When I’m asked for advice about what to put in an Easter basket, I always say, “Give less, but give better.” Between what my boys bring home from classroom “spring” parties and what they get from relatives, there’s plenty of candy in my house around Easter time, and a lot of it is not what I’d prefer them to be eating.

So when they wake on Easter morning, they wake to a new baseball hat turned upside down to be used as a basket, and it’s filled with just a couple of pieces of candy — really good, organic or fair trade candy.

If you like that idea, here are a few choices for filling a basket, whatever you decide to use for a container, with just a few items.

Sjaaks Organic Peanut Butter Crunch Egg – Chocolate and peanut butter eggs are a popular treat at Easter. This organic version is decorated with various colored flowers on top. Sjaaks also offers foil wrapped organic milk chocolate eggs and other spring-themed candies.

Lake Champlain Organic Milk Chocolate Hoppin’ Bunny – Many people don’t consider an Easter basket complete unless there’s something in there that needs its ears bitten off. This bunny comes packaged in a compostable cellophane gift bag, tied with ribbon made from recycled bottles.

Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks – You can probably find these bunny-shaped fruit snacks in your grocery store. They’re a mix of certified organic strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavored bunny-shaped fruit snacks and are made with real fruit juice.

Divine Milk Chocolate Bees with Honeycomb – Here’s a different spring-themed candy to put in a basket – bees. These fair trade bee-shaped candies are milk chocolate with a crunch of caramelized sugar crisp. They’re also free from artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives.

Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans – Organic sweeteners and organic fruit juice flavor these jelly beans that don’t contain corn syrup or GMO ingredients. Each bag contains cherry, grapefruit, grape, lemon, strawberry and orange flavors.

Do you have any other great ideas for a basket that contains less, but better, candy?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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Create a basket for the kids that contains less candy of better quality this Easter.