Want to get yizzer nearest and dearest something for Easter that doesn’t come straight off the shelves from Tesco this year? Tempting and all as those three-for-two offers on eggs are, it’s kinda nice to do something different every now and then, isn’t it? So I did a bit of digging to find a few off-the-beaten (beaten! I kill me)-track treats you can hunt down today (well, mostly if you live in Dublin, that is. Soz the rest of the country. 

That tempting pic above shows Lolly and Cooks‘ Easter special, the baked Creme Egg cupcake. This heart attack in a bun case is what it says it is: a €2.50 apiece sweet confectionery delight with an entire Creme Egg at its centre. I bought two yesterday for himself, a man who inhales Creme Eggs during their short tenure on shelves each year. Eating it in two bites, he proclaimed himself pleased, but not entirely sure about the transformed texture of the goo (it solidifies in cooking), so consider yourself warned. www.lollyandcooks.com; branches citywide.

Cocoa Atelier box of chocolate eggs

Cocoa Atelier’s another place I’ll often nip into for a little extra for a gift. This is just one of their Easter treats, the Mystery Egg box, in which you get six 70% dark chocolate eggs with funny faces on ’em. Cute! This place ain’t the cheapest, but everything comes beautifully packaged and bagged and there are divine sweet options too. It’s definitely worth a look. Cocoa Atelier, 30 Drury Street, Dublin 2.

Le Comptoir de Mathilde chocolate lolly

Brown Thomas has a whole Easter thing going on up on the top floor and this is just one of the treats available to buy. It’s a Le Comptoir de Mathilde milk chocolate lollipop, €5, and might make a nice alternative pressie for a kid who’s gonna get a shedload of eggs this weekend. www.brownthomas.com; Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

Fallon and Byrne easter treats

Another good destination for lots of offbeat variety is Fallon and Byrne which is stocking a pile of things if the pic above, shared on its Facebook page, is anything to go by. www.fallonandbyrne.com; Fallon and Byrne, 11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Chocolate society white egg

And if you’re in South Dublin, then a nip into the Dundrum Town Centre’ll net you some results too, because Harvey Nichols’ food hall has a pile of goodies on offer, like a variety of super-posh looking treats from The Chocolate Society. Its Gravity Eggs are available in white, blonde, milk and dark chocolate for €24.95. Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16.

G’wan – has that knocked the desire for a Dairy Milk egg out of you or what?