I love candy. Way more than a grown-up nutritionist probably should While other adults are indulging in sophisticated treats like molten chocolate cake and warm apple pie, I’m over here eating handfuls of gummy worms and sour bears. There’s just nothing better, if you ask me.
So naturally, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. As kids we weren’t allowed to eat candy very often, but on Easter we really got to indulge. My dad would hide candy-filled eggs all around our house and we’d spend the morning searching for them – and of course eating their contents. I don’t think we ate any real food on those days, just multiple courses of candy. It was the best.
Now that I have my own kiddos, I’m sticking with the same tradition. But as I’ve learned more about what’s in most conventional candy, I’ve found myself searching for more natural alternatives that still satisfy our sweet teeth.
Luckily, there are SO many amazing natural candies on the market these days, you really don’t have to sacrifice taste or tradition when filling your Easter baskets.
Below are 10 of my favorite natural candy options for Easter. From sour jelly beans to chocolate peanut butter cups, there’s something on this list for everyone. Or if you’re like us, you’ll fill your baskets with a mixture of it all!
The Best Natural Candy for Easter
- YumEarth Naturals Sour Beans. These are SO good. Any jelly bean lover or sour candy aficionado will agree.
- Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks. Perfectly portioned and more importantly, bunny-shaped!
- Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels. Vegan and corn syrup-free. I love the sea salt version, but the original or vanilla are great for traditional caramel-lovers.
- Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Eggs. When you want that bright foil-covered egg in your Easter basket, but also want the chocolate to taste good and support fair wages for farmers.
- Barnana Chocolate Chewy Banana Bites. Chewy banana pieces covered in dark chocolate – and they even have a peanut butter version.
- Torie and Howard Chewie Fruities. Like Starbursts, only more delicious and 100% organic.
- Lovely Candy Co. Fudgee Rolls. Tootsie Roll fans: be prepared to fall in love with these.
- Justin’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups. Choose dark or milk chocolate, or both!
- Trader Joe’s Jelly Beans. 18 fruity flavors, naturally colored, and much tastier than conventional jelly beans.
- Theo Coconut Bites. Nevermind chocolate bunnies. A Coconut Mint or Coconut Almond Bite is all you’ll want in your basket after you taste these little gems.
Any other natural candies you’re stocking up on this Easter? I’d love to hear your family’s favorites!
Hi! I’m Amelia, a nutritionist, chef and mom who believes healthy eating should be simple and enjoyable, not stressful or overwhelming. I started this blog so I could answer your food questions, debunk nutrition myths, and offer practical tips & recipes that I hope will make your busy life easier.