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The Great Easter Treat Hunt

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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  1. 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

      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...

    2. 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

        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

          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.

        2. 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

            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. 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.

            1. 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

                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?