The Nutty Chocolatier egg hunt: 13,000 chocolate eggs, one bunny and hundreds of happy kids

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Each year for the past 22 years, Nancy Wenger, owner of Huntsville’s The Nutty Chocolatier, has been putting smiles on the faces of kids every Easter Sunday.

Wenger and family members and friends scatter thousands of eggs in the pioneer village at Muskoka Heritage Place so that young ones, from toddlers to 10 year olds, can fill their baskets. Hidden among are a handful of larger golden eggs that can be turned over to Wenger for a prize: a card that can be redeemed for a special treat from the store.

She does it because she loves it. “It’s the best day. The really little ones are so sweet. They love the mud. They love two eggs, that’s all they have to have to be happy,” she says. “(All of the kids) come out with handfuls, and everyone’s happy.”

More than 600 people eagerly awaited the opening of the gate at Muskoka Heritage Place

More than 600 people eagerly awaited the opening of the gate at Muskoka Heritage Place

A field of eggs greeted the kids. The pioneer village was divided into sections by age group.

A field of eggs greeted the kids. The pioneer village was divided into sections by age group.

Nutty Chocolatier owner Nancy Wenger needed a megaphone to provide directions to the crowd

Nutty Chocolatier owner Nancy Wenger needed a megaphone to provide directions to the crowd

Henley Stroud, 22 months, carefully filled her basket with eggs

Henley Stroud, 22 months, carefully filled her basket with eggs

Vixen Bennett, 2, had lots of eggs to choose from

Vixen Bennett, 2, had lots of eggs to choose from

Emily Paniagua, visiting from Toronto, came dressed for the occasion

Emily Paniagua, visiting from Toronto, came dressed for the occasion

The pioneer village was divided into sections for he egg hunt. Here, the three to four-year-olds scoop up eggs as quickly as they can.

The pioneer village was divided into sections for he egg hunt. Here, the three to four-year-olds scoop up eggs as quickly as they can.

Emily (left) and Isaac Lu found a golden egg, and got a card for a special treat at the Nutty Chocolatier

Emily (left) and Isaac Lu found a golden egg, and got a card for a special treat at the Nutty Chocolatier

Dale Crawford was as enthralled by the sticks and balloons as the eggs

Dale Crawford was as enthralled by the sticks and balloons as the eggs

Nova (left) and Luna Shaver had some fun on MHP's teeter totter after the egg hunt

Nova (left) and Luna Shaver had some fun on MHP’s teeter totter after the egg hunt

Family and friends from The Nutty Chocolatier (from left) Emma Schofield, Victoria Collis, the Easter bunny a.k.a. Abigail Takacs-Tinsley, Dale Wenger, Nancy Wenger, Olivia MacIsaac, Keele Wenger and Cole Wenger were responsible for all of the Easter good cheer

Family and friends from The Nutty Chocolatier (from left) Emma Schofield, Victoria Collis, the Easter bunny a.k.a. Abigail Takacs-Tinsley, Dale Wenger, store owner Nancy Wenger, Olivia MacIsaac, Keele Wenger and Cole Wenger were responsible for all of the Easter good cheer

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you Nancy for your generosity in organizing this wonderful event.
    It is lovely to consider that all the children who participated in this exciting event were at no time staring at a screen.
    Instead they were in the beautiful historic surroundings of Muskoka Heritage Place, out in the fresh air, running around, sharing, making friends and squealing with delight. That is inspiring and heartwarming.

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