Yummy runny bunny

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The Easter Bunny paid an early visit this week to Queenstown siblings Reuben, 8, Theo, 6, and Mariah Payn, 3.

The kids got to make their own Belgian chocolate bunnies during a visit to Chocolate Brown on Tuesday.

The local chocolatier has been frantically making 2000 bunnies for nationwide distribution in the lead-up to next week’s Easter Sunday, when chocolate eggs and bunnies are traditionally given.

Chocolate Brown owner/operator Steve McClean says people don’t seem to be scrimping on the high-end treat despite the recession – his March wholesale figures are up 150 per cent on last year.

“[Belgians] make very good chocolate,” McClean says.

“It’s not the cheapest but it’s the best.”

McClean and his staff import ingredients and make all their chocolate morsels from scratch on site.

They’ll still be making bunnies next week to sell on site before Easter.

The Payn kids got to make their own bunnies to take home – with instructions not to eat them before next Sunday.

Instead, they got to sample some ready-made rabbits.

“I wish I could eat mine before Easter,” says Reuben.

“They’re yummy.”