With chocolate bunnies filling grocery shelves and miniature eggs for sale on book and drug store checkout counters, it's almost impossible not to yield to temptation. When you do give in to your inner Easter bunny, here are our recommendations for making sure you get the most satisfaction. At the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) we collected and tasted as much Easter-themed candy as possible to help you decide what's worth a splurge and also sweet for filling Easter baskets and pleasing little chicks.
Bridgewater Chocolate has super-adorable and delicious handmade chocolate rabbits. We particularly loved its Caramel Bowtie Bunny ($11.25), a bunny head filled with gooey-caramel. If you prefer a full-body bunny, the hollow chocolate Chubby Bunny ($41.75) and Floppy-Eared Bunny ($31.75) are worth the big bucks for the quality of the candy as well as their ooh- and ah-factor. In fact, they were so cute, we hesitated to dig in-but once we did, it was well worth it.
Want to see our full 16 top picks? Be sure to check out our complete candy taste test on the Inside the Institute blog.
Norman Love has jewel-like chocolate egg truffles, each one delicately "painted" to resemble a gorgeous little bird egg ($20). Our preference: the Madagascar Vanilla and Tahitian Caramel flavors.
If sweets that are Kosher for Passover rule in your house, like they do in mine, you'll be happy to know that Bartons Kosher for Passover chocolates are as yummy as ever. The Almond Butter Crunch ($9.95) and Seder Crème Mints ($7.95) are a great choice for after-Seder snacking. And yes, still around: Bartons Almond Kisses ($8.95) so classic that my grandmother remembers eating them at her grandmother's house.
So whether you're looking for treats for yourself or someone you love, there are plenty of offerings to choose from-just try to avoid the sugar stomach ache. Happy Hopping!
-By Kate Statton
What are some of your favorite classic treats? Any new ones that are worth a try? Let us know in the comments!
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