the french easter egg

by Sharon Santoni

The milk chocolate praline egg from Edwart Paris

In France, there is a wonderful tradition around the humble chocolate Easter egg.  Be it in small chocolate shops, or even local village bakers, all around the country, the display shelves are filled with fancy chocolate eggs, chickens, rabbits and fish (yes, that would be easter fish).

Out here in the countryside, the designs remain fairly traditional, but in Paris, among the top chocolatiers, creativity is let loose and the results can be breathtaking …. and delicious.

When my children were small we loved to buy special eggs or easter chocolate in Paris,   so much more interesting than the commercial eggs that are always the same.

We thought you may like to see some of the Parisian Easter eggs that caught our eye this year:

Alain Ducasse

We love the style Alain Ducasse chose this year! It is a return to the farm with geometric bunnies, hens, and eggs with sharp angles and modern shapes.

They are also offering cute little “Lapin à cacher” – bunnies to hide. Each is carefully wrapped in cellophane and perfect for quite the gourmet Easter egg hunt.

Alain Ducasse has several locations all over Paris, but we would recommend visiting Manufacture de Chocolat in the 11th arrondissement at 40 rue de la Roquette. Set a bit back from the road, the Manufacture is where Alain Ducasse produces their chocolate and it is quite incredible to see. The smell of the roasting cocoa beans and chocolate is noticeable even before you see the shop. As you arrive, look into the front window as you can usually see one of the machines at work. Inside though is where the fun starts, bars and bars of different kinds of chocolate, the smell is intoxicating, and in the center a glass case of chocolates.


À La Mére de Famille

One of the most charming chocolate shops in Paris and the oldest dating back to 1761. Their collections are always sweet. How cute is the mom with her chicks in an egg carton type buggy?

This year, their special chocolate egg is fashioned after penguins, celebrating the long incubation period where both mom and dad shelter the egg. 

In the shops, you can find little brochures talking about the different designs with beautiful “old-fashioned” drawings.

À la Mére de Famille has several shops across Paris, the original is in the 9th arrd. at 35 rue du Faubourg Montmartre.



Started in 1948 by Auguste Pralus, this pastry shop is quite well known for its brioche, studded with praliné, rose-colored candied almonds and hazelnuts. Today, his son Francois Pralus has taken over as owner and has brought the pastry shop into a whole new chocolate world. They are one of the few to manufacture their own chocolate, and even have a cocoa plantation in Madagascar. His secret to obtaining the best flavor: “I brew the cocoa in water, rather like making herbal tea and sweeten it slightly with sugar, then I leave it to settle. This gives me a precise idea of what the flavour will be like before I launch the manufacturing process.”

This Easter they have brought back a much-loved favorite, sporting the colors of the shop in horizontal lines.

New on the menu: A bit of fun! A chicken dressed up to head to… we think the Moulin Rouge!

They have a few shops around Paris, so check out their site to find the one closest to you: Pralus Boutiques.

Jacques Genin

Jacques Genin is quite famous in Paris and around France as being one of the top chocolatiers. This year’s egg motif is very  special, taking inspiration from the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, the Maori. The design specifically comes from the tifaifai print, the very memorable applique that adorns fabrics used by the Maori, and the traditional face and body tattoos, ta moko.  The egg patterns were designed by artist Corinne Jam and each is painted by hand. These are just two of the motifs that are available.

2019 French Easter Eggs by Chocolatier Jacques Genin | My French Country Home

Jacques Genin has two shops in Paris. Our favorite to visit is the tea room in the 3rd at 133 rue de Turenne. The space is open and modern with cases for chocolates, pastries, caramels and pâte de fruits. All of the delights are made upstairs in their labortoire, making it quite fun to see your dessert come down the open spiral staircase.


Jean-Paul Hevin

Another big name in the chocolate world in France, Jean-Paul Hevin has won more than 8 competitions in pastry-chocolate! Their theme for Easter this year, le Voyage (Travel!) and what a delight it is!

A chocolate egg transformed to look like a piece of rolling luggage

But how to transport a chicken? A fun play on our everyday suitcases , and  perfect for adding lots of little treats inside.

Jean-Paul Hevin has several shops in Paris and they are simply exquisite! Check out the list here.

Edwart Chocolatier

Opened in October 2014, by Edwin Yansané, age 29, this chocolate shop is certainly the newest on our list but not to be dismissed! It is formidable in the chocolate world in Paris with its playful approach to flavors and creations, combined with high-quality chocolate, taking the cosmopolitan city and its inhabitants as it’s inspiration. Edwin and his team have succeeded in creating masterpieces in each square of chocolate they present with the perfect blend of interesting flavors, at a point subtle, but present in just the right way.

Their theme for Easter, the mythical planet of Trekull, where the Hiliis live.  Who knew?!Mythical creations made out of chocolate for Easter

Among all of these chocolatiers, the level of craftsmanship and creativity is just amazing.

Mythical creations made out of chocolate for Easter

There are two Edwart boutiques in Paris, our favorite is the intimate shop in the Marais at 17 rue Vieille du Temple. We would certainly recommend stopping by the Concorde location at 224 rue de Rivoli as well, for chocolate or a class!


Will you be purchasing chocolate Easter eggs? What fun shapes have you been seeing in your hometown?



Dottie Monta April 19, 2019 - 2:43 pm

Happy Easter, Sharon!

Lynda Rees Kling April 19, 2019 - 3:11 pm

I’ve seen NOTHING here as wonderful as those! I hate to ask the prices!!!!

Pam April 19, 2019 - 3:58 pm

Oh they are all beautiful…thank you for sharing with us…Happy Easter Sharin

Sandra Denbow April 19, 2019 - 4:03 pm

These are exquisite!! I’ll never look at another chocolate egg in the same light! Thank-you for sharing! Happy Easter

Nancy Babcock April 19, 2019 - 4:06 pm

Just wondering about the bells–the Easter bells–that according to French legend are responsible for transporting/flying and distributing the Easter eggs around the country from Rome (no Easter bunnies here). When I lived in France for 5 years (1990-1995) I was always amused by the idea of flying bells (of course, rabbits bearing chicken eggs are equally amusing). There were as many chocolate bells as there were eggs in the shop windows. I assume the bell tradition is still alive and well…thinking it must be.

Sharon Santoni April 19, 2019 - 7:44 pm

You’re right Nancy, when you think about it , flying bells are just as logical as easter rabbits and fish! 🙂

happy easter!


Joan April 19, 2019 - 4:08 pm

How could one eat such a beautiful work of art?!

Roxanne Langley April 19, 2019 - 4:17 pm

Wow I want to frame them all! Beautiful works of art.

Ida April 19, 2019 - 4:31 pm

Such a pleasant start to my morning & reminder of one of my favorite movies: “Chocolat”. What beauty, creativity & genius- I so miss Paris & France, in general. Blessings on al.

Carolyn April 19, 2019 - 4:35 pm

Such beautiful and unusual Easter chocolate creations!

Maggie Dowling April 19, 2019 - 4:47 pm

I will be in Paris on September 28th and 29th. Can you please recommend a brocante that weekend. Thanks. Maggie Dowling.

Maggie Dowling April 19, 2019 - 4:51 pm

I will be in Paris the weekend of September 28th and 29th. Would you please recommend a brocante. Thank you.

Judy April 19, 2019 - 4:52 pm

Thank you for sharing the photos and details. I have seen nothing like that around here. They are amazing and so imaginative!

Charles Spada April 19, 2019 - 5:00 pm


Susan Krsnich April 19, 2019 - 5:04 pm

Love this post…Happy Easter!

RonaLee Syme April 19, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Beautiful, love the artistry. Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!

Shari La Londe April 19, 2019 - 5:36 pm

Thank you for these exquisite Easter Eggs. They are truly works of art.

Vicky from Athens April 19, 2019 - 6:07 pm

Thank you, Sharon, for bringing us this beautiful and delicious eye candy! Too lovely to eat! Wishing you and yours a happy and joyful Easter.

Debby Hammer April 28, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Have you been to the Cholate Museum in Barcelona?

Lisa D. April 19, 2019 - 6:52 pm

They’re simply wonderful! Leave it to the French to concoct such fantastical edible creations. I don’t suppose there is anything close to this in the US. Thank you for taking me on this chocolate fantasy journey, Sharon.

Susan April 19, 2019 - 8:13 pm

Looking at these chocolate eggs so many words come to mind ~ exquisite, magnificent, beautiful, wondrous, etc., etc., etc.
I’ve never seen anything like these beautiful creations and could devour everyone!
Thank you for sharing.
Happy Easter to you and yours!

helen johnson April 19, 2019 - 9:50 pm

Beautiful and wonderful creations. Funny, but as I was reading this I could smell all the chocolate

Bronwyn Lee-Coward April 19, 2019 - 11:06 pm

Beautiful photo’s and I particularly liked the little drawings from A la Mere de Famille. Have a Wonderful Easter and commiserations with regards to Notre Dame.

Karen Louise April 20, 2019 - 12:16 am

I just loved this chocolate post. Thank you for sharing. So creative. Happy Easter!

Joanne Day April 20, 2019 - 1:06 am

Oh Sharon, what a delightful post for us today. Thank you and Happy Easter to yourself and the MFCH team.
Planning a trip to Paris this September and these wonderful Chocolatiers will be on the to-do list!

Evangeline April 20, 2019 - 2:34 am


Thank you for sharing all those lovely, delightful sweets.

A very Happy Easter to you and yours….

Yvonne April 20, 2019 - 8:27 pm

Thank you for sharing these Parisian Easter delights! I never tire of visiting Paris and wish I was there now to enjoy these shop windows at Easter.

Sue April 21, 2019 - 11:09 am

Thankyou Sharon for sharing these beautiful designs of Easter eggs,very artistic.A friend of mine went on holiday to France and bought back an Easter chocolate cat filled with small chocolates,I’ve never seen anything like that,it was so lovely did,nt want to break it up to eat it ha-ha.Of course I did and really enjoyed it but took pictures of it and still have them.lovely

Kathryn April 21, 2019 - 11:29 am

The chocolates look wonderful. Thank you for collecting the photos and information. I am a New Zealander and the information given about Maori art is not correct. Maori do not make tuavaivai applique. Samoans do and Samoa is a long way from New Zealand. The art work on the eggs, though intriguing, look nothing like the moku that are tattoos on faces sometimes seen here. Moku are made up of symbolic patterns that are instantly recognisable by Maori as being Maori. I know France is a long way from New Zealand so its understandable that French artists would have little understanding of Polynesian culture and Maori culture in particular. All of that said, I really enjoy your blog and your generous sharing of yourself.

Sharon Santoni April 22, 2019 - 11:14 am

Thank you for the precisions Kathryn, we certainly did not know the difference between the different styles of art and culture in New Zealand!

Hope you had a lovely weekend


Rita Parker April 21, 2019 - 3:52 pm

THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL . THANKS FOR SHARING. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a very happy Easter.

david terry April 21, 2019 - 11:19 pm

It doesn’t get any better than this……David Sedaris trying to explain “the meaning of Easter” to his teacher and fellow expatriates in a Paris classroom……go to (it’s WORTH it):

sharon m mobley April 22, 2019 - 4:34 am

Just stunning and delightful! Thank you so much for sharing.

Sherry Bonds May 4, 2019 - 6:50 am

These are all so beautiful! Can’t wait til I’m in France again to search out these shops. Such detail and beauty!

On another blog you had recommended some fiction books centered in France. I can’t find it now. Can you direct me? Looking forward to the May box-I live blue and white!


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