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The Best and Worst of Easter Candy
March 17, 2008

Registered Dietitian Melanie Douglass went through the candy aisle to find out which ones are great for the Easter Bunny to leave, and which ones should be kept in his basket.

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I analyzed the most common types of Easter Candy and came up with a few different lists to help you make smallâ"”but beneficialâ"”choices that can save calories, fat and sugar.

Here are the Best-to-Worst choices by calories:

1. Marshmallow Bunny: 1 each
2. Peeps: 2 each
3. Tootsie Pops: 1 each
4. Starburst: 4 each
5. Fruit Snacks: 1 packet
6. Tootsie Roll - Snack Bars: 2 each
7. Jelly Beans: 13 pieces
8. Cadbury Cream Egg: 1 each
9. Milky Way Bunny: 1 each
10. Reese's Peanut Butter Egg (small): 2 each
11. Robin Eggs: 8 each
12. Cadbury Mini Eggs: 12 each
13. Solid Foil-covered Chocolate Eggs: 7 each
14. Mini KitKat (or candy bars): 5 each
15. Hollow Chocolate Bunny: 1 each
16. Solid Chocolate Bunny: ½ each

Here are the Worst Fat Offenders:


1. Solid Chocolate Bunny (1/2 of a 6 oz. bunny)
2. Hollow Chocolate Bunny (1 whole of a 1 ¾ oz. bunny)
3. 5 mini KitKats (or mini candy bars, 5 each)
4. Chocolate eggs (the classic foil covered mini eggs, 7 each)
5. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (2 small .6 oz egg)

Here are the Worst Sugar Offenders:


1. Solid Chocolate Bunny (1/2 of a 6 oz. bunny)
2. Hollow Chocolate Bunny (1 whole of a 1 ¾ oz. bunny)
3. Robin Eggs (8 each)
4. Cadbury Mini Eggs (12 each)
5. Jelly Beans (13 each)

Here are my 5 BEST Choices for Easter Candy:


1. Marshmallow Bunny (1 each, .5 oz.)
2. Peeps (2 each)
3. Starburst (4 chews)
4. Fruit snacks (1 packet)
5. Cadbury Cream Egg (1 each)

Here are a few "alternative" ideas to toss into the Easter Basket this year:


1. Tic-tacs (kids LOVE these)
2. Sugar-free gum
3. Mott's Low Sugar 100% juice boxes
4. Toast and Peanut Butter crackers
5. Coloring books, bubbles, books, inexpensive jewelry, box cars, etc

And last but not least, here are all the juicy detailsâ"”the calorie, fat, saturated fat, and sugar content for the most commonly consumed types of Easter candy:

eastercandy
Calories Fat(g) Sat Fat (g) Sugar (tsp)
Recommended
"Snack"
Allowance =
<250 calories
Recommended
Intake = <65
g/day
Recommended
Intake = <20
g./day
Recommended
Intake = 40
grams per day
Marshmallow
Bunny
1 45 1.5 1 6
Peeps 2 56 0 0 14
Tootsie Pops 1 60 0 0 10
Starburst 2 (2 pack) 80 1.8 1.5 11.5
Fruit Snacks 1 packet 80 0 0 13
Tootsie Rolls
(snack bars)
2 100 2.5 9 14
Dots 2 small
box
140 0 0 22
Jelly Beans 13 140 0 0 27
Cadbury
Cream Eggs
1 150 5 3 22
Milky Way
Bunny
1 160 10 7 15
Small Reese's
Peanut Butter
Egg
2 180 10 4 16
Robin Eggs 8 180 6 5 29
Cadbury Mini
Eggs
12 190 8 5 27
Chocolate
Eggs
7 200 10 6 25
Mini Kit Kat 5 210 11 7 21
Hollow
Chocolate
Bunny
1 270 16 14 30
Solid
Chocolate
Bunny
1/2 460 26 16 42

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For more information, you can always check out Melanie's website, www.tipadayguide.com or read her book, Tip-a-Day Guide to Healthy Living. She is also one of our team of experts and you may email her directly through our website.

Melanie Douglass, R.D., NASM
Author: Tip-a-Day Guide to Healthy Living
(Deseret Book, 2007)
www.tipadayguide.com

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