Do your Christmas mornings include decadent treats like cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate? Ours do too and we’re big believers in the fact that “too much icing” is not really a thing. Believe me, just because we blog about healthy living doesn’t mean that we serve carrot sticks and plain yogurt every day. The holiday season is certainly a time for a little indulgence, and we like to treat our kids on Christmas morning with some unexpected candy stocking stuffers.
So, in addition to our cinnamon roll breakfasts, we like to include special candy treats in our kids’ stockings. Every year we try and come up with a few non-food stocking stuffers but it’s the rare sight of a sock full of store-bought sugary happiness that really revs up the kids.
Relax about the Candy
Really, balance is the key so as long as our kids eat healthy most of the time, we’re fine with allowing the occasional candy item that may be mostly off-limits during the rest of the year. The only thing we insist on is that the candy stocking stuffers should not contain any food dyes.
Food dyes are the enemy, in our opinion. Once in a very great while I’ll allow M&M’s or Skittles but those bags of brightly colored sugar do not bring out the best behavior in our children. Listen, we obviously haven’t conducted any scientific experiments on the effects of food dyes in children. But, we do have tons of anecdotal evidence that states food dyes just aren’t worth the trouble. And, by the way, a little place called Europe happens to agree with us.
Our List of Candy Stocking Stuffers
So, what do we like to use as candy stocking stuffers? The short answer is anything without dyes. Obviously, the candy should be yummy and organic isn’t necessary. Check out our recommendations:
Mentos Fruit Chewy Mint roll
Gummy Tummies Penguins from Trader Joe’s
Peppermint Crunch Wafer Cookies (technically not candy but they are a huge Christmas fave. We get them at either Land’s End, Earth Fare or Trader Joe’s.)
Bob’s Sweet Stripes Peppermint Sticks (we usually find these at Cracker Barrel)
We personally have purchased all the products listed above and can say with absolute certainty that our kids love all of them. However, the favorite is probably the Gummy Tummies. Also, please understand that we have checked the ingredients on all of these products and they do not contain food dyes to the best of our knowledge. But, double-check before you buy in case the manufacturing/recipe specs have changed.
Consider Dye Free Candy
Why not consider providing dye-free candy stocking stuffers this year? You may be surprised at how many options exist and by the fact that your kids won’t even notice the difference!
What are your favorite dye-free treats?