It’s almost upon us.
And if you are anything like me you have made zero egg purchases, and always leave the shopping to the very last minute. I always seem to go straight to the Easter isle in Woolies and have to fight to the death for the last crate of Cadbury eggs- but this year is different.
This year I’m shopping local for Easter, buying from my favourite South Australian chocolatiers and getting behind some amazing small businesses. Whether you are after a basic hollow egg, little eggs for the kids to find or something a bit more fancier, this list will have you covered. So hop to it!
Four Winds Chocolate
Located on High Street in Willunga, Four Winds Chocolate is a small family run business with a passion and focus on all things sweet. This Easter you will find some incredible treats for the whole family at Four Winds like salted caramel hens eggs, milk chocolate freckle eggs (filled with freckles), honeycomb eggs and solid chocolate roosters to name a few. If chocolate isn’t your thing (I promise I won’t judge) then sink your teeth into their beautifully spiced Original hot cross buns or Ellen’s favourite Hot Cross Buns- a buttery brioche-style with sultanas & cinnamon glaze. Email or contact Four Winds Chocolate through facebook to place a order for pick up in Willunga Saturday or Easter Sunday.
Melba’s Chocolate Factory
If you find yourself in the Adelaide Hills, then you have to stop in to Melba’s Factory in Woodside. They stock everything a sweet tooth could ever want- from toffees and lollies, to fudge and every kind of chocolate you can imagine. For Easter they have a huge range of goodies- on my wishlist are the 6 freckled eggs in a egg carton, milk chocolate solid mini eggs (perfect for the egg hunt) and the Easter Bag- for $20.00 you get 2 x 15g milk chocolate Bilby, 50g milk chocolate bunny, 3 x 15g milk chocolate eggs, 20 x Milk chocolate mini solid eggs, 150g bag milk chocolate scorched almonds, 18og bag milk chocolate raspberries, 140g jelly party mix. How could you say no to that bargain?!
Bracegirdles 190 at Mclaren Vale
Known as the home of chocolate in South Australia, with one of the best hot and iced chocolates I have ever had in my life. In true Bracegirdes style there is plenty on offer for Easter, including gorgeous little boxed chocolates (and some housed in edible half chocolate eggs), hollow eggs, Belgian chocolate freckle eggs the size of footballs and chocolate slabs with bunny faces on them. On my wish list: perfectly painted chocolate eggs that are just to pretty to eat.
who am I kidding I would still eat them.
When I think of Haigh’s I think the worlds most delicious chocolate frogs and my most favourite freckles and scorched almonds. But when you want to give something a little more Easter-y, Haigh’s has got you covered. Their super popular milk, dark and white chocolate comes in eggs of all shapes and sizes, and even in animal form. For the grown ups their are honey comb eggs, half milk eggs with speckles, hot cross bun truffles and some of the tastiest caramel solid eggs. I would eat everything in this range, but a firm favourite of mine is the Easter Bilby- Haigh’s has partnered up with the Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia (RFA) and part proceeds from sales of the chocolate Bilbys are contributed to the RFA’s work to protect the native Bilby’s environment.
Steven ter Horst Chocolatier
Steven ter Horst is a chocolate king, and if you see his beautiful wares you will think his sweets are a work of art. If you haven’t been to his shop in Rundle Street then you better get in quick, and bring the bib because you will be drooling. Easter at Steven’s has got you covered, stocking incredible Honeycomb chocolate Eggs in milk and dark chocolate, hand painted hens eggs, turbo bunnies and tubs of salted caramel (not a easter line, but who can resist). On my wish list: half hens egg filled with Salted Caramel and sable breton (biscuit) in milk chocolate.
Robern Menz Fruit Chocs
South Aussies love fru chocs- well I know I do. So when I found out that our SA icon teamed up with Kytons bakery I squeeled with glee. These hot cross buns are fluffy and sweet like Kytons is known for and are filled with chocolate and apricot fruchoc goodness. Kyton’s also have a great selection of traditional hot cross buns, filled with sultanas, currants and spice and fruitless for those who like to keep it plain. Fruit chocs have also released a “FruBunny”- made from Fru chocs centres smoothered in Milk Chocolate. I’ll take 10 thanks.
What is on your Easter wishlist this year? Do you have a favourite chocolate haunt that’s not on the list? I’d love to know..
Haighs- Facebook page
Steven ter Horst Chocolatier- Facebook Page
Melbas Chocolate- Facebook Page
Four Winds Chocolate- Facebook Page
Bracegirdles- Facebook Page
Robern Menz/Kytons Bakery- Tzy Ling Tan @ Foodie Ling Facebook