High-End Easter Sweets in Chicago

Your dentist loves it when your Easter basket runneth over with a bounty of marshmallow-filled, chocolate-covered sugar bombs. But we have a better way! Swap your Peeps for a thyme and basil truffle or caramel- and bacon-filled chocolate egg (one, just one), and reawaken your palate with a small handful of unconventional holiday treats. These Chicago bakeries and chocolatiers really up the Easter basket ante. (Photo: Cupcakes at Bleeding Heart)

Updated: April 01, 2010

Chicago Sweets

Southport Grocery & Cafe

3552 N Southport, Chicago, IL 60657

Herbs and flowers get a sweet makeover from local chocolatier Truffle Truffle. In celebration of the season, the Spring Tower--four truffles in flavors like thyme and basil and an eight-piece caramel selection featuring lemon ginger and orange blossom--recreates springtime in dessert form.


951 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Kick-start your Easter morning with a hearty feast of bacon and eggs ... covered in chocolate? Believe it: The innovative confectionery sensation at Vosges redefines the old breakfast standby by enrobing buttery bacon and silky caramel with 55 percent dark chocolate and molding the salty-sweet concoction into half egg shapes.

Bleeding Heart Bakery

1351 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

This punk rock pastry joint pumps out holiday-themed cupcakes in sophisticated flavors like lemon meringue with coconut, but it's the Lamb Shank that'll shake up your spread. The vegan treat--shaped like a leg of lamb for a playful take on the traditional lamb-shaped cake--requires a 48-hour pre-order.

Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe

1114 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

A whole slew of Easter goodies are churned out by this cheery cafe and patisserie, but none outshines the giant Rice Krispie egg, a supersized holiday take on the perennial snack time favorite. It's an eight-inch tall, hand-formed chunk of chewy, marshmallowy goodness. Don't forget to share!