Archive for March, 2013

Sweet and Sassy Peeps: Looking Fabulous at 60!

Image courtesy of MarshmallowPeeps.com

While Peeps are typically busy making people happy throughout the Easter season, this year they’re also busy making news! Run a quick Google search of ‘Peeps 60’ and you’ll see article after article highlighting this candy favorite, hailing from Bethlehem, PA. Why are you searching ‘Peeps 60’, exactly? Because Peeps are turning 60 this year, and golly gosh, they’ve never looked better!

The first article I happened upon was at ToledoBlade.com – Peeps candy still popular 60 years after hatching. Popular, I thought? That’s an understatement! Walking through the candy section of my local big box store last week, I didn’t see too many people pass by the Peeps without tossing at least a pack or two into their carts. People shopping alone bought them, people shopping with children bought them, children themselves reached and grabbed the seasonal, sugary snack from the shelf with their hungry little hands. And when something so tasty is also so affordable, it’s no wonder they continue to be one of the top Easter candies year after year!

I’m wishing Peeps another sweet 60 years, and 60 after that, and 60 after that, and… You get the picture! I can’t imagine the time will come when their soft, ooey-gooey goodness doesn’t make people reach for a pack, unless there’s a marshmallow shortage on the horizon (Please don’t let there be, candy gods. Please.)

Also, be sure to check out the new Peeps commercial! I’ve only caught it on TV a few times, but it makes me smile from start to finish.

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope the big bunny treats you right. 🙂

Reese’s Giant Peanut Butter Egg: More PB, More Chocolate, More Yay!

I don’t remember the exact year that giant Reese’s Eggs hatched on candy shelves across America, I just imagine that the day someone, somewhere, at some time came up with idea for them, magical things likely happened the world ‘round. Unicorns took flight over candy-colored rainbows; cats and dogs became best friends for a few short, amazing minutes. And, even if those magical things didn’t happen, something amazing did happen nonetheless. An idea became a candy reality, and that candy reality is just one more reason to love Reese’s.

Image courtesy of ORyans.com

Weighing in at a sizable 6 ounces, Giant PB Eggs have a slightly thicker chocolate shell than the normal Reese’s Cup. This does throw off the chocolate to peanut butter ratio bite-for-bite, so they are ‘different’ than Peanut Butter Cups in more ways than shape and size alone. For routine enjoyment, I prefer the chocolate to peanut butter ratio of normal PB Cups. However, I also greatly enjoy the slightly different flavor and eating experience that the giant eggs offer. There’s something a bit more decadent about them that makes eating one feel special.

If you’d like to get your hands on a Reese’s Giant Peanut Butter Egg or 2, the options online actually appear to be fairly limited! I was surprised by how few of my usual candy haunts don’t appear to be carrying them. However – I did find 3 great resources! Additionally, I haven’t had much trouble finding these in stores, so it is worth checking next time you’re out and about. I’d keep my candy eyes peeled at Target, Walmart, Dollar General, Kmart, grocery stores, or any place near you that typically stocks a nice amount of holiday candies. As for those 3 places online – here they are…

BlairCandy.comReese’s Giant Easter Egg – $5.75
ORyans.comReese’s Giant Easter Egg – $7.29
CandyWarehouse.comReese’s Giant Easter Egg – $7.50

Did you find them anywhere else online I might have missed? Please share in the comments!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests – Simple, Sweet and So Pretty!

While I do love decadent desserts that have a mountain of ingredients as long as the time it takes to make them, I prefer treating myself to them at bakeries and restaurants, saving myself from the time, hassle, headaches, and costly ingredients involved. Even if a single serving is on the pricey side, it’s usually much cheaper than trying my hand at making it myself, and I can rest assured that it will be just about perfect. When I make complicated desserts myself, on the other hand? Sometimes they end up being expensive, exhausting mistakes.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not about to throw in the baking towel just yet! If a recipe really captures my eye and sounds like something I’ll love, I will try my hand at it. That said, I tend to have the best results with simple desserts that contain just a few tried-and-true ingredients. Bear in mind that you’re dealing with a woman who considers a plain Hershey bar one of the finest candy creations of our time!

With Easter on the near horizon I’ve been doing more than just stuffing myself full of jelly beans and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. I’ve also been looking for an attractive and tasty treat to share with my coworkers! I wanted something with a near universal appeal – something that wouldn’t cost a ton of cash, but would bring about a ton of smiles. And I think I found it in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests at DivineDinnerParty.com. (Note: They’re just below the Oreo Ball Eggs, which also look amazing!)

Here’s the lowdown on what you’ll need:

  • Mini Muffin Tins
  • Colorful Cupcake Wrappers (think pastels and Easter patterns)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly Beans
  • Cooking Spray or Butter

As you can see, all of the ingredients and necessary supplies are super affordable, and you really might already have them all on hand. If you click the link above you’ll find the easy-to-follow steps, and you’ll also find that this recipe is quite kid-friendly. Not only are there no complicated ingredients, which kiddos often make a face at, but once the mix is cool enough to handle they can even help you in making them.

What are your thoughts? Do Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Nests sound like something you’d enjoy? What are your favorite Easter treats to whip up?