Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a chocolate egg (or several, in our case) and we’ve tried and tested some of the best luxury ones on offer – from quirky honeycomb designs to elegant vegan chocolate.
Our expert panel of olive judges blind-tasted each egg – rating them on taste, texture and appearance – and picked winners for each category, from extravagant showstoppers to crowd-pleasing numbers.
Best crowd-pleasing chocolate Easter egg
Winner: Giant Blonde Chocolate Beehive Egg, £69.95/1.05kg, The Chocolate Libertine
Moreish chunks of honeycomb add satisfying crunch to creamy, caramelised white chocolate in this hefty, wow-factor beehive egg, weighing in at a whopping 1.05kg.
Best grown-up Easter egg
Winner: Vegan Venezuelan Dark Chocolate Egg, £19.95/210g, Bettys
This is an elegant-looking and complex-tasting dark chocolate Easter egg, with notes of cherry and coffee that linger on the tongue. A well-tempered geometric shell has a satisfying snap and smooth flavour.
Best extravagant Easter egg
Winner: Extra-Thick Easter Egg, £29/490g, Hotel Chocolat
The walls of this Easter egg are extra thick, consisting of crumbled cookies and puffed rice encased in sweet and smooth 40% milk chocolate. The egg also comes with an indulgent selection of dessert-inspired pralines, caramels and chocolates.
Other luxury chocolate Easter eggs we tried:
Muscovado Caramel and Lemon Fondant Gulls Eggs, £16.95/130g, Fortnum & Mason. Buy now
Spring Bloom Egg, £30/315g, Bettys. Buy now
Artisan Milk Chocolate Easter Egg, £29.99/200g, Selfridges. Buy now
Coconut and Chia 37% Milk Chocolate Easter Egg, £9.99/170g, Cox & Co. Buy now
Milk Chocolate Egg, £19/160g, Salcombe Dairy. Buy now
Milk Chocolate Chicken, £5.95/35g, Pump Street. Buy now
Raspberry and Popping Candy Milk & White Chocolate Egg, £14.95/100g, The Chocolate Libertine. Buy now
Taste test conducted and written by Anya Gilbert
The best supermarket Easter eggs
Best dark chocolate eggs
Joint gold: Sainsbury’s Cocoa et Co single-origin dark-chocolate celestial egg with hazelnut praline truffles, £10/240g
Alongside notes of coffee, fruit and pepper, this complex dark-chocolate egg has a creamy flavour, too.
Joint gold: Waitrose 1 dark-chocolate diamond egg with salted-caramel chocolates, £10/240g
This striking egg has spicy hints, with indulgent sweet and salty butterscotch truffles on the side.
Best milk chocolate eggs
Gold: Sainsbury’s Cocoa et Co Belgian milk-chocolate egg, £16/400g
Impressive on the eyes and the taste buds, this has super-smooth chocolate and a showstopping splatter design.
Silver: Tesco Finest Belgian milk-chocolate, salted biscuit and maple egg, £8/360g
With its nuggets of salted biscuit, we loved the crunchy textures of this egg.
Best white chocolate eggs
Gold: Waitrose 1 caramelised white-chocolate Easter egg with gianduja milk chocolates, £10/235g
One for the grown-ups, this caramelised white-chocolate number has a deep caramel flavour, satisfying snap and comes with velvety hazelnut truffles.
Silver: M&S The Bee’s Knees egg, £8/180g
Great if you’ve got a sweet tooth, this silky-textured egg gave us nostalgic memories of Caramac bars.
Bronze: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Swiss white-chocolate bunny, £6/440g
A classic Easter bunny for children, with sweet chocolate and a satisfyingly thick shell.
The best premium dark chocolate Easter egg
Overall winner: Divine dark chocolate egg with pink Himalayan salt
About the Easter egg: Made with 60% cocoa dark chocolate, this vegan egg is flavoured with pink Himalayan salt.
Comments: With a glossy shine, satisfying snap and deep, roasted chocolate flavour, the grown-up flavours of this salty egg make it an all-round winner.
Price: £5/100g, ocado.com
Other dark chocolate Easter eggs we tried
Montezuma’s dark chocolate eco egg
About the Easter egg: This vegan dark chocolate egg with cocoa nibs is packaged in eco-friendly materials.
Comments: This egg has floral notes to the dark chocolate, with a creamy flavour and good snap. Though there is a lack of cocoa nibs in the shell.
Price: £8.99/150g, ocado.com
Rococo dark chocolate sea salt Easter egg with salted caramel truffles
About the Easter egg: This dark chocolate sea salt egg has an extra thick shell and is filled with salted caramel truffles.
Comments: This egg has a nice thick shell, with fruity and spicy notes to the chocolate, however the truffles on the side aren’t as high quality as the egg.
Price: £30/380g, Rococo
Booja-Booja almond salted caramel egg
About the Easter egg: These decorative egg-shaped boxes are filled with vegan truffles flavoured with almond and salted caramel.
Comments: We love the pretty box these soft truffles come in, but the dark chocolate flavour wasn’t strong enough for our liking so it’s one for a milk chocolate lover.
Price: £24.99/138g, ocado.com
Hotel Chocolat ginger hard-boiled egg
About the Easter egg: This vegan-friendly Easter egg is made with 70% dark chocolate and infused with Indian ginger oil.
Comments: We love the modern design of this egg and it has a strong ginger fragrance, however the chocolate has a slightly floury texture.
Price: £15/220g, hotelchocolat.com
The best premium milk chocolate Easter eggs
Overall winner: Lily O’Brien mega milk chocolate egg
About the Easter egg: Made with 40% cocoa, this mega milk chocolate egg comes with an assortment of chocolate discs flavoured with sea salted caramel and dark chocolate.
Comments: This classic egg has nutty notes to the high-quality chocolate. The striking design gives it a grown-up feel, with posh chocolate buttons on the side.
Price: £12.90/290g, lilyobriens.co.uk
Best flavoured chocolate Easter egg: Lindt Lindor mint egg
About the Easter egg: This milk chocolate eggs comes with Lindor chocolates filled with a melting mint chocolate filling.
Comments: We’re big fans of the mint flavour in this egg, and love that it’s paired with milk chocolate. The moreish truffles have a smooth centre, too.
Price: £8/285g, Tesco
Best classic chocolate Easter egg: Green and Black’s organic medium butterscotch egg
About the Easter egg: An organic milk chocolate Easter egg with pieces of butterscotch.
Comments: The butterscotch pieces give this egg a great crackle in texture, with a nice thick shell and well-balanced sweetness.
Price: £6.59/165g, ocado.com
Best for design: Chococo sea salt caramels egg
About the Easter egg: This 45% Venezuelan original milk chocolate egg is filled with Dorset Sea Salt caramel mini dark chocolate cocoa pods.
Comments: With a thick shell, creamy chocolate and funky design, this egg is a good all-rounder. We love the dark chocolate pods with runny caramel, too.
Price: £18.50/175g, chococo.co.uk
Best Belgian chocolate Easter egg: Godiva chocolate bunny
About the Easter egg: These milk chocolate bunnies are made with Belgian chocolate.
Comments: If you’re a fan of Belgian chocolate, this moreish bunny is sweet, with a cool, minimal design.
Price: £4/100g, Sainsbury’s
Other milk chocolate Easter eggs we tried
Lir Belgian milk chocolate Easter egg
About the Easter egg: This Belgian milk chocolate egg comes with truffles flavoured with cinnamon and raisin, coffee crunch, Irish sea salted caramel and hazelnut gianduja.
Comments: This egg comes with flavoured truffles (the strong coffee one was a real favourite), however the chocolate itself is too sweet for us.
Price: £12/245g, lirchocolates.com
Baileys milk chocolate Easter egg
About the Easter egg: This Baileys milk chocolate egg is studded with crunchy salted caramel. It comes with six dark chocolate truffles on the side, each filled with salted caramel.
Comments: This egg is a little too sweet with a slightly artificial flavour.
Price: £10/275g, Tesco
Pierre Marcolini lovely hearts egg
About the Easter egg: This milk chocolate egg comes with 13 miniature eggs filled with dark chocolate ganache, dark chocolate and caramel ganache, milk chocolate and caramel ganache, hazelnut praline, vanilla ganache and pistachio praline.
Comments: This egg has a quirky design and is packed with truffles, but the chocolate itself is a little bland.
Price: £39/250g, Selfridges
Reese’s peanut butter Easter egg
About the Easter egg: Reese’s milk chocolate egg comes with three peanut butter mini cream eggs on the side.
Comments: Chocolate with peanut butter is a great combination, but the shell doesn’t have enough snap and is too sweet.
Price: £6/232g, Tesco