These Metro Vancouver bakeries and masters of confectionery are playing Easter Bunny this year with treats that will delight adults and children alike. If you're going for bougiest Easter egg hunt they're perfect, or perhaps you're putting together a basket to impress. Either way, these aren't your average chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs, they're edible showpieces.
We've rounded up the best upgraded Easter treats to try this year and with the holiday just around the corner (April 9), you may want to hop to it!
Mon Paris Pâtisserie
Mon Paris Pâtisserie considers Easter the most adorable holiday of the year and has whipped up a collection of charming colourful chocolates, from cute little chicks and ducks to big fruit and nut Easter eggs. There are also Easter pastry boxes with a selection of Butter Croissants, Blueberry Puffs, Fruit Cups, Almond Double-Baked Croissants, and Kouign-Amanns to get the morning off to a good start. Plus, a special limited edition triple chocolate croissant for a really decadent start to the day.
In addition to the classic hot cross buns and milk, dark, and white chocolate bunnies, Temper has cartons of brightly coloured solid chocolate eggs and ones that look like little chicks. There are also large eggs in different chocolate varieties stuffed with mini Easter treats that come looking like a chicken, a carrot, or with a 'graffiti' splatter.
It's all about the blooms at Buttermere this Easter. The seven-inch tall stuffed Easter eggs are back by popular demand this year in four two-toned pastel styles in shades of pink, turquoise, yellow, and green. Inside are caramel hazelnuts, strawberry and chocolate pretzel cookies, mini passionfruit and strawberry chocolate bars, and other bite-sized treats.
Beaucoup Bakery is reviving the dinosaurs and bringing back its Jurassic-inspired Easter collection this year. Dinosaur sprinkle cookies, dino nest cakes, and dino chocolate eggs stuffed with a plush toy are all on the menu. Plus the more traditional hot cross buns and Kugelhopf.
East Van Roasters
For the first time ever, East Van Roasters is offering large Easter eggs. Don't worry, the signature mini eggs are still on offer with flavours like pecan praline, crispy salted caramel, and blackberry peachleaf but the big eggs are available in 70 per cent Peruvian chocolate and 42 per cent toasted white chocolate both of which are filled with crispy rice eggs and Easter figurines.
For the families considering an Easter cake this year, Parisian bakery Faubourg has created a pastel delight with layers of white chocolate lemon mousse, orange bergamot cremeux, hazelnut panna cotta, and vanilla sablé breton. For individual desserts, there are the delicate Easter bunny made from lemongrass mousse, blueberry gelée, and earl grey financier or the milk chocolate mousse Easter egg with dark chocolate swirl, raspberry gelée and almond crunch jaconde.
Karameller Candy Shop
Specializing in Swedish candies, Karameller is a great online destination based in Vancouver (with local pick up options) for ordering up delicious and hard-to-find treats. Their Easter cube is a festive mix of mini fried eggs, Swedish jelly beans, Easter pastel marshmallows and pastel mint chocolates. People looking to place an order for Easter are asked to do so by April 5.
La Glace Ice Cream
Mini eggs are a staple of Easter but combine that with ice cream, or, better yet, ice cream cake from a local award-winning ice cream parlour? It's a match made in heaven. Le Glace is once again serving up the seasonal favourite and they've added cream egg ice cream to the menu, and mini egg ice cream bars.
Goldilocks Bake Shop
“Growing up, Easter played a huge part in my childhood and it is one of the Philippines most sacred and festive celebrations,” says managing director of Goldilocks Bake Shop Canada Maj Yee. The Filipino bakery chain has put together a savoury take-home brunch as well as a selection of sweet treats like floral pastel fondant and sugar Easter eggs filled with mini candies. Plus half ube, half carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting, chocolate cupcakes with bunny ears, signature crinkle cookie Easter nests, with coconut icing and chocolate eggs on top.
Easter is like the superbowl for chocolatiers and Beta5 is going all out this year with tons of inventive Easter egg flavours and a patchwork bunny chocolate sculpture that combines five different polygon bars which Beta5 is known for. Each body part of the bunny is a different polygon bar flavour and its belly is filled with peanut butter eggs which make their return this year along with tropical cream, caramel s'more, and the new Queen of Hearts bunny egg which has raspberry caramel ganache, almond-earl grey praline, and earl grey marshmallow. There are also bunny-shaped polygon bars and special Easter cream puffs such as carrot cake pineapple, coconut pandan, and strawberry dream.
Chez Christophe is back with three showstopping eggs and a limited edition Easter cruffin (croissant muffin) with orange namelaka (inverted ganache) and topped with mini eggs. The Easter eggs are the Galaxy milk chocolate and the "Fashionably Laid" dark chocolate eggs in either Black & Gold filled with corn puffs coated in 83 per cent dark and 35 per cent caramelized white chocolate or Tri-Colour filled with corn puffs coated in 42% milk chocolate and freeze-dried cranberry coated a mix of dark and white chocolate.
Thierry's jewel toned Easter eggs are back this year and inside each one there's an assortment of dark praline, milk caramel & white chocolate passionfruit mini eggs.
Vancouver's own Purdys always ups their holiday treat game year after year, and Easter-time is no exception. They've earned a spot on the list thanks to their array of delicious and beautifully-packaged chocolates and treats available bundled in tins, totes, and baskets. And talk about an upgrade: Another major score from this beloved brand is the fact that they have a line of vegan chocolates, including some for Easter, which is perfect if your little egg hunters need to find plant-based treats.