The 10 Worst Easter Candies, Ranked

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Easter is an exciting time of year for chocolate and candy lovers, but those sugar-fueled thrills can quickly turn into disappointment if your basket is filled to the brim with Cadbury Creme Eggs and pastel-colored candy corn.

According to CandyStore.com, Creme Eggs are the absolute worst Easter confection, followed closely by "Bunny Corn." The online candy retailer's list of the 10 most disappointing Easter treats is based on the results of a survey taken by 23,000 customers.

Creme Eggs used to be a real crowd-pleaser, but a lot of people were upset when Cadbury swapped the Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate shell for a "standard chocolate mix" back in 2015, following the company's acquisition by Kraft. Others complained about the goopy filling, while some pointed to the egg's poor ergonomic design.

One customer wrote, "The flavor is not horrific, though not good either, but it's just a total mess. There's no good way to hold it." Another commented, "My sister loved these as a kid. My mom made her eat them with a knife and fork because they made such a mess."

As for the Bunny Corn, well, that's pretty self-explanatory. People either love or hate candy corn, regardless of whether it's being marketed as Cupid Corn for Valentine's Day, Reindeer Corn for Christmas, or Freedom Corn for the 4th of July. "Here we go again, candy corn changes some colors and we're supposed to forget they're nasty," one customer wrote.

Marshmallow Peeps—yet another divisive sweet—are the third most hated Easter candy. (But if you're a marshmallow advocate, you can make a small charitable donation by April 8 for a chance to win a tour of the Peeps factory, as well as $250 to spend on your fill of sugary chicks and bunnies.)

Check out the 10 worst Easter candies below, and visit CandyStore.com to see more hilarious comments from customers.

  1. Cadbury Creme Eggs
  1. Bunny Corn
  1. Peeps
  1. Chicks & Rabbits
  1. Solid Chocolate Bunnies
  1. Jelly Beans (Generic)
  1. Chocolate Crosses
  1. Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses
  1. Jordan Almonds
  1. Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails

The WORST Easter Candy by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

Fuel Your Cold Brew Obsession With This Elegant, Efficient Coffee Maker

Brrrewer
Brrrewer

The sun is scorching, the days are endless, and the gentle clinking of ice cubes in a glass of cold brew coffee sounds like chimes at the gates of heaven itself.

A beverage so divine deserves to be created by a machine to match, right? Meet Brrrewer, a coffee maker that will provide you with the smoothest, sweetest, richest cold brew coffee you’ve ever had—and it’ll do it in just four hours.

Brrrewer uses the cold drip method to brew coffee in which coffee grounds are suspended between two microfilter membranes. Water is poured over the top membrane, then slowly filters through the coffee grounds and drips out from the bottom membrane. The top membrane ensures that the water is evenly distributed among the coffee grounds, and the bottom membrane allows only the water-turned-coffee to fall into the carafe below, without any of the gritty residue. (That gritty residue is often a result of the full immersion method, which is popular among those with French presses; basically, you just steep your coffee grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, strain out the grounds, and drink.)

The carafe is encased in a second layer of glass, providing thermal insulation and keeping your coffee cold for longer than a regular glass bottle or pitcher. And you can cross “coffee filters” off your shopping list—the microfilter membranes do that job already.

The Italy-based team at Essense designed Brrrewer with elegance and minimalism in mind, so it won’t throw off the aesthetic groove of your kitchen. In fact, it might enhance it. Also, it’s manufactured from a combination of borosilicate glass and BPA-free Tritan plastic; in other words, it’s extra-sturdy and environmentally friendly.

Mixologist Francesco Corona, five-time Italian “Coffee in Good Spirits” champion and world championship finalist, worked with Essense to develop special cocktail recipes for Brrrewer, which you can find in the paperback book, available on its own for $17 or with Brrrewer (the book and coffee maker combo is $78). Order Brrrewer by itself for $67 here, or see other purchase options from Kickstarter.

If four hours is more than you’re willing to wait for cold brew, check out Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System, which can make it in about 15 minutes.

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‘Budget Meal Planner’ Website Shows You How to Eat Well on $5 Per Day

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Eating on a budget is often associated with instant ramen, fast food, and other meal options that offer a lot of convenience and not so much nutrition. But finding cheap, healthy ingredients at the grocery store is far from impossible: Many healthy staples—like brown rice, canned black beans, eggs, bananas, and sweet potatoes—can be purchased for less than $1 per serving. The one downside to buying fresh ingredients is that some planning is required to get them on the plate. You may still have to do the shopping and cooking yourself, but by using the website Budget Meal Planner, you won't have to worry about brainstorming new meal ideas each week.

According to Lifehacker, every meal plan on Budget Meal Planner can be made for less than $5 a day—which is roughly equivalent to the average food stamp allotment in the United States. Every meal plan includes grocery lists and recipes for seven days worth of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The plans on the site are broken down into different themes, including mushroom, Thai, Tex-Mex, potato, and Mediterranean. The recipes listed may be cheap and healthy, but they don't skimp on flavor. With Tex-Mex, you'll get chicken tacos, stuffed bell peppers, and chili. Choose Thai and enjoy Thai chicken cabbage wraps with peanut sauce and Thai yellow chicken curry.

The site includes meat-free options as well. Just select "vegetarian" beneath the "meal plans" tab for vegetarian versions of Budget Meal Planner's recipes lists. The vegetarian take on the Thai meal plan, for example, uses tofu instead of chicken and mushrooms instead of beef.

All of the meal plans on the website are free, but you can support the project by donating to the creator's Patreon. Patrons also have the opportunity to suggest new meal plan themes they'd like to see each week.

Budget Meal Planner publishes a new themed meal plan every Friday, and you can subscribe to the website's newsletter to stay updated. Here are some more helpful tips for planning your meals.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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