March 26, 2010
Easter Chocolates: Vosges Haut Chocolat, Exotic Bunnies - Deep Discounts
Wow, Vosges never ceases to amaze and intrigue with its inventive combos. From the Naga candy bar (curry, coconut flakes, Belgian chocolate) to the Red Fire (dark chocolate, cinnamon, ancho and chipotle chili peppers), these are not your father's Easter candies.
And who can forget the bacon chocolates...c'mon that's awesome!
Even better, these are on deep discount:
Red Fire Exotic Bunny - $8 (normally $12) - Check it out
Gianduja Exotic Bunny - $8 (normally $12) - Check it out
Comfort Easter Tower - $24 (normally $40) - Check it out
Exotic Easter Tower - $28 (normally $51) - Check it out
Mini Bacon Candy Bar Library - $16 (normally $25) - Check it out
More Vosges Easter Chocolates
March 25, 2010
Easter Chocolates: Knipschildt Chocolatier, 50% Off Retail
Fan of milk chocolate? Good to hear. If so, you're going to go crazy over Knipschildt's bite-size Giandujas. They have a blend of ganache, mocha and hazelnut-infused gianduja. Cacao snobs might like the strawberry-champagne options better.
All Knipschildt chocolates are made from 71% Ecuadorian single-bean dark chocolate.
And even better, these Easter candies are deeply discounted, check it out:
Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Enrobed Eggs - $16 (normally $25) - Check it out
Milk Chocolate Quail Eggs - $16 (normally $25) - Check it out
Strawberry Champagne Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out
Gianduja Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out
Coconut Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out
Dark Chocolate Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out
March 14, 2010
Lenten Reflections - Or, Why Do We Eat So Much Candy at Easter?
Did you ever wonder how Easter gained the status of second biggest candy holiday? I always suspected it had something to do with giving up sugar or chocolate for lent -- at the end of your candy "fast" you hit the payload... Well, that's just my theory.
As we're compiling the various and sundry treats for our Easter gift guide, I thought I'd share some Easter candy trivia. You can find the full article at Infoplease:
Sweet Easter Facts by David Johnson
- Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
- Chocolate Bunnies
should be eaten ears first, according to 76% of Americans. Five percent said bunnies should be eaten feet first, while 4% favored eating the tail first.
Millions of Peeps
- Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps
, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies
and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
- As many as 4.2 million Marshmallow Peeps, bunnies, and other shapes can be made each day.
- In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
Jellybeans Could Circle the Globe
- Americans consume 16 billion jelly beans
at Easter, many of them hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.
- Jellybeans were probably first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. They did not become an Easter tradition until the 1930s.
- 70% of kids aged 6-11 say they prefer to eat Easter jellybeans one at a time, while 23% report eating several at once. Boys (29%) were more apt to eat a handful than girls (18%).
- Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent.
- Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.
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