9 Strange and Different Easter Treats

The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
The Barefoot Kitchen Witch

Eggs go on sale the week before Easter, so you may as well stock up and do something with those little protein-packed symbols of spring. Not all of these recipes contain eggs, but they are all creative new ideas for spicing up your Easter feast, party, or holiday snacking.

1. RAINBOW EASTER EGGS

If you have egg-shaped food molds, or can fashion your own out of plastic eggs, you can impress your Easter guests with Rainbow Striped Jello Easter Eggs. The Jell-o must be firmer than the regular recipe, and to get the stripes, you’ll need to plan ahead, because each color needs to firm up before you add the next. But the finished product looks amazing when you present them at dessert time.

2. SAFFRON MERINGUE CHICKS

Photograph by Flickr user Lenore Edman.

Yes, you can make Peeps at home. Homemade marshmallow Peeps are possible, but Lenore at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories made them for gourmet tastes, out of saffron-flavored meringue. The fluffy meringue is made from egg whites (so traditional for Easter), sugar, and the saffron provides the perfect Peeps color. Other people tried them with different flavors, shapes, and colors.

3. DEVILED EGG BUNNY FEET

Among promotions for several contests, Hungry Happenings has a recipe for these Deviled Egg Bunny Feet. Actually two recipes, so you can decide how spicy you want your egg yolks. Then the yolk mixture is colored with pink food dye. Just fill the egg whites and pipe the “toes” on.

4. PEEPSHI

A skilled sushi artist can make sushi look like anything they want to, and a really skilled food artist can take other foods and make them look like sushi. This is "Peepshi," made with marshmallow peeps. And it does contain rice -in the form of Rice Krispies marshmallow treats! The instructions for making them are at Serious Eats.

5. CHOCOLATE ZOMBIE BUNNIES

Miss Demeanor at Criminal Crafts made gory yet edible art out of store-bought chocolate bunnies. With a little imagination and homemade colored icing as paint, you, too, can create a bloody tableau of zombie bunnies feasting on the brains of their enemies on a base of crushed Oreo soil. She even saved money by buying some chocolate rabbits that were already broken.

6. EASTER DOLL BREAD

These cute Croatian bread dolls are a combination of braided challah bread with the addition of an Easter egg face. They are made small, so each guest at the dinner table can have their own loaf. The recipe is here, translated from the original Spanish, which may be more accurate.

7. CHEESECAKE-FILLED CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS WITH PASSION FRUIT YOLK

Photograph by Flickr user raspberri cupcakes

You can make your own Cadbury eggs, or you can make chocolate Easter eggs that look like candy but taste like something even better -cheesecake! Steph at Raspberri Cupcakes shows us how to make Cheesecake-Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs for a high-class dessert. The cheesecake is the white of the egg, chocolate makes up the shell, and the “yolk” is a spoonful of sauce made from passionfruit pulp, apricot jam, and butter. Not as overwhelmingly sweet as candy eggs, but rich and creamy and decadent.

8. MOSAIC EASTER EGGS

Chinese Tea Eggs are made by boiling eggs, rolling them to crack the shell, and then soaking them in tea. When the shells are removed, it leaves a lovely mosaic pattern. Jayne at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch substituted food dye for the tea, in lots of different colors, and came up with Edible Easter Eggs. She used gel food coloring, and recommends leaving them in the refrigerator to soak overnight.

9. EDIBLE BIRDS NESTS

Once you’ve got eggs and birds, you need a birds nest -one you can eat! Amy Karol at Angry Chicken made birds nests from shredded wheat squares and melted chocolate chips. That’s all. Get the instructions here.

Just remember, you will have failures when you try a brand-new art recipe, so you might want to have a dry run before Easter. Even if you only make one batch, you can always eat your own rejects!

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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jirkaejc/iStock via Getty Images

The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

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