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Friday, April 22, 2011

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Easter Candy

by chrisilluminati

Candy is probably the only bright spot of Easter. Getting dressed up sucks. Church is a bore. The food is passable. It’s all about the candy; jelly beans, Peeps, fudge and anything that will send a person into a sugar coma.

Here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about Easter candy. Dazzle the family this holiday will all your Easter knowledge because there will be nothing else to do.

  • The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.

  • 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter.

Ronald Reagan eating jelly beans

  • In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.

  • Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween.

  • On October 15, 1999, the world’s largest jar of jelly beans was unveiled. It weighed 6,050 pounds

  • 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.

  • The exact origins of the jelly bean are lost in time, and only a part of its history is known. Most experts believe the jelly center is a descendent of a Mid-Eastern confection known as Turkish Delight that dates back to Biblical times.

  • Kids prefer red jelly beans and 75% are willing to do extra chores for more Easter candy.