Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You're Smarter for 10; People Scoff Nearly 90 Million Chocolate Eggs in the UK Each Year. MARION MCMULLEN Gets Cracking on the Origins of the Traditional Easter Favourite

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You're Smarter for 10; People Scoff Nearly 90 Million Chocolate Eggs in the UK Each Year. MARION MCMULLEN Gets Cracking on the Origins of the Traditional Easter Favourite

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Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

What came first the chocolate or the egg? The egg has been a symbol of fertility and rebirth since pagan times.

When did it all come to the boil? It had become traditional in Britain to give gifts of coloured hard-boiled eggs by the time Edward I took to the throne in the 13th century.

Does this crack you up? A festival of egg throwing was held in church in medieval times among choirboys.

Whoever held the egg when the clock struck noon was the winner.

Who gets cracking over Easter? The Cadbury factory in Birmingham produces 1.5 million Creme Eggs every day and 500 million a year. There are 180 calories in one Cadbury Creme Egg.

Give us an egg-sample? If all the Creme Eggs made in a year were piled on top of each other, the stack would be 10 times higher than Mount Everest.

How did Easter bunnies hop in? German settlers brought with them the tradition of the Easter hare when they headed to America in the 1700s. …

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