Easter basket candy

What are the sweetest treats?

Easter eggs, Easter baskets, and Easter hats will be here soon. Little girls and boys dressed in pastel finery, carrying colorful wicker baskets, and searching for plastic eggs filled with candy are so adorable! But just how sweet are those little baskets? Well, we are about to find out as we take a look at the sugar content of the items inside the baskets.

Jelly beans are a staple in most Easter baskets, but which brand will be in there is another story. The only option used to be Brach’s Jelly Bird Eggs. These sweet treats have been around forever and pack 30 grams of sugar into just 14 of the little beans.

Russell Stover also offers jelly beans, but theirs have a thinner outer shell and are pectin eggs. These jelly beans allow for 19 per serving, which is 34 grams of sugar. Starburst also got into the jelly bean game several years ago; and in a quarter-cup of beans, they have the lowest amount of sugar at 29 grams.

There are some pretty funny memes that include Cadbury Eggs. My favorite is one that asks if there is a recipe for them using cauliflower. LOL! They offer a crème egg as well as a caramel crème egg, with 20 and 15 grams of sugar, respectively.

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg is a favorite at my house, and it packs a mere 16 grams of sugar per egg. We like to note that the peanut butter adds protein, so it’s considered a “healthier” option in our book.

Robin Eggs by Whoppers are malted milk balls with colorful hard shells. They come in mini and original sizes and have 30 grams of sugar per serving.

And then there’s Peeps. You either love them or hate them. These used to be specific to Easter, but now you can get them year-round. They have sugar in both their marshmallow center and coating on their colorful exterior. The little chicks or bunnies come in rows, and one row equals 34 grams of sugar per serving. But does that include all the sugar that falls off onto your new Easter outfit as well as the floor? Probably not. There are so many Easter candy options!

No basket would be complete without a chocolate bunny. The Dove Solid Bunny has about 24 grams of sugar per serving, which is a third of the bunny. Has anyone ever just eaten the ears?