What Foods Are Most-Associated With Easter?
Some holidays are known for costumes. Some for gifts. Others require large-scale decorations. But one common theme among most holidays is food. From elaborate meals for Christmas dinner to corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick;s Day (don't forget green beer) to Halloween trick-or-treat candy, food plays a large role in just about every holiday there is. Even Valentine's Day - with its focus on cards and flowers - has it's boxes of chocolate and Sweet-Hearts candies to add to the celebration.
It seems like food-related holidays fall into two camps: those with an emphasis on savory (or dinner-related) foods and those with an obvious sweet tooth (Halloween, Valentines). One holiday in particular, though seems to collect the best of both worlds. With its family-style sit down dinner and it's basket of candy, the Easter holiday has a little something for everyone in the food department.
Maybe it's that "all-in" variety in the food department that makes Easter a favorite holiday to many. Enjoy a large dinner with all the fixings? No problem. Want to treat yourself with some decadent candy? The Easter Bunny is here for the rescue.
Easter's spot on the calendar might also play a role in its food-focused meal celebrations. Because the summer holidays tend to feature outdoor, backyard-grill-style meals (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day), Easter seems to represent the last of those indoor sit-down-style meals until November and Thanksgiving.
So - grab another piece of that ham. Take a second scoop of the mashed potatoes. Go ahead - take an extra jelly bean or two. What's a holiday without food?
Here's a look at what foods are most-associated with the Easter holiday: