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Should parents stop using chocolate for egg hunts?

A time-honoured Easter tradition for families with young children is the egg hunt.

Supermarkets are awash with colourful options for chocolate eggs of all sizes, and in recent years brands have increasingly come under fire for both portion sizes and the way these products are being marketed and sold.

In 2018, the ASA banned ads on Cadbury’s website, which featured a storybook titled The Tale Of The Great Easter Bunny, children hunting for Easter eggs coloured the same purple as the company’s branding, and an activity pack featuring an image of a rabbit holding a Cadbury-branded purple egg.

A psychologist also warned that giving Easter eggs to children under the age of four to prevent overeating behaviour, which could develop bad habits.

Many people feel chocolate has commercialised the important religious holiday, making it more about receiving treats than understanding the meaning of the season.

What’s your take? Is this all a lot of fuss over nothing? Or would it be best to remove chocolate from egg hunts and simply have children hunt for colourful eggs instead? Share your views below. 

 

Should parents stop using chocolate for egg hunts?

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Grainne
12th May 2019
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As a children we got 1 or 2 my grand-daughters have enough to last them to halloween! I found some plastic eggs that split in two, so this year they hunted for eggs I had filled with treats and surprises that won't cost them their teeth!
Colkeeper
10th May 2019
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Absolutely not. Let children enjoy their childhood, encourage them to enjoy the hunt, Get them of their bums and moving about. But like all things in life use chocolate in moderation. They shouldn't spend all day gorging themselves.
longtime john
9th May 2019
1
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I think it's a lovely tradition nothing better watching the toddlers looking for the eggs , but don't overdo it couple of small eggs is fine .next Easter have fun.
Alicia
29th Apr 2019
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Yes cut down on sweets for children, it is decaying their teeth.
swaneldo
29th Apr 2019
3
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Isn't there enough misery around without denying the few remaining small pleasures left? It seems there are a more and more bossy individuals in this world who delight in telling everyone what to do - normally to make everyone's life as worthy and miserable as their own. If it doesn't hurt anyone; doesn't cause pain; gives happiness, then let everyone live their life in as happy a way as possible without constant interference. Hide the eggs at the top of a very steep hill and let everyone work for their chocolate - problem solved!
SueC62
27th Apr 2019
2
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I'm more concerned that children know what Easter is supposed to be about. Same with Christmas and the other religious festivals that have been hijacked. As a child I attended Sunday School from about 3 until I was 15 so I have a good understanding of the Christian religion and festivals. These days I am an atheist but have great respect for those who follow the positive aspects of Christianity or any religion. I wonder how many people eating Easter Eggs gave something up for Lent? I imagine most people ate pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, ignored Lent and then celebrated Easter, probably not even knowing what Lent was about. My niece gives up chocolate every Lent but she is the only person I know that observes the fast as well as the celebration. I have no problem with Easter Egg hunts as such; at least the children are getting some exercise and working for their reward. I don't remember them from when I was a child, though. On Easter Sunday we were finally allowed to break in to the chocolate eggs that had been sat in view on the top of the piano for around a week. At least it focused us to be good 🙂
Hyacynth
4th May 2019
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I understand your nostalgia for Christian festivals and share your respect for them.
On the other hand for those who are not Christian, I'm aware on their behalf that the Catholic Church superimposed its own festivals on those which were long established.
Christmas is even now much more important in Northern Europe than in Mediterranean cultures and had been so long before Christianity.

In short, whoever we are, and however we worship or do not, a break is desperately needed in the middle of our dark and dank winter. It was also a celebration of birth since it was the aim on the old agricultural calendar to conceive in the spring and be ready for field work again by the next year, giving birth around mid winter. On record, the clergy complained bitterly at the bawdy and excessive Christmas celebrations of ordinary people as long ago as 12th century as the populaton waited in shelter for the winter to break and the ground to soften for the resumption of farming.

Easter (oestra=egg) has celebrated fertility and rebirth for as long as traces of ceremony can be found. The symbolism of eggs at Easter long predates the crucifixion.

Archetypally the year's cycle invites these festivals and always has regardless of Christianity.

I'm not being confrontational 🙂 your post just got me thinking!
[email protected]
26th Apr 2019
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I had my first egg hunt in our garden with my daughter. It was fun. Of course never go overboard with chocolate at any time.
Little3
25th Apr 2019
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Looks like I'm in a minority of 1 here, but I'm appalled at how adults ply children with sweets.

I was brought up on a high sugar diet myself, as my dental records will attest. It's a cause for regret.

Fortunately I always had a very active lifestyle, which will have protected me from other impacts. Children nowadays tend to spend much more time indoors.

Whilst I don't pretend it's all about Easter eggs, I think the way such 'fun traditions' glorify over-consumption is indeed part of the problem and plays into hands of commercial interests.
Little3
25th Apr 2019
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Maybe the acid test is - if none of your younger grandchildren are overweight or have fillings then, yes, it's harmless fun.

(Now I'll get down off my high horse!)
Mrchipps1
25th Apr 2019
1
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sadly today, we are stuck with snowflakes and others whose only aim is to stop people enjoying themselves and seeing loved ones enjoy traditions that have been passed down through many happy generations. I say lets carry on with traditions for ever and ever. I used to be in a male voice choir and there were moves to try and stop them, and make every choir a mixed voice one, but for various reasons this can never happen? I now sing in a mixed voice choral society and love to hear the wonderful sounds of both ladies and men's voices either singing in harmony or performing separate items ?
MrsPat
24th Apr 2019
2
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A lovely tradition
BlueBoy1969
23rd Apr 2019
3
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It’s a harmless tradition as long as everything is done in moderation. Let kids be kids, then them run free, let them have fun.
Felix1
21st Apr 2019
5
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A bit of fun hurts no one.
Wrinkly One
21st Apr 2019
4
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With the world as it is at the moment I think adults should have a booze hunt!
Retiredyorkie
20th Apr 2019
5
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Its only once a year - why spoil everybody's fun.

Children enjoy the hunt and the parents enjoy watching the children.

Don't be spoil sports
AngelaCV
19th Apr 2019
3
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As allergies have increased in the past years it might be advisable to take this into account with the intended egg hunter. Otherwise yes!
MrsPat
19th Apr 2019
5
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My children have all enjoyed Easter egg hunts. I cannot see the point of not doing it. A wonderful tradition.
Wilf
19th Apr 2019
4
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Why on earth would we do that its all a bit of fun which makes life worth living. Its a lovely treat for kids
SueB412
19th Apr 2019
5
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Goodness me, once again we have the Nanny Brigade on the prowl. Let parents chose what they want. Personally I would let my children take part in an Easter egg hunt, with chocolate. It's not every day. Children like to have fun, have treats too. You can always explain about moderation, if you really need to.
Yodama
18th Apr 2019
6
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What a sad old grey world the kids of the future are going to be living in. All guilty pleasures eradicated .
Hunting for an Easter egg that is not chocolate is hardly worth the hunt.

Obesity epidemic is not all about a chocolate Easter egg.
KittyBear
18th Apr 2019
1
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As a child the only time I got candy was at a holiday it was a special treat. Today candy is everywhere even in the schools. As a Grandma today the Easter baskets I make for the young grandkids contain a balance of fruits (starfruit is so "cool" to them) nuts, cheese sticks, dark chocolates and a few dollar store toys. They love the healthier baskets. For the Easter eggs we remove yolks and feed them to the birds (yes birds eat eggs) and make deviled eggs Pulido: cook egg substitute and blend with avocado and mayo in electric chopper till smooth stuff egg white halves top with chopped cilantro.
ecarg
17th Apr 2019
5
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Aren't children allowed to have fun and a treat anymore? The amount eaten can be limited each day . Pace eggs (painted hard boiled eggs ) rolled down a hill was a favourite with my children.

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