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Easter Chocolate

Gourmet Easter Chocolate Not The Usual Stuff

Next to Halloween and Christmas, children of all ages look forward to Easter to get their dose of sweet chocolate. Easter baskets, Easter chocolate, Easter bunnies and chocolate Easter eggs have long been a tradition. The first chocolate Easter eggs were produced the early 1800s in Europe, and they still remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter today.

The Easter basket tradition originated in the German folklore of the Easter hare. German people believed that a white hare would leave brightly colored eggs for all of the good children on Easter morning. German settlers brought this popular tradition with them to the U.S. in the 1700s. By the time the 19th century rolled around in the U.S., the Easter hare had transformed itself into the Easter bunny. This warm and friendly bunny delighted American children with baskets of eggs, chocolates, candy, jellybeans and other gifts on Easter morning. Now, you can place any type of chocolate in an Easter basket and I'm sure the kids won't mind.

You can even give an Easter basket of sugar free Easter chocolate fro people who need to watch their sugar intake or people who are trying to steer away from extra calories or carbohydrates. In addition, be creative when you are making an Easter basket, not only with the contents of the basket, but also with the presentation itself. You could use a new helmet as a basket for your child who plays football, baseball or hockey or a plant pot for somebody who has a green thumb.

Some interesting Easter chocolate and candy facts are:

  • Deep fried chocolate Easter eggs are sold at Easter time in some Scottish fish and chip shops. The idea came about in a northeastern Scottish fish and chip shop, as a spin off to the amazingly popular deep-fried Mars Bar.
  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made in the U.S. each year for Easter.
  • 16 billion jellybeans are made for Easter.
  • Easter is the second top selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween.
  • 76 percent of people eat the ears on their chocolate Easter bunnies first.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was slightly over 25 feet high and consisted of chocolate and marshmallow. The chocolate egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.

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