Easter Candy: You Love it. We love it. Your hyperactive children love it. There's nothing like stuffing your mug with a few Cadbury Cream Eggs before breakfast.

But did you know...?

  • Americans spend an average $1.9 billion on Easter candy every year.
  • Sharing treats for Easter most likely came from a pagan tradition of eating Hot Cross Buns that was later adopted by Christians to celebrate Good Friday.
  • Similarly, eggs were pagan symbols of fertility, that were later co-opted by the church to refer to the "rebirth" of Christ. Chocolate eggs came on the scene in the 1800s.
  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are currently made for Easter each year.
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter.
  • In 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Peep, before the process was mechanized.
  • When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first.

For more factoids, check out Failed Success and Yumsugar.

[Photo by Jon Sullivan]

- Contributed by Cole Stryker

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