Brightly colored cellophane has been taunting me. Italian Easter eggs are large, in charge and unavoidable.
Walking down the street, riding the bus, on the metro: it seems like everyone has huge Easter eggs peeking out of their bags. Giant, chocolate, eggs.
The phenomenon seems on par with the panettone craze that struck everyone at Christmas time. And who am I to fight tradition? I had to buy one.
“LOOK!” I literally squealed at the display in the supermercato. “Sorpresa! There is a surprise inside!”
I was warned that I had to wait until Easter day to unwrap it.
Yeah. Right. If there is chocolate in the house, it will be opened.
And this is the great thing about Italian Easter eggs… they are primarily chocolate. In fact, the Italian version of these holiday sweets is the exact opposite to American Easter eggs. Whereas American eggs tend to be made of plastic and then filled with small candies, Italian Easter eggs are made of chocolate and filled with plastic.
I’m not going to lie, I got a little excited about the surprise. What could it be?!?
A non-functional, teeny slinky? Lame.
At least the chocolate egg was tasty.
However, the more you spend on the Italian Easter egg, the better the prize and the superior the quality of chocolate. In the weeks leading up to the holiday, supermarkets build towers of the brightly wrapped eggs which have different themes and are often marketed as being specifically for boys or girls. You can also find specialty versions of the eggs at pastry shops.
Even as an adult, I feel completely entitled to partake in all the kiddy traditions because they weren’t a part of my American childhood.
Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!
(P.S. The one thing I miss a bit is dying Easter eggs. However, most eggs in Italy have a brown shell which is difficult to color. There is a rumor that Lidl has white-shell eggs in case you are hoping to recreate this tradition while living abroad).