An Australian cook living in Italy has foodies turning after sharing the incredible chocolate eggs available in Italian supermarkets ahead of Easter.
Ayeh Manfre, who is known online for her easy-to-follow recipes, is spending her first Easter in Italy after moving house in May last year.
The food blogger shared her experience of living in the Mediterranean and said she “couldn’t believe” the eggs in grocery stores.
She said there were several aisles of huge Easter treats that were “the size of her head”, covered in colorful wrapping paper and hiding a secret surprise inside.
Australian Ayeh followers were wowed by the “overwhelming” choice available in Italian supermarkets, while international viewers said seeing the huge eggs brought back memories.
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Ayeh Manfre (left) has foodies turning after showing how extravagant Easter eggs are in Italian supermarkets
‘My first Easter in Italy and I can’t believe the Easter eggs here!! I went shopping and was totally distracted by the Easter treat aisles!!’ Ayeh captioned a video posted on her popular social media pages.
“There are so many different aisles and brands and they are all huge with a surprise inside,” she said as she browsed the supermarket shelves.
Ayeh picked up colored chocolate eggs that were “bigger than her head” and weighed a whole kilogram.
“I felt like a little kid and wanted one of each and was thrilled to see the surprises inside.”
While Ayeh said it was “so difficult” to choose her favourites, she came home with two eggs, one of which was Baci chocolate from Italian brand Dolce and Gabbana.
She said there were several aisles of huge Easter treats that were ‘the size of her head’, covered in colorful wrapping paper and hiding a secret surprise inside
“Baci is one of my favorite chocolates and I wanted to see what it was about at Dolce and Gabbana,” she said.
“If you haven’t tried them, Baci means kisses in Italian and these are those lovely chocolates with a little note.”
She found a Dolce and Gabbana magnet inside before opening the second egg which was made of milk chocolate and had a pilot cartoon character keyring in the middle.
Ayeh’s clips garnered 488,500 viewers and made her fans obsessed with chocolate “heaven” in the Italian store.
“YOU ARE IN EASTER CHOCOLATE HEAVEN,” one onlooker exclaimed.
‘On my bucket list – to experience Easter in Italy!! You must be in heaven!!’ accepted for a second.
While Ayeh said it was “so hard” to choose her favourites, she came home with two eggs, one of which was designer Dolce and Gabbana’s Baci chocolate.
‘Oh my, massive, outrageously gorgeous,’ said a third while another wrote: ‘Omg!!!! Almost crushing!’
Some said they would buy the eggs just for the ornate wrapping paper and others laughed that the “surprises” weren’t worth it.
People who grew up in Italy and other countries said Ayeh’s video brought back childhood memories.
“I loved it when I was a kid. My dad used to put jewelry in it for me and mum. Great memories,” one woman said.
“In Italy we never break Easter eggs before Easter, it’s a bit of bad luck,” another warned.
“Or at least that’s what our parents told us to stop eating all the chocolate,” they laughed.
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