Years ago I learned how to make homemade Easter candy recipes. Without these, it just would not be Easter. Commercially, this is one of the top selling candy holidays here in the United States; second only to Halloween. Most often the candies purchased are in shapes of eggs, bunnies, chickens or crosses made of fondants, marshmallow, peanut butter and many creams; they could also be covered with a variety of chocolates.
The idea of giving candy, specifically chocolate eggs, for Easter dates back to the nineteenth century in Europe. The colored egg was already being used for Easter as a pagan symbol of rebirth; it was adopted as part of the Christian celebration to symbolize the rebirth of Christ after the crucifixion. When I learned how to make Easter candy recipes, I found the favorite shape was the Easter egg and the favorite flavor was chocolate. These chocolate eggs were solid and made with a dark chocolate sometimes bitter chocolate.
If you are learning how to make Easter candy recipes, I am sure you will find your favorites. Whatever you choose, chocolate or marshmallow
and however you choose to shape the candy, it is so much better when
made fresh at home. Many people think it is just too difficult to make
these shapes of candy at home but it really is not. You can purchase
candy molds to shape the candy with and they are not very expensive.
Many candy recipes can be shaped without molds, especially the Easter
eggs. You will find making candy at home is so much fun, the taste is so
much better and if you have children they will love helping.
Cream together the mashed potatoes and cream cheese. Add the vanilla and sugar and blend well. Add in the coconut and mix until blended. Shape mixture into eggs and dip in the chocolate and set to harden.
Many of the Easter candy recipes do not even require cooking which make them very easy to prepare.
VARIATION: If you want to make chocolate peanut butter Easter eggs, before shaping work in 4 tablespoons peanut butter into mixture; if needed add a little more powdered sugar to get shaping consistency.
Blend ½ pound powdered sugar with melted chocolate chips, cream cheese, vanilla, hot water and salt.
With hands work in remaining powdered sugar.
Shape mixture into small balls; then shape balls into egg shapes.
Dip eggs into melted dipping chocolate; let set to harden.
If desired decorate for Easter.
Coconut is a common ingredient often found in Easter candy.
Combine cream cheese and vanilla in bowl; gradually add sugar, coconut and salt.
Mix until shaping consistency; add a little more sugar if necessary.
Shape mixture into small eggs; refrigerate for 1 hour.
Dip eggs in melted chocolate or pastel colored dipping confection.
Let set until firm.