Like Halloween, Easter is a holiday that wouldn’t be complete without candy. Every year, displays of bright floral boxes and fun festive shapes take over the candy aisle, an event that children and grownups alike look forward to. Since it’s only available once a year, Easter candy has become pretty special – sacred even. Well, at least some of it has. As always, there are a few candies that try to hop onto the Easter bandwagon, but fail miserably to live up to the standards set by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Eggs. (Best. Candy. Ever.) So here they are, in somewhat random order; the Easter candies you should really stay away from:
1. Chicks and Rabbits
If you’re head over heels for that alluring light banana flavor of Circus Peanuts – just kidding, I know no one’s ever actually liked them – you’re going to love Chicks and Rabbits. These delights are labeled as being a marshmallow candy, which is interesting given their texture. Chicks and Rabbits are formed with that unmistakable, crumbly plastic-like foam that have made Circus Peanuts so popular. Sadly, the only redemption for these fuzzy farm darlings would be a super cute appearance…but instead, their elongated faces and large, vacant eyes make them look like E.T.’s cousins. Fail.
Easter dinner has a tendency to be really redundant. Every year, it’s exactly the same as the last. Same time of day. Same guests. Same menu. I get that some aspects of such a dinner are traditional, but an identical meal year after year can be pretty predictable. In other words, it’s just plain boring. (And I’m not knocking your ham, Mom. It just might be nice to see something different at Easter once in a decade.)
That said, check out these recipes that are sure to give your dinner an update:
The Center of Attention
Deliciously savory and amazingly juicy, this classic Italian pork recipe will easily take center stage on your table. It’s a process – but man, is it worth it. After draping and wrapping pieces of pork together into one delicious roast, seasoning it with herbs like fresh sage and thyme, then roasting it in an oven with a low temperature for a few hours, you’ll have a main attraction that will make your guests swoon.
Maybe you already serve lamb at your gathering, and that’s nice and all, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from an update. Wrap it with bacon, stud it with garlic, top it with a honey-curry glaze – just do something different.
Ever notice how Easter moves around a lot on the calendar? Yeah. So did my boss. While trying to come up with Easter topics to write about, he posed this one. I scoffed. How did people not know it was because of the equinox? I thought. As it turns out, my sarcastic enthusiasm on the matter quickly came back and slapped me. The subject of why Easter is where it is on our schedules just so happens to be a pretty complex affair.
To solve the mystery, I started with the calendars. I knew we use the Gregorian but that was the extent of my knowledge on the subject – and it is a subject. Seriously, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the word “calendars” – the history of them and how they’re figured out could easily be an entire college course. In 1582 CE, the Gregorian calendar was made official by Pope Gregory XIII. As you well know, this lovely system neatly organizes our years into increments of 365 days with the exception of leap years, which have 366. The Gregorian is a solar calendar, meaning that the dates indicate the position of the Earth on its revolution around the sun.
Fondue for two? Real original, Valentine. Instead of plating something that’s completely cliché, treat your crush to a decadent meal that proves you care about them. That said, check out these ideas. Each one is perfectly romantic and creates a swoon-worthy dinner that’ll be love at first bite.
Alright, alright – you may have a hard time eating veal but you should try to shelf your guilt. Besides being absolutely delicious, veal’s pretty good for you, as it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. As long as your date doesn’t mind the ethics of it, veal presents itself as a dreamy dinner contender, especially a recipe like this one. It pairs the tender meat with asparagus, which is an aphrodisiac (meow).