Walk into any grocery store around Easter, and the brightly colored displays will be filled with just about any type of chocolate egg you can imagine. For the kind you can’t imagine, however, is where Kate Weiser comes in. The Easter eggs created at Weiser's Trinity Groves shop are so complex and beautiful, you almost forget that they are also edible.
"Easter is a time for us to really go all out with our large showpiece eggs," Weiser says of the designs. "There no overall theme or rhyme or reason, we just create what comes to mind. It's gotta have that ‘wow’ factor to make it all the way to our shelves."
Each spring, the chocolatier spends up to 4 weeks crafting Easter confections, including a large, themed display that looks as if it were transported straight from Willy Wonka’s factory.
The eggs are made by manipulating layers of dark chocolate, using a variety of molds and various shapes to carry out the whimsical creations. Despite the pastel traditions of the season, bolder colors are preferred, adding an air of decadence to each design.
Weiser draws inspiration from architecture and pop culture, to anything that makes her laugh. The results are designs such as the Golden Nugget, Magic Mushroom, and the current bestselling "Egg-ception," a dark chocolate caramel within a dark chocolate egg within another dark chocolate egg.
Needless to say, these aren’t your typical foil-wrapped Easter bunnies. The intricate designs don’t come cheap, as a large showpiece egg can run anywhere between $25 and $45. Between the price and the quality of the chocolates, it’s not uncommon for them to go uneaten, at least for a while.
"I hear a lot of our customers say that they still have their Easter chocolates months after the fact because they was too pretty to eat," Weiser says.
We stopped by Kate Weiser Chocolates to get a first hand look at the artful Easter eggs, with Eater photographer Kathy Tran on hand to capture the magic.