Get ready to go up a pants-size, because the Easter Bunny has outdone itself this year. From carefully-crafted novelty eggs, to rocky-road flower baskets and boozy bunny espresso martinis, there's a cracking range of new releases catering to every age and budget.
CHEEP AND CHEERFUL
Cream egg Easter bunny, 22.5g, $4.85
Vegans can satisfy their creme egg cravings with these dairy-free dark chocolate bunnies with gooey "cream" centres. The bunnies are a new twist on the chocolatier's best-selling cream eggs.
Jo Murphy from Treat Dreams says affordability was key when designing their Easter range, so all of their range bunnies are small and "perfect for decorating Easter baking, or just shovelling in your mouth".
Available online and in store. 1A/8 Lilian Fowler Place, Marrickville, NSW, treatdreams.com.au
Raspberry milk chocolate egg, 120g, $4
Raspberry milk chocolate bunny, 170g, $6.50
Easter bilby, 100g, $9.99
Fans of Darrell Lea's raspberry milk chocolate bullets rejoice! Your favourite sweet snack is now available in egg and bunny form, with creamy milk chocolate, soft raspberry licorice pieces and raspberry chips.
The Darrell Lea bilby also returns to Woolworths supermarkets, resuming a partnership with Save the Bilby Fund that began in 1999.
Available at Coles, Woolworths and other major supermarkets
Milk chocolate hot cross bun mini eggs, 180g, $9.95
White chocolate buttermilk mini eggs, 180g, $9.95
Milk chocolate hazelnut praline mini eggs, 180g, $9.95
Milk chocolate baby bilby & mini eggs, 180g, $11.00
It's all about the mini eggs for Pink Lady this year, with the introduction of four new flavours. The lightly spiced hot cross bun mini eggs are a stand-out, offering bite-sized versions of everyone's favourite Easter treat.
Available at David Jones and Woolworths
Menz' Violet Crumble
'Shake me' egg, 150g, $10
There's a new Easter addition for fans of Violet Crumble. CEO of the Aussie chocolate label, Phil Sims, said they "wanted to shatter all expectations" this year with the introduction of the "Shake Me" egg.
The egg features chunks of honeycomb in the shell, as well as whole sized Violet Crumble nuggets inside.
Menz is also offering a giant, 1kg Violet Crumble, available at Costco.
Available at Woolworths and Costco
Bubble O'Bill Easter egg, 160g, $10
Australian summertime icon, Bubble O'Bill, has been transformed into an Easter egg.
The ice-cream cowboy with the bubblegum nose will come as a strawberry marbled milk chocolate egg, mixed with crunchy caramel and chewy berry pieces.
No Bubble O'Bill is complete without his nose - and inside each egg you'll find five oversized bubblegum balls.
Available at Woolworths
Vegan Chocolate Company
Ruby the rabbit, 150g, $17
Baby rabbits, 180g, $20
Golden egg, 200g, $25
The Vegan Chocolate Company in Dulwich Hill makes dairy-free chocolate decadent and creamy with a high percentage of cocoa butter.
This Easter, they're offering Ruby the Rabbit, a 150g chocolate bunny with a coloured sheen, as well as packs of three smaller 60g rabbits.
Chocolate maker Hamish Kelly says his chocolate is tasting "even better than normal".
Available online and in-store. 360 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, NSW, 0405 636 385, veganchocolateco.com.au
Adora's salted caramel eggs. Photo: Supplied
Adora Handmade Chocolates
Hot cross bun mallows, 180g, $16.50
Salted caramel eggs box, 120g, $18.50
There are two new additions to Adora's extensive Easter line-up this year: hot cross bun mallows are melt-in-the-mouth cubes, with alcohol-infused mixed fruits and a touch of spice, and piped with a chocolate cross, and Adora's new salted caramel eggs box contains mini solid chocolate eggs crafted from caramel-flavoured milk Belgian chocolate and sprinkled with fine Ollson's sea salt.
Available at various Adora locations, including Shop P9 Wentworth Connection, 2A Bligh Street, Sydney, 02 9232 6601, adora.com.au
Haigh's is leaping into Easter with their new chocolate frog eggs. Photo: Supplied
Dark chocolate frog egg, 140g, $18.50
There are three hand-crafted, dark chocolate frogs waiting to spring out of Haigh's classic Easter egg this year.
Haigh's is Australia's oldest family-owned chocolate maker in Australia. They are also one of the nation's largest bean-to-bar specialists, with a factory dedicated to transforming sustainably sourced cacao beans into a wide range of Easter and everyday products.
Available at various Haigh's locations, including Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney, haighschocolates.com.au
EGGS-TRA SPECIAL SPEND
Fried egg, 250g, $39
Chocolate egg sheep, 130g, $28
The newest Easter creation by Darlinghurst chocolate maker Jin Sun Kim is a milk or dark chocolate egg "splattered" with a fried egg made with either crystallised ginger, candied orange or caramelised coconut.
It joins a large collection of Kakawa's unique Easter-themed chocolates, such as the "Egg on Toast", which features a white chocolate fried egg on a toast triangle made from caramel marshmallow and caramelised milk chocolate.
Available online and in store. 147 William Street, Darlinghurst, kakawachocolates.com.au
A sprinkling of dried flower petals tops off Artisanale Chocolate's rocky road egg. Photo: Supplied
SOME-BUNNY'S GETTING SPOILED
Rocky road Easter egg, 300g, $40
The coffee cup, 200g, $45
Champagne truffle Easter egg, 260g, $60
Sydney-based Artisanale Chocolate's champagne truffle Easter egg is a bougie, boozy option for the adults, boasting a dark chocolate egg shell filled with 10 GH Mumm champagne truffles.
For fans of rocky road, the chocolatier has released a new Easter egg loaded up with sweet marshmallows, toasted coconut and premium French chocolate, with dried flower petals delicately sprinkled on top.
Available online and in store. 129/85 Reynolds Street, Balmain, artisanalechocolate.com.au
Koko Black has released an "adults-only" range of espresso martini bunnies. Photo: Supplied
Boozy bunny hampers, $99-$149; Golden chocolate treats, $3.90-$16
There's something for the adults this year at Koko Black, where they've created three boozy bunny hampers. The packs contain four cans of Melbourne Martini's espresso martinis to be sipped from a straw out of dark, milk and white chocolate Easter bunnies.
Koko Black is also taking on Cadbury's eminently popular Caramilk chocolate with a "bougier and boldly better" caramelised chocolate. For Easter, this golden chocolate option will be available as a bunny or an "egg-pop", a chocolate treat set on a lollipop stick.
Boozy bunny hampers are only available online. The rest of the Easter range is available in store at David Jones and Koko Black, including the Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney, kokoblack.com