For some, Easter used to be a major religious holiday that ended the 40 days of deprivation of Lent. But over the years Easter has become more of a family reunion…featuring lots of chocolate, of course!
Fun facts about chocolate and Easter:
- The average Canadian eats 4 kg of chocolate each year.
- Switzerland boasts the world’s highest per capita consumption of chocolate: 11 kg per person per year.
- Technically, white chocolate is not actually chocolate. It’s a confectionery made from cocoa butter. Unlike “real” chocolate, it does not contain cocoa solids.
- The most candy is sold during Easter – after Halloween, of course!
- A whopping 70% of all sweets bought at Easter are chocolate.
- Three out of four people prefer to eat their chocolate Easter bunny starting with the ears.
- The first chocolate eggs appeared in Europe in the early 19th century. They continue to be one of the most popular treats associated with Easter.
- The largest chocolate Easter egg in the world was 10.39 metres tall and weighed a whopping 7,200 kg – that’s as big as a giraffe and as heavy as an elephant!