Americans are known to splurge on sweets all year round, but spring is a particularly popular time to indulge the national sweet tooth. Easter is the ostensible “excuse,” and spring candy is essentially synonymous with Easter candy.
Yet, there is a startling difference between winter and spring in regard to the nation’s candy-eating habits. Many scale back and control their candy cravings during winter except for two major “outbursts” at Christmas and New Year’s. But when spring arrives, this long “semi-fast” is over, and Easter candies are sold all season long.
What, then, are the top contenders on the average supermarket candy shelf? Below, we introduce five prime contestants:
- Cadbury Creme Eggs
These classic treats are dominant in candy sales during the Easter season and even throughout the spring. They are a spin-off from the Easter egg and are meant to mimic an actual egg, the white and yellow creamy fondant filling representing the yolk and white of a chicken egg. The hard chocolate shell, however, only mimics real eggs in shape, for white chocolate is not used for the “shell.”
The Cabury factory is located in the UK, with a million and a half being produced daily in Birmingham. Throughout most of the world, the Cadbury egg is sold by Mondelez, but in the U.S., Hershey has acquired that envied right.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
All year long, Reese’s peanut butter cups are a standard favorite of millions of Americans, and they appear in different guises throughout the year. PB Hearts, Pumpkins, Christmas Trees, and Ghosts cover the holiday spectrum, but Peanut Butter Eggs, mainly available in March and April, are easily the most popular holiday variation on the peanut butter cup.
The reason so many love the PB egg, often more than even the “regular” cup, seems to be the higher ratio of peanut-butter filling to surface chocolate in the over-thick egg. It is veritably bursting with filling, which helps it to attain to its one-sided oval shape besides enhancing the taste.
While a bit of speculation is involved, it is easy to see the connection between the peanut butter egg and the “Big Cup,” which also increases the ratio of interior peanut butter to exterior chocolate but does so all year long.
- Bunny Corn
Brach’s candy corn is another year-round treat that puts on a new face in the spring. “Bunny Corn” is the pastel version of candy corn, usually only two-colored (a pastel body and a white tip). The typical colors are violet, pink, green, and yellow, mixed together in an assorted bag.
But Bunny Corn now has competition, as Brach’s released Carrot Corn (orange with a green tip and bearing the flavor of carrot cake) in 2014.
- Whoppers Robin Eggs
Hershey’s Whoppers candies are a crunchy 3/4-inch diameter ball of “malted milk” with a chocolate coating. In the spring, the malted milk center, which gets its distinctive taste from barley malt, changes the chocolate coat for a spring-like hard, pastel-colored candy shell.
Spotted like real robin’s eggs and enough to make many an eater sing from enjoyment, these crunchy candies have become a true springtime classic.
- Willy Wonka Golden Eggs
Not yet as popular, perhaps, as the four candies listed above, but destined, we think to become a staple at Easter egg hunts, are Nestle’s Willy Wonka Golden Eggs.
There are actually four different products in the Wonka Golden Egg Collection, and each of these has multiple types of eggs. For example, there is an egg-hunt kit with a Golden Egg and a giant golden egg filled with Sweet Tarts.