It seemed that as soon as Christmas was over the supermarkets were stocking the shelves with foil coated chocolate bunnies and eggs. Sure Easter is a little early this year - but maybe not as early as they'd have us think. If you're in the market for something a little special this year, skip the supermarket lines and check out some of the local Easter treats available around the city.
In no particular order, we give you Adelaide's best easter treats:
1. Haigh's Chocolates
While chocolate eggs haven't quite taken over Haigh's Rundle Street window display, they have taken over the shelves. There are chocolate eggs in white milk and dark, eggs filled with freckles or chocolate coated almonds and easter bunnies, bilbies and ducklings. Some of the more unique Easter options are the honey comb easter eggs or the milk chocolate Murray cod - chocolate fish are really popular in France!
For something a little different there's the hot cross bun chocolate. With a hard chocolate shell and a spiced fudgey centre, it's shares a tenuous link to actual hot cross buns, but it's very tasty none the less.
Haigh's is where you go for a more traditional list of Easter treats made from top quality chocolate.
2. Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier
Steven Ter Horst is one of Adelaide's best spots for chocolate at any time of year, but their Easter range is perfect for those wanting a sophisticated twist. Compared to some of the larger chocolate stores, the range is a little bit smaller, but each product stands out.
A dozen beautiful eggs (Photo: Steven Ter Horst)
Honeycomb gold (Photo: Steven Ter Horst)
Egg cartons provide a plain package for the paint splattered beauties hiding inside. The dozen smooth and shiny decorated eggs make the perfect Easter gift. There are also uniquely shaped Easter bunnies and an adorable honeycomb Easter egg. If honeycomb is your thing then the honeycomb egg is another great choice - the bright yellow honeycomb poking through cracks in the egg makes you feel like you've found gold.
Don't worry if you get addicted, honeycomb slabs are available all year round.
3. Devour Patisserie & Cafe
Once one of Adelaide's best dessert bars, Devour have settled into their Richmond corner block nicely. Doing a steady breakfast and brunch trade, it's hard to resits an accompanying doughnut. Joining creative flavours like chocolate and popping candy, creme brûlée, and popcorn, the hot cross bun doughnut is a special Easter addition.
The fluffy doughnut is piped full of a spiced crème patissière, with nutmeg and cinnamon adding to the festive flavour.
Every morning Goodwood Bakehouse pull a fresh batch of hot cross buns out of the oven - well, make that three fresh batches of hot cross buns. The buns come in three different flavours - fruit, fruitless and chocolate. The regular buns are lightly spiced and without peel, they're best lightly toasted with a generous spread of butter.
The chocolate hot cross buns are hard to miss, the dark buns are even more striking emblazoned with their white cross. As well as chocolate chips spread throughout the buns, cocoa is added to the batter to give you a double chocolate hit.
Fans of Goodwood Bakehouse's Christmas kourabiethes will be happy to see they're back for Easter. For those who aren't familiar with the Greek biscuits, they're a crumbly almond shortbread with a melt in your mouth texture similar to melting moments. These are big crescent shaped biscuits with a generous dusting of icing sugar.
5. Jenny's Gourmet Bakery
Jenny's Bakery also do a steady trade in hot cross buns. Their sourdough buns are shiny and golden. It's a good idea to put in an order if you're planning on grabbing some for the Easter weekend, because they're very popular.
Jenny's Bakery, Sourdough Hot Cross Buns (Photo: Jenny's Bakery)
The bakery is perhaps best known for their creative cronuts, and there are a few Easter cronus in the works. There are plans for a hot cross bun cronut, as well as one topped with chocolate and easter eggs. You'll have to keep an eye on their Facebook page or Instagram to see when these cronuts are in stock.
6. Sit Lo
An unlikely spot for Easter treats is Bank Street's Sitlo. Their usual trade is in banh mi Vietnamese rolls and steaming cups of pho, but for the last couple of years they've also been churning out a special Easter treat.
Sit Lo's baos are generally filled with pork belly or fried chicken, but at Easter what makes a better filling than chocolate? The same fluffy bao dough is filled with a chocolate Nutella centre, and the buns are then deep fried and marked with a cross. Make sure you enjoy them while they're hot.
The Easter range would be at home on a pastel themed Pinterest board. There are a range of different chocolate eggs and bunnies in a range of different sizes, as well as their sprinkle and cashew brittle inclusion eggs. These are based on Koko Black's popular inclusion chocolate, where blocks of chocolate have a special candy layer.
Some of Koko Black's unique range includes the speckled quail eggs and the hot cross bites: spiced raisins infused with orange and coated in milk and white chocolate. For the kids, the Easter pencil box is an adorable option. It comes with eggs and an Easter activity sheet that will have them conducing an Easter themed scavenger hunt through the garden.
Do you have any other favourites we should add to the list? Make the most of living in Adelaide and buy some local treats this Easter.