I always loved jelly beans at Easter time during my childhood, especially the black ones! But they are definitely not on the “whole foods” list, so I haven’t bought any for my kids in years. We usually get “healthier” candy at the natural foods store, like chocolate-covered raisins, nuts, and yogurt-covered pretzels to put in our plastic Easter eggs. I had given up hope of ever finding a whole foodsy jelly bean. But then I discovered Surt Sweets Jelly Beans. If you have ever wanted to get jelly beans that are better for you than the regular kind you find at the grocery store, try Surf Sweets Jelly Beans. http://surfsweets.com.
The spring mix, perfect for Easter, are pastel yellow, pink, orange, and white. They come in six flavors:
- tropical punch
- mixed berry
The lemon and tangerine were a bit sour, as to be expected, but the rest were sweeter. My husband, who usually avoids sugar, liked them so much he asked for more! They are definitely a hit at our house! I think my kids will be surprised to have jelly beans this year.
These jelly beans are so wholesome that they are Feingold-safe. What does that mean? It means that the are approved for the Feingold diet, because they have no artificial colors or flavors. The colors come from natural sources (black carrot juice concentrate, believe it or not, and turmeric) and the flavors come from natural fruit juices. Regular jelly beans use artificial flavors and colors that are derived from petroleum, sad to say. See http://feingold.org for the ugly truth. It doesn’t seem to bother some kids, but these dyes and flavors can cause the monster (ADHD behaviors, as well as a host of others) to come out in other kids. See the link I just mentioned to read about the symptoms.
These jelly beans are sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice and organic grape juice concentrate. Here are the rest of the ingredients for you discriminating moms: organic tapioca syrup, pectin, citric acid, ascorbic acis, natural flavors, confectioner’s glaze (that might be a fancy way of saying “white sugar”, so I am not saying these are totally healthy for you, just healthier than regular jelly beans because they don’t have the artificial dyes and flavors), carnauba wax, and organic sunflower oil.
Now you can give your children jelly beans at Easter time and not worry about the effects that the coal-tar derivatives in regular jelly beans can cause them. I’ve never seen any effects on my kids from the few pieces of artificially-colored candy they get outside the home, but this is good news anyway.
If you go to the link above you can click on “where to buy” and plug in your zip code and see if there’s a store near you that sells them, or you can order online. I noticed that the Good Earth Natural Foods Store and Harmon’s in Orem UT sell them, or at least carry the Surf Sweets line of candy. Cool!
So do any of you have any naturally healthy Easter treats? Please share in the comment box below.
If you would like to enter this giveaway contest for a chance to win a small bag of spring mix Surf Sweets Jelly Beans, please comment below. Then “Like” Tree of Life Mothering on Facebook as well as Surf Sweets.
The contest will end Monday April 2 at 2 PM so I can have time to get these out in the mail to the winner to be there in time for Easter on April 8.
Here is a link to a recipe from my friend Rhonda so you can make your own marshmallow eggs, http://theprovidenthomemaker.com/1/post/2011/04/homemade-marshmallows-and-whats-preparedness.html
Sounds yummy and fun! You can make them out of honey if you want to be purely white sugar free. Thank you for the recipe Rhonda!