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Easter Candy Facts

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All of the ads for clucking bunnies (they are memorable!), should have let you know that one of the biggest treat weekends is quickly approaching.  Easter is the second largest candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioner’s Association. In 2012, Americans spent nearly $2.1 billion on Easter candy and among the most popular – the chocolate bunny and those crazy (and I say creepy) marshmallow Peeps. Follow the link above for more interesting Easter Candy Facts.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, snacking is where we often consume unintended calories, and the pounds of jelly beans and peanut butter eggs certainly count into those. If you are planning on making an Easter basket for this weekend’s celebration, you might consider one or two of these 50 novel ideas that are not confectionary:

1)      Coupons for getting out of chores

2)      Sidewalk chalk

3)      Jump rope and other outside play toys

4)      Grow-dinos (capsules that you put in water and watch grow)

5)      Sun glasses

6)      Food and cooking utensils for their play kitchen

7)      Mini flashlights

8)      Bead necklaces

9)      Fancy duck tape (bright colors and zebra prints, etc.)

10)    Sports balls – basketball, baseball, football

And hopefully, the weather will start to cooperate so we aren’t searching for Easter eggs in our snow boots!

– Frances, wife and mom of 2Director of Operations & Marketing

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