It's that time of year again when chocolate eggs fill the shelves, bunnies come out from hiding and Creme Eggs take over the world - yes, you guessed it, it's Easter!
Every year the world goes crazy for pretty much anything egg shaped and covered in chocolate but what's all the fuss about? We've rounded up our favourite fun facts to let you know exactly why we love Easter!
- Over 90 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK each year.
- The tallest chocolate egg was made in Italy in 2011 and measured 10.39 metres in height and weighed a whopping 7,200kg - wow!
- The world's most popular egg-shaped chocolate is a Cadbury's Creme Egg. The Cadbury's factory produces up to 1.5 million eggs every day!
- The largest chocolate rabbit was made in South Africa in 2010 by artist Harry Johnson. The rabbit measured over 12 feet tall and weighed 3 tons - now that's a big bunny!
- The crackled pattern on the chocolate eggs, also known as the 'crocodile finish', was created in the early years of chocolate making in Germany to break up the smooth surface of the egg to cover up any imperfections.
- Eggs are associated with Easter because they represent the symbol of new life along with chicks which represent new beginning and rabbits which represent fertility. It's thought that eggs have been given as a gift to celebrate the spring for more than 2,000 years.
- The largest Easter egg hunt consisted of 501,000 eggs that were searched for by 9,753 children and their parents in Florida, 2007. This mass event caused chaos as kids scrambled to get as many eggs as possible in the Florida heat - madness!
- From October to Easter, Thorntons produce 4.7 million individual chocolate eggs as well as 1.7 million chocolate Easter models using their special Easter egg spinning machines. It takes 1.3 million kg of chocolate to create these tasty treats - that's a lot of choc!
- One of the most expensive Easter eggs on offer was made from diamonds
called the Diamond Stella Egg (2006) which was worth a whopping £50,000 -
now that's an expensive egg!
- When it comes to eating a chocolate bunny, 76% of people go for the ears
first, 5% bite off the feet first and 4% eat the tail first - we're
definitely ear eaters first! How about you? Tell us in our comments box below!
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