To: Easter Bunny
Date: March 4, 2013
Re: Easter’s coming soon!
I wanted to give you plenty of time to put in your order before the Easter holiday! You may recall that I’ve previously explored cruelty-free alternatives to Easter traditions — ideas For the Easter Basket and some creative options to the usual Easter Eggs (please review).
This year, I have some new favorites to add to the list of possibilities. While dark chocolate is a nice option for vegans most of the time, specialty “milk” chocolate (using soy, almond, or coconut milk) is probably going to be more popular with the kids. And the adults in the family will love them, too. Here are two sources for some very, very delicious chocolates:
- Premium Chocolatiers
Gourmet dairy-free, nut-free chocolates! Premium makes amazing truffles… but for the purposes of this post, you must check out the Easter Treats available. The larger hollow figures are perfect for the basket centerpiece ($19 each); Bunny Pops ($3 each) would make a great addition to a basket, or for a child to bring into school to give to classmates.
- Allison’s Gourmet
Easter & Springtime specialties by Allison’s Gourmet are hard to resist. The “Speckles” Chocolate Rice Crispy Bunny and Solid Vegan Chocolate Eggs can be purchased together ($42) or separately. There’s also a Vegan Gift Basket that includes salted almond bark and a half-dozen cookies along with the bunny and chocolate eggs. And, though it may not be a typical Easter indulgence, I highly recommend the Vanilla Chai Fudge for the grown-ups.
A Special Note About Eggs
Most eggs in the U.S. come from “battery cage” hens that are crowded together in barren wire cages. A battery-cage hen has approximately 67 square inches to live out her entire life — less than the size of a piece of loose leaf paper. She cannot turn around or spread her wings… ever. These hens live out their lives in darkness and many die slow, painful deaths.
Organizations including Farm Sanctuary, Compassion Over Killing, The Humane Society of the United States, Mercy for Animals, the ASPCA, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have supported a bill that would improve the lives of hens by phasing in more space plus other environmental enrichments (i.e., room for for perching and nesting); the law also would prohibit forced molting through periods of starvation (a customary practice in the industry) and mandate labeling so that consumers know if the eggs they’re buying come from “battery cage,” “cage-free”, or “free-range” hens. While I advocate giving up eggs altogether (easy egg substitutes!), I also urge you to support The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.