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The laughing chocolate bunny from Bouchon Bakery. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Sometimes you can taste the frustrated sighs in a chef's special holiday creation—you can all but hear "chocolate again? when cutting into that Valentine's molten chocolate cake. But Easter seems different: bakeries and pastry chefs seem to let themselves loose and make some awesomely creative (not to mention delicious) Easter sweets. This seems especially true with some of the chocolate bunnies and eggs out there, which come in whimsical forms that taste way better than the foil-wrapped stuff in supermarkets and pharmacies. Here are some fun chocolate bunnies and eggs we'd love to find in our Easter baskets.

Note: some bunnies were sent as samples, but to keep things even this post is about cool-looking treats, not the best tasting bunny for your buck. And let's be honest: if you want great chocolate, you can get great chocolate. If you want a chocolate bunny, chances are you're still be more than happy even if the chocolate doesn't rock your world.

Bouchon Bakery

"What's this bunny laughing at?" you may wonder. Theory 1: someone just told it a great joke. Theory 2: it just watched its grumpy hedgehog neighbor get sprayed by his lawn sprinkler. Either way, this jocular dark chocolate bunny ($24 for small, $36 for large) is hollow and tinted slightly gold.

It's one of several Easter treats Bouchon Bakery has for the season. Another to note: a coconut and meringue tart shaped like a bunny that tripped in the grass. The little bunny feet hanging off his bunny rump? They're macarons.

Sample provided.

Bouchon Bakery

multiple locations
bouchonbakery.com

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Jacques Torres has a bunch of Easter chocolates. There are bunnies sitting down, chocolate-coated bunny peeps, bunnies cackling at something offscreen, and more. (Is it just us or do a lot of chocolate bunnies cackle with mischevious glee?) Single- or double-serving treats are $3 to $5; larger treats are $12 to $28. Most are available in milk, dark, or mixed versions. Check out the full parade of bunnies, chicks, and pigs holding red flowers here.

Jacques Torres Chocolate

multiple locations
mrchocolate.com

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The "Spanish bunny" from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Vosges is offering a few floppy-eared bunnies, such as this 2.5 ounce Barcelona Bunny ($12). It's made with a darker-than-average milk chocolate and comes studded with sea salt and smoked almonds. Check out the rest of their Easter sweets here.

Sample provided.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

multiple locations
vosgeschocolate.com

Li-Lac Chocolates

If you have $375 to spare and need to feed a crowd, look no farther than the 20 pound, 36 inch tall mega-bunny from Li-Lac Chocolates. What, don't need a bunny you could hammer in nails with? Fine—their Easter page also features all sorts of treats, including a bunny cowboy and chocolate figurines of bunnies driving cars. (Bunnies driving cars—the chocolate bunny you never knew you needed, until now.)

Li-Lac Chocolates

multiple locations
li-lacchocolates.com

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A gargantuan 11 pound chicken tower from La Maison Du Chocolat. [Photograph: La Maison Du Chocolat]

La Maison du Chocolat

This year, La Maison du Chocolat is selling adorable chocolate chickens with praline eggs. They come in a range of sizes, everything from 8 ounce single chickens with eggs ($85) to a mammoth 11 pound tower complex of chocolate chickens, eggs, and chocolate display cabinets—to house the hundred or so total eggs—for $800.

The chickens themselves look a whole lot like eggs, bringing a whole new level of complexity to the chicken and egg question. You can check out all the chocolates here.

La Maison du Chocolat

multiple locations
lamaisonduchocolat.com

Three Tarts

We're fans of Three Tarts bakery in Chelsea; any place that makes its own Peeps is good by us. They're selling some old school bunnies made in heirloom molds from Gruning's Ice Cream and Candy Company in New Jersey. The bunnies have an impressive amount of detail and price nicely into the affordable class of fancy Easter chocolates: $14 for 5 ounces, $20 for 8, and $26 for 12. You can see all the bunny options here.

Three Tarts

164 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map)
(212) 462-4392
3tarts.com

Francois Payard Patisserie

Payard is selling a variety of Easter chocolates and cakes, ranging from the adorable (a cute chocolate bunny cake; $26) to the downright bizarre (8 inch tall cheetah print chocolate egg; $38). There are also plenty of classic chocolate bunnies available in milk and dark chocolate versions.

Payard Patisserie

116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012 (map)
(212) 995-0888
payard.com

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