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Tuesday
Feb242009

Comeback Candy: Valentine's Day Chocolate Redux

Peeps do not like our mangly easter bunny
It's a hard thing indeed, to realize that you're past you're prime. Where once you were the toast of the town, now you're yesterday's news: washed up, aging, without many prospects for the future.

But what if--just what if--you could have one more shot at the big time?
No, we're not talking about you, Mickey Rourke (although seriously--what's happened to you since Diner?). We're talking about Valentine's Day Candy. Just a week and a half  ago it was the star of the sweet world--now, half eaten boxes of chocolates are being discarded, and what boxes are left are relegated to sad sales bins, prices slashed.
You're all washed up, valentine's day candy!
But we know everyone loves a comeback--and so we decided to try to breathe some new life into those leftover chocolates to give them one last hurrah and to bring them up to date with the current sweet scene: and so, we made them into an Easter Bunny.
Here's what we did.

Leftover Valentine's Day ChocolateMelting Candy
First, we took all of our leftover Valentine's Day chocolates--you know, those weird flavors that are always left--can't say for sure, but think they were vanilla fondant, strawberry cream, and some sort of almond marzipan-filled. We put them in a water bath to melt them.

Messing with leftover Valentine's Day CandySweethearts are stalker-y.
Of course, having a brilliant idea in the middle of this, we poured in all of our leftover Sweethearts (side note: when did Sweethearts start sounding so stalker-creepy?).
Unfortunately, these sweethearts are pretty much indestructible, so rather than melting they more just became sugary lumps.
Since we didn't have a rabbit-shaped mold, we then sort of bent a mitten cookie cutter into a vaguely bunny-shaped blob, and poured the chocolate slurry into it.

Messing with leftover chocolateMangly easter bunny
Once it was solid but still malleable, we removed the cookie cutter and added an extra few dabs to form bunny ears. 
Then, we let it all cool down and set overnight.

Decorating Mangly the Easter bunny
In the morning, we touched it up with some bunnylike features rendered in decorating gel frosting. And then we decided to name it. "Easter Bunny" didn't seem quite appropriate, so we settled on "Mangly". Because certainly, this mangled little bunny had a face only a mother could love.
Feeling rather self-satisfied with having helped breathe new life into Valentine's Day candy and fairly holier-than-thou about having a small carbon footprint, we decided to see what other Easter Candy thought of their new peer.

Not a love match.
Unfortunately, they didn't seem to get along. Maybe they're just jealous.

Peep eats ManglyOh noes!
Or maybe they see Mangly the leftover-candy Easter Bunny for what he is: a has-been who is desperately grasping for one more moment in the spotlight. 
And if this is so, then perhaps it's time to face the fact that there's a season for everything, and unfortunately, the season of Valentine's Day candy has, sadly, passed.

Peep says "Kill!"
Hey, at least we tried. But now, we say bring on the Cadbury Creme eggs and chocolate bunnies!

 

Reader Comments (38)

HA! I love the mad face on the last Peep. I have to say, though, your mitten-turned-rabbit cookie cutter is more than slightly disturbing.

Courteous: Oh, I agree. It's definitely a Frankenstein bunny. Sure, it's chocolate..but somehow...I don't wanna eat it. ;-)

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

I don't know where YOU live. No candy gets thrown out in this house—except Sweethearts. But we don't let them in.

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie F. Miller

Angry eyes! It's just the upcomping peep-o-tition with the chicks. Sigh. Who knew Easter could turn into a down and out war?

February 24 | Unregistered Commenterchou

Ah, such a cute bunny!! I don't know how you could bring yourself to eat it.

February 24 | Unregistered Commenterbittersweetblog

You are so creative! I posted a Valentines sweet today too. Good to give it one last day in the sun. Did you make the peeps too? I've never seen brown ones, but those are my all time faves. I can eat 12 in one sitting!

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterJoie de vivre

too hilarious! Maybe you can stretch them til Halloween...

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterChic Cookies

Ha! It's the perfect recession candy - recycled for the next holiday! What are you planning to do with the leftover Easter candy? I shudder to think ...

Poor Mangly! Those nasty Peeps need to be more inclusive.

And HELLS YES to Cadbury Eggs. YUM.

February 24 | Unregistered Commenternoisy penguin

You've got some crazy ideas... ;) Certainly creative!!!

... since I am now on WordPress, why can't I leave my comment using my Name/url. Only Blogger account or Open ID (what is Open ID?) to choose from... Did you know?

Ahhh, but what did it TASTE like? That mix of flavours, with the sugary lumps, must have been interesting to say the least! :D

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

You turn sweets into hilarity! Its awesome!

February 24 | Unregistered Commenterapparentlyjessy

Little Mangly, bless his soul. Created to be nothing other than the butt of your jokes and the object of your disdain. You should be ashamed of yourself.... Im gonna start a petition on Facebook or something, just watch me.

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Oh goodness! This is the most tragic episode of bullying I've witnessed since "The Velveteen Rabbit"!

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I love your post - it's too funny. Mangly - the name reminds me of a small furry dog somehow ;) Poor Mangly and I love your creepy evil easter bunny. :)

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cooking Ninja

So incredibly creative, funny, and well-photographed!

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterDana Treat

Man, those peeps look PISSED OFF!! Nobody interferes with Easter candy!

February 25 | Unregistered Commenterbigspoonbakery

I think I love you.

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

gimme some mini eggs over your vday massacre!

February 25 | Unregistered Commenterkickpleat

This brings a smile to my face! Save the candy! :) An easter bunny made out of recycled chocolate puts cadbury eggs to shame ;).

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Mangly the Bun-Bun is a total nut.

February 25 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

Oh my, yes further proof that you all are brilliant. And chocolate peep bunnies? Stop looking so haughty, your days are numbered.

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

I got your little note today : )

Were you @ Betty having dinner?

(I of course have to ask if you had dessert....)

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

surely not one of your better ideas....

February 26 | Unregistered Commenterbam

The peeping 'faces' are priceless. This was a hoot.

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterTeaLady
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