Aaah, chocolate season. Naturally, cocoa beans (and sugar and vanilla) grow far from the Skagit Valley so maybe a PNW Easter should only include [naturally] dyed eggs. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t much care for boiled eggs and I consider chocolate mostly medicinal so I’m willing to allow that far flung indulgence. Bunnies don’t have to be made in Hershey, PA, however!
Just a bit to the north of our valley is Whatcom County where we have some world-class chocolatiers! The C Shop makes Easter bunnies and various other chocolate treats which are distributed at our local stores including all the Haggen’s (a local grocery chain) locations. During the summer, you can visit the store for chocolates, toffee, penny candy, carmel apples, ice cream, baked goods, sandwiches and, in the evenings, pizza. During the winter, they are closed although special orders are accepted for Christmas chocolates.
Disclaimer: The C Shop proprietors are my honey’s parents so consider this a shameless plug. 🙂 The C Shop uses only Guittard chocolate which is a family-owned company in Burlingame, CA.