Archive for the ‘Easter Candy’ Category

Vintage Gourmet Easter Chocolates

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

When I was growing up, the one thing that outlasted anything else from my Easter basket was that one bunny. It was always the biggest, most solid bunny, and it always had round, sugary eyes. Most of the time, there was even an element of colored chocolate. Weeks after Easter, I’d finally start pulling that guy out of the freezer.

First I’d break off the ears (and the eyes, of course). Next time, I’d hit it on the counter or drop it on the floor, hoping the base would break off. Then the middle part would provide two or three more moments of chocolatey bliss. This ritual somehow managed to extend the Easter experience (an underdog of a holiday if there ever was one) beyond the duration of more candy-centric holidays like Halloween.

Back in the Day…

My chocolate Easter bunnies came from the 80′s, and I totally enjoyed them. But it turns out that history has brought us bunnies and peeps that were even more special — vintage ones. In  the 50′s and 60′s, Easter centerpieces were veritable sculptures made from intricately detailed high-quality chocolate. These treats were enjoyed by the whole family. People made memories about and around them. And the natural ingredients were as beautiful as the final product. I’m willing to bet that some families even admired their chocolate bunnies for so long that their ears turned white (the bunnies’, not the families’).

Great Easter Presents — in the Present

This Spring, CandyFavorites.com brings you a line of Easter chocolates that has all the goodness of old-fashioned favorites. Great chocolates of the past had two things going for them in the quality department — form and formula. Our gourmet Easter treats deliver both of these.

They’re all created for us by a local chocolatier that uses only traditional methods for making chocolate. The finest natural ingredients are hand-poured into authentic vintage chocolate molds from the 1950′s. These incredible confections will give you the chance this Easter season to enjoy the simpler things in life.

Bring back memories or create new ones with our hand-crafted vintage chocolates. They’ll give everyone in your family a chance to savor a piece of that bunny…or hen…or rooster…or cowboy.

Brach’s Puts the Happy in Your Easter

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

We know. It’s early. But we have the most interesting and scrumptious-looking array of Easter Candy, and we figured you might as well have dibs on it! I keep walking past the stack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Bunnies and thinking, “Who wouldn’t want one of those?!” But there’s some specific candy in particular that I want you to know about.

What would Easter be without Brach’s?

After all they’re the ones who taught the world about the circle of chocolatey-marshmallow life. You know the story. In magical springtime moments, marshmallow chickens sometimes fall into chocolate puddles. Then they lay chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs. When those eggs don’t get gobbled up fast enough, they hatch into chocolate-covered marshmallow rabbits. If the Easter Bunny didn’t spread these yummy goodies across the globe, they’d take over the Earth!

For the past several holidays, we’ve received tons calls and emails asking us where to find all kinds of Brach’s candy. Evidently, certain classic favorites, especially those popularly used for baking and crafts, have been impossible to track down. Well, we’ve got the real deal.

Brach’s Easter Candy

stocking stuffer lollipops
christmas lollipops for stockings
lollipops that spin
stocking stuffer lollipops
christmas lollipops for stockings
lollipops that spin

 

Hard-to-Find Classic Brach’s Candies

While we’re at it, it’s worth mentioning that classic Brach’s candies are available at CandyFavorites year round. Why go searching from store to store when you can stock up and (probably) get free shipping? Now you can bake just like grandma without leaving the comfort of your own home! Or if you’re less domestically inclined, you can at least make your house her favorite place to snack.

stocking stuffer lollipops
christmas lollipops for stockings
lollipops that spin

Peeps: The Taste of Springtime

Friday, April 15th, 2011 by benjamin

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Springtime tastes a bit like marshmallow Peeps, at least in my mind. It’s hard to separate the two, since my childhood Easter memories are permanently intertwined with these little bits of deliciousness.

I love this photo because of the off-center placement of the Peeps, in addition to the combination of colors. Yellow and blue go together when set off by green, at least in this picture. Beautiful Girlfriend would tell me that they complement each other or supplement or something. She’s a real artist and knows this stuff. Plus she brings a whole palette of springtime colors to my day every time I see her. unfortunately, she doesn’t care for Peeps as much as I do, which I guess means more for me. If that’s not complementary, I don’t know what is!

Good job on the photo, Sofia, and enjoy the taste of Springtime!

happy couple

History of the Chocolate Bunny and Where to Start Eating

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 by benjamin

Chocolate bunny - April 12According to Gourmet Live, the first American chocolate bunny was made in the mid-1840s by Whitman, but the fad did not catch on until they were mass-produced and marketed in 1916 by Bortz. The tradition of chocolate bunnies started in Germany in the early 1800s, though. Probably they were more like sinewy, gangly hares than soft cute bunnies, though.

Whatever the history, you can’t deny that they are an Easter classic. How do you eat them? Ears first or feet first? Back in the day when I worked at NCA we had quite a lively office debate on the topic. I still eat them feet first. You don’t want the little guy scampering off. But tell us your method and reasoning. I think of the ears as a perfect handle to get the cute little feet taken care of but some say that’s the wrong way.

Bunny by dearbarbie.

Candy for my Easter Party

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by benjamin

Chá de BebêYes, I am thinking about having an Easter party this year. In the past that would have been a no-go, but this year I am open to change and thinking that maybe I will give it a whirl. After all, my seersucker suit and red bow tie missed a whole season of use last year, as I whiled away the time with other matters.

I like this photo because it shows a neat way to incorporate Easter candy into a party favor arrangement. I like the little jars with pink ribbon. I don’t know if I would do that myself, since probably my Easter party will be less, well, frilly, because I am a guy, but I think it is done well here. This is an easy way to make candy party favors.

Want to come over and help Beautiful Girlfriend and me carve a giant ham? We will have sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping too (maybe even circus peanut topping if BG isn’t watching too closely), if that suits your taste more than green beans do.

Candy by rodrigoturco.

Easter Chocolates: Not Just for Easter Breakfast

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 by benjamin

Little known fact: Easter candy consumed while no one is looking contains zero calories.When I was a kid my brother and I ate almost nothing but candy, especially the yummy Easter chocolates probably until about mid-afternoon when our mother made us put down the sweet stuff in exchange for a plate of ham or something. Really? Trade chocolate for ham? Who wants to do that? One thing I always wanted to see in my Easter basket was one of those giant chocolate bunnies like the woman in the photo has. I practically dreamt of devouring one of those, eating it feet first so it couldn’t hop away.

That would have been awesome. Maybe Mom will read this and know what to send me. Despite my age, I would still accept an Easter basket if anyone offered. Yes, that’s a hint. Maybe Jon will send me some candy.

Photo by Theresa Thompson.

Photo Friday: Easter Candy and Shoes

Friday, March 18th, 2011 by benjamin

I saw this photo in the Candy Favorites Flickr Group and was captivated by the colors. Beautiful job! I am a sucker for colors like this, as well as Easter candy. It all makes me wonder whether the shoes are as good as the jelly beans, marshmallow rope and candy-coated chocolates.

Is it lunch time yet? I am ready for a daily dose of sweet stuff!

Melissa

Candy Prehistoric Egg with Gummi Dinosaur Center by Jelly Belly

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by benjamin

Gummi Dinosaur in Chocolate EggI can’t believe this is real. The Candy Favorites site is a great visual meal but nowhere near as good as actually having the candy in hand, or rather in mouth. I was excited to see this – a chocolate egg (perfect Easter theme, right?) with a gummi dinosaur center. I already knew Jelly Belly to be a leader in creativity in flavoring but didn’t know they made things like this, which combine two great candies into one package, yet keep them separate enough to be enjoyed independently of each other. I think it’s brilliant.

Are these making their way into Easter baskets at your place? Not at mine, simply because I graduated from a basket to a shopping bag, but these will definitely cross my pallet come easter morning!

My stomach must be bigger than my eyes for the Big Tex Jumbo Jelly Bean

Friday, March 11th, 2011 by Becca Droz
My stomach must be bigger than my eyes for the Big Tex Jumbo Jelly Bean

My stomach must be bigger than my eyes for the Big Tex Jumbo Jelly Bean

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 10

Overall: 8

Imagine a world where Jelly Beans were so big that you could not only not eat a handful at a time, but you could to take multiple satisfying bites of one jellybean. Well, as they say, if there is a will, there is a way, and the jellybeans must have eaten a bite of Alice’s cake because they have grown exponentially in size.

Limey green, grapey purple, sweet vanilla white (not to be confused with Vanna White), cherry red, licorice black, lemony yellow and a pink that I believe is an attempt at strawberry; these fun flavors fill these supersized jelly beans.

Don’t think that the growth of the bean has reduced the potency of the taste because each bean is bursting with flavor. The thick, soft shell protects the chewy jelly gum inside, which holds the life of the party.

I think this is a good candy for the bite-and-pass technique because that way you can get a taste of every flavor without overdoing the candy eating and wearing out a flavor. (As long as no one is sick, the bite and pass is my favorite way to share because you get just enough to want a little more, which is the perfect amount).

Don’t Forget About Cadbury Caramel Eggs

Monday, March 7th, 2011 by Becca Droz
Cadbury Caramel Eggs are a yummy addition to the Cadbury candy lineup...

Cadbury Caramel Eggs are a yummy addition to the Cadbury candy lineup...

 

Sharability: 2

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 8

Overall: 10

The other breed of Cadbury’s Eggs; the egg  filled with caramel.

Caramel, thick yet stringy; smooth yet sticky; like all things in life, the caramel inside of this milk chocolate coating is paradoxical. It is almost as stringy as the caramel inside of a Caramelo, but is much gloopier and thus leaves teeth prints when you bite into it.

For those of you who prefer the less intensely sweet taste, Cadbury’s Caramel Egg will probably be more satisfying than the original Crème filled egg. This caramel egg has only been around since 1994, well after the 1985 “How do you eat your Cadbury Egg” campaign began. The options with how to eat this egg can be explored in the same ways that you experimented with how to eat Cadbury’s Crème Egg for so many years.

You can go at it with a spoon, you can split it at the seam, you can bite from the top, fill the mouth, you can eat it with your eyes closed or crossed or you can share it bite for bite with someone you Love.

Easter feast just isn’t complete without a Cadbury Caramel Egg to cleanse the pallet for the Cadbury Crème Egg after the meal. The caramel and chocolate meld together as one magnificent, melty taste that will leave you lounging limp in your seat while your mind travels into the la la land of swirling tasty joy.