Slideshow: Taste Test: Chocolate Easter Bunnies

See's Candies
See's Candies
The winner! And at ten ounces, it was the biggest and healthiest of our chocolate animal kingdom. Ooh, every little hind leg and ear morsel had a perfectly creamy taste and velvety finish, and the deeper, smoky hints kept things interesting. The West Coast-based company, usually found in malls where the cheery staff in their old-school black-and-white uniforms greets you with free samples, already had some bias from a couple California-hailing staffers. But this was a blind tasting and we still picked them!

Even the East coast natives were ooooh-ing and aaahh-ing, declaring "now that's chocolate." Not too sweet, not fake-tasting, this just what you want in milk chocolate, and at a very good price. Plus, of all the critters, this one looked the friendliest. Smiling and sporting a basket-backpack full of decorated eggs, he looked like he was hopping somewhere you'd want to be.

Price and Size: $9.10 for 10 ounces

Hollow or solid? Hollow

Order here: sees.com

Fran's Chocolates
Fran's Chocolates
There's not much to the packaging here—just a shiny gold foil wrapping, but with very realistic fur design, might we add. The single origin Venezuelan milk chocolate from the Seattle-based chocolate company started by Fran Bigelow, isn't aggressively chocolatey or sweet, but has a wonderful, tongue-coating creamy texture. It's definitely a sophisticated rabbit, without all the hoopla of a plastic box or smiley bunny face. Maybe not as exciting for kids.

Price and Size: $7 for 4 ounces

Hollow or solid? Solid

Order here: franschocolates.com

Note: Fran's has a $15 ordering minimum, which means you need to order a couple bunnies, and maybe throw in these dangerously addictive Smoked Sea Salt Thins.

Jacques Torres
Jacques Torres
Another serious-looking seated rabbit but from the New York-based chocolate shop, this one was too sweet for us. "Saccharine sweet" said one taster, and the little white chocolate stripes filling in the ears made it even sweeter. "Yech," said one taster. A little waxy on the tongue at first, it tasted more like cocoa butter flavor than real chocolate. We weren't in love with this one.

Price and Size: $9 for 3.5 to 4 ounces

Hollow or solid? Hollow

Order here: mrchocolate.com

Lindt
Lindt
Though they also make the bigger chocolate bunnies, we couldn't resist the adorable 1.7-ounce bunnies (bunnettes?) that come in a five-pack. Somewhere a Lindt chocolate bunny mama is churning out offspring left and right! If you go for these (wrapped in gold foil like their parents) you won't get that same satisfaction of biting off a big, fleshy ear, but they're a nice few nibbles-worth each.

The shell is very thin and crumbly at first, and the taste is "pleasant and inoffensive," agreed tasters. "Kind of like the chocolate icing on a cake or doughnut."

Price and Size: $8 for the 7-ounce, $4.50 for the 3.5-ounce, and $4.50 for a 5-pack of 1.7-ouncers. Also available in dark and white chocolates, and mini lambs.

Hollow or solid? Hollow

Order here: lindtusa.com

Frango
Frango
Manufactured exclusively for Macy's and made with Kosher dairy, the taste of this one stood out from the others. Was that mint? Ginger notes? Coffee grounds? It was all over the place. "The Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde of the bunny world!" said one taster. It was funky, but we kind of liked it. Plus, it must be noted how chubby this bunny's cheeks are. Are you hiding invisible carrot sticks in there?! Playing Chubby Bunny?

Price and Size: $12 for 8 ounces

Hollow or solid? Hollow

Order here: macys.com

Dove
Dove
Alright, we had to do it. We had to cruise the Easter candy section at Target and buy a few from the cheaper bunny bracket. Of the three we tried (Brach's, Russell Stover, and Dove) Dove was our favorite. It didn't have that metallic or gritty quality, or any other weird aftertastes. Creamy and "the most chocolate-tasting," it should do the trick for your average sugarhigh-loving basket owner.

Price and Size: $3.50 for 6 ounces

Hollow or solid? Solid

Found at most grocery stores, drug stores, Targets, and elsewhere.