5 ways to supersize your Easter Egg Hunt

From boozy bunnies to giant eggs, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best Easter egg-scursions and activities (for little and ‘big’ kids) – stick out ‘dem whiskers…

1. Brandy for the big bunnies

Love Easter egg hunts but you’re all grown up? We have just the thing: follow Van Ryn Distillery’s GPS clues along their adults-only treasure hunt to find a very special reward…a bottle of award-winning 10 year old brandy! Get in on the hunt via Van Ryn’s Facebook page

2. The biggest egg in the village

Get sight (and a taste) of the biggest egg around town: head to La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek and see their enormous Easter egg centrepiece. Then send the ankle-biters off to hunt while you try the estate’s “tapas from around the world”. It’s a win-win, really. Details here.

3. Rabbits out the hat

Easter just got weird, in the best way. Let the kids do a guided egg hunt through a circus while you watch a former world champion trapeze artist do the twist at the South African National Circus School. This one’s for a good cause too – 5% of profits go to the Theo Truter Autistic-ally Auwsome fund. Tickets are R70 for children and R110 for adults. Book via Computicket.

4. Easter goes XXL at Spier

Foodies will be eggstatic about this one: choose one of three Easter-themed dining experiences at Spier Wine Farm over the long weekend, or go XXL and do them all! On Good Friday there’s a dinner with a varied menu of treats, including traditional pickled fish; on Saturday a massive braai, or the market where kids can join the egg hunt in the gardens while you try a workshop in ice-cream making; and on Sunday a wine-cellar family lunch with a mouth-watering Easter dessert menu. Visit Spier’s website for details.

5. Do the boozy bunny hop

Last but not least, just a little All About Cape Town idea… Give your friends clues towards the next bar you’re going to. Each person who DIDN’T guess the place has to do a shot of Nachtmuzik (or any other chocolate flavoured shot) when they eventually get there. But remember: no one likes a boozy bunny on the road. Designate a sober driver or hop home in an Uber. First-time Uber users can use the promo code ALLABOUTCT to get R150 off their first ride. Happy hunting!

Six ways to get your chocolate fix in Cape Town

From gourmet milkshakes to artisan Banting chocolate, we’ve found the best places for you to get your chocolate fix in Cape Town.

1. My Sugar

Sugar for My Sugar! Say hello to the chocolate milkshake of your dreams at My Sugar Chocolate and Coffee Bar. Or sip on micro-roasted coffee that’s been specially blended to match their exquisite handcrafted chocolates. Mmm… two fixes in one.

2. Nomu

Nomu’s skinny hot chocolate is a tried-and-tested South African favourite, but if you’re feeling more adventurous give their chocolate fondant or chocolate brownie baking kits a whirl. Pssst… there’s a naughty peanut-butter variation for both on the back of the box. And PPS: Nomu also does other delicious foodie products of the non-chocolate variety.

3. Lindt Chocolate Studio

Learn how to make your own at the studios of these Swiss chocolatiers… with or without the kids.

4. Le Chocolatier

Paleo from Le Chocolatier is the new ‘healthy chocolate’ rage. Made with raw organic honey from the Overberg region, raw cacao mass and raw cacao butter it will satisfy even the strictest of Banting devotees, or those who can’t eat sugar.

5. Honest Chocolate Café

Do yourself a favour and try the Banana Bread Bunny Chow; banana bread hollowed out and filled with ice-cream and chocolate sauce with a serving of spiced nuts on the side. You can thank us later.

6. The Creamery Ice Cream Company

If you’re a chocolate die-hard, you’ll want The Creamery’s most popular flavour, 65% chocolate. Throw in their seasonal fruit flavours including Yellow Nectarine, Lime Curd Swirl, and Catawba Grape, and we’re done. All made with local, sustainably produced ingredients.

The ultimate hot-cross bun guide for Easter

Think your mom makes the best hot-cross buns? She doesn’t; mine does. But if you are going to settle for a store-bought fix of this spicy Easter treat, Cape Town offers up some delicious variations … including the kind you’ll find in a cone!

Easter brings out my inner child. She’s a fat kid who stockpiles chocolate eggs and guzzles hot-cross buns as if it’s her last day on Earth. My mom’s home-baked hot-cross buns – fresh out the oven and slathered in butter – will always top my list, but recent years have seen some pretty spectacular twists on the good old HCB. Before you cry ‘sacrilege’, hear me out.

Woolworths, once content to offer up varying degrees of spiciness, has upped the ante with ‘chocolate’ and ‘apricot and white chocolate’ variations. In addition to this, they have introduced the love child of two of Easter’s most delicious treats: the HCB and chocolate eggs. Let me help you wrap your head around this: “Hollow milk chocolate eggs with dried fruit pieces, candied peel, and a hint of cinnamon”.

*Adds to cart.*

This March, The Creamery has Hot-Cross Bun as its ice cream flavour of the month. Don’t worry, it’s not full of currants and candied peel – just subtle flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice. I’d recommend ordering it on a crispy waffle. Heavenly.

For disciples of the strict and unbending order of LCHF diets, all is not lost. Lindt chocolate bunnies are a no-no (the sugar, the horror!) but you can still get an Easter foodie fix in the form of a Banting HCB. You’ll have to make it yourself, and it probably won’t taste as good, but just think about how smug healthy it will make you feel. You’ll find a recipe here.

Of course, you don’t have to ditch the traditional HCB simply because you want to do things differently this year. Mix it up with one of these ideas:

Breakfast HCB: Need a hearty breakfast to get you through the Easter weekend? Lightly toast your HCB. Spread tomato relish on one half, add a piece of crispy bacon and fluffy scrambled eggs, and top with the other half.

Nutella French toast: Cut your HCB in half. Spread a generous layer of Nutella on one half and stick the two halves together. If necessary use a rolling pin to flatten the HCB slightly. Dip in a mixture of eggs (2), cream (50ml) and icing sugar (1 tsp), before cooking in a pan.

HCB braaibroodjies: Having a Good Friday braai? Use spicy hot cross buns instead of bread to make your cheese, onion and chutney toasties.

HCB burger: Forget boring old hamburger buns and create a holiday burger with hot cross buns, beef patties in a spicy marinade, coleslaw, and slices of smoked provolone.

Ice-cream sandwich: Slice your hot cross buns in half. Scoop some ice-cream onto one half and place the other half on top to create a sandwich. Pop the ice-cream sandwiches in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.