We all know what Easter and Passover are really about. Eating! Just kidding. But we do have our favorite spring holiday treats. And a special place in our heart for a holiday that celebrates all things Chick-like!
I’m not a big fan of Halloween candy but I am all over Easter treats. can’t get enough of those speckled robin’s eggs, with their speckled candy coating, layer of chocolate, and melty malted goodness. And those little Cadbury chocolate eggs? YUM.
Coming from a mixed background, I must also give a shout-out to the delights of Passover. This is less of a sweets-oriented holiday for me. (Thank goodness. I’d end up in a sugar coma this weekend.) But give me a homemade matzoh ball soup and I’m happy. Even though I don’t eat meat, I always made an exception for my Aunt Ruth’s brisket. Happy Pesach and happy Easter! Mazel tov!
Okay, this may sound incongruous coming from a Chick, but I’m not a Peeps fan. Sure, they’re cute, but they taste like marshmallows that didn’t turn out quite right. And I’m not even a marshmallow fan to begin with — I pretty much only like marshmallows when they’re molten between two graham crackers with a slab of chocolate. Chocolate. That’s my favorite Easter (Halloween, Christmas) candy.
It’s gotta be Cadbury Creme Eggs. Although simply the thought of these confections sends me into a mild sucrose coma. Milk chocolate surrounding a white-and-yellow sugar-mixed-with-even-more-sugar filling that somehow manages to replicate a real egg—or at least one that might have been laid by a bunny.
I’ll give a close second, however, to the Kinder Surprise egg, a shell of milk chocolate with a real toy inside! (Alas, these delights are no longer for sale here in the US, as the powers-that-be have decided they are a choking hazard for small children. Back in the day, the toys were all made of wood—super cool!)
Given my obsession with licorice, it probably comes as no surprise that Black Jelly Bird Eggs are my all-time favorite Easter candy. They are a licorice lover’s dream and perfect for shoving into pockets, purses or cup holders in case a craving strikes. The only downside? They turn my mouth a hideous shade of purplish-black. I look like a Muppet vampire. Or maybe a vampire who feasts on Muppets.
If for some reason, they’re unavailable (they’re becoming increasingly difficult to find, probably because only 17 people buy them each year), please give me a chocolate bunny. Not one of those hollow chocolate bunnies. Something solid. Something decadent. Something that will greatly displease my dentist. I always make sure I buy extra chocolate bunnies. Actually, I buy extra of ALL the candy because I employ the one-for-you-three-for-me method when filling my kids’ Easter baskets.
Happy Easter and happy Passover to all who celebrate! ❤
The first thing I do on approaching an Easter basket is remove ALL the black licorice jelly beans and give them straight to Kathy. I OD’d on skating-rink-red-licorice rolls as a kid (my dad let me buy 2 packs, with 3 rolls each and I ate them in the car on the way home), so just the word “licorice” makes my insides roll. And while I adore chocolate in every form, and anything with coconut inside, I have to admit that I’m probably the one person in the world anymore who actually likes Peeps. Not due to the marshmallow (IS that marshmallow, really, Becky?), but because of the crunchy, yummy sugar all over the outside. Murdering Peeps by microwave is just sacrilege, folks. Although I do enjoy those websites that show Peeps enacting famous scenes from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc. Just pass all those marshmallow Chicks my way (any color of the rainbow is fine), and I’ll set up a reenactment of your choice. I also accept Peep bunnies.
- Sweet: check.
- Colorful: check.
- So adorable they anchor an Easter basket like nobody’s business: check check check.
Happy celebrations to all…
Readers, what are your favorite Easter or Passover goodies, sweet or savory?