The Best Easter Candy of 2022, from Glittery Peeps and Taco-Inspired Jelly Beans to Tried-and-True Favorites

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Mark your calendars and ready your baskets: This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 17. And when we’re not planning our brunch menu or building McMansions for our marshmallow Peeps, we’re plotting out which new sweet treats to stock up on for the holiday. From mouth-puckering chicks and bunnies to taqueria-inspired jelly beans (yep, really) and gummies galore, here are the best Easter candy launches to look for in 2022 (plus our favorite tried-and-true classics).

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Dylan's Candy Bar

1. Dylan’s Candy Bar Easter Surprise Bashegg

No party is complete without a piñata, and this time, it’s made with a creamy, milk chocolate shell. Smash the 1½-pound egg open with the included mallet to reveal enough mini milk chocolate–covered pretzels and jelly beans to feed a crowd.

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2. Peeps Sparkly Wild Berry Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies

Back in our day, Peeps came in four flavors: yellow, pink, purple and blue (and they all tasted the same). These mixed berry mallows—complete with edible glitter confetti—mark either a new era for candy…or the return of the unicorn trend.

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3. Haribo Happy Chicks Gummies

The concept is simple: chewy egg- and chick-shaped gummies in fruity flavors like pineapple, apple, lemon, orange, raspberry and strawberry. What’s not to love?

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American Licorice Company

4. Sour Punch Chicks & Bunnies

If you’re more sour than sweet (we’re talking candy preference, people), these cutesy creatures will make you drool. The bunnies are watermelon-flavored and the chicks are lemon, ya dig?

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5. Whoppers Bunny Tails Vanilla Crème Malted Milk Balls

We know, we know: We’re giving the pot a really good stir. But we happen to love both white chocolate and malted milk balls. Put the two together, package them in a holiday-ready box and we’re smitten.

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6. Hershey’s Kisses Vanilla Frosting

A little vanilla frosting never hurt anything (and neither did a pink and blue plaid wrapper). Use these Kisses as a base for your Easter basket ,or try them baked on top of a batch of cookies.

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7. Brach’s Funfetti Jelly Beans

If the usual flavors won’t cut it (or you just really want to avoid any chance of eating a licorice jelly bean), these little bites are just like your favorite cupcake flavor. They’re also way easier to eat by the handful, just sayin’.

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8. Brach’s Late Night Taco Truck Jelly Beans

We almost wish we were kidding about these beans…but then again, we can’t take our candy too seriously. Inside the bag, you’ll find a mélange of flavors worthy of a taco dinner: beef taco, salsa, guacamole and churro, plus horchata and margarita to wash everything down. (We’ll probably try the last three and leave the rest.)

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9. Peeps Gummies

Not everyone enjoys a pillowy, sugar-coated, chick-shaped marshmallow—we get it. That’s why we have our eyes on these marshmallow-flavored gummies. They’re just as sugary but much chewier.

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10. Bunny Corn

Love it or hate it, pastel candy corn is an Easter basket staple. And if you find yourself a fan (us too), good news: You can buy a whopping 5-pound bag of the stuff. It’ll be gone by summertime.

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11. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

You already know how we feel about regular ol’ Reese’s. Consider then, that these have an even higher peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio. Swoon.

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12. Cadbury Mini Eggs

The mini version is much less cloying than the original, cream-filled eggs, and has the added benefit of being a gorge-able size. Win-win.

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13. Sweetarts Chicks, Ducks And Bunnies

Don’t listen to the folks who try to say these candies taste like chalk. (Why do they know what chalk tastes like, anyway?)

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14. Starburst Jelly Beans

Normally, we write off jelly beans as basket filler. (Basket filler that we’ll eat six handfuls of, but still.) Those rules don’t apply to these little sugar nuggets, which are somehow a major upgrade.

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15. Lindt Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny

Hard pass on the solid ones. They’re too much chocolate and you’re left with a half-eaten headless bunny—haunting. But dibs on the outer-shell-only ears—that hollow crunch is just so satisfying, isn’t it?