I swear it was New Years Eve yesterday, and now it’s Easter.

My favorite part of Easter as an adult is being able to turn the tables and be the host of the Easter egg hunt.

Last year, I forced my parents to play. At first, they were hesitant… then the competitiveness started to kick in and it got really interesting.

A few years ago we had one at my cousins, it took us several hours to find the last few eggs – the hiding spots were so good even my Aunt, who hid them all, couldn’t find them.

Easter is filled with candy, literally and figuratively. Candy filled eggs, candy in Easter baskets. Heck, they even make edible candy grass for the bottom of Easter baskets now.

Candy tastes so good that people tend to turn their eye to how much sugar is in it. In integrative nutrition school, I’ve been learning about the effects of sugar, and it has been quite eye opening.

I’ll be doing a post later on about the effects of sugar, but for now I’ll leave you with this – sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. How crazy is that?

In the spirit of Easter, I looked into some holiday candy favorites to see just how much sugar is in each piece. Might make you re-think just how many pieces you consume, or give in a basket.

I chose six popular Easter treats, and spared my sister an evaluation of Hershey’s Eggs.

I used a quarter and the specific item for reference as to how big that pile of sugar is.

Keep in mind: 1 teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams, and it is generally recommended to have 25 grams or less of sugar per day.

  1. Peeps, an Easter classic. One package of 4 peeps has 26g sugar. That’s more than the recommended amount for the whole day.

2. The famous Cadbury Chocolate Creme Egg. One egg has 20g sugar.

3. Russell Stover’s Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Egg. One egg contains 14g sugar.

4. A forever Easter favorite – the Reese’s Egg. One egg has 16g sugar.

5. A small box of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. One box totals 24g sugar. That’s nearly a gram of sugar per bean.

6. Whopper Mini Robin Eggs. 30g of sugar per serving – there’s about 3 servings in this little box.

So if you’re sticking to the recommended 25 grams of sugar or less per day, choose your Easter indulgences wisely! One piece could be your sugar in-take for the whole day.

Sugar has all kinds of effect on the body, and maybe this will make you rethink just how much sugar you let yourself or your kids have this Easter!

P.S. Rachel Good Eats made this kick ass recipe of healthified homemade Reese’s Egg. If you’re curious to make your own healthier and less sugary Easter candy, check it out here!

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