Cadbury Crème Eggs
Cadbury Crème Eggs are a challenging pairing because of the creamy, very sweet center, and the milk chocolate shell. In my tasting, the only wine that paired well was a Rapidian River Chocolate (Virginia), a sweet, red wine blended with dark chocolate and white cocoa.
Because this candy is so rich and sweet, you might try a Late Harvest Riesling or Sauternes, which are both very sweet and feel rich and creamy in your mouth.
Jelly Beans and Marshmallow Peeps
Jelly beans and Peeps offer their own challenges because they are essentially pure sugar in your mouth. However, discovering pairings was not impossible. Our jelly beans and Peeps paired with our Beringer Moscato and a 2005 Domaine Ste. Michelle Luxe sparkling wine made in the traditional method. As my tasting companion remarked, “Both wines made the sweetness of the candy more palatable.”
The jelly beans and Peeps also rendered the Moscato and sparkling wines fruitier, with lots of citrus flavors.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
Peanut butter adds an interesting dimension to this candy, one of fat, nuttiness, and salt. My companion and I discovered that the sparkling wine paired well, as its fresh bubbles and fruit cut through the creamy, fatty, salty peanut butter. Because of the chocolate shell, the Rapidian River Chocolate wine also worked, but we both preferred the bubbles pairing.
Other options you might want to try are Gewürztraminer, whose aromatics and fruitiness might render a similar result to our sparkling wine, or a fortified wine like port or Madeira, which often have a rich mouthfeel and nutty flavors.
Chocolate Hollow Bunny
The only pairing that worked with our hollow bunny was again the Rapidian River Chocolate wine, which makes sense, as both were chocolate and sweet. Another pairing option might be the aforementioned fortified wines, such as port or Madeira, again because of the nutty, rich qualities.
If you decide to pair Easter candy with wine, the primary thing to keep in mind when doing so is that the wine should be sweeter than the candy to avoid an increased sense of acidity, alcohol burn, and bitterness.
Photo Credits: graham.james.campbell, Evan-Amos, Evan-Amos, Jamiesrabbits, author by Elizabeth Smith