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Side by Side: Best/Worst Easter Candies

by Jed Kudrick and Monroe Harris

Photo Courtesy of Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Jed’s Side:

The Most EGGcelent Easter Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

Easter is just a hop away, so it’s time for Easter candy to come out of its shell and back into stores anywhere and everywhere. There are several different kinds of candy that are exclusive to the Easter holiday, from Peeps to hollow milk chocolate bunnies. Whether you buy Easter candy before, in preparation for the big day, or after, once they’re on sale, everyone has a favorite.

My personal favorite Easter candy has to be Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are already my favorite candy in general, but the eggs are just better. I don’t know if it’s the shape, smoothness, or ratio of peanut butter to chocolate, but the eggs for some reason just taste even better than the average peanut butter cup and easily secure their place at the top of my list.

The edge of the average peanut butter cup is the main problem it seems, because it thickens the chocolate content. The eggs have a thin, even layer of chocolate over the greater load of peanut butter goodness than their default counterpart. As someone who also loves peanut butter, getting more of it makes this purchase a swift and easy decision.

My least favorite Easter candy is probably the chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs. I already don’t like marshmallows that much due to their sticky consistency and the mess they tend to leave behind. Add a subpar chocolate covering to that and you have yourself Easter candy’s most heinous creation.

They are the definition of cheap Easter candy as a carton of them costs about a dollar and their quality matches that price. The bite from hard to soft in this case is disappointment rather than joy as the flavors of cheap chocolate and marshmallow counteract each other and leave a bitter taste in your mouth. I would rather be given a carton of actual eggs this Easter, especially considering the cost of eggs nowadays.

Monroe’s Side:

I’m Not Yolking: Buttercream is Best

My favorite Easter candies are buttercream-filled chocolate Easter eggs. These are different from traditional store-bought Easter candy, so they are less common to come across. The eggs normally come in either milk or dark chocolate, and are filled with buttercream. Sometimes they have a flower made out of frosting on the top of the egg as well. They taste delightful, and the confection holds a sentimental value to me as well. My late grandmother would buy one of these for my whole family every Easter. It’s just a small reminder of her, but it brings me so much joy to look back on. 

My least favorite Easter candy, hands down, has to be Peeps. I have tried to like them for as long as I can remember because my mom loved them. However, I find them borderline gross. They have an odd consistency, and always taste like they have gone bad. The sugar doesn’t even taste good, with an almost bitter aftertaste. If I think about it too much when I try to eat them, I become practically repulsed. 

Although Jed’s and my dislike of marshmallow Easter candy is something we can finally agree on, I will say I’m not a big fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter anything. I can tolerate having Reese’s chocolate, but the peanut butter in Reese’s is normally too salty and just ends up making me really thirsty. And it’s not that I don’t like peanut butter or chocolate together, I just think Reese’s chocolate is not a great example of that combination. 

I think Easter brings forward a lot of weird candy creations overall, which is why I think this can be such a hard topic to find common ground on. 

At least Jed and I will always have Peeps to hate.

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