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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Easter candy is sold in an amazing assortment of flavors, sizes, and styles. Do you know when the marshmallow chick entered into the picture? Or the jelly bean? Perhaps you are too busy eating candy to even wonder. If not, read on and get in on a little bit of Easter candy trivia.

Easter is a special holiday that often generates a sugar-induced coma to those individuals who happen to overindulge in the sweetness that fills Easter baskets, hides in plastic Easter eggs, or sits in fancy packages. From the pastel sweetness of marshmallow chicks and bunnies to the rich texture of chocolate-covered whipped cream eggs, candy lovers are as sure to be in candy heaven as Peter Cottontail is to be hopping down the Bunny Trail on Easter day.

While Easter is a religious holiday, there has always been a place for special treats from the Hot Cross Buns that were served centuries ago to the chocolate eggs that were created during the early 1900s. These first delectable eggs of chocolate were hollow treats create from a paste of Cacao beans. Eventually, the chocolate-making process improved enough to allow chocolate candies in the shape of bunnies, birds, and flowers, as well as the traditional eggs. Chocolate candy is perhaps the favorite of many individuals, but what would Easter be without marshmallow chicks and jelly eggs?

Marshmallow chicks came onto the Easter scene in the early 1950s. Before mechanization took place, it took at least 27 hours to make a single marshmallow chick, known today as a peep. It wasn’t until the 1960s that marshmallow candies destined for Easter basket were made in the shape of bunnies. Today, marshmallow eggs have joined this Easter candy lineup. Marshmallow chicks and bunnies are sold in a variety of colors. The original yellow color is still one of the highest sellers, but these marshmallow candies are also sold in pink, purple, and blue.

Jelly eggs, or jelly beans as they are more commonly known, have been popular Easter candies since the 1930s. Due to their distinctive egg shape, jelly beans were associated with the idea of Easter candy since the Easter Bunny was already rumored to have been given the task of delivering Easter eggs as a sign of new life each year at Easter. Today, jelly eggs are sold in a fruit-flavored variety as well as a spicy variety. Of course, modern trends have become intertwined with jelly eggs and now they are produced in a wide assortment of varieties, flavors, and sizes.

No matter what type of Easter candy is your favorite, you have lots of deliciously sweet choices to pick from. Even the large candy companies have gotten in on the fun of creating Easter candy, wrapping their current candy bars in pastel-colored wrappers or decorating the candy with tiny bunnies or chicks. Have fun and create an unforgettable Easter basket by purchasing a nice assortment of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and jelly beans.

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