Easter is one of the most anticipated long weekends of the calendar year and is a great time to enjoy downtime with family, friends and create memories with the kids. Even though our plans have changed and things look very different for us this year due to the lockdown, it doesn’t have to stop us from planning a memorable weekend. So with that in mind, it’s time to start preparing for Easter by baking some delicious treats. I used my trusty, go-to recipe for biscuits and added in a Cadbury Egg filled with Astros (and some) and these already delicious biscuits just got better!
Easy Chocolate Astro Biscuits
- 125g butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
- 2 Eggs
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 Cadbury Egg filled with Astros
- 1 box of Astros
- coconut (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
- Brush two oven trays with butter or oil
- Unwrap a Large Cadbury egg, open and set aside
- Using an electric beater, beat butter, sugar and essence in a small bowl until light and creamy. Add eggs gradually, beating well after each addition
- Add Flour, soda and astro’s (from the Easter egg plus the extra box) to the mixture and mix until smooth
- Roll dough into balls and flatten slightly. Allow room for spreading
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned
- transfer to wire rack to cool
- Melt the Cadbury chocolate, Dip your biscuits and sprinkle with coconut
With your biscuits sorted, it’s time to plan the ultimate Easter egg hunt and decorate your home. Together with the Cadbury team and Fluffy the Cadbury bunny we’ve put together some ideas for you to host an Easter Egg hunt in your garden and some tips on Decorating your home for a Hoppy Easter.
How to host your own Easter Egg Hunt.
- Plan according to the age group. If you are hosting and Easter egg hunt for kids and one for teenagers divide the garden into two zones so you can organise based on the age group. Go easy on the smaller kids by leaving eggs on low branches and in open places. Make it more difficult for the older ones by hiding them in branches, drainpipes, inside a curled up garden hose, in the mailbox or the car tires.
- Keep it fair. To make things easier for the smaller children, you could label the eggs with their names on or even tie balloons to the eggs and it becomes a balloon hunt. Establish the boundaries of your easter egg hunt and tell the kids to stay in that.
- Include a variety. Make sure your egg hunt includes mindful snacking with 50% chocolate and 50% small toys, puzzles, activities, nuts, fruit and veggies. This will still satisfy kids with finding a good batch of goodies and help make it fun for those kids who cannot eat chocolate. For small kids make sure the items do not contain small parts or choking hazards.
- Use baskets or reusable Bags. Hiding treats are easy but kids will need something to collect them in. Why not let them make their own baskets beforehand and ask them to decorate with colourful ribbons and decorations.
- Make it an adventure. Give each child a map that leads the way to the treats, or think up some intriguing clues and riddles and see if the kids can work them out. For younger kids, use visual clues you can set up beforehand, such as a bunny footprint or half eaten carrots… a tell-tale sign that a bunny has been in the area.
- Keep a Tally. Make a note of how many eggs you have hidden and some of the sneaky spots you used. You do not want your pets to be unearthing chocolate a few months later.
How to decorate the House for a Hoppy Easter
- Fill a tray with moss and votive candles. Finish the display with a bunny figure (or chocolate bunny), candies and decorated Easter eggs.
- Get your house ready by hanging pastel balloons and an Easter decoration on your door.
- Google “printable Easter signage” or make simple Easter themed signage on Canva, a free and easy to use design platform.
- Decorate your table with pastel-coloured tablecloths
- A generic crepe paper lantern can become an Easter bunny head with the addition of craft paper ears, eyes, and whiskers, plus pom-poms for the nose and eyes.
- Paint hard boiled eggs for easy Easter decorations, or you could even decorate with temporary tattoos.
Hop on to Facebook and enjoy an egg-citing Facebook Easter Egg Hunt Competition from 19th March to 9 April. Participating in this digital Easter egg hunt will offer chocolate lovers and Easter enthusiasts the chance to win egg-citing weekly prizes, including the grand prize – 1 of 3 epic family holidays for a family of four including; Takealot vouchers, Superbalist vouchers, Cadbury Easter hampers. To enter visit @CadburyDairyMilkSA on Facebook and follow the registration prompts.
The Cadbury Easter Range
Cadbury South Africa’s Easter range includes three mouth-watering products; Cadbury Fluffies (30 unit box of Cadbury Milk Chocolate covered Mallow Eggs) and two Cadbury Milk Chocolate Hollow Eggs; one including Whispers and the other with Astros. The Cadbury Easter range can be purchased from participating stores nationwide.
*This yummy post is sponsored by www.Cadbury.co.za