Which mini easter eggs should you buy
Are you unsure which Mini Easter Eggs to buy for your family this Easter? We have had lots of requests from our Additive Free Kids Community group looking for guidance in which Easter Eggs to buy for their family. I have pulled together a Guide to minimising additives this Easter for you!
It is generally accepted that eating lots of chocolate isn’t good for us. However, if we are going to have Easter Eggs, people would like to have some guidance regarding which have the least additives
This guide is NOT an exhaustive list of all mini easter eggs on the market.
You may have seen all the Easter Egg displays in the supermarket and department stores. The displays are massive and the marketing huge! The Easter Egg range just continues to grow each year. So does the ingredients list!!! The brands in this guide are those that the Additive Free Kids community have told me in the past that they are most likely to buy.
If you have favourite Easter Egg that I haven’t included in the lists below, make sure you join the Additive Free Kids Community group where we will be continuing the discussion about the ingredients in these eggs. You can also send through a pic of the egg and the ingredients list and I can included it in the review.
This guide ranks the eggs according to additive impact. These are NOT all additive free!
In fact, I would suggest that 90% of these eggs have some form of additive in them. Saying that….some additives are worse than others.
It can be very difficult to find additive free easter eggs. When you do find them, you need to buy them or order them EARLY! They go very quickly!
You will see that the Easter Eggs are categorised into four categories: Avoid, OK, Better and Best.
These eggs contain some or all of the following ingredients: flavours, colours, thickeners, emulsifiers, acidity regulators and preservatives.
These eggs still contain some or all of the following ingredients: flavours and emulsifiers.
These eggs contain vanilla extract / flavour
These eggs are completely clean and free of additives.
These are MY opinions regarding how I would rank the mini Easter Eggs in terms of impacts on additives on children.
On each image you will see that I have included the most pertinent information that I’ve used in my ranking.
Everyone has different constraints, sensitivities and tolerances.
This guide is to assist you to make better decisions for your family.
Mini Easter Eggs – Avoid
Mini Easter Eggs – OK
EDITED: This should read Red Tulip Solid Milk Eggs
Mini Easter Eggs – Better
Mini Easter Eggs – BEST
In short, keep in mind the following tips when buying Easter Eggs.
- KEEP IT SIMPLE – the simpler the better!
- Avoid flavoured eggs – for example Cherry ripe, Caramello, Turkish delight.
- Avoid coloured eggs – ie those with smarties or beans
- Avoid anything with artificial sweeteners
Just remember that the kids are happy with ANY easter eggs. All easter eggs look attractive in their brightly coloured foil wrapping. Most kids are pretty happy with a plain chocolate bunny or chocolate eggs.
As a reminder as Easter approaches and you hear parents complaining about how crazy their kids are because of all the sugar they have consumed….
It isn’t the sugar, it is the additives!
The sugar will definitely give them a burst of energy of course. However, it won’t make them crazy, hyperactive or aggressive. The impact on the kids will be dependant on the quality of the eggs and how many additives they contain.
You may be more than happy to let the kids have the eggs in the AVOID category as it is a once off and you know that you can handle what ever comes in the next couple of days. There is no right or wrong. There are so many variables and constraints to balance for each family.
Ideally I want to provide my children the best additive free options that are available. However, sometimes this has to be weighed up with the kids preferences, what other family members might be doing, and gifts loved ones have given to the kids.
There are multiple ways that you can handle the onslaught of additives over this period:
– try to minimise the amount of chocolate and supplement with non food items (new pj’s, colouring in book, reading books etc)
– switch some chocolates for something else that they might like instead
– consider the quantity of chocolate to be eaten and over what time period (I personally don’t like it hanging around for weeks and weeks).
Let me know if this has been helpful for you in deciding which mini Easter Eggs to buy for your family this Easter!
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