1. Robin Eggs.
These candies win out as the most coveted Easter basket prize not only for being delicious, but for being one of the few treats you can only find from February 15th through Easter. Grab an extra bag for yourself to help you through the days when the kids are at their most difficult.
2. Cadbury Creme Eggs.
Missing out on the number one slot only because consuming one guarantees you'll have a sugar crash in about an hour, it's not really Easter until you have a Cadbury creme egg. Don't be tempted by the caramel filled ones or the mini versions, the original version with the dyed cream center that looks like a yolk never goes out of style, just like Taylor Swift.
3. Peanut butter eggs.
Reese's cups are a go-to favorite no matter the season, but the specialty peanut butter filled eggs rank high on the list of best Easter candies because the ratio of peanut butter to chocolate is much higher than the traditional peanut butter cup. Make sure the Easter Bunny leaves one of these just for you.
4. Chocolate bunny.
No Easter basket is complete without a chocolate rabbit. Whether you go for a small, solid high end version or a huge hallow one, it's all yummy. The only issue is trying to come up with a plausible excuse to tell your kid as to why their bunny is missing an ear because unlike some of the other candies on this list, if you sneak a taste, they'll notice.
5. Candy in a plastic bag that's shaped like a carrot.
They're just orange jelly beans or orange M&Ms but somehow taste better because of the clever and cute packaging. Curse you marketing executives!
6. Pastel versions of otherwise ordinary candy.
These candies are always tasty, but the pastel packaging gives you an extra excuse to chow down. And there's a small sense of accomplishment in eating one in every color, even if they all taste exactly the same.
7. Jelly beans.
It's not Easter without them, but jelly beans rank pretty low on the ladder of fantastic Easter candies. They're kind of bland and you can never really tell what flavor they are. Exception: Starburst and Jelly Belly jelly beans. Those things are dangerously delicious and would occupy the top slot in this list if not for their year-round availability.
8. Black Jelly Beans.
The packaging on a bag of all black jelly beans should really read: For the people who hate joy. There's something so sad and disappointing about digging through all that plastic grass and coming up with a dry, black jelly bean.
9. Promise Seeds.
Popular for the religious sayings included in the candy packet, Promise Seeds get their low ranking because they are really just candy corn trying to hide as Easter candy.They're like Gretchen Weiners, in that they need to stop trying to make candy corn happen. No one likes you around Halloween, they still don't like you, especially not when there are Cadbury eggs around.
Peeps are hands down the yuckiest Easter candy. Some people swear they taste better stale, I say no matter when you eat them they taste like a marshmallow that fell in a sandbox. Every year I try one hoping this is the year they wow me, and every year I'm disappointed.
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