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April 12, 2009

My favorite Easter candy: No, it's not Peeps


I was curious about what we discussed last year on Easter Sunday, so I went back and was surprised to find that it was nothing Easter-ish. Dining@Large's first post on Restaurants and the Economy appeared, and it spurred Owl Meat to some of his finest commenting ever. (My other post of the day was the Next Sunday's Review feature.)

About the only time we talked about Easter was in an entry on, shudder, Peeps, and peripherally in a Top 10 on brunch places. ...


I'm fine with not hitting all the holidays. But it does lead me to a discussion of foods, in this case candy, that aren't available year round.

I only buy one Easter candy this time of year, a single bag of Hershey's candy-coated milk chocolate eggs. They are fatter than M & Ms, but it's the same principle: solid milk chocolate in a shell, although the eggs (not really egg-shaped) come in pastel colors.

They're better than M & Ms because the ratio of chocolate to shell is higher. And most important: The rest of my family doesn't particularly like them, so I don't have to fight to get my fair share. I should do a separate post on things you buy simply because no one else in your family likes them.

The fact that Hershey's candy-coated eggs are hard to find in my neighborhood makes them even more desirable than they would be otherwise. (Admittedly I don't go out of my way to find them.)

But, as usual, I'm wondering what happens when Easter comes and goes and not all of them have been sold. Do they get put away to reappear on the store shelves next year?

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:59 AM | | Comments (20)


I should do a separate post on things you buy simply because no one else in your family likes them.

I think you've threatened this at least twice before.

Easter candy already in the stores gets marked down and bought by cheapskates like me. Easter candy that hasn't made it to the stores gets sold to dollar stores and dented can stores, where cheapskates like me buy it.

Those look delicious! My personal favorites are the malted milk ones.

All I can say is when I at age 18 worked at Murphy's Mart, yes, the candy came back out from the storeroom in the back every year. Ew.

Of course Murphy's has been gone for more years than some of you have been alive, so things have hopefully changed.

I remember Murphy's! Wow, that goes back a bit.

My favorite Easter candy? Peanut butter eggs. My parents sent me a Wockenfuss "care package" that contained two small PB eggs, plus dark chocolate breakup, dark chocolate pretzels, dark chocolate-covered Oreos, and dark chocolate almond bark (I'm partial to dark chocolate).

I'm gonna make this bounty last for several months, I did last year.

It is simly not Easter without Cadbury Eggs.

I'm a Wockenfuss girl having worked there in high school and college and LOVE the dark truffle eggs, dark PB eggs and the butter pecan eggs. YUM!!

But I do also like the same Hershey eggs as EL. We have some at home now!

A little bit OT, but talking about last year's candy...did you know that the Valentine's candy Sweethearts Conversation Hearts are on average six months old when you buy them? An episode of How It's Made on Discovery recently went to the Necco factory in MA - apparently they make the candy non-stop & year-round and store it - it's the only way they can have enough ready to go when the demand starts in late January. After watching the show, I couldn't help imagining giant candy silos full of candy hearts instead of corn kernels. So the candy you eat in February 2010 could easily be a full year old. Of course, Conversation Hearts are barely edible even when fresh, so it's really not a fair comparison to Easter candy.
And no one has mentioned Mary Sue as their favorite Easter candy yet?!? Chocolate butter cream eggs...mmm...

Interesting. Thanks! EL

I like the Valentine's hearts that sells.

Not really Easter candy, but just a candy related thought. There used to be a Stuckey's on the way to Ocean City via the Old way which involved Ritchie Hwy or on the way to NY on 95 (I was a little kid - I forgot which travel was involved)

Anyway, that Stuckey's pecan log was a masterpiece of candy delicousness as long as you only ate one or two bits at a times. More than that would make your teeth hurt!

Sigh...I made a lovely angel food cake with homemade lemon curd for an Easter brunch for eight people, and so far, I'm pretty much the only one eating it. (I blame the guest who, unbidden, brought a very decadent death-by-chocolate cake.) Unlike Elizabeth, though, I panic when I'm the only one eating something, particularly when it has lots of calories. I can say the angel food cake is probably close to fat-free, but not the lemon curd...

Oh my god Joyce, I loved those pecan logs! But you are right, too much of a good thing could do some serious damage. I do not believe there are any Stucky's left in MD, but there is one off of I-81 in Harrisburg.

Trixie -- I know the one you're talking about. Dad always used to say "They'll stick a Stuckey's anywhere".

Kate, this is why I almost never bake anymore. The guys in my house have the opposite of a sweet tooth, so I end up feeling obliged to eat the leftovers before they spoil.

Having that said, I just took some lemon bars out of the oven, but that's for work! Lemon curd would be even better--yum!

Kate: I'll give you my address and I'll wash the Tupperware before I send it back.

Hey Bucky,
Do you want a half of a Key Lime pie left over from Sunday's dinner party? Its not home-made, but Publix makes it in their bakery onsite.

Wow...we had key lime pie on Sunday, too. Key lime pie...mmmm.

Great minds think alike.

We had Key Lime Pie for dessert on Sunday. My son and his 4-1/2 year old son made it. It was very good. Since I was going away for a few days, I had to send the remainder home with them. The daughter-in-law called it a good deal all around.

Mary Sue Easter Eggs.... mmmmmm

Mary Sue easter eggs, chocolate covered hand grenades, people are dropping like flies...

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