This week chocolate fans have forced Cadbury’s to create a virtual queue on their website as they have been inundated with orders as shoppers follow social distancing guidelines. This simple recipe is far easier and more fun than queuing outside the supermarket.
How to make your own Easter eggs at home
- sunflower oil, for greasing
- 300g/10½oz dark chocolate or milk chocolate
- different coloured icing, for piping
You can order moulds from Amazon or you can usually buy them in supermarkets.
Polish the inside of each mould with a piece of kitchen towel.
Dampen a piece of kitchen towel with a little flavourless oil, such as sunflower oil, and polish the inside of each mould with the oil.
This ensures a highly polished finish to the chocolate and also helps to release the chocolate from the mould once it has set.
It is essential to temper the chocolate – this is a method of heating and cooling chocolate for coating or moulding.
Carefully un-mould the egg halves and place on a clean surface, taking care not to handle the chocolate too much as it could start to melt.
To stick the two edges of an egg together, heat a baking sheet and then place the edges of two halves on it for a few seconds, then gently push the edges together, then leave to set.
To decorate the eggs, sit an egg in a glass or small cup and use it as a stand while you pipe decorations onto the egg.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, shops are being told to limit the items they sell to just “essential”.
Newsagents and corner shops, which have been allowed to stay open under Government guidelines, are facing officials trying to restrict the products they sell under the circumstances.
Some shops have been told by police and local councils Easter eggs do not fall in the essential items category.
The Association of Convenience Stores said the situation was a result of “overzealous enforcement and a misreading of the rules.”