This is the Easter Holidays and it is time for sweet treats, gifts and Easter Eggs!
Children go gaga this time of the year (anytime, really, that jellybeans, chocolate and sweets are available so readily!) Their favourites must certainly be jellybeans, chocolate eggs, marshmallow chickens and the chocolate rabbits.
On this special and sweet occasion, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) and the Statistic Brain has listed some sweet, interesting fun facts and surprising numbers around Easter Celebrations...
- Chocolate eggs, the most popular Easter candy, were first made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter
- After Halloween, Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday followed by Christmas and Valentine's Day
- Around 16 billion jellybeans are made for Easter; many of them are hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times
- Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter
- Almost 88 percent of adults carry on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their children
- According to 76 percent of people, the ears on chocolate bunnies should be eaten first
- Among the sweet items, red jellybeans are kids' all time favorite
- Children indicate their favorite Easter jellybean flavors are cherry (20 percent), strawberry (12 percent), grape (10 percent), lime (7 percent) and blueberry (6 percent)
- Every Easter, 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made
- The largest Easter Egg ever made was just over 25ft high, weighing up to 8,968lbs and was made of chocolate and marshmallow, entering the Guinness Book of World Records
- An estimated 70 percent of Easter candy purchased is chocolate
- Adults prefer milk chocolate (65 percent) to dark chocolate (27 percent)
- Yellow Peeps are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue and white
- 70 percent of kids aged between six and 11 say they prefer to eat Easter jellybeans one at a time, while 23 percent report eating several at once. Boys (29 percent) were more apt to eat a handful than girls (18 percent)
- Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent