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The History of Easter Candy 261

tanagra writes "The days are longer, the sun is brighter, the colors are rich, and the candies are pastel. It's springtime once again, and in celebration of its triumphant return we enter into the saccharin sanctity of a world filled with Marshmallow Peeps, Jelly Beans, and other well packaged bits of sweetness sure to bring about a sugar-induced coma. Join us as we delve into the delectable not-so-distant past of Easter candy and learn, among other things, just how Marshmallow Peeps came to rule the world."
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The History of Easter Candy

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  • by lazuli42 ( 219080 ) on Sunday April 16, 2006 @01:45PM (#15138712) Homepage Journal
    When I saw this article being posted, I let out a little peep.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    ...welcome our puffy sugary overlords..
  • by ChePibe ( 882378 ) on Sunday April 16, 2006 @01:48PM (#15138719)
    OK, so they're actually my wife's secret master. Last night, we spent over an hour driving to and looking in three different grocery stores all in a vain quest to find Cadbury eggs. This even included a trip to Wal-Mart on a Saturday night, something I recommend to no man who wishes to keep his car undinged, his sense of dignity whole, and the smell of the quite literally unwashed masses from accompanying him...
  • by Man in Spandex ( 775950 ) <> on Sunday April 16, 2006 @01:50PM (#15138726)
    One thing we're sure of, the Easter Egg originated from the one and only Effram the Retarded Rabbit.
  • Ummmmm (Score:5, Funny)

    by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Sunday April 16, 2006 @01:50PM (#15138727) Journal
    These days, nothing symbolizes Easter and Spring quite like your child throwing up marshmallow peeps. It's now a tradition rooted deep into the grain of our culture.
    I knew my childhood was missing something...
    But throwing up peeps?
  • by dalutong ( 260603 ) <djtansey@gmail . c om> on Sunday April 16, 2006 @02:08PM (#15138785)
    I heard that it was a Anglo goddess named Eastre that took the form of a bunny/hare. Anyone else know anything about that? What about the eggs?
  • //These days, nothing symbolizes Easter and Spring quite like your child throwing up marshmallow peeps. //

    Not quite. Nothing symbolizes Easter quite like the empty tomb of Christ.
    • And nothing symbolizes Christmas like the empty womb of Mary?

      I think I feel a song coming on!
      • And here it is!

        (to the tune of the US Marine Corps song)

        From the emtpy womb of Mary, to the empty tomb of Christ
        We will celebrate the holidays, With cakes and cookies iced

        Books will tell tales of the savior, 'twill be hard to tell what's true
        We'll take all the pagan holidays, and tell the Christians, "they're for you"
    • Actually, nothing quite symbolises Easter than the acknowledgement of Eostre, the welcoming of spring, and the fertility rites therein contained that nourish the hope of a forthcoming warm summer and good harvest. Hence the bunnies/lambs/eggs/wheat dollies symbology; after all, what could possibly symbolise fertility more than bunnies (as in "at it like bunny rabbits") or a good harvest like wheat dollies from the last harvest. And of course, since sheep give birth in spring (or 'lambing season') all of t
      • Sounds like somebody need an Easter afternoon nap.

      • Wow, someone seems bitter.

        Yes, many secular celebrations of Easter now have pagan roots.

        But the holiday is the highest holy day for christians. It is the day when our lord was risen from the dead. The day is not tied to the start of spring, and is the one holiday that's date is quite assured of. Or is Passover just another pagan holiday transformed too?
      • Even with the shared symbolism, the christian Easter is seperate from the secular one, which in turn is seperate from the pagan one. The only claiming getting done in that group is as follows:
        • The pagans claim the christian easter
        • The christians claim the secular easter

        I know that you won't see it this way, since you probably consider the differences between paganism and christianity as significant, whereas areligious people such as myself tend to just see "religious people" arguing over insignificant de

      • Just once, I would like to revere my Gods, in my people's time honoured fashion without a bunch of dead-jew-worshipping nut-jobs coming in and spoiling it by claiming it as theirs.

        You know, if Christians are really coming into your house (or place of worship) and interfering with your holiday rituals, you can probably call the police for trespassing.

        Oh wait, they're not? They don't actually give a shit what you celebrate as long as you let them celebrate their holiday? Oh. Then shut the hell up. Why do

    • It's not empty, it's filled with peeps.
    • The word "Easter" in the KJV is "translated" (*cough*) from the Greek pascha. All other Bible versions I've seen, except for William Tyndale's, translate what is obvious: that the word is Passover (from the Hebrew Pesach).

      However, to be specific, Christ's empty tomb does not symbolize Passover/"Easter." Christ was crucified at the onset of Passover (or what has come into the New Testament as "Easter"). Therefore, the crucifix should be the symbol of "Easter."

      The empty tomb of Christ came three days late

  • Summer sucks.
  • The American approach to celebrating Easter is noting more and noting less that a relatively recent invention with purely commercial roots. As it is with most of the holidays in the US, it is trageted at the most vulnerable group - children. It doesn't have any genuine historical or religious background. The idea of that nonsense "ruling the world" is hilarious at best.
    • Christianity is aimed squarely at children. Didn't that Jesus guy say "...render your children onto me...", not to mention the previous pope going "I just loooooove the children" and the priests who just loooove the children a bit too much as well and get sued for it.

      At least as far as I know, neither the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus raped any children...
  • Christmas without presents, Halloween without costumes and candy...

    Something tells me, this candy business is made up to keep the kids off adult's back while they prey. Only if we can integrate candy and the Martin Luther King Jr. day.. somehow....
  • by mybecq ( 131456 ) on Sunday April 16, 2006 @04:41PM (#15139408)
    I once looked at the nutritional value on a packet of Marshmallow Peeps. I discovered that they actually contained more grams in Sugars than the Serving Size weighed.

    I vowed from that time forward never to touch a product which violates all known laws of physics...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 16, 2006 @04:56PM (#15139468)
    WTF is this guy talking about? It may be a lovely sunny day outside but winter is on it's way. The days are getting shorter and it's sure getting colder. There are sure are some werdios posting on this website. While I'm at it, why do birds on TV fly south for winter? Every kid knows it bloody cold down there. Why do you think the Scarfies burn their couches! []
  • Easter is not in spring and Christmas is not in Winter.
    Easter is in April and Christmas is in December.

    Spring may in April, but that's only on the Northern Hemisphere. Down on the other side of the world, Autumn starts in April and Christmas is during high summer! Down here we lay on the beach and tan on Christmas day.


  • by Roblimo ( 357 ) on Sunday April 16, 2006 @06:47PM (#15139781) Homepage Journal
    Early this morning I posted a piece titled Why Christianity is More Popular than Judaism [] on my personal site.

    It begins...

    I had a revelation one evening at a Walgreens Drug Store in Bradenton, which I suppose is as good a place to have a revelation as any. It was about Jesus, Passover, and Easter. In a flash, I suddenly realized why Christianity is popular and Judaism is not.

    It's the candy!
  • by HunterZ ( 20035 ) on Monday April 17, 2006 @02:04AM (#15140944) Journal
    Saw this one a loooong time ago: []

I've finally learned what "upward compatible" means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes. -- Dennie van Tassel