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Easter Egg Hunt Help

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I have some plastic Easter eggs and want to have a hunt with my boys tomorrow but I have no idea what to put into the eggs. I won't have time to go in search for vegan chocolate and they are too young for hard candies.

I'm stuck and need some ideas. Help!
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what about large coins? Or small toys that the kids won't choke on? Or homemade vegan treats, like coconut balls or something similar? I personally think food out of those plastic eggs is disgusting, but that's on option if you really want it to be food. Even really little kids can usually enjoy little toys in eggs, and kids a bit older (3-5?) will be delighted to get a bunch of quarters or gold dollars! Or even Chuck E. Cheese tokens, if it means a trip there at a later date.
Good luck.
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How old are the boys? I found mini chick o stix at the dollar store. Depending on their ages, you could use Starburst, chewy Sweetarts,Smartees, or vegan jellybeans.I've also seen bubblegum coins at Walgreens.

Whistles,stickers,little bathtub squirt toys (I found some tiny ones at Walgreens) would be fun as well. I think the little guys enjoy the thrill of the hunt as much (or more than) as the contents of the eggs they find, so I'm sure whatever you get will be exciting for them. Have fun! Let us know how things turn out.
Toy cars, stickers, money, gum, candies like the previous poster mentioned....we're doing vegan marshmallow treats and chocolates.
Small toys (the craft store here has little animals), jelly beans (starburst ones are vegan, I believe), coins for their piggy banks, stickers, raisins or craisins or other dried fruits, a note from the Easter bunny, a "coupon" to go pick out a matchbox car at the store...
what did you decide on? (Since its past Sunday morning I'm assuming its done.)
I went to the dollar store and bought some small animals, super bouncy balls, a few religious items like a fish key chain and a braclet with a cross. They were happy, they are only 2 and 4 so anything would have probably been okay. My four year old did want to know however where the chocolate that Grandmama had left was, oops he remembered, I just said "I don't know". I'll have to work on my responses it was the best I could do at the time.

Thanks for all the input.
Don't starburst have gelatin in them? If not I'm heading out to the store-
I thought they had gelatin too. I did hear somewhere (probably here on VB!) that the ones in the UK didn't use gelatin but might have shellac in them...
It's funny you should ask since I'm stuffing my face with Starburst jellybeans while I'm typing! The back of the bag says: "sugar, corn syrup, food starch-modified (I haven't' a clue),apple juice from concentrate,citric acid, gum acacia, artificial and natural flavors, colors, confectionery glaze".Anything suspicious sounding?

I read on the PETA website that they were vegan.Hope that's correct.
Just an FYI

Confectionery glaze contains 25 to 35 % of shellac. The choice of concentration is determined by the gloss desired; higher concentrations improve gloss.
Here is the link where I found the above quote:

Here's what wikipedia has to say about Shellac:

Shellac is edible and it is used as a glazing agent on pills and candies. Because of its alkaline properties, shellac-coated pills may be used for a timed enteric or colonic release.[1] It is also used to replace the natural wax of the apple, which is removed during the cleaning process.[2] When used for this purpose, it has the food additive E number E904. This coating may not be considered as vegetarian as it may, and probably does, contain crushed insects. In the tablet manufacture trade, it is sometimes referred to as "beetlejuice" for this reason. Shellac is known to cause allergies on contact, resulting in skin irritations.[3
If I understand this correctly, it all depends on how you feel about eating bugs. Ugh. Sorry.
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Oh goody.

My question is.. who the heck figured out that crushed bugs make things shiny?
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