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To make this year extra-special, why not treat yourself and your family to some deliciously decadent chocolate from an independent retailer? And with many selling their eggs online and delivering throughout the UK, this could be an Easter to remember.
The North of England and Scotland is blessed with loads of chocolatiers who really are artists when it comes to melt-in-your-mouth delicacies. Featuring those based in York (the location of a well-known chocolate museum) Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester, here’s our round up of some of the best places to buy unique chocolate eggs this Easter.
Manchester has a brilliant independent food scene. And that extends to sweet treats too, with these independent chocolatiers well-worth checking out for your Easter indulgences:
This bean to bar chocolatier has been based in Manchester for several years and has racked up a number of awards for its mouth-watering chocolate bars. Using beans sourced directly from farmers across the globe, some of their most popular chocolate bars include a 50% milk chocolate from Guatemala and one flavoured with chunks of toasted white chocolate. Yum!
Dormouse Chocolates also have a rotating range of guest chocolates, so you can try decadent goodies from various independent companies. As well as their rich chocolate bars, Dormouse release a small selection of chocolate eggs every Easter. While they normally have a little shop open right on Deansgate, you’ll currently only be able to buy them online.
Cocoa Tree Chocolates
Cocoa Tree Chocolates is well worth having on your radar. They specialise in yummy handmade chocolates which are crafted from 100% natural ingredients, including sustainably sourced cocoa.
For something a little more sophisticated this Easter, why not buy a box of Cocoa Tree chocolates? Starting at £8.50, you’ll be able to mix and match between 16 scrumptious flavours, including salted caramel, hazelnut praline and lemon meringue. They also usually release a range of Easter eggs, including ones you can personalise.
And if you live locally, their online chocolate collection also includes gluten-free and vegan options, so the entire family can enjoy a sweet treat!
Established in 1967, Slattery is famed for being one of Manchester’s top chocolatiers and patisseries. While you unfortunately won’t be able to enjoy their tantalising treats in their friendly tearoom this Easter, the good news is you can currently buy both their cakes and chocolates from their online shop.
Kids will no doubt be ecstatic to receive one of Slattery’s amazing dinosaur Easter eggs which really do look like something from the prehistoric era! You’ll also find chocolate moulded into chickens and bunnies, plus delicious bars studded with mini eggs.
As a city that’s been nicknamed the ‘home of chocolate in Britain’, you can expect great things from York’s indie chocolatiers. Here are just a couple to look out for:
York Cocoa House
In the heart of the city and a hotspot for chocolate workshops, York Cocoa House is a perfect choice for all your Easter chocolate needs.
If you visit their online shop, you can browse dozens of tempting treats, including some great Easter options. Take your pick of eggs in a range of sizes and decadent flavours. You’ll also find various gift packs available featuring treats like truffles, chocolate bars, mini eggs and hot chocolate powder.
Searching for vegan-friendly chocolate? York Cocoa House have an extensive dairy-free range, with chocolate flavours ranging from raspberry to creamy coconut.
Monk Bar Chocolatiers
Tucked away down the Shambles, Monk Bar Chocolatiers is another brilliant York-based shop perfect for stocking up on sugary treats at Easter.
While the store is closed for the time being, you can find all their delicious products online. Browse over 50 types of chocolate all made from hand-picked, artisan ingredients. Create your own chocolate boxes, choosing between flavours like honey pecan, whisky truffle and cherry Bakewell.
Monk Bar Chocolatiers also make yummy bars if you prefer your chocolate a little bit plainer. They deliver across the UK or you can click and collect if you live locally.
Glasgow is famed for its innovation and creativity, and you’ll find both those things from one of our favourite independent chocolate makers in the city.
This local shop is run by one single chocolatier who likes to use local ingredients where possible to flavour their chocolates. In addition to exquisite artisan chocolate boxes, Sugarsnap also create unique bars with colourful finishes and a range of flavours (including a dark chocolate coconut option for vegans). While the shop itself is currently closed, you can order your Easter treats online.
Sugarsnap’s Easter eggs this year take on a very cool and futuristic edge. Made from your choice of rich and flavourful chocolate, they’re then expertly moulded into a geometric-shaped egg and glazed in a bold colour. Definitely coming under the realm of edible art, these eggs almost look too good to crack open and eat! Almost.
Scotland’s capital also delivers the goods when it comes to the perfect chocolate for Easter. With a reputation for luxury, one of our top chocolatiers in the city certainly captures Edinburgh’s sense of grandeur in their products.
For one of the biggest online ranges of chocolate from an independent seller in Scotland, check out Coco Chocolatier.
Their Easter chocolate range is huge, with options including chocolate bars flavoured with hot cross bun spices as well as mini praline eggs. You could also buy a pink carton of golden eggs made from creamy milk chocolate.
Coco Chocolatier also have some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen! That’s because they regularly partner with local artists to help design colourful labels and beautifully illustrated wrappers.
Remember to follow government restrictions on travel this Easter. If you do need to travel, make sure you keep safe onboard by social distancing from other passengers, wearing a face covering and only travelling if you’re completely symptom-free. Stay local and support your independent retailers by shopping online where possible.
Want more inspiration for Easter this year? Check out our guide on how to celebrate the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in 2021.