We Searched High & Low To Find Healthy Swaps For All Of Your Easter Candy Faves (Yes, Peeps Are Included!)

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If Easter makes you feel like you’re drowning in chocolate eggs and devilishly winking Peeps (they know you can’t resist them!), fear not:  You can have your chocolate carrot and eat it too.  These companies have created perfect swaps for your favorite Easter candies, whether you want to hide them around the house, fill a healthy-ish basket, or just munch on ’em at brunch—and yes, a healthier Peep is included!

Wholesome Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans

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These organic jelly beans, from healthy treat maker Wholesome, are so good that kids and adults will delight in them—and adults will delight in them more once they realize they're totally free of artificial colors or flavors, instead relying on carrot and turmeric for pretty, Easter-y colors. The flavors—including strawberry, orange, cherry, grape, lemon, and grapefruit—come from fruit juice, and they're sweetened with just a hint of organic cane sugar. Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans, Wholesome ($2.29)

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SmashMallow Strawberries & Cream

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If you're a Peeps fan, this is the swap for you. These delectable marshmallows are made with simple ingredients, including a touch of organic sugar and real strawberries—but they taste like a heavenly treat (they're also gluten-free, and while we don't normally pay a ton of attention to calories, the fact that four of them come in at just 80 calories is pretty stellar). The Strawberries & Cream is the most Easter-y flavor, but if you can, you should try them all: The Cookie Dough is an incredible replica of the real thing. Strawberries & Cream, SmashMallow ($4)

HunnyBon Organic Chocolate Carrot

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HunnyBon is a smaller brand, but they've gained a cult following (including super-influencer Rachel Mansfield) for their healthy treats from gummy worms to candy bars. Their Easter creation is this cute carrot, which is made from all-organic, fair-trade-certified ingredients. Half a foot tall, this is a perfect centerpiece for any Easter basket. Organic Chocolate Carrot, HunnyBon ($7.30)

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Annie's Bernie’s Farm® Fruit Snacks

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If you're a kid (or just a kid at heart), you'll love this gastronomic trip to the farm with Annie's fruit snacks. Made from clean, organic ingredients (including real fruit and vegetable juices), these snacks come in whimsical colors and shapes (we're partial to the cute pig and the Easter-ready carrot). The individual pouches make this a great one for stuffing eggs with as well. Bernie’s Farm® Fruit Snacks, Annie's ($3.79 for 5 pouches)

YumEarth Organic Assorted Flavor Lollipops

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If you prefer your treats on a stick, these lollipops from healthy candy brand YumEarth are just up your alley. They're made with organic sugars and flavors, and each bag features fun, kid-friendly flavors like Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-Face Watermelon, Strawberry Smash, Googly Grape, Very Very Cherry, Perfectly Peach, Razzmatazz Berry, and Mango Tango. Use 'em in Easter baskets or hide 'em around the house for the perfect healthy treat (bonus: since they're lollipops, each takes a while to devour!). Organic Assorted Flavor Lollipops, YumEarth ($2.99 for 14 pops)

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