For the final day of Easter holiday, I thought I'd post some Easter pictures. Well all right, some chocolate egg pictures (sorry, no frolicking naked in the nature... as fascinating as these ancient traditions may be, this part of the world is simply too cold for them).
The problem with Easter eggs is that most of them hardly deserve to be called “chocolate”. Their taste barely resembles chocolate, and if you look at the ingredients list, they're mostly just sugar. This goes especially for those eggs that contain a surprise – I guess children aren't supposed to care what the “chocolate” tastes like, they only want the tiny toy inside. Alas, this seems to be true; our six-year-old used to favour eggs made of somewhat better chocolate, but now that she's a little older, she doesn't care. She eats them all. (Interestingly, though, she eats the chocolate first and only when it's all gone she opens the little container to see the surprise inside.)
Fortunately for us chocolate lovers, you can also find chocolate eggs that are quite tasty and even delicious.
The best example are my absolute favourites: Fazer's Mignon. These are solid chocolate/nougat eggs that come in real eggshells! Fazer has been making these since 1896. Now there's an Easter tradition I can get behind!
I also happen to like these: the green ones have a hazelnut nougat filling, the orange ones come with an almond nougat filling.
And some dark chocolate eggs with liqueur fillings: amaretto, crème de cassis, advocaat and whisky cream.
Plus a variety of small eggs with fillings that range from nougat to orange, strawberry and vanilla cream.
Those were mostly for kids, but naturally I had to sample a few. ;) They were also used to decorate my version of pasha, a traditional Easter treat that contains, among other things, quark, raisins and almonds (the shape isn't very traditional, simply because I don't have a proper mold – I just make one out of an empty ice cream container). The chicks behind the pasha seem to be having a wild time...