Our favourite cocoa-themed holiday is almost here and while you’ve probably got a PJ date with a huge stack of chocolate eggs planned, perhaps we can tempt you to do something a little different this year? Eggs hunts, bunnies and chicks are all well and good, but choco selfies, fancy scotch eggs and chocolate cocktails are where it’s at in London this weekend. Here’s some alternative eats and events for your delectation.
Bompas & Parr ‘eat your own face’ egg
Bompas & Parr – purveyors of all things extravagantly edible – bring you the first ever selfie Easter egg. Your likeness, or that of your loved one, or even your dog – hey, why not chocolate-cast your entire clan if you’ve got the cash? – will be created by the latest facial-scanning and 3D printing technology. You even get to keep the cast so you can make as many chocolate replicas of yourself as you want. Find out more by phoning +44 (0)20 7403 9403 or email email@example.com.
A chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch is coming to Westfield Stratford
Every strapping inch of Benedict Cumberbatch has been recreated in chocolate – 40kgs of it to be exact. The hand-carved likeness may even top your B&P choco selfie for realism, but unlike your face egg, you can’t eat Chocobatch. Sorry Cumberbitches – he’s a look but don’t touch chocoman. But if you’d still like to swoon over a lifesize version of the ‘Sherlock’ actor or just marvel at 250 hours worth of chocolatiering, he’ll be on show at Westfield Stratford City on Good Friday to honour the launch of Drama on UKTV’s on demand service.
Studio Kitchen‘s Creme Egg Burgers
Because everything tastes better between two halves of a brioche bun, Studio Kitchen bring you the Creme Egg burger. It’s four layers of indulgence made up of a melty Creme Egg, mascarpone cream and strawberry jelly, all squeezed between a sweet bun topped in white chocolate and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands. Sample the sliders at Studio Kitchen, K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherds Bush as a dessert or as part of the Spring Rocks Afternoon Tea.
Bourne & Hollingsworth‘s Eastery tipple
Any good national holiday should have its own signature drink, and cocktail connoisseurs Bourne & Hollingsworth might have nailed it with the Hot Cross Rum. It’s dark rum and hot cross bun syrup, shaken with an egg and topped with a dusting of cinnamon. It’s available as part of their brunch menu over the Easter weekend. Chin chin! Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell.
More Eastery tipples from Duck & Waffle
Also specialising in boozie treats to toast the day of Jesus’s resurrection is Duck & Waffle. Cocktail guru Richard Woods has created three classic cocktails infused with cocoa-based treats. Choose from Nutella Negroni, Milkybar Snowball and Truffled Chocolate Rob Roy. All £14. Duck & Waffle, 40th Floor, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate.
Bunny Chow takes on the hot cross bun
Going all out for wordplay, South African Street Food favourite Bunny Chow are bringing you the ‘Hot Cross Bunny’ this bank holiday weekend. Its take on the hot cross bun is a calorific hollowed out raisin-soaked bun with orange rind. Take your pick of raspberry jam or a warm chocolate filling, both served with a hearty dollop of clotted cream. Hoppy Easter! Bunny Chow, 74 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TE.
Toilet humour and an egg hunt at Sketch
Upping the ante on your loo experience this Easter weekend is Mayfair’s Sketch. Geese decoys will adorn their iconic egg loos and the roof light over the East Bar will become a 3 metre-wide nest as part of an installation from design studio Mark Lawson Bell. There’s also an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday for little ones. Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, Soho.
House of Ho‘s ultimate scotch egg
When your sweet tooth has taken enough of a battering for one bank holiday weekend, head to House of Ho, which is serving up the gourmet scotch egg to end all gourmet scotch eggs. Bobby Chinn’s Vietnamese take on the classic bar snack throws minced pork, cellophane noodles, fish sauce and five Asian spices into the scramble of ingredients. The egg is coated in a crispy fried shell of flour, egg and Japanese panku breadcrumbs and served on a bed of cellophane noodles. Sounds banging. Available from March 30 – April 6 for £5. House of Ho, 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho.
By Hayley Spencer