Sugar-free parents are destroying the joy of Easter by rationing their children’s chocolate…

Easter is a wonderful time of the year. Stuffing your face with chocolate is completely acceptable and there are a whole four days to spend time quality time with family and friends. It’s a time when normal rules about sweet treats don’t apply and you might just end up with a chocolate induced stomach ache. Some parents, however, are being dubbed ‘Easter Grinches’ for choosing to limit how much they let their children indulge over the long weekend.

A Sticky Situation

Parents aiming to reduce their children’s sugar intake over Easter often opt to buy gifts instead of chocolate, but many believe this is doing more harm than good. Sharing her thoughts with Kidspot, Barbara O’Reilly (known as Patchwork Cactus to her followers) admitted that things are getting out of hand. “Are we really doing this? Are kids really getting a pile of toys from the Easter bunny now?” she wrote. “The trend towards chocolate-free Easter gifts has somehow gotten way out of control.”

It does seem like a once simple celebration, with a couple of chocolate eggs, a cuddly toy for younger kids, and floury Easter bunny footprints, has turned into a full-blown gift-giving extravaganza. And for what? To prevent a few days of sticky fingers and a once a year break from the rules? It all sounds a little over the top to us…

It’s Only Temporary

While showering your child with gifts instead of chocolate may not sound ‘grinchy’, the idea that children can’t have a couple of Easter eggs once a year is. Kids are only kids for a fleeting amount of time, ideally able to eat whatever they want without guilt or judgment. Restricting them constantly, especially when they are surrounded by temptation, is only going to lead to issues later on.

That being said, we can completely understand parents being concerned about the extreme Easter eggs that have become somewhat of a trend in recent years. One Cadbury creation was even labelled ‘dangerous’ for children under four due to its size and sugar content. Excess of any kind, whether that’s gifts or chocolate, is never a good thing and we’re definitely not endorsing kids eating whatever they want all year round. Allowing your kids to have a few sweet treats for one weekend, however, isn’t the end of the world, and is well worth the excitement and magic when they wake up on Sunday morning!

Are you guilty of being an ‘Easter Grinch’? Let us know in the comments below!


  • You can buy sugar free Easter treats if you’re that worried about it. I always bought my kids things AND chocolate for Easter. Not because I’m a sugar grinch but I always thought $100 spent on something that will last for months is better then $100 spent on chocolate that’s gone in days and often names them sick when they over do it

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  • I believe in moderation also. A small amount of chocolate is ok, just don’t overdo it.

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  • Yes but only because it is a joke how much chocolate my kids get at Easter! Between their friends at school, sport, teachers, neighbours, extended family and my work friends not to mention if you happen to win any of the easter raffles for either school or sport (which ALWAYS have chocolates in them) – they get way too much. I always tell people not to buy them any chocolate which I think is a trigger for people who think I don’t give them any chocolate at all. My kids have already had about 10 chocolate eggs from school friends and it’s not even holidays yet!!

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  • I am so not an Easter grinch. I believe all in moderation. Let’s allow how kids to have the magic of Easter and other things as long as we can.

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  • I have bought gifts on occasion. But we always do an easter egg hunt. I don’t believe in spending too much on the over priced chocolate this time of year and I do tend to limit how much the kids have and only allow a bit at a time.

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  • All things in moderation, but I let them eat the lot if they want to then they learn how sick it makes them and I don’t have to put up with the begging for chocolate for the next 2 weeks!

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  • Our kids get a bit of chocolate but we are restricted by income. Certainly not the piles and piles their cousins get. I find our children self-regulate to make the treat last and if they do overdo it, there is always the trampoline. No harm in a once a year treat!

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  • As grandparents, we can now spoil our grandchildren but not in excess as chocolate makes them very hyperactive. We give both eggs and small gifts. I often buy after Easter when they are cheap then ration them out as we all love chocolate.

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  • My pet peace are the mums screaming at a kids party “ my miss/mr not allowed the cake!
    Not for allergies but for their view on chocolate, sweets. I think they run it off in excitement. The cake is a shared moment. These parents drive me nuts! Bet they had cake. Same with Easter eggs. Let them enjoy it. Ration out the chocolate if they sitting in egg topia heaven and not stopping. But to ban it is an isolating moment more than a sugar free moment!!

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  • I’ve only received Easter eggs nothing else when I was a kid. I continue that with my kids. Now they are 10 & 12yrs old, one of them not a fan of chocolate but the other does. I will still buy chocolate but Il remind them have whatever you eat but don’t get sick and once it’s gone it’s gone. My parents were strict on I was only allowed 1 in the morning. No joy!! It’s a one day celebration so enjoy it. I don’t see the need for other toys as that’s bday and Christmas. Chocolate has changed so much over the years to try and give ppl with allergies and dietary needs.

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  • We give easter eggs & winter PJ’s with slippers. For one special day, unless they are allergic, let them have a choccy!


    • We do other treats too and not just choccy.

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  • We enjoy Easter and chocolate and no Grinch!

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  • It honestly needs to be each to their own! There was a time when chocolate wasn’t an Easter thing! My children will be getting both, chocolate and other gifts. It’s what I choose and will work for me and my family. Some people and children cannot handle excessive amounts of sugar for many reasons! I see no issues with parents making their own choices for their own children

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  • I am a chocoholic and I still have easter eggs left from last year (no they haven’t gone off) once the kids have finished their lot the ones we have left are used as rewards or baking or for me when I need a sneaky chocolate hit

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  • My 2.5 year old will get his first Easter chocolate this year. We will just get him 2 or 3 small eggs to be able to find and he won’t be eating them all on the one day.

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