Atheist or devout Christian, you can’t miss the high-spirited celebration of Easter. The occasion is just a hop, skip and a jump away and such a wonderful way to kick off the spring season! Whoever you’re spending this Easter with, dazzle and delight family and friends with these eggs-traordinary facts about the occasion…
1.) The UK's first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol, with Cadbury launching their version two years later
2.) On average, each person in Britain scoffs around 10.2kg of chocolate per year. Blimey. What a bunch of choffers we are.
3.) In the UK, each child receives an average 8.8 Easter eggs each year. Almost one in five children (19%) say they’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holidays!
4.) Easter is the top-selling confectionery holiday in the west, second only to Halloween
5.) According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25 feet high and weighed 8,968 lbs. What a whopper!
6.) Hot cross buns, made by European monks, are counted amongst the earliest Easter treats. They were given to the poor people during the month of Lent
7.) The traditional act of painting eggs is called “Pysanka”
8.) The name “Easter” owes its origin from “Eastre”, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolises hare and egg
9.) Each year witnesses the making of nearly 90 million Easter chocolate bunnies
10.) When it comes to taking a bite into a chocolate Easter bunny, a staggering 76% of people go for the ears while 13% gobble the feet, and the remaining 10% munch into their tails first. Ouch!
11.) The famous "crocodile" finish – which breaks up the smooth surface of the egg – came from Germany and was designed to cover up minor imperfections in the chocolate
12.) Cadbury launched a milk chocolate egg in 1905, revolutionising the market
13.) The first Easter baskets were made to look like bird’s nests
14.) The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Workers at the Cadbury factory in Birmingham produce 1.5 million of these gooey treats every day!
15.) Fruitcake isn’t just for Christmas for the Brits – it’s also enjoyed at Easter time. The Easter Simnel is a fruitcake style dessert filled with apricot jam and topped with marzipan balls. Many presume the marzipan is meant to symbolise Jesus and his 12 apostles.