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!