The Ultimate Easter Basket for Grown-Ups

Enjoy holiday treats with wines to match, along with historical tidbits surrounding classic candies and other Easter fare.
Photo by Meg Baggott

Egg hunts may be intended for kids, but the sweets and snacks found in most baskets can suit grown-up tastes, particularly with the right wine pairing. (Yes, really, you can wed wine to Peeps.)

Here are a selection of wines to match Easter’s most delicious treats, and fun facts about the origins of your favorite Easter goodies.

Peeps & Domaine Barmes-Buecher

Marshmallow Peeps

The chick- and bunny-shaped marshmallow candies now synonymous with Easter once required an astonishing 27 hours to create. Thanks to automation, the process now takes just 6 minutes per Peep.

Pair it

Domaine Barmès-Buecher 2014 Brut Nature Sparkling (Crémant d’Alsace); $20, 91 points.

Chocolate Bunnies & Quinta De La Rosa

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Why all the bunnies on Easter? Some say the word Easter derives from Ēostre, a Germanic pagan goddess of Spring and fertility whose animal symbol was a rabbit.

Pair It

Quinta de la Rosa 2014 Vale do Inferno Reserva Red (Douro); $70, 94 points.

Classic Easter Holiday Recipes and Wine Pairings
Jelly beans & Cristom


Legend has it that the earliest documented mention of the jellybean was in a Civil War-era ad. The circa-1861 advertisement supposedly promoted sending the bean-shaped candy to Union Army soldiers (though others claim that it was actually Necco Wafers that were sent to soldiers). It wasn’t until the 1930s that jellybeans became a prominent part of Easter baskets.

Pair It

Cristom 2015 Estate Pinot Gris (Eola-Amity Hills); $20, 92 points. Editor’s Choice.

Jordon almonds & Borgoletto

Jordan Almonds

Thanks to their thin, pastel-colored sugar shells and egg-like shape, Jordan almonds are a favored Easter basket find. Sugar-coated almonds have also long been associated with fertility, and were said to have been present at the wedding feast of Catherine de Medici.

Pair It

Gino Fasoli 2015 Borgoletto (Soave); $14, 89 points. Best Buy.

Easter bread and Morning Fog

Easter Bread

Whether you bake a braided, egg-glazed loaf or hot crossed buns, serving sweet bread has been an Easter tradition for centuries. Hot cross buns, specifically, were once thought to strengthen friendships and even ward away evil spirits.

Pair It

Wente 2015 Morning Fog Chardonnay (Livermore Valley); $15, 89 points. Editor’s Choice.

Easter eggs & Raventos

Easter Eggs

Egg dying started with early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, though the decoration of eggs as a springtime ritual spans many religions and can be found dating back to Africa 60,000 years ago.

Pair It

Raventós I Blanc 2012 Textures de Pedra Sparkling (Cava); $30, 92 points.

Cadbury Creme Egg & Trollinger

Cadbury Creme Egg

Among the most popular sweet treats associated with Easter are fondant-filled Cadbury Creme Eggs, which first appeared back in 1923. The egg, as we know it today, however didn’t hit shelves until 1971. Cadbury—a prominent Quaker—considered chocolate, cocoa, coffee and tea as viable alternatives to the evils of alcohol.

Pair It

Grafen Neipperg 2015 Halbtrocken Trollinger (Württemberg); $26, 90 points.

Published on April 13, 2017
Topics: Holidays

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