Monday, March 10, 2008

Ode to the Reese's Egg



Oh, you once were a glorious harbinger of spring, only available in the run-up to Easter and for a short time after in the closeout bin at the local grocery store. There was something wondrous about your compsition that elevated you far beyond a mere peanut butter cup of ordinary stature. No, you changed the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter, and in that transformation discovered the candied Buddha's version of enlightenment.

Alas, you were followed by the peanut butter Christmas tree, heart, and pumpkin and even by your close cousin, the giant Reese's BigCups. With your frequency increased, your specialness decreased and my desire for you waned in small portion, but I will still continue to love you for your beautiful flavor and captivating texture. You were the original and your wonderful essence still remains.

In my belly.

10 comments:

Courtney said...

Mmmm. Reese's eggs. Far superior to the Cadbury egg, in my opinion, although Cadburys are pretty good too.

Jacob said...

I agree except I hated the Cadbury eggs when I was a kid. Maybe it was something about the fact that they looked like a raw egg inside or the fact that the filling is a little on the cloying side. I'm ok with them now, but they're still in that tier of candy that if they're all that's left and I'm jonesing for easter candy that I'll eat it, but I'm not going to actually buy them or anything.

Ever had the Snicker's egg? Kind of like the Reese's egg in that they're better than the regular candy.

And I've always hated peeps. They look cool (although I saw some really interesting farm animal faces in colored-sugar-dusted marshmallows that were really neat today), but I've never been much on marshmallows in general.

Courtney said...

Oh, Snickers eggs are almost as heavenly as the Reese's egg. But the dynamic duo of peanut butter and chocolate wins every time.

I also was scared of Cadbury eggs as a kid. I think I thought there was real egg yolk inside.

I like Peeps, but in a purely nostalgic sense and only around Easter.

Mickey said...

I'll second that shit.

Winter said...

Nice...

sid said...

I will never understand Americans fascination with peanut butter. Peanut is a spread that poor people put on their bread. It is not a treat.

Courtney said...

Them's fightin' words, Sid. Peanut butter is a gift sent directly from heaven.

Chris said...

Peanut butter is pretty freakin fantastic, I'll agree, especially combined with something sweet -- chocolate, honey, jelly, etc.

Funny little commercial, too.

Jacob said...

The stuff inside a Reese's cup or the egg isn't quite the same thing as the spread that you make PB&J's with, but it's really just drier and sweeter.

I really think it's popular in the US because it was originally marketed as a health food in the US. Plus, in the US we went from mostly poor and rural to largely middle class and urban really quickly, so the new money people bringing with them their more blue collar tastes, overwhelmed the old money views of what was poor people food and what was acceptable for people who can afford what they want.

That and the fact that peanut butter is a quintessential kids food (probably from that old heath food marketing back in the day) so we grow up with it.

Julie said...

Wow. You put quite a bit of thought into the history of peanut butter. Have you been watching Food Network again?

And I agree. I am not the typical girl that goes crazy for chocolate so the greater proportion of peanut butter in the Reese's eggs is far preferable to me than the normal cups. Ditto on the snickers eggs.

One thing you left out is the Robin's eggs. I don't actually like the taste so much, but we used to use them like lipstick and turn our lips purple and blue. That was likely a girly thing to do, though, so I understand if you don't know what I'm talking about.