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11 interesting facts about Easter Including how much we spend on chocolate!

30 Mar 2021

With one of our favourite holidays coming up this weekend, we thought we’d share some wonderful facts about Easter including its origins, traditions and of course, chocolate.

Hold onto your Easter hat, because here we go.

1. How is the date for Easter picked?

Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the Spring Equinox.

2. Why is Easter Called ‘Easter’?

Easter is a Christian holiday – the word comes from the word Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.

3. What is the Easter Hat Parade and how did it begin?

The earliest references to the Easter Hat Parade go back to the 16th century, with the Easter Bonnet being a type of hat ladies wore to Easter church services, and an Easter parade followed afterwards. A lot of money and effort were put into purchasing new and elaborate designs for church services. These days Easter bonnets are more of a novelty item for young children.

4. Why the Easter bunny?

The bunny is believed to represent the goddess of fertility given their high reproduction rates – bunnies and Easter eggs stem from pagan traditions.

5. Why do we eat Easter eggs?

Many historians believe that the decorating of chicken eggs at Easter began in the Middle East, as a symbol of rebirth and were eaten to celebrate springtime and the return of the Sun God after winter.

However, we can thank France and Germany for the first chocolate eggs created in the 19th century, but these were rather bitter and hard. It was English firm J. S. Fry & Sons who created the first hollow egg which was later perfected by rival, Cadbury.

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6. Who doesn’t love Cadbury, but when did they first create Easter eggs?

Cadbury originally started in England producing cocoa and drinking chocolate as an alternative for alcohol in 1824. But the first Cadbury egg wasn’t created until years later in 1875, and not as we know it today. It was originally made from 'dark' chocolate and filled with sugared almonds.

7. How much does the world’s most expensive Easter Egg cost?

At an eye gauging $8.4 million, the diamond-studded Easter egg is a cross between the edible Faberge egg and a Damien Hirst skill, named ‘Mirage’. It houses 1,000 diamonds on the outside which helps to keep safe a magnificent 18-carat gold globe, revealing a delicate crystal dove, perched on a gold olive branch. Designed by Manfred Wild, it took three years to create by skilled craftsmen from three continents. 

8. How many Easter eggs do we consume?

Aussies love their Easter eggs and we are one of the biggest consumers in the world alongside the Americans, Scandinavians, Swiss and Germans. This year the Victorian based Cadbury factory is making 477 million Easter eggs, plus 14.6 million Easter bunnies for the Australian and New Zealand market.

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9. What is the biggest chocolate Easter bunny created?

At 3,856kg and over 13 foot tall, a giant chocolate rabbit was created in Brazil for the 2014 “Chocofest” event, and was comprised of 6,000 chocolate bars.

10. How much do we spend on chocolate per year?

Over the last year, 97 per cent of Aussie households have bought chocolate and spend an average of $160 on chocolate per year. This seems surprisingly low to the chocoholics in our office who are clearly lifting the average.

With many of us turning to chocolate as a comfort food particularly in the last 12 months the chocolate category grew in value by 9 per cent, now worth $1.9 billion annually. Easter chocolate alone is currently worth about $226 million!

11. How can I support local businesses this Easter?

There are plenty of great South Australian brands to support this Easter from Fruchocs, to Charlsworth Nuts, Haighs and Melbas.

The Sunday Mail estimates that at the Adelaide Central Market, Dough will make 20,000 handmade sourdough fruit hot cross buns, Angelakis Bros will sell 2.5 tonnes of SA prawns and 550 dozen oysters, the Old Lolly Shop will sell 650 marshmallow rabbits and 400 handmade sugar eggs and Skala Artisan Bakers will produce 2,500 hot cross buns. The Adelaide Nut is even selling a giant 1kg bunny!

With all this wonderful Easter history, we hope you enjoy a wonderful Easter weekend of Easter egg hunts, Easter Hat Parades, chocolate bunnies or whatever takes your fancy.