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Candy Review: Laura Secord Easter Egg

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Laura Secord Egg

Well, you know how it goes – I bought a stack of Easter items to review right after Easter, but then I got lazy. So now I’m stuck writing about Easter candy while everyone else has moved on to bigger and better things, like the fast-approaching All Candy Expo. But I swear this is my last Easter candy review until next year – unless something interesting comes up at the ACE, of course.

Anyway, Canadian chocolatier Laura Secord is another one of those middle-to-high-end chocolate companies like Purdy’s, and it’s known mainly for its chain of mall chocolate shops, but its products are also available in other stores, especially around the big candy holidays. The Secord Egg is Laura Secord’s answer to the Cadbury Creme Egg : a chocolate egg filled with a yellow and white fondant center. (The Secord Egg calls it “butter cream,” despite there being neither butter nor cream in the ingredients.) A higher-end Creme Egg? Sign me up!

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Easter Candy Recipe: Mini Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins

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Photo courtesy of Baking Bites
Cadbury Creme Egg Muffin

I was reading through my roster of food blogs the other day when I came upon a recipe for Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins at Baking Bites. These are muffins with mini Cadbury Creme Eggs baked in the centers! I have to say it is totally ingenious to use a muffin recipe. After all, Cadbury Creme Eggs are about as sweet and sugary as you can get, so the pairing of the sweet candy eggs with a nice vanilla muffin is ideal. If you want to make something extra special this Easter, I bet this would be an awesome treat!

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Cadbury: “Our Eggs Aren’t Smaller, You Are Bigger”

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Cadbury Creme Egg Half

Easter has come and gone and many are still enjoying the bounty of Easter candy; either from friends, family, sales or the Easter Bunny himself. This year, though, I found that one of my favorite Easter treats had changed. No, I’m not referring to the fact that Cadbury’s Creme Egg came out in an Orange flavor. I mean that this year’s Cadbury Creme Egg is smaller than last years!

I noticed it when I was looking for the nutritional information and found a box I had saved from last year’s stash. When I compared it to the numbers on the new boxes, I was surprised when the numbers were different and then I realized that this year’s egg is 5 grams smaller. Interesting.

I guess I am not the only one who realized that the Cadbury Eggs this year were, well, a little less substantial. Actor B.J. Novak from “The Office” brought the issue up on a recent episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brian” and had visual proof to back up his story. Watch the clip below:

The Cadbury site now has a FAQ that answers the question “Why has the size of the egg changed?”:

As the world’s largest confectionery company, Cadbury Schweppes is committed to developing great-tasting products that you, the consumer loves. Since people’s preferences vary from market to market, so do our products. This is reflected in the broad variety of sizes and flavours of products that we offer our consumers worldwide.

That’s some great PR spin on why they got smaller. Anyone else noticed this (or other candy) being smaller?

Bird Tries to Hatch Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Pippa the Cockatoo, Photo from BBC News

Pippa, a cockatoo living at the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary in the UK, has apparently been protecting an open bowl of chocolate eggs for over two weeks. According to her owner, Geoff Grewcock:

“She went straight over, climbed on the creme eggs and that was it. She thinks they’re her eggs. Until she clicks they’re not real eggs, we’ll just leave her there.”

As long as the bird is happy with doing this, I suppose it’s fine, but I wonder if that cockatoo is actually part Cadbury bunny?

Easter Candy Review: Orange Cadbury Creme Egg

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Orange Cadbury Creme Egg package

I was really, really excited to hear about this new addition to the Cadbury Creme Egg Easter lineup. I have been an extremely loyal Cadbury Creme Egg fan over the years (I blame it on my mom never buying them for me as a kid and then “discovering” them in high school) but I am also an extremely picky Cadbury Creme Egg follower. I mean that in the best of ways. So far I have not come across a variation of the Cadbury Creme Egg that has lived up to the original in my opinion. Not the minis (the ratios are WAY off), not the caramel (what, no white or yolk in my egg?) and not the chocolate creme (tasted of greasiness and not chocolate). When I heard of an Orange Cadbury Creme Egg being released I eager to try it because it sounded like a variation that is still faithful to the original, yet different enough to seem new.

I felt in order to properly judge my first Orange Cadbury Creme Egg I had to have an original Cadbury Creme Egg tasting first. I haven’t had one since last May or so (my “stashes” never seem to last as long as I’d like) and it’s just as delicious as I remember. Sweet, creamy milk chocolate with a slight graininess (which I love because I find that it’s a great texture contrast) with the fondant center being thick, smooth and so sweet. It never fails to give that wonderful sugar rush.

Orange Cadbury Creme Egg

The Orange Cadbury Creme Egg upon unwrapping it looks just like the Cadbury Creme Egg except with a faint orange smell. Taking my first nibble of chocolate only from the very top I found the orange flavoring in the chocolate shell to be very good, light and orangey. Thoughts and memories of all the other orange flavored chocolates I’ve had in the past come immediately to mind, which is a good thing. The real orange kick comes from creme center, which I wasn’t expecting. It is much more orangey than the chocolate! It’s very intense with a very fresh citrus tang to it. I am experiencing not only orange, but I taste grapefruit and lemon notes in it as well.

Overall all I am very, very impressed. Now I am going to have to have two Cadbury Creme Egg stashes, one of the regular and now one of the orange. I hope they bring this one back next year. It’s a delicious twist on a classic favorite.

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