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The Great Easter Treat Hunt

bite bite Mar 5, 2008 08:04 AM

Easter's coming up and BBjr is totally caught up in the pagan mythology of the whole thing -- and most of all -- obsessed with the idea of Easter treats. (The younger BBjr is also old enough to get a bit of an inkling of what's going on).

Would love to find some really magical treats to make this Easter special.

Little foil covered chocolate eggs for the crack-of-dawn hunt is a must -- but would love to find some more distinctive stuff too.

Remember from my pre-BBjr days that Joan's on 3rd once carried real eggshells blown out and filled with chocolate. Pretty cool.

Would love to get some sources for fanciful chocolate molded easter bunnies and such (hollow ideal for obvious reasons). Probably too much to ask -- but something that involved bunnies surfing, rocking out and hanging on motorcycles would be HUGE.

Also, if there is a place that sells those sugar eggs with the sugar scenes inside of them.

Decent quality chocolate impt as BBjr is a bit particular in that regard.

Found this reference to v. cute looking Easter petit fours on the boards: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386708

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    bite bite Mar 21, 2008 09:30 AM

    Thanks everyone for the v. helpful suggestions. A bunch of friends and their kids are coming round for Easter so wound up needing a bunch of treats.

    So, in case this helps anyone in a last minute scramble, here's what I came up with:

    - Best place for one-stop shopping -- for value, quality and variety.
    - Lots of whimsical little chocolate foil treats -- lambs, bugs, bunnies, eggs -- primarily Lindt and some Swiss brand, some Godiva eggs as well.
    - My favorite were these large-ish kits of hollow chocolate Easter treats wrapped in colorful foil-- rabbits, chicks, eggs. (Hollow meaning you can have eggs and critters of a good size while limiting chocolate intake). Very whimsical, old-school European feeling. The value very good also. Noticed some stores around town (yes Mel & Rose I'm talking about you) selling single items from this pack for substantially more than what their price would be if you buy the entire kit -- I'm talking at least 3x as much. But you do need to check your package to make sure none of the contents are crushed and be sure not to leave in a hot car as the hollow treats are pretty fragile.
    - For hunting, there are also lots of reasonably priced baskets of different sizes and types -- willow, cane, felt watering cans, tin buckets, etc.
    - Also lots of little party favors fans, paint kits, Pez Dispensers, kites and other Easter toys etc for the less sweet inclined.

    You could easily stock up for an easter egg hunt here but I also went by...

    SEES -
    - Possible also for one-stop shopping here -- but don't think you can buy baskets that aren't already filled with treats.
    - Cute chocolate bunnies and eggs of various sizes. Sweet duck box filled with little jubjubey things, some pretty Easter themed chocolate and treat boxes. (Their big "hand-decorated" gourmet eggs gross me out a bit).
    - Had already stocked up at Cost Plus so all I got here were the sweet novelty eggs with the little white chicks inside (about the size of Cadbury Eggs) Too sweet an idea to pass up. Also got some extra little foil eggs to be on he safe side

    - Limited selection and some steep mark-ups. That said, this was the one place where I knew I could get Kinder Eggs (around 2.50 each!!!) and this has become a bit of a tradition so I bit the bullet and got them here.

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    1. re: bite bite
      Rizza Mar 22, 2008 03:21 PM

      You'll appreciate this...I left my See's bag in the car and melted the bunnies. So bummed!

      1. re: Rizza
        notmartha Mar 22, 2008 08:37 PM

        I've done that a few times, and with more expensive chocolates. I don't even dare buy chocolates when it's more than 70 degrees outside.

        Bite bite - thanks for the report back. Ouch - the price of the Kinder Eggs are pretty high. And I thought 1 euro for each last year at Switzerland was overpriced (we got about 10 or 12 for my son during a 2 week trip as a reward each day for all the walking/hiking)...

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      JeetJet Mar 7, 2008 04:50 PM

      I recall a bakery in an outdoor mall at Hawthorne Blvd. and maybe Palos Verdes Dr.? (up the hill). Anyway, they made the most special eggs with an opening in one end to look inside at very detailed hand work (bunnies, flowers, gardens).

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      1. re: JeetJet
        torty Mar 8, 2008 09:58 AM

        Mayer's Bakery (310) 377-7846
        Shopping center on corner of Hawthorne and Silver Spur- next to Pavillions market

        1. re: torty
          JeetJet Mar 8, 2008 10:30 AM

          Thanks torty, that's the place.


          1. re: JeetJet
            Fru Mar 8, 2008 10:43 AM

            Mmm, Bordeaux eggs from See's!!! At the Saturday Farmers' Market at Pasadena High School there is a gal out of Laguna Beach who sells high quality stuff:molded chocolate rabbits, etc. I'm sure she is at other markets but I don't know her company name. Also, on Washington Blvd between Allen Ave and Hill Street in Pasadena are at least 3 chocolatiers within a 2 block radius. Also, the Armenian bakeries such as Vrej on Allen and Sarkiss on Washington west of Allen have lots of seasonal stuff. I was in Monte Carlo Italian Market and Deli in Burbank on Magnolia yesterday and see that they are starting to get Easter items in too.

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        Rizza Mar 6, 2008 04:06 PM

        They had so much good stuff at Bristol Farms today. The sugar eggs, chocolate foil eggs in many sizes, jelly eggs, and tons of toys (they had wind up easter bunnies, hopping bunnies, puppets, fuzzy topped pens, all Papyrus and Dept.56 stuff). Could be one stop shopping. (But I need my Easter See's chocolate Bordeaux egg fix.)

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          alison Mar 5, 2008 09:11 PM

          L' Artisan du Chocolat:

          3364 West First Street
          (Near Beverly Blvd.)
          Los Angeles, CA 90004

          They always have special treats for the holidays-you might have to pre-order. They are big into having chocolates inside a bigger molded chocolate.
          Super nice people.

          1. notmartha Mar 5, 2008 11:09 AM

            Cost Plus usually have a lot of interesting foil wrapped chocolate candies from Europe, and this year they had a few for easter. I remembered seeing lamb and eggs, and there's also very cute animal shaped mazipan (not sure if your kids would like).

            Vosges has a few cute easter bunnies, but I think it's too fancy for the kids.

            I had done See's in past years, but this year I am limitiing myself to a few Cadbury creme eggs - got chocolate overload at home.

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            1. re: notmartha
              bite bite Mar 5, 2008 11:19 AM

              Cadbury creme eggs one of my favorite things ever of all time -- haven't introduced this evil yumminess to the little ones yet...

              Will definitely include Cost Plus in the hunt...

              1. re: bite bite
                notmartha Mar 5, 2008 02:16 PM

                Cost Plus is my staple for looking for chocolates, especially ones from England, Germany, etc.

                Almost forgot, your kids may get a kick out of the See's Hollow Eggs with Novelty. When you crack open the chocolate egg, there's a white chocolate chick inside. My son used to like those when he's small.

                1. re: notmartha
                  bite bite Mar 6, 2008 09:10 AM

                  Oh that is cute.

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              Diana Mar 5, 2008 10:59 AM

              I like to hit up Whole foods for some great stuff, then get one of those big chocolate easter eggs from Viktor Bene's at Gelsons. They can fill em with more chocolate,. My husband had them put a bottle of perfume in one year. Pretty and yummy!

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              1. re: Diana
                bite bite Mar 5, 2008 11:21 AM

                WF is an easy one on a regular grocery run. Loving the idea of a hollowed out egg. What a sweet husband you have. Do you think they could fit a DVD in one?

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                torty Mar 5, 2008 10:39 AM

                Alpine Village Market in Torrance always has the ladybugs and even more Easter-type stuff around this time. Don't forget Kinder Eggs with the assemble it yourself toy inside.

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                  smfoodie Mar 5, 2008 09:19 AM

                  In the past I have found some mighty fine Easter treats (including dark chocolate bunnies) at Littlejohns at the Farmers Market.

                  BTW - I love See's. As my mother says, "It's just not a holiday without See's Candy"

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                  1. re: smfoodie
                    JeetJet Mar 7, 2008 04:39 PM

                    This location of See's in Hacienda Heights is a special supply store and offers better prices on many items.

                    CITY OF INDUSTRY Q.D. SHOP 02109
                    137,141-149 SO. HACIENDA BLVD
                    HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA 91745
                    Phone: (626) 369-3858

                  2. lil mikey Mar 5, 2008 08:36 AM

                    There is a custom chocolatier on Hollywood Blvd., just east of the 101, on the south side of the street.

                    They make the chocolate there, and they will customize for you. They also have an assortment of chocolates pre-wrapped. This went over big a couple of Valentines days ago.

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                    1. re: lil mikey
                      Burger Boy Mar 5, 2008 10:20 AM

                      I have seen that place a million times, is it good quality. I grew up on See's and Kron back in the 60's & 70's. Always had to have a See's egg, their main plant is about 3 blocks from my work, I might need to stop by.

                      1. re: lil mikey
                        lil mikey Mar 5, 2008 03:15 PM

                        I'm actually not a huge chocolate eater, but my wife is, and she said the quality was good. Not the best in the world, but good.

                        I think most of their business is in the customization part. They have a lot of displays for weddings, retirements, etc. They make the chocolate, and then custom wrap it, or custom-prepare it however you want it.

                        I also grew up on See's, but that's always a white box. At this place, she puts custom foils and ribbons on the chocolate. It's a very classy presentation. And the lady's super nice. I got the sense that she'd do whatever you want with the chocolate.

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                        Rizza Mar 5, 2008 08:07 AM

                        See's had bunnies of all shapes and sizes, and I think the sugar eggs too. It may not be the top quality chocolate you speak of, but Easter and See's just always seem to go together for me.

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                        1. re: Rizza
                          bite bite Mar 5, 2008 08:19 AM

                          Thanks for the recommendation. Sees is totally solid quality wise in my books too vis a vis kids' Easter treats. "decent" just intended to connote not the really budget stuff that I've sometimes picked up at the local drug store that is more wax and sawdust than chocolate. So See's is definitely an option. Thanks for reminding me.

                          The only thing is -- and not that the little BBs will care or know the dif -- would love to find a smaller store-front chocolatier who does Easter stuff. Or somehwere that specializes in whimsical imports -- choclate lady-bugs that kind of thing (although Euro chocolate is getting insane with the decline of our dollar). Yes, it's all a little bit twee, but with two boys, I figure my window is very narrow for this kind of stuff...

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