Holidays

Where to Buy the Ultimate Easter Basket

It's that time of year again -- time to celebrate the resurrection of

everyone's favorite Christian savior with marshmallow chicks, chocolate bunnies, and painted eggs. Those of you who have the glorious task of putting

together an Easter basket could go one of a few ways.

"Some people like buying items and putting together their

own baskets," says Julio Hernandez of Miami-based specialty basket retailer

Fabulous Baskets. "But most pick from our premade selections."

Besides the obvious items such as Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs, high-end Easter baskets often include specialty wines, cheeses,

chocolates, and even caviar. The Grand Gourmet basket ($24.49) at Fabulous Baskets

features 19 luxurious products, including Chilean Puerto Viejo white wine, black capelin

caviar, Kasilof smoked salmon pâté, and Bailey's Irish Cream chocolates.


For Passover, the Gourmet Kosher Specialty ($99.99) features the above ingredients, except with Kosher wine and plenty of Godiva chocolate.

At Edible Arrangements, which has stores all over Miami, the baskets range from $40 for the Easter Daisy to $139 for the Berry Bunny Surprise. Edible Arrangements blends fruit, chocolate-covered fruit, and solid chocolate bunnies to make its baskets, and adds balloons and teddy bears to its most expensive renditions. The Berry Bunny Surprise features gourmet semisweet chocolate-dipped pineapple bunnies, semisweet chocolate-dipped strawberries, fresh orange wedges, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, and grapes.

Online, options vary by intended recipient. At giftbasketsfordelivery.com, high-end Easter baskets are geared toward younger recipients and feature 22 items, including Amoretti Italian cookies, Jack Allen chocolate eclairs, and the president cheese wheel. For the adult Easter recipient, gourmetgiftbaskets.com offers a chocolate and champagne suitcase ($169.99) that you can add a bottle of Dom Perignon to for an extra $139.99. A kid would go nuts for the Look What the Easter Bunny Brought Me, which features more than 30 items, including myriad treats and a number of fun pocket games.

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