8 Extraordinary Easter Candy Options That You May Want to Keep for Yourself

updated Apr 4, 2023
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If you’re like us here at The Kitchn, you’ll jump on any excuse you get to enjoy some top-tier chocolate. That’s why this year, we’re reclaiming Easter from the kiddos and treating ourselves to an array of sweets that are far from the run-of-the-mill Easter basket fare. Say goodbye to chocolate bunnies and gold coins, as well as artificially sweetened or synthetic tasting goodies. Instead, we’re saying yes to our favorite high-quality chocolates and candy confections. After all, the Easter bunny would want us to be eating Fair Trade Certified, ethically sourced, and high-quality treats, we just know it. What’s more, our picks would make exceptional gifts thanks to their better ingredients and, in some cases, pretty springtime packaging. But we totally understand if you prefer to keep these for yourself! In any case, prepare to sweeten the holiday this year with our eight favorite alternatives to traditional Easter candy.

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See's Candies

If you know See's, you've likely already fallen in love with their signature filled chocolate. Bordeaux is a creamy, brown-sugar-flavored filling covered in luscious milk chocolate and extra-crunchy thin chocolate sprinkles. This 4-oz. version has just a little more filling-to-chocolate ratio than the original, making it an extra-worthy egg-shaped indulgence.

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Seattle Chocolate

If you're not sure what your giftee's favorite chocolate candy flavor is (or you just want to try a variety, yourself), you can't go wrong with this 12-ounce goodie bag of Seattle Chocolate truffles. It includes lots of fan-favorite combinations, such as salted almond, blackberry crème, hazelnut butter, and more. We have no doubt these milk chocolate delights are some of the best you'll try.

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The heavenly combination of crunchy sea salt and buttery caramel is iconic, and these Shotwell Caramels have just a touch of Tennessee whiskey, vanilla extract, and Kentucky bourbon for an even deeper caramel flavor. Perfectly chewy and ready to melt in your mouth, these confections are a wonderful chocolate alternative and an absolute pleasure to consume.

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See's Candies

Calling all Sour Patch lovers! These Sour Bunnies are not only an Easter-appropriate shape, they're also are an arguably more delicious mix of Tangerine, Green Apple, Lemon, and Berry flavors. Puckering and sweet, these chews are bound to hop across your taste buds and win a permanent place in your heart.

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This one's for the vegans out there — and the non-vegans, too! Meet UNREAL, an editor-approved chocolate company that makes incredibly delicious, organic, sustainable, non-GMO candy with an average of 51 percent less sugar than traditional treats. This vegan variety pack has everything from almond butter cups to chocolate drops and coconut bars.

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In the mood for deliciously sugary marshmallows but without the synthetic-food-coloring taste? These glittery edible marshmallows taste only of vanilla and deliciousness. Made by Food Network Champion Chef Maeve Rochford, these bouncy two-inch cubes are stacked in pastel layers meant for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

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Looking to cut back on the sugar but just can't give up sweets? Smart Sweets has you covered. With a variety of gummy candy options to choose from, each bag has only three grams of sugar and is free from artificial sweeteners and added sugars. These Sour Peach Rings are a fan favorite, and their pastel coloring and fresh taste make them the perfect Easter candy.

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See's Candies

A personal favorite here at The Kitchn, these Scotchmallow Eggs are truly special. Only available in the springtime, the dark chocolate eggs are filled with fluffy honey marshmallow and a generously thick layer of buttery, chewy caramel. The combination is unparalleled! Trust us, you're gonna want to order more than one box.