Yesterday I could not resist to buy this egg “con sorpresa” (with a small gift inside). They remind me so much of my childhood Easter week- ends spent in Bologna with my family!
At Easter every year, we would go visit one couple of grand-parents, we had three of them.
The trip itself was quite boring. At that time my father owned a small Fiat 600, not fast at all for Italian driving standards, and we were trailing along, for long stretches, behind big trucks…
My sister and I, we were only allowed to read or play quiet games.Unfortunately reading in the car made me sick, so no other choice than watching the fields and houses passing by for hours!! … che noia!!!
Later on, my father acquired an Alfa Romeo, so speedy and shiny… what a pleasure, it felt like traveling in a plane!
We were happy to go, us, young girls, some big rewards waiting there!
First a trip to Florence per Pasquetta, Easter Monday, and the best of all: the Easter Chocolate Egg con Sorpresa!!
As fast as we could, after the huggings and welcoming, we would run and check immediately into Nonna Clara’s credenza (cupboard) and start the guessing game. Two big shining and colorful packaged chocolate eggs were sitting there… it would take us the all day to decide which one to choose. We thought the more beautiful outside more fantastic the surprise would be inside…
The cupboard was close, with a key, oh yes no touching before Easter Day!
Then like a Christmas gift, Easter day we would finally open it with a lot of excitement and expectation.
The eggs, milk or dark chocolate, always from la Cioccolatteria Attibassi, had the most wonderful surprise gifts inside. Sometimes a small bracelet, or a tiny shining wallet, or even earings. No doubt, Zia Rossana, (our aunt Rosanna) had bought them specially for girls!
We would break them with care, a sharp knife was needed sometimes.
The best part of all though, was how to eat them, without getting an indigestion, piece by piece over two, three or four days sometimes.
Over the years, we learned the perfect way and how to indulge making it last longer. When these pieces of thin luxurious chocolate were placed just on your tongue, they will melt very slowly in a festival of fantastic sweet sensations!
It was the good chocolate or it is just now a dear childhood memory? I am not sure, what I know is that, since then, no chocolate ever tasted better than that one to me!