Easter surprises

It’s been more than a month since the last long weekend but Easter is truly a celebration time for the sheer length of the break that it brings.

Traditionally Easter goodies like hot cross buns are must-haves and you can find them at Bakehouse, Feather & Bone or Marks & Spencer.

Available until April 6 at its Wan Chai and Soho stores, Bakehouse’s hot cross buns (HK$25) are spiked with cinnamon and rum, full of raisins and orange peels, finished with a citrus syrup glaze.

Neighborhood grocer Feather & Bone’s hot cross buns, which are available in three portions (from HK$20) both online and in stores until April 5, allow you to tailor a feast for any occasion. A wide selection of gourmet spreads is also available to slather over the delightful buns, and the Chabichou du Poitou cheese (HK$78) in particular comes highly recommended.

Marks & Spencer’s hot cross buns options are comparatively more dazzling and an easier option for those wanting a one-stop shop for all their Easter goods. Apart from the chocolate flavor inspired by the supermarket’s beloved biscuits and first-ever vegan buns (both HK$39), Easter eggs in the forms of kid favorites Percy Pig (HK$249), Bella Bunny (HK$99) and Hedwig (HK$249) are sure to be child pleasers.

No Easter would be complete without chocolate eggs, and Italian chocolate maker Venchi’s Spring collection and the British Royal-endorsed Charbonnel et Walker’s Easter collection are not to be missed.

Based on the Easter themes of rebirth, restart and reenergize, Venchi’s new collection is full of rich flavors and vibrant colors. It is available in all shapes and sizes and sure to brighten up your warm and fragrant garden when hunting eggs. The cuor di cacao dark chocolate eggs (HK$350), wrapped in beautiful eye-catching foil, will make for a stunning Easter centerpiece.

Available at a popup store at The Murray, a flower-cart retail destination at Prince’s Building in Central and the brand’s online shop, Charbonnel et Walker’s Easter chocolate is truly a rich treasure trove.

Four traditional Marvellous Easter Eggs (HK$488) are available in exquisite hand-decorated cylinders. A whimsical Easter design adorns the outer packaging, which reveals a rich, gold tube packed with signature truffles and a hand-molded Easter egg. It is available in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, with a milk chocolate option of either sea salt or milk chocolate truffles.

Beautifully presented in a handmade egg-shaped box that reflects the season’s most enchanting colors and Easter motifs, the dark & milk chocolate selection (HK$588) is the perfect gift for all generations.

Can’t make up your mind? Fortnum & Mason’s Easter Hamper (HK$1,588) offers all of springtime’s sensations. The Easter simnel biscuits and the pistachio & clotted cream biscuits are moreish and have an elegant texture. The colored nougat chocolate eggs are each enrobed in a candy shell, and the Happy Bunnies milk chocolate Easter egg handmade in the south of England. The Easter carrot sweets – each of them sugar-coated individually – and the raspberry & rhubarb conserve – fit for serving on hot buttered toast – as well as Easter tea loose leaf caddy are among the other joys that can be found in the depths of this wonderful wicker.

Egg hunting calls for a picnic and Hong Kong’s favorite guilt-free bakery, The Cakery, has launched a new vegan picnic basket (HK$618) for perfect sunny outings over the Easter holidays.

The picnic basket contains a fully portable afternoon tea-style set for two, including savory vegan dishes such as cauliflower salad, red pesto sweet potato sandwiches, superfood crackers and roasted corn, as well as sweet vegan pastries to balance out the meal. Sweets such as croissants, lemon tarts, peanut butter chocolate tarts and chocolate dreamer cupcakes are also included and you can wash it all down with some refreshing organic sodas.

(This article was published at The Standard on March 26, 2021: Weekend Glitz: Easter surprises )

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