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The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit—sometimes dressed with clothes—bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide, similar to the "naughty or nice" list made by Santa Claus. As part of the legend, the creature carries colored eggs in its basket, as well as candy, and sometimes toys, to the homes of children. As such, the Easter Bunny again shows similarities to Santa (or the Christkind) and Christmas by bringing gifts to children on the night before a holiday. The custom was first[unreliable source?] mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus ('About Easter eggs') in 1682, referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing eggs for the children.


Easter bunnies have always been a tradition in my family for Easter. The Easter Bunny would always leave a chocolate bunny in my basket and grandma would always have them around for decoration throughout the Easter season, too. I’ve carried on the tradition in my own family, but decided to make them myself years ago. I thought I’d share with you how easy they are to make.

You can usually find candy molds in the shape of a bunny at Michaels, or other local craft stores, Walmart, Target, etc. I purchased a basic mold at the bulk barn for less than$20.


Start with your favorite chocolate chips or a chocolate bar that you’ve chopped into smaller pieces. Semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, you name it. Whichever type of chocolate you prefer works for these. You’ll also want to grab some coconut oil to use with these.

Add your chocolate and coconut oil to a large, microwave safe measuring cup or bowl with a pour spout and microwave according to the directions in the recipe. Stir well until the chocolate is smooth.


Here is the printable recipe, plus a few Easter extras;


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Have a joyous and happy Easter!

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