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This Is the Best Easter Candy to Fill Your Basket With This Year

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Sugary Salvation

It might not feel like it in this topsy-turvy world, but Easter is right around the corner. That means it’s time to pick out some treats for the kids’ baskets — or stockpile some sugar in your own pantry. After all, it will be months before Halloween again packs shelves full of seasonal treats, and who couldn’t use a pick-me-up these days? Here are several binge-worthy Easter treats, from old favorites to new-fangled goodies we’re dying to try.


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reese's mallow top peanut butter cups
Walmart

Reese's Mallow Top Peanut Butter Cups

$2.98 from Walmart

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We're a little wary that Reese's has decided to mess with a classic like this, but we have to admit that these marshmallow-topped Reese's Cups look pretty tasty. (And if you didn't get the memo, there's also an all-peanut butter version hitting store shelves soon.) 


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Cadbury Shimmer Mini Eggs
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Cadbury Shimmer Mini Eggs

$2.98 from Walmart
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We won’t be stocking up on Cadbury Creme Eggs (ew — sorry, not sorry) but these milk chocolate eggs inside a crispy, shimmery candy shell will definitely find a place on our pantry shelves.


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Kit Kat Lemon Crisp Miniatures
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Kit Kat Lemon Crisp Miniatures

$2.98 from Walmart
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Japan is known for all of its crazy Kit Kat flavors, and while the U.S. remains woefully behind, this cheerful citrus version of the traditional favorite gives us reason for hope — and stockpiling.


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Sour Punch Twists
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Sour Punch Easter Twists

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If Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids had a baby, it would probably look a lot like Sour Punch Twists. These individually wrapped candies are bendy enough to fit in smaller plastic eggs and come in four flavors: grape, lemon, fruit punch, and blue raspberry.


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Russell Stover Dip-It Rabbit
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Russell Stover Dip-It Rabbit

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We’re not sure why this didn’t happen sooner. The only thing more satisfying than biting the ear off a chocolate bunny would have to be dipping it in some peanut butter before inhaling it.

Butterfinger Nest Eggs
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Butterfinger Nest Eggs

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Yes, they're still crispety, crunchety, and peanut buttery. But these eggs have more chocolate than your typical Butterfinger, which means it's easier to gobble them down without those orange flakes going absolutely everywhere. 

Trolli Sour Brite Gummi Bunnies
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Trolli Sour Brite Gummi Bunnies

$2.99 from Target
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Chewy, sugary, and acidic, these colorful cuties are among the most objectionable candies from a dental perspective. (But you were totally planning on enjoying them in moderation, right?)


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Cadbury Caramel Eggs
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Cadbury Caramel Eggs

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Did we mention those traditional fondant Cadbury eggs are gross? (Still not sorry.) But their caramel-filled siblings are totally worth the tooth decay.

Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails
Target

Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails

$1 from Target
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Is it just cleverly marketed cotton candy? Yes. Will we still eat it, pretending we’re on the state-fair midway instead of sitting solo in our fat pants at our kitchen table? Also yes.


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Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

$3.98 from Walmart
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Sure, these classic basket fillers are just Reese’s cups in a different form. So why are they so much more satisfying than their non-seasonal counterparts? (See also: Twix Eggs and Snickers Eggs.) New this year, if "veggies "are more your jam: Reese's shaped like carrots.

Dum Dums Easter Bunny Pops
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Dum Dums Easter Bunny Pops

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It's hard to beat classic Dum Dums, especially when they're shaped like bunnies. They come in four flavors and are a safe bet for anyone searching for nut-free treats. 



Jelly Belly Sparkling Bunny Corn
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Jelly Belly Sparkling Bunny Corn

$2.99 from Jelly Belly
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Candy corn for Easter? The world really has gone mad. We’re guessing this traditional treat would be a little less polarizing if it was always available in these shiny, happy spring colors.

Dove Springtime Mix
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Dove Springtime Mix

$9.98 from Walmart
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Made with Dove’s signature silky-smooth chocolate, this is the grown-up Easter candy that stays hidden in the pantry, where it will be inhaled out of sight of children. Not that we speak from experience.

Peeps Froot Loop-Flavored Chick Pop
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Peeps Froot Loop-Flavored Chick Pop

$2.19 from Target
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How do you make these sticky, sickly sweet sugar-coated marshmallows marginally less offensive? Make them taste like everyone's favorite childhood cereal. 


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Lindt Chocolate Carrots
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Lindt Chocolate Carrots

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Well, carrots are good for you, yes? That’s what we’ll tell ourselves as we unwrap another one of these super-cute hazelnut-flavored treats.

Starburst Original Jelly Beans
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Starburst Original Jelly Beans

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Regular jelly beans? Meh. Jelly beans that taste like fruity, chewy Starbursts? Yes, please. Just don’t let one handful turn into five (or do … but brush your teeth).

Swedish Fish Eggs
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Swedish Fish Eggs

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Swedish Fish are addictive and largely allergen-free, making them a year-round go-to. The Easter version includes eggs (as the package points out, “Fish lay eggs too, ya know!”) that come in orange, lemon, and lime, too.

Russell Stover Marshmallow Eggs
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Russell Stover Marshmallow Eggs

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For our money, these chocolate-dipped treats with a fluffy marshmallow filling are the only truly acceptable form of marshmallow Easter candy (sorry, Peeps).

Impossible Egg Hunt Skittles
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Impossible Egg Hunt Skittles

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Full disclosure: These are your run-of-the-mill Skittles, but with clever "camouflage" packaging. Flip the packets over and they'll blend in with tree bark, grass, asphalt, and more. Basically, these are the ultimate candy-hunt pick for lazy parents. Sold.

Archer Farms Caramel Bunny Kisses Trail Mix
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Archer Farms Caramel Bunny Kisses Trail Mix

$3.69 from Target
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Trail mix can’t be that bad for us, right? Kindly ignore the caramel-flavored chocolate chips, white chocolate caramel cups, and white chocolate peanuts and pretzels that dominate this limited-edition treat.

Hershey’s Cookies and Creme Easter Bunnies
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Hershey’s Cookies and Creme Easter Bunnies

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Love it or hate it, white chocolate is a lot more appealing when it’s embellished with chocolate cookies and shaped like a bunny.

Reese’s Pieces Eggs
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Reese’s Pieces Eggs

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You really just get us, Reese’s. Chocolate, peanut butter, and crunchy Reese’s Pieces thrown in the mix for good measure? Yes, yes, and yes.

Lindt Milk Chocolate Chicks
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Lindt Milk Chocolate Chicks

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We thought the chocolate bunnies were adorable, but then we saw the chicks. In fact, there is something about this little guy’s earnest gaze that makes us almost not want to eat him. Almost.

Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs
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Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs

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Whoppers are always among the last candies to disappear from our trick-or-treat bowls, so why is it that they’re so much better when they’re dressed up as cute little Robin eggs?

Sweetarts Chicks, Ducks, and Bunnies
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Sweetarts Chicks, Ducks, and Bunnies

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Chocolate tends to hog all the Easter glory, but sometimes we just need something that will make us pucker. And these are pretty darn cute, too.

Lindt Lindor Neapolitan Truffles
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Lindt Lindor Neapolitan Truffles

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Neapolitan isn’t just for ice cream any more. These truffles, made with a white chocolate strawberry shell and milk and white chocolate center, are the ultimate spring treat for the indecisive among us.

Peeps Chocolate Caramel Swirl Marshmallow Filled Delights
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Peeps Chocolate Caramel Swirl Marshmallow Filled Delights

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By now, we’ve established that we’re not Peeps fans. But these chocolate-flavored marshmallow chicks have a caramel filling, plus they’re dipped in chocolate. We’ll take one for the team and report back. (Just don’t ask us to try the new hot tamales version.)

Sanders Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Bunny Bites
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Sanders Easter Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Bites

$3.49 from Target

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This is another good candidate for the grown-ups' secret candy stash. It's hard to resist the sophisticated combination of dark chocolate, sea salt, and caramel, so why even try? 

Kinder Joy Easter Eggs
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Kinder Joy Easter Eggs

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Sadly, Kinder Eggs remain banned in the U.S. because Uncle Sam thinks kiddos might swallow the tiny toy inside. But their close cousins, Kinder Joy, have passed muster. On one side, there's a toy; on the other, cocoa- and milk-flavored cream plus two cocoa wafers.


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Dove White Chocolate and Lemon Meringue
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Dove White Chocolate and Lemon Meringue

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We have a love-hate relationship with white chocolate, but the addition of sunny, springy lemon makes these a winner, not to mention a welcome break from more predictable Easter treats.