Fun facts about Easter

Fun facts about Easter 

The UK loves chocolate and we are the 4th highest consumer of chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the Medieval period Easter Eggs were boiled with onions and this gave them a golden sheen. Edward 1st in 1290 requested that 450 eggs to be covered in gold leaf and given as Easter egg gifts.

Also during the Medieval period there was a festival which involved eggs being thrown into the church. The parish priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys and this in turn would be thrown from one boy to another. When the clock chimed at 12 who ever had the egg was the winner – they certainly knew the meaning of fun!

The first chocolate Easter egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s. Prior to this you were given hollow cardboard eggs, filled with gifts.

Shortly after Fry’s chocolate easter egg it was the turn of John Cadbury who made his first Cadbury Easter Egg in 1875. .Clearly the chocolate Easters Eggs were now getting popular as by 1892 the company was producing 19 different lines, all made from dark chocolate.

The biggest Easter Egg was made by Guyilan (the Belgian chocolate producer) in 2005. It was 8.3m high and took 26 craftsmen over 500 hours to construct. It is estimated that around 1950 kg of chocolate was involved in producing this Easter Egg. Pretty sure I could get through that one!

Over 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs are sold each year and this is equivalent to around 10% of the UK annual spend on chocolate.

The average child is given around 5 Easter eggs and this includes the bars inside. This could mean a child would be eating the double recommended calorie intake for a week. So be a good parent/grandparent and help your child/grandchild out – not a difficult task for any of us!

When eating a chocolate bunny rabbit, 76 per cent of people bite the ears off first.

When eating a chocolate bunny rabbit, 76 per cent of people bite the ears off first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most popular Chocolate Egg is the Cadbury’s Creme Egg (my favourite no matter whether it is Easter or not) which has been around since 1971. The Bonneville factory can make over 1.5 million of these eggs every day. In fact over 500 million are made each year with one-third being exported.  How many can you eat?

 

Over 500 million of these eggs are made each year. How many have you eaten?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why we give Eggs at Easter – The tradition of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, who saw the egg as a symbol of life and resurrection.

The reason we eat eggs at Easter comes from the fasting during Lent where eggs were traditionally avoided. It seems we certainly make up for that after

Do you remember during Christmas last year that many shops were starting to stock Easter eggs for 2017. Could you imagine leaving the Easter Egg until Easter – me neither! A very clever marketing tactic.

Britons love chocolate. In world league tables of per capita consumption the UK comes joint 4th

Where the name Easter came from – The name Easter owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.

Why we eat Hot Cross Buns at Easter – Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and mark the celebration of the end of Lent.

 

Queen Elizabeth 1st thought that hot cross buns were very special. She felt people could only eat them on Good Friday, Christmas or at a burial. Thankfully we can eat them when we like

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have a cross marked on them which represents the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The spices inside are meant to remind Christians of the spices put on his body.

Queen Elizabeth 1st thought that hot cross buns were very special. She felt people could only eat them on Good Friday, Christmas or at a burial. Thankfully we can eat them when we like now.

There is an old Irish Folklore, which states if you share a hot cross bun with someone it means your friendship will be cemented for a full year.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.