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Go Beyond the Easter Basket With These Unique Westchester Treats

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Don’t give your loved ones dusty and musty drug store bunnies and beans. This Easter, think outside the basket. These makers are creating treats and toys to remember — that won’t be forgotten in the pantry for months to come.

Baci Chocolate Eggs at DeCicco & Sons

For those who’ve celebrated Easter in an Italian household, it is known that the king of all baskets isn’t a basket at all, but a massive chocolate egg with a surprise inside. DeCicco & Sons has the motherload of these cultural cornerstones; from dark chocolate to Dolce & Gabbana branded, there’s an egg for every palate, sure to conjure childhood memories of asking the person next you, “What did you get inside yours?”

 

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Cookie Painting Box from Elite Sweets

This sweet treat doubles as an activity for the kids’ table. The set ($10) comes with two cookies, a brush, and food-grade dry paint that just needs water to be activated. The royal icing-coated sugar cookies are as delicious as they are fun.

 

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Decorate Your Own Cookie Kit by Baked by Vee

We love a hands-on activity that doesn’t break the bank. From home baker Veronica Basile, this darling cookie kit ($30) comes with six bunny-shaped sugar cookies, three buttercream colors, three assorted sprinkle cups, plus a little cache of chocolate goodies. Looking for something a little sweeter? Veronica also makes mini treat baskets ($25) in various themes that include a cake pop, two Rice Krispie treats drizzled with chocolate, and 10 sprinkle cookies. And for all you last-minute shoppers (guilty), the last day to order is April 15.

Easter Cupcakes from Baked to Perfection

ICE Pastry Arts alum Nicole Bochinis of White Plains is the mastermind behind Baked to Perfection, a Westchester cult favorite for decadent and luxurious cupcakes. Leave the supermarket cupcake pack behind, because the Baked to Perfection flavors for Easter take seasonal favorites to a new level. Flavors include Cadbury Cream Brownie, Easter Egg Hunt, (topped with a cookie from Ossining’s Sweets by Cari), Carrot Patch (featuring a chocolate-covered strawberry), and Little Bo Peep S’mores. A half dozen of these gems begins at $30. Get your orders in before April 14, or forever have FOMO.

 

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Handmade Golden Egg Sidewalk Chalk from Twee

Honestly have you ever seen anything cuter? If you’re looking to get your kiddos away from excess sugar this year, Twee’s Golden Egg Chalk set ($40) is the perfect gift to distract them from all the Cadbury whatnots. Each half dozen is handmade and comes in a carton of three gold eggs, as well as a blue, pink, and yellow egg.

 

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Macaron Eggs from Bella’s Bake Shop

Need a posh hostess gift? Or perhaps something upscale to bestow on your sugar-loving mother-in-law? Mount Kisco-based Bella’s Bake Shop is bringing some elegance to your dessert table by way of these brightly colored confections. Would it be too punny to say they were an eggcellent choice for any gathering? (We didn’t think so.)

Smash Eggs at Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods

Is there anything better than silky and luscious artisanal chocolate? Yes, actually, artisanal chocolate speckled with edible gold. It’s almost too beautiful to smash, but if you find it in your heart (or stomach) to crack this egg open, you’ll be pleasantly greeted with little milk chocolate Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, and colorful jelly beans. Quantities are limited, so order online as speedily as your WiFi will allow.

Smash Hearts (Bunny Butt Edition) Smallcakes Scarsdale

Show some-bunny that you love them with this in-style smash heart, revamped for the Easter season. Break open your bunny to find a delicious assortment of goodies and a fresh white chocolate shell, far from the mass-produced products you’d find on a store shelf. Pro tip: Smallcakes is only taking pre-orders, so procrastinators beware.

Spring Cake Kit from Confetti Cakes

Create an experience for your kids beyond picking pieces of plastic grass out from their candy. Famed cake designer and author Elisa Strauss of Larchmont is back with a new holiday-themed cake kit, this time starring an adorable fondant bunny on her donut-shaped cakes. Each kit retails for $65, but Elisa was kind enough to offer an exclusive discount for our readers ready to get their hands dirty. Use code SPRING20 for 20% off and free shipping. How can you beat a deal like that?

Three-Foot Chocolate Bunny at Chocolations

As we rid ourselves of standard Easter drudgery, this is the only deviation we’ll offer because — who could say no to a homemade chocolate bunny the size of a toddler?

 

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