Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail this Easter – April 1, 2018. And you, er, he can’t forget to stock up on seasonal sweets for those “baskets full of Easter joy” for every boy and girl.
But, even if your family doesn’t “do” the Easter bunny thing – hippity, hoppity – Easter’s on its way! And one thing’s for sure: Easter isn’t Easter without certain nostalgic types of candies and desserts.
Look to Marks & Spencer’s wide range of high-quality Easter treats – from cute chocolate bunnies to chic eggs and hot cross buns in nine flavours – to help make this 2018 holiday even sweeter.
Find out what’s in stores right now, then hop on over to one of its nine locations around the island! (Tip: M&S is running a special Easter promotion on hot cross buns from February 22 to April 1 – keep reading for details.)
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A perfect gift for a fun-loving kid (or grown-up kid), this Laid Back Lamb ($45.90) is made of hollowed-out milk chocolate and hand-decorated with white chocolate.
Such creative confections, including the Dippy Egg ($35.90) shown at top of this post, are the result of a nearly three-decade-long collaboration between Marks & Spencer and its fellow UK brand Kinnerton.
Started in 1978, the “character chocolate” company is commited to nut safety and never uses artificial flavours. Kinnerton’s innovation manager, Zoe Kaill, says: “I eat, breathe and sleep confectionery innovation.”
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Collect this dozen of gorgeously realistic Quail Eggs ($19.90), which have a crispy shell and milk chocolate centre within a white chocolate layer, and come in a protective plastic carton.
Or, go with a six-pack of hollowed-out milk chocolate Cheeky Chicks ($19.90), which feature playful bird faces, or a jumbo-pack of 30 hollow Chocolate Easter Eggs ($35.90), which are individually foil-wrapped in bright spring hues and nestled safely in a plastic container. (Hint: These packs are perfect for breaking apart to please a crowd!)
Alternatively, the stylishly packaged Belgian Chocolate Egg Collection ($15.90) – with four different pastel coloured foil wraps and different fillings to match – makes a no-gift-wrapping-needed hosting gift, should you be invited to an Easter fete.
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While rabbits don’t factor into the history of this Christian holiday, the legend of an egg-delivering hare is said to have been originated in Germany, then carried to America by immigrants in the 1700s.
Today, the Easter bunny is an integral part of many secular celebrations. And, eating rabbit-shaped confections is part of the fun!
Sink your teeth into a variety of chocolate options at Marks & Spencer, from Easter Lollies ($4.90), which also come in cute Chick and Lamb characters; the classic-style, hollowed-out, milk chocolate Beatrice Bunny ($19.90; 170 grams) and her smaller sidekick Beau Bunny ($8.90 for 55 grams; shown here); as well as the charmingly decorated milk chocolate Alfie Bunny ($21.90), who holds onto a bunch of carrots, naturally.
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Since we already touched on the background of Easter, it’s worth noting that it was originally tied to pagan celebrations of fertility – hence all of the egg references. And, though we don’t know which came first either – the chicken or the egg? – we don’t really care! Marks & Spencer has a whole brood of cute chick-and-egg treats for the season.
Just check out the darling Chicky Hugs Tin ($19.90), whose wings open up to release the lid and a bag of foil-wrapped solid chocolate eggs within, or the Hide & Seek Egg Hunt Bag ($6.90), which is filled with full-sized, foil-wrapped, hollow milk chocolate eggs – a few of which have adorable little eyes and beaks printed on them.
Just want to grab something small for yourself, or to use as inexpensive party favours? Consider the Teeny Tiny Tins ($4.90 each) in Chick or Bunny shapes – each contain three small foil-wrapped chocolate eggs.
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Fans of hot cross buns should know this: Marks & Spencer has been working closely with the same supplier in the UK for more than 30 years and, this year, rolls out a mouth-watering new range of flavours to complement its family-favourite, M&S signature Luxury Hot Cross Buns ($6.10 per pack).
The new options include: Salted Caramel & Chocolate, Sweet Orange Marmalade, Bramley Apple, Cranberry and Orange and Blueberry.
Bonus: A special promotion will also be running from through April 1, 2018 – mix and match any two Hot Cross Buns for $10.90 (usual price $6.10 each).
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Note: We said almost.
If you thought Easter was just for kids, think again. M&S has designed elegant chocolates including the luxurious Hand-Painted Belgian Milk Chocolate Egg ($36.90), which boasts a chic red-and-gold shell that houses mini Marc de Champagne truffles.
Give it as a stylish hosting present, or save it for yourself. You’re worth it, after all.
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The only thing better than digging into a sack of sugary sweetness is… oh wait, there is nothing better!
Marks & Spencer makes portion control (and party budgeting) a cinch, thanks to its easy-to-grab – and even easier to gift – goodie bags for all types of candy aficionados.
Fans of gummies will go hog wild for Percy Meets the Easter Bunny ($6.90), featuring M&S’s iconic pig- plus bunny-shaped gums made of fresh juice. Texture lovers can pick their fave: popping candy-packed Cracking Carrots ($6.90), gooey Caramel Eggs ($6.90) or solid, milk chocolate Chocyy Eggs ($6.90) in a handy mesh pouch.
Last but defintely not least, the aww-dorable Easter Friends Woven Bag ($15.90), in pink Bunny or yellow Chick designs, will delight its recipient long after the foil-wrapped chocolate candies inside are gone!
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By Sara Lyle Bow, March 1, 2018
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