As a part time traveller and living in the UK, Easter is a great time to travel as it means extra ‘public holiday’ days off work! It almost means that I’ve been able to experience how other cultures celebrate Easter and Iceland tops it when it comes to their AMAZING chocolate eggs. Iceland has its own chocolate factory ‘Noi Sirius’ located just outside of Reykjavik, they are the masters behind the eggs. The eggs come in different sizes (from size 2 up to 10) and are FILLED with all different types of Icelandic chocolate and sweets, such as: chocolate caramels, malt balls, chocolate covered liquorice and hard boiled sweets. Mine was a size 4, it had a chick on the top, a chocolate and flowers stuck to the egg and LOADS of sweets inside.
The eggs don’t come cheap. I bought my size 4 egg in a petrol station and it was the equivalent of around £20/$25…I’d NEVER spend that on a chocolate egg in the UK! But as the saying goes ‘when in Rome…’! I found it good value though in the end, it kept me busy for a week! At the end of our trip, we found that the supermarket ‘Bonus’ stocked a cheaper version, but I didn’t buy one so I can’t vouch for the taste or quality.
I don’t like smashing things up, especially when it’s pretty looking food, the eggs have their own chocolate ‘plug’ on the back. When you remove it you can see everything squished inside! It’s kinda tricky trying to pull them out of the small hole without it melting, some of the sweets are in little packets as well as being loose or individually wrapped, but then that’s part of the fun discovering what types you have inside!
Each egg also has an Icelandic proverb inside (the little yellow scroll in the photo above). Mine translates to ‘God’s rewarding hand’ (translated using Google, if anyone reads this and it’s wrong, please comment below and let me know! *edit* thank you to one of my readers who has said it could be translated as ‘Good is the giving hand’). My Mum had bought an egg too and her proverb didn’t really make sense but it could have just been lost in translation.
To get my money’s worth, I kept the chick on top, I got attached to its cute little face! He’s now my travel mascot, Swan Weasley comes with me everywhere and I take photos of him all over the world!
Have you ever celebrated Easter in a different country? Or do you have a travel mascot? Let me know in the comments below!