Easter candy may be the best time of year if you’re as much of a chocoholic, candy-feign as we are. Just think about it; there’s peeps dipped in chocolate, pectin jelly beans in every flavor imaginable, there’s chocolate eggs, mello-creams, Cadbury cream eggs, and chocolate bunnies, lambs, cows, ducks, etc. Not to mention specialty cookies and cakes that are holiday specific. So, are you drooling yet?
We’ve compiled a list of delicious and decadent holiday gifts to help you narrow down what to put in your basket or someone else’s if you’re feeling generous enough. Don’t live in NYC? Don’t worry some of our Easter favs ship nationwide.
While childhood memories inevitably vary, the common consensus for "Best Easter Recollection" is hands down the vintage “Egg Hunt." With a gross overabundance of rabbit decorations, eggs becoming the temporary currency of choice, and the commercial exploitation of the pagan rituals for fertility and rebirth—what’s not to love about the Easter holiday!
In honor of the occasion, the folks over at Scavenger Hunt USA have paired up with Sidebar to celebrate the holiday (and invoke some nostalgia), via their annual Scavenger Egg Hunt/ Bunnycon! The requirements: bunny attire (ears, mask, full-body suit), a quality crew of seekers, a respectable alcohol thirst, and an insatiable desire to unearth eggs! The $60 ticket includes: complimentary drinks and apps during team registration, the 3-hour hunt, assorted goodness along the way (mini prizes, etc.), as well as 1-hour after party at an undisclosed location—perhaps the egg-quest shall reveal it!
Everyone has their favorite Easter candy, whether you’re Christian and celebrated Easter or not. There’s the Cadbury Eggs, Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Easter M&M’s, Jelly Beans, the famous Chocolate Bunny, and of course the ever-popular- Peeps! We all wait for Easter to come around to finally find our favorite Easter candy; but what’s even better than finding your favorite Easter candy? Finding your favorite Easter Candy on Sale!
Yup, it’s the day after Easter- so you know what that means, 50% off all Easter Candy! Time to stock up for the next month with your marshmallow-filled favorites and in honor on this special day (I’m calling it Easter Candy Sale Day), Joonbug has compiled a quick list of much loved Easter Candy and how they came about. Don’t forget to hit up the supermarkets and convenient stores before the good Peeps and chocolate bunnies are all out!
Where you can find the most fun and easy Easter treats in NYC this year? Here is Joonbug’s Unique Guide to Easter Treats, with just a few days left until Easter to spare:
Varsano’s Chocolate: Delicious local treats, beautifully packaged, and not Godiva prices.
Citarella Market: Scoop up the $12.99 boxes of astonishingly beautiful Easter cookies at this bakery. They're truly GORGEOUS and perfect when you’re stopping by for Easter dinner or brunch where they’ll be tons of kids around!
Easter is right around the corner and you might be looking for some candy to keep your Easter baskets full. Head over to Russian Hill and sift through the selection at The Candy Store.
For the first time ever, the Store is offering customized Easter baskets; choose the container and candy that catches your eye or give them your budget and they'll put a basket together for you. Enjoy perusing the dozens of candy-filled glass jars. You can also get some chocolate bunny-shaped truffles or some candied caramel eggs. Don’t worry about filling your Easter basket with fake plastic grass; the Candy Store has green grass candy that will make your entire basket edible and delicious.
One can always tell Easter is here by the endless rows of pastel colored marshmallow animals in stores like Duane Reade. The affectionately named candy I’m talking about called Peeps usually take over shelves for a few weeks- just long enough to give the kiddies toothaches and cavities.
Recently, the Bouchon Bakery in Manhattan has decided to play copy cat, but with a twist. The bakery has created Peep-inspired lollipops. It’s pretty much a Peep on a stick, but one side is made out of white chocolate. They definitely look cute, but I think the white chocolate is a bit much- a marshmallow covered entirely in sugar doesn’t really need chocolate (but hey, who am I to judge?) They’re available through Easter Sunday, but at $3.50 each, I’m sure only true fans of Peeps will venture out to score one of these.