Easter · Food

Mini Egg Chocolate Bark for Easter

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again when mini eggs are back in shops and are being aggressively promoted by the supermarket when I do my online shop because I’m still avoiding any mingling, pandemic style.

Pastel coloured mini eggs set in marble swirled chocolate bark and decorated with sweet violets
I love the pastel colours of the eggs set against the marbled chocolate bark

I’ve always loved mini eggs, their pastel colours and sugar crunch seem to signal that Spring is indeed here, almost as surely as the Spring flowers sprouting in the garden. And my goodness, hasn’t winter felt like a slog this year? Home school and work and the sense of captivity left me feeling so burned out, so even though it was a little early for Easter chocolate bark, I wanted to make something celebratory for the children to come home from school to, so Mini Egg Easter chocolate bark it was, sprinkled with some of the sweet violets that are growing like a defiant little carpet in the back garden.

Making chocolate bark is very easy, and this Mini Egg Chocolate Bark for Easter only took about twenty minutes. It’s easy to adapt to different tastes, and so simple that I’d feel confident making it with my children.

To make Mini Egg Chocolate Bark you will need:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 50g white chocolate
  • 80g pack Cadbury mini eggs/similar with sugar shells
  • A flat baking tray/large brownie pan
  • Greaseproof paper

How to Make Mini Egg Chocolate Bark

  1. Break the dark chocolate and milk chocolate into the same bowl and set over a larger bowl of boiled water, allow to melt. If you like your chocolate sweeter, you can use plain milk, I found the mixture of the dark and milk gives a stronger colour for the marbling and stops the bark getting too sugary when the eggs are added.
  2. In a separate bowl, break up the white chocolate and melt.
  3. While these are melting, bash the mini eggs so you get a variety of shapes. Chop some in half so you have larger pieces. Reserve.
  4. Stir the dark and milk chocolate mix until it’s fully melted and completely silky, then pour this out onto a greaseproof paper covered baking tray, spreading until it’s thin.
  5. Before the dark and milk chocolate set, drizzle the white chocolate in rough stripes over the mix, then use a fork, skewer or cocktail stick to gently swirl into a marbled pattern.
  6. While the chocolate is still soft, stud some half mini eggs across the mixture, then scatter the shattered sugar shell pieces across the mix. If you were feeling like Willy Wonka, you could scatter some crushed parma violets into the mixture to add some zing.
  7. Allow to set, then remove from the greaseproof paper and snap into pieces as you see fit.
  8. I added some sweet violets to mine to serve, but if you’re adding flowers to food be sure that you know what they are, know that they are edible and know that they’ve been grown away from pesticides and animals.

Crochet · Easter

Easy Crochet Bunny Coaster

I’m really excited to share these crochet bunny coasters with you before Easter. They are really easy to make and I think they’re a perfect Easter one day project for crochet beginners. I’m no crochet jedi myself but I can make one start to finish in about 40 minutes and my kids love them which has meant fewer watermarks on the dinner table! I came up with these after seeing loads of cute cat crochet coasters on Pinterest and thinking that crochet bunnies would be perfect for a Spring table setting.

Easy Easter Bunny Crochet Coasters, free pattern

To make your crochet bunny coasters you will need:

  • Yarn in your chosen colours, I used brown and white
  • A crochet hook in a size to match your yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • A needle and thread
Such a cute bunny rabbit coaster

How to crochet a bunny coaster

  1. The first step to crocheting a bunny coaster is to crochet a circle, if you’re not sure how to do this then you can watch a great video tutorial here. Depending on how big you like your coasters, you can add more rounds to your circle. For mine I chained four single crochet, joined with a slip stitch, then chained three, before crocheting 11 treble crochet. I then added rounds of 24, 36 and 48 stitches increasing by 12 each time. The Bella Coco video is really helpful for showing you how to manage this increase.
  2. When you’ve crocheted your basic circle as in the image above, single chain crochet your desired length of bunny ear for your coaster, then add two single crochet to allow you to half treble crochet (or half double in the US) back to the main head of the bunny as in the final picture above. If you’re unsure how to do a half treble (UK) crochet, this video tutorial is very helpful.
  3. Once you’ve added one ear, tie off, join on at a suitable distance to begin the second ear, and repeat step 2.
  4. I like to add some crochet stitches to secure the ears fully at this point, but if you prefer, you could sew these securely in place with a tapestry needle.
  5. When the ears are in place, I single crochet around the bunny head, but changing to half treble stitch again when I come to the ears to fill these out a little.
  6. When the rabbit is complete, crochet a 12 stitch circle in white and sew this to the bunny coaster.
  7. Make a bow with your ribbon (a cheat bow works well here if you’re not confident in tying one) and sew this to one side with a needle and thread.
  8. All done, you have a fluffy bunny coaster to own and love, ready for the Easter rabbit visiting!

I know it’s a bit early for Easter, but I really do think they are the cutest little rabbit coasters!