Bettys was founded by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner who came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft skills. He opened his first Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate in 1919 and named it 'Bettys'. The reason why remains a mystery to this day.
The handmade Imperial Easter Eggs continue a tradition stretching back nearly a century to the birth of Bettys. The founder, Frederick Belmont, created lavish Easter eggs which were ornately embellished with hand-piped icing designs.
It all starts with 5.4kg of the finest Swiss Grand Cru chocolate, made from noble grade Trinitario and Criollo cocoa beans, ethically sourced from Venezuela. The chocolatiers fill each half of the egg with three layers of chocolate for an extra-thick shell, stippling inside the mould to ensure a glossy finish. Placed together, the two halves are sealed by hand with our classic chocolate shell piping.
Although the 50cm high Imperial Easter Egg is one-of-a-kind, all our Easter eggs are made at our Craft Bakery in Harrogate and are hand-finished using artisan skills that have been passed down from chocolatier to chocolatier since 1919.