April 15, 2014

The Hunt for Gourmet Easter Eggs...

White Chocolate Racer Rabbit from the Woodhouse Chocolate Easter Collection 

Scouring the land of artisan chocolates is no easy task. One must stop to sample a candy wherever one appears to have potential. I would have sent my assistant (the cute little bunny in a race car) however I reminded myself of the gravity of this mission, the importance of bringing the world's attention to the best Easter eggs. Someone serious had to do the job, and it might as well be me!

The criteria for selecting these gourmet Easter eggs was rigorous:
1.) Artisan made (each piece is handcrafted)
2.) Superior-quality chocolate 
3.) Stylish decoration resembling a real egg

These three qualifying requirements narrowed the list down quite quickly. Here are the results of the best artisan chocolate Easter eggs that can be found in the SF Bay Area.

1.) Woodhouse Chocolates (Handmade in the Napa Valley)  
1367 Main Street, Saint Helena, CA (800) 966-3468
Order by Next Day and 2nd Day shipping for Easter delivery.
Easter gift box of 6 Robin's Eggs includes milk chocolates filled with brown butter ganache, pastel decor. ($12.00)

2.) Christopher Elbow Chocolates (Handmade in Kansas City)
Local retail boutique: 401 Hayes Street, San Francisco
Order online by April 15th or 16th for Easter delivery. 
Gift box of Easter egg chocolates includes 9 pieces: Fleur de Sel Caramel, Peanut Praline, Raspberry Caramel, Lavender Caramel, Fresh Lemon, Passion Fruit Caramel, Dark Milk Ganache, Citrus Caramel and Coconut. ($24.00)

3.) Chocolat Moderne (Handmade in New York, NY)
Available at Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco
Order online from Chocolate Modern by 2nd-Day or Overnight delivery.
Easter gift box of hand-painted chocolate "Fauverge Eggs" in three flavors: Dark Raspberry Ganache, Dark Venezuelan Ganache, Sea Salt Caramel. ($29.00)

Stay tuned for the next post: How to make chocolate Easter eggs from scratch. You just need this special candy mold.

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1 comment:

Liz Gladstone said...

The "Fauverge Eggs" had me at Dark Raspberry Ganache but there is Sea Salt Caramel too? Yes please!