We love searching for dip-dyed eggs in the grass with our families, our fingers yellow and sticky with Peeps. But those marshmallow chicks got us thinking: As much as we love drug store candies, shouldn’t we feed better quality Easter treats to the little bunnies in our lives?
Well, the hunt for great sweets ends right here at Chelsea Market Baskets – we loaded up our store and site with globally-sourced artisanal delights that will set your Easter baskets apart from the rabbit pack. Check out our mouthwatering slideshow of specialty goods.
For a truly special snack, look to our German hazelnut truffle-filled real eggshells (available online for $29 per half dozen or $52 per dozen).These real chicken eggs are emptied, sterilized, filled with chocolate, and painted in vibrant solids, stripes, and dots. Throw them down and start cracking to entertain the whole family! Our hack for getting the shell open more easily: chill for 15 or so minutes before peeling.
From Italy come La Dolciaria Bergamasca chocolate eggs ($6.95 per bag) that are a little too easy to eat (our jeans will be happy when Easter’s over!). The candy pigeon and quail egg shells hold a layer of rich chocolate and a sophisticated hazelnut praline filling. The springy pastel colors come from natural dyes—nothing artificial here! We include these in our online Easter Basket offerings: European Chocolate Easter Egg Basket and Egg-travagant European Easter.
Making their world debut, brand new Red Velvet Truffles from our signature English import Prestat Chocolates ($24) have arrived on the scene. Tasting like a big mouthful of glory, these chocolate bombshells contain a cream cheese frosting filling and a red raspberry coating. This unique sweet and tart treat is sure to spice up your Easter baskets.
Little known fact: The real San Francisco treat isn’t that rice stuff, it’s Poco Dolce chocolate. This year, we’ve stocked up on their chocolate bunnies, a nostalgic delight given the royal treatment. From the pack of adorable Raspberry Bunnies ($18) to the large single rabbits in Peanut Butter and Bittersweet & White Chocolate ($7.50 each), our love for this brand is multiplying quickly.
If locally-made goods are what you’re after, check out the silky smooth offerings from Brooklyn’s own NuNu chocolates. The too-cute hatching chicks in milk or dark chocolate ($4.95) are perfect for all ages, and the egg duo ($5.95) is an elegant gift for the adults attending the festivities.
Now that you know what to fill your baskets with, don’t forget the basket! We have lovely Shackman paper maché eggs with vintage scenes that turn any collection of sweets into a darling gift. Happy Easter to one and all!