Chocolate. Deviled. Hidden. Jeweled.
There are days when all we want is one sweet bite of exquisite pleasure delivered in a riotous color—lemon yellow, lavender, rose, or perhaps pistachio. When this yen for sugar strikes, we often pay a visit to Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier on Society Street and gaze at the tantalizing collection of macarons, the classic French light-as-a-cloud meringue confections.
In the days leading up to Easter, the owner—a third generation chocolatier from Toulouse, France—turns the shop into a wonderland of hand-painted chocolate eggs, chicks, and bunnies. Fill your basket with these treats that are as delicious to behold as they are to eat.
For more adult Easter Bunny treats, try Charleston-made Sweeteeth Chocolate bars. We’re crazy about all five flavors and especially love the A’Chocolypse (dark chocolate with candied ginger and popping sugar) and Call of the Wild (dark chocolate with port wine caramel).
If you prefer eggs to be savory, not sweet, head to Virginia’s on King for breakfast, and select one of these three popular dishes:
Biscuits topped with poached eggs, country ham, and collard greens!
Biscuits topped with poached eggs, spinach, bacon, and tomato!
Biscuits topped with poached eggs, a crab cake, and asparagus!
Of course, the South is famous for its deviled eggs. Divine!
And if you like to play with eggs, the annual Middleton Place Eggstravaganza on April 19th is your Easter-riffic field day. Middleton Place is a beautifully preserved plantation perched on the bank of the Ashley River that has remained under the same family stewardship for more than 300 years. The Eggstravaganza is a day of family-friendly fun with traditions that harken back to the Colonial Era. Bring your own basket to collect hidden eggs, then take them to the plantation’s historic stableyard to be dyed. Egg games—tossed and rolled—will be played throughout the day, and the grounds will be open for exploration.
Our Charlestonly Tip: Bring a camera to record the fun at this stunning property. If you share your images via social media, use the hash #Charlestonly!
But if edible eggs aren’t for you, take our advice: go to Croghan’s Jewel Box and buy a bauble!