In the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday, many Christians (and other denominations of the church) participate in Lent. Lent is a 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday in which many Christians prepare for Easter. They often observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Today, members of the church often give up a vice for those 40 days as well.
One vice that often goes: Candy.
Sadly for those who do give up candy, Easter happens to be one of the most prominent seasons for those with a sweet tooth. Not only are Easter baskets filled with treats, there is a slew of candy associated with the holiday that is only around in the 2 months leading up to it. Easter isn't the only time when seasonal candy comes around (although it has the most).
Here are six delicious candies to take advantage of this season:
1. Peeps — Easter/Spring
These little marshmallow guys covered in sugar are about as Easter as you can get. The best way to eat a Peep? Poke holes in the packaging and let them stale. The stale marshmallows adds a little extra chewiness while the sugar hardens for a crispier bite.
2. Cadbury Cream Eggs — Easter/Spring
Decadent isn't a strong enough word to describe Cadbury Creme Eggs. Like chocolate? Like frosting? Well, this is the candy for you. The richness is almostimmeasurable, egg yolk like frosting is hilarious, and the amount of sugar is terrifying. But it wouldn't be Easter without a Cadbury Creme Egg.
3. Reese's Peanut Butter Egg — Easter/Spring
There was a brief period in grad school where I self-appointed myself the nickname "REEESE'S." I pushed hard for it, sending out group text messages that read, "REEEEEEESE'S," hoping the name would stick. It didn't. But given another shot, I would have tried to nickname myself "Reese's Egg." The peanut butter to chocolate ratio (more PB than a regular Peanut Butter Cup) is perfect. So is the candy.
4. Candy Corn - Halloween/Fall
So, aside from Easter candy, the rest of the seasonal/holiday candy kind of stinks. Candy corn is fine if you like bland, boring candy. And no, each color doesn't taste differently, I've asked the OCD people who eat them one color at a time.
5. Candy Canes - Christmas/Winter
If you're a fan of peppermint, then candy canes are the way to go. If not, then go with the Starbursts candy cane (while not really winter-themed, the tropical flavors are delicious).
6. Candy Hearts - Valentine's Day/Winter
I wish these chalk-flavored candies weren't chalk-flavored. The idea behind them is fun and all, but the taste doesn't live up to expectations.
As I went through this list, I noticed that pretty much every candy here is associated with Christian holidays. What did I miss? What other seasonal candies get you excited about the time of year?