Every year, Easter is a time when Paris chocolatiers and pastry chefs put all their creative flair into creating exquisite chocolate desserts. Ranging from classic creations to more unusual delights, these confections from Paris patisseries are a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Alain Ducasse’s chocolate bestiary
This year, the multi-Michelin-starred celebrity chef Alain Ducasse has come up with an entire range of dark and milk chocolate animals to nibble your way through, including lobsters, crabs and rabbits.
The Easter 2021 collection from Lenôtre, titled Jardin nature, is devoted to the little birds, animals and insects to be found in any garden. The collection includes bee, robin and ladybird-shaped lollipops, a vegan chocolate tree and some very pretty chocolate eggs.
Nicolas Guercio at the Lutetia
Pastry chef Nicolas Guercio and the Lutetia palace hotel have tied up to create a very original collection for Easter 2021. The talented Nicolas Guercio pays tribute to cars with delights such as a wonderful toy race car made out of Manjari dark chocolate bearing the number 45 – the hotel’s own street number.
Jimmy Mornet at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
The star of Easter 2021 at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is Alphonso, pastry chef Jimmy Mornet’s Easter egg. The limited-edition egg is made using exotic fruits and is decorated in gorgeous colours similar to those of a mango.
Yann Brys for the Evok Group
Chocolatiers and pastry chefs at Paris hotels have come up with some delicious and highly unusual creations. The creations at the Evok Group hotels are the work of Yann Brys: a punk hen at the Hôtel Sinner, a hen with golden eggs at the Hôtel Nolinski, a sculpted hen in shades of red and black at the Brach and an elegant milk chocolate hen at the Cour des Vosges.
The egg by Julien Delhome for the Hotel du Louvre
Julien Delhome, head pastry chef at the Hôtel du Louvre, has named his 2021 Easter egg creation ‘Renouveau’ (Renewal, in English). This majestic Easter treat is a tribute to spring and nature. The Easter egg is available from 28 March to 4 April 2021 to order 72 hours in advance by email at email@example.com or by telephone at +33 (0) 1 73 11 12 34
Easter trio from the Prince de Galles
At the Prince de Galles, a luxurious hotel just off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the talented pastry chef Tristan Rousselot has come up with a Trio of Easter treats. Impossible not to be tempted by these three original creations: an entremets composed of a roasted cocoa nib mousse, a hazelnut creamy dacquoise biscuit and pure hazelnut praline, and a dark chocolate and grué crunch; an Easter slab made of Araguani dark chocolate filled with soft coffee flavoured caramel, IGP Piedmont hazelnut and Madagascar vanilla; and a Pot of chocolates containing a mouth-watering mix of three types of Valrhona chocolate. Available from 26 March to 11 April 2021.
‘Aquarelle’ (Watercolour) from Angelina
For its Easter 2021 creation, maison Angelina pays tribute to the painter Vincent Lorant-Heilbronn, who painted the wonderful wall paintings that decorate the walls of the tearoom on Rue de Rivoli. Titled Aquarelle, this creation is a representation of a painter’s palette in dark chocolate and filled with almond and hazelnut praline. On the palette, two brushes in dark chocolate. The colours of the paint on the palette are replaced by delicious lemon, raspberry, pistachio … macarons.
Edwart Chocolatier au Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hôtel
C'est dans le lobby du superbe Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hôtel que le chocolatier Edwart a choisi d'exposer ses créations de Pâques 2021. Le talentueux créateur propose un tour du monde des animaux plein d'humour et de poésie. On craque et on sourit devant le kangourou surfeur, le panda explorateur ou encore le ouistiti farceur.
Other exclusive Easter creations from Paris chocolate artisans
The Easter collection of the well-known brand Lindt includes a darling little rabbit in a golden robe and an irresistible chick, available in three versions – girl, boy or gardener. Serious chocolate fans will make a beeline for the assortments. The duck Clovis is the symbol of the Michelin-starred restaurant La Tour d’Argent and in honour of Easter this year, there is an all-chocolate Clovis, in four different versions – Or Noir chocolate, Jivara milk chocolate, Dulce and the strawberry-flavoured Inspiration Fraise. Available at the Tour d’Argent’s fine food store La Petite Epicerie and bakery Boulanger de la Tour.
Paris palace hotels are celebrating Easter too. Maxence Barbot, the head pastry chef at the Shangri-La , has come up with a magnificent egg-shaped creation decorated with chocolate vanilla pods. A highly original creation by the Hôtel de Crillon’s head pastry chef Matthieu Carlin has a chocolate Citroën DS car stuffed with praline chocolate eggs and nougatine emerging from an egg. And Cédric Grolet – the star pastry chef at the Meurice – has created a hazelnut-flavoured ‘Noisette’ Easter egg which is nothing short of a chocolate sculpture. The Molitor and its head pastry chef Benoit Gressent have devised two super slabs of the most gourmet chocolate: ‘Signature’ and ‘Gourmande’ on sale from 22 March 2021 and available only via click&collect. The Plaza Athénée Paris and chefs Angelo Musa and Alexandre Dufeu pay a gourmet and elegant tribute to the establishment’s haute couture heritage with the 2021 Easter egg titled ‘Jeu de plissé’.
Many other famous names on the Paris gourmet food, chocolate and pastry scene have also unveiled mouth-watering Easter confections, among them Pierre Marcolini, Hugo&Victor, La Mère de Famille, La Maison du Chocolat, Pierre Hermé, Petrossian, Philippe Conticini, Patrick Roger, ChristopheMichalak, Christophe Adam, Yann Couvreur and Cédric Grolet.