In partnership with: Godiva
Easter eggs and chocolate have become synonymous with this special time of year as winter turns to spring. Historically the egg has been a symbol of fertility, beginning and rebirth, reflecting the life of Christ. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the idea of the egg-shaped toy emerged. These were made, sold and given to children at Easter and were often filled with sweets. The first chocolate Easter eggs were likely crafted in Germany and France near the beginning of the 19th century, though the first chocolate egg in the UK is attributed to JS Fry of Bristol in 1873. Other companies then followed suit; soon the Easter egg market bloomed beyond all expectations, and over time the custom spread to the Americas and throughout many parts of the world.
The story of Godiva dates back to 1926, when Joseph Draps opened his first shop on a cobblestone street in Brussels. The chocolatier needed a name for his sophisticated confections: a moniker which would evoke passion, luxury and elegance. Enter Lady Godiva; wife of Lord Leofric, one of the most powerful noblemen in 11th century England. Lady Godiva famously rode through the streets of Coventry, "clad in nought" in order to remit the tolls placed upon her town. Her act of self-sacrifice gained the love of her townspeople, and Joseph Draps sought to do the same with his chocolates.
The first Godiva chocolate shop in Brussels, 1926
By 1948, Godiva had become so popular in Brussels that Draps enlisted the help of his family to produce and package his covetable confections. Cocoa was clearly something that ran in the family blood; Draps' children, Joseph and Yvonne, followed in his footsteps, growing the small residence into the renowned, global business that it is today. In London, Godiva boasts standalone boutiques in Covent Garden and Canary Wharf, as well as a handsome concession in Harrods.
The caricature of Lady Godiva on horseback can be seen on many of Godiva's perfectly formed creations. Since 1968, Godiva has been the official chocolatier to the Royal Court of Belgium, and continues to honour Draps' commitment to luscious, handcrafted excellence.
The Best Treats this Easter:
Spring Gift Box
Discover Godiva’s elegantly designed Spring gift box. It contains 20 indulgent chocolates including milk, dark and white chocolate poussin chicks, a variety of chocolate pops, as well as a selection of their much-loved signature pieces. All created from the finest ingredients, they are the perfect treat for you, your family and friends during Easter.
Spring Gift Chocolate Box, £28
This tempting egg is the perfect gift to delight your friends and loved ones during the Easter period, and is attractively presented in a Spring-inspired box. It comes with a selection of chocolate pops, all foil-wrapped in bright, sunny colours, and with irresistible flavours such as Lait Mousse Speculoos, blanc, and Lait Praliné.
Godiva Pixie Milk Chocolate Easter Egg, £20
This cute, cheekily smiling bunny is made from exquisite creamy milk chocolate and comes with a selection of six individually wrapped chocolate pops. In an assortment of flavours, such as Lait Mousse Speculoos, Lait Praliné, and Blanc, they will delight family and friends and are a delectable treat for celebrating Easter.
Godiva Easter Chocolate Bunny, £10