The Easter Bunny is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and shows similarities to Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday.
Easter is the second best-selling candy holiday in America, after Halloween. Among the most popular sweet treats associated with this day are chocolate eggs. Eggs have long been associated with Easter as a symbol of new life and Jesus' resurrection. Another egg-shaped candy, the jelly bean became associated with Easter. Over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the United States, each year for Easter, enough to fill a giant egg measuring 89 feet high and 60 feet wide. The top-selling non-chocolate Easter candy has been the marshmallow Peep, a sugary, pastel-colored confection. Pennsylvania based candy manufacturer Just Born began selling Peeps in the 1950's. The original Peeps were handmade, marshmallow-flavored yellow chicks, but other shapes and flavors were later introduced.
Here are delicious ways to give Easter love, and kids the sweet magic they love:
Chocolate By Design
700 Union Parkway, Suite 4, Ronkonkoma (631) 737-0082
The Chocolate Duck
310 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 249-0887
Port Jefferson Frigate
99A Main Street, Port Jefferson (631) 474-8888
317 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore (516) 809-7470
Sweeties Candy Cottage
Locations in Huntington and Port Washington
197 Main Street, East Setauket (631) 675-2450
Dylan's Candy Bar
52 Main Street, East Hampton (631) 324-6181
Bobb Howard's General Store
581 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park (516) 354-9564
The Candy Store on Main Street
1061 Willis Avenue, Albertson (516) 708-9581
Wrapping It Up
180 Park Avenue, Amityville (631) 598-4400
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