[A Working Mom’s Half-Ass] Homemade Cadbury Crème Eggs
Two years in a row, my sister has sent me a link to an Instructables article on how to make homemade Cadbury Cream Eggs.
It’s interesting what a difference a year makes. Last year with an eight month old, I took one look at the images of the egg-shaped chocolate molds and thought, “No way.”
This year, maybe it’s because I’m getting more sleep now… or maybe I have finally learned the necessity of keeping extracurricular endeavors like this simple. Either way, I looked over that article and I thought, “Hey, I can half-ass this! I’ll just dip the eggs in chocolate like we do Oreos or truffles.” (which the Instructables article actually covers on Step 5 – Alternative Method)
So this morning before work, Sagan supervised and did an extensive inspection of the food coloring while I mixed up the filling. We had to improvise some of the ingredients. The biggest thing was we ran out of confectioner’s sugar, so we substituted the last cup of sugar with 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (which considering how sweet our filling turned out to be, I don’t think it really needed that extra cup sugar after all). Also I always double vanilla. I like vanilla. : )
|Original Recipe||Vicky/Sagan Version|
|1/2 cup light corn syrup||1/2 cup light corn syrup|
|1/4 cup butter, room temperature||1/4 cup butter, softened in microwave|
|3 cups confectioner’s powdered sugar (icing sugar)||
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
|1 teaspoon vanilla||2 teaspoons vanilla|
|1/4 teaspoon salt||Whoops forgot this part|
|yellow food coloring||We used neon green and purple food coloring. : )|
|1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips||Whatever scraps of melting chocolate and chocolate chips my Mom and I were able to scrounge out of the pantry. : )|
The filling got a nice long session with the refrigerator during our work day. After work, as dinner cooked, rolled up our filling into the requisite little balls which got to go back into the fridge while we ate.
Then after supper, we took a bowl, melted up some dipping chocolate and chocolate chips in the microwave, dipped those suckers in, plopped them on wax paper, and threw them back into the fridge.
Roughly ten minutes later, we were enjoying our homemade Cadbury Crème Eggs. Really all and all, it was little effort and the pay off was delicious. My husband used the word “magic” and joked that he expected “Cadbury to bust down the door and arrest us for patent infringement”.
And no one seemed to mind that they weren’t perfectly shaped eggs from chocolate molds… particularly not Sagan. : )