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Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on March 31, 2010 at 12:52 am
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The Chocolate Easter Bunny is Here!

What is Easter without a chocolate bunny rabbit nestled in a basket of pretty foil-covered chocolate eggs, marshmallow chicks and jellybeans? Chocolate bunnies are available in many stores during the Easter season.  Some are made of milk chocolate, some are hollow, others have various kinds of fillings.  When buying chocolate bunnies, consider the type of chocolate used, and the size of the bunny, and where you can get the best value for your money.

One of my favourite places to shop buy chocolate – bunnies or any other chocolate treat – is Purdy’s. Chocolates.  This is the largest specialty chocolate retailer in Western Canada and the second largest in Canada with 55 companies in BC, Alberta and Ontario.  Purdy’s uses only the best quality ingredients for making their candies:  chocolate from Belgium, ginger from Australia,, cashews from India and dairy products delivered fresh daily from farmers in BC’s Fraser Valley. Founded in 1907 by Richard Carmon Purdy, the Canadian-owned family-operated company has been successful through the years and recently celebrated its centennial.  Since 1963 it has been privately owned by the Flavelle family. 

An Easter basket isn’t complete without a chocolate bunny.  But where did this tradition come from?  The rabbit as  a symbol of Easter began with Anglo-Saxon worship of their goddess of fertility called “Eastre”, represented by a rabbit symbol.  It can be traced to German folklore where rabbits and hares were considered symbols of fertility. And since Easter occurs during the Spring, the Easter Bunny merged with the old pagan and Christian tradition of Easter Eggs.  Thus the Easter Bunny became known as the deliverer of eggs. The tradition was introduced to America in the 1700’s be German settlers in Pennsylvania.

Chocolate Easter bunnies make excellent Easter gifts, so head down to your nearest Purdy’s store and stock up from the wide choice of colourfully wrapped and decorated goodies.  You won’t be disappointed.  And neither will the kiddies!

There are Purdy’s stores in many parts of the city.  Check here for locations.  Visit the Purdy’s Chocolate Factory at 2777 Kingsway (604-454-2700)

PURDY’S CHOCOLATES  (Main office)

8330 Chester St.

604-454-2777

PHOTOS by Sue Kozak

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    3 Comments

  • Franci Louann says:

    Pur-dy’s! Pur-dy’s! Pur-dy’s!!!
    Peanut butter, peanut butter!
    Rah, rah, rah!

    Can’t believe I live so close to a store (4 blocks) & am not out of control…

    I can also drive past the factory…but I’d love to work there! Ha!

  • Ruth Kozak says:

    Franci, I think my daughter-in-law Sue might be the manager at that store near you. And how can you possibly resist to go in there, especially at this time of year when it’s a chocolate extravaganza!

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