Hotel Chocolat’s Engraved Easter Egg is, hands down, the most beautiful chocolate Easter egg I’ve ever had. This particular egg is made of 72% dark chocolate and, while it is hollow, the shell is generously thick. It stands about 6 inches high and ships on its own little display stand. Truth be told, I was tempted just to leave it sitting around so that I could look at it longer, rather than just cutting into it for a taste. The design on the egg is actually a series of cocoa pods, a kind of tribute to the chocolate. It’s incredibly artistic and a nice change from the usual chocolate chicks and bunnies that crop up around Easter.
Getting past the visuals, the chocolate is excellent. It has the satisfying bitterness that you want a good dark chocolate to have, but also a round and slightly fruity sweetness. The chocolate melts well into your mouth and definitely left me wanting a second piece.
Hotel Chocolat has several other types of Easter eggs on offer, as well. They have a 40% cacao milk chocolate egg in the same shape as this dark egg, and a couple of filled eggs, which open to reveal a selection of other dark and milk chocolate goodies. The only drawback with the filled eggs is that you don’t get the beautiful design on the outside – which isn’t saying much, since the assorted chocolates inside of those eggs are probably the best part.