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Get ready for the most magical Easter yet because Harry Potter chocolate eggs are here to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Inspired by the world of witchcraft and wizardry, 'The Sorting Egg' was created by Slattery Patisser & Chocolatiers in North Manchester.

With it's gold painted lightning bolt and sugar paste Sorting Hat, the all-black egg wouldn't look out of place on the Hogwarts Express sweet trolley or even served in the Great Hall.

Oh and the wand? – Just a chocolate dripped pretzel, no biggie.

*drools*

But wait, that's not all.

Hidden inside the egg is a parchment scroll that will reveal which house you've been sorted into.

-Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin-

Unfortunately, the egg is only available by collection at the Slattery store in North Manchester, so unless you're planning a trip or know someone who lives close by, it's unlikely that you'll get your hands on one this side of Easter.

But hey, a girl can dream!

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If you thought the fact that the Christmas decorations were on sale before the Halloween ones even had a chance to be put up, then you're not going to be happy about this news.

It seems that the Easter bunny is working over time this year, as Easter eggs are already making an appearance in supermarkets country-wide.

You may think, 'maybe Easter fall early this year?" but no, Easter isn't until April 16th, that's 101 days to go and supermarkets are clearly counting. 

Discounted selection boxes sit side by side with the springtime seasonal treats.

Surprised Irish shoppers took to Twitter to express their amusement at the early onset of Easter.

However, some chocolate fans are welcoming the early arrivals, as having more time to stock up can offer great savings on eggs that will be more expensive closer to the occasion, and it can help large families spread the cost of their Easter shopping.

Either way, we now have one more supermarket aisle to avoid when we're doing our newly healthy grocery shopping. 

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Easter Sunday is pretty much the only day of the year when it's universally acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. And one person who's been taking advantage of the chocolate free for all is Amy Huberman.

The famous mum-of-two took to Instagram this morning to share a snap of her protein-packed eggy breakfast… kinda.

"An egg a day is okay," Amy wrote alonside a snap of a massive chocolate egg sitting atop her egg cup.

And the Easter puns didn't stop there, as Ms. Huberman posted yet again a few minutes later, this time pulling silly faces and praying that an "Easter-ly wind" didn't leave her stuck like this:

Another one for the pun-ny books, just like last year's effort, "egg on toast":

As well as being the queen of the puns, Amy's been providing some SERIOUS style inspiration of late – this white Lennon Courtney jumpsuit was a steal from Dunnes Stores but looked totally on point at a pre-Oscars party in LA.

Could we love this woman any more?

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Unless you've been incredibly disciplined with that Lenten "no chocolate" promise, you've no doubt already tucked into your first Easter egg of the year.

But did you know just how many eggs us Irish folk will consume in total this Easter? We'll give you a hint: it's a lot.

Repak Recycling have tallied up some interesting figures based on Ireland's chocolate-eating habits, and the results will give you a bit of a shock.

But if you can't binge-eat chocolate on Easter Sunday, when can you really? Behold, Ireland's Easter weekend in numbers…

17,700,000 – The number of Easter eggs we'll munch our way though in Ireland this year

2,136 – The amount of chocolate, in tonnes, we'll end up eating

4,200,000 – The number of marathons ONE runner could run on the calories contained in those eggs

€38,500,000 – The amount we'll spend on Easter eggs this year

shut up and take my money glee fangirl

8 – The amount of eggs eaten on average in each Irish household 

19,650 – The level of packaging, in tonnes, we'll generate this Easter

161 – The number of Boeing 747-800 aircrafts we could fill with all that cardboard, plastic and foil

Repak Recycling are encouraging chocolate lovers to #BeAGoodEgg this Easter and recycle their packaging. You can locate your nearest recycling facility at Repak.ie – especially useful if you'll be travelling over the weekend.  

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Let’s face it… A LOT of chocolate is going to be consumed this weekend. And sure why not, we say. 

But while everyone enjoys stuffing their faces now and then, having a healthier alternative to a seasonal stable is no bad thing either.

Which is why we got all sorts of excited when we spotted this good-for-you raw chocolate orange egg recipe.

It comes from LifeCleanse and you can properly impress your diet-conscious friends because it’s actually oh-so easy to make.

It’s also completely sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free… which means it’s pretty guilt free too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw organic cacao powder
  • 1 cup Vita Coco coconut oil
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp organic acai powder
  • 2 drops organic wild orange essential oil* (eg doTerra)
  • 1 pinch organic sea salt
  • 2 avocados

*ensure to use food grade oil as not all essential oils are safe to be ingested.

1) Soften the coconut oil in a small measuring jug or bowl over a bowl of warm (not hot) water. Once liquid, add the vanilla extract and orange essential oil.

2) Next slowly stir in the cacao and acai. Add a small pinch of organic sea salt. Mix well.

3) Cut the avocados in half lengthways; remove the stone and spoon out the flesh. For this recipe we will be using just the skins, as natural Easter egg moulds (you can use the flesh on toast or in an omelette or salad).

4) Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the insides of the avocado shells to line them and carefully spoon in the chocolate orange mixture.

5) Sit the shells on a plate in the fridge and allow setting for 90 minutes. Once hard remove from the avocado shells using a warm spoon.

 

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As we were scrolling through the Internet this morning, we came across THE WEIRDEST thing.

Buzzfeed decided that Easter eggs are so good to look at, that they might as well be painted onto a few lads' bums.

Why these men agreed to have bunnies and chicks plastered on their derrieres is beyond us, but hey, that's the Internet.

Now, enjoy the bums… Or be totally freaked out by them, either one is cool: 

 

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Christmas is over, the first day of a new year has arrived, and so it must be time to start buying Easter eggs.

No, in fact, it's not time. It's definitely not time. But according to some wily retailers, January 1 is the perfect point of the year to start thinking about a holiday that's still three months away.

Shoppers in the UK and Ireland have reported seeing Easter eggs in various supermarkets, and they've taken to Twitter to offer evidence of this MADNESS. 

Just to clarify, March 27 is a full 85 days from today.

One shopper was even subjected to this awful juxtaposition:

Speaking earlier this week to the Daily Mail about the decision to stock the themed chocolate so early, Tesco said, "In response to demand from customers who like to buy them early, we are offering a limited range of Easter chocolates in selected stores.

"Our full range does not go into our stores until later in January."

Creme Egg, anyone?

 

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Easter Sunday is nearly upon us, the only day of the year where it's socially acceptable to eat so much chocolate in one sitting that you physically can't get off the couch.

Saorview took to the streets of Dublin to ask Irish people all of the toughest questions about Easter – including who they'll be sharing their eggs with this Sunday.

Share? Who said we have to share? *hides chocolate stash under duvet*

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