They are many candies you can only get at Easter, Cadbury Creme Eggs are the most sought after. The luscious chocolate shell with the unknown creme that looks like egg white and yolk makes enthusiasts do some crazy things to get their hands on them. I, personally, have never tried one…I know, I know crazy, right? The reason is, I don’t eggs at all, except in baking. The idea that it might taste similar to an egg stops me every time. Well, not today folks. Today, at 32 years old, I finally tried one. Wow, I have been missing out! Now, before I would even think about trying it, I had to know what was in it. The Huffington Post gave me the answer, “The particular magic of the Cadbury creme egg is that the chocolate shell houses a gooey, runny “yolk” and “albumen.” But while there are some real egg whites involved, the creme filling is really just fondant (aka, lots of sugar) dyed with food coloring to look like the insides of an egg. Fondant, which is used in lots of candies, is seemingly very easy to make since most recipes call for just three, basic ingredients: water, granulated sugar and corn syrup. The sugar mixture is simply heated, mixed and cooled until the syrup forms a white creme — but obsessive and creative bakers know that even one degree difference in the heating and cooling methods can return very different fondants.”
Well, I can’t have too many, but I am not afraid any longer. I can totally see why people crave these, especially, because they are only sold until Easter. If you crave them year round try this homemade recipe out. I realize it isn’t the same, but they could be pretty damn close!
Homemade Cadbury Crème Eggs
PREP 7 HRS
COOK 5 MINS
This is about as close as you can get to the real thing. From Even More Top Secret Recipes.
16-24 or so eggs
1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
1⁄4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 drops yellow food coloring
2 drops red food coloring
1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
Combine the corn syrup, butter, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.
Beat well with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add powdered sugar, a little bit at a time and mix by hand after each addition.
Mix until creamy.
Remove about 1/3 of the sugar mixture and place in a small bowl.
Add the food coloring and mix well.
Cover both mixtures and chill for at least 2 hours or until firm.
When mixtures are still firm roll a small, marble size from the orange filling.
Wrap a small amount of the white filling around the orange.
Form into the shape of eggs and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Repeat until done and chill for at least 4 hours.
You want them “set”.
Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler or ceramic bowl.
Melt down and mix well.
Take each egg filling, dip into the melted chocolate mixture and return to baking sheet.
Repeat and chill again for 2 hours.
Repeat the dipping process, chill again and you’re good to go!