At Sabino Artisan Chocolates in Oro Valley, they started making the bunnies eight weeks ago.

There are several hundred handmade chocolate rabbits in 22 varieties for Easter, a "huge" time for chocolate shops, says store owner Dianne Trinque.

Trinque's own memories of chocolate go back to an Easter basket she had when she was about 5, she recalls on the store's website. The basket carried a bunny made by a chocolatier in Enfield, Conn., where she grew up.

Now Trinque is making the memories as a chocolatier herself. She gets help crafting her Easter treats from Albert "Albi" von Dach, who ran a pastry and chocolate shop in Switzerland and spends winters in Tucson. Von Dach brought the mold for Sabino Artisan Chocolates' largest bunnies from his homeland. It was passed down to him from his godfather after he graduated from chocolatier school and is estimated to be at least 80 years old, says Sabino's website.

Sabino also sells seasonal chocolate eggshells filled with bonbons and truffles, and decorated Peeps - the pink ones, for instance, are French chicks with berets and beads.

But the bunnies, ranging in price from $3.75 to $65, are the biggest sellers, Trinque says. They're at 10110 N. Oracle Road, Suite 140.