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My Favorite Easter Candy Gifts

Updated on December 12, 2017

A Collection of Popular Easter Candy Classics

As the battle between Peeps and chocolate Easter bunnies rages on for Easter candy world domination, let's take a peek at how it all began.

Images of rabbits and eggs have been used for hundreds of years as symbols of fertility in secular and religious celebrations world- wide.

In many parts of the world, spring is a time of rebirth and renewal and a time for awakening from a long winter's nap.

Regardless of the reason for celebration, Easter candy has firmly supplanted itself as one of the most candy consuming holidays of the year, ranking just behind Halloween and quite a bit ahead of Valentine's Day.

Let's take a look at how it got that way. Or at least one version of the story!

Simpsons Easter Basket
Simpsons Easter Basket | Source

Easter Candy Beginnings

Hot Cross Buns and Pretzels? How Boring...

Whether celebrated as a religious or secular holiday, Easter appeals to most due to its connotations of rebirth and renewal.

Although hard to pinpoint exactly, it is commonly believed that the exchange of gifts during the Easter season goes back many centuries, and is reported to actually have it's beginnings with the tradition of sharing hot cross buns and pretzels.

Americans spend upward of $1.9 billion (yes billion) each year on Easter candy. This is just behind the mega-candy holiday that Halloween has become. An average family spends around $150 a year on Easter candy and baskets.

Here is my list of Easter candy favorites:

Handmade Hot Cross Buns
Handmade Hot Cross Buns | Source

1. Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Regardless of how you choose to consume your bunny rabbit, today's choices range from hollow shelled treats to solid varieties made of dark, white, and milk chocolates. There are also sugar-free varieties for those watching their calories. The number of fillings is impressive as well, with flavors to appease the sweet tooth of any Easter bunny fanatic.

Since their early pastry and sugar beginnings in 1800's Germany to today's wide varieties of flavors and fillings, the chocolate Easter bunny remains a must have item for your Easter celebrations!

Chocolate Easter Bunny Joke
Chocolate Easter Bunny Joke | Source

2. Marshmallow Peeps

Although not the "must have" item that chocolate Easter bunnies are, Peeps have none the less become a cult favorite of many, and deserve a spot at the top of any serious list of Easter candies.

The first Easter peeps were of the yellow chick variety, and in 1954 the Just Born candy company started mass producing them, having invented a method that drastically reduced the time it took to make them by hand. Merely a year earlier women were making them by hand and they were taking up to 27 total hours to make just one.

Nowadays people have several varieties to choose from, and peeps are made for all major holidays and in several festive colors.

As for how to eat them, some folks like to age them for a few months and others like them dipped in chocolate. They are also good frozen, and some people have even microwaved them.

Regardless of how you eat them, Peeps have become an Easter classic and are enjoyed by generations of kids and adults.

Chick Peeps of Many Colors
Chick Peeps of Many Colors | Source

3. Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans are believed to have been first associated with Easter in the 1930's, although their popularity originally came about during the Civil War.

The Jelly Belly brand of Jelly Beans are currently the leading seller in the market, and they are now considered a staple of the modern Easter basket.

Easter Jelly Beans
Easter Jelly Beans | Source

4. Chocolate Easter Eggs

As far as Easter baskets go, chocolate Easter eggs are also a gotta have item. Along with a chocolate bunny, milk chocolate Easter eggs should be in every Easter basket or candy dish.

Nothing adds color to an Easter basket like foil-wrapped chocolate Easter eggs. Spread out in the bottom of a basket, or offered in a festive candy bowl, chocolate Easter eggs go a long way towards satisfying that springtime sweet tooth.

At first, chocolate Easter eggs were made solid, as this was easier than producing hollow ones. Modern chocolate producing methods have made it possible for the average Easter candy lover to now enjoy what was once a treat reserved for the upper crust of society.

Foiled Chocolate Easter Eggs
Foiled Chocolate Easter Eggs | Source

5. Malted Milk Robin Eggs

One of my all time favorites, these crunchy and delicious malted milk treats are as fun to eat as they are to look at. The outer speckle coating melts away when licked, providing your lips and tongue with a splash of color.

You are then left with no other option but to crunch through the inner candy shell to get to the milk chocolate that surrounds a great tasting malted milk center.

Mix these in with Jelly Beans and foil wrapped chocolate eggs for a fun and colorful bottom of any Easter basket.

Malted Milk Robin Eggs
Malted Milk Robin Eggs | Source

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What's Your Favorite Easter Candy?

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© 2012 Hal Gall

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I can eat jelly beans any time of the year, any hour of the any color of the rainbow...

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      Love your Easter candy and colorful thoughts of Spring, I can't wait!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      l like chocolate easter eggs.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Oh my. Is it getting to be that time of year already. I'm really looking forward to my annual Easter candy binge.

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      CruiseReady 4 years ago from East Central Florida

      Agree wholeheartedly with CosmeticMom.

      As for the candies. I never really cared for the peeps or marshmallowy ones, but sure do like the rest!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @shellys-space: It puts a smile on your face :)

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love your chocolate bunny poster!!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love anything made of chocolate for Easter. It has to be chocolate!

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      Thanks for including Peeps. I'm addicted to them. I never heard of freezing them, though. Now I'm going to try that!

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      LocalImpact 5 years ago

      Reese Peanut Butter Eggs....Yummy

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I just love chocolate bunnies.. and especially with peanut butter inside!!! :) YUM!

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @RosaMorelli: :)

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      RosaMorelli 5 years ago

      Oooh! You've made me long for one of those dark chocolate Easter bunnies now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kids are all grown up now but they still love their Easter Peeps!