I've been wondering whether people who celebrate Easter, but don't have children, buy Easter eggs and other festive chocolates...I don't think I did before mine came along, but then again that doesn't sound like me, I would have looked for any excuse! If Laduree's Easter collection, which just launched on their very new online shop - finally!!! - is anything to go by, adults are indeed indulging. In a big way. A five year-old just isn't going to appreciate the Chocolate Egg Tresor (seen in the last photo) in dark chocolate, enveloping a chocolate yuzu macaron pyramid in gold. Well, not enough to justify the €650.00 price tag, I don't think? (The Tresor is for pick-up only at their Castiglione location.) There was also a smaller version for €150.00. Obviously, these were the grand showpieces of the collection and we'd expect a heart-stopper or two from the legendary maison.
The online shop is a re-branding called Les Marquis de Ladurée, all about "the taste of chocolate, the spirit of chocolate" (sounds better in French), so don't expect to find anything that doesn't feature the milky or dark treat heavily. They do deliver outside of France, you can find a list of European countries here, and the service does come at a hefty price, €43 to the UK. But for those of us nowhere near London where Laduree has several boutiques (maybe they'll begin shipping from within the UK? Please?!) it could be a rare treat. Go in with a friend! Or two, or three.
You can see some photos from 2009 where we spent Easter half in Paris, half at home (my favourite of the treats was a mauve Laduree chocolate egg), here
Photos: Le Marquis de Ladurée