Contributed by: News Canada
Origin of the Easter Basket (NC) - The tradition was brought to North American shores by German families in the 1700s. In place of baskets, children set out their caps or bonnets, filled with straw, and were delighted to find colored, hard-cooked eggs nestled inside them in the morning. By the 1800s, candy was commonly tucked into the baskets, as well.
Jelly Belly Candy Company reports that the jelly bean became associated with Easter in the 1930s when small candies were placed in nests, the jelly beans looking similar to bird's eggs.
Try this recipe for Easter Basket Cupcakes - fun for the kids!
Frost cupcakes generously with white icing, being careful to spread out to the edge of each cupcake. Bend one twist and insert ends into cupcakes making a basket handle.
Combine water and green food colouring. Combine coconut and toss until the coconut is bright green. Add more of the water/food colouring mixture to achieve desired colour.
To decorate cupcakes, place about 10 beans all of the same flavour standing up as a border. Sprinkle green coconut on top of cupcakes. Place in the centre, five Jelly Belly beans in colours different than the border colour.
Serving Size: Makes 12 Spring Baskets
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