Easter baskets don’t have to overflow with generic chocolate bunnies, plastic eggs or that menacing green confetti. Take your gift baskets up a notch this Easter with out-of-the-ordinary goodies or high-end treats that are great for friends, colleagues and family. —Denise Shoukas
For the sophisticated Easter celebrant:
Éclat Chocolate Signature Assorted Caramels Box
For chocolate lovers with refined palates, Éclat offers its signature chocolates filled with smooth, nutty caramel and a touch of fleur de sel sea salt to create an intensely enjoyable flavor profile. Flavors such as pear, ginger and Calvados are added to intensify the taste experience. Available in 4-, 12- and 20-piece boxes.
Price: Starting at $8.75
Ensemble Box of Easter Eggs
Knipschildt Chocolatier‘s exquisite, hand-painted chocolate eggs are packaged delicately in a container made to look like an egg carton, and wrapped with a bow—ready to delight its recipient on Easter. This beautiful ensemble won a sofi Gold Award for Outstanding Innovation in Packaging Design in 2010. Available exclusively in the springtime, this charming gift includes ganache-filled Easter eggs in dark chocolate, milk chocolate nougatine and white chocolate passionfruit.
Poco Dolce Bittersweet
Tiles in Sesame Toffee
Taking home a 2010 sofi Gold Award, Poco Dolce’s Sesame Toffee Tiles are thin squares of bittersweet chocolate filled with crisp, toasted sesame-seed toffee and finished with grey sea salt from the coast of Brittany. The savory, salty and bittersweet flavors collaborate well and keep with Poco Dolce’s theme of chocolates on the savory side of sweet.
Price: $34/16 tiles
Venchi Chocolate Easter Egg
These traditional Italian Easter eggs are hand-decorated and hide a gift inside. Their designs are beautifully ornate, right down to the packaging décor. Each egg stands 4½ -inches tall, and comes in either luxurious milk chocolate or rich 56 percent dark chocolate. The company, based in Castelletto Stura, Italy, prides itself on its annual Easter celebration.
Vosges Haut Chocolat Mad Hare Orchestra
If you just can't forego your chocolate bunny fix this Easter, check out this whimsical "bunny band" from Vosges Haut Chocolate. The Mad Hare Orchestra contains a set of five chocolate rabbits: The Maestro, The Saxaphone Singer, The Orator, The
Drum Major and The Accordian Master.
With Love Chocolates European Bars & Chocolates
Imported from Europe, With Love Chocolates takes these premium chocolates and creates its own distinctive designs and wraps. For Easter, With Love created artistic and playful wraps with a vintage look that will captivate children and adults alike.
For not-so- chocolate-inclined revelers:
After a tough winter, Easter is the perfect time to fire up the grill. Spice it up with Java Rubs, 100 percent Arabica coffee-infused barbeque rubs. Choose from 17 flavors, available in 4-ounce tins, including French Countryside, Cajun Bayou, Greek Isle and Shanghai Six Spice. Each tin has a different color band, providing an alternative adornment to colored eggs in an Easter basket.
Veggie Jelly Beans
Jelly Belly has gone “healthy” with its Peas & Carrots mix. Don’t expect to fulfill your dietary needs with these jelly beans though: the “baby carrots” have an orange sherbet flavor, while the “peas” taste like apple. Buy them by the bagful, or pick up the specially packed 5.5-ounce retro can reminiscent of canned peas and carrots.
Price: Starting at $2.25
Easter Brunch Basket
Stonewall Kitchen is renowned for its delicious specialty products, especially its breakfast items. What better Easter basket than one dedicated to hosting a simple and delicious brunch? The Easter Brunch collection includes a jar of Lemon Curd, a canister of Wild Maine Blueberry Tea and Traditional Crepe Mix.
Veer from a traditional Easter Basket with Walkers Shortbread’s Easter Bunny and Chick cookie jars, filled with twin packs of pure butter shortbread from the Scottish bakery.
Denise Shoukas is a regular foodspring.com contributor
and is the author of foodspring’s food forager blog.