16 Unhealthy Easter Treats

  • A Sweeter Easter

    Like many American holidays, Easter has grown far beyond its roots of commemorating Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection and has become a way for anyone to commemorate, well, rabbits. And candy, to be more precise. With obesity running rampant in the U.S. and the Obama administration taking serious steps to address it, we decided to take a trip to the local candy store to find out what damage your Easter basket might do to your health. Read to the end, because we saved the best (or worst) for last. Photo Credit: Rex Roof
    Solid Chocolate Bunny
  • Solid Chocolate Bunny

    Serving size: 1 bunny (43g) Calories: 240 (calories from fat: 120) Fat: 14g (21% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 23g A classic Easter treat, chocolate bunnies have been synonymous with the resurrection for generations. Russel Stover, the classic chocolate brand, surely benefits from the treat’s iconic status to get away with the decadent numbers on its nutritional label. Beyond the high calorie count and fat content is the fact that this solid milk chocolate bunny packs a whopping 42% of an average person’s recommended daily intake of saturated fat, at 8 grams. Yowza. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Hollow Chocolate Bunny
  • Hollow Chocolate Bunny

    Serving size: 1 bunny (10g) Calories: 54 (calories from fat: 29) Fat: 3.2g (4% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 5.5g Of course, many chocolate Easter bunnies are hollow, so we took a look at the gourmet end of the chocolate bunny market with Lindt’s dark chocolate “Gold Bunny.” The lack of chocolate in the middle of the shell shaves down the unhealthy properties of the solid chocolate bunny, but even so, this 10-gram treat will provide you with 2 grams of saturated fat, equal to 10% of the average person’s recommended daily intake. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs
  • Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs

    Serving size: 24 eggs (roughly one third of package) Calories: 190 (calories from fat: 45) Fat: 5g (8% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 32g Don’t let the word “mini” fool you, because this little carton of Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs (made by Hershey) packs a full-size dose of sugar. While you could easily gobble down a whole container, eating just a third of one (or 24 eggs) will give you 12% of the sugars recommended for a 2,000-calorie daily diet. Oh, and don’t look too closely at the artificial dyes that go into these eggs. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Peeps
  • Peeps

    Serving size: 1 Peep Calories: 28 (calories from fat: 0) Fat: 0g (0% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 7g Everyone knows the best thing to do with a Peep is to toss it in a microwave and see what happens, but for those who choose to eat these sugar-coated marshmallow treats, they’re in for a surprise: The classic chick-shaped delight may look innocent on its own, but when multiplied by five – the size of the typical package – eating a full helping of Peeps will give you 35 grams of sugar. Photo Credit: Nate Steiner
    Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

    Serving size: 1 egg Calories: 170 (calories from fat: 90) Fat: 10g (15% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 16g It’s really a no-brainer for Reese’s to expand its classic Peanut Butter Cup to a more Easter-friendly shape, but anyone watching his or her waistline this spring should stay far, far away from these milk chocolate and peanut butter eggs. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Classic Jelly Beans
  • Classic Jelly Beans

    Serving size: 14 beans Calories: 150 (calories from fat: 0) Fat: 0g (0% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 30g Classic jelly beans (or what Brach’s rebranded “Jelly Bird Eggs”) have long graced the bottoms of plastic-grass-lined Easter baskets of children everywhere, and as candy they seem rather innocent. But did you know that what jelly beans thankfully lack in fat they more than make up for in sugar? A small handful of Brach’s classic jelly beans – 14 pieces, to be exact – will give you 30 grams of sugar and a total of 12% of your recommended daily carbohydrate intake. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Jelly Belly
  • Jelly Belly

    Serving size: 35 beans Calories: 140 (calories from fat: 0) Fat: 0g (0% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 28g Since one brand has practically reinvented the jelly bean, it would be remiss of us not to include Jelly Belly, the mini jelly beans that come in such a wide range of unique flavors that it’s hard to remember what candy was like before them. While the package boasts only “4 calories per bean,” a serving of Jelly Belly beans comes in only slightly under the sugar and calorie counts of the full-size classics. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Cadbury Creme Egg
  • Cadbury Creme Egg

    Serving size: 1 egg Calories: 170 (calories from fat: 54) Fat: 6g (9% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 25g The very creaminess of the legendary Cadbury Creme Egg probably leads many to assume that this is one of the worst offenders for Easter revelers’ health. After all, what else could that gooey sweetness be than bad for you? That’s not to say that these sweets are good for you, but many might be happy to know that they’re not particularly worse than other chocolate-based Easter candies. And Cadbury Creme Eggs share at least one characteristic with the real eggs that people eat on Easter: They contain 2 grams of protein. Photo Credit: Ginny
    Cadbury’s Mini Eggs
  • Cadbury’s Mini Eggs

    Serving size: 12 eggs Calories: 190 (calories from fat: 70) Fat: 8g (12% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 27g If you’re simply intimidated by the full-size decadence of the Cadbury Creme Egg, the British confectioner has an alternative for you: Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. Unfortunately, it’s even less healthy than its larger and creamier counterpart. Serving for serving, the mini eggs beat the creme eggs in calories, fat and sugar. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Jordan Almonds
  • Jordan Almonds

    Serving size: 15 almonds Calories: 180 (calories from fat: 72) Fat: 8g (12% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 24g For this iteration of a typical Easter treat we go to Blue Diamond, the undisputed king of almonds. But while these candy- and chocolate-covered staples are made out of nuts rather than pure sugar or chocolate, the nutritional benefit is minimal. The sugar, calories and fat contained in a small handful of Jordan almonds are all in line with the most decadent treats out there. Photo Credit: Oh Nuts
    Rolo Easter Caramels
  • Rolo Easter Caramels

    Serving size: 7 caramels Calories: 190 (calories from fat: 70) Fat: 9g (14% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 26g In what is basically just a change in packaging, Rolo’s easter caramels are little different from regular Rolos: They are simply a cup made of chocolate that’s filled with caramel. And they are just as unhealthy, too, with a fat content that beats most other Easter candies. The 9 grams of fat in every small handful of these candies – seven pieces to be exact – includes 6 grams of saturated fat, an amount that represents a full 30% of the average person’s recommended daily intake. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Hershey’s Marshmallow Eggs
  • Hershey’s Marshmallow Eggs

    Serving size: 1 egg Calories: 100 (calories from fat: 25) Fat: 3g (5% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 15g Continuing with popular brands’ continuing efforts to reinvent the egg, Hershey’s has decided to wrap its classic milk chocolate around a soft marshmallowy center. Not surprisingly, since marshmallows are basically full of air, the result is one of the least unhealthy Easter candies on the list. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    M&M’s
  • M&M’s

    Serving size: 1/4 cup Calories: 220 (calories from fat: 100) Fat: 11g (17% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 22g Obviously, shaped as they are like little eggs anyway, many Easter baskets this year will be full of appropriately-branded peanut M&M’s. Nothing appears different about Easter M&M’s as opposed to regular M&M’s but these chocolate-covered peanuts surrounded by a thin candy shell pack a whopping 220 calories in just a quarter-cup. That’s a handful of candies (unless you have particularly small hands). Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Bunnies
  • Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Bunnies

    Serving size: 1 package (6 bunnies) Calories: 170 (calories from fat: 80) Fat: 9g (14% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 16g Cookies, “creme" and chocolate—you do the math. These little bunnies don’t appear to do too much damage on their own, but if you are the kind of person who likes to eat until the package is gone, then Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Bunnies will give you a caloric boost to rival any Easter treat. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Easter Skittles
  • Easter Skittles

    Serving size: 1 egg full of Skittles Calories: 230 (calories from fat: 20) Fat: 2.5g (4% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 42g Just in time for Easter, Skittles has issued a line of its fruit candies that come pre-loaded in a plastic egg to do its part for Easter-egg hunts the world over. And while Skittles can boast of having very little fat, they more than make up for it with an astonishing amount of sugar and calories in this egg-sized serving of candy. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
    Peanut Butter Bunny
  • Peanut Butter Bunny

    Serving size: 1/2 bunny Calories: 240 (calories from fat: 140) Fat: 15g (24% of recommended daily value) Sugars: 17g Russell Stover knows better than most how much people like their chocolate Easter bunnies, so the chocolatier created a peanut butter variation on the theme to please its most indulgent customers. At first glance the nutrition facts seem in line with other chocolate treats’, but then you realize that the serving size is for only half of the bunny. Those brave enough to tackle the entire peanut butter bunny in one sitting will be rewarded with a full 30g of fat (48% of the recommended daily value) – a whopping 14g of which is saturated fat, accounting for no less than 70% of the recommended daily value of that most unhealthy of nutrition categories. Photo Credit: Greg Emerson
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