Monday, March 29, 2010

Vegan Easter Treats and Candy

Last year was the first time my son got into the Easter egg hunting experience. This year should be even better, because my daughter will be able to partake too. Our family appreciates celebrating spring. The Berenstain Bears book called "The Real Easter Eggs" is a great story that focuses on the non-commercial aspect of the holiday. We do participate in the egg hunt and baskets, but also focus on the signs of spring returning.

Finding vegan goodies to fill plastic eggs and Easter baskets isn't as difficult as you may think. We've used dark/semi-sweet chocolate foil eggs, Skittles, Sweet Tarts, vegan jelly beans, Smarties, Sour Patch Kids, Twizzlers, and Dum-dums. You can see there are quite a few options, and this is only a small portion of vegan candy options. In order to avoid having all candy, we also have done individually wrapped bags of pretzels, Oreos, animal crackers, Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks, Jammy Sammys, and fruit leather. If you want a full list of vegan candy check out Peta Kids.

Last year, I made a lot of the chocolates for the kids, using molds. It may sound intimidating, but it isn't too hard. Check out my post from last Halloween, which would provide some good ideas if you purchased some Easter treat molds.

When I first became a mama, I wondered how easy it would be to find a pre-made vegan Easter basket. Turns out there are quite a few options online if you are so inclined (see below). Personally I enjoy making them myself with books, art supplies, cds, outdoor toys, stickers, small puzzles and cars. This year I even saw a basket at Target that was "accidentally vegan." If you are interested in making your own basket, check out the list at Go Dairy Free for vegan chocolate Easter candy.

List of Pre-made Vegan Easter Baskets Available Online
Vegan Divine
Natural Candy Store
Sweet Earth Chocolates
Allison's Gourmet
Cakewalk Baking Company

Here are the baskets I made last year:

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