Watch Out For That Easter Candy!

"Colored" Candy
“Colored” Candy

Easter will be here in a couple of days and hopefully you won’t be temped to eat to much (hopefully not any) of the artificially colored Easter candy that you see everywhere you go.  Most of the candy ingredients usually start with sugar and corn syrup, followed by high fructose corn syrup or some other type of sugar.  Then there is usually at least one artificial food dye if not multiple colors added.  Of course then the artificial flavor and vanillin (which is an imitation vanilla sometimes make from left over products from from a paper mill or tree bark).  If it is chocolate, it is usually mostly flavorings and oils.  I have done several posts on the dangers of artificial dyes and colorings so be sure to update your memory before you dig into that candy.  One of the articles was on the dangers of Blue 1, one on the dangers of food dyes in general and one on the possible link between dyes and ADHD.

I no longer eat all this stuff and when I do want some chocolate I eat a good quality dark chocolate of 72%-86% cocoa which has some health benefits.  I find that to be satisfying and I don’t get overloaded with so much sugar that I crave more and more.  A good option for some good chocolate candy if you like M&Ms, chocolate peanut butter cups and Snicker types of candy bars is a new candy from Unreal.  They call their candy Unreal Candy Unjunked.  They have no artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no preservatives and no GMOs.  I have bought some for my daughter and she loves them.  I found them at my local Target store.

If you are really feeling creative, below is a recipe for homemade Cadbury eggs.  It actually looks easy enough, but I have not made them.  My daughter has a huge sweet tooth, so this may be something we can make together for Easter this year.  I am sure licking the pan will be required!

Homemade Cadbury Eggs | Primally Inspired

These are super easy to make and have REAL ingredients unlike the kind that you get in the stores. If you have leftover chocolate, drizzle some around all the edges of the chocolate eggs so they will mold together easier.

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