As we gear up for a day of stuffing our face with chocolate, possibly going to church and maybe even spending some time with family, we thought we would give you a bit of an insight into the chocolate we consume on this once biblical holiday.
1. The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Workers at Cadbury in Birmingham produce 1.5 million of these very day.
2. Temptation can be too much and 43 per cent of kids say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday, but the average time for children to eat their first Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday morning.
3. Almost one in five children (19 per cent) say they’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holidays.
4. Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.
5. With all those eggs and other chocolate treats for family, relatives, loved ones and friends, it should be no surprise that households spend an average of £75 on Easter each year.
6. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.
7. Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.
8. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
9. One of the largest Easter eggs ever made was on display in 2011 in Ian Italian shopping centre. It was 10.39m tall, had a circumference of 19.6m and weighed 7,200kg.
10. The Sun newspaper reported that Easter eggs for 2015 were on sale in some shops on 20thDecember 2014.