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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3/29/2013 1:33:32 PM

It is nice to know you can make choices that won't totally blow your calorie intake.


3/29/2013 12:37:51 PM

CLAYLADY001's SparkPage
well let's put everything into perspective!Easter only comes once a year and if a person only indulges on this holiday or chooses another they should allow for the extra calories and just enjoy the day.Of course the little ones looking for easter eggs will run off the extra calories so let them enjoy the day and the adullts can do what they want.I personally love chocolate and will indulge myself with one choc.easter bunnie(small) and give my love the large one.All those candies do look wonderful but calories do add up sooooo......


3/29/2013 12:36:19 PM

I'm glad that I don't have kids in the house! Easter candy would just be too tempting!


3/29/2013 10:46:23 AM

All things in moderation, but I definitely did healthier baskets this year, but 1 cadbury Egg is all I ask. Its tradition! A littel indulgence is okay, a basket-full adds up quick! I got some really fun basket fillers this year that aren't food at all! I got some fun socks, some sidewalk chalk, some bubbles, and sticker ETC.

Keep it Simple, Make it FUN!


3/29/2013 10:39:28 AM

ABERRY0311's SparkPage
I think I will stay away from the candy isle this easter!


3/29/2013 10:37:14 AM

Good article for bolstering Easter motivation! I have bought NO Cadbury eggs this year. Husband and I are each getting ONE Dark Choc Dove Bunny. GOOD GOOD - I bought them two weeks ago--and they're still in the cupboard! My challenge will be resisting all the goodies at dinner at my mom's on Easter.


3/29/2013 10:36:29 AM

FORDIE7's SparkPage
This is really an eye opener. I use to eat all that junk, thankful I don't do candy much anymore. Never knew how fast calories added up with so little (so I thought).

Happy Resurrection Day to All!


3/29/2013 10:11:03 AM

OH MY WORD, I used to eat 1000-2000-even 3000 calories just in that stuff at Easter. Knowing calories in food has changed my behavior..... thankful!


3/29/2013 10:10:19 AM

WOW -- thanks for this article today -- it will definitely help me make better choices this weekend! Happy Resurrection Day, EVERYONE! HE IS RISEN! :-)


3/29/2013 9:48:09 AM

GINNAR's SparkPage
Jelly Beans are my favorite. I guess Jelly Belly's are the least damaging, but they have coconut as one flavor. I have spent a lifetime hating coconut in anything so I'll have to pass.


3/29/2013 8:58:40 AM

Thanks! I hope this will help!


3/29/2013 7:20:48 AM

Easter is the day, as every Sunday is, to celebrate the Ressurection of our Lord. It has, like everything else in society, become too commercialized. That said, I will have a little chocolate and a dessert on Easter day.


3/29/2013 7:14:57 AM

Life is to short not to have 1 Cadbury egg for Easter


3/29/2013 5:49:33 AM

TUBLADY's SparkPage
No kids, no candy in the house. I used to have a Cadbury egg at Easter, it was the only time available, but I have given that up. If i was to have any candy it would be the Jelly Belly, 20 of those for 80 calories sounds reasonable but a lot of sugar.
But I won't .. I can eat a spoon full of honey and get more out of the calories.
I would rather have a hard boiled Easter egg.
Promoting Easter candy is nothing but commercial. Anything to get the kids hooked up on more sugar.


3/29/2013 12:35:29 AM

SDANLSON's SparkPage
Fortunately for me I like candy, but I like it a little at a time. I take whatever I get and put it in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator (it is out of sight and cold). I am good about only taking a small serving out every so often and leaving the rest for later so that it lasts for a long time (as long as no one else finds my stash and wipes it out in a day or so).

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