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Our Favorite Gourmet Easter Candy

With all the delicious candy treats that are available at Easter time, it’s hard to decide which ones are our favorites.  There are the classics like Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, chocolate rabbits, and we can’t forget jelly beans!  But if we’re talking true favorites, there’s none better than decadent and delicious gourmet Easter treats, so let’s dig right in to our faves:

Gardners Chocolate Easter Eggs
Without a doubt, Gardners Chocolate Easter Eggs are hands-down a top Easter candy favorite.  Not only are they gorgeous to look at, but they are also sinfully delicious.  Whether you’re going for the original Peanut Butter Meltaway Egg or one of the newer creations like the Salted Pretzel Meltaway Egg, you will never be disappointed.  In fact, we have customers who wait all year for these delicious treats and buy several to give as gifts or serve as a centerpiece dessert on Easter Sunday.

Zitner’s Chocolate Easter Eggs
For over a century, Zitner’s Chocolate Easter Eggs have been an Easter tradition.  Whether they’re placed in Easter baskets or handed out at egg hunts, these chocolate treats have been favorites of generations.  Their famously rich chocolate and delicious fillings like peanut butter and coconut are sought after every year.  One of the most popular flavors of Zitner’s Chocolate Easter Eggs is their Butter Krak Eggs.  These are filled with creamy, buttery coconut goodness that you have to break through the toasted coconut and dark chocolate shell to enjoy.  A true gourmet Easter treat.

Palmer Double Crisp Chocolate Bunny Lollipop
Here’s a delicious Easter treat that looks are good as it tastes.  Palmer is known for making delicious Easter treats and this is no exception.  With creamy, dreamy chocolate covering a crisp and crunchy center, these Easter lollipops featuring the likeness of Peter Cottontail himself will sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.  Besides a great chocolate treat to put into an Easter basket, these are also great for decorating or an extra-special Easter dessert the whole family can enjoy.

Gardner’s 1lb Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny
No list of gourmet Easter treats would be complete without a chocolate rabbit!  Now around here, we’ve tasted a LOT of chocolate bunnies over the years, but out of all of them, Gardner’s ranks as our favorite.  Their chocolate is just so creamy and delicious that it’s hard to just have one bite, so that’s why we picked a giant ONE-POUND rabbit to put on this list!  Because if we’re being honest… you can never have too much chocolate.  Trust us on this one… if there’s only one chocolate rabbit you’re buying this year, add this one to your cart.

So there you go!  These are our favorite gourmet Easter treats.  But like all seasonal items, they go quick.  Be sure to order your favorites soon because once they’re gone, they’re gone until next year.  So stock up today on traditional Easter candy and of course, gourmet Easter candy.

The Sweet History of the Chocolate Bunny

Chocolate rabbits are one of the most iconic symbols of Easter and have been an essential part of the holiday for many years. They are usually found in many homes, Easter baskets, and candy stores around the world during the season. But have you ever wondered how the tradition of the chocolate bunny began? Well, let’s take a journey through time to discover the history of the chocolate rabbit at Easter.

The earliest mention of Easter in association with rabbits can be traced back to German folklore. The story goes that the goddess Eostre, whose symbol was a rabbit, gave birth to a litter of bunnies every spring. The cute and cuddly creatures were seen as a symbol of new life and rebirth, making them an ideal choice for the spring festival of Easter.

Fast forward to the 19th century, when the first chocolate rabbits began to appear. While the exact origin of the chocolate rabbit is not entirely clear, it is believed to have started in France or Germany. The first chocolate rabbits were made by hand, using molds made from carved wooden shapes. They were luxury items, available only to the wealthy – imagine that!

Reese's Peanut Butter Bunny

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bunny

In the early 20th century, chocolate rabbits became more popular and affordable, thanks to the invention of new chocolate-making techniques. By the 1920s, chocolate rabbits were a widespread Easter candy, enjoyed by people of all ages.

During World War II, chocolate rationing put a damper on the chocolate rabbit tradition, but it didn’t disappear altogether. Instead, people found ways to make their own chocolate rabbits at home. They used simple molds made from cardboard or even tin foil and then decorated them with icing, candy, and other edible embellishments.

After the war, chocolate rabbits made a triumphant return. In the 1950s and 60s, they became more elaborate and creative, with various designs and flavors. They also started appearing in new and exciting packaging, such as foil-wrapped bunnies and Easter baskets filled with chocolate rabbits and other sweets.

A foil-wrapped HERSHEY'S Chocolate Bunny

A foil-wrapped HERSHEY’S Chocolate Bunny

The popularity of the chocolate rabbit has also led to the creation of many Easter-themed treats, such as chocolate eggs, chicks, and even gourmet Easter candy. Many chocolate companies now offer a wide range of Easter-themed products, making it easier than ever to find the perfect sweet treat for the holiday.

Cadbury Mini Eggs

Cadbury Mini Eggs

The history of the chocolate rabbit at Easter is a fascinating one. From its origins in German folklore to its current status as a worldwide Easter tradition, the chocolate rabbit has undergone many changes and transformations. It has weathered wars and chocolate shortages and continues to bring joy to people of all ages. Whether you prefer a simple milk chocolate bunny or an elaborate chocolate sculpture, the chocolate rabbit remains an essential part of Easter celebrations. So this Easter, why not indulge in a sweet treat and enjoy a delicious chocolate rabbit?

Jelly Beans: A Century-Old Treat and Easter Candy Favorite

It’s almost Easter, and you know what that means!  Plenty of delicious Easter candy is now in stock including an all-time favorite – jelly beans.  Jelly beans are a classic candy that has been around for over a century, but their history and connection to Easter might surprise you.

Jelly beans were first created in the late 19th century by an American candy maker named William Schrafft. Schrafft was known for his fancy chocolates and sugar candies, but he wanted to create a new type of candy that was smaller and easier to eat. He came up with the idea of making small, bean-shaped candies that were made from a sugar shell and a soft, chewy center.

At first, jelly beans were only available in a few flavors, like lemon, lime, and orange. They were also sold by the pound, rather than in pre-packaged bags. Despite their humble beginnings, jelly beans quickly became popular with both kids and adults, and their popularity only continued to grow over the years.

The association between jelly beans and Easter is a bit more complicated. There are a few theories about how jelly beans became connected to the holiday, and each one has its own unique story.

Brach’s Classic Jelly Beans

One theory is that jelly beans became associated with Easter because of their egg-like shape. Eggs have long been a symbol of new life and rebirth, which are themes that are closely tied to Easter. By the early 20th century, jelly beans had become a popular Easter candy, and they were often given as gifts or used to decorate Easter baskets.

Another theory is that jelly beans became associated with Easter because of their connection to the popular game of “egg rolling.” Egg rolling is a tradition that dates back to ancient times, and it involves rolling eggs down a hill or other inclined surface. In some parts of the world, jelly beans were used as a replacement for real eggs in egg-rolling competitions. Over time, this practice may have helped to cement the connection between jelly beans and Easter.

Regardless of how they became connected to Easter, there’s no denying that jelly beans are still a beloved part of the holiday. Today, you can find jelly beans in a variety of flavors and colors, and they continue to be a favorite treat for kids and adults alike.

One interesting thing about jelly beans is that they have actually played a role in some historic events. For example, during the 1980 presidential election, Ronald Reagan famously kept a jar of jelly beans on his desk. The story goes that Reagan had quit smoking years earlier and had taken up eating jelly beans as a way to help him kick the habit. The jelly beans became so closely associated with Reagan that they even inspired a new flavor: “Ronald Reagan Jelly Belly beans,” which were red, white, and blue.

Jelly beans have also made appearances in popular culture over the years. In the Harry Potter series, jelly beans are featured as a popular candy called “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.” These jelly beans come in a variety of flavors, some of which are quite unusual, like “earwax” and “vomit.” While these flavors might not be the most appetizing, they add a fun and whimsical element to the story.

Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Beans

Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Beans

If you’re a fan of jelly beans, you might be interested to know that there are even some unique and unusual flavors out there. In recent years, Jelly Belly has started experimenting with new flavors, like “buttered popcorn” and “ice cream flavored.” While these might not be for everyone, they certainly add some variety to the classic candy.

Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Jelly beans have certainly come a long way since their humble beginnings. Today, they are enjoyed by millions of people around the world, and they continue to be a popular treat for Easter and other holidays. Whether you prefer the classic flavors or the more unusual ones, there’s no denying that jelly beans are a timeless candy that will always hold a special place in our hearts (and stomachs).

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth with the Latest Treats from Outer Space and Beyond!

Attention all candy lovers! Get ready for a journey into the sweetest galaxy as we explore the latest and greatest treats that are out of this world.

Astronaut Foods Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwiches
First up, we have the legendary Astronaut Foods Freeze-Dried Ice Cream Sandwiches. That’s right, you can now enjoy the creamy, dreamy, and delicious taste of ice cream while floating through the cosmos – or your living room. These ice cream sandwiches are made with 100% real ice cream sandwiched between two crunchy cookies. And the best part? They’re freeze-dried, which means they won’t melt, even in the scorching heat of space!  Available in vanilla and Neapolitan.

Gardner’s Peanut Butter Meltaway Minis
Next, we have Gardner’s Mini Peanut Butter Meltaways. These sweet chocolate-peanut butter bites are perfect for snacking and they’re only 35 calories each! Each peanut butter meltaway is coated in rich milk chocolate and features a center of the creamy, smooth peanut butter that Gardner’s is famous for. We have to warn you tho… be sure to order more than one bag!  These treats are irresistible!


Twix Cookie Dough and Milky Way Cookie Dough Bars
Do you love cookie dough? Then you’ll love the latest creations from Twix and Milky Way: the Twix Cookie Dough and the Milky Way Cookie Dough candy bars. The Twix version features a creamy, cookie dough-flavored creme layer that’s infused with cookie bits and then layered with the famous Twix cookie. All of this goodness is then encased in a layer of smooth and creamy milk chocolate with bits of chocolate cookies.

The Milky Way Cookie Dough candy bar features a gooey, cookie dough center that’s smothered in a layer of rich, chewy caramel, and then wrapped up in a blanket of creamy milk chocolate making this the most irresistible Milky Way bar you’ve ever tasted.

So, there you have it, folks! The latest and greatest treats from outer space and beyond. Whether you’re a fan of freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter meltaways, or cookie dough, these new candies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. So, grab a bag, take a bite, and let your taste buds soar to new heights!

Be sure to always check our “New Candy” page for all the latest sweets arriving daily in our huge candy warehouse.





Chocolate Coins: A St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

Chocolate coins have a long and rich history, dating back to the 19th century. They have been used as a symbol of wealth, as currency, and as a sweet treat, and they have played a significant role in many cultures and traditions around the world.

The origins of chocolate coins can be traced back to the 1800s when they were first produced in Europe. At the time, chocolate was a luxury item and was often used as a form of currency. Chocolate coins were created as a way to make the exchange of money more fun and appealing, and they quickly became a popular item in Europe.

The first chocolate coins were made from high-quality chocolate and were stamped with various designs and symbols, such as the face of a king or queen. Over time, the chocolate coins became more decorative, and many featured intricate designs and intricate images. Some of the most popular designs included the national emblem of the country, the image of a famous historical figure, and the image of a mythical creature.

One of the first uses of chocolate coins was as a currency for children. In Europe, it was common for children to receive a small amount of money from their parents or grandparents, which they could then use to buy sweets and other treats. The chocolate coins made this process more fun and appealing, and children often collected them as a way to show off their wealth.


In the 20th century, chocolate coins began to be produced on a larger scale, and they were soon being used in a variety of different ways. For example, they were often given as gifts at holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day, and they were also used as a way to reward children for good behavior or academic achievement.

One of the most popular uses of chocolate coins was as part of a tradition on St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated on March 17th each year, and it is dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.

One of the most popular traditions on St. Patrick’s Day is the giving of gifts, and chocolate coins have become a popular gift for children and adults alike. On St. Patrick’s Day, children often receive a small bag of chocolate coins, which they can use to buy sweets and other treats. Adults also often exchange chocolate coins as a way to show their appreciation for their friends and family.

Today, chocolate coins are still a popular item around the world, and they continue to be used in a variety of different ways. They are still used as a form of currency, as a gift, and as a symbol of wealth, and they continue to play a role in many cultures and traditions, including St. Patrick’s Day.

Whether giving chocolate coins is a long-standing tradition in your family, or you’re looking to start a new one, be sure to pick up a bag or two!

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