Easter candy sales are projected to surpass $2 billion this year as parents scour store shelves, searching for everything from candy to crayons to filled those much-anticipated Easter baskets, according to the National Confectioners Association. 

Some 87 percent of parents will buy or create Easter basket for their children, according to the NCA. One of the most popular items to be cradled in the grass is the beloved chocolate bunny. Some like the solid; others prefer the hollow.

The most recent estimates available show that the R. M. Palmer Co. makes about 25 million hollow chocolate bunnies each year, according to Smithsonian.com. That number does not include solid chocolate bunnies.

When it comes to hollow versus solid, hollow wins by nearly every measure. Hollow bunnies are easier to eat and they are cheaper to make, according to Smithsonian.com.

So, now for that never-ending question: Which part do you eat first?

Some 89 percent of say they eat the ears of their chocolate bunny first, according to an NCA survey. Six percent go for the feet and 5 percent eat the tail first.

That's what America at large says. But what do Montanans do?  Take our quick poll. We want to see how Montanans stack up against the national survey.

For this record, this vote goes for the ears.

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