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Best and Worst Easter Treats

In 2011, Americans consumed 7 billion pounds of candy, according to the National Confectioner's Association—and Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year. Do you know which treats are a safe bet, and which ones you should send back with the Easter bunny?

cadbury creme egg

Best: Cadbury Crème Egg

150 calories
5 g fat
3 g saturated fat
22 g sugar

It may be a surprise this iconic creamy candy made the “best” list, but if you are going to treat yourself to sweets this Easter, the Cadbury Crème Egg can be a good option. The fat and calorie stats are not going to make or break you for the day, and the single wrapped portion will leave you satisfied with just one—rather than repeatedly reaching into your basket.

reeses egg

Worst: Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg

180 calories
11 g fat
3.5 g saturated fat
15 g sugar

This peanut butter egg comes as an individually wrapped portion like the crème egg, but is not as kind to your waistline – with more than double the fat. If you overindulge on one of these eggs, not all is lost—each one has 4 grams of protein.

peeps

Best: Peeps

140 calories
34 g sugar
0 g fat
0 g saturated fat

Peeps—they’re cute, festive, inexpensive and fat free! You can eat five of these little guys for 140 calories. The sugar content is a little high at 34 grams, but overall they are smart choice from the Easter bunny. And if you are worried about the sugar, they come in a sugar free version also.

whoppers robin eggs

Worst: Whoppers Robin Eggs

180 calories
6 g fat
5 g saturated fat
29 g sugar

You know it’s time for Easter when you see candy dishes filled with these pastel eggs. They look innocent enough, but just eight of these little eggs rack in 6 grams of fat, and 5 grams of saturated fat. It is best to avoid these all together, or watch how many handfuls you are snacking on.

jelly beans

Best: Jelly Beans

140 calories
0 g fat
0 g saturated fat
27 g sugar

This Easter candy has a catch: they can potentially be a wise option for a sweet tooth—if you can practice portion control. With an average serving size of 13 beans, there’s no fat, but you’re still consuming 140 calories, so try to stick to a handful and you won’t feel guilty. And like peeps, you can always look for sugar-free jelly beans.

Chocolate Easter Bunnies Reuters

Worst: Chocolate Bunny

690 calories
72 g sugar
42 g fat
24 g saturated fat

It’s what everyone reaches for first in their Easter basket. It is also the motherload of all bad Easter treats. Even if it takes you a couple days to finish a solid chocolate bunny, you’re looking at more fat than a Burger King Original Whopper Sandwich. The good news? Most people only eat one per year.

easter eggs

Best: Hard-Boiled Easter Eggs

70 calories
0 g sugar
4.5 g fat
1.5 g saturated fat

Not all Easter treats have to be sweet! The most recognizable Easter staple, the hard-boiled Easter egg, is something you can indulge on and feel good about. One egg has 6 grams of high quality protein and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Make it into an egg salad sandwich with some low-fat mayo, or eat it plain with salt and pepper.

Best and Worst Easter Treats

In 2011, Americans consumed 7 billion pounds of candy, according to the National Confectioner's Association—and Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year. Do you know which treats are a safe bet, and which ones you should send back with the Easter bunny?

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