How Many Calories Are In Your Easter Basket?
Originally published March 23, 2016
According to the National Confectioners Association, Easter is the second-largest candy-giving (and eating) holiday, with Halloween in first place. Some reports state that the typical U.S. child will eat more than 5,000 calories of festive “food” during the Easter holiday. Sugar-dense candies contribute to many of those calories.
Before you and your children dive head first into your Easter baskets and slip into a sugar-induced coma, you may want to look at some of the nutrition facts of your most beloved treats. I created a chart which outlines how many calories, fat, and sugar are in some of Easter’s most popular sweet treats.
When looking at this chart, remind yourself that:
- This chart does not list ingredients of the candies. Most of these products contain artificial preservatives and dyes that are toxic to the body.
- 3,500 calories = 1 pound of fat.
- The recommended daily value of total fat = 65 grams. (1 Dove Chocolate Bunny contains 52 grams total fat, almost one day’s worth of recommended fat)!
- Although the FDA has not created a recommended daily value for sugar, many health professionals believe the daily value should be set at 50 grams. (1 Cadbury Easter bunny has 97.1 grams of sugar, which is almost double this number)!
Total amount of calories, fat and sugar in common Easter candies:
I want to hear from you
- Do you indulge in Easter candies?
- If yes, what is your favorite Easter candy?
- If not, how do you avoid the temptations that are around us during this holiday season? What do you eat instead?
When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.