How To Make Your Own Chocolate Easter Egg

We bake bread, we cure our own bacon, yet for some reason we never make our own Easter eggs. Perhaps because there are so many brands and sizes already available - but  also, I suspect, the need for a perfectly shiny shell and smart design can be daunting. It's one place where 'rustic' isn't so chic.

Yet when making an egg you choose exactly what type and quality chocolate to use - 54% cocoa solids is dark and rich without being bitter, 70% cocoa solids is a more acquired taste, or swirl milk and white for something sweeter.

How to decorate your egg

Customise the eggs by decorating and flavouring the surface of the moulds with different flavour or colour chocolate chips (step two below). Paint designs with flavours of cocoa butter, decorate with crystallised violets or roses

Or use edible glitter to brush on to your finished egg like in the picture below.

The Different Types of Filling

Fill one side of the chocolate shell with treats before sticking the two halves of the chocolate egg together. Or even pipe in a rich ganache for the ultimate indulgence. and even fill with, say, sherbet saucers - if that's what you like best.

Ingredients Serves: 4

  • 250g chocolate couverture of your choice
  • 25g chocolate for decoration (milk, dark or flavoured)


Method (Part 1)

  1. Clean the mould and dry thoroughly with a cloth.
  2. (Optional) First create a pattern on the surface of the chocolate. Melt the strawberry and passion fruit couverture in the microwave on a low heat. Dip the end of a teaspoon in the chocolate and use flicking motions to draw random lines and dots on the inside of the moulds. For a more elaborate design, use a piping bag. Leave to set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile temper the chocolate couverture.
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Tempering the Chocolate

For a professional finish it is most important is to ‘temper’ the chocolate correctly. Tempering is a careful process of heating and cooling the chocolate, to ensure a shiny finish and a crisp snap. See ‘How to temper chocolate’ for a more detailed guide.

Method (Part 2)

  1. Pour the tempered chocolate into the mould, filling it to the brim. Tap the mould firmly on a work surface to release any air bubbles. Turn upside down over a bowl to let the excess chocolate drip out. Shake vigorously a few times to ensure a thin shell.
  2. Using a spatula, scrape any excess chocolate from the flat surface of the mould into a bowl. Leave to set in a cool place.
  3. Once the chocolate is set, rest the mould upside down on a work surface. The eggs will de-mould naturally as the chocolate cools further and contracts. This can take up to 90 minutes. After 90 minutes, if the eggs don’t release naturally tap the mould firmly on the work surface until they do.
  4. To stick the two half shells together, melt a little more chocolate and dip the rim of one shell in the chocolate. Press the two shells together. Leave to set.
  5. Store in a cool, dry place and enjoy within 1 week.
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What can I do with my leftover melted chocolate?

You can keep the reserved chocolate once poured out of the mould, and melt and temper again to repeat the recipe. A finished chocolate egg weighs 50-60g, so you can repeat the recipe a number of times with a 500g bag of chocolate couverture.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of chocolate should I use?

Chocolate couverture is used for chocolate work as the high percentage of cocoa fat means the chocolate runs easily from a mould when melted, creating a finer chocolate shell. In the recipe below, the chocolate is poured into the mould, and then half is poured away, to create a fine egg shell finish. 

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