Candystore.com conducts an annual survey in which tens of thousands of participants rank the worst Easter candy. Candies like Cadbury Creme Eggs have remained consistently on the list, while items like Hershey’s Carrot Cake Kisses end up discontinued. Read on to see which Easter candies are just not worth hunting for.
Candy corn is often seen as one of the least favorite Halloween treats, so it’s no surprise that the Easter counterpart is also ranked low. Bunny corn is essentially a mixture of sugar and wax pumped full of artificial colors.
While the treat certainly looks festive, it’s hardly worth the 34 grams of sugar per serving. Plus, compared to other candies, it just doesn’t have the best taste. Some love that candy corn flavor, but many aren’t fans.
Chicks & Rabbits
Chicks & Rabbits is a marshmallow candy that’s often compared to Circus Peanuts due to their size and texture. The chewy treat can have a bit of a stale feel to it as though they’ve been sitting out too long.
The super-sweet taste is a bit much for many consumers, especially given the 28 grams of added sugar that are in just six of these little pieces! The ingredients list isn’t ideal either: sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and artificial flavors. Pass.
Cadbury Creme Eggs
Cadbury Creme Eggs are just a little too sweet to be very enjoyable. There’s a reason for that, too. According to Mic, the American version differs from the ones in the United Kingdom in that they have more sugar and less milk.
To keep the American ones on the market, there’s even a ban against UK Cadbury Creme Eggs! Thus, we’re stuck with a chocolate shell that melts too easily filled with too-sweet liquid sugar.
For some, a Coconut Nest transports them straight back to happy times in childhood. For others, it’s a too-hard chocolatey mess. Coconut is one of those sweet ingredients that you either love or hate.
But even those who enjoy coconut may be thrown by this candy’s jagged texture and tough chocolate. Plus, one serving has almost half your daily allotment of saturated fat, and the ingredients include things like water propylene glycol and sodium metabisulfite.
Peeps is one of the more popular Easter candies, but that’s not because everyone enjoys them. While some are diehard fans, others can’t wrap their heads around enjoying the sugar-filled marshmallow chicks.
The crusty outer layer mixed with the chewy inside creates a texture some can’t stand. One reviewer compared the taste to plastic. To top it off, Peeps have questionable color dyes like Red #40 and Yellow #5. Then there are the head-scratching flavors like Bubble Gum and Hot Tamale.
Jelly beans may be one of the most recognizable candies on the planet, but that doesn’t mean they live up to the hype. For many, the jelly bean craze ended in childhood.
Now they seem like little pebbles of sugar that are too small to satisfy and chewy enough to wreak havoc on your teeth. Don’t even get us started on some of the nightmarish flavors that have come out over the years, like rotten egg, dirt, and soap!
Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails
Those who love getting a fresh swab of cotton candy should steer clear of Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails. It may look like a festive Easter treat, but it doesn’t live up to the kind that comes straight from a cotton candy maker.
Reviewers have called this candy stale, hard, and even crunchy. The taste is also questionable for some as it is pumped full of sugar; there are 30 grams in just a quarter of the bag!
Solid Chocolate Bunnies
Before we get into why solid chocolate bunnies made this list, we should say that the versions at chocolatier shops are probably much better. It’s the pre-packaged drug store variations that tend to send people running for the hills.
For some reason, these bunnies taste like they’re made with a completely different chocolate than what’s used for chocolate bars and other sweets. The taste is often described as being off or tasting plain fake.
Oreo Eggs have such a similar size and design to Cadbury Creme Eggs that you may be expecting a creamy filling that’s soft compared to the dense outer shell.
In reality, the “filling” is just as hard as the outside, making it essentially a chocolate bar in the shape of an egg. This can make it a little awkward to eat and overwhelming to chew. The cookie bits are so small that they hardly impact the texture, resulting in a dull overall experience.
Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Egg Puffs
When a brand that usually puts out salty, savory snacks like Cheetos tries to go the sweet route, it can be hit or miss. Unfortunately, the Cheetos Sweetos cinnamon-flavored eggs were a miss for many reviewers.
The overall consensus among those who didn’t enjoy them was that the taste was underwhelming. Cheese Cheetos are bursting with flavor, and these cinnamon ones just didn’t live up to the brand’s reputation. Some noted an off aftertaste like they were cooked in bad oil. Yikes.
Jordan Almonds are a dessert tradition not only around Easter but also at weddings. With this candy, not all brands are created equally. Some variations can be too hard, too sweet, tasteless, bitter, or have too thick of an outer shell.
The trick here is that the almonds can’t taste stale, and the sugary shell has to be just the right thickness and sweetness. It’s also important that they aren’t melty but also aren’t so hard that you could crack a tooth on one.
Sour Patch Kids White Chocolate Bunny
When Sour Patch Kids decided to incorporate chocolate into one of their candies for Easter, it raised a few eyebrows. The white chocolate Easter bunny features bits of Sour Patch Kids, which is supposed to create their famous “sour then sweet” taste.
Unfortunately, the Sour Patch Kid bits are completely overwhelmed by the white chocolate. You may as well get a white chocolate bar and not have to worry about all the corn syrup and food dyes.
The Twix Egg is exactly what it sounds like: a Twix bar transformed into the shape of an egg. While many Twix fans went in thinking that they would adore this Easter variation, some were completely let down.
Many reviewers seemed to agree that the real problem was the ratio. Regular Twix have just the right portion of cookie, caramel, and chocolate. Some felt this version had too much caramel, not enough cookie, and too thick a layer of chocolate.
Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Eggs
Foil-wrapped chocolate eggs are often a staple part of any Easter celebration. Unfortunately, they often aren’t as delicious as other pieces of chocolate. The inferior taste suggests many of these brands are simply of lower quality.
Reviewers have complained about a waxy or stale taste and crumbling chocolate that doesn’t have much flavor. Plus, the wrapper is so thin that it can be a challenge peeling them off completely, and the last thing you want is a bit of foil in your chocolate.
Brach’s Marshmallow Easter Hunt Eggs
Brach’s Marshmallow Easter Hunt Eggs may look soft and chewy, but several reviewers reported them being hard as a jaw-breaker! Not being able to bite into them was the more popular complaint next to their stale taste.
The problem could be the thick outer shell, which leaves only a small portion of marshmallow on the inside. To top it off, many fans have a hard time finding these in stores, leading to inflated online prices.
Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses
Hershey’s thought that a carrot cake flavor would make their kisses more festive for Easter. While the idea somewhat captures the holiday spirit, the taste certainly does not.
The cream cheese flavoring ended up making it taste more like a white chocolate kiss, while the carrot flavor left an aftertaste many reviewers found unpleasant. Even those who love carrot cake and love Hershey’s kisses found the combination to be unsettling due to the artificial taste.
Brach’s Classic Jelly Bird Eggs
Brach’s Classic Jelly Bird Eggs are the brand’s version of jelly beans, which are already on this list for being overrated. Unfortunately, even those who love jelly beans weren’t falling for this variation.
Many were not happy with the black licorice flavor that’s included in every package. To top it off, they were often called overly sweet and were said to have an off aftertaste. Being that they offer the same flavors available elsewhere, this brand may not be worth the gamble.
Chocolate Covered Marshmellow Eggs
Chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs are another one of those Easter treats that you either love or think is overrated. Apparently, a significant enough number of people fall into the latter category to put these on the list for worst Easter candies.
The Zachary brand puts the marshmallow eggs into a styrofoam egg carton for a unique touch, but they still don’t live up to the cute packaging. Some reported a stale taste, while the Hershey’s version was often deemed much too sweet.
Cadbury Caramel Eggs
Cadbury must have caught wind of those who complain about their Creme Eggs having an undesirable filling because they created a variation filled with caramel instead. After all, caramel is a major ingredient in plenty of successful chocolate candies, like Snickers, Twix, and Rolos.
Many found there to be way too much caramel inside and the sticky texture can be hard on teeth. If the sugar-overload weren’t bad enough, some also reported a chemical aftertaste. No thanks!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
Many would call Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups their favorite candy, but the egg version doesn’t quite live up to the brand. While there are still plenty of fans who enjoy this Easter treat, some felt that the ratio was off on account of the larger size and extra peanut butter.
One reviewer felt that the peanut butter was too grainy and could be smoother. While Reese’s peanut butter tends to be grainy, the texture is especially apparent in these eggs.