From traditional Simnel cake and hot cross buns to decadent, luxury chocolate eggs, here are our top 10 Easter gifts to celebrate this religious festival and the arrival of Spring
A really special and traditional Easter egg for 2015, complete with truly perfect packaging, is Prestat’s Red Velvet Truffle Easter Egg. Prestat is one of London’s oldest chocolate shops has been awarded two Royal Warrants: from Her Majesty The Queen and Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, so you can definitely trust their chocolate expertise. (£15).
Putting a twist on a traditional favourite, these glazed Marzipan Hot Cross Buns available from the National Railway Museum Shop and made by long-standing Yorkshire sugar merchants, Shepcote, are a great Easter treat. (£2.50 for a box of four).
Simnel cake is another popular and traditional Easter delicacy and makes a nice change from the usual Easter chocolate gorging.. This one from Melrose & Morgan is a gently spiced and deliciously light fruit recipe with layers of marzipan throughout and a traditional scorched marzipan topping. (£22.50/£14.50 for a large (1.1kg)/medium (500g) Simnel cake).
Biscuiteers baking company have a whole range of enticing Easter gifts on offer this year but we particularly love this box of handmade Fabergé-esque mini Easter egg biscuits. (£30 for a box).
An irresistible Easter idea from Daylesford Organic, with these real hen’s eggs blown and sterilised before being filled with a smooth hazelnut praline. They come with the serving suggestion of gently heating for 7-10 minutes until the praline is runny, then cutting soldiers of fruit to dip for an indulgent Easter breakfast. (£25).
A delicious seasonal gingerbread snack from Ottolenghi.co.uk, ideal for hiding around the garden to liven up the Easter egg hunt. (£4.80 for 100g).
For anyone who fears overdoing the chocolate over the Easter period, this non-edible but totally charming Peter Rabbit print both follows the Easter bunny theme and makes a timeless gift. (From £9.99).
While we take our hats off to LUSH for the seasonal pun, we also can’t wait to relax in the tub with the new pink Easter egg – if you crack it over the side of your bath, you’ll find another chick bath bomb inside. (£6.95 each).
Whittard’s luxury flaked drinking chocolate comes in several flavours, our favourites being White & Dark and Vanilla Caramel. Heat in a pan with whole milk for the highest quality and most decadent cup of hot cocoa you’ll have this year. (£12 for 350g)
More delightfully packaged and tasty chocolate, Chococo’s colourful milk chocolate foiled eggs also come with an assorted selection of smarties, jelly beans and mini eggs inside. (£8.95 for a box of six).
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