The £33,000 chocolate bunny: what are you getting for Easter?

Sarah Coles
Chocolate bunny
Chocolate bunny
'World's Most Extravagant Easter Bunny' Costs $49K
'World's Most Extravagant Easter Bunny' Costs $49K

Are you racking your brains for what you can buy for the Oligarch in your life this Easter? Or for that matter what's acceptable to give a footballer's wife, a lottery-winner, or anyone else who can afford more than two bedrooms in central London?

Swanky website could have the answer to your Easter gift dilemma: a £33,000 chocolate bunny.

For your money you get slightly more than your typical £3 supermarket chocolate novelty. The bunny has been hand-carved by award-winning chocolatier Martin Chiffers.

It's made from 75% Tanzania origin chocolate and is 38 cm high. It weighs around 5 kg, and if you want to eat the lot yourself, you'll be consuming 548,000 calories. At the feet of the bunny are three solid chocolate eggs decorated with gold leaf.

The mega-rich recipient can decide whether to wolf the lot before breakfast, or to keep it as an ornament - as the makers estimate it will last at least two years - as long as it doesn't get hotter than about 16 degrees.

The chocolate is fairly spectacular, but the real attraction is the eyes of the chocolate novelty, which are made from two 1.70 carat diamonds - with a combined value of over £25,000.

When you finally demolish the rabbit, the company that provided the diamonds, 77 Diamonds, will create a bespoke piece of jewellery featuring them - free of charge.

Of course you might consider this a little self-indulgent, but you can salve your conscience with the fact that when the rabbit is sold, the website will make a £1,000 donation to The Prince's Trust.

How does it compare?

The price means it easily eclipses the cost of the most expensive non-jewelled egg in the world. That sold at auction in March 2012 for £7,000.

However, for sheer size, it falls short of the largest chocolate bunny ever made. That title goes to a 12-foot rabbit made by Duracell South Africa in 2010. It took four people three days to sculpt it, and the finished article weighed an impressive 3,010 kg.

And if you want to really impress your Oligarch this Easter, then nothing will be quite as good as their own Fabergé egg. The older ones hardly ever come to auction, but in 2007 the one made for the Rothschild family sold for £8.9 million.

If that's a bit rich for your blood, each year Fabergé runs a Big Egg Hunt. It gets artists to design new eggs, and auctions them off for charity. The record for the most expensive one sold in recent years was broken by Jeff Koons last year, when the egg he designed sold for $900,000.

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