Sweet ToothWritten by Shantel Parks
They are small, not much bigger than a nickel, really. They are pretty, in all their pastel spring-colored glory. They are made of all the yummy deliciousness that can be found in heaven and earth.
Either that or crack.
And they can compel me, a wife and mother of four children, a grown woman with a job, and various other responsibilities, on a ridiculously driven search for them once they start making appearances in stores.
I am talking about the Cadbury Mini Eggs. You know the ones. They come in a gorgeous purple bag. A color that the marketing people at Cadbury must have researched at length to come to the conclusion that somehow this is the color that will make people feel okay about hoarding fifteen bags of these things in their freezers. Not that I have ever done that.
It was only three mega-sized bags. But more about that later.
It starts out with a little flirtation, like a crush on a cute boy. Before I can fully comprehend it, this crush, this innocent infatuation, turns into some kind of insane psycho-stalker thing.
It goes like this: I see the bags in the displays in the store. I think “Is it that time of year already? I just put Christmas away!” But because they are made of all things delicious, I buy a bag. Before I know it, I am finding excuses to go to the store, so that I can “accidentally” happen across them, and “conveniently” add them to my other legitimate purchases.
And then, in the blink of an eye, I am spiraling out of control. I MUST go to the store. I MUST purchase two bags at a time, because one bag will not last long at my house, so two bags really is me just being practical and economical so that I won’t have to return to the store again in the middle of the week. Although I now MUST go to the store 3-4 times a week because there are others out there who, like me, are addicted to the Mini Eggs, and the store will be sold out of them for days at a time. Which means I MUST go to several stores in order just to procure a single bag. And the idea that somewhere, someone is enjoying MY bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs is enough to create a nervous tic that can only be calmed with more Mini Eggs.
And if this isn’t bad enough, I will hunt them down in their cleverly marketed (read: heroin model) mini bags at gas station stores when full size bags cannot be found within a 25 mile radius.
It was especially bad last year when there was a horrible rumor of apocalyptic proportions going around that Cadbury had been bought out and the springtime enjoyment of Mini Eggs was coming to an end. I am not ashamed to admit that I enlisted the help of several friends and we bought up every bag we could find and stored them against the coming famine, which is how I ended up with 3 mega-sized bags in my freezer. I rationed them out relatively carefully, so they lasted me a little past Easter. Thankfully that rumor proved to be untrue.
Either that or my repeated petitions to Cadbury were extremely effective.
*the Cadbury chocolate company has no idea that I am so in love with their product. If they did know, they might find it more than a little disturbing.
Do you have a favorite treat that makes you this crazy?
Try this recipe for cookies that use this marvelous treat inside them! I guarantee you’ll love them.
Cadbury Egg Cookies
Original Recipe from Our Best Bites
1/2 C Crisco (I use butter flavored)
1/2 C Butter
1 C brown sugar
1 C white sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 1/2 C flour
6T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 10 oz bag Cadbury Mini-Eggs
Preheat oven to 350. You’ll need to chop up those Cadbury Eggs. I just put them in a Ziploc bag and bang on them with a marble rolling pin until they are in rough chunks. Make sure to save a handful to place on top of the cookies.
Cream together the butter, Crisco, brown sugar and white sugar. Add in eggs one at a time and the vanilla. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture to combine and then mix in the candies.
Drop onto a cookie sheet and cook for about 8-10 minutes. These cookies are soft and fudgey in the middle and a little crisp on the edges with crunchy little candy bits throughout. Delicious!
NOTE – If you can’t find Cadbury Eggs, these cookies are equally fabulous with white chocolate chips, or even milk chocolate chips.
Shantel's love of story began in her childhood with fairy tales. As a wife of 13 years and a mother of 4, she gets a daily sampling of the many genre's of story, including (but not at all limited to) - humor, alternate history, dramatic interpretations, tall tales, tragedy, and a smattering of anecdotes based on true stories. A sometimes blogger, a frequent do-it-yourselfer, and always fond of Cadbury Mini Eggs, Shantel can be found, most days, going 5 different directions, but usually ending up in her favorite place - at home.
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