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3136 West Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23221
Remember that scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the good one) that takes place in the candy store? And the shopkeeper has a bajillion candies and it’s magical and wonderful and I think they sing a song? Yeah, For the Love of Chocolate is sorta like that. Well, minus the singing, and the moving ladders, and the British schoolchildren.
It’s jam-packed with chocolate from all over the world (hence the flags), local chocolate, artisanal brands of chocolate (Vosges, Lake Champlain) and more. ‘More’ in this case involving marzipan (!!! Niederegger fans rejoice!), gummies (Haribo!), and general sugary goodies. You can purchase bars, truffles, or go the ‘purchase giant bags of chocolate-covered bridge mix by the pound’ route.
Seriously, this is the most extensive chocolate shop I have been to.
It’s not completely perfect–it’s a bit cramped due to the store size, some of the pricing is a bit wonky (the Vosges bars are normally priced, but the Chuao bars cost twice as much as what I’ve seen at Wal-mart), and they stopped carrying Kinder Eggs. Still, if you’re in Carytown area and you love chocolate (or marzipan or torrone or sugar), you must check this place out.
Halloween. Christmas. Valentine’s Day. Not one of these holidays can compare to Easter in terms of candy.
Sure, you GET more candy around Halloween, but are there Cadbury Creme Eggs around? NO. Are there Robin Eggs? NEGATIVE. Are there Peeps? Okay, I’ll give you that, but there’s so many better candy options for Easter compared to any other holiday!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs–it’s a proven fact* that the ratio of peanut butter to chocolate is more pleasing to the palate in these than in your normal, run-of-the-mill Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. And Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are one ‘junk-food candy’ that I still indulge in, so these Peanut Butter Eggs are like manna from heaven.
Peeps–while there’s now Peeps available during all major (US) holidays, Easter Peeps are still the best. You know why? Because nothing beats being able to hold the fate of a Peep in your hands. Heads or tails first? Sure, I suppose you can do that with Peep Ghosts or Peep Christmas Trees (…) but I like to imagine myself as Godzilla when I’m chowing down on their sugary brains. Or you can pull a Mr. Burns like my sister, depicted below.
Which brings me to…
Chocolate Bunnies–Sure, the lesser-brand bunnies are nothing more than mockolate nowadays, but you can still buy decent-to-high quality rabbits from a variety of suppliers, and much like the Peeps, YOU HOLD THEIR FATE IN YOUR HANDS. Mmm, so many years, so many headless chocolate rabbits around. Don’t even get me started on Easter S’mores, made with melted chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps! Or do what my coworker does, and make Easter fondue (melt chocolate bunnies, dip Peeps in). Godzilla noises optional, but WHY NOT?
Cadbury Creme Eggs–I kinda go crazy over Cadbury Creme Eggs, as you can see from what I’ve accumulated thus far this year. In fact, I ended up getting a bit too overzealous last year, and still have leftovers. THIS IS A FIRST-WORLD DILEMMA, HERE. Cadbury Creme Eggs are the quintessential Easter Candy. I know over the years they’ve upped the price and decreased the size, but it’s probably for the best–Cadbury Creme Eggs are diabetes bombs.
Kat: Why is Easter the best candy holiday? Eggs. Eggs get you oversized goo- and fluff-filled chocolates. If I’m not going to eat quality chocolate, I want to go all out with a disgusting, delicious, viscous pools of fondant. Mmmm. I also could not resist picking up Reeses eggs after Sunday’s tempting post over at Anger Burger. They are indeed much closer to the peanut/chocolate ideal ratio than a Reeses cup.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Gushers, they are basically edible, fruity pustules. This means that children LOVE them. Or at least, children are sucked in by the EXTREME commercials and pester their mom to buy Gushers so that when they go to school they can sit at the cool kids’ table during lunch.
Personally, I was more in the Fruit Roll-Ups camp, but I remember Gushers being kinda cool. Not terrible, anyway. Fast forward fifteen years–do they hold up?
And there you have it! I leave you with one of the more disturbing Gushers’ commercials.
*Homestuck’s Gushers are obviously far superior, but Kat and I were not about to bust out a Sharpie and color our Gushers black in the name of accuracy.