Slideshow: SE Staff Picks: Our Favorite Easter Candy

Peeps
Peeps
I have to admit it: I love Peeps. Love. I love the squish of the fresh fluffy marshmallow under the gritty sugar crust. I love how you can eat the heads first, or nibble at the tail. I love how when you bite them, they stretch and pull, resisting you just the teeniest bit. And I love how they pretend to have no flavor other than sugar, pure sugar. I'm sure it's mostly nostalgia talking, but I'd take Peeps over any other Easter candy. Carey Jones
Jelly Belly Beans
Jelly Belly Beans
I gotta go with Jelly Belly Beans. As a kid, my best friend used to get a five pound jar of Jelly Belly beans every year from his mother. If I was nice, he'd share some with me, which is when I gained my affinity for toasted marshmallow, cream soda, and buttered popcorn-flavored beans. I also started intensely disliking licorice then. 20 years later he's still my best friend, and those are still my favorite jelly bean flavors, though I think his mom stopped with the annual deliveries now that we're old enough to buy jelly beans on our own. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs
Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs
I think that when everyone else is getting excited about Easter candy, I'm getting pumped up about matzoh being back in the grocery store. The bread of affliction is my favorite first sign of spring, especially with a little butter and salt on top. But if I had to choose an Easter sweet, it'd be the Reese's Peanut Butter Egg. Why is it so much better than a regular Reese's cup? I always thought it was the higher peanut butter to chocolate ratio but lately I'm given to a friend's theory that the seasonal nature of the product guarantees relative freshness. Ben Fishner

REESE'S EGGS!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH REESES. IN AN EGG SHAPE. Leandra Palermo

Cadbury Creme Eggs
Cadbury Creme Eggs
I'm not going to bother defending my love of the Cadbury Creme Egg. At this point you either love them or you don't, and I don't want to hear about how they're "weird," or "way too sweet," or "a sickening simulacrum of real food."

A factory-fresh Cadbury Creme Egg is my rite of Spring. It's how I know the season has really begun, and the first lick of that bright candy yolk is pretty sublime. If you want a more put-together case for them: British milk chocolate tends to be more milky and less waxy than our own, and the egg is my delivery vehicle of choice. Egg lovers: stand proud, and haters to the left. Max Falkowitz

White Chocolate Bunny Ear
White Chocolate Bunny Ear
My favorite Easter candy was the ears of the giant white chocolate bunny that my mother put in my basket every year. I actually like white chocolate (nope, don't care if it isn't really chocolate) but I never really ate it except for on Easter. Of course that bunny was larger than my pet guinea pig (RIP Fluffy) so I only got through the ears before getting bored and throwing the rest away. Why the ears? Why lobster claws? It's just where you start. Carrie Vasios
Gold Lindt Bunnies
Gold Lindt Bunnies
Once I hit age ten or so, my chocolate bunny tastes had clearly sophisticated and my mom started classing it up with the Lindt bunnies. The little golden-foiled critters, all tied up in their festive red bows, are definitely more bunny-sized than the freakishly large rabbits you'll find out there. And they just look more realistic and less cartoonish? As with other chocolate bunny consumption, it's best to start with an ear nibble (in this case, nearly solid, but the body is otherwise hollow) and go from there. A few years ago, I started seeing a dark chocolate option, which I support. Lindt bunnies are about as elegant as they come, made with chocolate that isn't as teeth-hurtingly sweet as their drugstore cousins. It's a chocolate bunny you can actually eat instead of just gaze at in its basket. I also enjoy Lindt's chocolate "carrots" wrapped in orange foil (no actual carrot involved). Erin Zimmer
Playing the Passover Card
Playing the Passover Card
Some Passover-celebrating SE'rs got down with Easter candy picks but a few others didn't feel like participating in this round. [Ahem, Jessica, Maggie, and Ed.]