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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Going natural with your Easter candy

I asked the question on my Facebook page "I'm trying to find more natural candy alternatives for my son's Easter basket. We recently found out he's sensitive to artificial dyes. I would love to hear your suggestions."

We discovered last year that artificial dyes add to my son's hyperactivity so we began to limit artificial dyes where we could. Since we can't control everything we abide by the 80/20 rule on this one meaning he'll get Peeps in his basket - pretty much the only non-natural candy he'll get. The kid loves Peeps and when Easter rolls around, he starts asking for them when we go to the store. 

Here is what I purchased this year:

Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks: These are a favorite to take to school. A little known secret is Target has the best price on them.

Moonstruck Solid Dark Chocolate Calico Bunny: Not organic BUT local to us, Moonstruck is located in Portland, Oregon and has a whole line of yummy Easter candies

Natural Vines by American Licorice: Vegan and made with no dyes and artificial flavorings, Ben loves the strawberry flavor made from beets and strawberries. 

Divine Chocolate Bunnies:  Free from artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives and made with Fair trade ingredients and non GMO. 

Surfsweet Organic Jellybean: These candies are flavored with fruit juice, 97% organic, non GMO and free of corn syrup!

Mini Plush Angler Fish from Etsy: Angler fish are currently my son's favorite fish. They are pretty tough to find in a cuddly version! Leave it to Etsy to have exactly what I need.

Here's the finished product:

All of the candy was on sale at Whole Foods so it didn't cost me an arm and a leg -- even the Annie's snacks were on special due to Easter.

I can hardly wait until Easter morning, mainly because I want to see his reaction to the angler fish.

As for the baby, I didn't make her a basket. Ben will have to share this year.

What are your favorite Easter traditions?


  1. Are these products Non-GMO do you know? Hope you have a great day!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm always looking for treats for the kids that aren't full of junk.
    I believe Mott's fruit snacks are also one of the rare brands that doesn't have artificial dyes.



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