Aquabunny montage photograghed by Eva [x]
I got it into my head this year that I wanted to give chocolate hedgehogs instead of rabbits for Easter, presumably because of the hedgehog discussion we were having here a while back. Someone mentioned that Purdy's Chocolates made killer hazelnut hedgehogs and I would settle for nothing less.
So I scooped up a handful of hedgehogs while at Purdy's and took them to the cashier, along with the little egg and rabbit-shaped chocolates that I was buying.
"We are actually out of our regular hedgehogs, " the cashier informed me, "so these are sugar-free."
Bonus, I thought to myself. "How do they taste?", I asked, rather hoping to be offered a sample.
"They taste great," she replied, "but the sugar substitute in these is a laxative." I must have looked quizzical, because she continued, "do not eat more than one of these! And definitely do not give these to children."
The woman behind me in line was nodding vigorously at this point, "Oh yeah, they're laxative, alright!"
Now we are all afraid to eat them.
Eva's friend in Norway was horrified to learn that in North America we eat hedgehogs. "But they are so cute," he pleaded, "and it's just not practical, there's barely any meat on them, but I suppose some cultures are shocked that we eat cows and pigs." He was very relieved to hear about the chocolate factor.