Oh boy oh boy oh boy! There are stuffed bunnies and chickens and ducks in the stores and bags of pastel coloured cellophane grass and baskets of all sizes and shapes and, and, and....
You know what that means, right? It means that Easter is on it's way! Hurrah!
In my opinion, Easter is the holiday that has the BEST candy of the entire year. Feel free to argue the point, I don't care. In my heart, Easter equals the best holiday candy. When you really consider the iconic candy that is specific to each holiday, Easter has them all beat.
Let's think about it. Candy that is Christmas Specific. Candy canes. Well there is nothing really wrong with a good candy cane. But I'm not going to risk my diet over one. I think they are very pretty on an old fashioned tree and give me fresh minty breath if I eat one. Ribbon Candy. I know that it's a traditional Christmas Candy and I think it's very pretty, but otherwise, yuck. Not a fan. Are there any other strictly Christmas traditional candies? I mean, they do release M&M's in an strictly red, white and green assortment for the holiday but I don't think that really counts. You can buy M's any time of the year. Moving on...
New Year's doesn't have a candy connection. Hmmm. It's kind of entertaining to think of what one might be.
Halloween used to mean popcorn balls and maybe home made taffy but nowadays, it's just store bought bags of regular candy in the "fun"size. I'm not sure what's supposed to be so fun about it. You still have to eat at least 3 of any of them to equal a regular candybar. Oh wait...Candy Corn. Yup that is Halloween specific. I have eaten it before. They are kind of cute and look sort of like a cartoon version of corn kernels but honestly, I could take it or leave it. Mostly leave it.
Thanksgiving doesn't really have candy associated with it. Pies, yes. Food, definitely. But not candy. So scratch Thanksgiving from the candy holiday roster.
Valentine's day of course has heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and I really cannot argue with that. It is, after all chocolate and chocolate is a good thing. And then there are those little pastel coloured conversation hearts which are so darling but don't taste like anything at all. So I vote meh on conversation hearts. But, wait, there are also the cinnamon hearts. I do like cinnamon and they are so adorable but I cannot help but associate them with the time one of my boys (who shall remain nameless but knows who he is) in, I believe, the second grade, shoved several cinnamon hearts up his nose at school whereupon they began to melt and it looked like he had a nosebleed and I was called to pick him up. It's one of those family stories that simply will not die and I cannot think of cinnamon hearts without thinking of that story so, cinnamon heart candy is out of the competition for best. The funniest maybe, but not the best.
St. Patrick's Day doesn't have a candy association although it would be fun if it did. The Lucky Charms cereal people should get on that.
Independence Day doesn't have one and neither do Memorial Day or Labour Day. Someone is missing the boat on a few holidays. But Easter, my friends, Easter is the mac daddy of Holiday Candies.
First of all there are peeps. Everyone knows what Peeps are. And they have gone beyond being just candy. People create dioramas with them. They create artwork with them. Sometimes people even eat them. Not me. I don't eat them. But! I celebrate their Easter Connection. Then too are chocolate Easter Bunnies. Oh yum. Solid chocolate of course, absolutely essential. I keep them in the fridge so I can nibble away as I please, then re-wrap it and put it back. Bliss is solid chocolate bunnies at Easter. I don't care for the hollow ones. Very unsatisfactory.
For years I had a passion for Cadbury eggs. Again, I kept them in the fridge. I do love my chocolates cold. But I don't know if their recipe changed or my taste buds because the last few times I tried one, it was very disappointing. Enough so that I haven't bought any in a very long time. So sad.
Jelly beans of course are another iconic Easter Candy. Some people love Jelly Belly jelly beans. Me, not so much. I guess I just like the old school standards so I only buy the old fashioned jelly bird jelly beans. And what's worse is that I only like the lemon ones. So anytime I buy jelly beans, I eat all the yellow ones and leave the rest for Tim. Fortunately for me, Tim likes all of the flavours (even licorice...ewwww) and doesn't mind. But it is quite honestly, mean of me to deny him any of the yellow ones. And yet, it's what I do. I am a horrible person.
But my favourite. The best of the best. The most perfect of all Easter Candy in my eyes are the Whoppers Robin's Eggs. Oh my dear. I love Whoppers anyway. But the Easter ones? A whole new level of awesomeness. I love that they all look a little different. I love the thin little candy shell. I love the layer of chocolate underneath and most of all, I lovelovelove the malted milk in the middle. I can, I usually don't, but I actually can eat an entire bag. Shame on me! And you would know if I did because I would be walking around with a blue tongue from the dye.
Whoppers were invented way back in 1939 but they were called Giants back then. It was about ten years later that they became "whoppers". There is a wee bit of mystery about the advent of Robin's Eggs whoppers though. Nobody seems to be absolutely certain when they were created. probably, like most things, it was a gradual thing. But it was absolutely not that long after I was born that they existed because I do not remember a time in my life when they weren't in my Easter Basket.
The company only makes them for the Easter Season and maybe that is part of the reason why they are so appealing to me. Absence, in this case, truly does make the heart grow fonder. I've read that it takes about five months for the company to stockpile enough Robin's Eggs for the Easter Season. Wow! It turns out that they take longer to make than regular whoppers. Which makes perfect sense to me because they are so much better. Perfection takes time. But did you know that during those 5 months, the company makes about 11 million pounds of Robin's Eggs!!! Holy Cats!
So anyway. There it is. The truth of it all. Easter is the holiday with my absolute favourite Holiday candy. So far I've managed to restrain myself. I only bought one bag. Of course we've already finished it off and Easter is still a month away so there's that. Let's see if I can manage to resist the urge to buy (and therefore eat) any more of them between now and when they disappear from the shelves.
PS I wouldn't put money of it.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.