How Many Calories are in Your Easter Basket?

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How Many Calories Did the Easter Bunny Leave in Your Basket?

Next to Halloween, Easter is the second-largest candy-giving holiday, according to the National Confectioners Association. With overflowing baskets of the sweet stuff lurking in your household, it's important to know what kind of caloric damage you're in for. Check out the nutrition info for some of the more popular Easter candies before you dig in to your basket.

Cadbury eggs

1 egg
170 calories
6 g fat

Chocolate bunny (solid)

1.75 ounces
298 calories
18 g fat

Dove chocolate eggs

Dark chocolate: 4 eggs
148 calories
9.2 g fat

Milk chocolate: 4 eggs
160 calories
9.2 g fat

Hershey candy-coated chocolate eggs

4 eggs
92 calories
4 g fat

Jelly beans

20 candies
160 calories
0 g fat

Jelly Bellys

20 candies
80 calories
0 g fat

Jordan almonds

13 almonds
140 calories
5 g fat

Peanut M&Ms

0.7 oz
110 calories
5 g fat


5 peeps
160 calories
0 g fat
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Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

1 egg
180 calories
11 g fat

Robins' eggs (malted milk candy)

4 pieces
90 calories
2.5 g fat

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4/12/2009 10:51:47 AM

This is very helpful, but I have no interest in raiding my kids' baskets. I usually buy chocolate/candy that I don't have interest in, and I don't buy very much at that. But this is still helpful!



4/12/2009 10:40:00 AM

EMJLAW's SparkPage
I wish the photo showed the portion size. How many M&Ms are in 0.7oz? A lot fewer than I would eat I imagine. I didn't buy any candy this year, no kids around, and I don't really love Easter candy (unlike Valentine's Day candy, yikes!) so I am ok for today but still. I stayed away from all sweets for about a year and that was a better plan for me, I really could not eat 4 Dove eggs or 0.7 oz of M&Ms.


4/12/2009 10:31:39 AM

FIDDLE6's SparkPage
Thanks for the information! Knowledge is power!


4/12/2009 10:27:37 AM

LACY25's SparkPage
i did not buy candy i have hershey sticks and they are 60 calories and3grams of fat and thay tast like the cadbury eggs so i am happy


4/12/2009 10:22:32 AM

AMERICA57's SparkPage
Well, we have been very good and we are treating ourselves to a little candy. Last night my hubby and I had a Reece's peanut butter egg, we still have two Russell Stover strawberry eggs and two dark chocolate bunnies. I think I have been at this weight loss thing for so long that I have realized that when it comes to holidays (for me, not talking about anyone else here) it is better to enjoy the food and the holiday and go back to dieting the next day. If I try to ignore it and eat like every other day, I will find myself binging and not knowing why. If I enjoy the holiday and have some candy and dessert, then I can look back and remember that not that long ago, I had some treats! It just makes losing weight easier for me.


4/12/2009 10:21:30 AM

my easter bunny gave me suger free reeses miniatures and suger free york peppermint, but I bought a big reeses bunny that i have not touched yet. I am going to try and moderatee that one.


4/12/2009 10:16:38 AM

This is great to know. I love the Reese's Peanut Butter eggs, I'll have to work one in to my day. I'm not sure what all else I'll be eating though as we're going to several family members' houses, and they all serve Easter dinner.


4/12/2009 10:13:05 AM

I am not giving sweets up today but I will definitely try to choose the best options and enjoy in moderation!


4/12/2009 10:09:14 AM

I did not get a basket but the day is young. This is helpful.


4/12/2009 10:00:51 AM

Well the only thing I like what they showed was jelly beans which I see if I eat the correct amount isn't too bad and controllable whereas the reese's peanut butter eggs I could see being a problem. Luckily I just didn't buy any candy this year.


4/12/2009 9:34:39 AM

WOW! Cadbury Eggs were always my favorite!


4/12/2009 9:29:58 AM

IRENEAZ's SparkPage
Wow!!! Amazing the calories (EMPTY) for that matter. I try and NOT buy candy.
If I do crave it, I try and have a small piece of dark chocolate.
Good slide show.


4/12/2009 9:26:56 AM

I tell myself that the candy is for the grandkids and that way, I try to convince myself I don't have "permission" to sample and I walk away from it. I wish I could do that with a lot of other foods I need to avoid.


4/12/2009 9:20:51 AM

M.BROOKS's SparkPage
Thanks for information didn't realize how much calories where in so little candies'.


4/12/2009 9:05:46 AM

HEIDIO43's SparkPage
Wow, Thanks for the information. It helps being informed! Now it is up to me to make the smart decisions. I have saved a few extra calories for fun!! HAPPY EASTER ALL

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