DIY Easter Baskets

Easter is about things being made anew. It’s about freshness, innocence, purity. And it’s about celebrating these qualities in ways that are often delicious.

One of those ways? The Easter basket, of course. Who doesn’t like a good assortment of sweets? Thing is, this probably isn’t exactly your look:

With that in mind, we’ve curated an Easter basket that’s a bit more distinguished, one that you can load up on your own. We’re calling it the Classic Chocolate Easter Basket. Here’s what you’ll want to put in it:

 

PRALUS CHOCOLATIER MILK CHOCOLATE INFERNAL BAR

The Infernal Bar is the ultimate in chocolate-hazelnut. Why? Because Francois Pralus is one of only three “Maitres chocolatiers” in all of France, and he makes his own chocolates in Roanne, using directly-imported cocoa beans from the best global producers.

FAT TOAD FARM SWEET LOVE GIFT BOX

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. Specifically, the Sweet Love gift box from Fat Toad Farm. What’s inside? That would be two jars of goat’s milk caramel—one vanilla bean and one Vermont maple—as well as a selection of mint, milk, and dark chocolate heart-shaped candies.

LE CHOCOLAT DES FRANÇAIS NYC TRIO

On the right bank of the River Siene, in the heart of Paris, is a chocolatier whose name says it all: Le Chocolat des Francais is indeed the chocolate of the French. Recent winners at the internationally renowned Paris Chocolate Show, the confectioners at this Parisian boutique know their way around a cacao bean.

ZOTTER CHOCOLATES PISTACHIO BAR

What’s better than pistachio in your chocolate bar? More pistachio in your chocolate bar. This stunner has two layers of nutty goodness—pistachio marzipan up top, almondy pistachio nougat underneath—which are then coated in premium milk chocolate.

PISTACHIO CREAM SPREAD

And what’s better than a pistachio bar in your Easter basket? More pistachio in your Easter basket. This Sicilian cream is one of the most unusual (and sensational) items we’ve ever tasted, a work of pure magic made from simple ingredients: pistachios and extra virgin olive oil.

So there you have it, an Easter basket that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to carry around in public. But wait, dear reader, there is more. Since every action has an equal and opposite reaction, we’ve balanced out that collection of sweets with a basket of savory bites. Behold, the glorious contents of the Adventurous Easter Basket:

FABRIQUE DELICES RABBIT PATE

Got game? We’ll tell you who’s got game: the gents over at Fabrique Delices. Their artisanal p’t’s are made from fresh, coarsely ground meats that are mixed with dried fruits, wine, and nuts, making for a textured, full-flavored mouthful.

Seriously, they’re so good that we recommend throwing this one in, too:

FABRIQUE DELICES VENISON PATE

So you’ve got your meats, now pair them with a jar of…

MURRAY’S APPLE BUTTER

And a sleeve of…

AIDA’S RYE CRACKERS

And you’ve got yourself a savory springtime bite.

That’s a pair of Easter baskets we can get behind.

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