March 5, 2008

Candy Snob's Easter Gift Guide

Picture1.jpgMarch is upon us, which means Easter is almost here! The choices for Easter candy are nearly endless. But here are some of our favorites. We've divided up the guide into categories to make your shopping a little easier - picking out the best Easter bunnies, Easter chocolates, sugary treats, jelly beans, gourmet Easter candy and more for your Holiday enjoyment.

lindt gold bunnies.jpgEASTER BUNNIES
The gold standard for bunnies is, naturally, a Gold Bunny, by Lindt. Its made with the delicious, super-fresh milk chocolate we've come to expect from Lindt (one of our favorite mass-market gourmet chocolate makers). Gold bunnies are sure to add a little extra class to any Easter basket. Check them out here.

We also like the truffle-filled 3-pack of bunnies from Dan's Chocolates. There are two milk and one dark easter bunnies in each box, and they have a soft truffle filling. Speaking of 3-packs, if you like milk and white chocolate, we also like Harry London's Assorted Chocolate Easter Bunnies.

And last but not least, we you simply can't go wrong with any of the Gourmet Chocolate Easter Bunnies from Lake Champlain, but we recommend the Classic Dark Chocolate Easter Bunny.

lindt lamb.jpgCHOCOLATY EASTER BASKET FILLERS
An Easter basket wouldn't be complete without the chocolaty, gooey goodness of Cadbury Creme Eggs.But we also recommend Lindt Mini Lambs which provide extremely rich and yummy milk chocolate morsels. We also like these because they're lambs, which changes things up from the same old bunnies and chicks.

peeps.jpgSUGARY EASTER BASKET FILLERS
Really, there's only one way to go if you want a sugary treat in an Easter basket, and that's with the venerable favorite, Marshmallow Peeps.We actually like to open the cellophane and let them get a little stale, it adds to the texture of the Peep, believe it or not.

If you want something other than a peep, we also recommend something that hearkens back to our childhood - the Deluxe Sugar Egg. Its beautiful in its diorama presentation, but edible, what could be better for Easter.

jelly beans.jpgJELLY BEANS
Every Easter basket needs jelly beans, period. But there are a few directions you can go. First, the gourmet route, in which case we like Jelly Belly. Predictable perhaps, but you can't beat the small beans, great texture and terrific flavor categories such as Smoothie, Tropical and Soda Pop Shoppe. If you're going to go the fruity route, make sure you go with unique and tasty fruit flavors. Teenee Beanee has a fruit mix with La Jolla Lemon, Napa Grape, Chesapeake Cherry, Savannah Strawberry, Indian River Orange, and Laredo Lime. But we're personally partial to spiced jelly beans. And there's no better than Brach's in our opinion. A classic with mint flavors, cinnamon, licorice and more.

treasureEgg_feature.jpgTHE GOURMET EASTER BASKET
Take care of the whole thing with Easter Chocolate Baskets from Lake Champlain, or do it piecemeal. We think the Chocolate Carrot is a fun idea to accompany your Easter Bunny. And we think the Treasure Surprise Easter Egg is just beautiful. We also recommend the 8 Truffle Eggs in an Easter Egg Box from Ethel's Chocolates.


deluxe150.jpgTHE VINTAGE EASTER BASKET
If you have someone that will appreciate classic candies, the Big Tips Deluxe is the perfect gift. The package includes 45 classic bars including: Mallo Cup, Clark Bar, Idaho Spud, Peanut Chews, Goo Goo Cluster, Big Cherry, Twin Bing, U-NO, Sky Bar, Nut Goodie, Old Faithful, Salted Nut Roll, Bun Bar, Mountain Bar, and Rocky Road. And...a copy of the ultimate candy history book, Candy: The Sweet History.

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Posted by Bob Wallace at March 5, 2008 2:16 AM
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