I stopped in at Hotel Chocolat on Newbury Street today on this lovely mild Good Friday to see what I could see. The store was packed with Easter shoppers, looking to fill their baskets with eggs, bunnies, chicks, and all other sorts of pastel-colored treats. The Hotel Chocolat Easter line each year is some of their best stuff, I think, as their packaging and the creativity they use to create their fine chocolates are easily evident.

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This year, new to Hotel Chocolat is the rather dapper Beau Bunny, created by new creative Director Timothy Rennie and drawn by artist Neal Murran. He has the life-like, oversized head of a rabbit, on the body of a man who happens to be wearing a very fine looking tuxedo. He appears on cutouts in the store as well as on packaging and even printed on some of their infamous, oversized, thick-shelled hollow eggs. Other designs on the packaging including a lovely lavender and blue floral design, whose inspiration comes from the floral prints spotted on the runways for the season at the London fashion shows.

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The chocolate line features a lot of varieties of eggs. Besides the oversized hollow eggs (that come filled with smaller truffle eggs), they also have truffle egg packages, egg sacks for egg hunting activities, and “Eggs on Toast” that look like exactly that, miniaturized, and made entirely out of chocolate! They also have a gorgeous black and white egg cup sold with a medium sized milk chocolate egg. The ceramic egg cup makes a nice Easter keepsake to use later on for enjoying hardboiled eggs, or, you can keep it on your dress and use it to hold your rings when you take them off at night, as I did.