It is almost time to crack into those mini eggs, smash open your chocolate Easter egg and munch on your chocolate bunny.

But have you ever thought about why we enjoy all of these yummy treats over Easter ?

Before attempting to eat your entire body weight in chocolate, here a few interesting facts about our weekend of chocolate heaven.

Why eggs?

Eggs are a common symbol of fertility and springtime, a season of renewal.

Some say Christians used eggs as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.

The decorating of an egg at Easter dates back hundreds of years when Christians would decorate eggs and then give them to children as a gift at Easter.

So why chocolate?

Chocolate eggs were made in France and Germany 200 years ago as solid eggs, not the hollow ones we see today.


Today, the average UK child receives 8 Easter eggs a year, which is double the suggested weekly calorie intake.

What is the world's most popular chocolate egg?

Yes, you guessed it, Cadbury's Creme Egg.

It is rather busy at the Cadbury factory all year around as workers in Birmingham make 1.5 million eggs every day - that is a lot of chocolate!

How tall is the tallest Easter egg?

The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011, standing at an impressive 10.39 metres high, that is a whopping 34ft, taller than a giraffe.

What about the Easter bunny?

Originating in Germany, in 16th century stories, he would reward good children with colourful Easter eggs.

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