Last year I wrote a post about where to find Vegan Chocolate Easter Bunnies (here). This year I thought it would be fun to add some other treats to our baskets, along with some candy trivia. I hope you have fun with this. It was fun to create!
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VEGAN JELLY BEANS
Sour Beans by Yum Earth Naturals are your best bet to keep the Easter tradition of Jelly Beans alive.
CANDY TRIVIA: Did you know that jelly beans are a direct candy descendant of Turkish Delight which dates back to the 1700’s? Fans of Narnia know it well, as it is the candy the White Witch used to tempt Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
VEGAN GUMMY WORMS
Gummy Worms by Yum Earth come in far superior flavors than the mainstream version. Who wants “red” flavor when they can get a hold of Pomegranate? Mmmm…
CANDY TRIVIA: Gummy bears were invented in Germany in the 1920’s but didn’t make their way to the US until the early 80’s. As any child of the 80’s knows, the point of gummy worms was to gross out parents.
VEGAN BUNNY SHAPED CANDY
Easter Figures by No Whey Chocolate
CANDY TRIVIA: The Easter Bunny’s earliest roots are, as we all know, from the Pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox, called Ostara. Many sources say that 1700’s-1900’s saw the creation of the Easter Bunny as we know her. German and Pennsylvania Dutch folks know her as Oschter Haws, which means Easter Hare.
Organic Bunny Lollipops by TruJoy Sweets
CANDY TRIVIA: There are many theories about where the name lollipop comes from. One such claims that they could have just as easily been called ‘tongue slap’ as ‘lolly’ was slang for ‘tongue’ in London and Northern England once used ‘pop’ as slang for ‘slap.’
Vegan Peeps by Sweet and Sara are lovingly made of high-quality cruelty-free ingredients. It shows in every bite!
CANDY TRIVIA: Like Sweet and Sara’s amazing confections. The original Peeps were also hand-formed. But for the past 64 years, Peeps brand have been made by machines.
VEGAN CHOCOLATE EGGS
CADBURY CREAM EGGS
(1) Veganbury Eggs by Vegan Treats
(2) Cream Veggs by No Whey Chocolate
(3) English Cream Egg by Lagusta’s Luscious
CANDY TRIVIA: Over 500 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are made every year. Cadbury recently was boycotted by many for changing their recipe. Fingers-crossed that they lean into modernity and veganize their treats.
PEANUT BUTTER EGGS
(1) Peanut Butter Cup Eggs by Vegan Treats
(2) Peanut Butter Easter Egg Bag by Lake Champlain
(3) Peanut Butter Cream Filled Egg by Lagusta’s Luscious
CANDY TRIVIA: Peanut butter eggs were invented in the 1960’s as a way for the Reese’s company to upcyle their peanut butter cups into the Easter market. Much like Coca-Cola’s rebranding of Santa at Christmas. The vegan options above are made of high-quality, cruelty-free ingredients while mimicking the shape of the half egg that Reese’s makes.
Milk Chocolate Truffle Easter Eggs by Lake Champlain
Double Dark Chocolate Truffle Eggs by Lake Champlain
CANDY TRIVIA: Chocolate truffles originated in 19th century France and, as you expected, are named after the mushrooms because they too appear dark and rumpled.
(1) Organic Rice Milk Chocolate Easter Egg by Moo Free
(2) Caramel Easter Egg Bag by Lake Champlain
(3) Pretzel VEGG’s by No Whey Chocolate
(4) Coconut Cream Easter Egg Bag by Lake Champlain
CANDY TRIVIA: Americans are expected to collectively spend $2.4 billion on Easter candy this year. Let’s all spend as much of that amount as we can on versions of our traditionally beloved candy, made from ingredients that don’t hurt animals.