10 Unusual Easter Candies You Can Buy Online in Time for the Holiday

iStock.com/bhofack2
iStock.com/bhofack2

You may have heard the news that Cadbury Creme Eggs, pastel-colored candy corn, and marshmallow Peeps are the most-hated Easter candies, according to the results of a recent survey. But what about zombie chocolate bunnies, sparkly "Bunny Corn," and Pancakes and Syrup Peeps? If you’re hoping to fill a basket with some alternative candies this Easter—if for no other purpose than to prank your kids or significant other—then this is the list for you. Here are 10 weird and wonderful sweets that are for sale online right now (some of them in bulk!), from macabre chocolates to oddly flavored jelly beans.

1. Bunny’s Berries

Bunny's Berries candy

FancyPants FunTime, Amazon

Mmm … bunny droppings. The Bunny's Berries package claims that there’s “a little bit of poop in every bite”—but at least they taste like tropical fruit. The speckled candies come from the same company that makes “Santa’s Surprise” and “Unicorn Poop,” all of which make great gag gifts for friends, family, or coworkers with a sense of humor.

Buy them on Amazon for $8.

2. Unicorn Barf

Unicorn Barf cotton candy

Unicornucopia, Amazon

While we’re still discussing the bodily functions of adorable animals, let us offer another treat that kids will love: Unicorn Barf. This magical tub of cotton candy lets you “retaste the rainbow.” More specifically, the colors correspond with six flavors: cherry, peach, pineapple, lime, blueberry, and grape.

Buy it on Amazon for $10.

3. Sparkling Bunny Corn

Bunny Corn
Jelly Belly, Amazon

Candy corn in all its forms tends to generate strong reactions. But even if you hate the sugary nuggets, you have to admit that these sparkly “Bunny Corn” candies would look pretty sitting in a decorative dish on your table.

Buy it from Jelly Belly for $7 on Amazon for $9 per 7.5-ounce bag.

4. Pancakes and Syrup Peeps

Pancakes and syrup-flavored Peeps

Peeps & Company, Amazon

If you love all things marshmallow, you might want to try some of the stranger Peeps varieties on offer, like the limited-edition pancakes and syrup flavor. One reviewer recommends freezing them, while another swears that they taste like the “creme brûlée of marshmallows” when roasted over an open fire. If you’re really feeling bold, you can get them in a variety pack that also comes with Peeps that taste like cotton candy, party cake, and root beer floats.

Buy them on Amazon for $5 for 20 chicks or from the Peeps online store for $2 per 10-pack.

5. Chocolate Zombie Bunnies

Zombie bunny chocolates

J&J Chocolates, Etsy

Blood-covered zombie bunnies might seem too gruesome for an Easter basket, but then again, there is a popular children’s book about a vampire rabbit (remember Bunnicula?). These hand-painted confections from J&J Chocolates come in your choice of milk, white, or dark chocolate.

Buy it on Etsy for $7.

6. Cadbury Screme Eggs

A Cadbury Screme Egg
Cadbury, Amazon

These are more of a Halloween novelty, but if you’re feeling a little ornery, you can hand them out at Easter, too. If someone bites into the egg without reading the label, they might be shocked to discover that the fondant in the center is green, not white and yellow.

Buy them on Amazon for $20 for a pack of 42.

7. Purple Rain Tiny Jelly Bird Eggs

Brach's Purple Rain jelly beans

Brach's, Amazon

Finally: An Easter candy created specifically for Prince fans who also happen to like berry-flavored jelly beans. It’s a niche product, but we’re still happy it exists. These beans come in four flavors: mixed berry, blueberry, blue raspberry, and grape.

Buy them on Amazon for $28 for three bags.

8. Sour Patch Bunnies

Sour Patch Bunnies
Sour Patch, Walmart

Sour Patch Kids were already a pretty popular candy, but you can now enjoy an Easter-themed version of these tart treats. Bunnies have replaced the original candy shape for a limited time. More bizarrely, Sour Patch Kids Marshmallows have been spotted at some Walmart stores this year, but they don’t appear to be available online at the moment.

Buy the Sour Patch Bunnies from Walmart for $1 per 3.1-ounce box or on Amazon for $11 for 12 boxes.

9. Ice Cream-Flavored Starburst Jellybeans

Starburst ice cream jellybeans
Starburst, Target

If you love Starbursts and ice cream, you’ll probably love these jelly beans. They come in strawberry, orange sherbet, red raspberry, and lemon sorbet flavors. Despite the creamy taste, they maintain the candy's classic chewy texture, according to Target.

Buy them from Target for $3 per bag or on Amazon for $6.

10. Bunny-Shaped Reese's Puffs Cereal

Reeses's Puff Bunnies

Reese's, Walmart

OK, so this one is a bit of an outlier, but it’s certainly sweet enough to pass for candy. General Mills has replaced the cereal’s eponymous puffs with chocolatey and peanut buttery bunnies just in time for the holiday. Could there be a more suitable breakfast for Easter morning?

Buy it from Walmart for $4.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

The Disputed Origins of Publix’s Chicken Tender Subs

Josh Hallett, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Josh Hallett, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

After Popeyes released its new chicken sandwich last week, a heated battle broke out on Twitter over which fast food chain offers the best one. Favorites included Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, and KFC, but the Publix chicken tender sub was mostly absent from the dialogue. Maybe it’s because Publix is a supermarket rather than a fast food restaurant, or maybe the southern chain is too specific to Florida and its neighboring states to warrant a national ranking.

Either way, the chicken tender sub is a cult culinary classic among Publix customers—there’s even an independently run website devoted to announcing when the subs are on sale (they aren’t right now), and affiliated Facebook and Twitter accounts with tens of thousands of followers. So whom do sub devotees have to thank for inventing the Publix food mashup from heaven? A Facebook user named Dave Charls says, “Me!,” but Publix begs to differ.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that in May of this year, a man named Dave Charls posted a message on the “Are Publix Chicken Tender Subs On Sale?” Facebook page recounting his origin story for the menu item, which allegedly took place in 1997 or 1998. At Charls explains it, he and his co-worker Kevin convinced their friend Philip, a deli worker at the Fleming Island Publix location, to assemble a sub with chicken tenders and ring it up as one item—something that deli workers had refused to do for Dave and Kevin in the past. According to Dave, Philip then convinced his manager to make it a special, publicized it via chalkboard sign, and the idea spread like hot sauce.

“You’re welcome,” Charls said. “It was actually Kevin’s idea and Philip brought it to life.”

Publix, however, told the Tampa Bay Times that its recorded documentation for a chicken tender sub recipe and procedure goes all the way back to 1992 or 1993. Based on that information, Publix spokesperson Brian West confirmed that Charls's heroic account of the origin is more fairytale than fact (though West, unfortunately, doesn’t have an equally thrilling origin story—or any story at all—with which to replace it).

Charls didn’t respond to a request from the Tampa Bay Times for comment, so we may never know how much of his claim is actually true. It’s possible, of course, that Publix’s 1992 (or 1993) chicken tender sub recipe hadn’t gained momentum by the time Kevin’s moment of culinary genius struck in 1997 (or 1998), and the lack of date specificity suggests that neither party knows exactly how it went down. What is incontrovertible, however, is the deliciousness of Publix's beloved sub sandwich.

"I'm just happy to live in the same timeline as this beautiful sandwich," says die-hard Pub Sub fan (and Mental Floss video producer/editor) Justin Dodd. “Copyright claims aside, it's truly a wonderful thing."

This London Pub Might Be the Most Ethical Bar in the World

Ridofranz/Getty Images
Ridofranz/Getty Images

Pub owner Randy Rampersad is doing his part for sustainability. In June, he opened the Green Vic—a play on the fictional Queen Vic pub in the soap opera EastEnders—in the East London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The Telegraph reports it’s aiming to be the world’s most ethical pub: Rampersad eschews plastic and paper straws and opts for gluten-free wheat “straws.” He sources the bar's 100 percent recycled toilet paper from green-minded company Who Gives a Crap, and the communal wooden tables are upcycled.

“I wanted to make the world a better place and run my own business, but I was waiting for that eureka moment,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. He discovered no one had done anything like this before.

There’s no meat on the menu—the food is totally vegan, healthy-ish pub grub. You can add CBD oil to the “chkn" bites appetizer, and the burgers are made from ingredients like soy, seaweed, and sweet potato. The beers are produced by ethical brewers, too: Toast Ale uses unsold loaves and crusts of bread; Good Things Brewing crafts its beer from 100 percent renewable energy; South Africa’s Afro Vegan Cider donates money to an organization that funds equal pay for female farmers; and Brewgooder donates to water projects.

In fact, everything the Green Vic does has charity in mind. “We don't care about the money, I’m planet first and profit after,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. Up to 80 percent of its profits will go to charitable causes, including local food banks. As for the staff, one in four are from marginalized groups. The Green Vic plans to operate as a three-month pop-up pub while scouting for longer term investment.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER