April 21, 2014 in Chocolate! (and other less exalted food experiences)
Many of our American holidays involve candy, and rightly so. Candy is good! Halloween is the King Holiday when it comes to candy. All the usual candy culprits are in bite-sized form, making it easy for you to convince yourself that even though you ate 50 pieces of candy, it still doesn’t add up to an entire candy bar.
Valentine’s Day, while reputed to be about love, is really the candy companies’ excellent marketing strategy to have a giant heart-shaped box of chocolate-filled morsels of delight signify everlasting love. It works: I know I feel loved after eating a bunch of chocolate…right before I start feeling sick to my stomach.
But the best candy of all is Easter candy. Behold, the Queen of seasonal Easter candy: the Cadbury egg:
There have been some hot debates on my local radio station about which is better, the Cadbury egg or the marshmallow peep. Seriously? How is that even a contest? I don’t like Peeps, probably because I’m not a huge fan of marshmallow. They are made of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. In other words, they are a bland vehicle for a sugar high.
I love the entire Cadbury egg line.
These are filled with white chocolate and they are divine.
A hollow egg filled with Cadbury mini eggs. (I use the term “filled” loosely. This is a perfect example of truth in advertising. The picture on the box shows four mini Cadbury eggs, and the inside of my sons’ eggs had exactly four mini Cadbury eggs inside. If you ask me, that leaves an awful lot of empty hollow space that could have been used, say, by being slightly more generous with the mini Cadbury eggs.)
They are made with milk chocolate, sugar, and corn syrup, and I can attest to the fact that milk chocolate tastes worlds better than gelatin.
Jelly beans I can live without, but these Hershey chocolate eggs in a candy-coated shell are to die for.
I can eat an entire bag of these all by myself. It’s sad, really. But they are so good!
Whoppers’ Robin Eggs and Hershey’s Solid Chocolate Eggs are classics.
People celebrate Easter in different ways, but I spent Easter at my local Safeway buying discounted Easter candy to stash away for emergency purposes. And I will have to stash it away because after all the Easter candy I’ve been “sampling” all week, I’m going to need to go on a cleanse.
I hope you all feel as satisfied/vaguely ill as I do after indulging in all the fabulous Easter candy!