Easter Basket Before & After: Turn Kid Sweets into Grown-Up Treats

updated May 1, 2019
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It’s a basket full of candy supposedly left by a giant bunny. It’s hard to go wrong here, people. You can scoop up sugary sweets at the drug store and create a totally satisfying basket. Or you can go all out with artisanal and homemade treats that are sure to please the biggest kids you know: your friends and grown-up family members!

Here’s what you need, and how you can update each essential element.

1. Chocolate

For the kids: Everyone knows that a proper Easter basket has chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. These days, the classic candy bars are all available in Easter-appropriate pastel wrappers.
For the grown-ups: Go premium with your hollow bunny — or opt for artisanal chocolate bars with colorful wrappers.

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2. Marshmallows

For the kids: Peeps (in those chick or bunny shapes) are basically Easter’s official candy and you’d be remiss to skip them.
For the grown-ups: Pick up some artisanal marshmallows or make your own.

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3. Gummy Bears

For the kids: Any bag of gummy bears will get the job done.
For the grown-ups: In our book, there’s really only one thing that’s better than a gummy bear: a rosé gummy bear.

Get the recipe: How To Make Rosé Gummies

4. Something with Peanut Butter

For the kids: About 99.9 percent of kids love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. (It’s a scientifically proven fact.) Delight little ones with a Reese’s Cup shaped like an egg.
For the grown-ups: The same stat is actually true for adults, too. Reese’s isn’t a bad idea here, but some adults might love Justin’s even more.

Our favorite: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, from $2.50 for a two-cup pack at Justin’s

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5. Caramel

For the kids: You might want to skip this one for the kiddies, as they might not appreciate caramel all that much. Also, those little baby teeth!
For the grown-ups: No matter how you say it (CAR-muhl versus CAR-uh-muhl), caramel is delicious. Add caramel with sea salt for a gourmet touch.

6. Egg-Shaped Candy

For the kids: Plastic Easter eggs filled with drugstore candy will suffice.
For the grown-ups: Some kids like Cadbury Crème Eggs, but they seem far too fancy to waste on young palates. Treat the older set with some store-bought ones or make your own.

Try the DIY: Make Cadbury Eggs in Your Own Kitchen

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7. Cookies

For the kids: Put some chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies in a baggie and add ’em to the basket.
For the grown-ups: Perfectly pastel-colored and practically made for Easter, meringue-based macarons are sure to round out any basket. If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at making your own, now is the time.

Read more:

5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Easter Candy at Home

What else do you put in your Easter baskets? Let us know in the comments!