The Top 13 Chocolate Easter Basket Treats

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In case the Easter Bunny is searching for some last minute chocolate inspiration, check out these thirteen treats, that won’t disappoint.

(P.S. You’re going to need a bigger basket.)

Reester Bunnies

Because you just can’t go wrong with a Reese’s. And bonus points for the clever name.

Caramel Robin Eggs

by Marich

Yes, you read that right. Robin eggs have just been taken up a notch.

Ferro Rocher

These are a favorite any time of year, but put them in a sweet bunny container, and they are irresistible.

Dove “Carrot Patch” Truffles

While Dove chocolate in general, is creamy, rich, and smooth, it’s the adorable packaging that made it the perfect spring treat.

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Kit Kat Bunny Ears

They’re Kit Kats. They’re adorable. Enough said.

Lindt Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Mini Frogs

These little guys were a bit hard to track down, but Toad-ally worth it! If you can’t find these, the ladybugs, and chicks, are almost just as cute.

Russell Stover Mint Meltaways

Admittedly, my favorite confection from this company. The mint isn’t too powerful, and just as the name implies, the chocolate melts in your mouth.

House of Dorchester Hot Cross Bunny Chocolate Slab

(available at World Market)

Confession: If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’re probably aware of my nemesis, the raisin. However, the originality and unique melding of cinnamon and chocolate flavors, got my attention.

Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs

For me, these are an Easter staple. And yes, please bring on the jumbo bag.

Ghiradelli Caramel Bunnies and Eggs

Ghiradelli could run a business based on chocolate caramels alone. They’re that good.

Sanders Milk Chocolate Mini Coconut Nests

Spring is the one season, we find these coconut confections. Personally, I’d welcome them all year along. Okay, keep the jelly beans, but bring on the toasted coconut.

Sweet Surprise Chick

by See’s Candies

Egg-straordinarily adorable.

Godiva Spring Sampler

Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere…chocolate. No-bunny is going to complain with a box of assorted confections.

So, there it is. My picks of the season. Some old, some new, but all oh so scrumptious!

What’s the best chocolate to find in your Easter basket? Share in the comment section below!

 

 

Community Share- Bake & Take: Pies

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 Hello Bakers!

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In honor of Pi Day, we’re hosting our first official Bake & Take


What is a Bake & Take?

Step #1

Bake something scrumptious. This month: Pies



Step #2

Take a photo of your masterpiece and link in the comment section.

 



Step #3

Sit back, while the foodie community salivates over your culinary creation.


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Happy Baking!

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Up Next: Spring Desserts

 

The Best 13 Chocolate Cereals Ranked

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National Cereal Day

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Flakes and Puffs, Krispies and Crunches, most of us can agree that there’s just something satisfying about cereal. 

The experience starts in the grocery store. As I wander down the cereal aisle, scouting the brightly colored boxes, flaunting teethy-grinned cartoon mascots and promises of magical prizes hiding inside, I can’t help feeling a bit nostalgic. As a kid, there was nothing more enjoyable, than hunkering down in front of the television with an overflowing bowl of cereal, watching Saturday morning cartoons. Most of the time, Mom tried to keep us on the healthier side of the kid-cereal-spectrum, stocking the pantry with Cheerios or Rice Krispies. But, every once and a while, my brothers and I would catch a break. A sale. A coupon. A shopping trip with Dad. Eureka-Hello marshmallows for breakfast.

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As much as I indulge in chocolate, I still have to adult-it up most the time with blander, grown-up choices. But, every once and a while, I find an excuse. A sale, a coupon, or the kids go shopping trip with Grandpa and then it’s, “Good morning, Count Chocula. Now let’s watch cartoons.”

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In honor of National Cereal Day, we’re counting down the top chocolate cereals in the US. Rankings have been determined by customer reviews. It should be noted that all of these cereals ranked high with customers, averaging 4 stars and up. Seems to me, kids and kids-at-heart, adore their chocolate cereal.

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#3


#2


and the # 1 rated chocolate cereal…

What would you rate the best cereal? Please share in the comment section below!

Wrap it or Trash it? Instant Ice Cream Maker

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We’re continuing our Christmas idea list with this sweet culinary find.

Item of the day: Chef n’ Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker, sells for @$44  here on Amazon.

According to the item description, you simply freeze the bowl a day ahead of time, add ice cream ingredients and stir, and presto, homemade ice cream.

From the product description, “…Mix ingredients together and pour 1/2 cup into the Sweet Spot. Let sit for a few seconds to start freezing, then scrape and scoop to build a consistent texture.
Add toppings such as fruit, chocolate or nuts and fold into the mixture.
Makes six individual 1/2-cup servings in 30 minutes before the need to refreeze the Sweet Spot.”

 

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!

Gift it?

Trash it?

or…Keep it for yourself?

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(Fyi, I’m not affiliated with any of these products).

But, I do love ice cream.😋

When should you tip?

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If you’re a chocoholic, chances are you frequent bakeries, donut shops, and coffee houses. More and more, counters are adorned with tip jars and cash register screens prompt your tip preference. These standard practices have stirred up some debate.


So, I want to know from you, fellow coffee guzzlers and chocolate consumers-

When should you tip?

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Obviously, if you are at a sit down restaurant, order a coffee, and somebody brings it to you, a tip for satisfactory service should be automatic.

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But, when you order that same cup at counter service, then it can get a bit tricky.

 

You dont tip the cashier for pouring and handing you a $1 cup at a fastfood chain, but, should you if you are ordering that same cup in a coffee house?

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Or, does it depend on your order? Say you’re ordering an upgraded coffee. One that requires more effort than just pouring your coffee.

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If so, do you tip the barista? Or, the cashier? Or, the other staff member that got your bagel for you? What if it was a dozen bagels? And they need to be sliced. And toasted!

Then there’s the doughnut server. That patient soul who waits as you pick out twelve different doughnuts? Which gets me thinking about the baker that got up in the wee hours of the morning to make these doughnuts fresh for you. And he didn’t even skimp on the Boston Cream filling.

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Some peple would argue that all of these employees are just doing their job. Others argue, that these people are providing a personal service and should be tipped accordingly.


I’m stuck in the middle. Mainly because two of my first jobs were waitress and cashier. As a waitress, (at a sit down restaurant), tips are your livelyhood. Back then, the paying rate was only $2+ an hour. Plus, you had to pay out a percentage of your sales to bussers, hosts, and bar staff. So, if you didn’t get tipped, you’d literally have to pay to wait on someone.

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Alternatively, my actual first job was cashier at a grocery store. Obviously, this job didn’t generate tips. Yet, technically being a cashier was providing a service for the customer. Bagging up groceries for safe transport home, negotiating sale prices that the customer swore they saw on a sign somewhere, and ringing up stacks of coupons. So then, is it different if a cashier rings up a dozen eggs and bags it, in comparison to a coffee house cashier who is ringing up a croissant and bagging it?

I’d love to hear your opinion on this one. What’s the proper tip etiquette in coffee houses, bakeries, and doughnut shops?

Final thought: 

At the end of the day, I encourage everybody to share the love, and show your appreciation for a job well done. Every hardworking employee deserves a kind gesture of gratitude for their service, whether you choose to acknowledge it in a monetary form, a verbal thank you, or even a complimentary smile. 

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