Eggspensive Easter Eggs
With Easter just around the corner, the opportunity to feast shamelessly on all the Easter eggs we can get our hands on is here once more. It’ll be an absolute bonanza of chocolate joy, and as far as your egg-eating options go, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
You see, there are eggs and then there are eggs. There are dinky ickle delicious Cadbury’s Crème Eggs and 14,197lb super-massive-solid-chocolate daddy eggs like this one which break Guinness World Records, and which are the height of two men standing on top of each other. And so long as you have enough zeroes on the end of your bank balance, there are Fabergé-inspired, hand-crafted luxury Belgian Easter eggs like these – a snip at £25,000 each. If this is a bit beyond your budget, fear not – there are three-for-a-tenner deals on Easter eggs from your local Tesco too.
But have you ever paused with a mouthful of chocolate to wonder why? Why on earth do we eat chocolate eggs, and where did all those chocolate bunnies come from? Or a Faberge egg – what are these eggs that are worth millions and millions of pounds all about? Well you’ll be delighted to know that we’re here to plug the gaps and answer some of life’s more pressing egg-related questions for you.
Why do we celebrate Easter, and what’s the egg things all about?
Easter Sunday marks the end of the 40-day fasting period, Lent. The day carries real religious significance because it celebrates the resurrection of Christ on the third day after his crucifixion.
However the origin of Easter is not only rooted in Christianity, and likely goes back further in time than many believe. Many religions and cultures from around the world, and throughout history celebrate Spring-themed festivals which centre around the notion of rebirth – what symbol is more representative of new life and fertility than an egg?
In case you were wondering, randy rabbits are also a symbol of springtime fertility and rebirth too. There wasn’t really an actual Easter bunny, who delivered eggs to the home of well-behaved children the night before Easter.
Where did the chocolate come into it (not that we’re complaining…)
You might not be all that surprised to know that while coloured, decorative eggs have long been exchanged as a springtime gift since as early as the times of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the giving and eating of chocolate eggs is a more recent custom.
Chocolate eggs first emerged in the 19th century in Germany and France, although in the early days, before techniques for mass-producing moulded chocolate had been perfected, chocolate eggs were small, solid, and made from dark bitter chocolate. Thankfully J.S Fry & Sons of Bristol and good ole Cadbury’s got in on the game and started producing UK-made chocolate eggs from the 1870’s, although it took until 1905 before lovely milk chocolate eggs first started to make an appearance.
Hang on, did you say a 14,197lb super-massive-solid-chocolate egg earlier?!
Yes, yes we did – and yes, it was edible. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this 6.4 tonne whopper of a chocolate egg is the largest ever made, in terms of weight. Well played to its co-creators, Supermercados Imperatriz Ltda, an international supermarket chain, and Nestle for all the hard work.
And a £25,000 Easter egg – are you serious?
Yes, once again we are deadly seriously – for marginally less than the average UK salary, you could own your very own Fabergé-inspired, handcrafted luxury Belgian Easter egg. You could adapt Marie-Antoinette’s infamous and ill-fated saying to say “let them eat egg,” come to think of it.
In exchange for your £25,000, you’ll be the proud owner of a chocolate eggy treat that weighs over 100kg and, depending on which egg you choose, your super smart Easter egg will show a hatching unicorn or dragon. They are insanely indulgent, and no doubt a delicious piece of bejewelled chocolate brilliance.
Interested? If so, get in touch with their exclusive chocolatier creators, Choccywoccydoodah – their stores can be found in Brighton and London.
But back to giant chocolate Easter eggs again…
You know that 14,197lb solid chocolate egg we mentioned earlier – while it was the heaviest, it was by no means the largest. That accolade goes to a 27ft high, 16ft wide monster which weighed over 4 tonnes.
Twenty-seven bakeries worked tirelessly over two weeks to make enough chocolate to cover the wooden mold, which acted as its foundation. The giant Easter treat was wheeled out to the Chocolate Festival in Bariloche, Argentina, and was quickly demolished by the vast crowd in attendance. It took a crane to break the egg down into bite-size chunks of chocolate.
Have fun, be merry and eat chocolate. Just not too much…
Easter eggs are everywhere, they’re cheap, and absolutely delicious – it would be rude not to. So go forth and tuck-in, and make the most of the best that Easter has to offer… just try not to eat too much. Remember, what passes the lips stays on the hips!
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