While Halloween still reigns supreme in candy consumption, Easter ranks as the second most sugar-laden occasion of the year for Americans.
According to the National Retail Foundation, nine in 10 (90.5%) of us will stock up on candy for the holiday, spending an average of $20.66 on jelly beans, chocolate and more.
The folks at DegreeSearch even created this interesting infographic, which doesn’t sugarcoat our less-than-healthy habits during this pastel-themed holiday.
Check out these startling stats:
- Americans buy more than 120 million pounds of candy for Easter (enough to max out 4,615 dump trucks!)
- 16 BILLION jelly beans are made for Easter every year
- More than four million peeps marshmallow chicks and bunnies are made per day for Easter
- Chocolate bunnies are one of the most popular chocolates made, with 90 million made just for Easter every year
- 76 percent of Americans believe chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first
If you’re indulging but still trying to keep weight management in mind, consider making a few small changes to keep your family from going into sugar shock this year:
- Forgo some sweets in favor of other treats, such as toys, books or small tech accessories
- Refrain from buying in bulk; it’ll save you from breaking into your favorites and skimming off the top
- Feed kids breakfast before breaking out baskets or hitting the local Easter egg hunt (that goes for parents, too)
- Partition booty from the Bunny into three piles immediately: Enjoy now, freeze for later, give away
- Finally, forget deprivation; DO partake in moderation, whether it’s a big-eared bunny, puffy peeps or those seriously addictive Cadbury Mini Eggs (my personal favorite!)