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Judgment Call: The Best and Worst Easter Candy 

As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap?

This slideshow originally appeared in blog form over on Gut Check, the RFT food (and drink, and candy) blog. See those blog posts here:

- 5 Worst Easter Candies of All Time
- 5 Best Easter Candies of All Time
"The Best

Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

Reese's peanut butter cups are a year-round favorite. That's just a fact. There is just something special about salty, sweet peanut butter and its meant-to-be marriage with Reese's cream
"The Best

Robin's Eggs

Oh, the joys of malt -- in scotch, in dark beer, in milkshakes.

Malt offers a distinctively rich, slightly sweet, flavorful complexity that enriches whatever it touches. Everyone knows that ch
"The Best

Hershey's Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs

For those who would like to enjoy seasonal candy without the gimmick, look no further than Hershey's solid milk chocolate eggs. These little eggs will satisfy your sweet to
"The Best

Russell Stover's Mini Bunnies

While the selection of rabbit-shaped chocolate is endless during Easter season, one of the standouts is Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Mini Bunnies. These smooth, creamy choco rabbits
"The Best

Cadbury Mini Caramel Eggs

Most Easter candies seem designed for the palate of the average four-year-old: neon marshmallows shaped like unicorn scat, edible grass and gumball-pooping chickens. Fortunately, the soph
"The Worst

Cluckers, the Gumball-Egg-Pooping Chicken

Perhaps because we're not a six-year-old boy, Gut Check fails to see the charm in animal-shaped candy dispensers that poop brown jelly beans. Frankly, we don't get it.
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"The Worst

Edible Easter Grass

When edible Easter grass hit the American market, Gut Check was intrigued. We've seldom met a sugary goody we didn't like. Alas, edible Easter grass doesn't even contain sugar. It's sweetened
"The Worst

Jordan Almonds

Jordan almonds are Easter's version of those horrible saltwater taffies you get at Halloween -- and, no, we don't mean in taste, we mean in that they are a terrible holiday tradition. Jordan almond
"Jolly Rancher Sour Bunnies

Departing from the more traditional chocolate rabbit, tick-shaped Jolly Rancher Sour Bunnies come in four classic Jolly Rancher flavors: orange, cherry, apple and watermelon, and promise to "get your taste b
"The Worst

Peeps

Given the amount of bandwidth devoted to dressing up Peeps in tiny costumes, one would think that a significant portion of the population loves this borderline-toxic mutation of the noble marshmallow. Gut C
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"The Best

Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

Reese's peanut butter cups are a year-round favorite. That's just a fact. There is just something special about salty, sweet peanut butter and its meant-to-be marriage with Reese's cream
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