Some”bunny” Help Me!
So, seriously, let’s talk about Easter candy! Have you checked out this year’s candy selection? You might have seen me over the weekend at my local grocery store, on the floor of aisle 14, after having a severe meltdown over the ridiculous (and never-ending) options between the classics and their contemporary counterparts. Long gone, my friends, are the days when everyone’s Easter basket is filled with your traditional cheaply-made hollow chocolate bunny, jelly beans, yellow chick Peeps and Cadbury Creme eggs. The candy industry is clearly aware that today’s young generation is charmed by variety and whole-heartedly embraces change. Lockstep with today’s youth, candy manufactures are pumping out a myriad of new flavors, shapes, and colors on our coveted classics. With so much to debate, our family started the Easter Candy Challenge- Classic vs. Contemporary.
I’d like to make this very clear! I am not against change and I don’t actually really like those cheaply made hollow chocolate bunnies! I’ll be the first to admit that some of the changes are for the better. However, do we really need over 10 different flavors of Peeps? Has the candy industry gone mad?
I gathered some of my favorite classics and their contemporary counterparts and my family and I put them to the test. What we found may not surprise you.
Bye Bye Bunny
When I was younger the Easter basket was all about the bunny! I don’t think I ever once cared about the quality of confection, at least not until I could spell “confection”. The bigger the bunny the cooler the Easter basket. I remember holding that precious chocolate mold and mapping out my plan of attach. “Ears or bunny tail?” was the question I ‘d ask myself. Of course, I always bit into the ears first.
Today, you can still find plenty of cheaply-made, drug store quality, poorly-confectioned, mass-marketed hollow little bunnies. Some are giant, the kind I wold have dreamed of having when I was little. But, now, right next to these chocolate classics exists a different variety of cottontail. With flavors like strawberry-cream and peach-vanilla, or even just white chocolate, comes a twist to the traditional chocolate bunny.
Bunny Tail Troubles
Each of us bit into the sweet edibles, and I have to emphatically stress, I dislike white chocolate. And, PLEASE, do not try to surprise me with a fruity-flavored wannabe-chocolate confection like the strawberry-cream that I found in the aisle that day. Here’s the breakdown of the showdown: 4 out of 4 of us strongly agree that the quality of confectionary ingredients highly outweighs the size of the bunny. This result might be more related to our age, whereas, I believe that if our panel of judges included a child under the age of 10 years old one of us would be begging for the bigger bunny.
Eggstra Eggstra, Read All About It
If classic is based on age then the Cadbury Creme clearly wins. 64 years older than it’s counterpart, the Whoppers Robin eggs, which were introduced in 1939, are (only) 79 years old, making the delicious cream filled Cadbury Creme (introduced in 1875) specialty a 143 year-old oldie but goodie! Really, the one area all four of us agreed on was that the Cadbury Creme and the Whoppers are the true classics. We also agreed that the Cadbury Caramel egg (1994) was a “bad egg”. The Reeces Pieces eggs were introduced in 1978, but didn’t become popular until 1982 thanks to the movie E.T. and Steven Spielberg.
I, hands-down, would take the Reeces Pieces eggs all day long. These tiny hard-shelled candies filled with a peanut butter flavoring are addicting.
My husband didn’t even sample each of the candies before declaring the Whoppers Robin eggs as his favorite! Argh!!!! I explained the rules in detail. Each contestant must sample each candy and fairly assess the good and bad qualities before declaring his/her favorite. He is such a rule breaker!
My son, much like my husband, quickly declared the Cadbury Creme as his first pick.
My daughter chose the Cadbury Mini eggs (introduced in 1967) as her personal favorite. She likes the thin hard candy coating and milk chocolate center.
Jelly Bean Bust
The classic jelly bean introduced itself circa 1861. This Easter classic is indisputably my daughter’s favorite when challenged against its contemporary couterpart, the Jelly Belly. Created in 1976, the Jelly Belly became popular when President Ronald Regan made it the official White House candy beginning his presidency in 1980. Did you know that the Jelly Belly was also the first candy in space (1983)? Given this information I give this candy the Ultimate Coolest Candy Award!
I can’t tell you how much I despise the classic jelly bean. Given a choice I actually might take cheap white chocolate over a jelly bean. Needless to say, I selected the Jelly Belly, along with my husband and son, who also dislike the jelly bean as much as I do.
I Don’t Want to Hear (or eat) a Peep!
The classic here is the original chick. It was during this time when I was reviewing my Peep options that I fell apart on aisle 14. If I could pin point the exact second, I think it was when I happened upon these Fruit Punch and Party Cake Peeps. I only grabbed 3 new contemporary spins off of our classic, but there were at least 5 others to choose from. The scores of flavors had my mouth watering, and not in a good kind of way. More like, how your tongue waters when you suck on a lemon. The struggle was real. Among the multitude of flavors I had to decide which Peeps were going to make it in the showdown. I’m going to be truly upfront and share that I am not a marshmallow fan unless it is melted or roasted. But, given the rules of the challenge, I committed to sampling each candy. I like coconut, so if I had to select a winner here it would be the coconut chocolate dipped Peeps, so long as I can eat just the chocolate. LOL Both my kids and my husband declared the original peep their all-time favorite.
And the Winner Is…
The classics won by a reasonable margin. With the Jelly Belly’s being the only candy that came in as a majority contemporary favorite, the classics ruled the showdown.
The Sweet Truth!
Could it be possible that we all hold a little special place in our heart for the old classics? Or, are they really just so good that nothing new can take their place? Candy manufactures have been trying for years to come up with creative contemporary twists that seem to have a shelf life as long as its celebrated season.
Family Fun For Everyone!
The Easter Candy Showdown was a hysterically-fun family event that I think any family would have a blast participating in together. It gave us each a time to express our opinions about our candy likes and dislikes and it gave us a topic that we all clearly had much to debate about. If you’re looking for something fun and funny to do with your crew head to your local supermarket and load up your cart. Just wait till you tell you see the look on your kids’ face when you tell them that they are going to play a game where the main rule is they MUST try each candy. May the Easter Candy Showdown continue!!!!
Comment below and share your favorite candy.