It’s a clear sign of spring when the stores begin to trade in the last of their Valentine’s Day chocolates for shelves of marshmallow chicks coated in pastel sugar crystals, colorful plastic eggs filled with sweet surprises and empty baskets waiting to be filled with it all.
For kids and kids at heart it’s hard to resist the simple joy that the sight of a chocolate Easter bunny brings – or the delight that comes with biting its ears clean off.
Sure, it’s readily available to buy, but homemade Easter candy can be just as fun. Try these recreations of classics like Cadbury Creme Eggs, Peeps and jelly beans for a memorable kitchen project that the kids can join in on too. Not only will your candies add extra sweetness to your Easter baskets, but we’re betting they’ll go much faster than the bucket of Cadbury Eggs at the drug store that will be on clearance until June.
We’ve rounded up homemade Easter candy recipes from around the Web, so eggs will be the only thing you have to worry about hunting for this year.
Homemade Easter Candy
These adorable, squishable marshmallow treats have been around for over 60 years. And though there are many devoted Peeps fans out there (myself included), I know quite a few people who buy them just for decoration on Easter because they are so cute.
It’s no secret; Peeps are pretty much sugar dipped in sugar. But that’s why we love them, right fellow Peeps fans? The shopping list is short and aside from a bit of finesse with a piping bag, they are surprisingly easy to make.
This recipe from Southernfatty.com shows the traditional way of making chicks by piping the marshmallow mixture into a masterfully-shaped blob, while this recipe from Food52 uses a mold for chicks and bunnies and explains how you can get creative with some interesting flavors.
If you don’t want to make the marshmallow, you can add some flair to a pack of bunny Peeps by dipping them in chocolate. Go simple and embellish with only a marshmallow for a tail, or dress them up in tuxes.
Peanut Butter Eggs
This Reese’s chocolate peanut butter copycat recipe, featured on AllRecipes, is delicious and simple to make. Does it really get much better than peanut butter covered in chocolate? Top with sprinkles to add some color.
Have fun experimenting with different colors and flavors while making your own jelly beans! As with all confections, the author admits that there may be some trial and error involved in this homemade Easter candy, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be rewarded with a rainbow of beans to serve to your guests.
If you’ve never made and/or tasted Oreo truffles, these Easter eggs and bunnies are the perfect excuse. Made from a mixture of Oreos and cream cheese, the result is a rich, but not-too-rich, addictive ball of goodness. For Easter, the blog Gimme Some Oven uses Golden Oreos to make egg-shaped truffles, which are then dipped in white chocolate and decorated with gel icing.
If you want to up the cute factor and have a bit more time to spare, follow the instruction on One Sweet Appetite to learn how to make these adorable bunny truffles from two classic Oreo truffles and marshmallows.
Cadbury Creme Eggs
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny that Cadbury Creme Eggs are an icon of Easter baskets everywhere, if only for the clucking bunny on the commercial. The classic Cadbury egg is a hollow chocolate egg filled with a sweet and gooey white and yellow fondant center, which mimics the inside of a real egg.
If you’re up for a challenge, go out and grab an egg-shaped chocolate mold from your closest candy making shop or craft store and get cracking on this step-by-step Instructable tutorial for making homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs.
For an impressive dessert to conclude your Easter meal, try these Cadbury Creme look-alike cheesecake-filled chocolate Easter eggs.
Made from melted chocolate, vanilla wafers and mini marshmallows, these super cute bunny backsides are sure to be the life of your Easter party. With the step-by-step photo instructions provided by Hungry Happenings, they couldn’t be easier.
If you would rather leave the candy making to the professionals, use your AAA discount to save on chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies from Fannie May Fine Chocolates, or save on baskets and other treats from 1-800-Baskets.com, Cheryl’s or Fruit Bouquets.com.