“I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world. "
-L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
"Can we eat them now?!" they both cry, grabbing my arms and jumping in excitement as we walk up the drive with the daily mail. "Pleeease!" The air is cool and damp, and a shower of leaves floats gently to the ground as a fat, black squirrel, startled by the commotion, scampers through the branches above our heads.
"I want the milk chocolate one!"
"No, I want the milk chocolate!"
The friendly banter ensues, as it always does whenever chocolate is involved, until I assure them both that there are plenty to go around.
They both feign an exaggerated sigh of relief. What they're so excited about are the Sun Cups that just arrived from Seth Ellis Chocolatier, a local Colorado based chocolate company. Happiness is a box of chocolate in the mailbox!
We discovered Sun Cups a few years back and fell in love. Though they look like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, they don't even compare. These are filled with all-natural sunflower butter and coated in either luscious, dark or sweet, milk chocolate. I adore the dark chocolate Sun Cups - that rich, burnt umber chocolate with a smooth, salty filling of sunbutter. My kids love the milk chocolate ones. Additionally, they come in tingly mint and gooey caramel varieties. Not only are they produced in a dedicated nut-free and gluten-free facility, but they are also free of GMOs and are crafted with only the finest, Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate. You can taste the quality in each bite!
With the arrival of our Sun Cups, the anticipation of Halloween grows even more tangible. You can feel it tingling like a veil of electricity it in the cool fall air. It buzzes just out of view with the rustle of the falling leaves. The magic has firmly captured my children's imaginations. As they fantasize over costumes - Connor will be an alien, no, a ghoul, no, an army soldier; Eve is firmly set on Dorothy (the shoes sealed the deal) - I'm putting together a stash of safe candy to swap for all those Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses and Snickers bars that will come home in their buckets. We all know how very frightening Halloween can be for our food-allergic children (and their parents!); there's nothing like have a large supply of safe candy to put my mind at ease. I'm so happy that more and more companies are making, delicious, high-quality, allergy-safe treats! Sun Cups are one of our very favourites!
And, if you need another reason to stock up on SunCups this year, let me introduce you to my Sun Cup Swirl Brownies. Dense in rich chocolate, a creamy Sunbutter swirl, and bits of chewy Sun Cups folded in - this is a decadent, post-Halloween treat for when the sugar withdrawals begin to kick in. When you have so much candy sitting around, it only makes sense to bake with it.
Find the recipe here on freedible!