Yes, Walmart Already Has The Easter Candy Out

The place: Walmart. The date: December 23, 2009. The endcap display at Bob’s local store: Easter candy.

Hug your loved ones close, my dears, for the apocalypse is nigh.


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  1. RChris173 says:

    Talk about waiting for Christ’s birth during Advent, Walmart is already celebrating His resurrection.

  2. pittstonjoma says:

    Am I strange for wanting a Reese egg after seeing this picture?

    • hank18 says:

      No…you’re not strange. They taste sooooo much better than regular Reese cups.

      • Megalomania says:

        The ratio of peanut butter to chocolate is so much better! I feel the same way about the pumpkins (halloween) and trees (christmas)

        • hank18 says:

          Oh yeah, any of the holiday Reese’s are so much better. I think you’re right about the peanut butter to chocolate ratio…they also taste a lot more fresh than regular ones.

    • bunnymen says:

      Only because you didn’t say Cadbury Creme Egg.

      • sqlrob says:

        Several years ago, I would have agreed with you. Now, notsomuch. They’ve gone seriously downhill.

        I want my old Cadbury Creme Eggs back!

  3. Charmander says:

    Oh lord……can’t they just put out the Valentine’s Day stuff before the Easter stuff???

    And not until at least January 1st?

  4. Me - now with more humidity says:

    Hmmmmm….. maybe the Christmas stuff that’s already out is actually for next year. Perhaps we’ve gone from creep to black hole.

  5. Muusu says:

    I think it bothers me more that the Cadbury eggs are on the right, and the Reese’s eggs are on the left. It doesn’t mesh with the logos on the box. It’s slightly jarring to me.

  6. ZeGoggles says:

    Pfft.. you’re doing it wrong. You don’t touch the candy until AFTER Easter when it’s on deep discount. :)

    Mmm… post-Easter candy.

    • Yoko Broke Up The Beatles says:

      But wait, it IS after easter. (2009, anyway.)

      I can’t tell if 2 for $1 is a pre- or post-easter price.

    • Winteridge2 says:

      Might be Uncle Wally got confused with After-Christmas closeout and After-Easter Specials.

  7. Lynn_B says:

    I may be against holiday creep, but if it gets me Cadbury creme eggs three months sooner, I say bring it on.

  8. GC says:

    Who cares, it’s two for a dollar! SOLD!

    • dg says:

      Still 30 cents too much. Try going to the stores where restaurants buy their fare. If those supply houses can make money selling candy at 20 cents per bar, then so can WalMart and the rest of the ripoff artists… The only thing worse is the candy at the checkout, or the Quicky Marte…

      Alas, I no longer work for a restaurant, but I have a friend who buys for one – so once a year I go with him and STOCK UP on everything… Candy pretty much keeps forever if you keep it cool…

  9. ExVee says:

    But I sure could go for a Cadbury egg.

  10. SabyneWired says:

    I think the bunny’s horrified expression says it all.

  11. thisistobehelpful says:

    Wha???? So Christmas is no longer the birth of Jesus but the birth of the Easter Bunny.

  12. Kishi says:

    “Happy birthday, baby Jesus! But don’t get comfortable.”

  13. lehrdude says:

    COOL!!! More time for Cadbury Cream Eggs!

    …’cause when he’s gone, they’re gone.

  14. Yoko Broke Up The Beatles says:

    The green St. Patrick’s Day-themed peeps are starting to feel left out.

    • econobiker says:

      St. Pat’s is only a beer sodden adult holiday now with Halloween creeping up but still dragging in 2nd place due to candy sales…

  15. theblackdog says:

    Cripes, I haven’t even finished some of the Easter candy from last year

    • econobiker says:

      Save it for giving out during Halloween. We emptied my sons’ candy tubs of grandparent pushed candy from the Halloween prior and Easter for this Halloweens give outs. We had it left around because we do not allow our children to OD on candy no matter how nice the grandparent is…

  16. HogwartsProfessor says:


    I’m there, baby!!!

  17. ariven says:

    My wife says that the walmart she works at put theirs out last night.

    At least they put good stuff out.. :)

  18. El_Red says:

    Last year’s stock?

  19. kaceetheconsumer says:

    Craponnastick…that means they’ll be out of stock two weeks before the actual holiday, doesn’t it?


  20. Alter_ego says:

    The highlight of my year, candy-wise, are the smally candy-coated cadbury eggs. And the the caramel filled cadbury eggs. Dammit, I’m moving to England, they get a wider variety of cadburys all year long. Totally worth it.

  21. Dont lump me into your 99%! says:

    Its typical, althought maybe creep has creeped up on the easter creep, I really would not know, as I dont pay attention to stores, and dont make it a habbit to, just to I cant write into Consumerist. I dont start getting ready for ANY holiday for atleast a couple weeks before it.

  22. baristabrawl says:

    You have got to be kidding me.

  23. ovalseven says:
  24. buzzybee says:

    It’s candy. Not worth worrying about. If they sell it, then keep it around all year IMO.

  25. S says:

    Cadbury Creep?

  26. Rena says:

    How long until Christmas creeps up to 365 days in advance? I predict around 2012… the Mayans were right!

  27. Trai_Dep says:

    Heysus died so Wal-Mart can get a jump in HFCS sales.

  28. RandomHookup says:

    I went out for a walk this morning and I was surprised to not see any Xmas trees on the curb. I figure it’s only because the city doesn’t start tree pickup for a week. (Last year, some of the trees got dumped on by a heavy snow and didn’t get picked up until Easter).

    • tbax929 says:

      I thought most folks kept the tree up until New Year’s Day, no?

      • RandomHookup says:

        I have a sister-in-law who has the tree out and the rug vacuumed by 5 pm on 12/25. For some folks, it’s simply a matter of when the next trash pick-up is. Some people are so done with the holiday, they get rid of all signs fast.

  29. Pinkbox says:

    They should create a store that sells nothing but year round holiday goodies – all holidays at once.

  30. legalguy says:

    Not only are the “eggs” on the wrong sides of the big display, I am surprised at the cost. I thought Wal-Mart was always boasting about their lower prices on everything. Looks like the price on the sign and the MSRP on the box are the same!

    • mianne prays her parents outlive the TSA says:

      Those boxes are specifically made for WalMart to their specs. Not unusual to see a display box like that with the manufacturer’s logo on the front and WalMart’s on the side.

  31. SG-Cleve says:

    Check your calendar, Easter is early this year.

  32. H3ion says:

    Don’t forget to order your Thanksgiving turkey now to avoid the rush.

  33. Winteridge2 says:

    Wait…did I miss Valentine’s Day again? Who could buy Easter candy now and still have it on Easter Morn?

  34. Smiley says:

    Ah…and again we leap frog over valentines day!

  35. ZukeZuke says:

    I was in RiteAid today and they were cracking open the Valentine’s Day candy already!

  36. ZukeZuke says:

    I was in RiteAid today and they were cracking open the Valentine’s Day candy already!

  37. Netstar says:

    Three month old candy…yummy!

  38. econobiker says:

    Don’t worry Walmart probably already has predictions on next years Xmas orders…

    Remember these are the guys who figured out that beer and Poptarts sell as hurricane preparation…

  39. consumerd says:

    I wonder if that’s last years candy in clearance!

  40. Intheknow says:

    Our local WalMart is apparently ahead of the pack. We have Christmas leftovers, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day paraphernalia, AND Easter candy. Pick your holiday and go!