JAKE’S CANDY: Janelle Rogers and Carol Ivory with a selection of goodies available this Easter.
JAKE’S CANDY: Janelle Rogers and Carol Ivory with a selection of goodies available this Easter. Mike Knott BUNEGGS

Bundaberg chosing nuts over eggs this easter

THE Easter bunny may next year be replaced with the Easter tree as Bundaberg chooses nuts over chocolate this Easter.

Nana's Pantry supervisor Sue Zunker said people were making healthier choices each year and said while sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free chocolates remained popular, nuts were growing in demand for Easter too.

Ms Zunker said some people were giving nuts only as gifts this Easter.

"Absolutely," Ms Zunker said.

"There's such a movement these days about people living a healthier lifestyle.

"We've just had Pete Evans come through; there's so many people hitting the gyms and there's a lot of people coming through wanting alternatives to sugar."

Jake's Candy manager Janelle Rogers said the mood was much the same in her store.

"Same thing as last year, people are just loving the dairy-free and things like that," she said.

"Dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free, they're the main ones. We've just about sold out of the sugar-free, there's only a couple of tiny eggs left."

Mrs Rogers said dairy-free range Moo Free was also running out the door.

"I ordered lots and lots of Moo Free and we've only got a small amount left; we've been hit really hard with that," she said.

But Mrs Rogers said she was also finding people were moving away from regular chocolate because of Halal.

"Halal has been a big issue this year," she said.

Mrs Rogers said her customers couldn't get enough of her Ever Fresh range.

"It's been very popular because it's not Halal," she said.

Mrs Rogers said people were also supporting the Save the Bilby Foundation by buying Pink Lady bilbies.

"They are very popular this year," she said. "I ordered extra of those and the special diet ones."