Technicolor traditions

These Easter eggs are gonna really cheer up my fridge

I’m a total sucker for holiday-themed tradtions…usually of the childish variety and especially of the edible kind. I love carving pumpkins at Halloween, putting together gingerbread houses during Christmas, and I even like buying those little chalky Valentine’s Day candy hearts with messages on them (even though I think they’re absolutely foul tasting).

So it should really come as no surprise that Easter, with its jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, Peeps and Cadbury eggs, is something I’m all about. This year though, I brought back one of my favorite childhood Easter traditions that doesn’t even have to do with candy: dying Easter eggs! Flaneur, having grown up in that boot-shaped country across the pond, had never done it before so it was all the more reason for me to break out the hard boiled eggs and PAAS dye kit.

I already love hard boiled eggs, but turn their shells teal, orange, violet and golden yellow and I’m over the moon. Really though, how can rainbow-colored eggs make you anything but happy? Some people like soft pastels for Easter, but I prefer ultra-vibrant, turbo pigmented, technicolor eggs.  They came out so well I think I might be adding this to my holiday traditions repetoire.

Happy Easter!

My absolute favorite thing about Easter is Cadbury Creme Eggs (especially the Monday after Easter when they go on sale) so I was doubly excited when I saw a new version of the holiday classic at British goods market Myers of Keswick. Instead of the traditional egg shape, the Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted is more like a regular candy bar in that it’s long, but instead of being rectangular or segmented, this chocolate goody looks like the twisty shapes I used to make with Play Doh as a kid. Inside though, is the same sticky delicious cream with the yolky yellow still in the middle.

Literally a new twist on an old favorite. Thank you British Easter Bunny!

No eggs this Easter!

Easter sales

My very own carton of chocolate marshmallow eggs

Now that Easter has come and gone, the next candy-centric holiday isn’t until October. So today, before they were wiped from the shelves, I took part in one of my favorite candy-related traditions: post-holiday clearance sales. Fifty percent off all Easter candy. Now, that’s my kind of sale. I did manage to practice some self control however, and walked out of the store only having bought two Cadbury eggs (although I wanted to buy their whole supply) and one carton (because they only came by the dozen, I swear) of chocolate marshmallow eggs. I had to. They came in a styrofoam carton just like real eggs. They were too hilariously kitchy (and cheap thanks to the sale) to pass up.

They weren’t the best candy I’ve ever had, and of course, they paled in comparison to my beloved Cadbury eggs, but they were good anyway. Light and fluffy, with just a thin chocolate shell, they’re easy to eat several of, and don’t have that ultra sugary stickiness of Cadbury eggs. You could eat a couple and not feel like you instantly got cavities. I’d say they were a fun farewell to Easter sweets. And now to wait for candy corn…

Chocolate shell, fluffy marshmallow yolk

In Peeps news

Just when I thought Peeps couldn’t get any better…BAM! They cover them in chocolate! My favorite Peeps will always be the original classics (chick-shaped and yellow) but these come in a close second. Covering something in chocolate is always a good idea, if you ask me.

A new spin on an old favorite.
Chocolate on the outside, yellow marshmallow Peeps goodness on the inside

In related news, I reeeeally want THIS.

Spring forward, fat behind

Spring is in the air! But it’s not flowers in bloom or warmer days that are hinting at the coming season. Something much better gave it away: fully stocked shelves of chocolate bunnies, speckled jellybeans, Peeps (including the original ones) and all sorts of other pastel-colored Easter candy on sale now.

Peeps galore

But most exciting of all is the arrival of my absolute favorite seasonal holiday candy of all time: Cadbury creme eggs. I’ve been eating these gooey cream filled chocolate eggs every year for as long as I can remember.

Tasty tradition

While some people outgrow these things, Cadbury eggs are part of my life just the way spring is part of the year. While some wait hungrily for spring and warm weather, flowers and longer days, I wait just the same way for those cream filled eggs. Thankfully, this year’s wait is over.

I need the kind of creature that lays these eggs.