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Dive in chocolate, ears first 

You probably wondered as a kid why there was so much chocolate on Easter. Sure, you probably never questioned it as you shoved your fourth Cadbury egg in your mouth, but maybe you were always a little curious. Had there once been some giant, pre-historic rabbit that pooped out chocolate confections? And don’t forget that most time honored of traditions: the Easter egg hunt. Did you ever stop and ask yourself as a kid, “I wonder when my parents are going to learn that it’s a good idea to count how many eggs they’re hiding before they hit the mimosas?”

Truth is, there isn’t much continuity surrounding the celebration of Easter, and that’s OK. All that matters is that there’s chocolate, and at the Chocolate Sheep in Arroyo Grande, boy is there chocolate. Owner Noreen Vance thinks we love chocolate bunnies so much because they remind us of the good things in life.

“It reminds us of the spring and the harvest; it reminds us of everything new,” she said.

And Vance is right. Nothing, and we mean nothing, says spring has sprung like a chocolate bunny. Not only does the sight and taste of the bunny-shaped, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate delight immediately call up memories of childhood innocence, but it’s also something you can share with your children.

Watch as the joy washes over their tiny, sugar-covered faces when they finish off that last ear or foot.

Vance says her shop will be carrying two bunnies for the Easter season: one big and one small. She also has a number of other confections that will hopefully, someday, be available in a constant-drip I.V.

Included on the list of please-stay-in-my-mouth-forever treats that go well in any basket are the mints and melts. The mints sell for $3.60 a quarter pound and the colorful and classic melts sell for $2.50 for a quarter pound. She’ll also be selling peanut butter eggs and cups just in time for the holiday.

Vance is a brilliant chocolate artisan and huge supporter of chocolate-animal rights. When asked which part of the chocolate bunny you should eat first she replied, “Always eat the eyes first so the bunny doesn’t see what’s coming next.”

The Chocolate Sheep is at 201 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande. For more information, call 591-0166.


Intern Maeva Considine compiled this week’s column. We want a Bite! Send us your food, wine, and related news at [email protected].

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