The Pantry's chocolate mousse filled egg

Denizen’s definitive guide to the best extravagant treats to indulge in this Easter

However you celebrate Easter, there’s no denying the joy of finding a delicious treat to enjoy. Like all great egg hunts, Denizen has set out to find the most enticing examples that can be devoured come Easter weekend.

Luna Bakehouse

Holiday cruffins courtesy of Luna Bakehouse

To celebrate Easter the sweetest way, the incredible talents at Newmarket’s Luna Bakehouse have taken their most famous delicacy and given it a holiday twist. The Easter Biscoff Cruffins (also available in Nutella and Classic Buttercream) are perfectly flaky and not too sickly, with a delicious dollop of the much-loved spread on top — the perfect addition to a delicious cruffin.

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We can’t conceive a better way to keep the kids busy this Easter than with Amano Bakery’s delicious and inventive cookie decorating kits. With everything you need for bespoke creations (and all that you need to keep well-satiated whilst crafting), each kit includes mixed shape cookies and icing in piping bags, plus marshmallow eggs, chocolate cross buns, and varlhona hot chocolate bunnies and carrots to snack on. There’s only one thing for it — place your order before they’re gone.

Devonport Chocolates

Devonport Chocolates’ handcrafted festive treats

Not only is one of the City’s top chocolate purveyors offering an extensive range of delectable Easter treats (with something for everyone — from bunnies for the kids to artful eggs, chocolate boxes and gift sets for even the most discerning chocolate eaters), but this year, there’s a personalised offering available, with keepsake, named ribbons adorning the necks of their coveted, handcrafted bunnies. Get in quick before they sell out.

Honest Chocolat’s painted, edible eggs

If you like your Easter treats to have an arty and artisanal touch, look no further than the Honest Chocolat boutique at Commercial Bay. Limited-edition creations for this year’s collection are all made to honour the planet and its natural beauty. The Volcano egg sees layer of hazelnut praline and popping candy sandwiched between the thick milk chocolate shell, with an interpretive painting of flowing lava on the outside. The Acorn egg is made with velvety milk chocolate and hand-sculpted to look like its namesake, with pieces of apple and vanilla fruit jelly hidden inside.

Left: La Petite Fourchette. Right: Colestone

La Petite Fourchette’s smashing chocolate egg

French patisserie La Petite Fourchette & sister bakery Copain are creating a bit of drama this Easter, with their delectable Chocolate Smash Eggs. Theaw large creations are dusted with gold, and come with a wooden hammer so you can break your way to the treats inside. These include mixed cookies, dark chocolate bonbons, and melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate bonbons. There’s also bunnies on offer, as well as easter sable biscuits in all manner of sweet designs, which can be bought individually.

Colestone’s Easter-themed range

This Easter, Colestone in Remuera has pulled out all of the stops, crafting an extensive range that promises something for every chocolate aficionado. The medium-sized solid eggs are our pick — beautifully adorned with intricate speckles and swirls, but the marshmallow and praline iterations are highly sought after, and the large scale eggs (available in either milk or dark) are guaranteed to impress.

Atelier Shu

Atelier Shu’s thoughtfully-crafted Easter treats

The beautiful, serene bakery that is Atelier Shu (now located in Newmarket) has just unveiled its Easter range for 2024, and it’s as covetable as you’d expect. An uber cute, colourful array of treats are on offer, from handmade macarons adorned in all manner of Easter-themed designs (including bunnies, chickens, speckled eggs and more) to handmade cakes (the Little Chick with coconut mousse, lime curd and pineapple confit on an almond base is divine) eggs, and meringues perfect for creating a festive table setting.

Left: The Pantry. Right: House of Chocolate

House of Chocolate’s newest additions

For egg aficionados, the Chocolatier bunnies at House of Chocolate have been busy taste testing and trialling the very best Easter eggs for this year. This year, the full Easter range has something for every discerning palette — from adorable bunny shaped goodies to perfectly painted eggs hiding delightful surprises. The delectable flavours span crunchy hazelnut, creamy caramel, sweet fairy sprinkles and more, and come in an array of sizes and pairings. This year, our pick is the hand-poured ruby white chocolate egg — a delicious celebration of sweet and fruity flavours.

The Pantry at Park Hyatt’s new creations

There is something delicious for every occasion at The Pantry at Park Hyatt, and as we near Good Friday, Executive Pastry Chef Callum Liddicoat and his team have gone above and beyond to create a curated edit of utterly delicious and entirely inventive Easter treats. From an incredible take on a hot cross bun (crossed with a custard donut…) to modern interpretations of the classic crème egg, a stunningly adorned white chocolate yuzu iteration, and more, here you’ll find something guaranteed to impress this Easter.

Allpress Coffee x Bennetts of Mangawhai

Allpress Coffee x Bennetts of Mangawhai eggs

Always the independent, Allpress has teamed up with local chocolate house Bennetts of Mangawhai for its limited-edition, coffee-spiked chocolate Easter eggs. Extremely popular, this re-release for 2024 is made with fresh, roasted Allpress and hand-poured in Mangawhai, north of Auckland. Each carton contains three Flat White eggs and three Espresso eggs flavours, packaged in a novel and fully recyclable carton. They’re available to shop at Farro Fresh.

Miann’s Easter range

As well as its highly anticipated hot cross buns and Easter-themed macarons, the chocolate masters at Miann have introduced a delightful range of Easter eggs, including a Craft White Chocolate paired with the iconic freeze dried mandarin from Fresh As. While Miann treats are always striking, the 1.8kg eggs — available in milk, dark and caramelised white chocolate, are a true sight to behold. There are also decadent Easter bunny and Easter egg cakes, plus festive gingerbread in the cabinets for your perusal.


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