Fill Easter baskets with safe treats

Spring is here, and with it comes Easter -- a great reason to fill homes with fresh colors and whimsical accents in anticipation of a visit from everyone's favorite bunny.

Colorful eggs, chocolate rabbits, and marshmallow chicks are tempting to all and irresistible to kids –- but they're not always safe.

Krista Fabregas, the founder of KidSmartLiving, offers these tips to make family Easter activities fun and worry-free.

Kid-Smart Easter Treats

Some Easter goodies present choking hazards to children under 3, including jellybeans, small wrapped chocolate eggs and marshmallow shapes. Instead, treat little ones to iced animal crackers, shaped sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles, and large chocolate figures. Many chocolate products contain trace amounts of peanuts, so it's best to avoid these around children with food allergies.

Easter Candy Trivia

The following facts are from the National Confectioners Association:

  • The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter.
  • Each day, 5 million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
  • Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween.
  • 88 percent of adults carry on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their kids.
  • 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
  • Red jelly beans are kids' favorite.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.