reusable and therefore sustainable option.

On the inside: Once you’ve selected your Ägg design, you can pick the filling too, with options ranging from a mini G&T kit to a variety of Swedish sweet treats, including pick-and-mix and salty licorice. We went for the Swedish Chocolate Mix, featuring delicious traditional favourites which were both fun to try and seriously moreish, too.

Score: 4.5/5

Vhari Russell tests Waitrose No1 Hidden Truffle Blonde Chocolate Easter Egg, £10, Waitrose stores and waitrose.com

Waitrose Hidden Truffles Egg (55349867)
Waitrose Hidden Truffles Egg (55349867)

On the outside: The box is elegant and sophisticated in design, presenting the egg beautifully without too much excess packaging - nice to see. New to the Waitrose Easter collection this year, it would be a lovely gift to give or to receive.

On the inside: Made from caramelised white chocolate with feuilletine and fleur de sel, the egg is a good size and conceals a ‘secret box’ of four gilded truffles. The chocolate of the egg is creamy and smooth; with the crunch from the sugar and wafer and pops of salt, it was a beautiful eating experience. The truffles were also delicious.

Score: 5/5

Claire Dolan tests Seggiano Chocolate Panettone, £17.65, seggiano.com

Seggiano Chocolate Panettone (55349850)
Seggiano Chocolate Panettone (55349850)

On the outside: Coming in a smart chocolate-brown and gold box, patterned with cocoa pods, the panettone is round, beautifully risen and lightly browned, not a dark bake. Small chocolate chips are visible through the cake, neatly popping up to entice.

On the inside: A rich chocolate aroma greets you immediately upon opening. With a generous amount of chocolate chips dotted through baked brown batter, it’s robust and keeps its shape well, making it easy to slice. It’s very chocolatey with a rich flavour - sweet chocolate chips balanced by the chocolate batter. Delicious with a cup of coffee to bring out its depth of flavour.

Score: 5/5

Karen Braithwaite tests Choc on Choc Easter Chocolate Selection Box, £12, Mini Chocolate Hot Cross Buns, £12, and Chocolate Bunny and Carrots, £12, choconchoc.co.uk

On the outside: Coming in very smart boxes, each with a clear window to showcase the beautifully decorated treats inside, these Choc on Choc chocolates may be a little more expensive than some of your usual High Street options, but the packaging and presentation makes them a really special Easter gift.

On the inside: A gorgeous selection of novelty treats, handcrafted from delicious Belgian chocolate, each has a different Easter design. Coming in a mix of solid milk and white chocolate, they include bite-size mini hot cross buns and a really cute chocolate bunny bottom and carrots which kids would love!

Score: 4/5


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