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How Much Sugar Is in Easter Candy?

Easter is all about celebrating life. Whether you’re religious or simply like acknowledging the arrival of spring, the holiday is a time to acknowledge growth and rejuvenation. Unfortunately, it’s become common to mark the occasion by packing baskets full of sugar-laden candies that are enough to shock anyone’s system.

Here’s how much sugar is in favorite Easter treats, as well as healthier options to pack in your basket instead.

Sugar Content of Easter Candy

Every wondered how much sugar is in jelly beans or that chocolate bunny? Here’s how much  sugar is in some popular Easter treats. For context, remember that the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day and men no more than 36 grams.  

  • Peeps: 6.8 grams per Peep
  • Jelly Belly Beans: 20 grams in 25 beans
  • Cadbury Eggs: 20 grams per egg
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs: 22 grams in 9 pieces
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs: 16 grams per egg
  • Russell Stover Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny: 110 grams per bunny
  • Lindt Chocolate Carrots: 5 grams per carrot
  • Jordan Almonds: 2 grams per piece
  • Whoppers Robin Eggs:  28 grams in 8 pieces
  • Sweet Tarts Chicks, Ducks and Bunnies: 13 grams in 11 pieces
  • Easter M&Ms (plain): 28 grams in 3 fun-size packs
  • Snickers Egg: 17 grams per egg
  • Butterfinger Nest Eggs: 24 grams in 5 pieces

Click here for more details on how much sugar is in other candies.  

What Can You Put in an Easter Basket Instead of Candy?

Now that you know how much sugar is in Easter candy, eating a basket full probably seems a lot less appealing. But that’s no need to skip baskets altogether. Instead, fill it with things that will help you live a healthier, low-sugar life. Here are five ideas to bring joy and health to your Easter basket:

  • A jump rope: Did you know you can burn more than 10 calories a minute jumping rope? Plus, you’re sure to giggle as you get in touch with your inner child.
  • Dark chocolate: If you can’t resist a sweet treat, opt for 85% cacao dark chocolate, which has about 1 gram of sugar per square.
  • A kite: Remember when you were a kid, running to try to get your kite into the air? It’s a great fitness move that is sure to get you and your loved ones laughing.
  • Vegetable seeds: Why not get a jump start on growing your own healthy food and burn some calories along the way?
  • Sweet Defeat: There’s no better gift to give yourself than kicking your sugar habit to the curb. Sweet Defeat can help you overcome cravings and create healthier habits.

Click here for more Easter basket ideas that don’t involve candy.