HERSHEY’S Easter Candy Basket Ideas + a Brownie Trifle #BunnyTrail

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No matter how old the kids get, they still look forward to our Easter traditions. We always dye a ton of Eggs together and they know they will wake up to big baskets of goodies! It wouldn’t be a celebration without our favorite HERSHEY’S Easter Candy. I have a lot of fun choosing unique ways to give the kids their candy baskets.

One year, I hid both baskets and made clues for the kids to solve and follow to their treat – that was a big hit. Another year, I tied yarn to each basket handle, hid the baskets, and strung the yarn all through the house, ending it in their rooms. They woke up to a note to follow the yarn trail and it was a blast watching them crawl around and untangle the yarn to get to their surprise!

Now that my little ones are a teenager and a college ‘kid’, I try to find baskets that they’ll be able to reuse or that have a fun vibe to them. This year, I plan to find a colorful art caddy for my son and perhaps a pretty lined storage basket for my daughter.

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I even have my own favorite basket! This adorable wire chicken was a flea market find. It looks so cute as my Spring table centerpiece, when filled with paper shreds, a yummy HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Solid Bunny and colorful candies. I’m sure little ones would love to find a hen full of candy, too!

I was browsing around on HERSHEY’S Bunny Trail, looking for ways to use up any leftover Easter candy (haha, leftover candy?) we might have this year. I found some great ideas. How cute is this HERSHEY’S “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” Easter Bunny Cake! I love the little JOLLY RANCHER Jelly Bean nose and REESE’S White Peanut Butter Eggs Ears!

Oooh, those peanut butter eggs! We all love them in our house, so I came up with this super easy Easter Candy Brownie Trifle using REESE’S White & Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs and a box of HERSHEY’S Brownie mix. Another of my favorite candies – WHOPPERS’ Robin Eggs look sweet piled into a nest of colored shredded coconut.

I wish you could have seen my hubby’s eye when I served this dessert the other day — they were POPPING!

Spring Dessert Easter Candy Brownie Trifle

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HERSHEY'S Easter Candy Brownie Trifle
 
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A new way to serve your favorite HERSHEY'S Easter candy as a delicious Spring Dessert. Peanut butter eggs are layered with crumbled brownies, coconut and whipped cream.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 Family Size box of HERSHEY's Brownie Mix (plus ingredients listed on box)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4-6 Tbs powdered sugar
  • 8 REESE'S Peanut Butter Eggs
  • 1½ cups coconut
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • WHOPPERS' Robin Eggs or other assorted Easter Candy
Instructions
  1. Bake the brownies according the box instructions for a 8"x8" pan. Cool completely and crumble before assembling trifle.
  2. Chop the peanut butter eggs into ½" squares.
  3. Place coconut and green food coloring into a baggie. Seal and squeeze together until the coconut is evenly colored green - fun job for the kids!
  4. Pour heavy whipping cream into a chilled metal bowl. Beat on medium speed, adding the powdered sugar and vanilla gradually, until cream forms soft peaks.
  5. In a 9" glass trifle bowl layer half the crumbled brownie, half the whipped cream and 1 cup of the green coconut.
  6. Evenly spread the chopped HERSHEY'S Peanut Butter Eggs over the coconut. Top with remaining brownie and whipped cream.
  7. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of green coconut into a nest shape in center of whipped cream and decorate with the WHOPPERS' Robin Eggs, or other candy. you could even place a cute chocolate bunny in the center!
  8. Store airtight in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Notes
Optional: Prepare a box of HERSHEY'S Chocolate pudding and add a layer in between the peanut butter eggs and top brownie layer.
For sweeter whipped cream add another 2 Tbs of powdered sugar.

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  1. 1
    Tabitha P. says:

    My favorite Easter tradition is that the bunny hides our baskets.
    I loved the REESE’S Miniatures Easter Baskets.

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    Susan Christy says:

    Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch, then church. I am going to make the Foil Egg Wreath this year.

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    Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Family Loves Easter Hunt Hunting, I Like The Peanut Butter Bunnycakes Recipe.

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    Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite tradition is dying Easter eggs. I’d love to make the MOUNDS Coconut Easter Basket Cake recipe.

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    I love trifle as it is and yours is the awesomest recipe I have seen in a long time! I But Hershey’s is the best, so that doesn’t really surprise me :)

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    My favorite Easter tradition is the Easter egg hunt. I can remember how much fun we had.My favorite recipe is the peanut butter bunnycakes. Not only are they cute, but the kids would have fun making them.

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    Natalie says:

    Our favorite Easter tradition is going to brunch after church and I love the peanut butter Easter bonnet cookie recipe on the website.

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    April Brenay says:

    we do SUnday morning church and i love The Peanut Butter Bunnycakes Recipe

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    Kate F. says:

    My favorite Easter tradition is an egg hunt and I like the peanut butter Easter bonnets recipe.

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    Shannon says:

    https://www.hersheys.com/celebrate/easter/recipedetail.aspx?id=8729&name=Peanut-Butter-Easter-Bonnets Looks amazing….and I don’t have an Easter tradition? I used to have a big dinner with my family but not anymore.

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    My favorite Easter tradition is the bunny hiding eggs and our baskets all over the yard. I like the Reeses minature baskets 2 cute.
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    Lee Mckoen says:

    Church then easter brunch and I love the eater basket cupcakes

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    Sandra VanHoey says:

    My favorite recipe is the Perfectly chocolate Easter bunny cake and my tradition is hiding the kids baskets and watching them Easter morning searching for them to find out what the Easter bunny brought for them

  14. 14

    One of my favorite traditions is coloring eggs with my daughters.
    A recipe I like is Peanut Butter Easter Bonnets. They are really cute and look delicious!
    Thank you!

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    I like the foil egg wreath. Easter lunch with family this year will be burgers and dessert since I lost my mother March 19. My brother and wife , both my sons and a wifI hope to win!

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    Dana Rodriguez says:

    I cook a big ham dinner every Easter for the family.I love your hen basket~super cute! I like the HERSHEY’S “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” Easter Bunny Cake :)

  17. 17

    i love decorating eggs so the egg holder craft ideas are perfect for me!

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    We always have a great feast! All the family together. The kids LOVE but love getting baskets. And we adults love to give them, toys and treats together. We always have a Lamb Cake. But….. we have a rather large family and I see the Bunny cake idea on the website! I can see another cake tradition would be received with hand clappping, too! And maybe the “Easter Bark” ooo if I made that with white chocolate… I would probably eat more of it than the kids, perhaps!

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    I don’t have an Easter tradition. I like the Perfectly Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake recipe.

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    Cynthia C says:

    My tradition is baking Easter bread and my favorite recipe at the Hershey site is Coconut Marshmallow Nests.

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    I like that chicken wire basket too.
    Our favorite tradition is hiding the eggs and making the baskets (we give the kids those things together). My favorite recipe from the site is the Hershey’s Bunny Cake. He’s cute. :)
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    We go to the SonRise service at church on Easter morning. I want to make the Easter Critter Cups with my grandson.

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    Ann Fantom says:

    My favorite Easter tradition is coloring eggs with my daughter and then watching her hunt for her eggs Easter morning.

    I would like to try making Hershey’s Easter Basket Cupcakes

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    natalie yeoman says:

    my favorite tradition is going to my grandmas house every year for easter dinner.
    my favorite recipe is the coconut marshmallow nest

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    Critter cups looks fun. we love decorating eggs and bunny cookies. Its a family tradition yr after yr
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    I love dying Easter eggs. I think the Fudgey Brownie Pie looks yummy!

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    Church, family dinner and reese’s mini baskets.

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    Darlene Carbajal says:

    We have dinner and after we hide eggs for the kids. I like the chocolate mint dessert. :)

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    Katherine says:

    We always go to the sunrise service and then back home for brunch. I lovethe race cars made out of reeses eggs

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    Dericka Buckels says:

    My favorite recipe is the peanut butter bunny cakes. My families favorite Easter tradition is egg hunting.

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    Amanda Kinder says:

    Depending on the weather, we always have an Easter picnic.

    I like the Peanut Easter Bonnets recipe.

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    Julie Link says:

    We have an Easter Egg hunt annually that my son loves – probably going to be too wet to do it outside this year, but I am sure the bunny will find some hiding spots in the house.

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    Julie Link says:

    I forgot to put the dessert – I lie the Chocolates Mint Dessert

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    Deborah Wellenstein says:

    We have always enjoyed our traditional Easter egg hunt. The recipe I like is the Coconut Marshmallow Nests.

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    My favorite Easter tradition is a big family dinner after church and egg hunt. I liked the lamb cake recipe on the link.

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    dyeing easter eggs and hiding in the backyard. HERSHEY’S “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” Easter Bunny Cake

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    Sharon Kaminski says:

    Our family tradition is the Easter Egg Hunt. I would try the MOUNDS Coconut Easter Basket Cake.

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    Tiffany W says:

    I like hiding the easter eggs for the kids. i like the recipe the perfectly chocolate easter bunny cake

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    My favorite tradition is having a big dinner with the family and my favorite Chic k Basket craft.
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    Helen Keeler says:

    I enjoy getting together with the family for a late lunch after the egg hunt.

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    We have a Easter egg hunt and I like The Peanut Butter Bunnycakes Recipe

  42. 42
    shelly peterson says:

    We like to Easter egg hunt every year. My favorite recipe is the coconut cake nests recipe.

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    I would love to win this! I <3 chocolate! The trifle looks so good!

  44. 44

    My favorite recipe was the Easter bark, super cute! And my favorite family Easter tradition is going to my grandmother’s house for dinner and spending time with her.

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    ELIZABETH C. says:

    I love the Chocolate-Yogurt-Cheesecake and my favorite tradition is Easter egg hunting.

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    I love making clues for a egg hunt and I want to make this HERSHEY’S Foil Egg Wreath!

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    samantha wagner says:

    I always loved coloring eggs, and I love the Reese’s baskets

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    Sents Saver says:

    I love the chocolate bunnycakes recipe! I always spend easter at my gma’s with my whole family, making dinner!

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    Stephanie says:

    i love painting eggs and i love Peanut Butter Bunnycakes Recipe

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    Sue Ellison says:

    My favorite tradition is decorating eggs with my children. I like the recipe for Coconut Cake Nests.

  51. 51

    Our favorite tradition is having an easter egg hunt in the backyard for the kids! I really like the Peanut Butter Easter Bonnets! They look delicious!

  52. 52

    My family love the easter egg hunt and I think the peanut butter bunny cakes would be great to make!

  53. 53
    Cassandra Eastman says:

    Our favorite tradition is coloring Easter eggs!
    I’d love to make the Easter basket cupcakes with my kids!

  54. 54
    Amy Orvin says:

    My favorite recipe from Hersheys is the Chocolate Macaroon Bars and favorite Easter tradition is dying Easter eggs.

  55. 55
    kyl neusch says:

    dye eggs
    The Peanut Butter Bunnycakes Recipe

  56. 56
    Jessica To says:

    My nephews hide eggs for their younger cousins. I like the Easter Critter Cup idea.

  57. 57
    Brittney House says:

    I like the Peanut Butter Easter Bonnets. We love coloring eggs and doing egg hunts.

  58. 58
    Wes Hovorka says:

    Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch, then church. I am going to make the Foil Egg Wreath this year.

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    Rod Jackson says:

    My favorite tradition is meeting in the park for an extended family egg hunt..after Easter dinner. My favorite craft/recipe was the Easter bonnets and the birds flock together birdhouse. http://www.hersheys.com/celebrate/easter/recipedetail.aspx?id=8729

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    the kids love decorating easter eggs and going on an easter egg hunt. I like the easter bark recipe

  61. 61

    My favorite Easter tradition is having brunch with my family on Easter! :) I would love to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Fudge recipe!

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    Stephanie says:

    My favorite easter tradition is hiding eggs for my cousins to find! My favorite recipe from the Hershey’s Website is the: REESE’S Miniatures Easter Baskets. They are adorable!

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    We always go to church and then brunch! I like the Jolly Rancher mosaic.

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    Jennifer Reed says:

    My favorite Easter tradition is the annual Easter Egg Hunt. I love getting the eggs ready and the kids excitement during the hunt. This year I would love to try the Lightening Bug Hunt idea from Hershey’s site.

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    Tamara Wischmeier says:

    Easter egg hunt (finding the golden egg for the big prize) This year I want to make the HERSHEY’S bunny cake

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    Danielle says:

    We love to dye Easter eggs and then hunt for them in the back yard. Then a nice family Easter dinner. I am definetly making the MOUNDS Coconut Easter Basket Cake for our dessert

  67. 67

    I like the spring birdhouse, and I like reese’s PB eggs.

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    My favorite Easter tradition is the Easter egg hunt and favorite Easter recipe REESE’S Miniatures Easter Baskets

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    kelly Nicholson says:

    Please leave leave a comment sharing your family’s favorite Easter tradition

    usually the masters falls close to easter..or maybe a bbq,but mostly i sleep through..this year the blood moon,so im digging a hole in me backyard

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    I like coloring easter eggs. I like the peanut butter easter bonnet cookie recipe.

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    Getting together with family

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    Easter Egg Hunt & Hershey’s Bunny Cake

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    Jessica Menster says:

    Our favorite Easter tradition is dyeing eggs the week of Easter and then searching for baskets on Easter morning! My favorite craft/idea from the site is the Easter lunchbox notes! My 3 boys would love getting them in their lunch with a sweet treat!

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    Ravioli & meatballs & cannoli.

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    My favorite tradition was hiding Easter eggs for my daughter. My favorite recipe is the Peanut Butter Easter Bonnets.

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    Diana Mahnke says:

    My favorite Easter tradition is coordinating the egg hunt for the kids. I like the Velvety Chocolate Cream Pie recipe.

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    My favorite Family Easter Tradition in my family is going to the lake while enjoying hiding eggs and fishing every year!!
    I love the Chocolate Cheese Pie Recipe!

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    jules m. says:

    my fave tradition is decorating, coloring the eggs and hiding them for the kids. my fave recipe is the coconut marshmallow nests.

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    Sarah Cool says:

    My favorite tradition is the easter egg hunt. And I would love to try the chocolatey peanut brittle

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    coloring eggs and HERSHEY’S “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” Chocolate Cake

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    Jennifer Dunaway says:

    The MOUNDS Coconut Easter Basket Cake recipe looks good. My favorite tradition is having dinner with the whole family.

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    robyn paris says:

    we always have fun having an easter egg hunt and i like the Perfectly chocolate Easter bunny cake

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    Favorite Easter tradition is hunting for eggs and favorite crafts are making bunny faces out of paperplates and cotton balls.

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    Francine Anchondo says:

    easter egg hunt and eater basket cupcakes

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    Teresa Thompson says:

    My favorite tradition is our egg hunt and I would like to try the Easter Basket Cupcakes recipe.

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    Debra Hall says:

    with all the kids being grown we just have dinner my favorite recipe is the Chocolate Mousse-Filled Cream Puffs

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    Paula Tavernie says:

    My favorite is The Coconut Marshmellow Nests recipe and my favorite tradition is Dying Easter eggs!!

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    cheryl s says:

    we have a nice family meal now that the kids are grown. I’d make the chocolate mint dessert

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    It used to be going to church, and I like Peanut Butter Bunnycakes

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    Lesley F says:

    We have an Easter Egg hunt every year and I like the Chocolate Candy Easter Centerpiece!

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    My favorite Easter tradition is being able to dye eggs with my boys and hide them. I love watching them search for the eggs and the excitement that comes from them doing so. The recipe I like from the website is HERSHEY’S “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” Easter Bunny Cake. This looks like it would be fun to make.

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    Christina Sparks says:

    Reese Mini Basket, favorite tradition is eating Ham each year.

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    Diane Baum says:

    My fave Easter tradition is baking pies with my grandmother

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    Our favorite tradition is coloring the eggs with the kids and I would like to make the Chocolate-Nut Pinwheel Cookies

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    Samantha says:

    I love dying Easter eggs and love the Rich ‘n Good Chocolate Truffles recipe!

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    Annemarie Z. says:

    We love searching for the eggs the Easter Bunny left! I like the Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake recipe!

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    We have a huge extended family gathering at my mother in laws, complete with egg hunt for kids. I like the Reese’s mini baskets.
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    Michael W Perkins says:

    Hiding the basket & Watching the boy find it

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    Laurie Emerson says:

    My favorite Easter tradition is going to the sunrise service every Easter. I love the Easter Basket Cupcakes.

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    Rebecca Lock says:

    I like to dye eggs with my family and I like the Reese’s Racers craft project.

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    Mary Cloud says:

    My favorite tradition is going to my Grandma’s for Easter lunch and I’d love to try the Chocolate Cheese Pie recipe
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    Sky Evans says:

    I like dying eggs and the Reese’s easter basket.

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    Anna Garris says:

    Love decorating eggs and cakes for Easter,and Easter Basket Cupakes. Love Hersheys Candies. Thank you so much !!

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    Mihaela Day says:

    MY favorite Easter tradition is going to church and I love the peanut butter Easter bonnet cookie recipe :)

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    Brittany Mcintosh says:

    We always have a picnic on easter :) and i loved the reese basket!

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    I like coloring eggs and the Coconut Marshmallow Nests recipe

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    jamielee kimball says:

    My favorite tradition is the Easter egg hunt because my 5 year old enjoys it so. My favorite recipe is the Easter mini baskets made with the little Hershey cups, adorable!

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    Karen Drake says:

    My favorite Easter tradition is coloring eggs with the kids. I would love to make the MOUNDS Coconut Easter Basket Cake.

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    tina reynolds says:

    Sunday dinner with the family I also love dying the eggs with the kiddos love the chocolate mint dessert recipe

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    Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Going to church then easter lunch. A recipe I like is Peanut Butter Easter Bonnets.

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    H.E. Deluna says:

    On Easter we used to wake up to large personalized Easter baskets with boiled eggs (dyed together from the day before) and we would go on massive Easter egg hunts. In fact, my mom used to make the Bunny cake, so HERSHEY’s Bunny cake would be my choice for a favorite recipe.

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    Mya Murphy says:

    I don’t have any traditions, to be honest… love the eater basket cupcakes!!

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    I love making sausage balls in the morning with my son! I would like to try the REESE’S Miniatures Easter Baskets!

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    susan smoaks says:

    i love the Easter Egg Hunt. I can’t wait to try the The Peanut Butter Bunnycakes Recipe. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

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    emily ann says:

    when I lived in Louisiana with my mom we had easter egg hunts and boil crawfish and have cookout:) and my favorite recipe is Chocolate Swirled Cheesecake

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    Trisha McKee says:

    My daughter and I go shopping every Saturday before Easter and then settle in for the night and watch movies.

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    Our favorite tradition is dying Easter eggs. My favorite is the HERSHEY’S “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” Easter Bunny Cake.

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