A Hop Down Nostalgia Lane : Easter Candy!

While the true meaning of Easter has very little to do with candy, it's ALSO true that  (if you're like me!) the Easter candy we loved as a kid continues to hold a special place in our heart. It's fun to see how much the way we make, enjoy and share Easter candy over the years has changed. Here is a little history on the classics that have left a big mark on our candy calendar, but share your own Easter candy faves and stories below!

1. Peeps

It’s hard to find a photo that does it justice, but original peeps were crafted by hand and had wings. It’s true! Today, the chicks have had their mallowy wings clipped—plus, you can now find all sorts of colors, flavors, and shapes. One thing hasn’t changed much at all though: the recipe, which we’d argue is the one thing that matters most.

 

2. Cadbury Eggs

Before the Cadbury brother’s brought us the blue, red and yellow packaged delights we all know and love today, there was a different egg on the move. Meet Fry’s Creme Egg! Only one known Fry’s Creme Egg remains in existence today, but lucky for us, Cadbury has been bringing us new flavors to love, like Caramel and Oreo® along with their tried and true classic.

 

#3 Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg

One thing my whole family (and most of the world!) can agree on is that Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg is the most perfect balance of chocolate to peanut butter that’s ever existed (or at last been commercially produced). And, did you know the first people to ever taste one was a test group in Pennsylvania back in 1966. For more fun Reese’s egg facts, read on here!

 

#4 Jelly Beans

Before Jelly Belly® hit the scene in 1976 with their first batch of gourmet-flavored candies, all we had were shell-flavored beans. Jelly Belly® perfected the art of flavoring the insides too, causing a flavorquake of far-reaching dimensions to erupt. Today, there are even performance-enhancing Sport Beans® for athletes. Come Easter, though, I’m a sucker for the Tropical Mix or Sours. What say you… are you an old school jelly bean fan or a Jelly Belly® convert?

 

#5 Chocolate Bunnies

The original King of Easter Candydom has to be the one, the many: chocolate-molded bunny. Back in the 1830s when these candies were first made, they were all hand-molded, which was considered a high art of its time. Over the years though, there has been a lot of innovation in chocolate production—some for the better, some for the “meh”. My biggest recommendation when it comes to chocolate bunnies is shop local. Fawn® Candy in Ohio will always have my heart this time of year!

We can think of at least a few more we missed, but now it’s your turn to share! What’s your favorite Easter candy… do you have a memory attached to it that makes it extra-special for you?

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Gabrielle C.
I can't stand the peeps or Cadbury creme eggs. I've always preferred the caramel Cadbury eggs, Reesee eggs, and jelly beans. As a child, I used to get the chocolate rabbits in my easter basket, but I don't buy them as an adult because most are too expensive and I'd rather have something else.
Sandy W.
our family does not celebrate Easter, so we never really purchased much Easter candy. i do like the malt balls eggs though. i cant stand Peeps, they are nasty, just all sugar.
melissa o.
i kind of do crave sweets now :((
Megan W.
eat candy
Betty W.
I miss the coconut cream Easter eggs back when I was a kid growing up. I think RM Palmers made them but it's been so long, I'm not sure who had them now.
Julie E.
I love everything from Lindt and always buy my boys the chocolate "carrots" and bunnies for their Easter baskets. I also recently discovered these truffle sticks :)
Miranda P.
My favorites are Reese's eggs!!!! But there's nothing like buying Peeps for my kids--it's a tradition.
Bernice T.
Easter candy is the best (but not all candy will do for picky people like me). I love, love, love Cadbury Mini Eggs and Reese's peanut butter cup eggs, YUM!!
Cortney M.
Cadbury Mini eggs are my favorite Easter candy.
Vee H.
Reese's Peanut Butter Egg is so delicious. Its at the top of my list for Easter treats!