In a couple of days, we will be celebrating Easter! Children across the country have finished school for two weeks, while all the grown ups can enjoy a four day weekend… It’s the perfect chance to relax with family and friends, and to indulge in plenty of chocolate- and not feel too guilty about it! For the past couple of months, Supermarkets have been stocked up with thousands of Easter eggs for customers to enjoy - and although many people may buy them, they often do not know or question the reason why we eat them at Easter. Here’s a little exploration into the history of the egg - and where you can find some of the best ones around….
As we all know, Easter Sunday is a day for Christians to remember and celebrate Christ's resurrection; proving life is eternal. The date of Easter changes every year because events must fall in the right place on the calendar (including the Last Supper and the Crucifixion). But, because no one could confirm when these dates took place, bishops in 325 AD decided that Easter should always fall on a Sunday - which had to be the first Sunday following the full moon at Passover (which was the time of the Last Supper).
So, how are Easter Eggs associated with this?
An egg is often associated with being a symbol of rebirth or a new life; hence the reason they are linkedin with Christian celebrations. However, these eggs were not as tasty as the choice we have today - with people having the make them using duck or hen eggs and finishing off with vegetable dyes and charcoal. We doubt we’d be rushing to Tesco to buy these!
Where was the first ever Easter Egg made?
The very first chocolate Easter eggs that were made where in Germany and France back in the early 19th century. However, they were not hollow like the eggs we buy today as technology hadn’t really advanced to be able to create them this way. Cadbury’s first Easter Egg was made in 1875 with dark chocolate, and sugar coated with chocolate drops. A few years later they started decorating them to the eggs we love and know today- finished with beautiful floral outlines! One of the world’s biggest Easter Eggs that has ever been made was in Argentina in 2012 weighing 4,000 kgs which was 27ft high and 15ft wide!
What are the best Easter Eggs 2017?
If you’re looking for the ultimate egg this Easter, here’s our top three!
Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Easter Egg
If you feel like pushing the boat out, why not choose Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Easter Egg for £27? It’s a rocky road style egg filled with chocolate bunnies, caramels and pralines. Amazing...
Asda Bumper Egg Hunt Box
A perfect way to keep the kids entertained is to throw a Easter Egg hunt - and with Asda’s £4 egg hunt box, it will definitely do the trick. It contains 21 eggs - one is big and the rest are small.
Vorrei Dark Chocolate Easter Egg £10.50
Perfect for those who are vegan - and those who are not! It’s handmade and wrapped so beautifully you might not want to open it...
Happy Easter from all the team at GB Hospitality! #gbloves #Easter