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.

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