By Melissa Locker
It’s hard to complain when a giant a rabbit drops off unsolicited baskets full of candy at your doorstep. After all, one should never balk at free chocolate.
However, if the bunny is skipping your house on Easter (April 5) this year—no questions asked—and you’re stuck making your own Easter basket, you might as well go the extra mile and improve the goods inside.
To that end, we’ve compiled a few options for improving the selection beyond the traditional assortment of Cadbury crème eggs, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (the ones reshaped as eggs for the season) and waxy Easter bunnies best left in their packaging.
One caveat: There’s no improvement on Cadbury’s Mini Eggs or Marshmallow Peeps. Don’t even try.
Below are 11 exotic chocolate treats to make your Easter even tastier.
Amedei’s Toscano Red Chocolate Bar
Fruit and chocolate is almost as classic a pairing as spaghetti and meatballs, and for a very good reason: the combination never disappoints. A case in point is Italian confectioner Amedei’s Toscano Red Chocolate Bar, which blends dried strawberries, raspberries, and cherries with dark chocolate for a sweet and tart taste that is hard to beat.
Michel Cluizel’s Milk Chocolate and Salted Butter Caramel Bar
After one bite of Michel Cluizel’s salted butter caramel bar, you may never look at a Milky Way again. The famed chocolatier has been in the business since 1948 and knows a thing or two about making memorable morsels. While he takes chocolate-making seriously, his products have a sense of humor, including milk chocolate sardines in a tiny can, bite-sized chocolate “baguettes” and miniature “cappuccinos” filled with coffee ganache. True chocolate connoisseurs can learn the secrets of chocolate-making at Cluizel’s “Chocolatriums” in France …or New Jersey.