The 10 Worst Easter Candies, Ranked

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Easter is an exciting time of year for chocolate and candy lovers, but those sugar-fueled thrills can quickly turn into disappointment if your basket is filled to the brim with Cadbury Creme Eggs and pastel-colored candy corn.

According to CandyStore.com, Creme Eggs are the absolute worst Easter confection, followed closely by "Bunny Corn." The online candy retailer's list of the 10 most disappointing Easter treats is based on the results of a survey taken by 23,000 customers.

Creme Eggs used to be a real crowd-pleaser, but a lot of people were upset when Cadbury swapped the Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate shell for a "standard chocolate mix" back in 2015, following the company's acquisition by Kraft. Others complained about the goopy filling, while some pointed to the egg's poor ergonomic design.

One customer wrote, "The flavor is not horrific, though not good either, but it's just a total mess. There's no good way to hold it." Another commented, "My sister loved these as a kid. My mom made her eat them with a knife and fork because they made such a mess."

As for the Bunny Corn, well, that's pretty self-explanatory. People either love or hate candy corn, regardless of whether it's being marketed as Cupid Corn for Valentine's Day, Reindeer Corn for Christmas, or Freedom Corn for the 4th of July. "Here we go again, candy corn changes some colors and we're supposed to forget they're nasty," one customer wrote.

Marshmallow Peeps—yet another divisive sweet—are the third most hated Easter candy. (But if you're a marshmallow advocate, you can make a small charitable donation by April 8 for a chance to win a tour of the Peeps factory, as well as $250 to spend on your fill of sugary chicks and bunnies.)

Check out the 10 worst Easter candies below, and visit CandyStore.com to see more hilarious comments from customers.

  1. Cadbury Creme Eggs
  1. Bunny Corn
  1. Peeps
  1. Chicks & Rabbits
  1. Solid Chocolate Bunnies
  1. Jelly Beans (Generic)
  1. Chocolate Crosses
  1. Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses
  1. Jordan Almonds
  1. Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails

The WORST Easter Candy by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

Why Do Fruitcakes Last So Long?

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Fruitcake is a shelf-stable food unlike any other. One Ohio family has kept the same fruitcake uneaten (except for periodic taste tests) since it was baked in 1878. In Antarctica, a century-old fruitcake discovered in artifacts left by explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s 1910 expedition remains “almost edible,” according to the researchers who found it. So what is it that makes fruitcake so freakishly hardy?

It comes down to the ingredients. Fruitcake is notoriously dense. Unlike almost any other cake, it’s packed chock-full of already-preserved foods, like dried and candied nuts and fruit. All those dry ingredients don’t give microorganisms enough moisture to reproduce, as Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist at North Carolina State University, explained in 2014. That keeps bacteria from developing on the cake.

Oh, and the booze helps. A good fruitcake involves plenty of alcohol to help it stay shelf-stable for years on end. Immediately after a fruitcake cools, most bakers will wrap it in a cheesecloth soaked in liquor and store it in an airtight container. This keeps mold and yeast from developing on the surface. It also keeps the cake deliciously moist.

In fact, fruitcakes aren’t just capable of surviving unspoiled for months on end; some people contend they’re better that way. Fruitcake fans swear by the aging process, letting their cakes sit for months or even years at a stretch. Like what happens to a wine with age, this allows the tannins in the fruit to mellow, according to the Wisconsin bakery Swiss Colony, which has been selling fruitcakes since the 1960s. As it ages, it becomes even more flavorful, bringing out complex notes that a young fruitcake (or wine) lacks.

If you want your fruitcake to age gracefully, you’ll have to give it a little more hooch every once in a while. If you’re keeping it on the counter in advance of a holiday feast a few weeks away, the King Arthur Flour Company recommends unwrapping it and brushing it with whatever alcohol you’ve chosen (brandy and rum are popular choices) every few days. This is called “feeding” the cake, and should happen every week or so.

The aging process is built into our traditions around fruitcakes. In Great Britain, one wedding tradition calls for the bride and groom to save the top tier of a three-tier fruitcake to eat until the christening of the couple’s first child—presumably at least a year later, if not more.

Though true fruitcake aficionados argue over exactly how long you should be marinating your fruitcake in the fridge, The Spruce says that “it's generally recommended that soaked fruitcake should be consumed within two years.” Which isn't to say that the cake couldn’t last longer, as our century-old Antarctic fruitcake proves. Honestly, it would probably taste OK if you let it sit in brandy for a few days.

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Each State’s Favorite Christmas Candy

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Halloween might be the unrivaled champion of candy-related holidays, but that doesn’t mean Christmas hasn’t carved out a large, chocolate Santa-shaped niche for itself in the sweets marketplace. And, of course, we can’t forget about candy canes, peppermint bark, and the red-and-green version of virtually every other kind of candy.

To find out which candies merrymakers are filling their bowls and stomachs with this holiday season, CandyStore.com analyzed survey responses from more than 32,000 consumers across the nation and compiled their top responses into one mouthwatering map.

As it turns out, 13 states—from California all the way to New Jersey—are reaching for mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over any other holiday candy. Something about that shimmery tinfoil really does make you feel like you’re unwrapping a tiny, tasty gift.

CandyStore.com Top Christmas Candy by State

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And, if you hoped everyone would kiss candy corn goodbye until next October, we have some bad news: “reindeer” corn, with red, white, and green stripes, is the top choice in a staggering eight states, all of which are in the eastern half of the country. Tied with reindeer corn was peppermint bark, which, given how much white chocolate it contains, is also a pretty polarizing choice.

Candy canes and Hershey’s Kisses clinched third place with a respectable six states apiece, but other Christmas classics didn’t perform nearly as well—chocolate Santas and M&M’s came out on top in only two states each.

After that, there were some rather unconventional competitors, including Starburst, Arkansas’s favorite holiday candy; and Pez, which somehow won the hearts of residents of both Louisiana and New Mexico. 

And, unless you’re time-traveling from the 18th century, you’re probably not surprised that sugarplums didn’t make the map at all—find out what they actually are (hint: not plums!) here. You can also search the full list of state favorite candies below.

Source: CandyStore.com

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