Egg-stra special time of year

The tradition of the Easter egg is a strong one dating back to pagan times when an egg was considered a symbol of the earth’s rebirth in spring celebrations, and the Christian calendar has embraced the concept, as it has with many other folk traditions.

Fundamentally, too, kids (of all ages) love chocolate and at some stage a genius had the idea of putting eggs and chocolate together. Every year Easter presents an opportunity to dive right into the multitude of treatful sweets on offer. And, as ever, from the mass-manufactured, multi-national brands to bespoke hand-made versions Cayman has a nice and wide range available.

Cayman Taffy for example has a range of plans in place that are designed to satisfy every palate. Confectioner Doug McPherson began making Easter Bunnies at the start of March, cunningly starting a little early on what was his biggest seller of 2009 by far. In fact, his ten inch bunnies sold out very fast last year – he said that he can only manufacture 6 to 10 of those ultra-satisfying treats each day. Other popular items include tropical fruit jellies, he explained.

You can’t beat it
The chocolate expert also noted that people also were interested in higher-quality ingredients. These compare favourably to the choccy recipes that make up the cheaper options.

“You can’t beat real premium Belgian chocolate as an Easter treat. The supermarket eggs are full of vegetable oil and other fat stabilisers,” he explained.

Cayman Taffy’s range of bunnies and eggs come in milk, dark and white chocolate and there are also health-conscious options.

“By special order I can also produce sugar-free bunnies and eggs using a new Swiss chocolate I just brought in for our resident diabetics- or those just watching their sugar intake,” explained Doug.

Prices range from $2.75 for an Easter Bunny on a stick up to $20 for a large bunny, with many items and prices in-between depending on size.

Almond lovers
Icoa Fine Foods are also set for the holiday period, with a range of delicious-looking goodies from around the world. How about pumpkin, cranberry and walnut bread ($5) – they say it’s perfect for French toast. A box of Petits Fours for $20 is a delight for almond lovers, or you might prefer to do as the Italians do and get stuck in to a slice of Gubana.

It’s rolled, strudel-like Easter bread stuffed full to the brim with delicious nuts, fruity delights and spices then dusted liberally with turbinado sugar – delizioso, as they might well say in West Bay.

Of course, Icoa’s chocolate Easter Eggs may well take pride of place; they’re full of tasty individual chocolates and the main egg can be personalised with a name of your choice, all for $25.

Winking at your wallet
Visit any supermarket at this time of year and you’ll see displays of chocolate treats winking at your wallet. Hurley’s, Kirk’s and Foster’s all have a range of chocolate eggs on offer, starting at under a dollar and going up toward ten dollars or more in some cases. James Waters of Fosters IGA said that there are lots of different types but one is going down better than most.

“Cadbury’s is the most popular – but all the stores have plenty of product on hand,” he explained.

So get stuck into the sweet stuff whilst it’s still available: it’s the one time of year that you can be sure of getting away with having a soft centre and ending up with egg on your face. Easter eggs, then, prove that anyone really can be a politician.