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Source: Alena Koval

There was a time when the Easter Bunny’s South African cousin, the Paas-haas, might have been embarrassed at the meagre offerings in his basket, but now he can source Easter goodies from a surprising variety of specialist chocolate outlets.

Luane Lavery, kulula.com’s Brand Communications Manager, undertook a hunt of her own, to find some of the best Easter treats ahead of the upcoming holidays.

It took her from Cape Town to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Here’s what she found:

1. Honest Chocolate, Wale Street, Cape Town

This small, artisanal chocolate company is strictly old-school, making all its products by hand in the traditional way from pure organic cacao.

Besides offering a choice of pure chocolate and flavoured slabs ranging from cracked coffee to Kalahari sea salt it also does bonbons. We love the chocolate skulls.

You can find out more by visiting its Chocolate Café at 64A Wale Street.

2. Lindt Chocolate Boutique, Sandton City, Johannesburg

If it’s a more mainstream experience you’re after, you’ll find what you’re looking for and more at the Lindt Boutique in Sandton City. Stocking a huge range of Lindt products, from the famous golden bunnies to sophisticated gift boxes and everything in between, this is Swiss chocolate heaven.

3. Chocolate Heaven, Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Adventurous customers have the opportunity to try the curry or chilli and chocolate combination and for the less adventurous customers, Chocolate Heaven also includes some more familiar combinations amongst its 40 choices such as fudge, caramel, shortbread, Turkish Delight and dipped strawberries.

It also offers a Dippingz Experience which can be booked online and is described as ‘fun for the whole family’- possibly except whoever has to do the washing afterwards.

4. Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

If you really want to be indulgent, then a visit to South Africa’s gourmet capital must include a stop at Huguenot Fine Chocolates. Partners, Danver Windvogel and Denver Adonis are Belgian-qualified chocolatiers and produce a range of handcrafted chocolates, sold separately or in box sets, as well as ice cream, jams and preserves.

They also offer a daily chocolate experience, including a demonstration of how chocolates are made as well as an opportunity to sample some of the chocolates.

[Adapted from kulula.com press release]