It’s that time of year for Easter bunnies, egg hunts, pastel colors, marshmallow Peeps and chocolates galore. This time around, along with plastic eggs and messy artificial grass, take your Easter basket game to the next level with some candy confections and decadent delights from these local stores.

Wockenfuss Homemade Candies
6831 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
(410) 483-4414
www.wockenfusscandies.com

The homemade candies of this Baltimore-based chocolatier are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The kids will feel the same way when you fill their baskets with Wockenfuss’ assortment of cream Easter eggs. These aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill chocolate eggs. Wockenfuss works its magic to offer tasty flavors like coconut, vanilla and peanut butter, along with amaretto cream and hazelnut truffle. The eggs come in milk and dark chocolate flavors. This year marks the 100th year in business for this fifth-generation family-owned operation, which is easily one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore.

Chocolate Chocolate
1130 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 466-2190
www.chocolatedc.com

Surprise the kids this Easter with a few treats from DC’s Chocolate Chocolate. This purveyor of sweets by the pound offers the kiddies an assortment of candies to fill their Easter baskets. Sour Patch Kids, chocolate covered raisins, milk chocolate-covered gummy bears, Swedish fish, pastel-colored Jordan almonds, or even French burnt peanuts can be a nice change of pace. Chocolate Chocolate has such a wide variety that you’re sure to find something that your kids will thoroughly enjoy.

Sugar Mommas
1610 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
(855) 584-8485
www.sugarmommasbakery.com

If you’re looking for specialty sweets or difficult-to-find old-fashioned hard candies to fill your child’s Easter basket, then Sugar Mommas just might be the perfect place for you. This establishment carries over 75 different kinds of bulk candies, and also offers Pez dispensers in themes including Star Wars, Disney and Toy Story. For your Easter egg roll, Easter-themed gathering or other special event, Sugar Mommas can even cater a candy buffet (if you live in the Catonsville, MD area). Wait ’til the kids see that!

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Cocova
1904 18th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 903-0346
www.cocova.com

For the more discerning kid candy connoisseur, Cocova has a wide selection of unique chocolates and flavors from all around the world. At this establishment, you’ll be able to choose from more than 300 chocolate bars and other creative confections. The chocolatier offers everything, from marzipan chocolates, espresso-flavored bars and chocolate-covered sea-salted caramels, to dark chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, chocolate-covered candied orange pieces and two piece chocolate boxes. Cocova gives you a chocolaty taste of the super high-end with flavors from all over the globe. All the kids will remember is the smooth, rich flavor.

Co Co. Sala
929 F Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-0845
www.cocosala.com

Co Co. Sala’s chocolates come in an array of sophisticated flavors, and your kids will be pleasantly surprised when they bite into the richness of chocolate-enrobed sea-salted caramels and other satisfying sweets from this confectioner. The shop’s chocolate bars—in white chocolate strawberry, milk chocolate espresso, smore, and pecan praline—are sure to be a hit with the little ones, and with you too. Go ahead and stock your children’s Easter baskets with plenty of their less expensive favorite candies, but toss in a couple of these gems and watch their faces light up with delight. Just be prepared for them to ask for more.

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Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..