Italian Chocolate Easter Eggs
Giant Chocolate Easter Eggs from Italy
In Italy, Easter is a very important and greatly celebrated religious holiday. In fact to many of Italian heritage, Easter is even more significant than Christmas, as it marks the resurrection of Christ and the miracle at the core of the Christian faith.
So Italians tend to celebrate Easter in a big way—and that includes some really big sweets and treats! Beautifully decorated, giant chocolate Easter eggs are very traditional in Italy, far more so than chocolate bunnies, colorful Peeps or other small candies. When I was a child, the Easter treat I always looked forward to the most was a giant chocolate Easter egg from Italy. My mother would always find and get for me in gourmet food stores in New York City near where she was working at the time (there were certainly no such elaborate treats to be found in the small town where I grew up!)
I always got excited at the sight of the colorful foil wrapping, the enormous size of the hollow chocolate egg, and I would wonder eagerly about what small prize or toy would be inside. When I see these eggs for sale in Italian markets around Easter time, it always brings back those fond memories of those times.
While available, why not get a giant Italian chocolate Easter egg for your children or another loved one this Easter season? It's sure to surprise and delight any recipient, and it's a chance to introduce a unique holiday tradition from a different country in to your own Easter celebrations.
Imported from Italy, these Easter Eggs by Bellino are perfect to celebrate the season. They come in colorful foil wrapping paper and with a piece of torrone candy inside each.
When is Easter in 2015?
Easter Sunday this year falls on April 5, 2015.
Italian chocolate company Perugina makes beautifully-wrapped, large hollow Easter Eggs — just like you would buy in Italy. This variety is perfect for someone who loves white chocolate and the "Baci" chocolates made by Perugina.
More about Italian Easter Eggs
The egg has always been symbolic of life, hence the popularity of the egg during the Easter season when Christians celebrate resurrection and eternal life. In Italy, chocolate Easter eggs are given not just to children but as gifts to friends and all family members. Bakeries and pastry stores are filled with chocolate Easter Eggs of all sizes, from less than an ounce to eighty pounds in weight! Inside of each hollow egg is gift for the recipient to discover. For small children, those gifts might be more candy or a tiny toy. For adults, the gifts can be more serious, even hand-picked by the giver to be placed inside by the chocolatier (yes, engagement rings and other expensive jewelry might be the special "surprise".)
These handmade eggs are often then decorated with more chocolate, icing and candy before being wrapped in colorful foil and ribbons. Of course, finding a chocolate maker to create one of these beautiful eggs outside of Italy could be difficult - and expensive! So also popular, in Italy as well as abroad, are giant chocolate Easter Eggs made commercially by chocolate companies such as Perugina. While they may lack that "handmade touch", the quality of the chocolate is always high (far better than most mass produced chocolate say in the United States) and the delight at receiving one of these large eggs unquestionable.
Watch a handmade Italian chocolate Easter Egg being made!
Learn more about this wonderful Italian Easter tradition
In the video below, you can see how an Italian bakery prepares a traditional chocolate Easter Egg and decorates it by hand. Then enjoy a second video which showcases some of the beautiful Easter Eggs made and sold in bakeries in Italy today.
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