8 delectable Easter sweet treats to find in Vancouver

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Purdys Chocolatier's Easter bunnies (Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

We won’t make you hunt too hard for these delicious and inventive Easter sweets and treats available for the holiday in Vancouver this year.

From whimsical animals sure to put a sparkle in any youngster’s eyes, to sophisticated treats for adults that make great gifts for Easter brunch or dinner hosts, here are eight delectable Easter sweet treats to find in Vancouver this year.

Chocolate Arts: Birdy Eggs

Photo via Chocolate Arts

Photo via Chocolate Arts

The artistry of chocolatier Greg Hook’s products at his Chocolate Arts is stunning, and their Easter-time Birdy creation is an utterly charming example of how whimsical and tasty a holiday treat can be. They are dark or milk chocolate handcrafted figurines in a dark chocolate nest with three foiled eggs.

Address: 1620 W 3rd Avenue, Fairview Slopes
Phone: 604-739-0475
Website: chocolatearts.com

ChocolaTas: Easter Chocolate Basket

Photo via ChocolaTas

Photo via ChocolaTas

Master Chocolatier Wim Tas of ChocolaTas in the Granville Island Public Market has created some beautifully fun Easter Chocolates including a stunning Chocolate Easter egg, filled with their beautiful and delicious milk and dark mini eggs.

Address: 151-1669 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Phone: 604-504-5957
Website: chocolatas.com

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Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie: Contemporary Easter Eggs

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Photo courtesy Chez Christophe

At his namesake Chocolaterie and Patisserie in Burnaby Heights, Christophe Bonzon uses premium Swiss chocolate Carma in his stunning creations. For Easter this year, Bonzon is upping his contemporary egg game. He’s got a new coconut sculpture, as well as returning favourites (a lattice-wrapped egg, and an egg-within-an-egg).

Address: 4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby Heights
Phone: 604-428-4200
Website: www.christophe-chocolat.com

Bel Café: Religieuse

Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

At Bel Café for Easter they’ve got the Religieuse, a traditional French pastry named after the nuns that they resemble. They’re made of two choux pastry puffs filled with either a whipped dark chocolate and orange Valrhona ganache or calamansi crème finished with a white chocolate ganache, and each variation is also topped with a beautiful Valrhona chocolate décor. (Bonus: Bel Café has a beautiful gift box of house-made marshmallows perfect for a hostess gift.)

Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Downtown
Phone: 604-673-7000
Website: belcafe.com

Gourmand Macaron: Chick Macaron

Photo courtesy Gourmand Macaron

Photo courtesy Gourmand Macaron

Gourmand Macaron makes beautiful macarons that are sold all over Vancouver. For Easter this year they’ve got these adorable macaron Chicks made in collaboration with Sweet Nom. They’ll be sold in select locations for the holiday.

Address: Available at Milano Coffee (Gastown and 8th Ave); East Village Bakery; Meinhardt Grocery (South Granville); La Cuisson Café (Kerrisdale)
Website: www.gourmand-macaron.ca

Thomas Haas: Chocolate Flowerpot with Duck

It’s springtime, and to celebrate the season, and Easter, Thomas Haas has a darling flowerpot topped with a cheery and cute duck.

Address: 2539 West Broadway, Kitsilano
Phone: 604-736-1848
Website: www.thomashaas.com

Purdys Chocolatier: Vintage Rabbit Tin

Photo via Purdys Chocolatier

Photo via Purdys Chocolatier

You really can’t go wrong if you’re getting Easter goodies from Purdys Chocolatier. In the spirit of Purdys’ long tenure as Vancouver’s premiere chocolate-makers, we’re picking this Vintage Rabbit Tin full of chocolates (but won’t fault you one bit for tossing a hand-molded chocolate bunny or two in your shopping bag). A tin like this makes a great keepsake and a lovely hostess gift.

Address: Purdys Chocolatier has shops all over Vancouver
Website: www.purdys.com

Sweet Bake Shop: Carrot Cake and Mini Egg Macarons

Sometimes the grown-ups need an Easter treat, and these macarons from Sweet Bake Shop in Yaletown fit the bill with their seasonal flavours: Carrot Cake and Mini Egg.

Address: 1141 Mainland Street, Yaletown
Phone: 604-424-8800
Website: www.sweetbakeshop.com

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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