Egg-cellent Chocolate Alternatives For Easter
The daffodils are blooming, the days are getting longer, and the supermarkets are chock-full of egg-shaped treats - Easter is well and truly on its way! In just a few weeks’ time, both kids and adults alike will be enjoying a whole weekend dedicated to scoffing chocolate and hunting for colourful eggs in the garden. But what if you can’t eat chocolate or don’t want the kids to be sugared up for the whole weekend?
Thankfully, there are plenty of fantastic alternatives to chocolate Easter eggs out there for both you and your little ones to enjoy - and we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites to help you kickstart the fun! So, whether you’re looking to indulge in some other sweet treats, spend Easter Sunday in the garden (weather permitting!), or dedicate the whole weekend to getting crafty indoors, these Easter chocolate substitutes are sure to egg-cite. Hop in!
Easter eggs are the traditional treat of choice for many. Most of us have fond memories of waking up and scoffing chocolate for breakfast on Easter Sunday, but if you can’t eat chocolate or simply don’t enjoy it, what options do you have? Turns out, plenty!
In fact, there are all sorts of treats you can guzzle this Easter besides chocolate. Marshmallows come in all different shapes and sizes and are perfect for those who don’t like chocolate. Not a fan of marshmallows? No problem! Sweets of all shapes and sizes make a fantastic addition to Easter boxes, baskets, and bags. From gummy fried eggs to hard-boiled sweets, candies are the ideal alternative if you don’t like chocolate. Alternatively, if you know someone who’s more of a savoury snacker than a sweet scoffer, treat them to some cheese instead. After all, a cheese board isn’t just for Christmas!
For a fun and charming centerpiece for your table, why not whip up a batch of Easter-themed sugar cookies that you and your guests can decorate?
To get your culinary creativity underway, preheat your oven according to the cookie recipe instructions of choice and roll out the dough using a rolling pin. Stamp out your cookies with your favourite Easter-themed cutters, place them on a baking tray and bake per instructions. Once nice and cool, you can decorate them with some delicious royal icing. To take your cookies up a notch, we recommend making separate batches of icing and popping a few drops of food colouring in each to create a vibrant palette to decorate with. Make sure you give the icing time to harden slightly before adding to the cookies. Once everyone is gathered, break out the decorating supplies and hop to it! When they’re ready, serve them on these bright and fun Easter Kitchen bunny plates and let the feast begin!
Easter crafts to dye for
A fab way to get creative and keep the kids entertained, doing some Easter crafts will give you all a great reason to spend some extra time together. Here are some super craft ideas that’ll stop you from getting bored out of your bonnets (and won’t involve you making one either!).
No one really knows why we dye eggs bright colours at Easter, but it’s thought to have roots in both Pagan and Christian celebrations. Dying eggs is a fun activity to do together and is a great opportunity to teach young children about colours. Eggs with pale-coloured shells work best for this craft.
To dye eggs, you’ll need:
- Hard boiled eggs - as many as you’d like to dye
- Food colouring in a variety of colours
- White vinegar
- Glasses - one for each colour
- Spoons - one for each colour
First, fill your glasses with warm water. Next, add a few drops of food colouring to the glasses to create the colours you want and stir in one teaspoon of vinegar per glass. Gently lower your eggs into the glasses and let them sit for a few minutes before fishing them out with a spoon. Once dry, you’ll have brightly coloured eggs to enjoy for breakfast - yum and fun!
Why not turn your kitchen into a science lab and make your own food colouring instead? By boiling ingredients such as red cabbage, turmeric or onion skins in water, you can extract the natural colours which can be used to dye your eggs. Boil for about an hour, let them cool, add vinegar, and pop your eggs in for up to an hour. Red cabbage will turn them purple, turmeric will make them yellow, and onion skins will create a beautiful orange colour!
If you’re sending a heartwarming note or care package to a relative this year, why not make a handmade Easter card to pop in the post? This super simple tutorial by Easy Kids Craft on YouTube can be followed using easy-to-find art materials and supplies you have around your home.
Go the egg-stra mile
Easter weekend is the perfect excuse to spend time with family and friends. Whether you’re giving them an extra special Easter gift or serving up a delicious roast dinner, this holiday is an excellent reason to go all out. Sometimes, you just want to do something a bit more for your loved ones. If a chocolate egg just won’t cut it this year, why not opt for something a bit more egg-stravagant?
What says Easter more than bunnies? Younger members of your family will love this Bobtail Bunny plush toy for his cheeky face and soft fur, perfect for playtime and bedtime alike. To add some decorative charm to a loved one’s home, give them one of these cute Easter Gonk Bunny Gnomes and bring a smile to their face (the loved one, not the gnome!).
If you value quality time over gift-giving, Easter weekend is the ideal opportunity to spruce up your garden in preparation to host your nearest and dearest. The warmer spring weather is a great excuse to bask in the sunshine while the children hunt for hidden eggs in the garden. Pick up a new set of garden furniture for the patio and, when the evening begins to cool, fire up the fire pit for comforting warmth and toasted marshmallows.
Have a hoppy Easter
The arrival of spring can offer some fantastic new ways to spend quality time with your family. Although Easter 2021 may not be spent with everyone you hold dear, it’s still a great opportunity to let them know you’re thinking of them by giving them an Easter treat that’s a little more unique.
Looking for gift sets that are great for giving to friends and family all year round? Why not check out some fabulous spa sets or add a little touch of luxury with a fragrance set for him and her? Just because someone doesn’t like or can’t eat chocolate doesn’t mean they have to miss out on this treat-filled time of year!