Last year, my baby was just a baby, so we didn't really do anything commercially traditional to celebrate Easter. Now that she remembers things a little more we want to start those fun kiddy traditions that are just that, fun and kiddy. I have been researching dairy free chocolate bunny options, as I think it would be magical for her to find a completely chocolate, completely edible bunny in her basket. Here are a few options I have found.
First of all, some vegan chocolate bunnies can be ridiculously expensive. At thirty dollars for 8 ounces of chocolate, I'd rather buy her a tricycle. But there are a few options that are pretty reasonable.
Order one online. I realize that $4 - 8 may still be kind of a splurge for a bunny made of chocolate that will only last mere minutes. But there are vegan online shops that sell them, if you're willing to spend a little more than the local store version (question - do strict vegans eat chocolate replications of an animals/eggs? seems a bit ironic).
vegan goods - organic dark vegan chocolate easter bunny for $3.95
pangea - 5.25 oz hollow chocolate bunny for $6.99
divvies - 4 oz solid chocolate bunny rabbit for $8.50
chocolate emporium - an assortment of chocolate bunnies (all dairy free) ranging from $3.50 to $95
go dairy free.org - a list of allergy friendly chocolate bunny options
** online ordering tip: also order a cold pack for shipping so your chocolate bunny doesn't melt.
Buy a chocolate bunny mold and make your own. I think this is the option we will be doing, as long as the mold I ordered arrives in time and I don't find a local health food store with a better option + reasonable prices.
bunny molds on amazon
bunny molds on candy mold central (potentially sold out, but good source for next year)
Skip the chocolate. Instead, let a stuffed toy bunny surprise your child when they find their basket waiting to be filled with hidden treasures and treats. They're going to get enough sweets and snacks anyway, right?
Hidden treasures and treats. I am planning on filling plastic eggs with some of the little one's favorite treats like chocolate bunny grahams, raisins, jellybeans (of course), and hiding things like dum dum lollipops, carrot shaped bags of toddler friendly trail mix, or popcorn around the house. It mightn't be typical, but it will still be fun.
Here are links that have more helpful information for filling those plastic eggs with things other than chocolate; not that that's a bad thing.
list of various candy brands and allergy info
PETA's list of vegan candies
list of allergy info for various halloween candies, not exactly Easter specific but still informative.