One of the best things about Easter is getting to eat all the chocolate you want and not feeling judged for it.
But how would you like an Easter egg that weighs 5.4 kilograms (nearly 12lb) and stands at over half a metre in height? We have just the thing…
Iconic Yorkshire tearoom Bettys have shared how they create their legendary Imperial Easter Egg on TikTok, and it’s gone viral — with more than half a million views.
The video shows the process of making the giant egg, which can now be seen front and centre in the window of Bettys Café and Tearoom in St Helen’s Square.
It starts with creating the layers with a chocolate tap — yes, a chocolate tap! — then moves onto the hand-piped detailed decoration. Take a look for yourself in the video below.
“We’re thrilled year-on-year to see the reaction this beautiful egg gets,” said Ruth Burke-Kennedy, external relations manager at Bettys.
“We are relatively new to TikTok but we are delighted that Bettys, at 104 years of age, can thoroughly delight people on this youthful channel.”
The egg uses chocolate made from the Venezuelan Criollo Bean and continues a tradition from Bettys founder Frederick Belmont — who designed eggs which were ornately embellished with hand-piped icing designs more than a century ago.
The decoration of the Imperial Egg takes around an hour, and features spring blooms and foliage such as pansies, primroses and ferns. The stems are piped using coloured white chocolate, and every flower is piped by hand and made with royal icing.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our craftspeople to showcase their incredible skills and attention to detail, with each flower, fern and intricate detail created by hand.”
And this giant egg can be yours — for the hefty price tag of £375.
It is sometimes bought by customers in place of a wedding cake for Easter weddings, and it requires a two week lead-in time to create each egg.
However, if nearly 400 quid is a bit out of budget, Bettys’ chocolatiers have also crafted a smaller version of this eggcellent chocolate delight — which is currently available online on offer for £32.75 (regular price £38.50).