Over time, the practice of giving candy gifts on Easter has grown beyond the sweet classics of chocolate bunnies, jellybeans, candied eggs, marshmallow Peeps® and beyond. Today, common Easter gifts include baked goods and gifts straight out of the kitchen, from custom cupcakes and personalized petits fours to peanut brittle and delicious fudge. These baked treats are creating their own place in a storied holiday tradition, each with their own unique tastes and colorful recipes. At Figi’s, we love spreading the spirit of Easter joy with candy gifts and baked goods for all ages.
Just remember, the key to choosing a great Easter gift, no matter who it is for, is in discovering something new together. Easter was originally a celebration for new beginnings after all!
The first edible Easter bunnies were made from baked pastries in the 1800’s, and were hidden in straw nests for children to find. Over time, the bunnies began ‘laying’ solid chocolate eggs made from roasted cocoa beans and other treats, which gave rise to everyone’s favorite Easter activity – the scavenger hunt. This practice is one of the reasons we still give Easter Gift Baskets full of candy! The edible Easter bunnies and their eggs have evolved over time into the delicious solid chocolate and candy treats we now know and love. At Figi’s you’ll find chocolate bunnies, Easter fudge and peanut butter eggs perfect for your family’s own Easter morning traditions and scavenger hunts!
Kids of all ages love the Easter candy, but what other gifts have become Easter traditions? Come back to find out!
The first Easter “bunnies” originated from German folktales with hares as the heroes. Rather than burrowing underground, the hare builds its home as a sort of ‘nest’ above ground much like a bird, which gave rise to the common myth that hares lay eggs! The hare, egg, and basket are all symbols of fertility, a theme that has played a central role in Easter celebrations long before the holiday was adopted by Western religions. When the story of Easter traveled to other cultures, the hare was replaced with the rabbit, and the Easter Bunny was born.
So, you may ask, how did Easter eggs get started? We’ll answer that question next week… see you then!
The tradition of giving candy gift baskets to loved ones and friends on Easter first started with an old-world celebration for the onset of spring.
The break of winter and the changing season was marked by brightly colored feasts and family gatherings that celebrated new beginnings, growing communities, the gift of new life, and the company of old friends. Festive gifts were chosen as tidings of unity, joy, and good health.
Many of these symbols and gifts were later adopted for religious celebrations, but some of the changes to these Easter traditions just might surprise you! For instance, do you know where the Easter Bunny came from? Come back next week for Easter fun facts!