Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Brachs Bunny Basket Eggs

Candy is a microcosm of society and existence. I know this because there are certain candies that indicate the presence of the divine in every scrumptious bite. Then there is evidence of evil on this planet. The Easter “marshmallow egg” is one of the latter candies.

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This candy has promise on the outside, as all temptresses do. It’s big, so of course it’s appealing to any foolish child who hasn’t learned that “bigger is not always better.” What’s more, it is an evil that has no name. Really, what are these things called? If I say marshmallow egg, you might thing of the satisfying marshmallow half-hemispheres that are drenched in chocolate this time of year. Or even something that resembles an Easter-themed Circus Peanut. Brachs has chosen to call their version of these Bunny Basket Eggs. I will hereafter refer to them as BBBE, which when pronounced as an acronym (as all good acronyms should be) it will sound like a stuttered bee-bee or a very cold person trying to say ‘bean.’

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Part of their temptation lies in their beguiling size, which is made up entirely of sugar with a dash of artificial color and carnauba wax. That’s a Starburst Jelly bean there; it’s no match for the Mastodon known as a Brachs Bunny Basket Egg.

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I hope you understand that Brachs probably makes the finest BBBEs there are. They’re generous with the color and they’re even flavored. The green ones are lime and orange ones are orange. I can’t tell you what the rest are. Please don’t make me eat more of them.

If you haven’t already guessed, these are horrid candies. It’s not like I’m against eating pure sugar, I have in fact indulged in full spoonfuls of honey or brown sugar as a treat quite often. The shell of a BBBE is similar to a jelly bean. It’s a rather grainy sugar coating that’s smooth on the outside and lightly flavored. The center of a BBBE is a fluffy, grainy sugar that really isn’t like marshmallow, but I call it that because the ingredients mention gelatin and corn starch.

I don’t think BBBEs can be made and delivered fresh, not to mention the fact that few people eat them right out of a pristine bag. They’re intended to sit in amongst the pastel cello grass of an Easter basket until all the other choice candies are consumed and a desperate sugar-toothed child is force to eat it. Then the last thing this child remembers of his Easter experience is this deplorable egg. The smell of these inside the bag is like a mess of flavored lipsticks or a bad candle shop. A combination of fake fruit flavors and of course airborne microfine sugar which is intent on giving you that satisfying sweet feeling on your tongue before you even eat one.

I realize that this candy has its champions, and that by no means makes you minions of evil. I can only surmise that the experience of eating these foul little fingers of pure sucrose is inextricably tied to a pleasant experience and these help you relive a little of it. If that’s the reason, then I completely support their continued, but limited, production as a therapy device. If you would like to read someone who might share your unending love of these, you might want to pick up Hilary Lifton’s memoir called Candy and Me: A Love Story (you can preview the chapter online). 

I honestly did try to like these. I never cared for them as a child, but I did buy them, make them look pretty in the photos (they are actually very pretty) and of course ate TWO! That’s why they get a rating of two instead of one. (You may now commence in the comments section telling me how wrong I am.)

Related Candies

  1. Hiding Eggs
  2. Circus Peanuts
  3. Cadbury Canadian Creme Eggs
  4. Brach’s Fiesta Eggs
  5. Russell Stover Eggs (2007 edition)
  6. Melster Marshmallow Eggs
  7. Cadbury Eggs: Creme & Caramel
Name: Bunny Basket Eggs
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Brach's
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.89
Size: 10.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Marshmallow, United States, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:27 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I am with you all the way..horrid…But then..I don’t like marshmallows…I remember these sitting in our Easter baskets until they were hockey pucks..we never ate then, not even in desperation..lol.

    Comment by Amy on 3/14/06 at 10:31 am #
  2. Yeah, one of these a year will do ya.  They might be more palatable if they were smaller.  Not knowing how to classify what’s inside the shell is also a sticking point for me.  WTH is that stuff?

    Comment by Julilla on 3/14/06 at 11:18 am #
  3. Ughhhhh…when I was very small, my Easter basket would be filled with these, spice jelly beans, and malt balls, all of which I loathed.  I know most people would disagree with me about the malt balls, but then, my favorite candies are marizpan and turkish delight, so I suppose I’m weird!

    When I got a bit older, my easter basket consisted of a Helen Grace egg, which was (and still is) really yummy.

    Comment by Lesley on 3/14/06 at 11:37 am #
  4. Always hated these things but as a kid you forget and you go for the big one- doh!

    Comment by Nicole on 3/14/06 at 12:17 pm #
  5. aaaaagh! i had forgotten about these! please remove this review and burn it! i don’t want the memories!

    smile

    Comment by jayfish on 3/14/06 at 1:19 pm #
  6. Oh my gosh.  I had forgotten about these as well.  But upon reading your review, I swear I could taste them and feel that texture in my mouth….the so sweet that it hurts your teeth kind of taste. 

    It seems like I always got purple ones in my basket. 

    Thanks for reminding me of these horrors.  :-(

    Comment by elissa on 3/14/06 at 4:43 pm #
  7. The WORST thing about these—other than that for some reason they kept coming back, year after year, and not one of us 4 kids actually liked them, and that we’d always have to try them again—is that they’d sit around long enough for the dogs to get into them, and that is never pretty. Yuck!

    Comment by Daphne on 3/14/06 at 4:56 pm #
  8. I liked them when I was little, but I imagine they’d be a bit much now.

    Comment by Grace on 3/14/06 at 6:01 pm #
  9. I have to stick up for these things, since everyone else hates them. I really like the orange ones. But it’s true that they are so sweet they burn, and they definitely have a strong chemical taste. The purple ones remind me too much of spice jelly beans and gumdrops, which are truly disgusting.

    Comment by Cyn on 3/15/06 at 7:45 am #
  10. I love those things.  Really—I do!  There’s something about how sickening sweet they are that satisfies my sweet tooth until next Easter.  wink

    I’d rather have those than jelly beans any day.

    Comment by MusicalMom on 3/15/06 at 11:30 am #
  11. Cybele! Brave, brave, dedicated Cybele.

    So that’s what they’re called.

    I’d buy one if they were sold as singles for a nickel.

    Nostalgia.

    Comment by desertwind on 3/15/06 at 4:38 pm #
  12. Cybele's avatar

    Daphne - they may have been the EXACT same eggs! Just dusted off each year.

    Cyn - I just tried a purple one, to try to figure out what flavor they are. As near as I can tell it’s floral air freshener.

    MuscialMom - you’re probably in luck then after the holiday with all the sales! I know some people think that same about my addiction to malted milk balls.

    Desertwind - I did see that they were selling something like these in an “Easter Assortment” where they had a dozen variety packets with other candies in them like jelly beans and malt balls. Either that or find two dozen friends to pitch in a nickel for each dose of nostalgia for each of you!

    Comment by Cybele on 3/17/06 at 4:33 pm #
  13. I have only eaten one of these in my entire life, and that was more than enough.  I never really thought of them as candy when I was a kid.  Maybe it was because of the weird shape, they look like a piece of a vegetable that has been frenched.  Nothing about them says egg to me.  I guess I was drawn in by the sweet smell (or maybe the scent from some good candies rubbed off on them).  Its almost as if someone sprayed them down with artificial flavoring right before they were put in the bag.  They are just as useless as peeps (at least peeps look kind of cute as decoration), and they have an offensive taste.

    Comment by John on 3/18/06 at 12:57 am #
  14. These were the ones I was talking about!  Ohmigosh, how vile!  Prime example of something you think will be wonderful in your naive, youthful years… until you bite into it.  Then you try another color, thinking maybe you just “got a bad egg.”  Hehe.  Really, the whole substance and consitency of the confection is appalling.  That’s so true about letting it “sit in amongst the pastel cello grass of an Easter basket until all the other choice candies are consumed.”  Even though I like jelly beans, I always used to leave the mini ones in the until all the chocolate candies were consumed (when we were little my grandparents used to hide easter baskets for us in their house, and they tended to favor the beans, probably because they’re cheap).  And even then, I prefer red and black jelly beans (or spiced).

    Comment by Karla on 3/18/06 at 5:57 am #
  15. These are easily some of the worst candies in existence. I had no name for them before when reminiscing about the revolting dregs of the
    Easter basket with friends.  Thank God I’m no longer alone…

    Comment by Jane on 3/25/06 at 6:38 am #
  16. While indeed these BBBEs, as you call them, are the double wides of the trailer park candies, what they lack in sophistication, they make up in
    solidty and volume, not to mention sensory overstimulation and visual impact. Originally called Duck Eggs and manufactured by various
    companies (of which Brachs is the only worth purchasing; trust me) they have become, IMHO, the icon of April candies excluding chocolate in general and Cadbury Eggs specifically.  Don’t bother looking for them on closeout, I’ll have already bought them all. Reputed to have enough sugar to cure clinical depression and with a glass of milk…heaven on earth.

    Comment by Mr Man on 3/25/06 at 6:44 am #
  17. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FINE THESE OLD FASHIONED EASTER EGGS FOREVER….APPARENTLY THE LOCAL STORES DON’T CARRY THEM. I ALWAY’S LOVED THEM….YES THEY ARE VERY VERY SWEET…A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! WE ALWAYS STORED THEM IN AN AIR TIGHT CONTAINER AND THEY WOULD LAST A LONG TIME.

    HOWADAY’S I JUST LIKE THE THOUGHT OF THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT’S WE HAD DURING A SIMPLIER TIME. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO FIND WHERE THEY ARE SOLD IN THE RALEIGH NC AREA.

    Comment by JOAN on 3/26/06 at 5:04 pm #
  18. Cybele's avatar

    Mr Man - your comments have been cracking me up, thanks!

    Joan - you can order these online (a different brand) from Candy Warehouse:

    http://www.candywarehouse.com/marshmallowegg.html

    Comment by Cybele on 3/26/06 at 6:48 pm #
  19. Beauty must truly be in the eye of the beholder because these are my favorite of all the
    Easter candies.  I looked forward to my Easter
    Basket as a child mainly because I couldn’t wait
    to get a hold of those big beautifull brightly colored pieces of candy.  I eat one of those with
    a hard boiled egg and a glass of milk and I figured those must be the meals that they serve
    in heaven. It seems as though Brachs is the only
    one making those anymore and I certainly hope they never stop at least until I am in heaven
    and get them there.

    Comment by Bill on 4/01/06 at 3:16 pm #
  20. Cybele, your description of the flavor of the purple one as “floral air freshener” is priceless.

    I did kind of like these as a kid, but my mother often ate more of them than I did.  As some others have said, a little bit of the sugar overload went a long way.  I doubt they’ll end up in my kids’ Easter basket despite my (very slight) fondness for them.

    Comment by Grommie on 4/03/06 at 2:42 am #
  21. I love those multi-colored and scented eggs more then anything in the world, except maybe my wife and kids. The poor man’s cocaine,white gold, bunny lovin goo, death by sugar,sugary sensory overload. I bought everybag at the local pharmacy (sorry to anyone looking to purchase for easter). They bring back good childhood memories! My kids love’em and my wife hates’em! I will be going to the gym for months to work them out of my system or in a diabetic coma. If the liberals have their way to make the death sentence more humane by killing death row inmates by sugar ingestion, then I would do what I had to just to be put to death by sugar bunny eggs. Not really but almost.

    Comment by Michael W. Morris on 5/01/06 at 5:08 pm #
  22. I actually happen to love these. Odd…every single candy for Easter that you’ve rated as horrid and unnapealing, I happen to have a huge fondness for. These eggs are sort of a tradition in my family: we love the smell, the thick candy shell and the fluff inside.

    True, you can’t eat too many of them in one sitting because of the sweet factor, but we tend to love them anyway. All in all, I generally hate sweet things.

    Go figure.

    Comment by Michelle Taylor on 5/12/06 at 6:08 pm #
  23. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then yumminess must be in the mouth of the taster, because i think these chewy little delights are exactly that—delights. Dainty delicacies that taste DIVINE! If I ran this blog, I’d give ‘em at LEAST an 8

    Comment by Sparkina on 6/20/06 at 8:00 pm #
  24. I used to like these when I was a kiddoe except for the purple ones that tasted like hmm lavender or something similar, like air freshener or detergent reaaaaaally yucky; however i still ate them and liked the other ones… of course, i’m a candy addict so maybe my opinion isnt that reliable :p but do follow my advise… do not try the purple ones!!

    Comment by Susy on 7/08/06 at 4:16 am #
  25. HAHA, i i used to crack the hard part off and eat the marshmallow stuff inside, but that only worked if they were kinda stale. I like them okay (excuse my horrid grammar) but yes, they’re probably one of those candies wehre if you feed them to your kids by the Easter basketfull you’ll probaly regret ever buying them. My little brother always ate all of his during Easter and went out to buy more. go figure (:

    Comment by EMiLY on 9/24/06 at 5:05 pm #
  26. I found this blog because I was trying to find a supplier for these hideously delicious sugar bombs.  It’s October, I’m five months into my first pregnancy and craving them fiercely, and the baby will be born long before Easter rolls around again.  I hope this is not one of those cravings that haunts me for four more months!  (By the way, my mom and I are the only people I know who like them.  When I was a kid with six brothers and sisters, I traded all of my color jelly beans for black jelly beans and these sugar eggs.  The other kids were thrilled with the trade.  :D)

    Comment by Christine on 10/18/06 at 1:03 pm #
  27. Christine - CandyWarehouse.com sells them all year round:

    http://store.candywarehouse.com/marshmallowegg.html

    The minimum purchase is 5 lbs ... but that should get you through the trimester!

    Comment by cybele on 10/18/06 at 1:09 pm #
  28. Noo!  These are the BEST ever!  I have always loved these, and even decades after my parents told me I was too old for Easter, I still buy a few bags a year.  I can’t believe so many people hate these.

    Comment by William on 10/23/06 at 4:00 am #
  29. Cybele, thank you!  I had found that site, but as Mr. Man and Bill both mentioned, Brachs are the only ones worth eating.  The Sweets brand sold at Candywarehouse.com are not the same.  The sugar isn’t hard enough and the marshmallow stuff is actually trying to be marshmallow-y, so it’s kinda chewy and rubbery.  The Brachs stuff only resembles marshmallow in color, not texture or flavor.  <sigh>  Thanks for looking for me, though!  If you find a source for the Brachs, let me know.  :D

    Comment by Christine on 10/24/06 at 8:56 am #
  30. These are, quite honestly, my favorite candy in the entire world.  I know how disgusting they are, but I’ve been to my local Target and grocery store almost every day since February 15 waiting for these to hit the shelves.  I love them.  LOVE them!

    Comment by Melody on 2/17/07 at 11:37 am #
  31. I think you are all out of your mind. What’s this about being too sweet? You’re talking about easter candy! It’s supposed to be sweet. What kind of easter candy are you eating that ISN’T solid sugar. What do you think jelly beans are made out of…chicken? I’m sure you all love Peeps, you weirdos.
    This is the one bit of easter candy worth eating and I wish they made it all year.

    Comment by Matt on 3/04/07 at 5:59 pm #
  32. I absolutely loved the Brach’s Bunny Basket Eggs.  They were called “marshmallow eggs,” but I agree they need a different name, as they are confused with the (horrid in my opinion) chocolate covered marshmallow eggs.  I’ve been looking for these all over the place and was afraid they’d been discontinued…and yes, it IS a part of wonderful Easter memories.  But I actually DID like them and look forward to enjoying them again.  Thanks for the Walgreen’s tip!

    Comment by Susan on 3/08/07 at 2:17 am #
  33. I ADORE these eggs!  I loved them as a child, and still love them as an adult.  For me, it’s an Easter highlight.  The best part is the yummy candy outside.  My grandsons now like them, too.  I have had such trouble finding them this year, but finally just located them at CVS Drug Store.  They are now EACH individually wrapped in cellophane which I think is a bit much.  I’m not sure why they did it.

    Comment by Louisa on 3/11/07 at 11:14 am #
  34. We found the bunny basket eggs at Walgreens in
    Woodland Hills, California on Topanga Blvd….
    they are difficult to find.  This is my Easter
    memory and I hope they keep making them!

    Comment by Bill Dempsey on 3/11/07 at 6:00 pm #
  35. 1045pm, one week after the original posting. Lying in bed with my girlfriend, deep in afterglow, and discussing the terrible way the major candy companies have usurped the old-fashioned Easter junk. Spare me the Hershey Kisses in pink foil and the rabbit-shaped Peanut Butter Cups. What I want, I said, are those giant, candy-shelled marshmallow eggs. I google that exact term and find your blog. Yes, some people hate them. But that’s OK - because I note something major, something miraculous: I LIVE JUST ONE MINUTE FROM THE SAME WALGREEN’S!!!! I jump out of bed, pull on my clothes, and tear out of the house. I’m back, a few minutes later, with two bags - THE LAST TWO BAGS - of those eggs. Even more amazing, my girlfriend is still there, waiting.

    This is better than any previous Easter resurrection, whether ordained by a higher power, or imagined by man.

    Comment by dan on 3/20/07 at 7:25 pm #
  36. There is only one kind of Easter candy in which I ever have had an interest—this is it!  If I never see any other kind, it’ll be fine with me.  Since I can’t find them in any local store, I was forced to order them on the Internet.  I shelled out $50 for them, including shipping.  Even the site recommended by Brach’s doesn’t carry them!  I found them at http://www.hometowncandy.com for those of you who would invert this blog’s rating.

    Comment by Kevin on 4/01/07 at 2:16 am #
  37. Cybele's avatar

    Kevin - I in no way want this candy to be discontinued ... I love the idea and love that other folks love them. I think they should also be easier to find (I’m having trouble finding the Fiesta Malt Eggs this year).

    However, please reconsider using Hometown Candy ... read over this post about problems with that website.  Could you add your experience to the comments there (even if you had no problems).

    Comment by Cybele on 4/01/07 at 7:10 am #
  38. Everyone has their opinions…I myself love these and can’t wait for Easter to come around so I can have my once a year treat.  My wife knows how much I like these candies that she actually buys several bags and surprises me throughout the year with them.  (Depending on how good I am of course)

    Anyway…I do believe that once a year is enough, otherwise I would be a fat oaf.  But with that saids…if you don’t like them….don’t buy them.  I only hope that they keep making these for years to come.

    I also have no idea why the individually wrapped them now either.  A little over kill if you ask me.

    Comment by Russ on 4/02/07 at 9:20 am #
  39. Oh how I LOVE these. Easily my favorite candy around easter. Used to be peeps, but now it’s these. Nummmmy…

    Comment by martin on 4/06/07 at 11:42 am #
  40. Couldn’t resist adding my mother’s craving to your cloying community. I’ve sortied the Menlo Park area including Walgreen’s, Rite Aid, Nob Hill, Safeway to no avail to find these blasted eggs. Finally I found a few bags at Target, but she wanted more! Yes, she is sick in many ways. Now, post-Easter, Target is ransacked! I’ll have to widen my radius or keep her alive until next Easter when I’ll be better prepared to hoard them knowing there are others like her in the universe. My commiserations.

    Comment by dutiful daughter on 4/10/07 at 6:38 am #
  41. Actually, Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without these!  They are, by far, my favorite!

    Comment by Stacia on 4/12/07 at 7:22 am #
  42. Oh my, these were my favorite Easter candy!  I could eat these things all day!  Sadly, I didn’t see any this year and didn’t have any :(

    Comment by Jeanne on 4/12/07 at 11:02 am #
  43. These are my favorite.  Sometimes you can get knockoffs from Walmart that are idividually wrapped for hiding.  My mom knew how to keep the house clean and some thing like these were just tossed on the carpet behind the sofa leg.  I wish they were available all year long.

    Comment by Flyingpig on 4/17/07 at 5:49 am #
  44. I’m sorry to say, but these are my overall favorite easter candy.  I usually buy the Wal-Mart rip-off brand, but found the Brachs this year.  (The other brands, and usually even the Brachs seemed to be individually wrapped anymore but) this bag didn’t have them individually wrapped and all together, so they were “fresh” and soft, which was novel at first, but it does make the grainy texture of the center more prominent.  I think I’ll go back to the knock-off brands- they seem to mix the filling better.

    But I will agree that the purple “flavor” was… strange, at best.  The impression I was immedately struck with while eating one was the taste was incredibly similar to the smell of fresh crystal cat litter when you pour it out.  Not a pleasant candy experience by any means.

    Comment by Chrissy on 4/18/07 at 7:33 pm #
  45. These things are delicious.

    Comment by cyx on 5/18/07 at 3:04 am #
  46. Ok Gang,
    I might be the only one that didn’t mind finding these in my easter basket. Why? Well they were a GREAT source of makeup. See once you liked off the outer coating the food color could be used as lipstick! I was very fond of red. On another note as kids I’ll never forget my older brother hurled one at me I ducked and it broke the old grouchy neighbor’s garage window. Mom & dad made us pay for it out of our paper route money! Grrrrrr!

    Comment by RetroKat on 9/05/07 at 4:10 am #
  47. I adore these things! I had no idea how many people hated them. The wonderful pure-sugar texture melting in your mouth. The grainy “marshmallow” filling. MMMMMMMM…. candy eggs *drools*. I don’t give a flip about all the valentine candy they have out, all I want is a bag or two of these delicious eggs!

    Comment by Quanah on 1/24/08 at 6:28 am #
  48. Obviously, some of you have just lost touch with your inner child, because it is not so much about how these candies taste, but how you eat them.  All of us grown up kids know that you’re supposed to bite off the ends and try to suck out the pseudo marshmallow substrate while keeping the remaining candy shell intact. Tres cool!
      The red ones (cherry?) remind me of that lipstick your mom wore when you were a kid.  And yes, the purple ones taste like perfume, but then, I like violet candies, so that figures.

    Comment by Marjorie on 3/02/08 at 11:09 am #
  49. Even before Valentine’s Day was officially over I was scouting the stores, eager to be the one, the only, crazy for Bunny Basket Egg shopper in my neck of the woods. Success! I scored 11 bags at Target. Yes, I absconded with the entire stock. Sorry.  In retrospect I think it’s heartily unfair that they’ll have hundreds of bags of all the other crappy candy out there, and only a dozen bags of BBBEs. Clearly the afficionados form an elitist group rather like FIAT owners.

    Comment by dutiful daughter on 3/02/08 at 5:15 pm #
  50. I am one of the lucky ones I suppose. I absolutely love these scrumptious little eggs and no one else in my family would touch them. SO I got them alll to myself. I have been looking all over for them but the shipping costs for the company talked about was outrageous. I am going to just end up buying them in bulk, which means a five pound bag, over two hundred pieces. I am going on a hunt for them right now at my local walgreens.

    Comment by Megan Macias on 3/04/08 at 12:21 pm #
  51. I truly love these. I have not found them anywhere this year, not even the trusty Walgreens, which is usually my Brach’s headquarters. I am considering ordering them from online. - - - One thing I do that might make them more palatable to some people (but maybe not, I realize) is to put them in my own jerry-rigged candy humidor. I take a leftover tin from Christmas and set a glass of water in it. Then I open a couple of bags of these eggs and pour them in around the glass, stabilizing it so it won’t easily tip over. Then I close the tin tight and carefully set it up somewhere for a few days. When I get it down, the eggs are easily crushed between your fingers, and are nice, soft chews (but not soggy). I like them best this way, which is sort of the opposite of my Peeps air-drying ritual to toughen up the mushy little chicks and bunnies. It IS a free country. But I think those who dislike this candy are missing out. (I mean, you say it’s pure sugar like that’s a BAD thing…) wink

    Comment by Darrell on 3/11/08 at 10:35 am #
  52. I found the bunny basket eggs at Target but they are not quite the same. For one thing they are smaller than usual, it seems they grow smaller over time. But the most disturbing change is that the fluffy white center is no longer the same, it has more of a granular texture and much of the fluffiness is gone. However the taste is pretty much the same which probably means the recipe is the same but the process has been changed. I don’t know how far back you go but I remember when these things were about two and a half inches long and an inch high with a thick, and I mean thick candy shell. You used to be able to buy them at all the major department stores like Sears,Penny’s,Montgomery Wards etc. in “bulk” from their candy departments. I remember for a while you could find the red ones with the shell flavored like a mild “red hot”, they were GREAT.  Good luck and let me know what you think about the new white center.

    Comment by Bill Dempsey on 3/11/08 at 11:30 am #
  53. Oh Cybele, I love reading the Candy Blog.  Your commentary is always so wonderful.  And the variety of things you review always spark my interest.  I’ve found myself trying/looking for sweets that you’ve reviewed all across the board and I have to agree with you on most of your reviews.  It’s been fun to say “Hey, this was on the Candy Blog!”

    The BBBE used to be the bane of my Easters every year.  There’s very little candy that I liked around Easter, actually, but the first time I had one of these I spit it out.  I tried them again, one of each colour (just a nibble!).  They were just so horrid I couldn’t stand them anymore.  They actually make me feel a little ill because I don’t like supersweet candies.  Plus the texture always reminded me of wax and dry pencil erasers (maybe I just always got stale ones that were really grainy/tacky).

    Comment by Meg on 3/11/08 at 6:26 pm #
  54. I feel like an alcoholic who has walked into his first AA meeting.  I truly thought I was all alone-the only one who loves these horrid things.  These have always been my favorites at Easter. For me, part of the enjoyment is the shape.  And certainly biting into the hard shell (you could kill a squirrel with one of these in a slingshot). I had included them in my daughter’s Easter basket for years, but she never took to them.  I’m currently in a bit of a panic because apart from a store 90 minutes away, I just can’t seem to find them around here this year (yes, I am contemplating making the drive…).  Usually it’s easy because quite simply, nobody else buys them.  Got four bags after Easter last year for about 20 cents each.  Lasted me into September.  I’ll try Target.

    Comment by Bob on 3/19/08 at 5:07 pm #
  55. I found them here:
    Wrapped Old Fashioned Marshmallow Easter Eggs: 5LB Bag Classic marshmallow Easter eggs in bright, ...
    http://www.candywarehouse.com/wrappedeggs.html
    When I went there to day they were sold out.

    Jim

    Comment by Jim on 3/19/08 at 10:18 pm #
  56. I saw these last night at Walmart, I am in WA, Cybele: they also has fiesta malt balls. Just thought I’d let you know. smile

    Comment by Amy on 3/20/08 at 6:04 am #
  57. I love these.
    I drove all over town today trying to find some (at 50% off) to stock my desk drawer, but had no luck.

    It’s a sad Easter for me. :(

    Comment by spinetingler on 3/24/08 at 9:48 am #
  58. My mother-in-law gave us some this year. I had totally forgotten about them (probably because I’m a Cadbury Creme Egg addict). I can understand why some people don’t like them, they are VERY sweet, but I do actually like them. They are definitely the type of candy to only eat 1 or 2 at a time.

    Comment by Nicole on 3/25/08 at 5:11 am #
  59. Hurray for those brave souls who have come out of the easter basket to stand behind the righteousness of the BBBE. This is one of the finest seasonal candies ever produced. I have had a hollow space in my adult life where those enormous confectionery eggs used to sit. It is now filled.

    I have always considered this egg a primitive form of the jelly bean, which, I’m told, derived from Turkish delight. It seems to me the BBBE and the jelly bean must have a very similar recipe since eating a bbbe is almost exactly like eating an entire handful of jelly beans without the stick to your teeth dilemma of the jelly centers.

    As for the BBBE name, I can’t ratify that moniker. It doesn’t roll around the mouth like the required name should. After all, these are enormous globs of sugary goodness, hey maybe that should be their name. Whatever they should be called, I hope someone comes up with something better than BBBE, something that reflects the ages of easter longing this sweet tooth has felt in their absence.

    Welcome back to the Easter shelves Enormous Globs of Sugary Goodness.

    Comment by Jake on 3/25/08 at 3:01 pm #
  60. These candies rule!

    I love them and look forward to them every Easter. Anyone who says otherwise needs therapy.

    haha


    Go Bunny Basket Eggs. YAY !!!

    Comment by Scott Robinson on 3/27/08 at 9:52 am #
  61. Omgosh!! I tried to find these this year, because for some reason it doesn’t feel like Easter without them!!! They were nowhere to be found!!!! SOO SADDD!!!!

    Comment by Mary on 3/29/08 at 12:11 pm #
  62. Dude, these things are the “crack” of Easter candy.  I’m hopelessly addicted.  Brachs called them “Easter Hunt Eggs”, here, though.  I hoarded 5 bags of these, but woe is me, now that Easter is over!

    Comment by Lynette on 4/03/08 at 9:48 am #
  63. I absolutely love bunny basket eggs!  I had to go to three stores to find them this year (finally at Walgreen’s) and I bought 4 bags. I hope they never stop making them!

    Comment by Carmen Daigle on 5/05/08 at 9:54 am #
  64. These are great, don’t know why some people find them undesirable.  These are my faves at easter, the hard shell is yummy and the inside is pure sugar, not for a dieter, but great for a kid who has them just once a year!  Brush your teeth after and not problem.  They are good to have when you’ve had so much chocolate you just want a different festive taste.

    Comment by jamie upton on 8/24/08 at 7:00 am #
  65. Oh my goodness these are my favorite Easter candy!!! smile I wish I had a million of them to last me the year! Send them to meeeee ^_^

    Comment by Julia PJ on 1/18/09 at 9:33 am #
  66. I agree-these are the crack of Easter candy.  I think about them all year.  I have been waiting and waiting for all the stupid Valentine candy to get out of the way and for them to put out the Easter candy.  I feel like a drug addict.  I circled the boxes as they were putting out the candy, never fast enough-looking for the basket eggs!  Finally, after going to about 5 stores every day for a week, they put them out.  I keep buying like four bags at a time and keep saying to myself, this is it, no more!  Esp at 3 eggs = 130 calories.  I need to go the gym to get rid of this stupid egg habbit!  I feel sick and have headaches, but nothing makes me stop!  I eat at least a bag a day and will be so glad and upset at the same time when Easter is over so the candy will be gone.  There, I have said my peace.  Anyone feel the same?

    Comment by Cathy on 3/04/09 at 4:12 am #
  67. Good News!  I found them yesterday March 3, 2009 at my local Walgreens…Brach’s Easter Basket Eggs

    Comment by Jim on 3/04/09 at 11:37 am #
  68. Unable to find Brachs marshmellow easter eggs if any one know or see in the area let me know.  I tried Hometown - their website did not work.

    Comment by Juliet on 3/04/09 at 11:52 am #
  69. Found mine at Walgreens great price today in West LA grin

    Comment by Juliet on 3/04/09 at 12:35 pm #
  70. I LOVE THESE!!  These are my number one favorite candy of all time.  Candy corn are my second.  I haven’t eaten these in 7 years as I have lived overseas that long (I used to average 3 bags/week near easter).  While I have returned home several times in that period it has never been around Easter.  BUT I’M FINALLY GOING BACK NEAR EASTER TIME!!  I will have you oh so sweet bunny basket eggs!!  Loved your article and completely understand how most people can hate these tho!

    Comment by PS on 3/09/09 at 5:33 am #
  71. We’ve been trying to find these!  Target had them last year and my husband was in seventh heaven.  But we just looked today and they stabbed in the back.  They didn’t have them!  Where can we buy them?

    Comment by Jean Browman on 3/24/09 at 3:53 pm #
  72. Man…I love them. No. 66 says it for me. The older they are the better. If they are fresh it is too, too easy to get to the “meat”. You have to almost break a tooth getting into the old ones. But, alas, I can’t find any…but I’m still looking. Walgreen’s, Target, Publix, Sears,....

    Comment by Jim Starkovich on 3/24/09 at 6:30 pm #
  73. Last year I found them at Walmart. This year I found them at Walgreens. I live in the Prescott, Arizona area.

    Comment by Jim on 3/25/09 at 11:01 am #
  74. To Jim Starkovich above (my older brother at the other end of the continent). Have no fear, I just mailed you some today before I read your email. I found them at our Alco in Truth or Consequences, and I’m sorry to say I ate the bag I found at Big Lots last week. Alco’s were wrapped, and Big Lots were not! Now that we’re both over 70, I think we can eat anything we want! Both were about 2 bucks.

    Comment by Sally on 3/25/09 at 5:16 pm #
  75. Sally,
    Since having the name of Jim and being over 70 seem to be the criteria, I am waiting for my bag of Easter Basket Eggs as well.
    Jim   in Arizona smile

    Comment by Jim on 3/25/09 at 9:04 pm #
  76. I loved this post, and I absolutely worship these eggs.  Luckily Canada seems to get them every year at Shoppers Drug Mart and various other chains…but some years they’re harder to find.  Made by Dare and others.
    These wonderful eggs are vulgar, completely artificial and a straight, undiluted shot of pure sugar to the candy junkie.  I always make myself ill with them every easter and love it!!!

    Comment by brixton on 4/02/09 at 7:36 am #
  77. The above commenter (brixton, #76) is my wife and I cannot stand having these atrocious hellnodules in the house.  Every year at Easter I dread watching the ravenous consumption of these hospital-waste coloured monstrosities.

    Still, every Easter I buy a couple bags of these and hide them around the house.  Unfortunately she finds EACH..AND…EVERY…ONE OF THEM.

    Comment by Arkham on 4/02/09 at 8:51 am #
  78. Maybe I’m weird, but I absolutley looooove those crazy “marshmallow” eggs (which I admit, taste nothing like marshmallows). I love to eat the the outside first and them roll the “white stuff” into aball and let it melt in my mouth. And actually I’m 36 years old so its not a kid thing. I was actually one of the kids that left them in the basket. Now, I just don’t know what it is about them but I can’t get enough of ‘em!!!!

    Comment by Patrice on 4/09/09 at 4:17 pm #
  79. Well, it is only 3 more days til Easter and I have totally struck out!! My sister, Post #74, sent me a bag. My wife found 3 bags but she won’t tell me where she found them. BTW, I’m 71 and have been eating them for 39 years….when I can find them!!!

    Comment by Jim Starkovich on 4/09/09 at 4:58 pm #
  80. OMGoodness ... My FAVORITE Easter treat by far!
    In fact, just bought 2 bags of these great little eggs at Target the other day. Guess I’d better go back before they’re all scarfed up!

    BTW ~ Papas Opera Cream (Dark Chocolate) pretty bloomin’ tasty too! smile

    Comment by Connie Bunch on 4/11/09 at 10:59 am #
  81. As in most things, everyone has different tastes, and I, a “mature old white lady” has always thought these were the BEST of Easter candies, although I only let myself have one every now and then now.  So keep your opinions to yourself.

    Comment by Cathy on 4/13/09 at 11:02 am #
  82. I haven’t been able to find these for two years. I did this year. Bought three bags! The best. Went back for more after Easter. They were all sold out at three locations.  Don’t listen to the complainers most people love these. Now Peeps you can still find lots of those around.

    Comment by easter candy on 4/14/09 at 5:27 am #
  83. I agree the best! Sold out here as well. Are they kidding. Maybe they all work for Hershey and are trying to kill the market.

    Comment by Candy Magnet on 4/14/09 at 5:29 am #
  84. less than 10 minutes ago I bought these on clearance at Walgreen’s in Ocala, FL.  59 cents for the Brach’s 10.5 oz bag

    they are my fav easter candy by far.  but i ate too many & i feel sick now…

    Comment by JenJen on 4/16/09 at 11:20 am #
  85. LOVE the bunny basket eggs.  I bought mine at Meijer.  I also love the rabbits & chicks from brachs (the ones that resemble circus peanuts), which I had to go to a DIFFERENT store to buy.  I’m allergic to corn syrup but I MUST have them anyway. My favorite is the blue.

    Comment by SSB on 4/20/09 at 5:08 pm #
  86. I am so happy I have found people who adore these as much as me!  I lament that I couldn’t find them anywhere this year. 

    After the birth of my second child in March 1999, my mom gifted me bags of Bunny Basket Eggs and Chicks and Rabbits.  I ate both bags in the hospital bed.  The nurses were disgusted, and I was in sugar heaven!

    I miss you, Bunny Basket Eggs…

    Comment by Laura on 4/23/09 at 6:47 pm #
  87. okay, if anyone is interested, I just started a facebook group for Bunny Basket Eggs Lovers: 

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=736452673#/group.php?gid=75023686447&ref=mf

    Comment by Laura on 4/23/09 at 7:28 pm #
  88. These are one of my favorite Easter candies. About 8 or 9 years ago, I found a bag of them that were individually wrapped and took them to work and put them in the candy dish. (this has been the only time I ever found a bag of individually wrapped ones) It was fun to watch people’s reactions to them and hear their comments. Yes, they all were ate up the first day.

    Unfortunately, the only store that carries them locally during Easter is Walgreens. No other stores, including Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid Drugs or our local grocery store chains (King Soopers, Safeway or Albertsons) ever carry them. If I don’t get them at Walgreens I have to wait an entire year.

    Comment by Kevin on 5/06/09 at 1:46 pm #
  89. I have to admit, I absolutely adore these things. I’ll eat a few bags of them each easter if I’m not careful. I don’t know what it is about them I like because there are better candies that come out at easter.

    Comment by Octopus Pie on 7/04/09 at 12:07 am #
  90. How can you not like something this sweet?  I adore these.  It’s an endless wait getting back around to Eastertime when they are available.  Just a few satisfies the sweetest needs…

    Comment by aulura on 2/14/10 at 8:31 am #
  91. I love these things and haven’t find them around here when Easter rolls around!  I loved them as a child and still do.  Of course, they can’t hold a candle to the big red hearts full of chocolates on Valentine’s Day (today!) or practically anything sweet at Christmas, but I love them and miss them and would love to buy them again.

    Now if you want to talk about the evils of licorice, I’m there…

    Comment by June on 2/14/10 at 11:09 am #
  92. dont know how any one would take the time to write such dismay for CANDY EGGS !! I mean really? People need to get a grip their absolutely delicious!!! Wow i really look forward to finding them, which i’ve only been lucky enough in my area about a year or so ago in a CVS for all you fans that find them in your local Walgreen/s more power to you!! grab some for me Shame on you Hater’s.

    Comment by gpc on 2/21/10 at 10:02 am #
  93. Cybele's avatar

    gpc - I’m not sure how you got to this site and further, why you’d read the whole review and then take the time write a comment. I review candy because it’s there. All of it.

    I don’t begrudge anyone who loves them, as I stated. I just don’t care for them but I’m glad they exist for those who do.

    If you think that haters need to be shamed, then lovers do as well - it’s all about balance.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/21/10 at 12:35 pm #
  94. First, Cybelle, you are just plain [edited by admin for violation of comment policy]!! Sorry. Second, It is that time of year again and I FOUND THEM!!!  At Target, in Deerfield Beach, FL…but…$2.49 for a bag that is only half-full. Hey, I bought them anyway!!!

    Comment by Jimstar on 2/21/10 at 4:38 pm #
  95. Cybele's avatar

    Sorry friend, had to edit your profanity. Candy Blog is my house and that sort of stuff just doesn’t belong here ... it’s candy.

    You apparently have a reading disability. My post was how much I don’t like them - not how people who like them are bad ... but you know, your behavior does make rethink that position.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/21/10 at 4:41 pm #
  96. I love candy, and I think a candy blog is cool…let’s show a little respect folks.  I like candy eggs and I don’t like licorice.  Bet there are folks who feel the opposite…and it should be that way.  If we were all alike…how boring would that be?  Let’s all play nice…  smile

    Comment by June on 2/22/10 at 4:00 am #
  97. I too love these eggs.  They are hard on the body, but I still love them.  In Dallas, the only place so far I have found them is at Hobby Lobby on Preston and Beltline.  They are the individually wrapped ones and sell for about $2.50.  This bag is not as large as the not wrapped ones which I am still searching for.  Every year, finding Brach’s special candy has become a challenge.  If you find these in Dallas, let us all know where.

    Comment by Stacy on 2/24/10 at 7:40 am #
  98. I just found these today at our local Walgreen’s!!!!!!!!!  I am so excited!  I bought two bags.  There were probably only 6 or 8 bags there, so I figured I’d better get a couple.  I couldn’t wait to get home, cut open the bag and devour one.  I chose a purple (grape) one.  Luscious.  Sorry for gushing, especially for those who don’t like them, but it was great.  Thanks for this blog!

    Comment by June on 2/27/10 at 6:25 pm #
  99. I found these online!  And I’m buying in bulk too.  These were the best part of my Easters and I’ve been searching all over for them.  The cannot and must not be discontinued.  Eaten in moderation, they are fantastic!

    Comment by Corliss on 3/01/10 at 3:06 pm #
  100. Corliss…If you have a Walgreen’s you might try there.  Or maybe some other drugstore.  I found them at my Walgreen’s.  They are so good!  smile

    Comment by June on 3/01/10 at 7:44 pm #
  101. As someone who is a connoisseur of fine foods and a graduate of the Johnson and Wales Pastry School, I know great confections and sweets as sugars and sugar sculptures are my specialty.  However refined my palate may be, I love these candied eggs.  I have looked for them far and wide over the years recalling how much I loved these as a child.  The Easter Bunny always put these in our Easter baskets along with some of the finest and most delectable candies you could imagine.  These were always my favorite.  To all of you who don’t like this candy, by all means, please do not buy them so there will be more for those that do love them.  Obviously, there are enough people in the world that love them as much as I do since they are always sold out around the holiday.

    Comment by Scott on 3/11/10 at 12:36 pm #
  102. ...and wouldn’t it be cool if they came individually wrapped like they used to?????????

    Comment by June on 3/11/10 at 6:43 pm #
  103. I am honestly a little worried about how much I love these things.  Yes, they are both perfectly delicious and horrid at the same time - the ultimate sugar rush.  Nothing like the feeling of biting into one of these.  You can get these pretty reliably at Walgreen’s this year, at least in the Raleigh NC area.

    Another wonderful candy from Brach’s, who has been responsible for many delicious confections over the years.  Their candy corn is the standard by which all others are judged, in my book.

    Comment by Greg on 3/29/10 at 2:16 pm #
  104. I love these!!!!!  The only place i have found them this year is at Walgreens. The BLUE is my favorite with White coming in second. Lucky for me my kids don’t like them! I am buying another bag today before they’re all gone!

    Comment by Brigette on 4/01/10 at 12:50 pm #
  105. Forgive the false starts..I ate three (stop laughing) of the Hiding Egg facsimiles before I got on line, should be cured!
    However I’m still searching for the Brach’s (BBBE) version and would need an intervention if I yielded to the temptation of the minimum “on line” purchase.
    I’ve been on a 2 week hunt in the Encino and West Hills areas
    and no luck
    Do you know of a “stash” somewhere in the Valley
    Thanks for the smiles!

    Comment by Just for Easter on 4/01/10 at 5:10 pm #
  106. All of you guys are crazy!! These are my favorite and I wasn’t able to find them this year and am very upset by it.  If anyone knows where I can still find them please let me know.

    Comment by sarah on 4/04/10 at 3:31 pm #
  107. I LOVE these…and I missed them this year. I went to 7 stores, and could’nt find them at all. Even Walmart got greedy with raising prices on Easter candy. But, even my fail-proof drug stores did NOT carry my once-a-year indulgence. My 2nd son (21) gave me a fake frown when he went through his stuff…...If you know where they were sold this year, maybe I can luck out and check tomorrow.

    Comment by Mary Edsell on 4/04/10 at 7:43 pm #
  108. I bought two of about 6 bags that I saw at our local Walgreen’s several weeks before Easter.

    Comment by June on 4/05/10 at 6:46 pm #
  109. I was unable to find this candy this year in any stores in my area. not because it sells out, but because no stores carried it. not Walmart (although they did in previous years), not Shaw’s supermarkets, NOT Hannaford’s, not Price chopper, not any of the pharmacies or convenience stores, not even any dollar stores. apparently, Brach’s chose to limit their shipments to specific states. I was disappointed.

    Comment by Frank on 4/05/10 at 8:09 pm #
  110. Hi—-FOUND IT…well, it wasnt from Brach…..but I went back to a 2nd Wlagreens (Smithtown NY) and they sold a similar brand—called it EASTER BASKET MIX by judson/Atkinson Candies….in are the BABY marshmallow eggs, individually wrapped along with marshmallow ckick/bunnies 22 oz…..AND got them for 50% off…so I bought 2 bags, and saw the smile on my 22 year olds face!  So these holidays are NOT just for the young kids…..YOUNG AT HEART….Mary

    Comment by Mary Edsell on 4/08/10 at 8:03 am #
  111. I have to tell you I have looked high and low for these eggs.  My 20 year old son just doesn’t think it is Easter without them and I could not find a store that carried them this year.

    I went shopping on an airforce base with my mother in law today and they had them at their Commissary she purchased them for my son, her grandson. 

    I hope these never go out of style!!! and that they would be easier to find so that I could have them before Easter next year!!!!

    Comment by Marcia on 4/14/10 at 9:04 am #
  112. I HATE these.  Ugh.  My Mom always put them in my basket.  They are wretched.  For one terrible second when I saw the picture I feared you liked them.

    Comment by celia on 4/14/10 at 12:41 pm #
  113. I’m diabetic, but splurge on these every year (egg in one hand, needle in the other) - always choosing the bags that have the most BLUE eggs. Yum!  It’s June and I’m having crazy cravings.  C’mon Easter!!!

    Comment by W. J. on 6/01/10 at 7:30 pm #
  114. do u have all white, my faverite kind !!!!!!!

    Comment by Bennie Smith on 10/14/10 at 7:11 am #
  115. These used to be my absolute favorites. Of course, this is back in the day when Brach’s actually made them. Brach’s got bought up long ago by Farley’s, who used to make an absolutely retched version of these. A very thick grainy shell with shoe polish as the flavoring. The modern version is a mix of the two. What I wouldn’t give to go to Grant’s or Woolworth’s and buy a pound of these as they were.

    Comment by Tony on 11/30/10 at 8:13 am #
  116. Oh, by the way. Despite so many people saying they hate these, they are almost impossible to find in stores. When they are found, I’ve seen people call friends on their cells and alert them. I have almost never seen these make it to the day after Easter and 50% off. Must be one of those ‘secret’ addictions.

    Comment by Tony on 11/30/10 at 8:17 am #
  117. I didn’t like these as a child, but now my tastes have changed and I am addicted to them.  The only problem is they are hard to find anymore.

    Comment by Rosie on 3/23/11 at 2:48 pm #
  118. My husband and I loved these as children, ate most of the ones we put out for our children, but sort of lost touch with them once our kids were grown.  We decided that, now that Easter is upon us, we would buy a bag for old time’s sake.  WRONG!  They are impossible to find in stores.  Even this early!  So I did the next best thing.  I ordered six bags directly from Brachs.  They arrived today.  We can hardly wait for dessert!

    Comment by surfwid on 3/23/11 at 3:29 pm #
  119. I just bought a bag of these at our local Walgreen’s about a week ago.  Yea!!!!!

    Comment by June on 3/24/11 at 9:40 am #
  120. I love these sugar bombs.  Thank you all for the heads-up about Walgreen’s having these in stock.  Thank you to Candy Blog for giving us a place to congregate.

    Comment by Brian on 3/29/11 at 5:38 pm #
  121. I call this, The Mystery of the undelivered candy…
    I have to wonder why this particular candy is so impossible to find where I live. I mean, Brach’s does not make shipments of it to my home state. I have been into, or called, every store in my entire state (local stores or chain stores) and none of them sell it, or have never heard of it. it just isn’t fair that Brach’s excludes my home state entirely. only once have I found it here, but that was some years ago. why not now?

    Comment by Rupert on 4/01/11 at 6:29 pm #
  122. Go directly to Brachs and order them!  We did, they came quickly, and we now have a great supply of these yummy candy eggs.

    Comment by Louisa Tennille on 4/02/11 at 7:55 am #
  123. I already went to Brachs’ website. they don’t have them. all they do have under the Easter category are: jelly beans, malted eggs, chicks and rabbits, and chocolate rabbit.

    Comment by Rupert on 4/02/11 at 3:25 pm #
  124. Rupert and others: Try this site to order these sweet little fellows!!!!

    http://www.candywarehouse.com/marshmallowegg.html

    Comment by JIM on 4/02/11 at 8:36 pm #
  125. Found them at the CandyWarehouse site—just can’t convince myself it’s okay to pay $10.38 to ship them. 

    For the first year in memory, I’ll be doing without my favorite Spring treat, which breaks a very long-held, very unhealthy tradition.

    Bring on the healthy snacks!

    Comment by W. J. on 4/02/11 at 10:29 pm #
  126. I just order these and some other favorites of mine. How can you people not like these?

    Comment by Connie on 4/07/11 at 10:28 am #
  127. Found them at Walgreens here in Arizona. 4/7/2011

    Comment by Jim on 4/07/11 at 3:18 pm #
  128. I know everybody hates these—all of my friends included—but I’m addicted to them. I’ve eaten at least 10 bags this season alone. I know, terrible. Begging for diabetes. But I can’t stop. They just do it for me. Can’t explain it. They’ve run out of them where I live… I’ve checked every drug store, grocery store and Wal-Mart. No dice. I’m having to order them online now. I ran across some in Washington D.C. a week ago and brough 5 bags home with me. I need help.

    Comment by Ryan on 4/16/11 at 8:38 pm #
  129. I loved the Brach’s chocholate coverd eggs most at Easter especially (Maple nut & Tutti Fruiti) Do they still make them? I haven’t seen them in stores for many years…

    Comment by Rick Grunewald on 4/19/11 at 6:52 pm #
  130. These are the most addictive candy I ever had.  I always buy all the packs stocked in my nearest Walgreen’s.  They are so sugary its almost sickening but for some reason I can’t help myself.  Thank goodness they are only sold during the Easter holiday season.  I often wonder if some addictive additive is included in the ingredients of this yummy sugary candy.  I’m down to my last 2 bags currently.  Is there some Brach`s Bunny Basket Marshmallow Easter Eggs Addicts Anonymous group out there?????

    Comment by Jackie on 4/19/11 at 7:13 pm #
  131. I have jhust eaten almost an entire bag and was surfing the web (to stave off my upset stomach) in search of more info about these bad boys. I remember them from my youth - loved them then, love them now :=)

    Comment by Football & Fried Rice on 4/21/11 at 11:21 am #
  132. I can’t find these anywhere in the area—not even at Walgreen’s, which is usually the only place that carries them.  So, I’ve converted to the very similar ‘Judson’s Hiding Eggs’.  The Brach’s have just become too rare.

    Comment by W. J. St. Christopher on 4/21/11 at 6:47 pm #
  133. I completely struck out in Charleston this year looking for these. Sad face.

    Comment by spinetingler on 4/25/11 at 8:28 am #
  134. Are you kidding me? I loove these. Best Easter candy ever! I was beside myself this year, since I didn’t see them in any store. I usually like to stock up, but never got the chance this year. If they don’t bring them back next year, I’ll just die!

    Comment by Allison on 4/25/11 at 2:23 pm #
  135. Perhaps you need a primer on how to enjoy them?

    They’ve long been my favorite, but I also eat straight fondant, so go figure.

    First, they are two very seperate componants and the contrast is fun.  Try to eat one by skinning it with your teeth.  Just the grainy outside at first.  Then pop the meltaway center into your mouth and chew.

    Another way is to bite it in half, chew half, and then suck on the remaining half.  The center will disolve, giving your tongue a hideyhole.

    Or you can try to suck on the whole thing at once.  When you finally make it through to the center, it will be a completely different consistancy, like a cream center.

    Lately, I’ve been introduced to another form of eating them.  Having them handed to me by a disgusted toddler who is saying, “I don’t LIKE these, stop giving them to me.”  My way of ensuring that I get Easter candy, hehe.

    Comment by Sarah on 4/27/11 at 8:23 am #
  136. These were my favorite Easter candy.  They used to make a red colored one, but discontinued it in the late 60’s due to the red food color dye scare.  They replaced it with a blue colored one, which has a different flavor.  My favorites are the yellow (lemon), green (lime) and orange (orange).  Brach’s also used to make a medium sized egg, about half as large as these, and they were loaded with coconut.  I haven’t seen those for about 20 years; wish they would bring them back.

    Comment by Mike on 4/30/11 at 7:10 pm #
  137. Is there anybody out there? 
    I know I’m just one person… I can’t stand it anymore!!  Please bring back the Easter basket eggs!!  It’s just not easter without them… I’m DEPRESSED, and find myself not buying any Easter candy at all.  It’s too painful a reminder.

    Comment by Dana Clark on 3/03/12 at 9:12 pm #
  138. Dana,  i bought a bag last week at Walgreens.  Good Luck finding them.  smile

    Comment by Brig on 3/03/12 at 9:39 pm #
  139. Dana,

    Harris Teeter has them.

    Comment by spinetingler on 3/03/12 at 9:50 pm #
  140. I haven’t looked this year, but I found them at Walgreen’s last year.  They only had a few bags, so I bought two!  smile

    Comment by June on 3/14/12 at 1:50 pm #
  141. I just visited our Walgreen’s and they had a place for the eggs but the manager said they were sold out.  He contacted an associate in a town south of us and they were out, too.  I am acquainted with him and he asked if he could try to “generate an order” for me.  I agreed.

    Comment by June on 3/20/12 at 12:05 pm #
  142. I have been looking all over for these and can’t find them anywhere.  I moved from Ohio to Massachusetts last summer.  Do they not have them out here?  We had them growing up in Maine, can’t understand why I can’t find them.  These are my absolute favorite Easter candy.

    Comment by Beth on 4/01/12 at 12:52 pm #
  143. I FINALLY found some of these eggs at Walgreen’s 2 days ago.  I bought the last 4 bags.  Our children are grown and gone.  These eggs are for my husband and me!!!!

    Comment by Louisa on 4/01/12 at 2:06 pm #
  144. A gigantic sweet-tooth thanks to Candy Blog for helping locate my fav, and the all time best Easter candy…  been looking for these for years, but within 15 minutes of finding this blog we ran to Walgreens and bought the last package.  I’m in heaven…

    Comment by Jay on 4/01/12 at 6:05 pm #
  145. Loved these treats. They are hard to find these days.

    Comment by John on 6/03/12 at 9:14 pm #
  146. Love them, love them can’t wait for easter.

    Comment by Bennie Smith on 1/03/13 at 8:13 am #
  147. It’s been several years since I’ve been able to find these locally.  Even Walgreen’s doesn’t carry them here.  Sad . . .

    Comment by W. J. on 1/03/13 at 5:28 pm #
  148. Not a thing wrong with this candy. It’s meant to be a sweet treat. It has succeeded for many years. Too bad all the health nuts find something wrong with everything. Everything in moderation people.

    Comment by Mark Stevens on 2/28/13 at 11:53 pm #
  149. Found these at Walgreen’s today! There were exactly six bags of them on the shelf, and I bought four. I would have bought all six if the price ($2.99 per bag) had been a bit more reasonable. Last year, they were 2 for $4 at Walgreen’s, and I bought two thinking I could come back later and get some more another time. But they were never restocked. So this time, I bought four bags, because a) again, that’s probably all the stock they have and it will probably not be restocked again this year either and b) four bags of pure sugary intensity is probably enough for one Easter season.

    Obviously, I can’t guarantee that anybody else’s Walgreen’s carries these, but the one closest to me did. I haven’t seen them anywhere else—Target, Walmart, etc.—for the past 3-4 years. 

    $2.99 did seem ever-so-slightly high a price, but obviously it’s nowhere close to the $6-$14 per bag that’s being charged on candy websites that currently stock this item. Glad I was able to stock up this year on this Easter staple. It SUCKS that it’s becoming so scarce. I thought a lot of people liked these. How can they not? They are SO good.

    Comment by Allison on 3/04/13 at 6:58 pm #
  150. I checked at my Walgreen’s yesterday and they had a whole box of these bags of eggs!  I bought two bags!  One bag is gone already!  Yesssss!!!!!!

    Comment by June on 3/08/13 at 4:24 am #
  151. Oh, and I should have said they were 2 for $5.00!

    Comment by June on 3/08/13 at 7:28 am #
  152. OMG!  I went to Walgreens yesterday and found them!!!  Bought two bags and they are gone today!  I love these things! They are the one Easter candy I can’t do without.  They were also 2 for $5.  Can’t believe what they are charging online for these.  But if comes down to not being able to find them in the stores, I may have to break down every year and buy a bag online at their outrageous prices! Our HyVee had them last year but not this year.  I’ve looked everywhere and the only place I found them was Walgreens.  Thanks Walgreens!

    Comment by Mary on 3/14/13 at 12:03 pm #
  153. Maybe we should all get together and send Walgreen’s a great big thank-you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  smile  Not sure why no one else seems to get the hint.

    Comment by June on 3/14/13 at 3:07 pm #
  154. Cybele's avatar

    I saw them at CVS here in Los Angeles today. The only difference was that they were individually wrapped.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/14/13 at 3:10 pm #
  155. Individually wrapped?!  That’s the way I remember them from my childhood!  Wish I could get those to stuff in the plastic eggs for my church’s Easter egg hunt!  Guess I’ll have to check my CVS.  Thanks for the heads up!

    Comment by June on 3/14/13 at 4:41 pm #
  156. If anyone finds any in central Arkansas please email me.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  I am 6 mos pregnant craving em and have looked for weeks!

    Comment by Michelle Lee Rhodes on 3/17/13 at 7:21 am #
  157. I am 81 yrs old and still love these things!!  I haven’t known where to find them until today.I live 65 miles from the nearest Walgeeens but it is worth it to make the trip!!

    Comment by Phyllis Arno on 3/18/13 at 7:03 pm #
  158. Going on Cybele’s post that she had found them individually wrapped at CVS, I jaunted down to our local CVS and was told that they had had them but were sold out.  I asked, “Individually wrapped?” and she said, “Yes.  And we could possibly get more.”  I also revisited my Walgreen’s and found that they had THREE MORE BOXES of the eggs that are not individually wrapped.  Sooo…I bought two more bags!  smile  Happy Easter!

    Comment by June on 3/20/13 at 11:34 am #
  159. Horrid? No way. These things are my favorite Easter candy of all time, even surpassing the mighty Peeps and Cadbury.

    When I was a kid, the Easter Bunny used to scotch tape quarters, nickels and dimes to these (yes, the shell is such that you can tape things to the candy without harm and the tape would peel right off.) and my brothers and I would do the egg hunt for them. They are divine.

    Now I finally know who makes them and what to look for. Thanks for the memories.

    Comment by Chris W. on 2/25/14 at 7:21 am #
  160. OMG… I love these things.  Not finding them in any stores this year around here.  It seems almost unpatriotic to not like them. 

    Really, it is unfair to allow Easter to roll around and not have them.

    Comment by Christi F on 3/08/14 at 11:50 am #
  161. I haven’t been to walgreens or cvs to look yet, but if they’re going to be selling them in my area, it’s going to be those two stores. Will be checking it out SOON!!!!  Yum!!!

    Comment by Brigette on 3/08/14 at 5:23 pm #
  162. Just scored a couple of bags at CVS.

    Comment by spinetingler on 3/08/14 at 5:46 pm #
  163. For those who arn’t connesieurs of these delectable delights the orange is orange (go figure) yellow is lemon, green is lime, purple is grape, blue is blue berry, pink is strawberry, white is vanella. For the past ten years I have always been able to buy my 2 bag seasonal quota at CVS or Walgreens if they haven’t been sold out.  For a candy that’s so horrable they seem to be one of the first to disappear from the shelves so get them early.  Easter is a month away and the local Walgreens had already sold out and waiting on the next shipment. CVS came through. Woo Hoo. The best way to eat them I have found is bite off one end, less than half, then suck out the white sugary center finish by eating the hard sugary shell. Do the same with the other end. You will be left with the center bit. Well, suck out the white center as before and finish off the little candy ring you had left. A drop of milk takes it to another glorious demension.

    Comment by Keith L on 3/13/14 at 3:55 pm #
  164. Y’all are nuts if you don’t like this candy. This is Easter candy.  Easter has the best chocolate and the best candy.  I love these eggs!!

    Thank You.

    Comment by Jim on 3/22/14 at 8:19 pm #
  165. Surprisingly I have also found these at Harris-Teeter this year!

    Comment by spinetingler on 3/22/14 at 8:46 pm #
  166. Just thought I’d let you know, this candy is sold out in stores and almost everyplace online. The main exception seems to be eBay where folks are happy to share…to the tune of $10 per 9oz bag plus shipping. I’ve always loved them myself, but for nearly $20 a pound, I’ll buy filet mignon wink

    Comment by Gary on 4/09/14 at 8:25 pm #
  167. @Gary—I absolutely agree.  I love this candy, but it’s become practically a black market item!  I’m done with hunting it down, then being asked for an exorbitant amount to actually buy it.

    If Brach’s cared about putting it into the hands of their consumers, they’d make it readily available.  Period.

    This ex-fan is stopping the insanity, for good.

    I’ll just stick with my latest sweet obsession, instead—Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans!  wink

    Comment by W.J. on 4/10/14 at 5:20 am #
  168. These were NOT a favorite of mine but they were a step above marshmallow peeps, at least, in my opinion. I equate them with Easter Basket low end filler (they filled out the range of size & colors that would make up a nice variety. Bigger than jellybeans - not chocolate.) Never thought of them as “hiding” eggs but guess they would make good filling candy for inside the plastic eggs that split in half? They come individually wrapped because when they dry out & go stale - they became uneatable (& dropping from 2 to 1 is totally NOT cool.) It sounds like the purple ones that aren’t grape but that are described as floral/lavender/potpourri just maybe the closest thing we have in the USA to the popular Australian ‘musk’ flavor? I’m willing to give them a secondary try - esp the purple or lime green ones (a flavor & have always loved & that seems harder & harder to find) - but will probably spit it out before the inner part which was probably my least favorite part of these. I like the earlier comments that call these’vulgar’& ‘unsophisticated’- but since they are tied into nostalgia I can also understand where they are also very fondly remembered. Other Easter candies I didn’t like? Fruit & nut eggs. A Easter candy I DID like but can’t find anymore? Tart & creamy Sherbet creams in lime, orange, lemon & raspberry!

    Comment by Gary Wright on 4/10/14 at 12:31 pm #
  169. I have searched everywhere this year for these darn eggs.  I posted one of the original posts in this blog back in 2006!  Funny how everyone has a different opinion about these eggs.  My husband and I love them.  Great memories from childhood.  I have been everywhere from Target to CVS to Walgreens to Walmart.  Nothing.  No eggs anywhere.  Maybe next year…

    Comment by Louisa Tennille on 4/10/14 at 12:59 pm #
  170. I can’t believe that some of you, are saying bad things about the best selling candy durning Easter.jelly beans is nothing it nor is the chocolet, I crave for those tastey delious eggs, I will buy everyone I can get my hand on. They are my weakness. Please do nothing stop making them.

    Comment by Sarah Powell on 4/10/14 at 5:59 pm #
  171. I don’t get why you’d be upset with Brach’s, W.J. They are still doing their part by manufacturing this candy. Apparently it’s the stores that aren’t ordering them much anymore. FTR, I bought a bunch of them at a CVS about a month ago, but I haven’t been back again to see if they still have them (plus, I figure that downing four bags all by myself is enough for one year).

    Comment by Allison on 4/10/14 at 6:01 pm #
  172. I found them at Publix in Boca Raton, FL. Don’t bother going there because they are all sold out….I bought them all!!!

    Comment by Jim Starkovich on 4/10/14 at 7:56 pm #
  173. I agree with everyone that says they are like Easter crack. I LOVE these little chunks of sugary heaven. I have not checked Walgreens, but I will try, thanks for the tip. I did try the larger stores here in Michigan; Walmart, Meijers and my local stores; Wagoners and Family Fare and I finally found them at Hardings, hoping they still have some when I go back on Sunday, the stash that I bought has been consumed :( My other favorite that I can only find at Easter is the Russell Stover (has to be that brand) White Chocolate Bunny. Russell Stover has the best tasting white chocolate…YUMMMM!!!

    Comment by Marie on 4/10/14 at 11:14 pm #
  174. I am stoked!  Or is that STOCKED!  I just went to Winn-Dixie (for you folks outside the southern parts of the USA, it’s a regional grocery store) for something for Saturday night supper and found TA-DA…wait for it…Brach’s EASTER HUNT Easter Eggs!  AND…they are individually wrapped!  I guess they changed the name of them AND wrapped them!  If this has been covered already, I missed it!  BUT…I did NOT miss these beauties!  I bought three bags but they had about a dozen more!  So excited!  I looked only half hoping because it’s just a grocery store, and I couldn’t believe it when I found them!  I took a picture but am not sure to upload it…of IF I can upload one here.  Excuse me while I go get a paper bag to breathe into!!!!!!!!

    Comment by June on 4/12/14 at 4:07 pm #
  175. I’m glad to see someone is successful in finding these beauties. I got two bags last month but they didn’t get far before they were gone yummmm :p. The search is back on in So Cal to find out where the bunny’s are layin their eggs.

    Comment by Keith L on 4/12/14 at 6:26 pm #
  176. I wait, impatiently I might add, every year for Easter so that I can buy as many bags of these as I can find (sorry to all those who can’t find them because I have bought every bag) so that they might last till next Easter! I wish they would stay fresh that long but I would rather east the stale ones than none at all! I never thought if buying them online from Brachs but now that I know you can maybe I’ll leave sone for the rest of you. Maybe! I also didn’t know that I could get then from CVS individually wrapped. Yaaaaaahhhhhhhh! Thanks for all the great info all you fellow bunny basket egg lovers. These are my all time favorite so thank you, thank you, thank you to all of those who despise this treat-the way I look at it that leaves more for me!!!

    Comment by Kathleen on 4/12/14 at 10:21 pm #
  177. I found this post because I was looking for a place that sold these things. I haven’t seen them in years! I’ve been searching for them. I love these things! I will be checking walgreens tomorrow as I search for the best Easter basket goodies my daughter and me lol could ever find. If i were rich I’d hit up Godiva and waste a few hundred dollars on the chocolate of gods, but instead i will hunt for these bad boys and some cadbury cream eggs and etc. Hey the sour watermelon peeps are pretty interesting and i normally hate peeps.

    Comment by Dallas Mama on 4/15/14 at 12:09 am #
  178. You might want to remember in your search that the name has been changed to Brach’s Easter Hunt Eggs.  I found them at my local Winn-Dixie grocery store, although that is regional here in the South.  When I checked my receipt, it rang up as Farley’s, not Brach’s.  I don’t know if the change in name is everywhere but that’s what I found.

    Comment by June on 4/15/14 at 5:09 am #
  179. I am firmly in the ADDICTION camp on these. They are so sweet they almost make me cringe, but I cannot resist! in MASS, I was not able to find for several years. This year though? JACKPOT! individually wrapped at many CVS (not all though) and the trusty BBBE (not wrapped) at Walgreens. I never shop at Walgreens, but go in solely for these eggs. I limited myself to 2 bags of each, but am going to have to look for more. because they are GONE. boohoo.

    on an unrelated tangent: thank GOD Necco went back to “original” (imitation) flavors for the Necco Wafers. the Natural flavors were just awful!

    Comment by Cah on 4/15/14 at 9:38 am #
  180. Aha!  So what I’m getting is that the unwrapped ones are still available as Brach’s Bunny Basket and the wrapped ones are Brach’s Easter Hunt.  Got it.  Thanks.

    Comment by June on 4/15/14 at 10:43 am #
  181. Yes.. and the Bunny Basket eggs are larger than the wrapped Easter Hunt eggs. At least in my part of the country they are. wink  I prefer the Bunny Basket, of course. I assume the Easter Hunt wrapped eggs are made smaller so they can fit in the plastic eggs for hunting.

    Comment by Brigette on 4/15/14 at 10:47 am #
  182. I have noticed that the size for the wrapped and unwrapped are different.  I like the wrapped better even though they are smaller because they’re easier for egg hunts.

    Comment by June on 4/15/14 at 11:15 am #
  183. I love these candies. They are THE Easter candy, to me. I have sometimes looked at 4 or 5 stores just to find them (and then bought several bags), and have even once driven to a different town to get them. This year, they are nowhere to be found. Amazon has them for something like $12 a bag…too rich, dang it! So…how to enjoy them. Don’t bite them. Put them in your mouth and let them dissolve slowly. Of course, after less than a minute you WILL bite them, but that just means you can put in another one. MMMMMM.

    Comment by Dave on 4/16/14 at 4:31 pm #
  184. I love these things! I’ve never thought to look online for them; just been very disappointed when Wal-Mart doesn’t have them every Easter. I am hoping a Walgreens or CVS nearby has some this year. If not, I’ll purchase them online. Not sure why I like them so much, as I agree with others there is better Easter candy. Just something about them…

    Comment by Carmen on 4/17/14 at 8:30 am #
  185. I finally realized what is inside these things. It’s the same stuff they make those orange Circus Peanuts out of. Only the BBBE’s seem to have more of a cane sugar center than the more marshmallow texture of the Circus Peanuts. Same general flavor too.

    Comment by Paul Miruzzi on 5/20/14 at 7:14 pm #

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