best gourmet Easter candy for grown-ups

Looking to fill a grown-up Easter basket? This high-end Easter candy is fantastic.

Quick, name your earliest memory of Easter. Probably it involves the “grape” flavor of purple jelly beans, peeling pastel-colored foil off chocolate eggs, or biting the ears from a hollow molded rabbit. But for all the nostalgia, the candy most of us scarfed down was sugary and low-grade, with fruit flavors that originated in the lab, not the Easter Bunny’s organic berry patch. Now that you no longer believe in a six-foot rabbit who drops off baskets, though, you’re free to gather your own treats, ones that actually taste good (and look cool, too).

We still wouldn’t say no to a Reese’s egg or a Lindt chocolate bunny, but this Easter candy is way too good—and too rich—to give the kids.

Chocolate Asparagus Bundle, $24 at Woodhouse Chocolate

Woodhouse Chocolate chocolate asparagus spears

Woodhouse Chocolate

Feel free to eat these colored, white-chocolate-over-dark spears like Julia Child always said to eat real asparagus: with your fingers. As a bonus, they won’t make your pee smell funny. (If you prefer white asparagus, opt for the milk chocolate version.)Buy Now

Jacques Torres Hens, $3.49 each at Mr. Chocolate

Jacques Torres chocolate hens

Jacques Torres

Available in milk chocolate or dark, these hollow molded birds are as cute as backyard chickens. But while their real counterparts might annoy your neighbors with their nonstop clucking, these fowl are silent. Even when losing their heads.Buy Now

L.A. Burdick Crispy Eggs, $6 each at L.A Burdick Chocolate

L. A. Burdick crispy chocolate eggs

L. A. Burdick

With centers like pear-cranberry and orange-pistachio, these eggs include what the confectioner calls a “secret crunch.” The only surprise you get from a Hershey’s mini chocolate egg is that painful jolt when a bit of the foil wrapper hits your fillings.Buy Now

Wondermade Carrot Cake Marshmallows, $12 at Mouth.com

Wondermade carrot cake marshmallows

Mouth.com

These fluffy carrot cake marshmallows may leave you missing the cream cheese frosting (the carrots, cane sugar, nutmeg, and allspice are all accounted for, though)—but they’re a hell of a lot better than Peeps.Buy Now

Bridgewater Chubby Bunny, $47.25 at Bridgewater Chocolate

Bridgewater Chocolate chubby Easter bunny

Bridgewater Chocolate

At one and a half pounds, and with a price tag of $47.25, this nine-inch-tall, semihollow rabbit puts form to the notion of living large. This is how the 1 percent parties down at Easter. (Actually, he’s middle class compared to Mr. Goodtimes down below.)Buy Now

Hedonist Farm Egg Truffles, 3 for $12

Hedonist Chocolate gourmet truffle Easter eggs

Hedonist Chocolate

Speckled just like real birds’ eggs, this classy trio has fillings—coconut-lime, peanut butter, and salted caramel—that would horrify a nesting wren. Humans, however, are likely to find them delightful.Buy Now

Sur la Table Chocolate Truffle Easter Eggs, 5 for $10.95 at Sur la Table

Sur la Table gourmet Easter eggs

Sur la Table

If you prefer the crisp candy shell of Cadbury‘s pastel eggs, these have it (plus a precious speckled pale blue appearance), but the Belgian chocolate-hazelnut filling is a big step up.Buy Now

Poco Dolce Raspberry Bunnies, 8 for $26 at Poco Dolce

Poco Dolce chocolate raspberry Easter bunnies

Poco Dolce

Hard to fathom, isn’t it? Easter bunnies with fruit filling containing actual fruit. Here, it’s fresh raspberry ganache.Buy Now

Along with the birds’ eggs (and bunnies), these bees are a fitting springtime treat, filled with gooey honey caramel and hand-painted with black and yellow cocoa butter. No sting here, only sweetness.Buy Now

Lake Champlain Chocolates Mr. Goodtimes Easter Bunny, $125 on Amazon

Lake Champlain Chocolates giant Easter bunny

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Nothing says Easter like a giant 16.5-inch tall bunny made of 3 pounds of organic milk chocolate. Just don’t let the kids see this one or you’ll have to share.Buy Now

Compartes Gourmet Chocolate Panoramic Egg, $59.95 at Compartes

Compartes gourmet chocolate Easter egg

Compartes

Those rock-hard sugar diorama eggs are fascinating to look at, but not actually meant for eating. This handmade hollow chocolate egg is actually delicious, and a little luster from gold dust is enchanting even for adults.Buy Now

The Robert L. Strohecker Assorted Rabbit, $18.50 at Harbor Chocolates

Harbor Sweets Robert Strohecker Assorted Easter Rabbit

Harbor Sweets

A more affordable yet still adult-appropriate dark chocolate bunny, this one has secrets: different sections of it are filled with various confections, including caramel-pecan patties and buttercrunch toffee. Eating it is like the least accurate but most delicious rabbit anatomy lesson ever.Buy Now

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This post was originally published by John Birdsall on April 2, 2012 and was updated by Chowhound Editors on April 9, 2019.

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