It’s not just “business as usual” this Easter for some innovative chefs. Instead of accepting that the holiday should be celebrated with the same old Easter egg—you know, the one supposedly from a chicken that’s carried around and dropped off by a rabbit—they’ve decided to change all that. The new Easter egg is the dragon egg.
Dragon eggs have an alternate mythology. In Chinese folklore, dragons symbolize strength. They control important aspects of the natural world and are considered good luck. In Imperial China, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. If a person is of very high esteem, in Chinese culture they are compared to a dragon. Jorge Luis Borges wrote, “We do not know what the dragon means, just as we do not know the meaning of the universe, but there is something in the image of the dragon that is congenial to man’s imagination…it is, one might say, a necessary monster.”
The ubiquitous candy eggs we shovel in handfuls into our waiting mouths (or at least I do) at Easter have been widely available only since 1873, introduced to England by J.S. Fry & Sons, who created the first chocolate Easter egg that was mass-produced, made possible at that time due to the advent of moldable, industrialized chocolate. As time grows near to the 150th year anniversary of the Easter egg we’ve grown accustomed to, this makeover is a welcome one.
Those who love “Game of Thrones” will be happy to know the TV series was most likely the initial inspiration behind the idea of an Easter dragon egg. In 2016, Melt Chocolates, Selfridges and HBO partnered to create a 33-pound dragon egg based on the series. This Easter, the rise of the dragon egg continues—and more power to it!
Here, our top five dragon eggs for Easter 2018:
Toronto chocolatier David Chow, well-known for his chic artistic designs, has created the ultimate dragon egg for Easter. The sense of texture, the color mixing, the golden ridges all come together to make an unforgettable work of art.
In Dallas, chocolatier Kate Weiser has invented a serious knock-out of a dragon egg, robed in a deep texture that makes us wonder: If I bite into it, will a baby dragon pop out?
Dragon eggs are a global phenomenon. At Restaurant Hemingway in the Netherlands, this masterpiece makes the perfect dessert.
In England, home of the first chocolate Easter eggs, the chocolate egg continues in popularity— though now it’s taken on a new shape at Fenwick of Bond Street.
The dragon egg is very much at home in Sydney at Sake on the Rocks. This gorgeous presentation bodes well for the future popularity of the dragon egg as the up-and-coming star of Easter eggs all over the world.
If you’d like to make a dragon egg cake yourself for your own Easter celebration, here’s a video that shows you how.
Header image courtesy of The Suburban Soapbox.