Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Candy-Free Easter

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I think everyone naturally wants their kids to take after them. In looks, personality, kindness to humanity, that funny way you kind of half-snort when you laugh. It’s the narcissist in all of us. But there are those little things that you secretly hope your kids don’t catch on to. For me, it’s sugar.

Admittedly, I’m the sugar fiend of the house. I may or may not have secretly purchased a separate order of Girl Scout cookies that stay hidden at all times. I have a problem. But it’s not one I want my kids to get. It’s a problem and it’s one I try to keep well hidden.

We’ve tried to steer clear of too much sugar for Duchess and Captain. Obviously, that doesn’t work all the time. But we did successfully convince Duchess that Chocolate Milk was only allowed in Grandma’s house (it’s illegal everywhere else). Captain thinks that the serving size of Skittles is a single Skittle. Needless to say, we eventually end up throwing away ¾ of our Halloween candy.

While most of the time it’s easy enough to just not bring sugar into the house, holidays can be hard. They all seem to be so centered on how many different shapes we can form marshmallows and Reese’s into (there’s only one shape for that, btw. And that’s round. Every other shape is wrong. There’s a chocolate to peanut butter ratio issue. But that’s for another day).

With Easter coming up, I ventured to Walmart to see what kinds of non-candy items we could find to fill the kids’ baskets with this year. I skipped past the pre-packed Easter baskets and went straight for the Disney buckets. It wasn’t hard to find plenty of things to fill them up with! We got an assortment of Avengers and Disney Princess toys, along with a few other non-candy goodies like some seeds for the Duchess’s garden and a water color kit for Captain.

So what do you have planned for your Easter basket this year? If you’re also looking to avoid the sugar, here’s a list of 20 non-candy “treats” to help you along. Add more to our list in the comments!

1. Playdough
2. Hot Wheels
3. Bubble Bath
4. Party store grab bag items
5. Chapstick
6. Temporary tattoos
7. Crayons
8. Nail Polish
9. Sidewalk Chalk
10. Stickers
11. Watercolor Set
12. Kite
13. Seeds (to plant a garden)
14. Finger Puppets
15. Card games
16. Bubbles
17. Frisbee
18. Sunglasses
19. Books
20. Movie Tickets
21.   Water bottles
22.   Flash Cards


  1. YES YES YES! I don't want my kids to get my sugar addiction either! And I disagree on the Reese's shape. I prefer a higher peanut butter ratio, which is why when I eat a regular one, I eat all of the chocolate from around the edges then eat the center separately. OMG heaven. :) #client

  2. Great idea about candy free Easter. My kids had way too much candy and were hyper all day. Next year I am taking a page from your book and opting for candy free Easter.

  3. This sounds like something different. Talk to Chef will help you create different candies when you decide to use candies next Easter. Chefs will answer your questions and help you cook.