In ancient Egypt eggs were given as gifts to mark the equinox. In later years the fact that eggs represented new life made them an effective symbol of Christ’s resurrection.
The earliest Easter eggs were a hen eggs which had been painted or dyed with bright colours. In the Victorian era replica eggs filled with chocolates were popular. The chocolate Easter eggs we know today were developed in Germany and France in the 1800s and have since become commonplace around the world at Easter time.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
If you enter a supermarket in the lead-up to Easter it’s almost impossible to avoid falling victim to the season’s chocolate egg onslaught – especially if you do your shopping with your children! But while these eggs taste great and look attractive in their shiny packaging, there’s no getting away from the fact that they’re mass produced and all pretty much the same.
If you want something a little more individual this Easter why not make your own chocolate eggs? It’s fun to do, the kids can get involved, you’ll end up with a unique Easter gift and you might even save money as well.
The steps below will show you how to make a large, hollow chocolate Easter egg
Make Your Own
To make a hollow Easter egg you’ll need to by a mould. These moulds are made from plastic, are inexpensive and can be found at cooking supplies shops, craft stores and sometimes in supermarkets at Easter.
- Melt a large block of your favourite chocolate.
Note: melting chocolate should be done slowly in a double boiler over a low heat. Melting chocolate in a plain saucepan, or melting it too quickly, will cause the chocolate to acquire a clumpy unpleasant texture that will make it difficult to work with and spoil its taste.
If you don’t have a double boiler, place a few inches of water in the bottom of a large saucepan and then put a smaller saucepan containing your chocolate inside this (don’t cover). Heat the water so that it simmers around the outside of the smaller pan. In this way your chocolate will melt safely with a lovely smooth and shiny texture. Just make sure the water doesn’t splash into the chocolate.
- Pour your melted chocolate into both halves of your egg mould. Try to cover the mould as evenly as possible. You can move the chocolate around by shaking and tapping the mould halves themselves, or by using the back of a spoon to smooth the chocolate around. You’ll need to work quickly to distribute the chocolate before it sets.
- Put the mould in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened completely.
- Gently remove the two halves of your chocolate egg from the mould.
- Brush the edges of each half with melted chocolate then press the two halves carefully together to form a whole egg.
Use Your Imagination
To make a more decorative chocolate Easter egg you can drip splashes of white chocolate into the mould halves before you begin the steps above. Or try using hokey-pokey chocolate instead of plain or milk chocolate. Want to surprise someone? Place a handful of chocolates or a small toy in the egg before you join the halves together. Like a splash of colour? Melt white chocolate and mix in some food colour.
Making your own chocolate Easter eggs allows you to apply your imagination to this seasonal treat and give your loved ones Easter gifts that will mean so much more.
To make a different sort of Easter egg check out this video – chocolate and peanut butter – yum!