My wife says I don’t write for our personal blog nearly enough. Since my last post was December 8th, I’m inclined to agree with her. Of course my life is fairly mundane and I don’t cook nearly as frequently as she does. Plus, since she’s at home right now she has all the time in the world while I am very likely overcommitted in a lot of areas thanks to my recent internship with the National MS Society.
However, I am here today to write to you about one of my favorite things in the world: Easter Candy.
Christmas candy might have it’s moments, but nothing comes close to my love of candies that for some reason only find their way to shelves for the time between Valentine’s Day and Easter.
The third favorite Easter candy has to be the classic Brach’s Jelly Bean. Everyone knows what these are.
I certainly won’t turn down the big ones, but I prefer the smaller ones because they’re about half the size. So you can eat less of them but feel like you’ve eaten a lot. That means the guilt stops you all the quicker.
#3: The mystery candy
I have trouble finding this candy. I have no idea what it’s name is. I can only describe it. I found it on one trip to Dollar General last year, but it’d been a couple years before I saw it again.
It has a soft marshmallow-like inside and it’s covered by a harder candy shell but it’s not crunchy, maybe just a little harder than a Starburst type of texture. They come individually wrapped inside a larger bag and are roughly the size of my thumb. Anyway, it would be my third favorite Easter candy, when I can find it, which is rarely. Though I look for it every year, typically without any luck.
These are sold year round under the name Giant Chewy Nerds, but can be difficult to find. Vending machines and the occasional Walgreens are the only places I’ve seen them for sale, and even then you can only buy them in the small packages that are exorbitantly overpriced and then even more so because it’s a drug store.
The Bumpy Jelly Bean or Giant Chewy Nerd is basically a jelly bean style filling inside of a Nerds flavored candy shell. They are really good. They are more sweet than they are sour like I find Nerds are for me. I’m not that big a fan of the little nerds anymore, but I do enjoy these quite a bit. The only downside is when you get to the end of a bag there are all these little bits that like to get everywhere and stick to your desk really well.
Thank you Miss Spear. It was my sixth grade English teacher that first pointed me towards these as it was her favorite Easter candy as well. She’d bring some in for the class and the rest is history. I’ve probably had a few bags every year, though I’ve gotten to the point I can’t tear through a bag quite like I used to. I have to spread it out over a few days.
It seems I’m not the only person who has a love for the Mini Eggs. When I worked for Target in 2008 I was helping stock the Christmas candy after setting the planogram for the seasonal section. I cracked open a box of Cadbury chocolate candies and got a fantastic whiff of Mini Egg goodness. I exclaimed, “These smell like Mini Eggs!” Around the corner comes this girl who goes, “Did you say Mini Eggs? I love Mini Eggs!” And then proceeded to ask for the bag I was holding. I was like, “Will you marry me?” Okay, not really. But turns out they’ve marketed them at Christmas in a Christmas-y Cadbury bag.
They are chocolate covered in a candy shell. The best way to eat them in my opinion is to put two in your mouth and suck on them for awhile, like you would a Jolly Rancher or other hard candy. After awhile, the heat in your mouth has melted the chocolate inside, so when you do break the candy shell it just falls apart and it’s so good. Plus it extends eating them a little bit too.
So what are your favorite Easter candies?