Eggs have long been associated with giving during the Christian Easter period. While this tradition may, for centuries, have been associated with Christian rites and rituals, if we are to take a step back further, the giving of eggs was, in fact, an ancient pagan practice related to spring rites - think: fertility and rebirth.
Within both Egyptian mythology and Hindu scriptures - while varying slightly in their meaning - the concept of eggs and giving eggs relates to the idea of a new beginning, and thus, when thought about in Christianity, represents resurrection!
So how did eggs - yolk filled and often painted in a decorative manner - transform into the chocolate varietal? First made in Europe in the early 19th century - with France and Germany leading the charge - chocolate Easter eggs were treated as artistic confectionery. As Cadbury explores "Some early eggs were solid, as the technique for mass-producing moulded chocolate had not been devised. The production of the first hollow chocolate eggs must have been painstaking, as the moulds were lined with paste chocolate one at a time." Who would have thought so much time and precision went into the chocolate treats we now eat in in bulk come Easter morning?
So let's get serious - where do you get your chocolate? These are some of our top Australian chocolatiers.
Bahen & Co.
In a previous life, Bahen & Co. founder, Josh Bahen was a winemaker. He has now turned his attention to chocolate and while we are confident in saying he has mastered the dark art of chocolate making, Bahen insists there is a "continual search for fine flavoured cacao".
Loving Earth is for when you think you may have indulged just a little too much, but that sweet tooth still niggles away and you are looking for the "healthier" solution. Fruit isn't cutting it, so you turn to Loving Earth and that's ok. Loving Earth's chocolatey deliciousness incorporates real fruit into flavours like Mandarin & Gubinge and Rasberry - so in essence, what we're syaing is, eat up!
Girl Made Chocolate
The team behind Girl Made Chocolate set out to make sweet treats packed with a healthy punch... "We have created a healthy alternative chocolate range packed with super nutritional components to boost the body’s health". Healthy chocolate made with all plant based ingredients? Count us in!