Happy Easter! While most people are planning their dinner menus and getting ready for Easter egg hunts, one thing that is on my mind is eating some delicious Easter candy! Behind Halloween, Easter is actually second in terms of candy sales volume.

But from Cadbury Creme Eggs to chocolate bunnies, did you ever wonder about the origins of iconic Easter candies? Saveur magazine recently released an article chronicling the history of some of these most popular candies. Let’s take a look:

Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Cadbury Creme Eggs: This popular creme-filled egg was invented in 1875, and is a chocolate egg filled with a sweet fondant center. This candy is one that people seem to either love or hate, but they are reminiscent of the chocolate creams that were around centuries ago.

Chocolate Bunnies: Chocolate bunnies can be found in every store around Easter, ranging from bite-sized versions to ones almost 10 inches tall. Chocolate bunnies are made in a mold, which was a method started in the 1830s, becoming more popular in the 1880s and ’90s. In recent years, innovations in chocolate molds have made the process much easier with molding machinery, plastic molds and cheaper chocolate.

Jellybeans candy history

Jelly Beans: These sweet candies first appeared in the 1890s and became an Easter candy thanks to their egg-like shape. Most are made with a starch-based gel, producing a firm and sticky interior and a hard crunchy candy shell.

Peeps: Shaped marshmallows became popular in the 1920s, when companies began mass-producing bunny and chick-shaped versions for Easter. The original Peep came from the Rodda Candy Company based in Pennsylvania, which was later acquired by Just Born. Today, they are produced in dozens of bright colors like pink, blue and purple, along with the original yellow color.

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What’s your favorite Easter candy to find in your basket?

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  1. When I think of Easter candy I always go back to a delight that my father would buy for each of us kids.They were slightly expensive but OH SO GOOD.It was a half pound chocolate egg with a rich buttercream filling and in the very center was a yellow color like the yoke of a real egg.
    It wasd made by a company just recently nput out to pasture by the name of Fanny Farmer.I’ve tried Cadbury, but please not even in the same league.Not even close.
    I used to buy these eggs for my own kids and around Easter time the line went from inside the sore to outside the store evcery year.The people that own that recipe obviously are not in the candy business to make money because they don’t offer these eggs in their line up.

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