February 19, 2010

I Miss Lent in the UK

It's Lent folks. I was going to give up coffee for Lent... but I drove myself to Dunkin' Donuts yesterday and thus ended that little foray into being good.

Instead - I'm going to share with you something that I gain from Lent. For quite a while, I was lucky enough to enjoy February vacations to England every other year. My mom was a school teacher and quite the Anglophile (as am I). It kept us away from the crowds of Disney (Don't get me wrong - I looooove me some Disney!), travel to the UK is cheaper during the winter and it was still a break from the harsh winters of New England.

One of the biggest perks to being over in the UK during February is that you were either bumping up against lent, or lent had already started. While I'm not particularly religious - the English do tend to take church a bit more seriously than we do. Church over there is more fun. OK...maybe not; but the architecture and history make up for it.

The best part is that Lent meant my favorite candy. The Cadbury mini-eggs! Yes, they have Cadbury here, and they are still my favorite candy of all time. These days - Cadbury's USA division is run by Hershey's. That means that classic flavor of these little treats has changed. The color and shape of them are different, as is the crunchy coating. Which totally bums me out....

Laugh if you must - but I'll be looking online over the weekend to have some mini eggs shipped to me from Canada or England. Those branches haven't been sold off or had the recipe change! Feel free to make fun of me for posting on food and religion. :-) I even think I'm weird!

Do you have any favorite seasonal foods that are better/different in other parts of the country or world?


  1. I don't have any that are better, but my fave seasonal candy is the Cadbury egg. Y*U*M* and at Christmas, Ghiradelli peppermint bark.

  2. Chocolate in Europe is SO much better than what we have here. I think American chocolate is kinda waxy tasting. It's going to be hard to stay away from Mini Eggs this year.

  3. I am not sure about that. I guess that chocolate would taste different in other places. Have a great day. HOw is your Mom.

  4. Oh, I like those Cadbury mini eggs. Now I'm contemplating how they could possibly be even BETTER?!

    I get nostalgic about food I've eaten in other places I've lived. When my XH was in the military, the club on base had the BEST food. I still think about their curly fries and these brocolli cheese fried thingies they had. YUM!

    Oh, and when I lived in SanFrancisco there was all sorts of yumminess that small town Missouri doesn't have.

  5. Oh I do not know if I could give up my coffee. I am down to one cup three-four times a week. And after reading your post, I am now craving Dunkin Donuts coffee and chocolate eggs...

  6. You've got to be kidding me? Those mini-eggs are the BEST thing about this time of the year. Unless you eat an ENTIRE bag in one sitting. Then, you might get a stomachache. Not that I would know, I mean, I would never do anything as irresponsible as that! :)

  7. Sorry to say, but I have some bad news. Last weekend when I was riding the tube in London I read an article in the paper about Kraft buying Cadbury operations in the UK. They have taken them over, and are considering shutting factories down completely, which has people all up in arms.
    Here is a BBC article...

  8. I can't believe you're going to order Cadbury eggs from over the pond. You're nuts girl!

    There's a whole list of things that I miss from NY. Bagels. Pizza. Chinese food. Pretzels from the street vendors in Manhattan. There is a smell associated with that that can't be found anywhere else and brings up memories of walking along, looking at the Christmas displays in Macy*s windows. Ahhhhhhhh

    Justine :o )

  9. You are so right that the cadbury chocolate is even better in England! I remember having some while I was there! One of the girls in our group was just nuts about it! I love the cadbury eggs. I like the big ones and I love the creme more than the chocolate! I might enjoy the chocolate more if it were the English kind!

  10. I can't say that I do. I can say that I love the idea of escaping New England winters foe a few weeks.
    A snowy week is on the way, just in time to make that feeling a little stronger. :)

  11. Lent has been a struggle for me this year..trying really hard to give up chocolate... sigh...

    Coffee...I could not give up nor would anyone want me to..I would be a bear.lol.

    Have a great week!

    Olive and mom :)

  12. Dropping by from SITS to say, "hello"! It's nice to "meet" you. Best wishes.

    Kindest regards,

  13. I have my At The Table post up. I'll try to get back to link in awhile.
    Thanks so much for hosting....
    xo bj

  14. yummm! I didn't give anything up for LENT!
    I did want to stop and say High I followed you from Stupid as sister does and did a 5 min bread that she got from you and I must state it is FAB!!! So anyway, Happy Lent I plan on drinking coffee every day!


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