Friday photo hunt – chocolate

I’m sure it’s no coincidence that with the first photo hunt for April falling on the Easter weekend the subject is ‘chocolate’. I originally had another post partially written for today but something unexpected happened earlier this week which ties in nicely with the photo hunt subject chosen by new host Astrid so I’ve had a change of plan.
A couple of weeks ago, without being asked, Michael brought me a couple of bars of white chocolate from our local corner shop. It was a brand I’ve never heard of, possibly produced for cash-and-carry outlets, and it was only cheap but surprisingly it was very nice, though as I don’t eat a lot of chocolate anyway the second bar remained unopened until yesterday when I took the photo.
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One day last week I got a rather puzzling text from Michael’s girlfriend to say there would be a delivery arriving for me on the Saturday; it turned out to be a long box containing a large and rather lovely bunch of flowers with a card and a miniature box of chocolate seahorses. The flowers are now brightening up my bedroom unit though the seahorses have yet to be eaten.
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Back in mid March I got an online newsletter from an Oxfordshire company I’ve dealt with several times since 2008. The newsletter contained a 10-question quiz with all the questions and/or answers relating to Easter; first prize was a Lindt Easter egg with assorted chocolates and there were three smaller runners-up prizes. The answers had to be emailed in by March 24th and quite surprisingly I knew them all without having to resort to Google, so I sent them in just for fun; if I’d had to start looking things up I probably wouldn’t have bothered.
On Monday morning this week I got an email from the company to say my name had been picked as first runner-up and my prize, a pack of Cadbury’s creme eggs, would be sent out to me straight away. They arrived on Tuesday and as I wouldn’t eat them all I gave a couple of them to Michael.
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I don’t often enter competitions as I very rarely ever win anything so getting the creme eggs was an unexpected but nice surprise, though I have to say they are now a lot smaller than they once were and they don’t seem to taste quite as good as years ago. And for someone who doesn’t eat a lot of chocolate I now feel like I’m being inundated with the stuff!

46 thoughts on “Friday photo hunt – chocolate

    1. It shows how little I know about chocolate. I wasn’t aware that Cadbury’s made dark chocolate creme eggs, they’ve been around since the early 1970s and I’ve only ever known them to be milk chocolate.

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      1. I have been addicted to chocolate for 60+ yrs with no side effects (yet) other then my ‘sweetness’ Am of normal bodily stature except for the ‘furniture disease’ (chest is falling into drawers) However the ‘beer belly’ developing is from a different addiction 🍺

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      2. πŸ˜‰ FYI πŸ‘‰ While filled eggs were first manufactured by the Cadbury Brothers in 1923, the Creme Egg in its current form was introduced in 1963.[1] Initially sold as Fry’s Creme Eggs (incorporating the Fry’s brand), they were renamed “Cadbury’s Creme Eggs” in 1971

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  1. Gosh, you’ve done well for choccies recently. 🍫

    Sad to say not a single ‘egg’ in this house – Himself trying to drop a few kg and I cannot eat regular chocolate anymore: too sweet, too much sugar, and not enough cocoa solids to actually taste of chocolate 😟

    Now give me a bar of Lindt 85% and I’ll fight off all-comers!

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  2. Even when I was a kid I was never really a big chocolate eater – Easter eggs would hang around for weeks before they were eaten. If I have any preference at all it’s for Terry’s chocolate oranges though I haven’t had one of those for 18 months.

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    1. A coincidence in that last night I made a rare visit a shop to buy Easter Eggs for my grandchildren, though I don’t know when I will see them, Whist in the shop I noticed Terry Chocolate Oranges and on a whim bought one for myself – I ended up eating half of it after supper – delicious.

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  3. How lovely to receive flowers and chocolate from Michael’s girlfriend. Well done on your win. I have to say I don’t think creme eggs taste the same as they used to either.

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  4. The flowers and chocolates from Michael’s girlfriend were very unexpected. The creme eggs are nowhere near as good as they used to be, and I’m sure they were once twice the size they are now.

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    1. Thank you. I was really surprised to get the email saying I’d won the creme eggs as I’d actually forgotten about doing the quiz πŸ™‚

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  5. All that lovely chocolate, yum, yum. I’m not too keen on white chocolate but my Beloved likes it. I do like creme eggs but I have to agree that they don’t taste the same; perhaps my taste buds have aged??

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    1. I don’t think your taste buds will have aged, more likely that Cadbury’s have altered the recipe slightly over the years to conform with certain rules regarding percentages of various ingredients which go into them.

      My mum was a baker and confectioner by trade, did an apprenticeship in a small local baker’s during WW2, and through all the years up to 2005 she baked and decorated some wonderful cakes using only the best ingredients. When I was in my early teens she had the chance of having her own shop but turned it down as to go commercial and make a profit she would have had to use cheaper stuff, meaning her cakes wouldn’t have tasted quite as good – she had an excellent reputation locally for her cakes and kept it right till the end πŸ™‚

      So I think that’s probably the answer to the taste of creme eggs – different quality and quantity of the various ingredients used rather than anyone’s taste buds changing.

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  6. My goodness, somebody must have known you needed “chocolate” for this hunt (giggle). Don’t mind a bit of white chocolate occasionally, but find milk chocolate way too sweet these days, but love my Choceur dark chocolate from Aldi. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. At one time I actually preferred dark chocolate to milk and would rather have had a box of Black Magic than Milk Tray. Someone gave me a bar of Green and Black’s dark chocolate quite a while ago and that was quite nice πŸ™‚

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  7. I love white chocolate – actually any chocolate. You are right about the eggs being smaller this year, there was quite a bit in the press a while ago. Our complaint is the size of Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate, it must be nearly half as thick as it used to be. All this talk of chocolate is making me want some and here we are trying to be good. Terry’s Chocolate Orange…….mmmm …yum. x

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  8. I think all chocolate bars have gone smaller and thinner over the years to maximise profit for the firms that make them. I remember the early years of Yorkies, they were huge and really were ‘man-size’ like the tv adverts described them, now they are much shorter and thinner – Mars Bars are the same too 😦

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  9. Yay! A chocolate fountain! (can’t really say it’s raining chocolate, can you? πŸ™‚ ) Happy Easter! Our neighbour bought me and Mick a small Lindt bunny each and they’re sitting in the fridge patiently waiting. And some mini eggs! Once I start to eat chocolate I find it hard to stop, so I try not to start.

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  10. Although I like chocolate – it has to be the darker and less sweet varieties. I don’t eat a lot of it – so when I do it feels like an absolute treat

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    1. I actually prefer chocolate which has a flavour to it rather than just ‘chocolate’. A couple of years ago I went in a Lily O’Brien’s chocolate shop in Kildare and got a bar of salted caramel chocolate, it was delicious πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re the second person to mention Lindt 85%. To be honest I’ve never heard of it nor have I ever seen it, but on the odd occasion when I do buy a chocolate bar for myself I just get one of the few which I know and like. Maybe I’ll look for the Lindt one sometime πŸ™‚

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    1. I know there’s supposed to be some myth or legend attached to the Easter bunny but as rabbits don’t lay eggs my logical brain fails to see the significance πŸ™‚ It was nice to receive Easter eggs when I was a kid but when I grew older I realised what a money spinner they are for the firms that make them. Oddly enough, even when Michael was quite young he wasn’t that fussed about Easter eggs, he would rather have a nice book to read.

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  11. It’s always nice to be thought of with flowers and chocolate, how lovely, and how lucky you’ve been winning the cream eggs, yum.

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  12. I do sometimes wonder whether everything is really getting smaller or whether it is us that is getting bigger … it’s probably a bit of both … wagon wheels used to seem enormous when we were younger.I love Guylian chocs, but have never seen the seahorses … I’m sure you will enjoy them. Flowers through the post are such a lovely treat too and are becoming quite popular, I’ve had a few different ones sent through and they always look very sad to begin with but in a few days they come into their own. Happy Easter πŸ˜ƒ

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  13. Chocolate is definitely getting smaller, I remember Wagon Wheels used to be much bigger than they are now. It’s all about companies maximising profit – make the product smaller but increase the price 😦 This is the first time I’ve ever had flowers through the post and they are really nice – even after a week they are still looking good πŸ™‚

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  14. I’m envious of your creme eggs. I’ve yet to have one this year and, considering they are usually in stores immediately after Christmas, that’s quite good going for me πŸ™‚

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    1. I can imagine Lily has got a few Easter eggs this weekend. When I was her age I always preferred the ones with chocolates or toffees in them rather than just ordinary hollow eggs – creme eggs were an indulgent treat later on in life πŸ™‚

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  15. Congratulations on your chocolate! I have steered clear of the creme eggs this year too. Though a prize is not to be sniffed at, it seems wrong to package five in a six box.

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  16. As per my reply to Carol, it’s all about companies maximising profit. Smaller boxes mean less cardboard used, and five eggs instead of six but probably the same price. Five eggs just doesn’t seem right though, but as a prize definitely not to be refused πŸ™‚

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  17. Thank you for joining in, it looks like it was the perfect word for you! I’m not a big fan of white chocolate, but mixed with something else (like strawberries) I won’t say no. What a sweet treat to win, it’s been ages since I’ve had one of those. I know one year they made one with orange, but I never saw it after that, so sad!

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    1. I’ve only ever really eaten white chocolate if it’s been a well known make and good quality but in spite of this only being cheap it was actually quite nice. I’ve never seen a creme egg with orange though.

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  18. Congratulations – even if you’re not a huge chocolate fan like myself, it’s still wonderful to win a prize :). I was really surprised to have a piece of a Wispa egg this weekend – it tasted so much better than I had remembered – chocolate definitely changed there for a while. Happy Easter Eunice.

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