The traditional teapot has been given a twist by the Michelin-starred chef in the form of a teapot made from cocoa. Heston from Waitrose The Chocolate Teapot (£20/240g) is an edible milk chocolate teapot that comes with cocoa nib ‘tea leaves’ and ‘sugar cubes’ made from chocolate and flavoured with tea. Flavours include black tea and ginger with a dark chocolate; jasmine tea in a white chocolate; and Earl Grey tea with mandarin in a milk chocolate.
The design of the teapot features ornate detailing and is finished with a gold shimmer and an illustration of an ‘anthropomorphic’ Easter bunny – a rabbit dressed in human clothing, complete with a monocle.
Heston explained: “I wanted to offer something a little extraordinary to shoppers this Easter – something fun and whimsical that we could bring to life in chocolate form. The teapot is utterly scrumptious and the ‘cubes’ that come with it contain my favourite selection of teas, which bring an array of fragrant notes and unique flavours too.”
Kate Kind, confectionery product developer for the supermarket chain, commented: “This playful confection is inspired by the idea of a Mad Hatter’s tea party. When developing The Chocolate Teapot we worked with Heston and his team to come up with an idea that was befitting to this. Expert chocolatiers crafted the final design, keeping all the intricacy of an old-fashioned, beautiful teapot, but with a quirky Heston twist.”
Heston has also reimagined the Scotch egg. From the outside, the Heston from Waitrose The Chocolate Scotch Egg (£6/110g) looks like the traditional savoury picnic staple. But on closer inspection, chocolate-lovers will discover a sweeter alternative: a mango and yuzu fondant yolk encased in a smoked milk chocolate caramel ganache in the shape of an egg, and coated with milk chocolate and maple-crunch breadcrumbs.
Heston said: “In previous years, we’ve taken the idea of the typical chocolate egg and reinvented it with an unexpected twist. This year, my Scotch egg does this in a way you wouldn’t expect – sparking the imagination as you cut into it to find a curious surprise.”
Heston from Waitrose The Chocolate Teapot, £20/240g