Easter Candy Centerpiece- The Empty Tomb!

One of the main ideas behind Catholic Icing has ALWAYS been to take the things we are already doing during the year, and twist them to keep the focus on God. And what do we do every Easter? Buy and consume tons of candy. So, why not point that candy at the true meaning of Easter? The resurrection!

If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to do it! Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it! (I can literally not look at these pictures without getting that song in my head!) LOL!

For sure this reminds me of a candy resurrection garden!

Ok for real, Easter is coming up and you’re GOING to buy candy and give it to your kids, so you may as well display it with Jesus in mind! This empty tomb candy display will help keep your whole family centered on the true meaning of easter- the resurrection. Let’s have a Christ-centered Easter!

For the most part you can just use whatever candy your family already eats anyway, but here are the specific things you’re going to need.

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Supplies Needed:

  • A cheap plastic plate to build it on (I had a $1 egg tray from the Dollar Tree)
  • A styrofoam circle
  • A HOLLOW Chocolate bunny (this becomes your empty tomb)
  • A chocolate cross (usually easy to find at Easter time, but I show you how to make one out of twix bars just in case there’s no chocolate crosses to be found)
  • A Reese cup (it’s the “rock” that’s rolled away from the empty tomb)
  • 1 Fruit roll-up (to hang from the cross)
  • Nerds candy in 2 colors (to create a path)
  • Various colorful candies for decorating (All of my candy came from the Dollar Tree except for the bunny. Man, I sure wish the Dollar Tree would pay me to say that!) ;-P

Ok so here’s what I found when shopping for hollow bunnies at Wal-Mart. Again, chose a hollow one- whatever size you want for your tomb.

I also found these Reese eggs which I also think would work for a tomb if cut in half, and another option would be those Little Debbie “snowballs” that look like a tomb when cut in half. Whatever you can think of. Be creative, my little cupcakes!!! 😀

I started with one of those cheap plastic trays that’s meant to hold deviled eggs. I got it at the Dollar Tree for $1.

I hot glued straight to the egg plate. This serves 2 purposes- you don’t need as many nerds to fill it, and also it gives you something to stick the cross and lollipops into. If you can think of another way to stand the cross up, have at it! lol. Then there was a little crack left that I stuffed full of cotton candy because I had some left from another project. This is because I was afraid I didn’t have enough nerds.

If you’ve used an egg plate like me, fill the various spaces with all different beautiful candies.

Ok so here’s the sad part… Mr. Bunny bites the dust…

Perhaps Lydia and I had too much fun with this… :-/

So carefully cut the head off of your chocolate bunny to make the tomb. I used a serrated bread knife. As you can see here, it is possibly to make 2 empty tombs from the same bunny.

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If you need to assemble your chocolate cross from Twix bars, cut them like this and assemble the cross with toothpicks. Make a fruit roll up “cloth” to drape over the cross to cover the cracks.

Lay your tomb on the styrofoam, and using a toothpick, push your chocolate cross into the styrofoam to make it stand up.

Pour the nerds around the cross and tomb.

Use some larger candies to make a path leading up to the tomb.

Then fill the path with your second color of nerds. This makes the path super cute with minimal work! 😉

Then place your Reese cup as the rock rolled away from the empty tomb. Voila! You have a candy resurrection set!

Here it is from above…

It’s kinda like an Easter gingerbread house! And it definitely reminds me of Willy Wonka. My kids found this magical and everyone at my mom’s house loved it! The kids ate on it for days. We will be repeating this one for sure!

Some variations:

Here is is with some extra lollipop “trees” also stuck into the styrofoam.

Here is a variation where I used a cross lollipop cross rather than a chocolate cross. (I do have directions for making jolly rancher cross pops here) I love how colorful it is! This is possibly my favorite version, and it is how I “served” it at my mom’s house.

Silly rabbit! Easter is for Jesus!!!

You can find all of my Christ-centered resources for Easter here.

Make it about the lamb, not the bunny! 🙂


  1. This is so super-cute and fun! I love it!

  2. Christina says

    Lacy this is darn near brilliant. I think I I’ll definitely need to add a Sarris chocolate cross though as it’s our local chocolate company miles from our home. Thank you for bringing the awesome ideas!

  3. Woah, this is so cool!! We are totally gonna do it. “So carefully cut the head off of your chocolate bunny to make the tomb” <<<that is a little twisted though.