It is arguably my favorite time of year….the snow melts, the trees start to bud, baseball is around the corner, and everyone comes out of hibernation. You guessed it….it’s Spring! That glorious season where the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and you’re finally able to get outside and have some fun. Did I miss anything? Oh, right….and Easter is right around the corner!
I have very fond childhood memories of waking up in the morning to an awesome Easter basket waiting for me on my dresser. I’d rather not say how long this tradition lasted (my parents still send an Easter basket each year), but I have proudly continued this tradition with my own kids. There was nothing better than rifling through the basket and seeing what kind of candy was inside. There were always the classics, jelly beans, chocolate bunny….but sometimes the folks tried to get creative and went out on a limb with new experiments. Let’s not talk about a dark time in 1994 when Whoppers “Robin Eggs” found their way into my basket. Anyway, today we’re going to set the record straight with the Lighthouse Power Rankings of the best Easter candy you could find in your basket this year. Let’s get started…..
Let me start by saying….I despise Peeps. But I know they have a serious cult following and they need to be included on this list. But they come in last at #10 for a reason…they’re gross. P.S. “Peeps Milk” and “Peeps Eggnog” was released earlier this year so that may haunt my dreams for a while.
#9 Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs
Nothing fancy here….just chocolate and marshmallow. And probably nothing you would eat any other day of the year than Easter, but for that day it’s a hit.
#8 Jelly Beans (it’s complicated)
You probably expected jelly beans to be closer to the top 3…and I don’t blame you! However, the evolution of the jelly bean has created a complicated situation that needs to be broken down a bit. If you’re a fan of the old school generic jellybean (think red, orange, green, yellow, black) then you may not like what I have to say here. The old school jelly bean is what’s killing it’s spot on this power ranking list. They’re boring and kind of bland. However, the evolution of the jelly bean has exploded over the past decade with the introduction of Starburst, Nerds, Jolly Ranchers….just to name a few! With such a vast array of jelly beans on the market, it’s nearly impossible to rank them better than #8 on this list due to the inherent differences with each one.
#7 Easter Pastel M&M’s
Strong clarification here….peanuts! There’s a distinct difference between regular M&M’s and Peanut M&M’s so for the purpose of being completely transparent we’re putting Easter Pastel Peanut M&M’s at #7 here. It’s a solid ranking for a fun twist on an everyday candy.
#6 Chocolate Bunny
I’d like to remain neutral on the preferred brand for this classic Easter candy. Whether you’re a Lindt, Russel Stover, or even a Snickers chocolate bunny fan…it’s all good to me. However, do NOT put the hollow chocolate bunny in my basket. That thing is a Trojan Horse that looks the part of a delicious solid bunny, but is nothing more than an imposter. Shame on the hollow bunny!
#5 Butterfinger Nest Eggs
It’s always nice to see a newcomer gain some traction on the Easter Power Rankings list. We all know Butterfinger and the tremendous work they do with their candy bar. Well, they’ve ventured into the high stakes world of Nest Eggs and they’ve created themselves a winner. If you haven’t given them a shot….it’s time to call them up to the majors.
#4 Snickers Eggs
Similar to Butterfinger, Snickers is a champion in the world of candy bars and a few years back they did what most said couldn’t be done….they egged out. Now, Snickers Eggs are gracing the Easter baskets of young children around the globe.
#3 Cadbury Mini Eggs
Cadbury. They literally do ONE THING….Easter. They have a hand full of products that are only available around this time of year and once Easter is over Cadbury fades back into obscurity. However, if the Easter Bunny is delivering baskets you best believe that Cadbury is taking up serious real estate there. These mini eggs can make their case for #1 overall, but we’re going to place them at #3 with solid footing.
#2 Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
I can’t tell if the egg shape just naturally lends itself to a more peanut buttery taste, or if the rounded sides are actually increasing the peanut butter to chocolate ratio, but the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg is a superstar. Think of the importance Derek Jeter had for the Yankees for the past 20 years. That’s what the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg has meant to Easter.
#1 Cadbury Creme Eggs (and Caramel Eggs)
Hands down! I don’t want to hear any complaining about the taste of the filling, or whining about the texture, blah blah blah. That’s why I included the Caramel Eggs here….for those people. We already touched on how Cadbury owns Easter and then goes back into hibernation for 12 months. The Cadbury Creme & Caramel Eggs are the reason why they’re able to do that. From the thin foil wrapping to the coloring of the “yolk”, the Cadbury Creme Egg is King of Easter and shows no sign of slowing down!
So when you’re sitting at the dinner table this Easter and you’re engaged in a serious debate on the best Easter candy on the market, feel free to share any of these thoughts with your loved ones. Or, if you think I am WAY OFF here….tell me about it! Send me an email at email@example.com or comment below with your Power Rankings and we’ll share your responses here!
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