Category Archives: Holidays

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are slightly sweet, spiced rolls that are marked with a cross on top. They’re typically served on Good Friday, before Easter, but the origins of this tradition are somewhat murky, as some stories state that the cross-topped buns were around before they became one of the traditions of this particular holiday, made by Greeks and Saxons long before they became a staple ... Read More »

Leonidas White Chocolate Easter Duck, reviewed

Leonidas Mini Easter Eggs

It’s hard to resist a cute little rubbery duck – and even harder when it is made out of chocolate. When Cybele reviewed an adorable little Easter Ducky at Candyblog, I was struck by how cute it was, but was disappointed to see that it looked better than it tasted. I saw that variety at the drug store and passed it by. I did not ... Read More »

Dove Silky Smooth Solid Chcolate Egg and Bunny, reviewed

A chocolate Easter bunny isĀ  – in addition to Creme Eggs and Peeps, of course – an Easter candy staple. Many chocolatiers put out their own bunnies in various shapes and sizes, types of chocolate and in both solid and hollow versions. My memories of chocolate Easter bunnies as a kid are of large, hollow bunnies that were made of a sweet milk chocolate. I ... Read More »

Easter Egg Shortbread Cookies

Easter Egg Shortbread Cookies

One of the best things about Easter is that there is lots of specialty candy available and most of it is on sale. I don’t mind having egg-shaped versions of some of my favorite candies for a couple of weeks after the holiday – or before the holiday, for that matter. I picked up a bag of Reese’s Pieces Eggs, which I like for their ... Read More »

Peeps Cupcakes

Peeps Cupcakes

Colorful, sugar-coated marshmallow Peeps are synonymous with Easter. They’re simple and loved by most kids. A great way to take advantage of their colorful look is to use them as a decoration for cakes and other baked goods. I’ve taken that one step further here by making Peeps-inspired cupcakes for Easter! These cupcakes have a vanilla butter cake base and are topped with a marshmallow ... Read More »

Pull Apart Bunny Cakes

Nothing says “Easter” quite like dissecting a rabbit piece by piece. Of course, I’m referring to chocolate rabbits! They’re staples of the season and even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, it’s hard to pass up the terrific deals on bunny-shaped chocolates that crop up during Easter season. Chocolate bunnies aren’t the only rabbit-themed Easter choices, however. You can also opt for Pull Apart Bunny ... Read More »

Pancake recipes for Pancake Day

Brown Sugar Pancake stack

For those who celebrate Lent, Shrove Tuesday is a pretty important day because it is the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of fasting. The day is also known as Pancake day, because foods like milk, eggs and butter needed to be used up before Lent began and pancakes were a great way to do just that. And a day celebrating pancakes is something ... Read More »

Easy King Cake

King Cake, cream cheese filling

King Cake is a traditional pastry served for the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is made with a rich bread dough that is filled with a cinnamon mixture and braided into a ring. It is typically frosted, and adorned with purple, yellow and green (purple to represent justice, green to represent faith, and gold to represent power). These days, there are a ... Read More »

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