For the last three years we've foregone the traditional Easter basket filled with jelly beans and cheap chocolates and purchased one beautiful (and expensive) chocolate bunny from the Didierjean family's Le Petit Prince bakery on the edge of Birmingham. This place is always worth the 14+ mile drive to the suburbs. They have authentic French sweets, croissants, brioche, and baguettes along with all kinds of other treats. At Easter they break out their amazing collection of vintage chocolate molds and produce huge quantities of hand-painted Easter rabbits made from homemade chocolate. Last year we had a mama pushing a baby bunny in a stroller and the year before we bought two bunnies on a pink motorcycle. It's always fun to go up there and choose from the dozens of different options lovingly displayed throughout the tiny shop. This year we chose the huge bunny on a carrot rocket (with a backpack full of eggs). When you finally work up the nerve to eat the masterpiece, you discover it's full of tiny chocolate bunnies, eggs, birds, and flowers made from other tiny molds.

I don't miss jelly beans at all.

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