Sugar Free Easter Candy – Healthier Treats You Can Feel Good About Giving
Easter candy is a delight for young and old alike. What’s more fun than getting a basket brimming with sweet, pretty treats, and savoring the deliciousness of each one? However, the Easter candy you buy at the store is loaded with sugar and calories, and those aren’t nice gifts for anyone’s health. But no worries – it’s easy and fun to make sugar free Easter candy and treats you can feel good about sharing with everyone you care about.
Bad as it is for us (click here if you need a breakdown), kids especially tend to think of sugar as a highly desirable treat, and may not have a favorable reaction to the words “sugar free.” When switching your kids to sugar free Easter candy, there’s no need to make a big deal about it. Give them their baskets as usual, without making an announcement that the candy inside is sugar free – and be sure that all the kids get the same candy. If they notice that the candies aren’t the usual store-bought suspects, explain that you wanted to try making the candy yourself, and you thought it would be cool for them to try something a little different this year. Sugar free candy tends to taste very much like the full sugar variety, so most kids will accept the change readily and just go on merrily enjoying their treats. If your kids are particularly skeptical of the slightly different taste, you may want to explain that the candy is made with special ingredients that are better for your body. You may encounter the same resistance to the term “sugar free” among older people, and these positive-spin tactics tend to work equally well with them.
Part of making something taste delicious is making it look delicious, and sugar free Easter candy is ideal to have fun with and decorate to your heart’s content. When buying your sugar free candy making supplies, it’s a good idea to stock up on food colors. Bright pastels and bold neons have recently become available which can amp up the fun factor in your homemade candies, and make them more appealing to kids of all ages. They can be mixed into pale candies like lollipops and blond fudges for stunning effects, or stirred into melted sugar free white candy coating and drizzled, swirled, and zig-zagged over your candies as a finishing touch. You can get quite precise with your melted coating decor by spooning some of it into a sandwich-sized plastic zipper bag, snipping off a tiny tip of one the corners, and using it to pipe the coating through, like a small pastry bag.
Another easy way to make your sugar free Easter candy look super-cool is to invest in some cute candy molds. These are available at most mega-retail stores, though you might find a wider selection at cooking supply and crafting shops. You can find them in a variety of Easter-appropriate designs, and they couldn’t be easier to use. In fact, some of the fastest and tastiest-looking sugar free Easter candy can be made bysimply melting sugar free chocolate or candy coating chips, spooning it into molds you’ve lightly doused with cooking spray, and letting them set. If you’d like to get really fancy, you can blend in accents by piping some color into the molds using the candy coating pastry bag method described above before you spoon the rest of the melted sugar free chocolate or coating inside. You can also pipe the colors on after the candy has been removed from the molds if you’d like a more dimensional effect.
Making sugar free Easter candy doesn’t mean you have to make everything from scratch – far from it! There are lots of sugar free cake and brownie mixes, frostings, puddings, and dessert mixes right on the shelves of most large grocery retailers that can help make things fast and easy for you. Not only will these items help you when you’re following a recipe, but they lend themselves to improvising. Want to try using sugar free frosting as filled candy centers, or dipping tiny brownie squares into melted sugar free chocolate? Convenient items like these pave the way for candy-making creativity, so stock up and let your imagination run wild!
Here are some delicious recipes to help get your sugar free Easter candy making under way. They’re all tasty, pretty, and guaranteed to please even the sweetest tooth. For more sugar free candy making tips, tricks, and info, be sure to visit our page on sugar free candy for diabetics.