Getting ready for Easter in Germany

I have two confessions to make.

First, I am addicted to flea markets. I love them… I spend every other weekend rummaging around other people’s cast-offs looking for wonderful treasures that I can pick up for a couple of Euros. And my house is full of them. Ignorant Philistines (most of whom I am related to) would call it junk…. but I know it’s valuable treasure.

Second, I’m a chocoholic. I love chocolate – I love everything about chocolate – from the way it melts on your tongue to the last bittersweet lingering aftertaste….

So it won’t surprise anyone that I am in posession of a modest but growing collection of old chocolate moulds gleaned over the years from the detritis of German house-clearances and yard sales. Most of these have an Easter or Spring theme because in Germany (Oh joy! Oh joy!) Easter is celebrated in chocolate.

Now, before you get all excited and think that Hausfrauen all over Germany are putting on their pinnies and stirring vats of chocolate on the stove, I should point out what Birgit informs me on this subject.

“Making your own chocolate rabbits,” according to Birgit, glaring at me as though I’ve just stepped off the boat from Estonia, “is what our grandparents had to do before there were proper chocolate rabbits on sale in the shops. If God had wanted us to make our own, He wouldn’t have given us Lindt.”

But I know Birgit is wrong on this. Making your own chocolate rabbits for the children at Easter is pure unadulterated Motherhood. It will make me an Über-Mutter… a veritable Goddess in the eyes of my children. They will stop being recalcitrant adolescents and will see me in a new light….

Anyway – time to get started. I’m using milk chocolate this time – not my personal favourite (I’m a dark-choc-with-a-hint-of-grated-orange-peel person myself) but this is a sacrifice I can make for my offspring… willingly…. just a little taste then…mmmm….

Once the chocolate has melted, you have to get it into the moulds. This sounds easy… and in some cases it is pretty straightforward. I can tell instantly which moulds were designed for the German Hausfrau with a sense of Ordnung in her kitchen….

Some of the other ones are designed specifically for the chocoholic Mum…. they are all holes and no mould, so aiming the chocolate into the rabbit-shape is nigh on impossible without it dribbling all over your fingers and ensuring that you have to lick it off. Don’t you just love hate that?

Once the chocolate is in the moulds, they go into the freezer for a short time to set, while the chef licks out the bowl….

Then it’s time to check on the results…

Now… I’d better make some for the kids next….


Filed under German festivals, Life in Germany

6 responses to “Getting ready for Easter in Germany

  1. Making your own choccy bunnies is great! My daughter would love it. Not sure if my wife would though! 🙂

  2. Those are fantastic! I love your collection of moulds. How clever you are. My husband also loooooves flea markets and is there *every* Saturday morning at 7 a.m. trying to decide what, um, treasures to bring home. I prefer to sleep in. 🙂

  3. Wonderful! I’m with you on the dark chocolate. I like mine with a hint of raspberry!

  4. mmmm. diy chocolate hausfrau. sweet.

  5. Does sound like a ton of fun. And your friend Birgit sounds hilarious. From what I’ve seen many modern Hausfrau’s do those traditional canning, baking, moulding, jam making stuff. I think it’s refreshing.

  6. Cathy… Like yourself, I love flea markets too!!

    The only problem is in finding out where they are located. I have recently returned to the Stuttgart area after a long return to the States and am looking for the “flohmarkt” signage which used to just almost jump out at you from the roadway. At least that’s the way it was the last time I was here — in the K-town area.

    What am I looking for now? Is there a preferred time period in which I’m looking? I am looking primarily for old Scouting (pfadfinderen) pins and badges as well as those left over from the Americans back in the “heyday” of the Transatlantic Council.


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