What’s the nation’s most lucrative holiday for candy sales? Halloween and Valentine’s Day may come to mind, but in fact, Easter takes the cake. If you’ve ever bitten head first into a big-eared chocolate bunny, you know why. But while you may gain a couple pounds this Easter, the good news is that you don’t need to spend upwards of $35,000 on a Faberge egg (or travel to the U.K.) to get your hands on the good stuff. These local chocolatiers and candy shops have all you need for a decadent, and celebratory, holiday ahead.
Keep it classic with solid, floppy-eared bunnies, or think outside the rabbit hole with chocolate-covered Peeps, an Alice in Wonderland-inspired shoe, or even two hardcore bunnies on the back of a Harley. Whatever you choose, it’s guaranteed to be organic, fair trade, and most certainly, good.
18 West Market St., Rhinebeck
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAGUSTA’S LUSCIOUS
If you’ve permanently gone vegan (or ever tried to), you know that chocolate is by far one of the hardest things to give up. Luckily, Lagusta’s Luscious in New Paltz has you covered with fully vegan, fair trade, and organic Easter treats. Think pint-sized egg baskets, peanut butter and strawberry white chocolate-filled bunnies, and English cream eggs that are better (and far less sweet) than the Cadbury’s cult-favorite.
25 North Front St., New Paltz
PHOTO COURTESY OF LUCAS CANDIES
Come Easter, this over 120-year-old Haverstraw sweet shop is known to have lines trail out the door and onto Main Street for a sample of its famous seasonal offerings. Here, chocolate bunnies range from 1 inch to 3 feet tall (just incase you’re feeling extra hungry), and jellybeans are sold by the pound. Can’t decide? Their Easter goody crate features chocolate covered Oreos, jellybeans, and solid bunnies made two ways.
6 Main St., Haverstraw
PHOTO COURTESY OF COMMODORE CHOCOLATIER
Since 1935, this Newburgh chocolatier has been using both locally and globally sourced ingredients to handcraft decadent sweets on-site. Hundreds of Easter-appropriate molds offer a wide selection from bunnies to cars, trains, and tigers. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift, their chocolate baskets are party pleasers – filled with jellybeans, malted and chocolate eggs, and a solid bunny.
480-482 Broadway, Newburgh