If it’s overly sticky and sweet or comes with a magic rabbit ring or wind-up, jelly bean-laying chicken attached, it’s suitable for Easter basket fodder.
Adults, however, are a bit more discerning in their confectionary cravings. And ’tis a pity that we who engage in annual bunny duties are often so hopped out from the children that we neglect our special chickies, roosters and mother hens.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. We nibbled the wares of some local candy cases to find some sophisticated comestibles fitting for grown-up baskets.
Egg-cellent! No Easter would be complete without an old-fashioned, dark-chocolate-covered coconut-cream egg decorated with flowers, $3.60, or some of its smaller cousins, with chocolate or raspberry fillings at $1 each. At Abby Brown’s Candy Shoppe, 1415 E. State Blvd.
Pop to it. How about a tiramisu-flavored yogurt-covered cake pop to pique a loved one’s palate? Or maybe one flavored with raspberry and dark chocolate? At Starbucks, $1.50 each or $2.50 for two.
Don’t be a sourpuss. Gummi-bunnies at Williams-Sonoma at Jefferson Pointe in watermelon, key lime and lemon are only sour at first. Then they melt into yummy-gummi sweetness; $12.95 for a 1-pound package.
Gilding the rabbit. Some come wrapped in (simulated) multikarat splendor; others promise a premium white chocolate experience. Golden foil-wrapped milk chocolate rabbit by Lindt, $4.99 at Fresh Market in Covington Plaza; solid white chocolate bunny by DeBrand Fine Chocolates, $11.25 (also in milk and dark chocolate).
Bunny chow? Don’t forget the (creamsicle-flavored) carrots – 85 cents each at Abby Brown’s.
Grown-up jelly beans. Enjoy an Easter mojito, pomegranate cosmo, margarita or peach bellini – or two, three or four – without fearing a headache. Jelly Belly creates non-alcoholic cocktail-flavored jelly beans in pretty Easter colors; at Fresh Market in Covington Plaza, $8.49 a pound.
Espresso eggs. Starbucks thinks they’re coated coffee beans, but the imaginary leap is pardonable, given the season; $1.75 for 1.5 ounces.
Good to the last fluff. The mini-est of mini marshmallows at Abby Brown’s are called Bunny Tails; 95 cents a pack.