Easter chocolate surprise

by Rebecca Bricker on March 31, 2013



No sacrilege intended – but from what I can tell, Easter in Italy is pretty much all about chocolate.

Enormous chocolate eggs – the size of footballs – start appearing in the shops about a month before the Big Bunny is due.

They’re  colorfully wrapped, with elegant bows, silky flowers or plush toys attached.

Each egg contains a sorpresa – a surprise.

“What kind of surprise?” I asked the nice man behind the counter at my neighborhood Easter egg shop.

He smiled at me. “It’s a sorpresa.”



I had my eye on this egg…

He took it down from the shelf and read the tag – “raffinate sorprese,” he said.





“A refined surprise,” said an American guy having an espresso at the bar who had overheard this conversation. “Who are you buying this egg for – a child or an adult?” he asked.

“For me,” I said.

That got a laugh.

“I’d really like a refined surprise in a Tiffany egg,” I said, just in case the Big Bunny was listening.

That got another laugh. The American guy pointed north, across the Arno. “Tiffany is just over the bridge.”

“I know,” I said wistfully, wondering if the Bunny has an account there.

Apparently not. (sigh) 😉

Nonetheless, I was delighted to find the egg with the purple bow on my dining table this morning – oh, that Bunny (I’ve never stopped believing in him – ever!).

I carefully untied the ribbon and removed the wrapping. I hated to crack open the dark chocolate shell – but I just couldn’t wait to see my raffinata sorpresa













Maybe the Big Bunny has an account at Tiffany after all! :)

Buona Pasqua, everyone!



Thom March 31, 2013 at 7:24 am

Blessed Easter … and may your life always be filled with surprises (refined or otherwise).

Peg Ross March 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

How wonderful-love that Bunny! Happy Easter, Becky!

muddygloves March 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hoping your Easter was grand and glorious!
many blessing through out the coming year.
Love and hugs,

jackie lamothe April 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

that bunny certainly got the right address:)

Kathy April 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

How totally lovely… buon pasquale! I had forgotten how special Easter was in La Bella Italia… you bring back so many delightful memories. Tante Grazie.
Baci, baci, Kathy

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