There's no denying that chocolate is to Easter what turkey is to Christmas. Admittedly in these cash-strapped times they may not be the most vital item on your weekly shopping list, but they're certainly one guaranteed to lift spirits both young and old. And these FairTrade and fundraising Easter creations mean you can feel both good and a little bit naughty at the same time.
If you're planning on gifting something rather posh this Easter, Divine has launched a delicious-looking milk chocolate egg filled with six Marc de Champagne hand-finished truffles. One, perhaps, for mum. Made with FairTrade Ghanaian cocoa beans and butter from farms with a share in Divine, they are ethical without compromising on taste; £9.99 from Oxfam outlets and www.divinechocolateshop.com.
Guylian – a brand easily recognisable for the chocolates' distinctive seashell shapes – is also doing its bit this year, with some of the proceeds of the sale of each egg going towards to supporting Project Seashores, an organisation committed to saving the shoreline and its habitats. Another luxury option, it costs £9.99 and comes with a whole range of yummy goodies, including classic seashells, chocolate covered truffles and an assortment of other chocs.
Renowned chocolatier Lindt, which is hosting all kinds of Easter activities between April 2 and 11 in London's Westfield shopping centre and the Bluewater complex in Kent, is adding extra feel good factor to its classic Golden Bunny, £3.91. The firm is to donate £1 from every bunny sold at these events to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is aiming to raise £25,000 for the children's chariety.
If you prefer your animals white and frisky, check out Traidcraft's White Chocolate Spring Lambs - , £3 for 125g, from www.traidcraftshop.co.uk. They are just one of the offerings from this development charity which has been around since 1979. Another novel option is their Chocolate Spring Chickens.
Finally, Green & Black’s is synonymous with both FairTrade and organic, and most chefs will recommend these as the best of the widely available brands. Its Maya gold egg, £4.99, comprises dark chocolate infused with orange and cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, while the Mini Butterscotch Eggs, £2.99 - organic milk chocolate studded with crunchy butterscotch pieces - are out of this world.