No matter your religious beliefs, the weekend of April 20 is a great time to worship at the temple of chocolate.
This Easter, several Brooklyn chocolatiers have created edible masterpieces resembling chickens, bunnies, and other spring specialities. So instead of heading out on an egg hunt this Easter, go searching for some of these confections.
This Bensonhurst family business uses milk, dark, and white chocolate to create detailed, cartoon-like smiling bunnies, often engaged in humorously human activities — talking on cell phones or wearing business suits.
The most impressive resident of this fantastical Easter land is the 6-pound, 26-inch “mega bunny,” which retails for $125.
Available online [www.emvichocolate.com].
Don’t let the name fool you — this Sunset Park chocolatier’s seasonal favorite “lil’ eggs” are actually flat circles of devil’s food cake, filled with caramel and encased in dark chocolate. More traditional are Tumbador’s egg-shaped Easter bonbons, but even those come with a twist — this year, the confectioner has made them with banana nutmeg, creme fraiche salt caramel, and graham cracker fillings. For younger chocolate lovers, chocolate bunnies on sticks and orange candy lollipops shaped like carrots are also available are also available.
Available online [www.tumbadorchocolate.com].
Why eat regular Peeps when you can eat Peeps covered in high quality Belgian and dark chocolate? Master chocolatier Jacques Torres has once again brought back this excellent upgrade on the sugary candies to his Dumbo store.
New this year are marble and pastel multicolored chocolate eggs, and “chickie eggs” — decorated to look like adorable baby chickens.
And for those in search of a chocolate statement piece, Torres makes a two-foot tall chocolate bunny for $99.
[66 Water St. between Dock and Main streets in Dumbo, (718) 875–1269, www.mrchocolate.com].
This Boerum Hill chocolate maker isn’t all about the brown stuff — this year, it has added hard candies to its Easter line-up. Colleen Riley, Nunu’s main producer, has created lemon and rose water infused sweets shaped like eggs and chicks, which are designed to look eye-catching inside Easter baskets.
More traditional chocolate-based seasonal treats at the store include chicks, eggs, and bunnies filled with crushed graham crackers on sticks.
[529 Atlantic Ave. between Third and Fourth avenues in Boerum Hill, (718) 834–1818, www.nunuchocolates.com].
The Chocolate Room
Celebrate both Easter and Passover at these Cobble Hill and Park Slope dessert emporiums, with their caramel chocolate coated matzoh. This crisp and sweet treat transforms the bread of affliction into a sinful candy in three flavors — dark chocolate, dark chocolate with sea salt, and dark chocolate with walnuts — and is sold by the pound.
Local chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt has also created egg-shaped bonbons with ganache and nougatine fillings. The eggs come in “life size” as well as miniature quail eggs, and come packaged in egg cartons.
[269 Court St. between Douglass and Butler Streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 246–2600, www.thechocolateroombrooklyn.com].
[82 Fifth Ave. between St. Marks Avenue and Warren Street in Park Slope, (718) 783–2900].