From Bunnies to Peeps, Chicks, and Chocolate Eggs: Our Top 5 Easter Treats for Spring

Looking for tasty treats to serve this Easter weekend? Crave Local has you covered with everything you need to satisfy a springtime sweet tooth.

Our sources tell us the top 5 candies and sweets your guests will expect for Easter are:

  1. Cadbury Eggs
  2. Marshmallow Peeps
  3. Chocolate Bunnies
  4. Jelly Beans
  5. Robins Eggs

To keep things simple, our recipe team has compiled our list of the web’s best Easter chocolates and treats for you to make at home.

Chocolate-Cadbury-creme-eggs-Instructables#1 – Chocolate (Cadbury) Eggs

The recipe is incredibly simple!  The molding takes some time and patience, but if you’re not concerned about looks, these chocolate creme filled eggs are easy to crank out, and possibly more delicious.

Chocolate Filled Eggs

  • 170g (1/2 cup) light corn syrup (or golden syrup if you’re across the pond)
  • 58g (1/4 cup) butter, room temperature
  • 375g (3 cups) confectioner’s powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • yellow food coloring
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips

See the instructions and ideas on chocolate egg pops here.

#2 – Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

This recipe from A Farm Girl’s Dabbles called for white chocolate coating, as well as a marshmallow base. Not your typical peeps, but certainly a step up from whatever those store bought things are made from.
For the Marshmallow Base:
  • powdered sugar, for coating pan
  • 2/3 c. water, divided
  • 3 (1/4 oz.) envelopes unflavored gelatin (found by the Jell-O at the grocery store)
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

See the rest of the recipe here at: A Farm Girl’s Dabbles

jacques-torres-chocolate-bunny-epicurious#3 – Chocolate Bunnies

This recipe from Jacques Torres for Epicurious gives tips on how to create a beautiful molded chocolate bunny. He recommends sticking with a  modern plastic mold, and trying out your skills at least once before presenting this candy treat to guests. It’s a messy, challenging process, but well worth the effort once you get it down.

Elegant Chocolate Bunny Recipe
  • 4 ounces cocoa butter (optional)
  • Food coloring powder (optional)
  • 2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, tempered

See more chocolate tips from Jacques Torres, and the recipe instructions here.

Chocolate-Bunny-Cookies-freefuneasterChocolate Bunnies – The Easy Way

This particular chocolate bunny recipe is super simple and easy to make. It only calls for three ingredients, allows for freehand ‘drawing’ of the bunny (versus molds, which can require a bit of skill), and you could easily substitute with any thin, round cookie to change up the flavor combination (We’re thinking Girl Scout Samoan or Thin Mint!).

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Almond Bark, melted
  • Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  • Mini Marshmallows

See the instructions for chocolate bunnies here.

#4 – Jelly Beans

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If you’ve ever thought about making your own homemade jelly beans, fair warning-they’re a bit of a challenge. However, this recipe from Ehow gives you all the steps and tools you’ll need to take on the task. If you’re not sure about what flavor to try, we hear juicy pear or margarita are popular flavors with the adult crowd.Jelly Bean Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 oz. gelatin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup juice
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil
  • Jelly bean pans (molds) or cookie sheets
  • Saucepan
  • Stainless steel pot with lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cooking thermometer

See the rest of the recipe here.

#5 – Robins Eggs

Robins-egg-truffles-rookno17Last on our top 5 Easter treats list is the Robins Egg candy. We love this cocoa dusted white chocolate truffle recipe from Rook No. 17.

Robins Egg Truffle Recipe

  • 9 oz. semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (not “whipping cream” or “half and half”)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (this makes the truffle silkier)
  • 10 oz. white candy bark
  • Blue food coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

Equipment

  • Baking sheet or tray lined with wax paper
  • Cool, damp cloth
  • Candy dipping fork
  • a fine sieve

Get the full recipe here.

For more spring time meals, breakfasts and brunch, or dinner ideas, check out our other recipes on Crave Local.

 

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