Easter candy (Chicago Tribune file )
The setup: We're finally coming down from our Valentine's Day sugar high, and now here comes Easter on Sunday. Time for a faceoff! Emily Van Zandt likes Easter candy; Victoria Rodriguez prefers Valentine's Day sweets.
Victoria: When I was a little girl, I would wake up on Valentine's Day to find a big, heart-shaped chocolate box and two smaller ones on our dining room table. The bigger box was for Mom and the two smaller ones for my twin sister and me. I will take Valentine's Day candy over Easter candy anytime because it holds a special place in my heart.
Emily: How sad do you feel buying Valentine's Day candy for yourself? At least kind of sad. How sad do you feel buying Easter candy for yourself? Not at all, because it's too awesome for tears. Awesome, mainly, in its limited-time appearance. You can get Hershey's Kisses and Whitman's Samplers anytime. Cadbury Creme Eggs? One magical time of the year.
Victoria: Sad? Valentine's Day is when chocolate or those Sweetheart candies printed with messages like "Kiss me" magically appear on your desk at work. What's not to like about FREE candy AND sweet-talk messages all wrapped into one delicious confection?
Emily: Maybe I'm just not into the emotional commitment. And let's get real: Those Sweetheart candies taste like antacids.
Victoria: OK, Sweetheart candies do taste like broken dreams. Fine. But don't get me started on those chocolate Easter bunnies. Where is the joy in biting off ears and cute cottontails? I'll pass. I'm not a sadist.
Emily: When it comes to candy, everything is better at Easter. Reese's Cups get an upgrade to Reese's Eggs, M&M's get all dressed in pretty pastels and you can make Peeps explode in the microwave.
Victoria: Pass me the box of Godiva chocolates, please. As for Reese's Cups and M&M's—guess what? Those same candies are available at Valentine's—just in different packaging. They taste the same. What's on the inside is what really matters.
Emily: If it's what's inside that matters, then I have just one word: Cadbury. Is there a greater joy than the smooth, not-too-sweet milk chocolate and crispy sugar shell of a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs? No, there is not. High-quality sugar high right there.
EMILY VAN ZANDT, EVANZANDT@TRIBUNE.COM, @REDEYEDRINKS
VICTORIA RODRIGUEZ, VRODRIGUEZ@TRIBUNE.COM, @VICTORIAROCKS