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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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