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This blog post is WELL overdue. I intended to write it before now, in time for easter, but honestly with all the lazy days at home in the beautiful sun, and looking after my body in the wake of a nasty respiratory virus, I lost track of the date until last night!

Anyway, if you're looking for a healthier alternative to easter eggs for your kids, then I highly recommend making your own. They're so rich and satisfying, your children won't be able to overeat, and you'll know that you're feeding them an amazing superfood at the same time.

This chocolate is beautiful on its own, but our favourite is to add a few drops of green mandarin for fresh orange chocolate (use tangerine oil if you want a true Terry's chocolate orange flavour) or a little peppermint for minty chocolate. In fact, I love to add Copaiba for a delicious relaxing treat before bed, but the kids aren't so much fans of that!

If you want to make eggs, you'll need an easter egg mould. I recommend silicone as being the easiest to de-mould later. These mini egg moulds are cute, but if you want a bigger egg that you make hollow, I suggest this one which is inexpensive and will last for years.

To create the chocolate you will need:

Simply heat the cocoa butter and maple syrup in a bain-marie, until melted.
Remove from heat and whisk in the other ingredients.

This is the time to add any essential oils you're using for flavouring. Add 1 drop at a time and taste test until you are happy with the flavour.

If you're using the smaller moulds, you can now pour the chocolate straight in. You could also pour it onto a silicone baking sheet if you want to create a sheet of chocolate that you break up for a more 'rustic' look.

If you're making the larger eggs though, you're going to need to paint your chocolate onto them in layers. I suggest putting the silicone in the freezer before you start to make sure it's nice and cold.

These methods will result in delicious chocolate, but it's messy to eat because it melts easily and it doesn't look beautiful because it's covered in bloom. The way to make your eggs absolutely perfect is to temper them.

It's messy, but if you're brave enough, it can be a super fun activity to do with the kids.

We don't often bother with tempering chocolate, but it really does make a difference if you're wanting that 'snap' and sheen on your chocolate.

Let me know if you give it a go!

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