Easter Candy Around the World

By Gabriella Gershenson

Published on March 26, 2012

There seems to be a universal language when it comes to Easter candy. It's the language of eggs—foil-wrapped chocolate eggs filled with hazelnut praline from Belgium, candy-coated gianduja eggs from Italy, peanut-butter packed eggs from the States, Swedish papier-mache eggs brimming with licorice, sweet and sour gummies, and more. What once signified fertility and rebirth for pagans, then transformed into a symbol of resurrection once the holiday became a Christian one, now seems to be the most popular (and filling-friendly) shape in the wide world of Easter candy. Chocolate eggs first showed up in Europe in the nineteenth century—the solid variety preceded the hollow—and their popularity shows no signs of waning. Just in time to order for the holiday, here are some of the best international Easter candies (with a bunny thrown in for good measure).

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