Looking back on almost three years of writing Stuff Christians Like, it’s easy to see one thing I’ve always been clear on:
I love Cadbury Crème Eggs.
Like tiny grenades of happiness and sugar, these delightful chocolate orbs blow up my head and my heart every spring.
Although I refuse to acknowledge sequels like the Orange Crème or Caramel Crème versions (Did “Starship Troopers Part 2” teach us nothing?) I’ve always welcomed the springtime arrival of my favorite Easter related egg.
But I recently took a photo of what happens when the real reason for Easter and candy collide. And it is not pretty.
I snapped this photo at a drugstore. These chocolate crosses might have existed for years, other blogs may have dissected them for months, but this was the first time I’d seen this particular Easter candy. Here is what I thought:
1. I never expected to see the phrase “May his light shine upon you!” next to “real milk chocolate.” I’m almost positive that’s exactly what Mary was thinking on Easter morning as well. Real milk chocolate.
2. I can’t eat a chocolate cross. I feel weird enough biting off the head of a bunny, but there is no way I can break a cross in half and chew on it.
3. Where does it end? Chocolate crosses today, jawbreakers that represent the stone that was rolled away tomorrow?
4. Am I the weird guy in Walgreens taking photos of candy right now? I am, I really am.
5. When did peeps start coming in neon blue? Peeps are yellow! Am I a “peeps traditionalist?” I think I might be. Focus Jon! This is about the cross, albeit, a chocolate cross at the moment.
6. Is this just the reverse of the world doing what we always do to them? We took “Got Milk?” and turned it into “Got God?” They took something from us and made a milk chocolate version?
7. There are two chocolate cross options, the other one says, “Rejoice in the wonder of the day.” I just can’t see eating a chocolate cross as me rejoicing in the wonder of the day.
8. Aren’t there some chocolate enthusiasts that are going to say “eating chocolate is a spiritual experience?” Could they argue, “Chocolate is one of the ways God speaks to me. If he can use a burning bush to speak to Moses why are you making him so small and saying he can’t work through chocolate?” And didn’t I write that drinking coffee is now intrinsically linked to my quiet time? Am I being a chocolate hypocrite?
9. I love Walgreens. They sell candy next to snow shovels next to hummingbird feeders. It’s like five eighteen wheelers going to different stores crashed together on the highway and their contents landed in these aisles. I bet I could find a chainsaw for sale here if I looked hard enough.
A list with ten items feels a little incomplete but sometimes I think writers take lists to 10 out of obligation and dilute the other 9 points. So I’m done with my thoughts. But what about you?
If you had to add one thought to this list, what would you ad?
What do you think about a chocolate cross?