Although children are inevitably pleased to receive loads of chocolate Easter eggs on Easter Sunday, health-conscious adults are a bit harder to buy for. If you have a vegan in your life, or someone who is avoiding sugar, the choice that is available in most shops becomes much narrower.
What are the best type of Easter eggs to buy for adults? What are some good brands and where do you buy them?
For the last several years I have bought my easter eggs from Hotel Chocolat. They provide a large selection of grown up chocolates. They're Maxim is 'more cocoa, less sugar', which is also true of their white eggs. They are the only company to use more cocoa butter than sugar in their white chocolate.
If you are buying for a vegan, or for someone with other dietry requirments, I recommend going to a health food store like Holland & Barretts, which supplies easter eggs too.
As a general rule we only give the youngsters in the family (up to age 12) Easter Eggs and then only a small egg as a token of the occasion. For adults we normally give a colomba (Italian Easter Cake) and a bottle of wine as presents.
However, if I needed to buy chocolate as a gift for someone who is health conscious or has diabetes I would opt for dark chocolate. Chocolate that claims to be sugar-free may contain less sugar but does contain sugar alcohol and glucose.
I must still be childlike, as honestly, any egg made of chocolate pleases me! I am lactose intolerant, so need to have dark chocolate but that's no problem these days, there are many delicious dark chocolate eggs available.....
Non-edible Easter eggs are pretty cool gifts for adults. I love the intricate hand-crafted ones from Eastern Europe, and if you can afford them, Faberge ones are absolutely gorgeous. Here in Australia carved emu eggs are a really unique gift as well.