I ate too much. My Easter table was filled with ham, turkey, twice-baked potatoes, croissants, cheesecake and blonde brownies. And I’m not above admitting that on a holiday, I have very little willpower. And then, the Easter Bunny arrives with enough candy for my two teenage sons that their bags (not baskets, I think they went in the recycling bin two years ago) almost ripped!
Today I’m trying NOT to get into the candy so I can salvage my weekend. I hope you can do the same. To inspire you a bit, and perhaps take some of the fun out of the Easter baskets in your house, I’ve rounded up some of the worst basket offenders.
1. Reese’s Reester Bunny. Remember the commercial, “You got peanut butter on my chocolate”? Great commercial because the end result is AWESOME! But you’re better off avoiding this combo. One of these bunnies has 798 calories, 42 grams of fat and 88 grams of carbs.
2. Hershey’s Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg. It’s hollow, and it feels so light, how bad could it be? These hollow eggs have more than three times as many calories as the Easter-candy favorite — the Cadbury Creme Egg. At just less than 5 ounces, the shell alone has 570 calories. If you factor in the four Hershey kisses inside you’re looking at 660 calories and 41 grams of fat.
3. Marshmallow Peeps Chicks. I really don’t get the love for this Easter favorite, but my son swears they are best when you’ve “nuked” them and they get puffy like marshmallows. Peeps are super cute in all their different pastel Easter colors, but they have at least 140 calories and 80 grams of sugar (80!) for five of them.
4. A plastic egg full of Starburst Jelly Beans. Jelly beans seem like a healthier choice because they don’t have all the fat associated with other chocolatey treats, but don’t be fooled. Unless you have major willpower, the calories will add up quickly, because I’ll bet you can’t eat just one! One plastic egg full of the Starburst variety has 190 calories. And it likely won’t fill you up at all. If you really have to have one, just eat a few, close the egg, and hop away from the basket.
5. Large Chocolate Bunny. Your basket might seem naked without one of these, but it’s also one that can derail your diet in one sitting. If you have an average-sized seven-ounce chocolate rabbit in your Easter basket, beware. That cute bunny contains more than 1,000 calories, making it the Easter bunny’s evil caloric twin.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your holiday weekend—It’s a new day, start strong, and hide the Easter basket!