It’s the time of the year we’ve all been waiting for and boy, are we glad it’s finally here! The long Easter weekend is a time for celebration, putting work to one side for four whole days and most importantly, eating.
With an abundance of sweet treats to indulge in, we’ve teamed up with the Easter Bunny to bring you every morsel worth eating this Easter period. From choccie eggs to hot cross buns and everything in between, prepare for a whole lotta ‘yums’ and sugar highs!
For a delightful Easter collection, look no further than fine food store, Sabato. They stock goodies from Valrhona (aka the chocolate used to make Miann’s creations) and Magilo. Imported from France and Italy respectively, these European delights are the crème de la crème of the chocolate world. Our pick of the bunch are Magilo’s mini coffee and croccantino eggs and Valrhona’s gull eggs with a salted butter caramel centre—oh my! However, the oh-so-adorable Valrhona chocolate family is our absolute FAVE. Eat your way through a chocolate family starring a mum, dad and three kids—they’re almost (almost!) too cute to eat.
House Of Chocolate
Trust us when we say you will never see or taste anything quite like the Easter treats at House Of Chocolate. The geniuses at this Takapuna choccie heaven, hand paint each and every one of their edible masterpieces just for you. Not only are they extremely pleasing on the eye from the outside, these bad boys are filled with hand-crafted bonbons too, for an extra little treat! With a great range of colours and flavours on offer, choosing more than one isn't out of the question. For all your chocolate bunny, bonbon, truffle and choccie egg needs, look no further!
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Chowing down on all that choccie, you’re gonna need something to wash it down with and that's where Burger Burger come in. Not only do these guys happen to dish up some of the best burgers in town, they also happen to create weekly drink specials to slurp alongside their epic eats. Served up in a tall glass, their Creme Egg, Easter milkshake is no different either. Boasting marshmallows, chocolate, brown sugar, coconut water, full cream milk, Kohu Road vanilla ice cream and topped off with swirls of whipped cream, we can feel our belt loops loosening already!
It’s no lie that Bluebells Cakery creates some of the prettiest cupcakes around but also the tastiest too! With cafes in Hillsborough, Takapuna and Eden Terrace, getting your sweet treat fix has never been easier! If their moist little morsels weren’t enough to get us in a good mood, they also have some Easter-inspired cupcakes for our long weekend pleasure, too. Available in a range of flavours, including vanilla, red velvet and GF carrot, each and every one is topped with an edible bunny, hay and choccie eggs!
If there comes a time when you are Easter-egged out and the sight of another chocolate-shaped rabbit turns your stomach, you’re gonna need another Easter-inspired treat to take their place. Well, aren’t you lucky that Ima Cuisine is here? Nestled down Fort Street, expect to see resident baker and owner Yael churning out her irresistible hot cross buns. Topped with a thick, vanilla custard cross and filled with aromatic spices, her creations are moist, doughy and ever-so delicious!
Bread & Butter Bakery
Continuing on the hot cross bun train, let’s point you in the direction of Bread & Butter Bakery for even more spice-infused yumminess. Made with nothing but love—and without a nasty chemical in sight—this organic variety still packs one heck of a punch. Created with buttermilk for an extra treat and filled with an organic fruit mix, Bread & Butter Bakery’s hot cross buns are topped with a sticky, spice-infused syrup glaze for even more ‘yums’ and ‘hands off, their mine!’
Tucked away down a little lane in the Britomart precinct you’ll find Milse, Auckland’s very own sweet treat paradise. With Easter on its way, Milse has created a festive-inspired selection of goodies for your eating pleasure. With Easter eggs fit for a king, queen or the Easter Bunny himself, the come in a range of exquisite designs and colours. In dark or white chocolate, each egg is brimming with homemade truffles with flavours such as strawberry, chocolate and hazelnut to tickle your fancy. After something a little smaller, why not opt for their crumbly, egg-shaped shortbread instead?
Amy’s Secret Kitchen
Another local fave, Amy’s Secret Kitchen has embraced the Easter trend by creating goodies that are too cute not to share. Pastel-coloured cupcakes come with little bunny ears, or opt for their vanilla biscuits dipped into pastel marbled icing with touches of silver leaf for something extra special. There’s also a ginger bunny box (each bunny has a cute little tail) and a heavenly gift box for your eating pleasure.
My oh my, Patisserie Vaniye have our Easter cravings well and truly sorted! Residing in Parnell and featuring cabinet upon cabinet of incredible pastries and delectable desserts, it comes at no surprise that the team have created a stunning range of Easter treats too. From their handcrafted ‘Kumi The Cow’ egg, full of chocolate nuts and rochers, and boasting one heck of a cute design, to their egg-stravegent showcase 1.6kg Easter Egg brimming with cookies, Easter has never tasted so good!
Miann, Miann, Miann, why do you do it to us? Seriously, how is anyone supposed to resist your cracking selection of Easter goodies? With lemon curd ‘chickarons’ and berry and lychee ‘raberons’ on offer, you’ll never want a round macaron ever again! Not done yet, their rabbit-shaped gelato stick features flavours of raspberry sorbet, vanilla gelato and chocolate decorations! Their Easter eggs are a thing of pure beauty too, featuring intricate designs, colours and brimming with chocolate-covered nuts! For all you true choccy lovers out there, head into the Fort Street store for a decadent, three-course, chocolate tasting menu!
Yep, it is true that Easter really isn’t Easter without hot cross buns, but one of our faves, The Caker has really jumped onto the bandwagon, creating a hot cross bun cake! Naturally, it has generous servings of spices, dark chocolate chunks, sultanas and candied orange. But wait, there’s more! This delight is topped with cinnamon-laced cream cheese icing and decorated with ganache cross, hazelnut praline crunch, Valrhona chocolate pearls and dehydrated Muscat grapes. Can we get a yes please?
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Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga for House Of Chocolate