Godiva Creates a Giant, $7,000 Easter Egg

The chocolate behemoth celebrates both the holiday and the upcoming royal wedding.

By Ethan L. Johns
March 29, 2018

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Whoever manages to catch the bunny that laid this egg will certainly be laughing all the way to the bank.

Luxury chocolatiers at Godiva have created an extra-special chocolate centerpiece for the Belgian manufacturer’s boutique on Regent Street in central London, the Independent reports. A combination of labor, ingredients and sheer size has landed the company’s giant Easter egg with a price tag of £5,000 (about $7,000).

The “Atelier” egg was conceived by Cherish Finden, a Singaporean pastry chef who stars in a cooking show for the BBC, and who was recently hired by Godiva as a Creative Development Chef to oversee menu development for the company’s cafés.

The chocolate egg weighs over 55 pounds, and took 192 man-hours to craft using special tools that were sent from Godiva’s main offices in Belgium. The dark chocolate egg was first coated with white chocolate, then decorated with gold dust and white chocolate pearls for a supremely jeweled, Fabergé-esque look. The giant egg is displayed with five smaller eggs, decorated in white and dark chocolate.

While the company produces a “Giant Atelier Egg” each year, this year’s egg is the largest yet. In comparison, the 2017 egg weighed just under 30 pounds and featured a butterfly theme. The 2018 egg pays homage to royalty, in part because of the royal wedding, which is set to take place in May.

“For the design, I took inspiration from Godiva’s links with Belgian royalty,” Finden said, according to the Independent. “It’s also a big year for the British royal family, so I felt a regal theme was an apt choice.”

So if you’re feeling particularly generous, feel free to offer it to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a wedding gift. You’ll just have to figure out how to lift it first.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns