Bunnies in all shapes and sizes are found on the shelves of many stores this time of the year. There is one bunny, though, that you won’t find hopping around your local Walmart. The Carman Brook Farm Maple Bunny is only found online or from the farm store in the weeks leading up to the Easter holiday.
I wanted to compare Maple Bunny to his chocolate bunny cousins. I picked up a Palmer’s Chocolate Double Crisp Too Tall Bunny while shopping this week. If you’re not familiar with him, here’s a little video description from Lucky Penny.
What’s in a Chocolate vs Maple Bunny?
It never ceases to amaze me, when I flip over a package to read the list of ingredients. I will let the product ingredient lists speak for themselves.
Chocolate Bunny ingredients: Sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil (palm kernel and/or palm), whey, crisp rice (rice, sugar, salt, barley malt), cocoa (processed with alkali), lactose, skim milk, milk, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanillin (artificial flavor), US certified colors (FD&C Blue #1, Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #5 and Yellow #6 Lakes and Red #3).
Maple Bunny ingredients: Maple Syrup
We produce the maple syrup on our family’s farm in Northwestern Vermont. We make the maple candy bunnies in two grades of maple syrup providing two different maple tastes. One is a golden delicate taste maple syrup and the other is a dark robust taste maple syrup. We don’t do anything different when pouring a large mold, than we do when we make the smaller shapes.
If you sat down and ate all 7 ounces of Too Tall you will have consumed 1,040 calories along with 88% of your daily fat based on a 2,000 calorie diet. If you ate all of Maple Bunny, he’s 400 calories with no fat.
How Much Bunny for the Buck?
The chocolate bunnies are generally hollow which makes them look like a real big candy. I paid $3.68 for the hollow bunny and he weighs 7 oz., that’s roughly $0.53/oz. The maple bunnies are solid pure maple candy and are $6.00 from our Holiday page, when in season. That’s $1.20/oz for the maple bunny. Too Tall wins with pricing because he’s massed produced and that helps to lower the per unit cost.
Maple Bunny is handmade in small batches in our sugarhouse kitchen. As of right now we can make a total of 24 maple bunnies to a batch of candy because we have that many molds. Each maple bunny is handmade in a small batch by two family members working together.
Too Tall comes in a brightly colored cardboard package with a plastic cap over his tall ears. The total package weighs about 3 oz. His extra packaging keeps him from breaking apart because he’s hollow. Once you take him out of the box, he isn’t going back in there for later.
Maple Bunny is in a cellophane bag that weights roughly one-tenth of an ounce. While you are consuming Maple Bunny you can keep putting him in his packaging with the twist tie and keep him fresh. We purposefully, looked for the minimum amount of packaging to create the least amount of holiday trash.
It seems that the best way to eat Too Tall Chocolate Bunny is to break off a piece. I can’t think of many uses for a hollow double crisp chocolate bunny. If someone out there has another use besides a sad cake topper, please do share.
There are many uses for Maple Bunny besides being eaten as a sweet treat. Because he’s a solid block of maple sugar he grates nicely and is used on many of your favorite treats. Bits of Maple Bunny will sweeten coffee and tea or a hot dish of oatmeal. Maple candy melts on a hot food and is a natural sweetener and gluten free. It is especially delicious when grated over hot, buttered toast or biscuit. Before you pop muffins in the oven, grate a little of Maple Bunny over the top for a little maple pop.