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Monday, March 4, 2013

Revisiting a Childhood Favorite: See's Chocolate Butter Easter Eggs

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 2:50 PM

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Your particular brand of chocolate-flavored nostalgia probably has a lot to do with where you grew up -- kids from Chicago have their allegiance to Fanny May and so on -- but my parents are from California and so holidays were always about See's Candies. And I looked forward to Easter almost as much as Christmas because it meant a See's "Chocolate Butter With Walnuts" egg in my basket.

The egg-shaped sugar bombs are about the size your fist, filled with chocolate buttercream and a smattering of California walnuts, and coated in dark chocolate. They're so rich you can't take one down in one sitting without going into near-diabetic shock -- when I was a kid I used to torture myself by slicing off a little at a time to make the deliciousness last longer, and judging from the comments on the See's website, many others had the same hoarding tendency.

See also: See's Candies Record-Breaking 7,000-Pound Lollipop

Littlejohn's Candies: Like Great-Great-Grandma Made

I'd actually forgotten all about the eggs until See's sent over a promotional box of all their Easter treats, and there it was, just like I remembered from childhood -- the same pale yellow box, the same rock-hard (and not very good) sugar flowers on the top, the same rich, chocolatey, decadent interior. It was like being reunited with an old friend. They're a popular treat during Easter: See's makes more than 4 million eggs during the seven-week period leading up to the holiday. They've just released a video about the process of making each of them by hand:

See's Rocky Road Eggs are here! from See's Candies on Vimeo.

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Anna Roth

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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