What is it about Easter in Champaign-Urbana?
The weather is (usually mild), everything is finally greening up, and Easter egg hunts are aplenty. The Easter Bunny is making appearances all over CU. Is it just me, or is Easter is all the fun, but without the kind of massive prep that Christmas demands. Plus, we love all those pastels!
Oh, and did we forget to mention chocolate?
If you’re looking for great chocolate Easter treats in and around Champaign-Urbana, we are here to help!
Flesor’s Candy Kitchen, Tuscola: A small-town old-fashioned soda shop with amazing chocolate. They have special chocolates and treats just for Easter and spring. Trust us, it’s worth the trip! If you want some non-Easter chocolate, try Paul’s Pecan Favorites, Flesor’s version of a turtle. They are the BEST!
Cheese & Crackers, Champaign: Locally made fine chocolates. While the chocolates you find at Cheese & Crackers “chocolate boutique” might be a little high brow for your average kid’s Easter basket, they would be a wonderful treat for guests,or for filling out your secret chocolate stash.
World Harvest International and Gourmet Foods, Urbana: World Harvest has a delicious selection of international chocolate. You can also order a specialty Easter basket of goodies.
Fannie May Chocolates, Champaign: Fannie May features chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, pastel colored chocolates, jelly beans and more.
Art Mart, Champaign: Art Mart has an assortment of amazing chocolate, and they take it up a notch for Easter. Chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs. You can even buy little Easter baskets there and fill to your heart’s content. Non-chocolate options are gummy bunnies, pastel marshmallows, jelly beans, and a good selection of international candies.
Bent Bean, Urbana: Bent Bean features local favorite Ruben’s Belgium Chocolates. They take custom orders.
Strawberry Fields, Urbana: Has a good selection of natural and gourmet chocolates and candies.
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana: You can find gourmet chocolates and candies at Common Ground.
A Nod to the Big Box Stores: Our big three box stores, Target, Meijer and Walmart, each carry Easter candy and chocolate galore. Those giant chocolate bunnies you always wanted as a kid even though you never made it through more than just an ear? They have them. Chocolate soccer bunny? They have them. Butterfinger eggs? Yep. Although not the same level of artistry or quality as our other chocolate finds, sometimes you just want some Reese’s Eggs and Starbucks jellybeans to tide your through hours of filling plastic eggs.
Tell us, what does the bunny bring to your house?