Leftover Jelly Bean Pop-Tarts: the perfect way to add some magic to your morning by making colorful use of your leftover Easter candy.
'Easter candy' on Serious Eats
If you find Cadbury Egg fillings too viscous and sticky, try freezing them. It doesn't impact the flavor but makes for a totally different textural experience. The filling doesn't freeze rock solid, but it firms up like fudge, or a soft caramel candy.
When you think of Easter candy, a few key items probably pop to mind: chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, and malted milk balls. And when you think of malted milk balls, you probably think of Whoppers.
When you reach a certain age, it begins. Those dreaded moments when you see some of your most beloved treats simply go to hell. Maybe the candy is half the size it used to be, looks different, or just doesn't taste the same. The fact is that at some point the companies decide to cut costs and it sucks.
It turns out there's more than one way to eat a Cadbury Creme Egg. After some careful analysis at Serious Eats HQ, I've identified what I believe are the three major styles of creme egg consumption. I've included the procedures below. You may want to take notes—this isn't easy stuff, and it will be on your Easter final.
It's a simple enough question: What would happen if you scrambled Cadbury Creme Eggs as if they were regular eggs?
My mother always told me that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I still painted a boy's hair green when he copied my picture in art class, and it was with similar dismay that I saw that the king of drugstore chocolate, Russell Stover, had knocked off my beloved Cadbury Creme Eggs.
As a kid, Easter baskets meant two things to me: Peeps and jelly beans. As a childhood chocolate-hater (who didn't really get over that aversion until college), those were pretty much the only candies I'd want; no Cadbury eggs or chocolate bunnies for me. But here's the thing about jelly beans: so many of them suck. Really suck.
Taking visual inspiration from the Chinese takeout staple, this trompe l'oeil sweet starts by frying pancakes studded with Cadbury Creme Egg pieces, which are then topped with melty peanut butter "gravy" and served atop a bed of rice pudding.
The bag lunch staple gets a sweet upgrade for Easter with this sweet trompe l'oeil sandwich. Pound cake slices sandwich a "salad" comprised of yellow-tinted frosting studded with almonds and sliced Cadbury Creme Eggs. Green coconut bits resemble lettuce and provide the final garnish.
This was by far one of the most violent taste tests we've had at Serious Eats world headquarters—we butchered off ears, cottontails, and hind legs, trying not to think too hard about former fluffy pets or Thumper. But hey, we needed to find the best of the hippity-hoppity chocolate Easter rabbits (and carving matzo wouldn't have been as fun).