After a few weeks in quarantine, it’s easy to lose track of time. Newsflash: Easter’s fast approaching even if it seems like April 12 is a lifetime from now. Some local candy companies offer curbside pickup or will ship chocolate bunnies to your door. Support them … and enjoy a few activities that’ll help make the holiday a little bit brighter.
Stock up on sweets
Sarris Candies, 511 Adams Ave., Canonsburg
Browse the selection online and call 1-800-255-7771 to place your order. Orders may require up to 24 hours for processing and are subject to availability. Pickup hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Betsy Ann Chocolates, 322 Perry Hwy., West View
Place your order and pay for it online or call 412-931-4288. Once your candy is ready, you’ll receive a notice. When you arrive at the factory, simply call again and your order will be whisked right to your vehicle.
Mon Aimee Chocolate, 2101 Penn Ave., Strip District
You can make your own basket or let the experts at Mon Aimee create one for you. There are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free options also available. Call 412-395-0022 or send an email to place your order for pickup or delivery.
Pollak’s Candies, 352 Butler St., Etna
Check out Pollack’s Easter menu on Facebook. To order, call 412-781-1499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Curbside pickup is Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s a $30 minimum on delivery orders.
McKeesport Candy Co., 1101 5th Ave., McKeesport
The oldest wholesale candy company in the U.S. is offering curbside service as well as free home delivery in Pittsburgh during the pandemic. There are more than 3,000 treats to choose from on their website.
Apple Cookie & Chocolate Co., 501 Braddock Ave., Turtle Creek
Sipping cookies and sweets across the country since 1981. Browse the website or call 1-800-223-YUMM (9866). All products are Kosher Dairy-certified.
The Chocolate Moose, 5830 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill
Get chocolate from around the world delivered to your door. Visit the website or call 412-422-2208.
SpectroDolce Confectinary, 3926 William Penn Hwy., Monroeville
SpectroDolce employs adults with autism, giving them a safe place to gain work experience. The company is currently taking online orders only.
Make-Your-Own Easter Candy
Turn Easter candy into a craft project the whole family can enjoy. Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Parlor in Baldwin will pack up all the supplies you need for some bunny making fun, including chocolate molds in milk, dark, white, colored and flavored varieties, cookie cutters and mixes, fillings, cello bags and sucker sticks. Call 412-882-7326 to order and pay with a credit or debit card. Most goodies will be ready for pickup within 30 minutes at 5200 Clairton Blvd.
Kraynak’s Easter Bunny Lane
For decades, Hermitage’s “store for all seasons” has delighted shoppers with its extravagant holiday displays. Visiting the 300-foot Easter Bunny Lane is a spring tradition for many Pittsburgh-area residents. While the store is closed this year, General Manager Dan Zippie will lead you on a virtual stroll through the brightly colored forest, which is populated by lifelike animated characters.
Kraynak’s also has an array of Easter candies and novelties you can order for delivery or curbside pickup. Visit their website or call 724-347-4511 to discuss personalizing a basket.
Want to make an Easter memory that will last? Forget dying eggs; paint some family heirlooms! The Crafty Shack in Jeanette is selling to-go ceramics kits online. There are plenty of bunnies and chicks and eggs to choose from, with paint and brushes included.