Much as it might pain Christians to admit, Easter is much more about chocolate than it is about God. Every year, retailers around the world come up with an increasingly wondrous array of egg shaped goodies, designed to appeal to every palate and fans of everything from Slipknot to Cinderella. Whatever your taste, you can rest assured there’s an egg out there for you.
Naturally, all this choice means that, for every vaguely normal Easter egg on display, there is a completely rogue option on the shelf next to it. Sometimes, they can be slightly trickier to find than their more socially acceptable counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. For anyone who likes to walk on the wild side, here are eight of the weirdest Easter eggs you can actually buy.
1. Cheese Egg
Obviously, the first thing you’d expect from a chocolate Easter egg is chocolate. This is why this curveball from British supermarket Sainsbury’s makes the cut. While it may be delicious, this dairy design may make traditional egg hunts slightly more complicated than usual, since competitors will probably be able to smell their prize.
2. Avocado Egg
Avocados have been very a la mode for several years now, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that they’ve managed to penetrate the Easter market. That doesn’t take these treats from Waitrose any less disturbing. Despite its lurid appearance, the supermarket claim that it was their fastest selling egg ever last year. Small wonder they’ve come back for me.
3. Scotch Egg
Meat and chocolate don’t tend to mix. That hasn’t stopped madcap molecular gastronomist from trying to combine the two, at least in theory. His chocolate scotch eggs are made with a mixture of milk chocolate “breadcrumbs”, mango and yuzu fondant for the “egg yolk” and milk chocolate caramel ganache for the “meat”. It certainly sounds better than mixing sausage and cocoa.
4. Marmite Egg
As if the infamous British spread wasn’t already divise enough, some genius had the bright idea of using it to spice up their chocolate. The result is the Marmite egg, dubbed the "one and only yeaster egg" by its purveyors at Asda. Even diehard Marmite devotees might struggle to get on board with this one.
5. Dragon Egg
For fantasy fans around the world, this Easter isn’t even about chocolate. The return of Jon Snow, Danaerys and co means that businesses everywhere are gearing up for months of Game of Thrones related merch, and egg makers are no different. These dragon eggs from food delivery specialists Deliveroo are just one example of chocolate Thrones fever.
6. Pot Noodle Egg
Possibly even more unappetising than a Marmite egg, British instant ramen specialists Pot Noodle may have taken things too far with their contribution to the Easter roster. Even though it is actually only made with a palatable mixture of chilli and chocolate, the mere concept is enough to render the whole thing inedible.
7. Fried Egg
Traditionally, Easter eggs are presented whole. This is partly what makes this offering from Choc On Choc so startling. Presented as a fried egg, this treat features white chocolate, paired with a runny white chocolate yolk sauce. Whatever you plan on dipping into it, it’s certainly unorthodox.
8. Actual Eggs
Perhaps the only thing more unusual than serving fake fried eggs is providing real ones. Featuring real egg shells, injected with a gooey praline centre, these eggs from Daylesford are just one step away from the real thing, making them both slightly disturbing and undeniably cool.
When it comes to chocolate, most people are happy to stick to something fairly traditional. However, if you do know someone who might be keen to eat outside the box, you now know that there are plenty of alternatives available.