While there's nothing quite like unwrapping a fail-safe foiled egg filled with a few sweets, retailers have seriously upped their game in recent years, bringing some much-needed competition to supermarket shelves.
So much so, that for 2021 there’s a plethora of unique and quirky Easter eggs on the market, with something to suit all taste buds.
Whether you’re into alcohol-infused chocolate, fruit-flavoured or even pig-shaped ones, if you’re looking to buy an egg that breaks from the classic mould, your options are endless. And that goes for anyone with dietary requirements too, so the decision is just as tricky if you’re vegan.
The good news is that we’re here to help you filter through the myriad of Easter eggs on offer this year to find the weirdest, yet most wonderful, creations.
From show-stopping designs to innovative flavour combinations and retailers from Marks & Spencer to Tesco, there really is something to suit every taste and budget. So, make sure to satisfy your sweet tooth on Sunday 4 April with one of these alternative buys.
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M&S chocolate hedwig owl: £15, Marksandspencer.com
The perfect Easter treat for any Harry Potter fanatic, young or old, this chocolate egg is designed in the shape of the famous wizard’s pet snowy owl, Hedwig. Made from white chocolate, the egg is hand decorated with yellow eyes and shimmering wings, and even comes with a milk chocolate letter to Hogwarts.
Owing to its popularity the Hedwig Easter egg is currently sold out online but make sure to keep checking back for updates. Alternatively, the magical creation is also available to buy in-store but they’ve been flying off the shelves so you’ll need to be quick if you want to get your hands on one.
Cadbury mini eggs easter egg, 507g: £12, Tesco.com
This year Cadbury has gone above and beyond to answer the wishes of Mini Egg lovers far and wide with the launch a chocolate egg that comes infused with its beloved speckled shells.
And, as if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, it also comes with a full-size pack of Mini Eggs on the side. Available exclusively at Tesco, the creation has already been causing quite the stir on social media, so we’d recommend snapping one up before they sell out.
M&S giant white chocolate percy pig with jazzy trousers, 290g: £10, Marksandspencer.com
Marks & Spencer has launched an entire collection of goodies for Easter this year, including a range of eggs in novelty shapes.
If you have a Percy enthusiast in your life, treat them to the M&S giant white chocolate egg , which is shaped just like everyone’s favourite pig, complete with trousers made from jazzy sprinkles.
More of a Colin the Caterpillar fan? The retailer is also selling a Colin-themed egg that’s made with milk chocolate “expertly crafted by chocolatiers” and is filled with white chocolate Colin faces. The egg, which is packaged in shiny green foil, costs £5 and is currently only available too buy in-store.
Other top picks from the M&S range include gin and tonic-flavoured egg filled with pink gin chocolate buttons and a vegan aubergine shaped Easter egg, both of which can be purchased in-store.
Melt Chocolates strawberry choc easter egg. 300g: £29.99, Meltchocolates.com
London chocolatier Melt has completely abandoned the traditional egg shape to create a beautiful shiny red strawberry, complete with a green stalk. It has been designed to taste just like fresh strawberries coated in chocolate, while the tip is made using passion fruit chocolate and features flecks of gold.
The surprise doesn’t stop there because inside you will also find a handful of strawberry and dark chocolate mini eggs.
Hotel Chocolat caramayo easter sandwich, 135g: £10, Hotelchocolat.com
How do you like your eggs in the morning? While this might not be the typical breakfast sandwich that you’re used, it’s sure to become your favourite meal of the day.
Packaged in the traditional takeaway box you’d find in a classic meal deal, Hotel Chocolat used slices of 3D-scanned real bread to create a chocolate mould and sandwiched a caramayo yolk, made up of silky white chocolate and a layer of smooth caramel inbetween.
Cadbury chocolate orange buttons, £410g: £10, Tesco.com
2021 has undoubtedly been the year of orange-flavoured chocolate with everything from Cadbury Fingers to Twirls and Toblerone’s being infused with the zesty taste. And now, it’s made it’s way to Easter eggs too.
It also comes with a packet of giant chocolate orange buttons for good measure, so you can treat yourself once you’ve nibbled your way through the large milk chocolate egg.
Cadbury white chocolate with Oreo egg, 220g: £3, Tesco.com
Calling all chocoholics, particularly those who can’t resist a little white chocolate, this is the product for you. A new creation for 2021, the egg is created using a tantalising blend of Cadbury white chocolate and Oreo cookie crumb for a creamy treat.
Another one that has become a viral sensation online, you’ll need to act quick to get your hands on this egg.
Reese's pieces hollow egg 344g: £8, Asda.com
An exclusive to Asda, this egg is the perfect choice for peanut butter lovers.
The hollow, thick milk chocolate shell is embedded with Reese's Pieces and it also comes with three packets of the brand’s large salty peanut butter cups — one of which is stuffed with a crispy M&M-like centre.
Tony’s Chocolonely egg-stra special eggs, 155g: £3.75 Waitrose.com
Why have just one egg when you can have 12? Fairtrade chocolate brand Tony Chocolonely has created a playful box of mini eggs made from some of its best-selling flavours, including honey nougat, caramel sea salt and pretzel toffee, dark almond and more.
To highlight the ongoing inequality within the chocolate industry, the brand has cheekily included an uneven amount of each flavour, in line with its ethos of “Life isn’t fair, so why should our chocolate be?”
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