The ingredients in NECCO Sweethearts are as follows: sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, gums, coloring and flavoring. They’re fun, they’re small, they’re tradition. But not a good tradition.
The connection children develop between holiday traditions and unhealthy eating has run rampant. Heck, adults connect holidays with sugary junk just as much, if not more!
In fact, a super sugary treat is linked to every holiday I can think of. Jelly beans at Easter, Sweethearts at Valentine’s day, and sugar coated chocolate flags for Flag Day.
But seriously, these traditions of eating sweets at holidays are fun and tasty, but they set the wheels in motion in everyone’s mind that it’s OK to have a little fun at the holidays at the expense of a healthy diet.
Why can’t healthy be fun??
Oh wait, it is. I know you’re thinking, ugh, here’s another hippie parent depriving their kids of some fun, lighten up maaaaaaaaaaaan.
Have you tasted a good carrot? Have you?! If you stop just going with the flow for enough time to take a single bite, and think about the juicy, sweet, earthy flavor that envelops your entire skull when you eat a carrot, you’ll wonder why you would ever even purchase insanely over-processed crap pounded into an unrealistic heart shape.
Look, I used to love those little candy hearts. Downed entire boxes in one mouthful. Behavior like this messed with my body and I’ve only recently begun to recuperate.
So come on, maaaaan, quit pretending factory produced garbage food is OK every now and then. Skip the sugar this Valentine’s Day and give your kids a fun way to eat a vegetable they probably already love: carrots!
How to make carrot hearts for your kids as an alternative to Valentine’s day candy hearts
It’s so easy you guys.
Cutting lengthwise, slice one side of a carrot so it is flat:
Make an identical cut adjacent to the first to create a sharp angle, which will be the bottom of the hearts.
Next cut a wedge out on the carrot opposite the point you just created:
Slice the carrot into hearts at your desired thickness (1/4″ works for us!):
What kid wouldn’t want these little cuties?!?