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Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

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When I was a kid in NY (upstate) during the '70's, one of my aunts would give each child who visited her home during Easter one of the BEST things I've ever eaten:

Life-sized candy eggs that were packaged in a real egg carton. They had a hard, thin, opaque matte white sugar shell and a thick layer of dark chocolate inside, which in turn was lined with a thin edible wafer, though the egg itself was hollow. I don't remember if there were prizes inside, but I think there were.

These were NOT the Kinder eggs from Germany, which are simply hollow dark chocolate covered in white chocolate, wrapped in foil.

These eggs were a little tricky to break open. They were sweet but not overwhelming, and they were satisfyingly crunchy and really fun to receive and eat.

My online investigations led to several dead ends. These may have been made by or imported by Perugina, and circulated in Manhattan during the seventies. For some reason I thought they were from Germany. I don't know if my aunt had them delivered from NYC or from Europe, but I haven't seen these since 1979.

If you remember them or know where to find them, holla back!

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  1. They were Perugina. Came in an wood egg carton. Were hard white candy outside with a thin layer of dark chocolate inside. The empty space in the egg contained a small prize inside. My mother used to get them for us at Easter. Probably stopped being imported at some point. But it also may be that Perugina stopped making eggs in this form entirely.

    But if you find them, I'd love to hear where you located them.

    They were the best.

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    1. re: boccalupo

      They may have disappeared when U.S. law started forbidding the sale of foods with non-edible objects contained inside (choking hazard). This applies to Kindereggs too, although I've found they tend to slip through and appear sometimes in various ethnic grocery stores. The prizes in Kindereggs are fun, but the chocolate is nothing special -- the Perugina sound good!

      1. re: khoffdenver

        That makes sense. However, after having a baby, I'll tell you that EVERYTHING except the kitchen sink is a choking hazard. Here are some that can't be eradicated: coins, pills, vitamins, and most candy. I would think that only items specifically designated for those under 3 would need to be hazard-free. Everything else just needs that label. And here's the funny thing: you show me an infant or toddler who could have opened up one of those candy eggs without a hammer and I doubt that choking hazards would be that mom's concern. ;)

        1. re: khoffdenver

          The thought had occured to me as well. Although the eggs would be great even without the surprise inside. It is the candy coating that made them special.

        2. re: boccalupo

          Word.

        3. it sounds like they did away with the candy coating, but Perugina makes large hollow chocolate Easter eggs with miniature chocolate eggs inside. i know it's not the same thing, but...

          http://www.amazon.com/Perugina-Easter...

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Thanks! I'm so disappointed in Cadbury/Hershey for using PGPR in their Easter mini eggs - those pastel-colored ones. I refuse to buy them and now I have a real jones for the combo of chocolate and a substantial sugar shell. M&Ms and Smarties and all that just don't cut it. Oh well.

            1. re: wietog

              check at Fairway, Myers of Keswick, or Tea & Sympathy- they have mini eggs not made in the US, so you may find the ingredients vary slightly and not get PGPR

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              Myers of Keswick
              634 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

              Tea & Sympathy
              108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

          2. So, I found a "poor-man's" substitute in the kiddie section: Jelly Belly's prehistoric eggs! These are odd-shaped and smaller than a hen's egg, speckled and solid, with a surprise jelly "dinasour" candy inside. Mine had orange and was fun. However, it's not a great quality dark chocolate, and the shell leaves much to be desired. Kids would love these at Easter, though, I'll bet. I'm surprised Jelly Belly hasn't thought of packaging/promoting them as such.

            http://www.jellybelly.com/Shop/Produc...

            1. Chelsea Market Baskets is selling Knipschildt Chocolate Eggs, which are in an egg carton. Not the same thing.. but a fancier alternative!

              http://www.chelseamarketbasket.com/88...

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              1. re: Briek

                Those are cute!

              2. I was just googling these same eggs as Easter is coming. I saw them this summer at a candy store in Lucca in Italy. They now come in other pastel colors besides the white, but it's the egg from the 70's. Unfortunately, this summer, it was just display and the woman wouldn't sell me a stale one. I'm going to keep looking in the US in case anyone sees this post.

                1. Yes, I remember these eggs. They are still my favorite. My neighbors introduced them to me when I was about 10 years old and that has been at least 55 years ago. I wish I could find them myself. I know that Sam's club carried them about 15 years ago. They came in 1/2 cartons. [6 eggs]. They did not sell well and they had many carton's left after Easter. I found this blog because I was again looking for them.

                  1. I remember those eggs. They were made in Italy and sold locally in Brooklyn at the A&S department store in the 60's.
                    Since they were relatively expensive my bargain hunter mom would got to A&S the day after Easter and get them at half price. They were amazing!!
                    I have not seen anything like them since.

                    1. See's Candy has hollow chocolate eggs with a white chocolate bunny inside. Their chocolate isn't too bad.

                      sees.com

                      1. UPDATE:

                        http://www.thesavanna.co.uk/beacon-ea...

                        Beacon Easter "Hen's Eggs" may be the closest version found so far.

                        UK, South Africa or Australia/NZ-made.

                        PS: Please be aware that almost ALL US-made chocolate (e.g., Hershey's and US Cadbury's) includes PGPR - also known as Polyglycerol polyricinoleate, which is a cheap, awful, emulsified ingredient that's being used to replace real cocoa butter.
                        This is NOT something the public is aware of, and is a SCAM. DO NOT buy products made with this ingredient, as it is a clear indicator of the worst version of what some companies have the gall to call chocolate.
                        There should be more uproar when major changes like that are made - I believe this started in 2009 or 2010 and is only getting worse. I'm sure the companies will try to change the name and put a PR spin on it, but of course, they NEVER make changes like that known publicly until they are outed.

                        Try to buy more Canadian or European-made confections, or at least look for local, higher end products. Theo Chocolates in Seattle offers chocolates as the first roaster of fair‑trade cocoa beans. I am not in any way affiliated with them, though.

                        Happy Spring!

                        1. We got ours at Neiman Marcus in Dallas in the early 70s and they also had them in cute ceramic chickens and ducks. We reminisce about them frequently!

                          1. I used to buy them in NYC from the Perugina store which was on Madison in the 40s or 50s. Then I bought them from one of the department stores for awhile. I believe Perugina was bought by Baci. I have not been able to find them for many years. They were the best!!!!! If you find them please let me know. Betsy