House of Chocolates have created hand-painted eggs and bunnies filled with salted caramel. Picture / Supplied

The Best Treats to Indulge in This Easter

These sweets are almost too impressive to tuck into — but not quite enough to stop us doing so

House of Chocolates — Painted Chocolate Eggs and Bunnies
These chocolates are like works of art: giant eggs hand-painted in stylish colours and little bunnies finished with a shimmer and filled with salted caramel. You can even order a personalised chocolate egg with the lucky recipient's name on it, although this will make it even more difficult to crack into.
• Visit Houseofchocolate.co.nz

Ima Deli's hot cross buns have won a cult following. Picture / Babiche Martens

Ima Cuisine — Giant Hot Cross Buns
Yael Shochat, the chef at Ima Cuisine, makes her giant, luscious hot-cross buns year after year and they're so delicious slathered with butter. To top things off, rather than being crisp and dry, the crosses are soft and custard-like... It's so hard to stop at just one.
• 53 Fort St, City. Visit Imacuisine.co.nz

Moustache — Creme Egg Cookies
Oh Moustache, you've done it again. They've popped a creme egg inside their deliciously chewy cookies, which is a perfect combination if you ask us. These are limited edition so be in quick.
• Visit Moustache.co.nz to order

Raw Easter nests from Little Bird Organics. Picture / Supplied

Little Bird Organics — Caramel Nests
These little raw treats are Little Bird Organics' take on a creme egg: raw caramel is surrounded by a coconut and date base, while a mini easter egg perches on top. These are still decadent, but also one of the most wholesome treats you're likely to find this Easter. 
• Order for pick-up from March 26-29 from Littlebirdorganics.co.nz

Little chicks from Miann. Picture / Supplied

Miann 
The dessert geniuses at Miann have gone all out for the occasion, filling their cabinets with all kinds of intricate themed creations. There are colourful eggs, hot cross buns (which you can fill with your choice of gelato) and lots of little critters, like these bright chicks. 
36-38 Galway St or 57 Fort St, City. Visit Miann.co.nz

The Caker's limited edition hot cross bun cake. Picture / Supplied

The Caker — Hot Cross Bun Cake
An alternative to hot cross buns, The Caker has started bringing out this special cake each Easter. It contains nutmeg, cinnamon, candied orange, sultanas and dark chocolate. On top, you'll find a ganache cross, hazelnut praline, Valhrona chocolate pearls and an adorable bunny and it's also available as a mini-cake.
• 446 Karangahape Rd. Visit Thecaker.co.nz

Devonport Chocolates have several special eggs on offer. Picture / Supplied

Devonport Chocolates — Luxe Gift Boxes
Eggs have been given the literal treatment by Devonport Chocolates, with 'fried' eggs topping their chocolates. Their grande eggs which are hand-painted or decorated with swirls and a pearl finish make a stunning gift.
• 17 Wynyard St, Devonport, or Shop 34, 34-40 Queen St, City. Visit Devonportchocolates.co.nz

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