Easter Sunday falls on April 4th and in the spirit of all self respecting chocoholics I have been busy searching Instagram for the most swoon worthy creations. We have so many wonderful Irish Chocolatiers, here are just some of them to feast your eyes on.
Grá Chocolates founded by award wining Pastry Chef Gráinne Mullins, are fast becoming a staple gift for all occasions with many Irish food lovers. The Easter collection is as stunning as all of the glorious creations we have come to expect from Grá.
Grá Chocolates have haunted my own dreams since seeing an Instagram story where chunks of aerated mint chocolate lined the inside of a thick milk chocolate shell (insert heart eyes here). With five fabulous flavours to choose from, these artful eggs are the ultimate chocolate temptation.
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Limerick-based artisan Chocolatier, Braw, has just launched a distinctive limited edition range of luxurious handcrafted Easter eggs which are now available to pre-order online and will also be stocked in a number of leading independent food stores nationally in the coming weeks.
Chocolate lovers have two utterly indulgent and eye-catching options to choose from; The first is a hand painted vegan friendly and gluten free Valrhona ‘Manjari’ Madagascan Dark Chocolate Egg studded with Crushed Pistachios, which contains a sweet pistachio surprise. The chocolate has tones of red fruits and is slightly acidic in nature with the lower dark chocolate percentage allowing for it to be rich and luxurious, without being overpowering. The second is a Luker ’Noche’ Milk Chocolate Egg created using sustainably produced pure 40% Columbian cacao with pleasant milky notes and a defined cocoa flavour, studded with an outer layer of Crumbled Salted Caramel pieces (made using Achill Island Sea Salt) and containing a salted caramel treat inside.
Founder & Chocolatier, Anna Coffey Lynch, will be releasing limited numbers of both eggs for pre-order online at www.braw.ie (for local collection and delivery to Co. Limerick & Co. Clare only) and they will also be available to purchase from a network of stockists nationally – a full list of these is available on Braw’s website. The cost per egg is €25.00 plus a charge of €5.00 for postage and packaging (where appropriate).
Nestled between the Mourne Mountains and the Irish sea along the scenic Mourne Coast, you can find the NearyNógs Team making chocolate in their small batch factory. This Easter NearyNógs have created a beautiful Floral chocolate egg made with 70% Columbia cacao, ethically & sustainably sourced. Described as; “A bright, floral chocolate with notes of creamy honey, spices & red fruit.” These eggs are dairy free, gluten free and vegan.
This is a pre order item. Pre order items will be shipped beginning 4th March. Any other items purchased with a preorder item will be posted together with the preorder.
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Indulge in one of Lily O’Brien’s glorious creations this Easter. With an enviable selection to choose from, you are sure to find an Easter treat suitable family and friends of all ages. Lily O’Brien’s online orders ship within 3 – 5 days in Ireland and you can even include a personalised message with your order and have it shipped directly to your loved one.
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Located on The Skelligs Ring, just off the main Ring of Kerry road and nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way. Skelligs Chocolate is Ireland’s only fully ‘open plan’ chocolate production kitchen where you can get up close and see your chocolatey treats being made in front of you. We are excited for the days to return when such experiences can be enjoyed again.
For now you can choose from delicious milk and dark chocolate Easter Eggs. A Selection of shell and solid Easter Eggs in a host of fantastic flavours. Think Orange Brittle, Mini Marshmallow but the one that really caught my eye was the Teeling Whiskey solid EasterEgg.
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Hazel Mountain Chocolate
Irish craft chocolate makers Hazel Mountain Chocolate use simple sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients. Ireland’s only bean to bar chocolate factory, based along the Wild Atlantic Way. This Easter Hazel Mountain have the cutest Salted Caramel Bunnies, Bunny Bites as well as their show stopping Wild Atlantic Easter Egg.
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Ceramicist Frank Keane launched KoKo Kinsale in March 2012 on pier road, Kinsale, Co. Cork. Artistic flair is in abundance in each chocolate creation that KoKo have launched, none more-so that the elegant, hand painted Easter Eggs currently available to order. KoKo also have their own range of Creme Eggs that look absolutely delicious.
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FEATURE BY OLIVIA BYRNE