A look at the top picks for Easter’s gooey goodness

Allergy season – and tissue-eating dogs – in full swing

It’s spring and this mom’s fancy turns to … Easter candy. Oh,
please. For people like me (um, candy-o-holics, in case you were
wondering), spring isn’t about flowers and sunshine and green
hills. We don’t care about how the days are getting warmer and
longer and how summer is right around the corner.
It’s spring and this mom’s fancy turns to … Easter candy. Oh, please. For people like me (um, candy-o-holics, in case you were wondering), spring isn’t about flowers and sunshine and green hills. We don’t care about how the days are getting warmer and longer and how summer is right around the corner.

For us, it’s all about the candy. Specifically, Easter candy. And here, in order from least to most favorite, are my top picks for Easter deliciousness.

Peeps

I don’t know what Peeps are made from, but I strongly suspect you will never find a single Peep residing in the natural food aisle at your local grocery store. And while that is just a bit scary, it doesn’t matter once you taste them and realize that Peeps are yummy, gooey and delicious. And those, my friends, are three of the most important Easter food groups. You can’t ask for more from tiny faux chicks. Or tiny faux bunnies. Even if they are colors not found in nature.

Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

Whoever shrank the peanut butter cups was a bona-fide genius, I’m just saying. I mean, what other time can you grab a bag of peanut butter cups and eat like 150? Hello? Only when they’ve been touched by a candy shrink-ray. Really. You could eat an entire bag and still not come close to going into a candy coma.

Robin Eggs

Again, I suspect these are made of something completely unnatural, but I don’t care. They are yummy, pretty to look at, crunchy and tasty too. Plus, they taste like malted milk for which I have an incredible weakness. It’s like you are eating a milkshake.

Jellybeans

Seriously, no candy says “Easter” like jellybeans. OK, maybe chocolate bunnies say “Easter” louder, but jellybeans are a close second. I love these so much I will even eat the black ones – which I believe have more flavor – even if I have to use a white strip on my teeth after I eat them because they stain.

And of course, we can’t forget the Jelly Bean’s little bro – Jelly Belly. Whoever invented these should go into the Sweet Tooth Hall of Fame, along with the person who invented mini peanut butter cups. Seriously, no other candy allows you to be a child and grown-up at the same time. Think about it. You are eating jellybeans. But you can combine them into a flavor that tastes just like a margarita. If someone invented tequila-injected jelly bellies for adults, Jelly Bellies would be the perfect candy.

Cadbury Eggs

Oh. My. Goodness. There is a reason people eat these only at Easter. They are gooey. They are rich. They are filled with the most delicious, decadent, yumminess ever seen in a candy. And yet, you can only eat one or your stomach will revolt. Oh sure, I’ve heard rumors that there are people in far off cities who can eat two or even three Cadbury Eggs in one sitting, but I’ve never met a person capable of doing so. And if you do, I suggest you call the Guinness Book of World Records because Cadbury Eggs are the made of the richest stuff on earth.

Chocolate Bunnies

This is the big daddy of Easter Candy. The King of the Easter basket. The Big Kahuna of Easter. And yet, sadly, so many people get this one thing wrong. Let me just settle the debate right here, right now. You start with the ears. It’s the law. In order to properly eat a chocolate Easter Bunny, one must begin at the top and nibble your way down.

And while we’re on the subject, hollow bunnies are no fun. The best bunny is a solid bunny. The kind where you have to gnaw off the ears. Because you can’t actually bite through the chocolate. That is a proper Easter Bunny. All the rest are just imitations. Trust me. I’m a candy-o-holic. I know these things.

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