Five beers you should be pairing with your Easter candy
What’s the best thing about the day after Easter? Why, all the drastically discounted candy, of course! Enter any drug or grocery store and you’ll see a plethora of shopping carts full of marked down candy for your sugary enjoyment. And one thing that goes perfectly with these candies is beer! Don’t believe me? Read on to find out the magical pairings.
Cadbury Creme Eggs are synonymous with Easter. Their longtime running commercials and mascot, the Cadbury Bunny, are Easter icons. If you’ve never tried a Cadbury Egg, it’s essentially a chocolate egg filled with a poured cream fondant or thick pudding.
I’d have to pair the Cadbury Creme Eggs with a bottle of Chimay Première, also known colloquially as Red Chimay. Chimay Première is a Belgian Dubbel with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 7%. Pouring out a very nice shade of copper this beer has a cream colored head. This beer has a minor taste of fruitiness that I believe would pair well with the Cadbury Egg’s sweet innards.
The second candy that pairs well with beer are Whoppers Robin Eggs. They’re just like normal Whoppers but made in the shapes of eggs. Whoppers are malted milk balls. If you’ve never had one they taste like sweet malty crunchy balls that are covered in chocolate.
I would pair Whoppers Robin Eggs with a pale ale like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. As Sierra Nevada is one of the oldest craft breweries in America, this Pale Ale is a solid and easily found choice. Coming in at 5.6% ABV this beer pours out bright yellow with a white head. While not being very bitter I believe that the citrus hops would provide a counterbalance to the sweetness of the malted milk balls.
Peeps are the most widely recognized Easter candy. They are sold in either the normal pastel yellow or a gentle pink. For the uninitiated, Peeps are marshmallows, shaped into chicks or bunnies, which are then coated in either yellow or pink sugar. They’re very sweet and slightly gooey, think sugar coated marshmallows.
For this candy, I suggest a pairing with a robust porter. Because of the Peeps sugary sweetness, a slightly less sweet porter, like Pop’s Porter from Wynwood Brewing, would go along real good with this candy. Pop’s Porter pours out black with a tan head and comes in with an ABV of 6.2%. The malt and coffee taste of this particular porter should go nicely with sweetness of the Peeps.
Chocolate rabbits are a staple of the Easter candy community. Made by countless chocolatiers, they’re simply chocolate (milk, white, sweet and dark) made in the shapes of rabbits. Because of the sweetness of these chocolate rabbits I’d recommend going with a stout, like Founders Breakfast Stout. This beer pours out black with a khaki head and has an ABV of 8.3%. The chocolate and caramel taste from the beer would greatly compliment the sweetness of the chocolate rabbit makes this a pairing perfection!
Jelly beans are by far my favorite Easter candy and there are so many different producers of it to choose from. Personally, I love the Starburst and Jelly Belly jelly beans because they’re so full of fruity and sugary sweetness! To pair with a beer, I’d have to say that a lager like Moa Breakfast would go perfectly with jelly beans. Hailing from New Zealand, the beer has a 5.5% ABV and pours out lively color of yellow with a small white head. The fruitiness of the beer compliments the fruitiness of the jellybeans.
I hope you try a few of these suggestions. Let me know how you liked them or what you would you would pair with these candies instead.
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