Sunday, April 16, 2006

What’s in Your Easter Basket?

As a kid Christmas was probably my favorite holiday, but Easter was a close second, probably because of the candy.


The Easter Bunny graced our house with rather unusual baskets. Besides the customary “hiding of the basket” which got more and more complicated as the years went by, we also got plenty of non-candy items in our baskets.

Our Easter baskets came with a large chocolate rabbit. They were usually solid, but there were years when they were hollow and others when they weren’t even made of real chocolate. There were foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and jelly beans. Sometimes the jelly beans were the spice flavors, sometimes the fruit flavors. I liked them both and usually traded for the black ones (though it was hardly necessary as my brother and sister didn’t care for them and I’d get them eventually anyway). Sometimes there were those premium chocolate eggs like the large Russell Stover ones. But there was always a can of black olives for each of us. I have no idea how this tradition started, but we loved black olives (especially putting one on each fingertip). Later we also got dill pickles and depending on what our tastes were at the moment it could be slim jims or a stick of salami (I kid you not). Our Easter baskets were honestly more like picnic baskets. And we loved them that way.

The photo above was taken in 1969 by my grandfather on the lawn at the side of my grandparents house in North Canton, OH. Sometimes they’d have an egg hunt for us, and I think that’s what I’ve got in the picture ... a hard-boiled, decorated egg that I started eating. Yes, I’m wearing a plaid wool suit. Yes, I look fierce (that hasn’t changed).

So, what did you get in your Easter basket as a kid (or this weekend) that was not quite what most folks expect?

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:00 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     Fun Stuff

  1. Well, not exactly in my basket, but… when my little sister was growing up, she was afraid of Santa Claus, so we had the Easter Bunny come on Christmas as well. This year my mom sent me a bunch of yellow Peeps, some bunny & chick marshmallows, some chocolate-covered marshmallow bunnies (can you tell I love marshmallow??), Hershey’s miniatures, and some jellybeans.

    Comment by Bridget on 4/16/06 at 9:31 am #
  2. As a kid I always got a chocolate rabbit, jelly beans (only the ones by Jelly Belly), the small solid chocolate eggs (by dove, and earlier by Hershey) in the colored foil, and a few of the Strawberry White Chocolate covered eggs by Russel Stover (which were discontinued about 2 years ago and have now been replaced by the regualr milk chocolate covered). In more recent years the Cadbury Creme egg has been added (sometimes a Dove Truffle egg mixed in).

    As for this year, you’ll have to wait a few days until it comes in the mail. :D

    Comment by Sera on 4/16/06 at 10:51 am #
  3. I usually have a tradition of getting the little See’s eggs and a few of the big, hollow ones with the white chocolate chicks inside every year plus a See’s chocolate rabbit.  This year, however, we didn’t make it to See’s early enough so I had to settle for Hershey eggs and the Dove chocolate bunnies that our neighbors have been giving us in recent years.

    Comment by Alex on 4/16/06 at 6:35 pm #
  4. As a kid I usually got some sort of chocolate bunny, of mediocre quality, usually with the weird candy eyes (which were my favorite part).  Assorted jelly beans, cadbury’s stuff, russel stover eggs, bubble gum eggs and other prepackaged stuff. I also usually got a stuffed rabbit (the toy kind, not the taxidermist kind). 

    This year Dad brought me a milk chocolate russel stovers bunny, but I don’t usually get anything.  I think he just brought it because I made Easter dinner.

    Comment by g on 4/17/06 at 5:52 am #
  5. We’re Eastern Orthodox, so our easter usually comes after ‘regular’ Easter, so we would get whatever was on sale, candy-wise, but also like your family, picnic basket items like olives, pickles, fancy dried fruit, jam, sardines - treats that we normally didn’t have.

    My Mom _still_ makes me an Easter basket, and usually includes new or fancy things for the kitchen, like salt, coffee, spices and of course, candy. Lucky me.

    Comment by Cory on 4/17/06 at 6:25 am #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    Cory - I forgot all about dried fruit! I loved Apricot Roll Ups and often got those instead of the cured meats that my siblings got.

    g - I forgot all about the bizarro candy eyes. I know that’s one of the ways we’d tell each other’s bunnies apart - which ones had eyes and which ones didn’t.

    Sera - aw, the Easter bunny stopped sending me baskets a few years ago ...

    Bridget - okay, that’s genius, having the Easter bunny come twice! I think he should come instead of the Toothfairy too!

    Comment by Cybele on 4/17/06 at 7:19 am #
  7. I got roses and a symphomy bar with toffee and almonds..mmmm Thanks to you my husband got a chocolate marshmallow Russell Stover egg….he said it was good…I have to say you did influence my picks in the Easter isle this year!!Thanks!!  BTW…those candy eyes were always my fav. part too…lol.

    Comment by Amy on 4/17/06 at 7:59 am #
  8. My dad did the best Easter baskets.  He like the standard Hershey Kisses but he usually had a large hollow chocolate egg that he would put more chocolate in it. There was always a huge hollow chocolate bunny too. Since he was an artist he colored he eggs with magic marker.  My favorites were Hagar the horrible and spiderman.  As I got health conscience or my parents were worried about the amount of chocolate given to one small child I started getting carob coated peanuts.

    Comment by inajeep on 4/17/06 at 9:00 am #
  9. Easter was always quite mysterious in my house. I’d wake up, and see a giant cellophane wrapped basket in the middle of my room. I’d have the Jelly Belly jelly beans for breakfast, get dressed for Easter brunch, and have the Easter Egg hunt afterwards.

    This year for Easter I got a big plush yellow bunny peep!

    When my mother was little, she’d never eat her chocolate rabbits, because they were too pretty.

    Comment by Tristyn on 4/17/06 at 8:15 pm #
  10. One year I got an Easter pelican!  The local, family-run chocolate makers were out of bunnies by the time my mom got there, but they had a lovely pelican that she got me instead.  Loved it!

    Comment by Beth on 1/31/08 at 10:45 am #
  11. We always got the usual stuff in our baskets, but we’d also get little presents in our baskets, like lip balms, bubble bath etc. Paper dolls sometimes… When I was 10 I got a training bra in my easter basket lol…that’s how I got my first bra.

    Comment by Sara Em on 10/28/08 at 4:23 pm #
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