All chocolate eggs are not created equal. And for anyone who knows and loves chocolate, shopping for sweet treats this time of year can be a very exciting exercise. Kevin and I didn't really have the time to venture further than our local Woolies, Coles and K-Mart, so our Easter haul this year looks pretty much the same as it does most years. We have our favourites, and so do our nieces and nephews. I have 3 pretty simple things that shape the way I purchase eggs at Easter time...

Shake it! Not only to check if eggs are broken, but to see if it comes with any other bonuses. When it comes to the kids in the family, we always go for the eggs and bunnies that have something interesting inside them, like the Humpty Dumpty egg (once called Humpy Dumpy by our little niece Jessie who forgot to pronounce the Ts. Go on, say it out loud.) A new favoutite is the cute Kinder Surprise Bunny that is made much the same as a Kinder Surprise with both milk and white chocolate. Same deal though, if there’s something inside of it, it’s immediately twice as interesting to kids.

The favourites Since childhood, my favourite eggs to give and receive are the simple solid Cadbury eggs… you know the type, small, solid, wrapped in irresistible coloured foil that tricks you into thinking the pink egg might be slightly different tasting from the blue one, therefore you must unwrap and eat both. (Guilty.) In second place, comes anything else by Cadbury that involves nothing but plain milk chocolate, like the classic bunny! Because these are the family favourite, they’ve become a staple in the little egg bundles I make for my older nieces and nephews. To mix it up, I always purchase a few Lindt and Ferrero bunnies for the big kids.

Does it really need all that packaging? I’m pretty reluctant to buy eggs that are overly packaged. You know the ones – a medium sized hollow egg, surrounded by 6 small solid eggs that are wrapped in foil, held in plastic, and boxed in cardboard for $8.50. News flash – you’re paying for packaging! If you have the time, purchase loose eggs or products like the Cadbury hollow egg carton and make your own egg bundles with reusable materials like cute tea towels. You'll end up spending a little less, and wont through away $4 in plastic.