Easter is only some days away, and food stores and various supermarkets are bursting with all kinds of Easter candy: little chocolate bunnies, huge chocolate bunnies, middle-sized chocolate bunnies, and tinsel covered chocolate eggs in all sizes with plastic trinkets or toys inside. I'm sorry to say, but I think most of those eggs, bunnies or whatever are made of second-rate chocolate and really are not worth the money. I hardly ever buy any of those Easter "treats". But look at these beauties in the picture above! These I could eat as many as... well, actually I couldn't, because they are the real thing and one (okay two :)) are all you need to be blissfully, perfectly full of some of the best nougat there is!
They look so innocent and humble, don't they? Well, do not let their simple exterior fool you! These are Mignon eggs, produced by Fazer. Karl Fazer brought the idea for these eggs to Finland in 1896 from Germany, and Mignon eggs have been part of Easter in Finland ever since. During the reign of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, who until 1917 was also the Grand Duke of Finland, mignon eggs were also given to the Tsar and his family during Easter time. Okay, enough of the history part, could not help myself, as I find the history behind the Mignons quite interesting, and I am, might as well admit it, a history buff! :) Actually I have an MA in history.:)
Back to the eggs, then. Although, talking about eggs and the imperial Russia, we could also spend some time talking about the other eggs... or are you all already at sleep? You are? O-kay then. Cho-co-la-te! CHO-CO-LA-TE! CHO-CO-LA-TE EGGS, ANYONE????? Sorry, did I wake you up?
Actually, as I already mentioned, the Mignons are filled with nougat. An ordinary hen's egg is emptied, and the shell is filled with nougat and sealed with a sugar "cork". The white ones a smaller and are sold most everywhere here already well before Easter. The brown ones are the same size as regular eggs and they are sold only at Fazer's Café during the Easter season.
Mingons are so good they make even my troll collection smile! :) These eggs are my ultimate Easter treat, what's yours?