Paques Preview (Deux)

  • 21st March 2013

Every Easter as a child, we have fond memories of the most beautiful 3-dimensional lamb-cake gracing the center spot on the holiday table.  This was in the late 70s and early 80s in St. Louis.  For the past 10 years, in efforts to recreate this tradition on the West Coast, we have used an industrial lamb mold and the fruits of our labor while not nearly as lovely are certainly delicious!


Lamb Cake
Lamb Cake


It’s a particularly fun tradition to start with children as decorating the little lamb requires many merry-making ingredients, frosting, shredded coconut, candies, sprinkles, ribbon and bells! It’s a wonderful way to cap-off an afternoon of egg dying!


Lamb Cake Mold


12″ Lamb Cake Mold, bakedeco.com, $67.50



Some other pretty, delicious and fun Easter finds for your celebrations and Easter baskets… 


Lamb Tray Robin King Designs
Rabbit Plate Robin King Designs
Lamb Plate Robin King Designs



Lamb Tapestry Tray, robinkingdesigns.com, $225.00

Rabbit Plate with Pink Flowers, robinkingdesigns.com, $44.00


Wooden Rabbit in Oak nova68


Wooden Rabbit in Oak, nova68.com, $120.00


Bunny Dish Set Olive and Cocoa
Bunny Dish Set Olive and Cocoa



Bunny Dish Set, oliveandcocoa.com, $58.00


Fill these sweet little nests with delicious Medici Almonds from Williams Sonoma.  These Jordan almonds are unlike any others that you buy elsewhere due to a lining of vanilla just underneath the candy shell.   They are a delicious treat all year long.  We buy boxes and save them to portion out throughout the year.  (They last well for up to 10 months if you store them in a cool dark place.)  They also make a lovely hostess gift for Easter, bridal showers, brunches, or baby showers.  


Easter Birch Twig and Nest Grandinroad


Easter Birch Twig and Nest, grandinroad.com, $19.00-$39.00


Williams Sonoma Medici Almonds
Williams Sonoma Medici Almonds



Medicis Almonds, williams-sonoma.com, $15.99



Choice Confections

  • 16th March 2013

Using antique Victorian candy molds, Shane Confectionery perfectly preserves holiday traditions in the Old City of Philadelphia.  We caught a glimpse of these stunning “clear toy” candies in the recent Martha Stewart Living magazine and had to investigate.


Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery

Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Magazine


These hand made treats are a German tradition, dating to the 18th century.  They were made only during holidays and gifted to children.  The dazzling effect is created using molten sugar.


Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery



A confectionery has been on premise since 1863, Shane Confectionery opened there in 1911:

No. 110 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106



Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery
Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery


Since Colonial days Philadelphia has been a ‘hot spot’ for candy making due to its busy port.  Ships would bring in sugar, cocoa and exotic fruits and nuts that had traveled from the West Indies, West Africa, the Mediterranean and India.  A tradition was born….



Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies
Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies


Read their marvelous detailed history, explore the candy making traditions of Philadelphia and marvel at dreamy creations at: www.shanecandies.com

(215) 922-1048


Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies
Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies

Genteel Grocery Store Easter Finds

  • 9th March 2013

As opulent and delectable as Easter-themed chocolates from around-the-world can be, sometimes it is easier and more affordable to choose the most elegant options available closer-to-home.


On that note, look no further than your local grocery store or Walmart to find delicious, festive options from Lindt.


Lindt Easter Basekt



Special Lindor Springtime Balls are available now, as well as chocolate-hazelnut blended birds/bees and carrots.


Invest in a gorgeous glass basket that you can re-use every year.  The one above has been around from Williams Sonoma for the past 5 years and beautifully holds Lindt Easter candy every year.


There are options in all price ranges:


Williams Sonoma Glass Easter Basket



1.) Hobmail Milk Glass Basket, onekingslane.com, $79.00

2.) Glass Oval Easter Basket, Shopko.com, $9.99

3.) Glass Candy Basket, williamsonoma.com, $32.95

4.) Blue Art Glass Basket, onekingslane.com, $75.00



Glass Easter Basket

Pretty with springtime ranunculus, now available and decently priced at most farmer’s markets



While a full range of Lindt specialties can be found at lindtusa.com, chocolates are also available (for less!) at amazon.com, walmart.com and at your local grocery store and pharmacy.


Lindt Hens

Milk Chocolate Hen Set, lindtusa.com, $18.00


Lindt Bugs and Bees



Chocolate Bugs and Bees, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Chocolate Carrot Bundle, lindtusa.com, $6.00

Chocolate Carrot Bundle, amazon.com, $3.68
Spring Lindor Balls Lindt
Spring Lindor Balls, 36 pc, lindtusa.com, $14.00

Lindt Gold Bunny, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Lindt Gold Bunny, amazon.com, $3.68

Lindt Chicks


Milk Chocolate Chick Easter, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Milk Chocolate Easter Chicks, walmart.com, $3.28


Parting Tip:  Hang on to the containers the Lindt Bugs & Bees come in.  They make perfect palettes to hold paint for children, and are excellent for housing sequins, glitter and glue when decorating eggs.  




Extraordinary Eggs

  • 4th March 2013

Easter and the coming of spring has been celebrated around-the-world for hundreds of years.  Thus, it seems apropos to take a world-tour to find some of the most distinguished chocolate Easter eggs out there.


Two ateliers that must be highlighted for beauty, taste and popularity come by way of São Paulo and Copenhagen.


We begin with a look at Sweet Brazil:

Egg Chrysanthemum Sweet Brazil
Egg with Pistachio Sweet Brazil
Egg Oraboles Sweet Brazil

Almost too gorgeous to eat!!! (Almost!) 


Egg Chrysanthemum, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $64.00

Egg with crispy pistachio, hazelnut and almond, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $130.00

Egg Orabolas, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $59.00


Born in 1986, Sweet Brazil has a commitment annually to create collections that are as exciting to the eyes as they are to the mouth.  Chocolatiere Paula Lima uses the purest chocolate, mainly sourced from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and the Ivory Coast.  Her thematic Christmas and Easter collections are renowned.  Her signature blend ‘pleases the tastes of Brazil':  smooth, with hints of honey that melt in your mouth.


More from her Easter collection include custom-made Fabergé eggs:


Faberge Sweet Brazil
Faberge Box Sweet Brazil



Fabergé Egg,  sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $167.00

Fabergé Basket, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $160.00



Al Raja Gabaglia, 155
Vila Olimpia, Sao Paulo, SP
Tel: +11 3842-0006


 Across the Atlantic to Copenhagen!!

The first of the highly sought Fabergé eggs was made as an Easter gift for the Empress Marie of Russia from her husband, Tsar Alexander, in 1883. It featured a small gold egg in an outside shell of platinum and enamel.


Today, replicas filled with three tantalizing chocolate eggs are produced annually by Sv. Michelsen.  They are a true-love of the Danish.  Beautiful inside and out…


Sv. Michelsen Egg
Sv. Michelsen Inside




Sv. Michelsen Chokolade Fabergé Eggs


This year’s ‘specialty’ egg is a copy of 2011, the Red Cross Egg has 3 handmade chocolate eggs inside and 10% of the proceeds go directly to the Red Cross.


Michelsen Red Cross Egg

svmichelsen.dk, Kroners 120—200.00


Michelsen Faberge
Michelsen Faberge
Michelsen Eggs in box





Sv. Michelsen Fabergé eggs are also available at Illum department store

Østergade 52  1100 Copenhagen, Denmark



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