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Easter is a time that should remind us of celebration, fun, and special treats. Most confectioners, bakers, and people celebrating start the preparation for the festivities quite early. One of the first things made are the popular Easter treats such as hot cross buns, Easter cookies, and Easter candy.
Additionally, as Easter coincides with the return of spring, so these treats are designed in bright, pastel shades like yellows, pinks, blues, and greens.
A recent study indicate an upward trend in Australian consumers behavior regarding Easter shopping. Nearly 73% of survey respondents said they plan to indulge in buying various easter foods such as hot cross buns, chocolates and easter eggs. Moreover, around two-thirds of people plan to spend equivalent amount that they spend on shopping the previous year but a good 12% suggest that they would increase their spendings. These statistics further strengthen the fact the post COVID, Easter this year will see skyrocketing demands for Easter foods and the producers need to be prepared to make the most of it!
Here are some exciting Easter treat idea for your inspiration:
Classic Easter treats, chocolate bunnies are made using chocolate candy melts or real chocolate and decorated with icing, sprinkles, or other toppings of your choice.
Marshmallows are shaped to look like baby chicks, creating an adorable Easter treat. Usually yellow or orange marshmallows are used for the body, candies are used to create eyes and beak, and frosting or melted chocolate are used to design the wings.
An innovative variation to the popular Easter marshmallow treats, this bunny-shaped delicacy is made using marshmallow peeps. The design process is quite simple: shape the marshmallows into the form of a bunny using frosting or melted chocolate, then decorate them using candy for the eyes and pink frosting for the nose.
A fun-filled and easy-to-make Easter treat, chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs are quite popular. These treats are made by dipping marshmallow eggs in melted chocolate and then rolling them in sprinkles or crushed nuts. Different colors of chocolate and marshmallows can be used to give a colorful twist to the Easter eggs.
Producers focused on creating health and plant-friendly alternatives can always make Easter treats using plant-based recipes. Another possibility is to create the traditional Easter recipes with vegan, dairy-free, or sugar-free ingredients as well. For instance, chocolate bunnies, coins, or bars can be made using vegan, dairy-free dark chocolate, or plant-based milk chocolate.
At DKSH, we offer a wide range of innovative ingredients, including plant-based solutions, that will enhance your food and beverage products. Our teams of experts can guide you to select suitable ingredients for various products like hot cross buns, donuts, and other delicacies and assist you in the production process, if required. Contact us to know more about our unique ingredients portfolio.
James Van Rij is General Manager, Food and Beverage Ingredients at DKSH Australia. James has 18 years of experience in ingredients distribution. As a food technologist, James is able to connect with the global ingredient network to support food businesses, help transform the food industry, and provide consumers with amazing culinary experiences.