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Favorite Easter Candies

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This collection of fun Easter candies is sure to make you smile! Browse this round-up of edible chicks, bunnies, baskets, and nests, and make a sweet treat to enjoy this Easter season.

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Deep Fried Easter Creme Eggs

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Oh no I didn't.

Oh yes I did.

In my quest to answer the question, "How do you improve upon creme eggs?" I accidentally created the world's most deadly--and possibly most delicious--Easter candy concoction. It turns out that creme eggs, when dipped into a quick batter and deep-fried until golden brown, are, to use a technical term, super-duper tasty. The vanilla creme filling liquefies, the chocolate melts, and the outer shell stays lightly crisp. You could serve Deep Fried Easter Creme Eggs as a fun alternative dessert at an Easter dinner, or whip them up next week once the novelty of noshing on plain Easter basket candy has worn off. I like them with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar, but you could get a little fancier and drizzle them with chocolate sauce, caramel, or a quick berry puree. Store-bought Cadbury creme eggs work well, but you could also try your hand at homemade creme eggs if you're feeling fancy.

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Creme Eggs

Monday April 14, 2014
When I die, I want my tombstone to say "Here Lies Elizabeth--She Never Met A Candy She Didn't Want to Copy." Obviously I want it to say other nice things, too, but that little blurb really sums up my life philosophy. If I can buy it in a store, I want to see if I can make a better version at home.

I've been toying with the idea of re-creating the famous Cadbury Easter egg for a few years, and I finally tackled it this year. I've had a recipe for "Fondant Eggs" on my site for awhile, and they were pretty good. They were suitably egg-shaped and had the obligatory egg white/yolk thing going on, but the major problem was that they never really liquefied. And as we all know, an egg is not a Cadbury egg until it has the gooey frosting center. So I put on my Mad Scientist Cap, turned to my good friend invertase, and Creme Eggs were born!

This candy starts out as a soft fondant, which allows you to mold the yolks and whites, and dip the eggs without any trouble. After they're dipped comes the hard part--the waiting! Invertase, the secret weapon, gradually liquefies the sugar in the fondant, turning the solid candy into a semi-solid goo that's oh-so-slurpable. If you can't find invertase, or don't want to wait for the liquefying process, try this recipe for Fondant Eggs instead--you'll still get the yellow yolk and white filling, with a little less fuss!

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Easter Bunny Truffles

Friday April 11, 2014
I feel a little guilty liking these Easter Bunny Truffles so much. After all, there's something a little...savage..about joyfully biting into the Easter bunny's head. One second he's there, grinning innocently through his chubby little cheeks, the next moment I'm chomping his head. It's awkward. But the fact remains: I love eating these little guys. Rich chocolate truffles, dunked in white chocolate and decorated with marshmallows, almonds, and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, make the cutest animal heads I have ever had the pleasure of devouring.

You could also use this basic method to make Easter bunnies out of fondant, marzipan, chocolate plastic, or chocolate clay. If all the decorating instructions get a little confusing, I've put together a handy-dandy photo tutorial with step-by-step pictures showing how to make Easter Bunny Truffles. Now go forth and eat a bunny!

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Easter Bunny Truffles Photo ©2011 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Peeps S'mores

Wednesday April 9, 2014
And now, another installment in the "Duh, why didn't I think of that sooner?" category. Peeps are nothing more than sugar-coated marshmallows. S'mores are made with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. So, what happens when you treat Peeps like regular marshmallows and toast them, combine them with some melty chocolate, and sandwich it all between two crunchy graham crackers? Magic happens, that's what.

I like to make my s'mores in the oven (to give the marshmallows that toasty flavor) but you can also make these in the microwave, or for an extra-authentic experience, over an open fire. I'll admit that Peeps are not the most gourmet marshmallow you can use, but this recipe is a fun way to repurpose Easter candy and enjoy your Peeps in a new light!

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