This one goes out to the all the penny-counters out there who haven’t already spent all their pocket money on discounted 150g Cadbury Easter bunnies while grocery shopping since Boxing Day—you’re stronger than we are. In the spirit of baby Jesus’ resurrection, we’ve put together a list of all of Melbourne’s most ~premium~ Easter choccies, and yes they may break the bank, but by golly your mum/dad/gf/bf/bff/fave The Urban List writer will love you for it (and they’ll make for a bloody good Insta, too).
Monsieur Truffe are one of Melbourne’s finest chocolatiers and choccie makers. Their chocolate originates from a one-man operation in Prahran Market eleven years ago, and has since expanded to a large factory space in Brunswick (you go, Glen Coco[a]). This Easter you can stock up on their delicious gluten-free, fair trade, handmade goodies including the ‘Sardines Box’ and the whimsical Bunny In Car’ which are every bit as delicious (and sustainable/healthy/allergy-friendly) as their names suggest. They've also got the 'Small Rooster' available which you can get in 37% Dominican Republic milk blend, or 72% Dominican Republic dark blend if you're hardcore. Good news too, as their entire dark chocolate range is Vegan-friendly/dairy free.
Speaking of raw, organic and handmade chocolate, Pana Chocolate are the cool (and super allergy-friendly) kids on the block. This year their luxurious choccie hampers like the 60% Easter Egg Pack, or the Medium & Large hampers which include a range of blocks, eggs, and bunnies. You just have to look at these bad boys to know they’re the good stuff; they’re dark, heavy and glistening with the very real possibility of heart failure (a mild one though, these guys are totes the healthy version of choc). Grab any of these bad boys in their Richmond store (and keep the box forever because it’s luxe AF).
The Ministry Of Chocolate
If you’re after an aesthetic almost too good to eat, you need The Ministry of Chocolate. Think chocolate eggs the size of mangoes decorated in edible graffiti, candied fruit and lego (LEGO). If these elaborate edible details get your palms sweating and your heart beating, then you need the ‘Block Egg’—Belgian milk chocolate with edible blocks attached, ‘The Hosier Lane Egg’—Belgian milk couverture with splashes of colour, and the ‘Fruit & Nut Egg’—dark Belgian couverture drizzled with dark, milk and white couverture and finished with dried fruit and nuts on the outside. We won’t even mention the ‘Half Egg’ edible chocolate bowl filled with truffles and mini speckled eggs...
Koko Black is the Meryl Streep of the Melbourne chocolate industry—it’s been around for ages and hasn’t aged a day in thirty years, but it’s also bloody delicious. Each year they deliver the cream of the crop during the Easter season, and this year is no different. Up for grabs is their silky smooth 34% ‘Milk Chocolate Bunny’, their beautiful (and damn cute) chocolate ‘Egg Pops’, packets of 34% ‘Mini Speckled Eggs’, and the oh-la-la-oh-my-word-hooley-dooley ‘Hazelnut Praline Quail Eggs’ (THEY COME IN A SMOL EGG CARTON AND EVERYTHING). You can pick up some of these delish choccies from their stores which you can find here.
Burch & Purchese
If wowing the pants off your friends and fam is the way you roll at Easter, then Burch & Purchese are the choccie-connoisseurs you need on speed dial. What may look like abhorrently expensive children’s toys are in fact very delicious handcrafted Belgian chocolates (I KNOW). This year their range includes hand-painted speckled eggs in white, dark and milk chocolate flavours. You can also get your greasy mitts on the classic ‘Alien Egg’—made from handcrafted Belgian milk and white chocolate, and also RIDICULOUSLY beautiful.
The Chocolate Box
The Chocolate Box is a local fave and are the masters of some of our crowd favourite Easter treats. We’re talking ‘Milk Chocolate Easter Bilbies’, ‘Milk Chocolate Half Egg with Chocolate Coated Raspberries’, ‘Dark Chocolate Half Egg with Chocolate Covered Fruit & Nut’ and—wait for it—’Milk Choc Half Egg with Belgian Chocolate Freckles’. You can grab these choccies at their stores in the CBD, Alfred Hospital, Camberwell and Port Melbourne.
If we also had a premium art roundup, Bibelot’s 2018 Easter range would feature on that too. This year the choccie wizards behind the name have baked (?) up an Easter collection which takes inspiration from the unique colours, textures, and characteristics of rare gemstones. The 5 distinctive marble-coloured eggs have each been hand-painted on-site in South Melbourne, and each contain a combination of signature 'comfit'—a French technique of coating nuts or fruit in chocolate to create bite-sized morsels.
We'd love to talk to you more about what Gelato Messina has on offer this year, but they're already sold out. See what you missed out on here.
If you’re someone who likes a hella lotta choice with their premium Easter choccie, then you need to bookmark Chocolatier’s website in your browser toot sweet. Each year they put forward a delicious (and thorough) range of premium Easter chocolates, and 2018 doesn’t disappoint. This year they have their standard dark and milk chocolate eggs, as well as their ‘'Enchanted' collection of eggs, along with other delicious options. They're also currently doing a collab with Cold Rock where you get ice cream thrown inside half a Chocolatier egg at your local Cold Rock store, worth checking out.
If there’s a special someone in your life who needs to be treated right, and by treated right we mean given the gift of the world’s most beautiful Easter egg this season, then look no further than Cacao chocolates, they’re the most pimped-up/luxe/fancy AF Easter range in all the land (Melbourne). You can choose from the ‘Half Dozen’—six hand-painted speckled milk chocolate eggs in a carton, or the ‘3 Little Chicks’—threehand-painted milk chocolate chicks painted with flicks of chocolate paint, or land yourself their decadent 10-piece Easter gift box. You can pick up any of these bad boys at their CBD, St Kilda, Westfield Doncaster and Highpoint locations.
Gânache is the no-frills, back-to-basics counterpart of the elaborate Melbourne chocolate scene. Their range is full of rich chocolate classics that’ll win over hearts faster than a baby Labrador sneezing. These include their milk chocolate ‘Floppy Eared Bunny’, classic ‘Milk Chocolate Bunny’, Melbourne themed ‘Praline-Filled Milk Chocolate Half Egg’, groovy ‘Graffiti Praline Bunny’ and tubes of ‘Freckle Eggs’ and chocolate coated Easter almonds. Hot foot over to their CBD and South Yarra location to get your greasy mitts on these.
The Crux & Co
While The Crux & Co are known for their incredible desserts and sweet treats, this little patisserie flew out of the woodwork at the whisper of premium Easter chocolates, and good thing they did because their range would stop traffic (if not our diets). Get your mitts on their delightfully colourful hand-painted Easter eggs at their South Melbourne store, or their patisserie on Little Collins.
You can taste the 92 years of connoisseur experience in Godiva’s luxurious Belgium chocolates. Their 2018 Easter collection is directed towards the curious, adventurous and the downright indecisive. There are Easter assortments to suit everyone’s requirements, ranging from 4-16 pieces of succulent chocolate, including white chocolate with a hazelnut praline ganache, milk chocolate orange ganache and dark chocolate banana caramel. Splurge on their dazzling Beaded Egg containing 16 pieces of premium chocolate Easter eggs–good G*d, Godiva, you’ve got us drooling.
As Australia's oldest family-owned chocolate maker, operating since 1915, the guys at Haigh’s know the true meaning of the words ‘premium chocolates’. For Easter, of course, they’ve got your traditional milk and dark chocolate Easter Eggs down pat. They’re also slinging along chocolate Easter bilbies, chickens, hens, frogs, ducks and even Codfish! These puppies range from a mere 20g to a whopping 500g, that’s right…half a kilo of decadent chocolate.
The Mörk cocoa artisans roast their own cocoa beans in their Chocolate Brew House in North Melbourne and create chocolates that are truly works of art. Their Easter Egg fillings are different to anything we've ever seen before. Including raspberry sherbet, earl grey & biscuit, passionfruit, roasted cacao nibs, sesame gianduja (hazelnut paste), and mint crisp. Scrum-diddly-umptious.
This father and daughter duo are handcrafting their own Belgian couverture chocolate into literal masterpieces at Xocolatl. Their hand-designed chocolate figurines of bunnies, hens and even an egg man are guaranteed to knock your socks off. Better yet, their Easter Art Series collection features hand decorated chocolate eggs inspired by artists such as Miro, Pollock and Mondrian. Guaranteed to make your jaw hit the G*d damn floor.
Chocolate is one thing, but we all know it's not Easter without a decent helping of Hot Cross Buns. We have checked out all the good HCBs in Melbourne, find out which was the best here.
Image credit: Koko Black