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Counting down to Easter with some of our favorite Easter candy: Godiva chocolates

April 20, 2011 |  7:56 am

Beaded_egg_with_chocolate We're counting down to Easter with a look at some of our favorite Easter candies. What's your favorite? Earlier this week, we caught up with Whitman's Sampler and the Cadbury Creme Egg. Now we go upscale with Godiva Chocolatier.

Here are prices for some of their Easter highlights: the Easter Carrot (4 ounces of milk-chocolate pearls coated in orange-colored candy held in a carrot-shaped bag): $8. Spring Gems (32 pieces of white-, dark- and milk-chocolate truffles in cellophane): $18. Bertie (he 9-ounce traditional hollow milk-chocolate bunny that is the foundation of many Easter baskets): $23.50. A keepsake Beaded Egg, shown here, containing 12 pieces of milk- and dark-chocolate foil-wrapped eggs: $25. And then there's the Easter Luxury Basket, which includes more than 2 pounds of most of the candies listed above and a few other delights, $110.

Where these are available: all over the world. Godiva chocolates are available online at Godiva.com and at the company's stores, generally in high-end malls such as the Glendale Galleria, the Beverly Center and Westfield, Century City. This year, Godiva has teamed up with Target, where the company’s limited-edition 1.4-ounce milk-chocolate Easter bunny will be sold until April 24.

Claim to fame: Godiva is best known for its truffles. The company, named for Lady Godiva -- whose legend involves nudity, a horse and long hair (but not chocolate, as far as we know) -- was founded in 1926 in Belgium. The first U. S. Godiva boutique opened on New York’s Fifth Avenue in 1972 and helped set off the craze for high-end chocolate -- an affordable luxury for most.

History: Godiva, purchased by Campbell’s Soup Co. in 1967, was sold in 2007 to the Turkish company Yildiz Holding. At the time, Godiva sales were about $500 million. The company does not release sales figures.

Bestsellers: The company says its Bertie Chocolate Bunny and Beaded Egg are “always popular items” during the Easter candy season.

-- Robin Abcarian

Photo: Godiva