The History of Chocolate Easter Eggs

Easter Egg unwrapped

Why is it traditional to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by eating chocolate eggs?

Lent used to be a time when Christians would abstain from eating all animal products and the eggs that were laid at this time would be hard-boiled, decorated and saved for Easter.

The eggs are thought to be hollow to represent Jesus’ empty tomb and of course, like the Easter bunny himself, is also an obvious symbol of fertility. Fortunately, at some point in the 19th century, someone in northern Europe came up with the idea of making the eggs out of chocolate.

This popular idea naturally caught on quickly with Cadbury’s making their first eggs in 1842 although their first ones were a far cry from their ubiquitous Crème eggs. They had to be painstakingly pasted into the moulds one at a time.

All of the first Easter eggs were made by hand and it wasn’t until the 1960s that the processes were refined to give the smooth and even flavours we enjoy today, although artisanal eggs seem to be enjoying a renaissance.


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