I'm doing my utmost to ignore the giant Easter candy displays that have already overtaken every grocery store and drug store I frequent. Of all the holiday candy offered throughout the year, my favorite is definitely the Easter selection.
First of all, I absolutely love Peeps. Sure, they have them for all the holidays now, but the classic chicks and bunnies will always be the "real Peeps" to me. The little sugar-coated marshmallows have quite a fan following, as evidenced by the huge number of websites devoted to them. There's a site devoted to various experiments you can perform on them. There's even a site wherein The Fellowship of the Ring is reenacted using Peeps as characters.
And just so you know, I prefer my Peeps stale. If they're not tough and chewy, they're just not ready for consumption.
As delightful as Peeps are, they don't hold a candle to the ultimate Easter candy - Cadbury Cream Eggs. As a purist, I'm not interested in the chocolate or caramel varieties, only the original ones with centers that resemble real, raw eggs. I know that Cadbury Cream Eggs gross some people out, but those people have not given the delectable confections their proper due. If you think they're too gooey and messy, a little refrigeration does the trick. A few years ago I discovered that Costco sells Cadbury Cream Eggs by the dozen! I believe my last bout of weight gain may have dated from that period.
Other Easter candy honorable mentions:
- Malted milk eggs
- Bunny-shaped circus peanuts in pastel colors
- Cheap jelly beans
- Flat chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs, the cheaper the better
- Solid chocolate bunnies, especially white chocolate ones
- Russell Stover coconut nests (Deserving of extra special super duper honorable mention)