16 Easter Basket Treats the Tooth Fairy Would Approve Of

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Okay parents, Easter is just around the corner, and we all know what that means, right? CANDY BLIZZARD! It's snowing jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and Peeps. And even parents who are not immensely worried about the juvenile diabetes epidemic sweeping the country are certainly not looking forward to Easter basket o' sugar crashes and gummy bear-induced tantrums. 

Personally, I'm okay with some Easter candy in moderation. But I don't like the holiday to turn into a week-long candy gorging extravaganza. So -- what can I use to balance out the serious sugar action in my son's Easter basket this year? Here are a few non-candy Easter basket ideas.


Actual hard-boiled eggs: They're already dyed. Might as well slip a few in. (For kids like mine who only eat the whites, here are some ideas for those yolks.)

Fresh berries: Put a handful of blueberries or blackberries inside a few plastic eggs for a sweet treat that's all natural.

Popcorn balls: These do have a bit of sugar from the marshmallows, but otherwise these are a high-fiber, low-sugar snack. Here is Martha Stewart's recipe for popcorn balls.

Dried fruit or nuts: For something different, try dried apricots, dates, yogurt-covered raisins, toasted hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts.

Annie's Cheddar Bunnies: My son loves these. They're basically Goldfish crackers, only made with real cheese and, hello, they're BUNNIES! They also make Bunny Grahams.

Clementines: These are wee relatives of the orange with super-thin skin most kids over 3 can peel themselves. They're usually a less tart than oranges, too.

Squeezable yogurt: Most brands with cartoon characters on the package are still loaded with sugar, but they're still less sugar than candy. We like freezing ours first.

Home-baked Easter treats: Just about any homemade cookie or muffin is still going to be less sweet than candy.

And how about a few non-edible options?

Cascarones: These are colored eggs filled with confetti -- so fun! I was thrilled when my mom sent my son some last year. Just remember to crack them outdoors unless you love vacuuming.

Polished rocks or crystals


Bouncy balls


Play Dough


Egg-shaped sidewalk chalk

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