Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny has hand-crafted special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Black Press)

Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny has hand-crafted special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Black Press)

COLUMN: An Easter celebration of chocolate

The best part about it is that we don’t have to grow up when it comes to this special holiday

Spring is in the air, the sun is out, and the trees are beginning to bud. It’s time to get excited, start hopping up and down, Easter is finally on its way.

The Easter celebration has multiple layers, meaning many things to many different people, but one universal similarity is the wonderful world of chocolate that emerges.

Chocolate is one of the lovely parts of life. We are constantly reminded of this at the library by the array of materials that come through – Chocolat the movie, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook by Kelly V. Brozyna, and Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright.

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Chocolate ambushes us from all angles, even our break room cupboard, and although we enjoy this sweet treat year-round Easter seems to especially call to chocolate lovers young and old.

Do you remember the excitement, the thrill as you waited for the hunt to approach?

The search was on, a delicious prize waiting to be found. Was it chocolate eggs, a goody-filled basket, possibly a chocolate bunny? As enjoyable as it is to conjure fond memories, the best part about it is that we don’t have to grow up when it comes to this special holiday.

Let your inner child free, have them come out and play, enjoy the treats, no excuse needed.

A friend shared a fun story with me along these lines about her extended family and their Easter traditions.

Of course, an egg hunt for the kids is a must, but really it’s the adults that have all the fun. The hunt is for them as well, albeit much more difficult and the prizes more elusive.

Have you ever tried finding eggs that have been hidden by adults, for adults? It not, then I’d say you are missing out. If the hider’s creative side goes wild or their inner joker decides to pop out, you need your expert detective skills, searching high and low, and as my friend puts it “literally everywhere.”

There are no bounds when it comes to the adult’s hunt, for this game anything goes.

Whether the search is full of laughter, or frustration sneaks on the scene, at the end there is the satisfaction of a job well done…oh, and of course all the chocolate.

Chocolate can be joy, provide comfort or destress, it so very versatile being truly loved by those who partake. It can make great gifts, be positive rewards, be baked in a cake or melted into a fondue.

Make It Chocolate by Canadian Living Cookbook even has a recipe for chocolate cinnamon buns. Does it get any better than that? Visit the library and pick up a copy of this recipe to try at home.

Pull out your favourite chocolate this spring, enjoy a nibble, the Easter bunny won’t mind one bit.

Carly Tanasichuk is an assistant community librarian at the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and a definite kid at heart.

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