Spring has sprung!
Spring is here, and that means Easter is just around the corner. There are many cherished Easter traditions from the Easter bunny to dying eggs to chocolate and candy filled Easter baskets.
Easter ranks number two, behind Halloween, for the best-selling candy holiday. Just as the traditions so back many years, so do the popular chocolate candies that symbolize this holiday. Chocolate eggs date back to 19th century Europe. Eggs are associated with Easter as a symbol of new life and in the Christian religion, Jesus’ resurrection. Today chocolate eggs can be found in large or small sizes and are found in hollow varieties or filled with many delicious combinations.
Another popular Easter candy is the Jelly Bean, which became associated with Easter in the 1930s. Though jelly beans origins date back much further, over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the United States each year for Easter according to the National Confectioners Association. That is enough candies to fill a giant egg measuring 89 feet high and 60 feet wide! That’s one big Easter egg if you ask us!
In the past decade, the marshmallow Peep has been the top-selling non-chocolate candy for the holiday. This candy started out in Bethlehem, PA as handmade, marshmallow flavored, yellow chicks, but have evolved in shape and in flavor. Today even a chocolate mousse, bunny shaped Peep can be purchased. We have found that the Peeps taste great perched on our chocolate covered pretzels.
The most popular candy for Easter baskets might be the Chocolate Bunny. The rabbit is a symbol of fertility and new life, making it an easy fit for the rituals of spring and Easter. The first edible bunnies surfaced in Germany in the 1800s. These were baked pastries that were hidden in nests around the house and garden for kids to find in celebration of the arrival of spring. The first American manufacturer to produce a chocolate bunny was Whitmatns Chocolate in 1842. The popularity of this confection picked up in the 20th century. Today many varieties of this treat can be found, in flavors from white chocolate to caramel to
bunnies with a hollow center. The most interesting fact about this candy maybe the way you chose to eat it. More than 75% of Americans bite of the ears first.
No matter which way you bite into this holiday it’s sure to be sweet. Visit our store for our selection of pre-made Easter baskets or make your own with our wide selection of chocolates, cake pops, chocolate covered pretzels and more!