Only second to Christmas, Easter in Italy is a big deal! It calls for an abundance of sweets, and, obviously, chocolate is the boot peninsula’s go-to! The love story of Italy and chocolate is known to all, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Italians took the chance of upgrading their Easter celebrations and successfully transformed classic hollow chocolate eggs into what could be deemed a culinary work of art. While real-sized chocolate bunnies, lambs, or other classic Easter treats might look slightly off-putting, Italian Easter eggs are the opposite. The oversized aromatic treats are usually dressed in eye-catching wrapping paper, instantly conquering your heart. As a general rule, they even hide a surprise gift inside. So, it’s safe to say, Italian Easter eggs and those beloved yet plain hollow eggs stocked up in your local grocery store are two different things!
Italian Easter eggs are the ultimate spring celebration gift. The tradition is thought to be born after the 1950s’ when chocolate was relatively inexpensive compared to other sweets. So, chocolate Easter eggs have been a staple of Italian Easter celebratory dinners’ for decades now. However, along with the tempting chocolate shell, Italians tend to hide their main gift inside the hollow treat. So, Italian Easter eggs often serve as camouflage, but they’re dressed in the most eye-catching, vibrant colors you’ve ever laid your eyes on, so…
Le uova di Pasqua or Italian Easter eggs are often considered a dessert, enjoyed equally at breakfast or celebratory dinner. Well, they easily can take on both: satisfying a sweet tooth over breakfast and dinner at the same time because Italian Easter eggs are quite large. They range from classic to enormous and anywhere in between. It's no surprise and coincidence that Italy is the birthplace of the biggest Easter egg in the world. Made in 2011, the gigantic 34 ft. (10.39 m) Italian Easter egg proudly holds the title of Guinness World Record!
However, in modern times, Italian Easter eggs have become extravagant gifts, hiding everything from wedding rings to surprise plane tickets inside - the bigger the egg, the more unexpected the gift. However, that’s not always the case. The tradition has become one with Easter, so, gift or not, the one thing you’re bound to find in Italian Easter eggs is premium quality chocolate. Before weeks leading up to Easter, shelves of local shops, artisanal chocolatiers, or confectionery stores are proudly stocked with eye-catching, beautifully dressed Easter eggs, most of the time hand-made, painted, and decorated! They are enjoyed to sweeten up traditional Italian breakfast, paired with a cuppa joe, or served over traditional dinner along with fabled Colomba cake and other must-have desserts!