As Easter approaches, supermarket aisles are filling up with Easter eggs. But with an ever-increasing range of prices, brands and chocolate types to choose from, it’s hard to know which to go for. One thing is for sure, however, there’s going to be a lot of chocolate.
To make things easier, we’ve tried and tested a range of large eggs to suit your every need for the day. From budget prices to beautiful packaging, there’s something here for everyone.
Best budget large Easter eggs
£8, TescoBest for: A budget buy
Key specs - Weight: 528g; Included: 1 hollow egg, 1 standard bag and 2 mini bags of Galaxy Golden eggs
This bargain-priced egg from Galaxy is large enough to keep chocolate fiends happy. It comes with three packets of Galaxy Golden eggs, which are covered in a light gold dusting.
The egg itself is peppered with specs of crunchy caramel, a delicious twist on the standard Galaxy chocolate. Considering the price, this is a great buy.
£8, TescoBest for: Bounty lovers
Key specs - Weight: 494g; Included: 1 hollow egg, 1 Bounty milk chocolate bar, 1 Bounty dark chocolate bar
The Bounty chocolate egg comes in simple packaging with two additional Bounty bars. The egg itself has a mild vanilla flavour and is suitable for vegetarians.
Although there are eggs out there that are more excitingly designed, for Bounty lovers this will hit the spot.
£15, WaitroseBest for: A mix of chocolate types
Key specs - Weight: 500g; Included: 1 hollow egg
This Waitrose chocolate egg is packaged stylishly, showing off its hand-marbled surface. Made up of 40 per cent dark chocolate, it’s covered in a mix of milk and white chocolate, and is the ideal gift for those who love all flavours.
The egg itself has a deliciously creamy taste, and the marbling runs right through it, giving it its unique flavour.
Best mid-price large Easter eggs
£20, Marks & SpencerBest for: An egg alternative
Key specs - Weight: 900g; Included: 1 hollow chocolate bunny
The M&S milk chocolate bunny is a great alternative to a conventional egg. You get a lot of bunny for your money, almost one kilo of it, and it’s very high quality Swiss chocolate. This is one to share with all the family.
£20, ThorntonsBest for: Personalisation
Key specs - Weight: 650g; Included: 1 hollow egg
Add that personal touch by getting a name or message hand-piped onto the front of this extra-large egg. You have 30 characters to play with, which is enough for a couple of names.
The egg itself is a classic Thorntons milk chocolate. A great gift for your Easter dinner host.
£25, John Lewis & PartnersBest for: Gifting
Key specs - Weight: 750g; Included: 1 hollow egg
Stas Chocolatier is a family run artisan chocolate business in Kent, overseen by a Belgian master Chocolatier. Each egg is made to order, resulting in unique designs, and the chocolate is deliciously Belgian.
The egg is wrapped professionally in degradable film, and would be very well received as a gift.
£30, Abel & ColeBest for: Unusual flavour
Key specs - Weight: 1250g; Included: 1 hollow egg, chocolate buttons
For those who want an Easter treat but aren’t fond of chocolate, this lemon drizzle egg provides a good alternative. Made by Cocoa Loco, who source its chocolate from Fairtrade cocoa farmers in the Dominican Republic, the egg is 100 per cent organic and flavoured with lemon oil from Italy.
The chocolate egg is incredibly thick (we struggled to get into it!) but once you do break in you’ll discover that it’s filled with white chocolate buttons. The lemon drizzle flavour works well with the white chocolate, too. It’s the ideal option for those wanting a variation on the normal Easter egg.
£49, Pierre MarcoliniBest for: Making a statement
Key specs - Weight: 500g; Included: 1 hollow egg, 30 small eggs
This egg, from chocolate connoisseur Pierre Marcolini, is the most glamorous one we reviewed. It’s presented beautifully, and the chocolate is sumptuously dark, coated in little red and pink hearts. Inside, there are 30 smaller truffle-style eggs, which are ideal for sharing.
Marcolini travels the world each year from his base in Belgium to find the best ingredients, which come primarily from South America and Asia.
Best luxury large Easter eggs
£57.50, BettysBest for: Decoration
Key specs - Weight: 600g; Included: 1 hollow egg
Hailing from the much-loved Bettys tea shop in Yorkshire, this egg is suitably twee. It’s made of dark chocolate, which is smooth and milky, and covered in beautiful piped flowers. It’s a little smaller than the other eggs we reviewed, but for appearance it comes out top. This is the one to go for if your budget abides.
£80, Hotel ChocolatBest for: Size
Key specs - Weight: 1060g; Included: 1 hollow egg, 6 golden eggs, tray of 27 chocolates
Warning: this one is enormous. The egg itself is, as the name suggests, the size of an ostrich egg, but we think the accompaniments are the impressive part. Presented beautifully in what looks like a hat box, the egg is hidden underneath a tray of chocolates that all possess different flavours, such as carrot cake and Eton mess.
The egg itself is thick and dark, and there are a few smaller golden eggs hidden in the packaging. For anyone really pushing the boat out this Easter, this is the one for you.
£85, Fortnum & MasonBest for: Ultimate luxury
Key specs - Weight: 950g; Included: Two layers of chocolate
If you’re looking for something special to gift this year, Fortnum & Mason has designed a beautiful keepsake box, adorned with golden branches, butterflies and birds, which contains two layers of handmade chocolates.
It’s a mix of milk and dark chocolate, with each one delicately flavoured. Our favourites include milk stem ginger and dark chocolate strawberry cream. We don’t think this selection box will last long once opened.
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