Food & Drink

Easter Celebration & Gift Guide

From fine chocolate to savour to thoughtful gifts for loved ones, here is our KCR Easter Gift Guide 2024.

Pierre Marcolini’s Easter Collection


Pierre Marcolini’s latest Easter Collection is a symphony of flavours and colours. With exceptional cocoa beans, delectable walnuts, and mouthwatering pistachios, Pierre Marcolini tantalises the taste buds, sourcing only the finest ingredients while remaining dedicated to environmental stewardship. Each burst of colour is derived solely from natural sources like fruits and vegetables. Within the Brussels-based workshop of Maison Pierre Marcolini, a palette of coloured powders, crafted from spirulina, blackcurrant, radish, lemon, and safflower, adorns these Easter eggs, creating a kaleidoscope of flavour and hue.

2024 Easter Highlights include:

Easter Eggs: 250g (£37.00) and 500g (£57.000)

Spring calls for grandeur! The 250g and 500g eggs stand as magnificent centrepieces for Easter tables. Crafted from dark, milk, or white chocolate shells, each egg boasts six natural colourings and a medley of dried fruits—think toasted hazelnuts, pistachios, caramel treats, raspberry, mango, and nougat surprises nestled inside. Beyond a mere egg, cracking it open reveals a treasure trove of smaller eggs in an array of tantalising flavours. Can one resist until the end of the meal? Three flavours, two formats, six colour variations.

A Rainbow of Crunchy Praline Eggs: Box of 12 (£23.00) / Box of 30 (£39.00)

Indulge in Pierre Marcolini’s irresistible praline eggs, available in six mouthwatering flavours. Encased in sleek shells crafted from the signature chocolate blend and adorned with natural colours in shades of red, blue, orange, and yellow, these crunchy delights offer pure indulgence in every bite.

Easter Bunny Box: £16.90

Indecisive? The charming Easter Bunny-shaped box offers the perfect assortment—a blend of 14 delectable treats, including praline eggs with biscuits, miniature bunnies, and Easter bells. Ready, set, go! The hunt for gourmet delights begins!

Marshmallow Bunny: £9.90

In times when tenderness is most needed, surrender to the big-eared marshmallow bunny, infused with the essence of Madagascan vanilla and enrobed in Pierre Marcolini’s velvety milk chocolate. Available exclusively in-store.

Experience the “Easter in Colours” collection, available at Pierre Marcolini Boutiques, Selfridges, Harrods, and through the PM E.Boutique.

Wickedly Welsh Chocolate

Wickedly Welsh Chocolate,  is a small chocolate factory in Wales that creates stunning, artisanal, handcrafted chocolate. They have some truly delicious products.   It’s a family-run business led by owners Karen and Mark, both deeply passionate about all things chocolate.

To complement their passion, the company maintains a strong commitment to sustainability. They are a small business with a big conscience, striving to source ingredients locally whenever possible. All packaging is compostable or recyclable, aligning with their dedication to environmental responsibility. Additionally, their chocolate is sustainably sourced, ensuring ethical practices throughout their production process.

We adore The Ultimate Chocolate Gift Box(£49.99) :

This isn’t merely a box of chocolates; it’s a curated voyage that transports you on a flavour odyssey like no other. From the tantalising zest of Citrus Burst to the comforting embrace of Gingerbread, each chocolate is a masterpiece, meticulously handcrafted with unwavering care and boundless passion. Delight in the velvety opulence of Smooth Ganache or awaken your senses with the invigorating essence of Mocca Coffee. For the adventurous palate, the Vodka & Raspberry promises a thrilling kick, while the delicate sweetness of Spring Blossom Honey offers a soothing respite.

Strawberry, White Praline, Dark Praline, Hazelnut Praline, Spiced Praline, and Salted Praline—each flavour is a homage to the artistry of fine chocolate-making, encapsulating the expertise, affection, and heritage that Wickedly Welsh infuses into every creation.


The EASTER collection features a range of gourmet chocolate-coated liquorice in special ‘ÆGGs’ available in seasonal flavours crunchy toffee and crispy caramel.  The eggs are also joined by a beautiful newly designed Spring Selection Box.

Available from John Lewis, Selfridges, Fenwick, and at the new LAKRIDS BY BÜLOW UK stores in Canary Wharf and Monmouth Street.

About LAKRIDS BY BÜLOW: In the annals of confectionery lore unfolds the saga of the world’s smallest liquorice factory, a narrative spun around one man’s unwavering quest to enrapture global taste buds with the allure of liquorice.

Born into a lineage of enterprising minds, Johan Bülow harboured an innate yearning to create something extraordinary. His fixation rested upon liquorice – a beloved Scandinavian delicacy he believed warranted deeper admiration. With unwavering resolve, he dedicated himself to mastering its craft, labouring tirelessly to refine his skills. By 2007, he stood poised to unveil his inaugural creation.

On the auspicious date of 07.07.07, the inaugural Lakrids by Johan Bülow boutique emerged in Svaneke. The concept was ingeniously simple: to infuse the surroundings with the aromatic essence of freshly prepared liquorice, ensuring its tantalising scent wafted up to a radius of 100 metres. The response was resounding; within a mere two hours, all provisions were depleted. The very last patron even claimed the sample dish from the counter.

Driven by burgeoning demand, Johan procured a liquorice apparatus and installed it within his newly acquired workshop in Taastrup, thus commencing the journey towards expanded production. Within these walls, liquorice NO.1, NO.2, NO.3, and NO.4 came into being.

Eager to explore the boundaries of gourmet confectionery, Johan conceived the notion of enrobing his liquorice in chocolate, a beloved indulgence in Iceland. Although initially met with skepticism in Denmark, the first iteration of chocolate-coated gourmet liquorice, christened A – THE ORIGINAL, was unveiled. A gluten-free liquorice core, ensconced in decadent milk chocolate and adorned with a dusting of fine liquorice powder.

While commemorating their momentous ten-year milestone, their gaze remains steadfastly fixed on the horizon. Their aspiration is to disseminate adoration for liquorice across the globe. Not solely the saccharine variety, nor solely the savoury, but the entire kaleidoscope of flavours achievable through the infusion of liquorice as a spice. They endeavour to enamour the world with liquorice.

Easter Chocolate Treats from Whole Foods Market

For a one-stop-shop with oodles of choice, Whole Foods Market is the place to go for Easter treats for all the family.  They stock some of the most indulgent and high-quality easter eggs on the market this year, all which align with the company’s commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing. An inclusive range curated for various dietary requirements and preferences, there is something for everyone this Easter at Whole Foods Market, what’s more to love?

Some of our favourites for Easter gifting are :

Tony’s Chocolonely Easter Eggs Mix Pouch, £5.99:

Tony’s Chocolonely Milk Caramel Sea Salt Easter Egg £12.99

Booja-Booja, Artist Collection Champagne Chocolate Truffles Gift Box, £24.99

Booja – Booja, Artist Collection Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Truffles Gift Box, £24.99

Love Cocoa Salted Caramel Milk Truffles £14.99


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Rosé Wines for Easter Enjoyment

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Whilst our weather this Easter isn’t exactly Spring like still, it’s never to early to enjoy rosé wine.   Here are three of our favourites:

Calvet Sancerre Rosé
Sancerre is a region more synonymous with white wines making this rosé a rare gem. Notes of wild strawberries and raspberries this is a premium rosé that can be enjoyed on its own or with food.

Champteloup Rosé D’Anjou
A pale pink rosé from Anjou in the Loire region of France. Beautifully light and crips with wild berry and peach notes. Great with cured meats, mixed salads or strawberry tarts. Exclusive to Waitrose

Cruset Rosé
This delicate pale pink wine has vibrant notes of fresh red fruits and hints of strawberry candy. It has a smooth round palate with a delicate fruity finish.

CRANBOURN® Art of Atmospheres™ Candles

A lasting and lovely Easter gift – beautifully scented candles from CRANBOURN®.

As founders of CRANBOURN®, a B-Corp London company headquartered in Putney, the husband and wife team behind the brand are committed to elevating everyday experiences through tradition, innovation, and sustainability. Their vision culminates in the Art of Atmospheres™, where premium fragrance products are designed to enrich daily rituals and awaken the senses.

The company specialises in crafting 100% natural luxury home fragrances, intertwining scent and sound to create immersive sensory experiences, all while upholding a strong ethos of sustainability. Collaborating with renowned international perfumers, they blend the finest botanicals and essential oils using cutting-edge perfumery techniques. Despite their global outlook, every element of a CRANBOURN® product is meticulously crafted in the UK, ensuring the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.

The brand has pioneered the concept of the Art of Atmospheres™, offering five distinct Scents/Atmospheres available in both CRANBOURN® blue and CRANBOURN® white glass, catering to diverse interior tastes. Each scent is accompanied by a curated Spotify playlist, allowing consumers to journey to the Atmosphere through both scent and sound, tapping into the power of sensory memories.

As proud members of the Fragrance Foundation, CRANBOURN® is dedicated to creating sustainable luxury products accessible to the modern conscious consumer at a fair price (£30 RRP). The company holds certifications from B-Corp, Leaping Bunny, and the Vegetarian Society, and allocates 10% of profits to charity.

CRANBOURN®’s luxury scented candles exemplify their commitment to quality and sustainability. Made from the trademarked Bees & Botanicals™ wax blend—a 100% sustainable mixture of natural vegetable and beeswax—these candles offer a clean burn experience. With a high fragrance/essential oils inclusion of over 10%, CRANBOURN® candles ensure a superior fragrance throw compared to competitors using cheaper paraffin or mineral wax.

Discover more about CRANBOURN® and their commitment to sustainable luxury at their website,,


KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head 4.7L Stand Mixer in BLUE SALT

A perfect luxury Easter gift any keen baker would ADORE: KitchenAid, a pioneer in colour innovation since 1955, proudly reveals the highly anticipated annual launch of the NEW Colour of the Year for its iconic Stand Mixer. Renowned for its fusion of style and functionality, KitchenAid continues to lead the way in the culinary world by meticulously selecting a new colour each year, inspired by upcoming design and lifestyle trends.

A pinch of salt opens the senses to new depths of flavour Introducing the latest addition to the esteemed lineup: BLUE SALT, the KitchenAid Colour of the Year 2024. This unique, subtle iridescent periwinkle blue with captivating red hues magically shifts colour depending on the angle or lighting.

Colours have the power to influence creativity, stimulate the mind, and enhance enthusiasm, making cooking and meal preparation even more enjoyable. A splash of colour also adds visual impact to an otherwise neutral kitchen, drawing attention to specific areas and infusing a fresh, updated feel.

BLUE SALT serves as a sensory reminder to see every day in a new light. The Artisan Tilt-Head 4.7L Stand Mixer in BLUE SALT comes with a stainless-steel bowl, with a wide selection of options available to complement your personal style statement. From ceramic designs to quilted and hammered effects, bowls offer a simple yet terrific way to coordinate your kitchen décor.

For even more versatility, offering makers endless possibilities to enhance their everyday experiences, there are over 15 exceptional, dishwasher-safe extras for the renowned attachment-ready Culinary Hub. These enable everything from slicing, grating, mincing, chopping, and peeling to juicing and spiralizing, alongside a time-saving Sifter & Scale.

Crafted in sturdy die-cast metal, the stable Artisan Stand Mixer seamlessly blends legendary design with outstanding engineering and durability, making it the ultimate culinary companion.

The Artisan Tilt-Head 4.7L Stand Mixer in the Colour of the Year 2024, BLUE SALT, is available from, with an RRP of £699. @kitchenaid_uk | #kitchenaid | #colouroftheyear

KitchenAid Blue Salt: Buy Here


Fine Fragrance Gifts from The Perfume Shop

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The Perfume Shop is the perfect place to choose a gorgeous fragrance gift for Easter (or indeed anytime!).

The Perfume Shop has established itself as a premier destination for fragrances, boasting a legacy of over 30 years in the industry. With a vast array of women’s perfumes and men’s aftershaves available at affordable prices, The Perfume Shop offers a curated selection from nearly 130 renowned brands including Hugo Boss, Paco Rabanne, Gucci, Ariana Grande, Mugler, and Marc Jacobs. Both online and across its network of over 215 nationwide stores, the brand showcases luxury perfume lines such as Dior, Tom Ford, Viktor & Rolf, Hermès, and Maison Margiela.

In addition to its extensive product range, The Perfume Shop prides itself on its knowledgeable sales advisors, who undergo rigorous training to provide expert guidance to customers. With the largest number of Fragrance Foundation fragrance graduates nationwide and an intuitive fragrance finder tool, shoppers are empowered to make informed choices in their perfume selections.

The Perfume Shop has earned accolades as the Fragrance Foundation Online Retailer of the Year for the past five years. Catering to the needs of its VIP members, the brand offers free standard delivery on all orders, convenient click-and-collect services within 30 minutes, and an innovative “Try Me” option on select products, allowing customers to sample fragrances before purchase. VIP members also enjoy the flexibility of payment options, including card payments and buy now, pay later through Klarna.

With a focus on customer experience, The Perfume Shop offers additional services such as gift wrapping, bottle engraving, and personalised ribbon services online and in selected stores. Furthermore, the brand champions sustainability initiatives by encouraging customers to recycle fragrance bottles in-store, rewarding them with a 15% discount on their next purchase and offering a range of refillable and vegan fragrance options. In every aspect, The Perfume Shop is dedicated to providing an exceptional fragrance shopping experience for its discerning clientele.

From the captivating allure of oud perfumes to the revitalising zest of citrus scents, to the timeless elegance of iconic classics or latest niche fragrances to really stand out – you’ll find it here.

Some of our favourites include:

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid

Explore the fragrance family and key notes of this scent by delving into its composition. ThisNARCISO RODRIGUEZNarciso Ambrée fragrance falls into the Floral Amber category, featuring prominent notes such as Balsam, Bergamot, and Orchid. Tom Ford Velvet Orchid embodies the essence of an amber floral, transforming the captivating allure and seductive potency of the iconic Tom Ford Black Orchid into an ultra-feminine scent. It is lavished with nuances of cool citrus, dramatic petals, honey, and rum, creating a luxurious olfactory experience.

Narsico Rodriguez Narciso Ambrée

Classified as a Soft Amber scent, this simply divine fragrance features prominent notes such as Amber, Ylang-Ylang, and Tiare Flower. NARCISO Eau de Parfum Ambrée, launched in 2020, is a luminous fragrance that captures the radiant warmth of sun-kissed skin. Enveloping Narciso Rodriguez’s signature heart of musc, it harmonizes with an accord of frangipani, ylang-ylang, amber, and cedarwood, resulting in a magnetic aroma. This Oriental scent unveils the sensuality of a radiant and confident woman. To experience its allure, generously apply NARCISO Eau de Parfum Ambrée on pulse points and clothing.

LANCÔME La Nuit Tresor

Another beautifully feminine fragrance from The Perfume Shop.  Dive into the allure of La Nuit Trésor, an enchanting perfume blending fresh raspberry, frankincense, and vanilla with a captivating heart of Black Rose essence. Lancôme’s first ‘Gourmand Woody Floral Ambery’ perfume, it embodies the essence of passionate love.  Encased in a bottle resembling a black diamond, symbolising mystery and preciousness, adorned with a black rose choker for elegance. Crafted by two master perfumers, La Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum begins with a burst of delicious raspberry, leading to the deep and mysterious scent of Damascena rose. Vanilla, derived from orchids in Tahiti, imparts a solar and radiant essence to this rich and exquisite fragrance for women.


Majestic and others



RRP £63.20 Sainsburys , MajesticTescoOcado and others

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