The chocolate rabbit is a holiday icon, but for those who can’t eat or don’t enjoy milk based treats, there are plenty of alternative sweets that feel perfectly decadent tucked into an Easter basket. This year, try one of these chocolate rabbit alternatives: pack an Easter basket with a ribbon-wrapped jar of scented or flavored sugar, a package of easy and delicious homemade nut brittle, or some exotic dried fruits. These Easter basket alternatives are just as sweet, just as special, and for any lactose intolerant or vegan friends or family members, these chocolate alternatives are much more thoughtful than a traditional chocolate rabbit.
Scented And Flavored Sugars
Scented and flavored sugars make great Easter basket additions, and are some of the most versatile alternative sweets. Sugars that are layered with rose petals, citrus peel, or whole vanilla beans make decadent gifts, and look beautiful in an Easter basket, especially when wrapped with a few festive ribbons. It’s easy to make your own scented and flavored sugars. For vanilla sugar, clean a whole vanilla bean, and set aside on a baking sheet until fully fried. Then, bury it in a jar with 2 cups of sugar, and let it sit in an airtight container for a week before adding it to an Easter basket. You can follow the same procedure with the chopped zest of three lemons, or two cups of chopped fresh, pesticide-free rose petals. Flavored sugars are less expensive than a chocolate rabbit, and more useful. When making up your Easter basket, attach a small note for the lucky recipient, letting them know that they can stir a spoonful of their treat into coffee or tea, or use it in baking or cooking for an added touch of luxury to any recipe. What chocolate rabbit could do all that?
Homemade Nut Brittle
Homemade nut brittle is simple to create, and its decadent sweetness makes it feel right at home in any Easter basket, whether instead of or in addition to a chocolate rabbit. For a basic nut brittle, the only ingredients that you’ll need are granulated sugar, and a selection of your nuts of choice. These alternative sweets are packed with protein, so they have more nutritional punch than a chocolate rabbit, but taste just as extravagant. For a detailed recipe, search an online recipe database, or check out the instructions in the Associated Content article “Easy Homemade Vegan Candy,” which you can find in the resources box towards the bottom of this page. Homemade nut brittle looks and tastes more sophisticated than a chocolate rabbit, which makes it a great Easter basket sweet for teenagers or adults.
Exotic Dried Fruit
Dried fruit offers a range of flavors and textures that are more complex, satisfying, and surprising than a traditional chocolate rabbit. The vibrant colors that a selection of exotic dried fruits offers looks stunning in an Easter basket, and the vitamins and nutrients in these alternative sweets will make any health-conscious recipient smile. To make dried fruit feel like a truly special gift, put aside common choices like raisins and cranberries and opt for exotic fruits like sliced mangoes, guava, and cantaloupe. An Easter basket that boasts a series of attractive vellum bags containing exotic dried fruits is more exciting than one that has a run of the mill chocolate rabbit, because it shows off the beauty of nature. These alternative sweets can make their way into cakes and cookies, or just be enjoyed as snacks, and they’ll keep for much longer than a chocolate rabbit.