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Head to any store right now, and you’re guaranteed to find an array of pastel-colored items. Head to the candy aisle, and you’ll see pastel candies, candy-coated eggs, gummies, marshmallow birds and more. So many options to fill the Easter baskets!

Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 17th. So, you still have time to pick out the perfect candies, toys and more to fill those eggs and Easter baskets.

Bunnies and eggs are the two most common symbols when it comes to Easter.  Delish points out these are symbols or rebirth and fertility, which led them to being connected to the Christian holiday.

Dyeing Easter eggs is also a common practice around the holiday.  It started back in the 13th century! Apparently Edward I of England had 450 eggs dyed and covered in gold leaf.  These were then distributed among the “royal entourage.” The act of bringing eggs as a gift became common in that century after that. Giving eggs mostly to children didn’t become a practice until later in the 19th and 20th century.

So let’s get back to CANDY! When did it become associated with Easter? The Catholic practice of giving up something for Lent ends upon the arrival of Easter.  And since many people gave up sweets, or other foods, the holiday became a celebration of being able to enjoy those things again. In fact, Easter is the 3rd most popular holiday for candy in the U.S. Halloween and Christmas are the first two.

Delish compiled a list of all the best Easter candies.  We decided to do our own list, and a few of theirs make the list!  Check out Delish’s list of 44 Easter Candies You Need in Your Basket This Year.

Here are our Top 18 Candies You Need This Easter!

  • Chocolate

  • Reese's Eggs

    Can’t go wrong with the delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter! And if you prefer Reese’s Pieces? They’ve got them in egg form for Easter!

    Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

    Reese's Pieces Eggs

  • M&Ms

    A classic… You can’t go wrong with M&Ms!  And they of course have them in these beautiful pastel colors for Easter.

    M&Ms

  • Cadbury Creme Eggs

    Whether it’s the regular eggs, or the minis… these delicious sugar bombs are great! They even have some with caramel inside too!

    Cadbury Creme Eggs

    Cadbury Mini Eggs

  • Cookies 'N' Creme Polka Dot Solid Bunny

    Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme goodness in a solid bunny, featuring the cute pastel polka dots!

    Cookies N Creme Bunny

  • Hershey's Solid Chocolate Bunny

    If you’re wanting straight milk chocolate, the Hershey’s Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny is the way to go!Hershey's Chocolate Bunny

  • York Peppermint Bunny

    A delicious combination of dark chocolate and peppermint!

    York Peppermint Bunny

  • Hershey's Kisses filled with Vanilla Frosting

    A fun spin on just traditional Hershey’s Kisses! These are filled with a tasty vanilla frosting, and wrapped in cute pastel foil.

    Hershey's Kisses filled with Vanilla Frosting

  • Cookies 'N' Creme Eggs

    The delicious cookies ‘n’ creme flavor… in fun egg-shapes, with pastel “dots.”

    Hershey's White Chocolate Polka Dot Eggs

  • Sour Candy

  • Trolli Sour Brite Bunny Poop

    We can already hear the kids giggling when they get this fun, sour “bunny poop” in their Easter baskets!

    Trolli Sour Brite Bunny Poop

  • Sour Patch Kids - Bunnies!

    This one is a bit of both worlds… Sour and Sweet!  And how can you resist the cute little bunny shapes?

    Sour Patch Bunnies

  • Sour Patch Jelly Beans

    Shake up your traditional jelly beans, and grab some Sour Patch Jelly Beans!

    Sour Patch Jelly Beans

  • Warheads Jelly Beans

    Looks like a lot of candy brands took their flavors and made them into jelly beans for the holiday!  Warheads Jelly Beans

  • Sweet Candy

  • Brach's Classic Jelly Bird Eggs

    For a traditional jelly bean experience, grab these classics from Brach’s!

    Brach's Jelly Bird Eggs

  • Swedish Fish Jelly Beans

    If you love Swedish Fish, you can enjoy the flavor in jelly bean form for Easter!

    Swedish Fish Jelly Beans

  • Dunkin Iced Coffee Jelly Beans

    For the coffee and jelly bean lover… Dunkin took their Iced Coffee flavors and created these little gems for your enjoyment!

    Dunkin Jelly Beans

  • Skittles Jelly Beans

    Taste the Easter Rainbow with Skittle Jelly Beans!

    Skittles Jelly Beans

  • Sweetarts Jelly Beans

    The same Sweetarts flavors you love… just in different shape for Easter!

    Sweetarts Jelly Beans

  • And... you can't leave out Peeps!

    Love them or hate them… is it even Easter without them? And who knew they’ve added so many flavors these days!  Enjoy the traditional “chicks” or some in bunny shapes.  They’ve got them in coffee flavor… and even fruit punch.

    PeepsPeeps Yellow Bunnies

    Peeps Blue Bunnies

    Coffee Flavored Peeps

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fruit Punch Peeps