Most chocolate bunnies are made with molds, and the hollow hares are not filled.

Surprisingly, Cadbury's famous chocolate eggs with the yummy creamy whites and yolks can be made at home. In fact, recipes for most Easter candies are available on the Internet, and contain all the usual sugary suspects. Odd items like pectin or lethicin can be purchased at almost any kitchen store or gourmet shop.

The famous Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are available only in spring, with their "cup" versions always around.

Once you've stuffed yourself with jelly beans and chocolate of all sorts, there's really only one special Easter treat left to tease the palate ...


The marshmallow mother of all Easter candies

Yellow Peeps have been crossing American roads to "get to the other side" since 1954, when a Bethlehem, Pa., company developed the lemon-coated marshmallow cream chicks.

Today, Peeps, whether bunny- or chick-shaped, come in all colors and flavors, and in 2010, the company introduced chocolate-covered treats.

You can now indulge your wildest fantasies -- or at least most of those related to cocoa and marshmallows -- in both dark chocolate and milk chocolate Peep flavors.

When you think of marshmallows, perhaps you think of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from "Ghostbusters," a Peep, or the gooey center of a s'more from Scout camp. But did you know that the marshmallow is actually the modern version of a medicinal confection made from the sap of Althaea officinalis. The pink-flowered European perennial herb, which years ago was introduced to the eastern United States, is known as the marshmallow plant.

Something to keep in mind while rummaging through your child's Easter basket. Just don't forget to brush and floss!