As I'm sure many of you have already seen, store shelves are officially in high gear for Easter. While I've always thought of it as one of the most useless holidays, I'll still take any chance I can get to enjoy some o' the seasonal candies associated with it. I have to be honest with you though, it's going to be hard to top the sweets from recent years such as the edible crucifix or the infamous nipple egg. So far I haven't seen anything on the shelves that quite compares to those gems.
Sure, it's always nice to see Robin Eggs make their triumphant return, and I'm dying to try out the "Strawberry Milkshake" malted milk balls. I've always had a love/hate relationship with Whoppers... yes, they taste great, but it's one of those candies that can make you feel nauseated if you eat more than 3 of 'em. But they're ahead of the game when it comes to Cadbury's creme-filled eggs... I can't even finish one of those bad boys, they're just too rich.
Lip Pops are also getting in on the action this year with their own bunny face pops. Personally, I'll stick with the Halloween ones, but hey... to each his own. Reese's also has their usual Easter-themed pastel eggs and a plastic candy-filled "Reester" bunny, but they also released new Reese's Carrots this year. It's just a simple cellophane package in the shape of a carrot, filled with Reese's Pieces candies. Sure, it looks nice, but considering it holds less than a standard pack o' Reese's Pieces, it's hardly worth the $1.50+ price tag I'm seeing it sell for.
So what new Easter candies have you guys spotted in stores? Anything particularly mouth-watering or anything particularly stupid? I'm all ears... bunny ears.
On a final, completely unrelated note: I'm going to see Umberto Lenzi's "Cannibal Ferox" (aka: "Make Them Die Slowly") at the New Beverly Cinema tonight and couldn't be more excited about it. It's a horror flick I've been meaning to watch for years, but I've always put it off. But now a rare chance to actually see it on the big screen? Sign me up! If any of you are in the Los Angeles area, you should definitely try to come see it tonight.
Huggbees (Guest) on 02/28/2008 6:37 pm
Cadbury eggs...ooo man are those good. I don't care what flavor (Original is best) I could scarf those down for days.
ZeldaII on 02/28/2008 6:41 pm
Easter wouldn't be the same without Cadbury Creme Eggs for me.
-RoG- on 02/28/2008 7:23 pm
I'm all about the mini eggs with the tasty candy shells, but I steer clear of the creme eggs. Those things simply assault my innards.
captain516 on 02/28/2008 7:24 pm
the strawberry whoppers are pretty good, but I just can't get enough of the new Peanut Butter flavored ones. they're my new crack cocaine!
BurntToShreds on 02/28/2008 7:38 pm
Just reading the description of that film on Wikipedia makes me shudder.
Dungeonbrownies on 02/28/2008 8:21 pm
I found the best way to really get through a whole creme cadburry egg and enjoy it is a cup of hot tea to go along with it. Sure it may just be because im asian, but prettymuch, if you try to use milk youll be way too sloshy with milk before your done and if you try something cold youll get hard choco bits or a bland taste in the mouth, but hot tea just works the best.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 02/28/2008 8:29 pm
God, you kidding? I live in a candy wasteland and I STILL managed to get 8 different kinds of jellybeans. Nerds jellybeans, sweeTarts jellybeans, fucking Hawaiian Punch jellybeans (they suck, don't try em)...
Here's the thing though.. candy doesn't really taste that good when it's a month old ('specially chocolate or jellybeans) .. so why are we seeing easter candy so friggin early?
krish-0 on 02/28/2008 8:35 pm
Mini Eggs all the way. Creme eggs hurt my teef.
fiercealmond on 02/28/2008 8:54 pm
I love the mini eggs, but I love the creme ones too. I think they made creme eggs smaller. Can anyone confirm that?
Jen (Guest) on 02/28/2008 9:34 pm
Yeah they did, they have a pack of a dozen in a mini egg carton that are about half the size of a regular creme egg. I'm always confused when people say the creme eggs are too rich, because I'm pretty sure I could live on a diet of those and chili cheese Fritos alone.
Rerlaxing Dragon (Guest) on 02/28/2008 11:04 pm
Gotta love the cream-filled eggs, but you're right, they can be waaaay to rich sometimes to even finish one. And I'm a huge fan of Reeses' Pieces, so it's a shame that the seasonal bag is a bit of a rip-off.
Oh, and good luck at Cannibal Ferox. That's a weird one. I'm not sure if it's truly as 'graphic' as Cannibal Holocaust was, but it's still some heavy stuff. One thing for certain; those movies sure do love their castrations.
simogene on 02/28/2008 11:13 pm
I too know the delicious horror of eating a Cadbury Creme Egg. oh the humanity. Oh the gas...
I'll stick to Peeps. Stale Peeps.
lol thats eggtreme (Guest) on 02/28/2008 11:50 pm
Stupid sexy RoG...
homor on 02/29/2008 2:38 am
oh my dear sweet odin in the mighty valhala those strawberry milkshake whoppers look so fucking good.
Val (Guest) on 02/29/2008 2:57 am
They also have the Cadbury eggs in caramel, although I prefer the creme. They were making them with fudge filling for a while, but I think that was just too much chocolate in one place.
BTW, I've only seen one variation of Hershey's Kisses this Easter. Last year, there was vanilla creme, coconut, and something else. This year, there's only the vanilla, which makes me sad, for I did quite love the coconut.
Benis910 (Guest) on 02/29/2008 4:26 am
Wait wait wait.........peanut butter whoppers!!!!!!!! Where the hell have i been?
Richie (Guest) on 02/29/2008 5:00 am
I live in Ireland and Cabburys Creme Eggs are a staple of everyone's diet Feb - April every year...even little 5 yr old kids...and i've never heard anyone call them rich! Guess we're just used to better chocolate ;)
The best way is the bite off the top then tongue the creamy goodness out of the middle before chomping down the chocolate shell...i agree tea does goes very well with them too...
bazilisk on 02/29/2008 5:03 am
Commerical-wise it definitely is one of the most useless holidays of the year (valentines day being runner up). Which is funny because it is the most important on the Christian Calender. Damn this world and it's inconsistencies!
Pentegarn on 02/29/2008 5:36 am
Cold Fusion reminded me of something I had forgotten. A jellybean that assults the taste buds with delicious flavor; Starburst jellybeans! I need to grab a few dozen bags of those.
I feel your pain on the Cadbury Eggs though RoG, they are indeed far too rich. However, being a sort of masochist when it comes to eating I usually end up eating one each year and get a stomache ache for my troubles.
incognit000 on 02/29/2008 7:42 am
I was always disappointed by Easter candy.
And the Easter holiday lost its appeal when I stopped believing in the resurrection.
It's weird to think that the world was once so Christian that Easter was the biggest holiday of the year, and was often used to begin the new year.
Eric (Guest) on 02/29/2008 9:29 am
can't have a lot on easter..diabetes....hopefully the easter bunny brings me some sugar free sweets.
Jimbob Jones (Guest) on 02/29/2008 11:00 am
Diabetes? You are so gay! If you were a REAL man, you'd just suck it up, eat 8 pounds of candy, and deal with it. Your foot falling off just makes you more of a man!
Colonel Flagg on 02/29/2008 11:48 am
I remember the "Cadbury creme egg" commercial with that "clucking bunny" that hops away revealing the shiny foil wrappings of eggs filled with that yucky white-and-yellow filling. That image stayed with me - to this day I refuse to bite into those monstrosities.
The little mini-eggs are bitchin', though.
SunnyD on 02/29/2008 11:50 am
man, you really must live in a candy wasteland. way down south over here we've had the reester carrots for at least 3 years now. however, the new item i'm seeing (i think i saw it starting last year though) is all of the new and different peeps items. little plastic eggs filled with peep shaped candy and stickers, peep ring pops, light up peeps, color me peeps, etc. it's crazy and i LOVE it!!
stonewar on 02/29/2008 12:56 pm
I see they are selling cadbury creme eggs at christmas now so I got my fix early.
They use to be too rich for me as well until I discover the little egg crate of a dozen mini creme eggs. It is an unusual experience. place one mini creme egg on your tongue and break the chocolate shell by pressing against the roof of your mouth. the creme then oozes all over your tongue. sweetness *drool*
stonewar on 02/29/2008 1:00 pm
that was a little sexual wasn't it?
FTW or FAIL
I can't tell.
Bavles on 02/29/2008 8:44 pm
....forgive me Rog but i have sinned....i've never even had a cadbury egg....
Sillygoth on 02/29/2008 10:49 pm
I can't handle more than one creme egg in a day, and usually two or three in a year, and I don't want any more.
Amusingly enough, a friend of mine from Scotland basically says that Brits have far better chocolate than the Americans do, and that we don't know what good chocolate is. (Personally, I think she's just being an elitist bitch about the whole thing, but I've never been outside of the country, so I can't really prove her wrong.)
Creepy-critters on 03/01/2008 8:14 am
I think the Brits chocolate is significantly richer than the stuff than the US and Canada has. But I prefer the cheap, easter bunny chocolate over the overpriced shit anyways
xscoot on 03/01/2008 11:45 am
three words: Milka Lil' Scoops. They're like cadbury creme eggs, mixed with Kider Surprise. Instead of the inside being cream, it is mousse. What you do, is take one of the really small spoons that comes with it, crack the top open, and eat the mousse like pudding. When you are done, eat the delicious chocolate egg. Of course, this concoction can only come from Sweden.
Black Zarak (Guest) on 03/01/2008 12:47 pm
I work in the deli department of a Shaws, right across from the Easter display, so I wander around looking at stuff when work is slow (which it has become increasingly.) My favorite thing right now are these generic bunnies riding on tricycles with eggs full of jellybeans on the back that go racing off across the floor when you pull the string in the back. They're quite useful in terrorizing other departments and coworkers by sending hordes of tricycle bound rabbits skittering about underfoot. I also like to squeeze the paws of every Cadbury bunny on display to get the whole lot clucking in unison.
Count Mek on 03/02/2008 7:41 am
England just has the normal crap and some of those massive eggs, once I saw an egg in Sainsburys (Supermarket) that was almost 3 feet tall and two feet wide for £50-£100, it was pretty retarded.
Codiekitty on 03/02/2008 11:27 am
Wow, I haven't been able to find a bleeding donut for two years, but RoG hasn't seen those Resse's carrots until this year?
Target's put out some new candies for that cute little puffball chick they're using for their Easter mascot this year, like marshmallow puffs and a colored white chocolate ball with a chick face that's actually a bit disturbing. Haven't tried either.
And I love those creme eggs. I can't eat more than one in a sitting, but I can down a few a day, probably.
Ronin S on 03/02/2008 5:42 pm
I used to love Cadbury cream eggs, then I had this short stint at an independent chocolate maker's kiosk. They had the best dark chocolate Easter bunnies ever.
-RoG- on 03/03/2008 1:26 am
Rerlaxing Dragon, Cannibal Ferox was pretty damned funny, especially with the cocaine snorting bad guy who calls everybody "twat".
SunnyD, yeah it's weird that they've been around a while but this is the first time they've appeared in stores around here at all. However, all of those Peeps items you mentioned that are supposedly "new" have actually been out for a while as you can see in this old blog post o' mine from last year. I guess the lesson here is: different places carry different stuff.
Bavles, this is something you must remedy... especially with Cadbury's Mini Eggs.
Erin (Guest) on 03/03/2008 10:36 am
Has anyone else tried the new Cadbury Royal Dark Mini-Eggs?! They're good, but I think I'll stick to the originals.
Metal Misfit on 03/04/2008 1:29 am
I work at a Walgreens. Soooo much easter candy... Halloween & christmas candy I can dig. Easter I just don't get into much.
Too many variations of jelly beans (only Jelly Belly for me!) and marshmallow-based candy (Peeps are disgustion) for me.
Oh well. There's always the classic Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.
Relaxing Dragon on 03/05/2008 2:39 pm
Cool, -RoG- like Ferox (and that guy was a bit too amusing for his own good, I think. But they ate his brain, so it's fine now. And somehow, I always laughed hard at the eye part simply because it was preceded by the line "he was on so much cocaine...". For whatever reason, I just found this to be absolutely hilarious).
Now that I think about it, the absolute best place to get the special easter candy around here is at Michael's (the craft store). Target, Safeway, Longs... all those stores ever have is the regular stuff and the occasional seasonal styles. Never any peeps, creme-filled eggs, or Whoppers (sure, I'm not a fan of Whoppers, but still). Micheal's (at least ours does this) goes all out with the seasonal snacks (hell, even their regular candy selection is better than most), and they've got stuff you can (essentially) only find there. It's weird, a craft store populated mainly by old ladies (like my grandma) has such a good sweets supply. Guess they needed something to occupy the kids attention while the adults looked over the carved wood.
Also: Crap! I spelled my name wrong as a guest >_
Jim (Guest) on 03/05/2008 6:17 pm
Cadbury also makes a delicious non-cream-filled chocolate mini egg that comes in a purple bag. They're about double the size of M&M's and have triple the sugar.
LupusMaximus on 03/08/2008 10:10 pm
I got some bad news on the Cadbury Creme Egg front- they've reduced the size of the regular egg, and increased the price. My girlie and I just got back from Lucky (supermarket) and these smaller sized bastards are being sold for 2 for $1.
Terry Cook (Guest) on 03/13/2008 10:43 am
Robin Eggs are BLUE not red
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