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Take a trip down memory lane with these nostalgic Easter candies. Think back to childhood about those special Easter candies you waited to receive each year in your Easter basket.

The nostalgia factor is huge when it comes to treats such as jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and eggs, Cadbury Creme Eggs, or the all-time favourites like Peeps chicks and bunnies. Peeps eggs have been added to the line-up in addition to new flavour twists on the standard Peeps chick which have been produced the last few years.


Chocolate bunnies

You just can't have Easter without a chocolate bunny in your basket! Bunnies and Easter have gone together since Easter's days as a fertility festival. Chocolate bunnies are either solid chocolate or a hollow chocolate shell. They can be any size, but the important thing is that the bunny has large ears which should be eaten first.

There are many companies which produce chocolate Easter bunnies, Hershey's and Lindt being among the most common.

Chocolate eggs

Chocolate eggs are a popular candy for Easter baskets. These eggs are typically solid chocolate. They are of a small size and covered in a colourful foil wrapper sure to delight the recipient.

There are many companies which produce chocolate Easter eggs, Lindt being among the most common.

Jelly beans

Jelly beans have their origins in a Middle Eastern confection called "Turkish Delight". This consists of pureed and dried fruit and nuts which has been cut into convenient squares to eat. The addition of a candy coating made this sweet treat shelf-stable, and thus, the jelly bean was born.

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Jelly beans became a widespread treat in America during the early Twentieth Century when they became irrevocably linked to Easter and Easter baskets due to their egg shape.

Jelly bean colours and flavours are fairly standard across the basic brands:

Cadbury Creme Eggs

Cadbury Creme Eggs are egg-shaped hollow chocolate shells filled with a cream-like sugar filling that resembles an egg yolk. The first filled eggs were produced by Cadbury in 1923, but it wasn't until 1971 that the Creme Egg assumed its current form.

Over the years the line has expanded to include eggs in varying sizes, and flavoured eggs such as Caramel Eggs, Orange Creme Eggs, and Mint Creme Eggs have been produced for different markets. Cadbury Creme Eggs remain one of the perennially popular Easter treats for Easter baskets.

Marshmallow Peeps

Peeps have been produced by the Just Born company since 1953. Prior to that time, the Rodda Candy Company hand-made marshmallow chick confections for sale, but when the Just Born company took over, the process was transformed to mass-produced candies. The original yellow chick shape and colour is what gave the candy its name -- Peeps!

Gradually other colours of Peeps were added to the line, along with the bunny shape. They are always an Easter basket staple!

Panoramic sugar eggs

Sugar eggs are a remnant of Victorian-era Easter. They are eggs carefully crafted of sugar, then hollowed out to provide space for a peepshow scene inside. If stored carefully, they can last for years and become a favourite seasonal Easter decoration. They are however quite fragile and prone to breakage if not handled carefully.

Though rare in confectionery shoppes today, there are many skilled crafters online who sell these eggs. Molds are also available so that sugar eggs can be made at home by anyone with sufficient patience to try.

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