CHOCOLATE producers seem to have read the mood of the nation with this year's selection of Easter eggs.

We all need a treat after the trials of lockdown and bigger is better if some of the hugely decadent treats are anything to go by.

Aldi’s artisan chocolate range for Easter includes a 'Giant Dragon Egg' which is £9.99 for a whopping 680g of Belgian milk chocolate hand finished with a decorative gold, orange and copper effect.

Aldi dragon egg

Aldi dragon egg

The super luxury range also includes the 'Exquisite Beehive Egg' which is £14.99 for 600g and is described as 'truly stunning'.

It is made from Fairtrade blonde chocolate with honeycomb pieces and bee pollen. This giant egg is decorated with milk chocolate honey caramel filled bees, finished with a gold lustre and stands above a hidden drawer of 12 milk chocolate and salted caramel truffles.

Unique but a bit more easy on the wallet is Aldi's Moser Roth geometric egg which is £2.99 each and comes in ruby chocolate or blonde chocolate.

Perhaps at the very top of the market is Hotel Chocolat's 'You Crack Me Up' range where you won't get much change from £30.

On the website it says: "Don’t expect a delicate chocolate shell here. If you want to crack this egg you’re going to have to use some real force - but we think it’s worth it.

You Crack Me Up

You Crack Me Up

"Rich 40 per cent milk chocolate on one side, and creamy caramel-white chocolate on the other, you can decide which side to break into first."

Once you manage to get inside the £29 400g egg, you will find praline and caramel bunnies and egg-face treats which can feed the 'whole family'.

Cadbury has created the ultimate Easter egg for Mini Eggs fans.

Chocoholics can get hold of a large milk chocolate egg which has tiny Mini Egg pieces embedded in the shell.

Picture: @helenjtea on Instagram

Picture: @helenjtea on Instagram

It also comes with a pack of Mini Eggs for good measure.

Go easy though because the limited edition weighs more than half a kilogram and the advice is to make it last for '17 portions'.

And the ultimate Easter indulgence does not come cheap at £12 at Tesco.

More pocket-friendly is an egg Cadbury has teamed up with Oreo to create.

It is a white chocolate egg studded with Oreo pieces for £3.

Meanwhile, Twix's novelty egg this year is a white chocolate Easter egg plus three full-size white chocolate Twix bars for £5.

Or for families looking for something a Lidl different to treat the kids this Easter, the supermarket has something eggstra.

Lidl animal easter eggs

Lidl animal easter eggs

This year, Lidl has introduced animal Easter eggs described as 'almost too cute to eat'.

The chocolate egg zoo includes Elephant, Lion and Monkey.

Meanwhile, Swizzels has something new in time for Easter – but it is a bit of a wild card because the British sweet manufacturer has not made it egg-shaped.

It is the first Drumstick chocolate bar.

The unique flavour of the Drumstick lolly, enjoyed by kids for more than 60 years, has been combined with milk chocolate.

The result is a milk chocolate bar filled with a raspberry and milk fondant centre and real raspberry pieces.

Drumstick chocolate

Drumstick chocolate

It is in Home Bargains, B&M, Co-Op, Poundland, One Stop and Iceland stores and costs £1.

Sarah-Louise Heslop, marketing manager at Swizzels, said: ‘‘We’re delighted to be able to offer such a unique and exciting product for the Easter period.

"Drumstick Chocolate has proven to be hugely popular since launch and there’s lots of buzz around it, with people who haven’t tried it yet questioning whether to do so due to its wacky nature. It’s sure to be a talking point among families."