Happy spring holidays, my homies! *flings an egg at your house and runs away*

Heh heh heh… “Cad-apult”. Too much fun.

Before I begin this post, I feel it’s only right that I issue a warning to protect my more “magically-minded” readers. So, WARNING: If you still believe in the Easter Bunny (more specifically, if you believe that the Easter Bunny and his elves make their own chocolate eggs at the North Pole before delivering them to your house) you’ll want to stop reading now. (Bye-bye! Happy Easter! Enjoy your innocence while you still caaaaan!)

Now that THOSE nerds are gone, here’s the scoop: The source of those delicious Cadbury Mini Eggs and Cadbury Creme Eggs you enjoy every springis not the North Pole, it’s the Cadbury Gladstone Chocolate Factory right here in Toronto, and bunnies aren’t allowed inside the facility.

If I had to wear a hair-net and my bewhiskered friend had to wear a BEARD net, I could only imagine what a bunny would need to wear. A full-body net? That would actually be pretty cute, I imagine… unlike my hair net.

Whatever. It was totally worth donning some dorky protective gear to tour a real-live chocolate factory.

When I got the invite for an “eggs-clusive opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and experience the making of Cadbury Creme Eggs”, I felt like I’d found a golden freaking ticket. Not only did I get to TOUR A CHOCOLATE FACTORY, I got to see history in the making.

Cadbury Creme Eggs are being manufactured in Canada for the FIRST TIME EVER this year, which means that they totally fit into your fancy 100-mile locavore diet now. I suppose the company figured it was time to start producing the country’s #1 Easter treats here (as opposed to importing them over from Jolly-Ol’-England) with such a high demand for Cadbury Creme Eggs in Canada (100 million of the goo-filled yummy bombs are made each year between January and Easter alone!)

The fine folks from Cadbury Canada took Sean, Michael, Melissa and I through both the Cadbury Creme Egg and the Cadbury Mini Egg production lines last week. No Oompa Loompas were spotted, but I was impressed by all of the sophisticated machinery and generalized bits of coolness everywhere.

Also sweet (quite literally) is how chocolate is piped between floors throughout the historic downtown building. Chocolate in the walls. Chocolate everywhere. They use 200,000 pounds of chocolate per day to make Mini Eggs alone. The smell was… dude. It was chocolatey.

Anyhoo, here’s the video – you can see the Gooey, magical process of Creme Egg creation for yourself. Try not to lick the screen, yeah?

I got this beautiful little basket filled with Cadbury Easter treats after my visit to the factory, and I thought for a moment that I could give it away on my blog.

And then I ate it. (My friends at work helped a little bit).

I can’t offer you up any chocolate, but I CAN share with you this compendium of 13 ridiculicious recipes using Cadbury Creme Eggs.

You could also experience the fun calorie-free by “>Cad-apulting eggs at my house… if only you knew where I lived, bwahahaha!

Happy Easter Weekend :)

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