Christmas gets a lot of credit for its food but for me, Easter is by far the tastiest time of year. There’s no limit to the amount of chocolate in any form you should consume and then there are hot cross buns. Here are a few excellently indulgent ways to enjoy yourself over Easter in Dublin.
Get a personalised chocolate Easter bunny
Easter’s not Easter for me without at least one chocolate bunny and this year, I’m hoping someone will go that little bit further and get me personalised one. From Friday 12 to Saturday April 20, chocolate fans can head to Pavilions Shopping Centre Swords and Dundrum Town Centre and get your chosen name printed on the iconic red ribbon wrapped around Lindt Gold Bunnies. They are €6, with funds raised going to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
Deep Fried Creme Egg at Gertrude
Butlers Chocolate Afternoon Tea at The Morrison
Hot cross buns from Clanbrassil Coffee Shop
I’m always disappointed that Hot Cross Bun season it so short, but thankfully the brilliant bakers at Clanbrassil Coffee Shop have already started their Easter batches, dolling out these divine fresh baked buns daily. Eat them toasted with a slathering of butter and one of their coffees for a superb Easter pick me up.
Cadbury Hop Up Shop at Arnotts
Chocolate lovers should head to Arnotts from Thursday 11 to Saturday, April 20 for their Cadbury Hop-Up Shop. Here you can create your own, customised Easter Egg Hunt packs, choosing from a huge selection of Cadbury delights, including Easter favourites Creme Eggs, Bunnies and Mini Eggs, as well as classics such as Crunchie, Curly Wurly, Cadbury Dairy Milk, and Freddo. Fill your Easter egg tube and wait while you get it personalised. You can also sit into a giant purple Easter egg for a take-home photo.
Egg boxes of cakes from The Cake Cafe
If you love a bit of Easter baking but find it hard to get into your own kitchen, don’t worry. Head to The Cake Cafe where they’ll have it all done for you. They will have all manner of chocolate treats to order and take home for Easter but I’m hankering after their egg boxes of cake with chocolate mini eggs on top. Bound to impress any cake lover this Easter.
Kinder Bueno cocktails at Drop Dead Twice
Head to this uber-hip Francis Street bar for chocolate cocktails with a twist — the twist being you bring your own booze. Drop Dead Twice is Dublin’s first BYOB cocktail bar. And amongst the many concoctions they’ve created is a very popular Kinder Bueno Espresso Martini. They reckon this cocktail works particularly well with vodka, whiskey or spiced rum, so go prepared.
Easter-inspired Afternoon Tea at the Westin
I’ll take any excuse for afternoon tea and The Westin’s version sounds like it’s worth an Easter trip. Served in the beautiful glass-roofed Atrium Lounge, the Easter afternoon tea includes a selection of dainty sandwiches and plenty of indulgent treats like chocolate cremeux, lemon posset, and a raspberry and white chocolate torte. In addition for Easter (between April 15 and 22) they are giving each afternoon tea guest a Golden Ticket, one of which each day will contain a carefully selected prize for a daily winner. Good luck.
Chocolate Indulgence at The Spa at The Shelbourne
If you’ve had enough of eating chocolate, maybe it’s time to smother yourself in it? The chic spa at The Shelbourne has concocted a delicious spa treatment for chocolate lovers, available from April 1-30. Book in for the 55-minute treatment and look forward to a full Swedish massage using a delectably chocolate-scented body oil. Then sit back in the relaxation room overlooking St. Stephen’s Green with a chilled glass of champagne, heavenly chocolate truffles and a candle to take home.