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Posted: 22:12 Sat 03-04-2004.
Snackspot reports: A wide range of perspectives over our previous debate on which are better - supermarkets or convenience stores? - with praise for c-stores' wackier product ranges (balanced by their higher prices), unexpected commendations for supermarkets which buy too much stuff that they then have to get rid of at reduced prices, and general bafflement over how to categorise Lidl and Woolies. Anyway, this week's semi-topical topic regards the "true" meaning of Easter: At this special time of year, do you prefer the traditional chocolate egg, or are you also tempted by sugar confectionery options such as America's Marshmallow Peeps?

...To be completely honest, I think Peeps aren't yet widely available in the UK, despite a recent Junk Food News report that they're distributing their "seasonal marshmallow items" in "select European markets" via some sort of deal with Haribo. Nonetheless, they remain a staple of the US Easter experience, with close parallels between Peep and human anatomy also making them invaluable for vital medical research. Or do you celebrate with something altogether different, like the distinctly bubblegum-flavoured Kosher Grape Fanta which has started appearing again in North London branches of Waitrose as some sort of commemoration of Passover?


Posted: 12:07 Sun 04-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: on the plus side, at least Peeps don't seem to swell up to giant size like a Gummi bear: http://www.chrisnull.com/2004_03_01_chrisnull_archive.html#108032435895572596
Posted: 16:18 Sun 04-04-2004 by "allsop" # permalink comment
Comment: what are Peeps? are they just egg shaped marshmallows?
Posted: 16:36 Sun 04-04-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Both! You must have both for the true easter experience. And allsop peeps are marshmallow chicks, they also do bunnies. But its proper gooey marshmallow inside not that foamy stuff. I must say as an ex-pat the easter candies here are slightly dissapointing. I have fond memories of wandering the 3 aisles of wal-mart devoted to easter candies and decorations.
Posted: 16:55 Sun 04-04-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I prefer Marshmallow over chocolate any day, but I have never had Peeps so I will have to go for Eggs. Especially Creme ones!
Posted: 17:36 Sun 04-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: sorry, should have explained a bit more - aren't the basic Peeps a kind of yellow marshmallow with a strange sort of textured coating, like Fruit Pastilles?
Posted: 18:53 Sun 04-04-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: yes, like marshmallow dipped in coloured sugar. i've seen them in woolies for a couple of years here. the uk really doesn't go holiday candy mad like the usa unfortunately. we should have more stuff repackaged in easter colours. but our mini egg market _is_ marvellous. also: marshmallow bunnies cuter when being tortured, viz: http://www.keypad.org/bunnies/
Posted: 19:55 Sun 04-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: haha cheers for the link charl - i think http://www.keypad.org/bunnies/nuke.html is the most scientifically intriguing. what other easter candies do they have in the US? (after all, sugar and chocolate work so well in the Cadbury Mini Egg and Creme Egg, so why not other combinations?)
Posted: 21:15 Sun 04-04-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: The answer is simple for the Kaptain......

He will always go for the simple chocoegg. The Kaptain enjoys an egg of his favourite chocolato, perhaps even containing a delicious kandy pie xtra! Modern sugar confections are not for the Kaptain.

The Kaptain does have a dream easter konfection though. A Kreme egg that is the size of a large easter egg! This would be a super kake-pie and perhaps even an idea for a 'Kaptain homebuild konfection koncept'. It might however send the konsumer into an unrecoverable kandy koma.

Posted: 22:12 Sun 04-04-2004 by "allsop" # permalink comment
Comment: Sugar will always win for me, so the peeps have my vote. i'll be raiding the peckham branch of woolworths tomorrow in search of them.
Posted: 22:13 Sun 04-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm pretty sure that the Kaptain's kreme koncept would cill (err- kill) anyone who even touched it through the quantity of sugar that would enter their bloodstream by osmosis. Bring on the helmet-sized malteasers though. Wearable snacking items, all the rage this season I've heard.
Posted: 22:20 Sun 04-04-2004 by "allsop" # permalink comment
Comment: on the creme egg subject - how do you eat yours? i personally bite the top off, lick out the inside and then eat the rest of the chocolate. then feel very sick for half an hour afterwards and regret my choice of confectionary in the first place.
Posted: 23:09 Sun 04-04-2004 by "choccieman"
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Comment: For me its chocolate egg every time, but I'm never sure whether its better to have a small fondant filled egg or large hollow one (having both is clearly the only sensible choice).

Is it me or are eggs getting larger each year (there are some truely scary sized ones in the larger supermarkets); I'm assuming the choc is simply getting thinner though :-(

Is anyone else as stingy as me to generally wait till after easter and buy eggs after woolies have 'em reduced?

Posted: 23:11 Sun 04-04-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: the u.s. seem to go more for mini versions of existing stuff at easter (although i'm sure i'm forgetting something here - do they have pastel candy corn at easter?). last year i picked up this rather fabulous little number: http://www.pinkbunny.co.uk/graphics/peterpeanutbunny.jpg
Posted: 23:14 Sun 04-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I'm not just playing devil's advocate here, but I've always been baffled by the whole "how do you eat yours?" business - I "eat" mine the same way that I (and other vertebrates) eat all foods, via the following processes...

Movement: propulsion of food through the digestive system

Secretion: release of digestive juices in response to a specific stimulus

Digestion: breakdown of food into molecular components small enough to cross the plasma membrane

- but I've always wondered if Cadbury had some other delivery method in mind, like boiling them up and inhaling them as a gas?

Posted: 10:04 Mon 05-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: A friend and I have had an arguement over the woolies-reduced-eggs for a few years running now, as she maintains that the post easter egg purchase is

a) cheating, and

b) worthless, since the chocolate is still more expensive than simply buying a bar of the same weight.

I however believe the easter egg chocolate (specifically Cadbury, but I'm interested in other's views) is different somehow; anyone got any insight into this?

Posted: 11:00 Mon 05-04-2004 by "KoolAid" # permalink comment
Comment: Flameproof

I'm afraid you friend is talking pure rubbish. Just ask them where one can pick up a block of Maltesers chocolate (aka "coughing chocolate", because it makes you cough when you swallow it).

I also love the smarties chocolate, and kit kat chocolate which is Nestle's coughing chocolate. You certainly can't buy this in bars (unless you are lucky and get one of the freak kit kat bars with no wafer).

With eggs being knocked out at 3 for £4 at Asda and Sainsbury's (obviously now a "loss leader") do you think they will be reduced further after the event?

Posted: 11:29 Mon 05-04-2004 by "gerling" # permalink comment
Comment: You can get some wonderfully cheap reductions after Easter but the chocolate is never right in easter eggs. Cadburys eggs always have a slight powdery taste. not good at all.
Posted: 13:16 Mon 05-04-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: In regards to the what else does the USA/Canada have at easter.... everything! Like dare who makes these great candy eggs. And special easter jelly beans which don't seem so popular here. And in Canada Laura Secord make these fabulous eggs. They are butter creme filled and well better than the creme egg, I would say its probably the size the Kaptain is looking for. It generally took me 3 days to eat it. Also I love Reese's mini pb cups, packaged in pastel foil just for the holiday. Yes we do have pastel candy corn its called bunny corn. Just to mention a few...
Posted: 15:22 Mon 05-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: I've always thought that the Cadbury egg chocolate is much sweeter than dairy milk, but never having the inclination to alternate bites of each I cannot verify this. I've never liked the Nestlé egg chocolate though- KoolAid, do you think it's actually the same stuff as covers Kit Kats, or yet another formulation?
Posted: 17:11 Mon 05-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: oh and one year Cybercandy had a load of Cadbury "Large Marshmallow Eggs" (with "the popular yellow yolk") from New Zealand, which were basically thin-shelled (ie less thick than Creme Eggs) chocolate eggs about the size of a tennis ball packed full of yellow and white marshmallow inside - as shown towards the bottom of: http://www.cadbury.co.nz/magicalland/home.cfm?page=treats1.cfm

- for everyone demanding a larger Creme Egg, perhaps this would offer an acceptable compromise?

Posted: 18:09 Thu 08-04-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: Interesting article about the origins of Marshmallow Peeps: http://slate.msn.com/id/2098422/
Posted: 18:13 Fri 09-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: wow, interesting stuff - i realise we're venturing into urban myth territory here, but thought it was worth mentioning this story: http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/apmethods/apstory?urlfeed=D81Q70F82.xml

Actors Whip Easter Bunny at Church Show

A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.

(found via the ever-prolific http://www.bloggerheads.com/ , which also provides this thought-provoking anecdote:)

...on this day in particular I'm reminded of a certain Sunday School lesson at the aforementioned Baptist church. The same teacher who maintained that men have two less ribs than women was teaching us about Easter. Easter Eggs, she said, were representative of Christ's tomb, as you open them on Easter Sunday and lo-and-behold they're empty. Praise Jesus! She then went on to inform us that eggs with Smarties or other such sweets inside were therefore an abomination. I'm not sure how those little solid eggs or milk chocolate bunnies work into this theory, but at the tender age of six I didn't think to ask...

Posted: 09:35 Sat 10-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: also, Peeps are giving people unrealistic expectations about real chickens: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/3615191.stm

Multi-coloured chicks for Easter

A farm in the northern US state of Alaska has given Easter egg decoration a whole new meaning. Triple D Farm and Hatchery, in Palmer, injects the eggs with dye to produce multi-coloured baby chicks.

Children visiting the farm in the run-up to Easter were met with more than 400 orange, red, green, purple, pink and blue chickens and ducks.

Posted: 14:45 Sat 10-04-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: That's disgusting!
Posted: 19:35 Sun 11-04-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't think the chick thing is so unusual. As a child when visiting the county fair they often had multi-coloured chicks and sometimes bunnies.
Posted: 16:17 Fri 16-04-2004 by "Bohica"
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Comment: Kaptain - behold the ultimate creme egg:


Posted: 19:17 Thu 22-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: they had Creme Egg-sized Winnie the Pooh chocolate eggs with marshmallow inside reduced in Woolworths just the other week 69635 76
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Posted: 09:24 Sun 20-Apr-2008 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Whatever!
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