Being dairy-free doesn’t mean should have to compromise on taste at Easter. We munched our way through milkless eggs for all budgets to bring you the best we could find.
1. Chococo Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nib Easter Egg: £9.50, chococo.co.uk
If you want an intense cocoa hit, this thick egg from Dorset-based artisan chocolatier is a good choice. Made from 67% dark chocolate and studded with sweet crushed cocoa beans, a small piece should satisfy your cravings and though it’s not huge for the price, it will last you. The bright purple stripy packaging is suitably spring-like, too.
2. Hotel Chocolat Milk-Free Milk Scrambled Egg: £15, hotelchocolat.com
It’s hard to believe this rich-tasting, creamy egg doesn’t contain milk. As well as the moreish egg, you get six individual chocolates filled with whole hazelnuts and raisins – kind of like a grown-up version of a Cadburys fruit and nut bar. Not only does it all taste great but the marble effect on the front of the egg makes it a bit of a show-stopper.
3. Moo Free Organic Dairy Free Easter Egg: £6.49, selfridges.com
Moo Free makes it their mission to create chocolate for kids who are dairy free. This one is dairy, gluten, GM and vegan free. The egg has that sweet taste of milk chocolate that children love, it’s just not as creamy as some on the list. Mikey Bunny on the box will capture little imaginations and they can read his story, too (or rope-in a willing parent).
4. ASDA Free From Easter Egg with Choc Orange Disc: £1.50, asda.com
Here’s a bargain dairy-free option. This thin-shelled egg has a bark effect on the outside and comes with a packet of chocolate orange discs too. Gluten, wheat and dairy free, this egg has the creaminess of milk chocolate without the dairy. It’s bigger than some on this list so is ideal for anyone doing diary-free Easter on a budget.
5. Booja Booja Large Easter Egg with Espresso Truffles: £27.50, harveynichols.com
Booja Booja has been producing organic, dairy and gluten-free chocolates for 15 years and, while this is expensive, you get more than chocolate for your money. You'll find 12 of their smooth espresso truffles bursting with a rich coffee flavour, packaged up in a show-stopping wooden egg. Hand-painted in Kashmir and tied with ribbon, it’s lined so will work as a trinket box when the chocolate’s been polished off. Also comes in champagne, banoffee toffee and almond and sea salt flavours.
6. Hotel Chocolat Milk-Free Milk Goose Egg: £10, hotelchocolat.com
This is another one from Hotel Chocolat's milk-free range. Their dairy-free eggs are created with a combination of 56% cocoa and almond powder to get that milky flavour. This egg has a richer flavour than pure milk chocolate and has a thick shell with a satisfying crack to it. As well as a goose-egg sized offering, you get a pack of their yummy “puddles”, made to the dairy-free recipe.
7. MULU Organic Raw Chocolate Easter Egg at The Raw Chocolate Shop: £4.79, therawchocolateshop.com
MULU has been making chocolate created from raw ingredients since 2007. Their take on the dairy-free egg is small but solid; it has a rich dark chocolate flavour with a sweet hint of vanilla running throughout. It comes packaged up in a little colourful box making it perfect to hide on an Easter egg hunt for any diary-free participants.
If you want the closest thing to a dairy egg, Chococo’s offering will give you that intense dark chocolate flavour or Hotel Chocolat’s ones are our pick of the milk choc eggs. Kids will love Moo Free’s fun creation, and for a luxury grown-up treat that will last beyond Easter, try Booja Booja.
Please note: Although all the eggs listed are dairy free, some may contains traces of lactose due to being produced in the same factory as other chocolate eggs.
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