Want to know more about Easter eggs? Here's 12 facts to ponder as you tuck into today's chocolate treats.
- The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century.
- John Cadbury made the first "Cadbury" Easter eggs in 1875.
- Creme filled eggs were invented later that traditional chocolate eggs in 1923.
- The first Cadbury's Creme Egg was put on sale in 1971 and now 500 million are made each year in Bournville.
- Every year more than 80 million boxed eggs are sold.
- In a typical year, £150million is spent on shell eggs.
- £70 million is spent on creme filled eggs in a year.
- Enough Cadbury's Creme eggs are made in Birmingham every year to make a pile ten times higher than Mount Everest if you put them on top of each other.
- One in every three shell eggs sold in the UK at Easter is made in the Cadbury's chocolate factory in Bournville, Birmingham.
- On average a child in the UK will receive 8.8 easter eggs this Easter.
- The tradition of eating eggs at Easter comes from the fasting during Lent where eggs were traditionally avoided.
- There was a motion passed through parliament in the 1920s to get Easter Sunday to fall on the second sunday of April every year, but this has yet to be implemented.
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