16 Sickeningly Sweet Easter Candies

  • Festive But Fat-Laden?

    Candy can be OK in moderation, but Easter baskets could be the temptation that sparks a candy binge. Before your kids try to find out how many Peeps they can stuff into their mouths at once, or before you stock up during post-Easter candy sales, here are some interesting facts you might want to know about all of those festive sweets. Photo Credit: tauntingpanda
  • Peeps

    They may seem fairly innocent, but these light and fluffy favorites are practically pure sugar. Each Peep packs in about 8 grams of sugar, notes Newsweek, and eating a pack of five gives you as much of the sweet stuff as a regular 12-ounce can of Coke (Stock Quote: KO). Photo Credit: brettneilson
    Sugar-Free Peeps
  • Sugar-Free Peeps

    There are sugar-free versions of the spongy, pastel-colored Peeps. There’s no sugar, but they do contain a derivative of sugar, according to WebMD. A pack of three may only cost you 60 calories, but you’re ingesting sucralose and a few ingredients with hard-to-read names like polyglycitol syrup, which may not be much healthier than corn syrup. Photo Credit: Qfamily
    Large Chocolate Bunny
  • Large Chocolate Bunny

    Chocolate bunnies are a classic Easter treat, but you might not want to eat a whole one in one sitting unless you’re eager to pack in nearly a day’s worth of calories. According to Newsweek, a 7-ounce chocolate bunny contains 1,050 calories. You may want to opt for a smaller one. A 1-ounce bunny, for example, is only 140 calories, the magazine reports. Photo Credit: SpecialKolin
    Cadbury Crème Egg
  • Cadbury Crème Egg

    Love them or hate them, Cadbury (Stock Quote: CBY) Crème Eggs do provide a good amount of calcium, according to Newsweek. But those 40 milligrams of the bone-building mineral come with 150 calories, 22 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fat. Photo Credit: ginnerobot
    Reese's Peanut Butter Egg
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Egg

    Many peanut butter lovers look forward to Easter simply because of this big, creamy and sweet peanut butter-filled egg which contains more filling than your average peanut butter cup. But the eggs contain a hefty 11 grams of fat, according to WebMD (Stock Quote: WBMD). One plus: each peanut butter egg also offers one gram of fiber. Photo Credit: quinn.anya
    Hershey's Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg
  • Hershey's Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg

    It may be hollow, but this Hershey’s egg is dense with 41 grams of fat. “This may be one of the few Easter offerings that makes a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg look like health food,” notes Newsweek. Photo Credit: Neil T
    Little Cadbury Chocolate Eggs
  • Little Cadbury Chocolate Eggs

    It’s easy to eat a dozen of these eggs without thinking much of it, but if you do, you’re ingesting about 190 calories and 8 grams of fat, according to Newsweek. Photo Credit: lalaK
    Jelly Beans
  • Jelly Beans

    They may just be small bits of gelatin and sugar, but if you’re an absent-minded snacker, you may not be aware of just how many you can put down in one sitting. According to Newsweek, consuming a serving of 35 Jelly Bellies means packing in 140 calories from 37 grams of sugar, again, compared to 40 grams in your average can of Coke. Photo Credit: g-hat
    Sugar-Free Jelly Beans
  • Sugar-Free Jelly Beans

    Russell Stover, for example, makes sugar-free jelly beans for those averse to the sweeter sins. About 35 of those come with approximately 110 calories, according to WebMD. Plus, you’ll be consuming some sucralose, starch, beeswax and carnauba wax, among other ingredients. Photo Credit: aresauburn
    Dove Truffle Egg
  • Dove Truffle Egg

    In just a couple of soft and creamy bites, these egg-shaped truffles provide 10 grams of fat and 150 calories, according to WebMD. Photo Credit: dovechocolate.com
    Almond Joy Egg
  • Almond Joy Egg

    With 8 grams of fat and 140 calories, Almond Joy Eggs might not be the healthiest treat, but they do offer one gram of fiber, according to WebMD. And that single almond offers a tiny bit of omega-3 fatty acids. Photo Credit: vvvracer
    Milky Way Egg
  • Milky Way Egg

    Yet another candy bar turned Easter-themed treat, the Milky Way Egg’s thick center packs nougat and caramel goodness with 6 grams of fat and 19 grams of carbs. At the very least, it contains a gram of protein, however, according to The Daily Plate. Photo Credit: cyclonebill
    Whoppers Robin Eggs
  • Whoppers Robin Eggs

    Eight of these little robin eggs with the classic malt ball center may not contain an absurd amount of fat, but a bit more sugar than some of the other chocolaty treats. One serving gives you 29 grams of sugar and 180 calories. Photo Credit: oskay
    Lindt Chocolate Carrots
  • Lindt Chocolate Carrots

    Perhaps more visually appealing to an actual bunny, Lindt’s chocolate carrots are simply chocolate in the shape of a veggie. Four of the chocolates have 210 calories, according to Newsweek. Photo Credit: PinkMoose
    Elmer's Toasted Marshmallow Egg
  • Elmer's Toasted Marshmallow Egg

    There isn’t too much fat in an Elmer’s Toasted Marshmallow Egg, about 2.5 grams, but the treat for marshmallow lovers does pack 14 grams of sugar, according to WebMD. Those who have trouble limiting themselves to just one bite might prefer one serving of these over an entire pack of Peeps. Photo Credit: QuotableKidney
    Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Hard-Boiled Egg

    On its list of Easter basket treats, WebMD includes the simple protein-packed egg. But to get some kids to eat them hard-boiled, you may need to dye them until the egg white under the shell changes colors. Each egg has about 6 grams of protein, plus vitamins and minerals, WebMD notes. Photo Credit: EraPhernalia Vintage
    More Fun Alternatives
  • More Fun Alternatives

    There are healthy – and fun - alternatives to the fatty, sugary and chemical-laden Easter treats. Natural fruit snacks and sugar-free gum, for instance, could suffice, or if your kid has a taste for dark chocolate, that treat doesn’t contain as much fat as milk chocolate. Plus, putting toys in an Easter basket might not be a bad idea either. In addition to saving your kid’s teeth, you’ll be giving them something that can last much longer than any candy. Photo Credit: sweetfixNYC
    Beyond Candy
  • Beyond Candy

    Still concerned about your kids’ sugar consumption?  Don’t forget about those favorite sugary cereals. Check out MainStreet’s story on 10 Seriously Sugary Cereals. Photo Credit: trekkyandy
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