Spice-laden hot cross buns and creamy chocolate eggs: they’re the hallmarks of Easter feasting. We love the classics, but this year we’re seeking out the Perth producers who’ve put their own spin on holiday favourites.
Roho Bure x Crunchbox rocky road-ice-cream Easter eggs
Vegan ice-creamery Roho Bure has teamed up with Crunchbox to give the humble chocolate egg an indulgent update. Crack through the plant-based chocolate shell to have at the gluten and dairy-free hazelnut-chocolate ice-cream laced with Dandies mini marshmallows, Biona pomegranate gummies, honeycomb and candied walnuts. Pre-order your egg online ($40.00) and pick it up on Friday April 2 or Saturday April 3, or pop into the Herdsman Market.
Whippersnapper Distillery hot-cross-bun moonshine
Moonshine isn’t your typical Easter tipple, but the team at Whippersnapper is all about pushing the boundaries. This year it's released a limited-edition hot-cross-bun-spiced distillate, available online or through its East Perth outpost ($28 a bottle). It’s a festive take on its core Crazy Uncle Moonshine, infused with a spicy blend of orange zest, sultanas, currants, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Enjoy it over ice with a fresh serve of hot, buttered hot cross buns.
Sue Lewis Chocolatier
When you work with chocolate year-round, you’ve got to bring it all to the table at Easter time. This year Sue Lewis doesn’t disappoint: the artisan chocolatier is doing white chocolate and cardamom easter eggs; cute little "bunny bums"; an earthenware egg cup collab with Winter Wares; and standout hot-cross-bun truffles (covered in milk chocolate and filled with a chocolate ganache, sultanas, mixed spice, orange and sour mash whisky blend).
Mary Street Bakery choc-orange hot cross buns
Mary Street hasn’t exactly reinvented the wheel here, but the bakery is known for doing the classics very well. This year the bakery is pumping out some of Perth’s best traditional hot cross buns, as well as a deluxe choc-orange rendition. They go for $2.50 a pop, or $13 for six, and are available at all stores.
Butter Crumbs Easter choux
For its first Easter on Beaufort Street, Butter Crumbs is wooing customers with sleek mirror-glaze-topped Easter choux puffs. Available individually or in an Easter pack ($35 for a box of four assorted treats), this delicate creation takes its visual cues from the hot cross bun and gives a subtle nod to its flavour with a touch of allspice choc mousse and vanilla cream patissiere. They’re made in limited numbers each day and are proving to be popular with customers – so we suggest you run, don’t walk.
Ox Rabbit hot x fat cookies
Ox Rabbit’s hot x fat cookies aren’t just inspired by hot cross buns, they’re packed full of them. A riff on its popular New York-style choc chip cookies, this limited-edition Easter version incorporates chunks of hot cross bun into the soft, chewy dough. It's also baking Kinder Bueno and Cadbury Creme Egg cookies. The cookie and brownie specialists are delivery only, so you have to get an Easter pack delivered to your door to try these seasonal specials ($48.50 for an assortment of nine cookies). Deliveries will be made on Thursday April 1, Saturday April 3 and Sunday April 4.
Margaret River Chocolate Company Easter quokkas
The Margaret River Chocolate Company has put aside the chocolate bunny moulds in support of some of WA’s endangered wildlife species. Staunch bunny lovers can still rely on the chocolate company for the Easter classic, but they’re joined by the very West Australian Easter "chokka the quokka" ($24.95) and western swamp tortoise ($16.95). Part proceeds from each sale go towards the conservation efforts for the two species.