Top 5 Most Unhealthy Easter Candies

List: Posted: 09/12/11

Easter is a holiday packed with fun family games, food, and children's Easter egg hunts.  With chocolate candies and sweet sugar Peeps widely available, an Easter treat is easy to come by on this holiday.  However, some of the treats you get from the candy store are high in calories, fat, and always, sugar!  Here are some of the worst you can choose from.

 

The most unhealthy Easter treat is the large chocolate bunny.  These are a customary treat to have on Easter and a favorite of kids, and even adults.  The only drawback is their size - an average giant chocolate bunny contains 1,050 calories!  This is an enormous amount of calories, even for adults, and the bunny is mostly made up of fat and sugar.  While you might enjoy this Easter treat when you eat it, you probably won't enjoy the addition to your waistline afterward!

Another unhealthy Easter treat is the Reese's Peanut Butter Egg.  This is a popular Easter treat that most people enjoy, but one single egg can have as much as 180 calories.  Other Reese's cups have about half the calories and the same taste, but they are not as decorative, which adds on the extra calories.

 

Most Easter candies are unhealthy, including the popular ones like Cadbury chocolate eggs, jelly beans, and, of course, Peeps.  Cadbury chocolate eggs are delicious, but they are some of the most unhealthy candies on the market since they are nothing but empty calories. 

 

Jelly beans do not contain a lot of calories per piece, but if you eat a handful the calories can add up quickly.  Peeps are always a tradition, but the tiny, sweet chicks are composed of almost pure sugar and can add up to 38 grams of sugar for every four you consume. 

With any holiday, it's important to eat everything in moderation.  Don't eat a whole chocolate bunny in one day, but split it up over a week.  If you really have to eat an innocent little Peep, opt for two instead of the whole pack.   To give your children more healthy Easter treats, opt instead for dark chocolates (which provide antioxidants along with the calories), and chocolate coated nuts and fruit instead of solid chocolate.

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