What is Easter without a chocolate bunny rabbit? Among a basket of jellybeans, chocolate eggs, and marshmallow chickens, only the chocolate rabbit stands alone. Towering over the other treats, the bunny surveys all he sees and decides he is the most worthy of being eaten. Rightly so, but all bunnies are not created equal. For a truly gourmet chocolate experience, you must go to the artisan chocolate maker. Here is a list of my favorite chocolate rabbits from world class chocolatiers.
Mr. Goodtimes Bunny is 16 1/2 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds. Even though he's hollow, that's a lot of chocolate. This milk chocolate rabbit is hand-decorated with white and dark chocolate. Mr. Goodtimes is also the most expensive rabbit on the list with a price tag of $85. Lake Champlain also makes a Cruisin' Easter Bunny for only $20.
These cute little bunnies are only a fraction of the size of Mr. Goodtimes (4 inches high) and price ($12.00). At first glance, they may seem a little on the plain side but their secret is in the taste. These solid chocolate rabbits come in 4 exotic flavors: Red Fire Bunny is dark chocolate flavored with Mexican chilies and Ceylon cinnamon, Gianduja Bunny is milk chocolate with almonds and hazelnut praline, Barcelona Bunny is milk chocolate with smoked almonds and gray sea salt, and Almalfi Bunny is white chocolate flavored with lemon zest and pink peppercorn.
This deceptively plain looking rabbit is actually a map of delightful flavors. The ears contain toasted almonds, the head is almond butter crunch, the body contains caramel with pecans, and the base has toasted almonds. 5 ounces, $15.95 to $17.50, available in milk or dark chocolate.
Wow! This is a big bunny. 26 inches high and over 6 pounds of chocolate. And a giant price to match at $180.00. The maker actually recommends cracking this open with a hammer (be sure to wear eye protection). Great conversation piece and tasty. Conrad's has a huge assortment of other, less expensive chocolate rabbits so be sure to check those out, too.
Lindt has been making these wonderful chocolate rabbits wrapped in gold foil for 50 years. Available in dark, milk or white chocolate, these are some of the best tasting chocolate bunnies you will find. Available in 200g size for $8 or 100g for $4.50.
Martine's Chocolates are made daily at their confection shop in Bloomingdale's in Manhattan. This brightly painted chocolate bunny stands 8 1/4 inches high and is hand-colored. $49.99 Look under Easter to find other chocolate rabbits.
Christopher Norman makes wonderful chocolates. This hand-painted rabbit rides in a wicker basket convertible. $25.00
These adorable little guys are made of milk chocolate and hand-painted with calico spots of dark and white chocolates. Available in two sizes: 2.25 oz at $6.00 each or 7.13 oz at $15.00 each.
Five hand-piped chocolate bunnies with a chocolate hazelnut and orange interior and almond ears come packed in a classic wooden box. $26.00.
Sold in Macy's department store, this 9-inch chocolate bunny is made of Venezuelan chocolate by Seattle-based Fran's Chocolate. $20.