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.
With the hum of soft music, the lure of a beautifully designed menu, and the aroma of delicious foods wafting to your nostrils, a restaurant’s ambiance can sometimes blind you from what you’re eating, elegantly arranging a caloric death trap. But before you put the nail on your calorie coffin, check out these astoundingly simple tips that allow you to enjoy your meal without worry.
1. Skip the Bread.
Sure, bread tastes great, but the calories it contains aren’t. While a single breadstick from Olive Garden only contains 150 calories, let’s be honest and admit that one isn’t going to cut it. They’re just so good! But eating 2 or 3 breadsticks makes you quickly rake in the calories and leaves less room in your stomach for vegetables that show up with your entrée. Best bet: avoid the bread and enjoy your whole meal.
We understand that people like different things. After all, that’s why there’s such a variety of cuisines in the world (for which we are grateful). But there’s a plethora of recipes that, for one reason or another, appall the masses – many of them for Thanksgiving turkeys. So this November, give your guests something to be extra thankful for by not serving any of these birds.
The More the Merrier
Hope you’ve brought your appetite! The extravagant True Love Roast is comprised of 12 different birds – turkey, goose, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon squab, Aylesbury duck, Barbary duck, poussin, guinea fowl, mallard, and quail – along with an array of different stuffing mixes. At 50,000 calories and 50-ish pounds, this impressive arrangement of protein serves 125 people. Take that, Turducken.