Lenten Reflections - Or, Why Do We Eat So Much Candy at Easter?
Did you ever wonder how Easter gained the status of second biggest candy holiday? I always suspected it had something to do with giving up sugar or chocolate for lent -- at the end of your candy "fast" you hit the payload... Well, that's just my theory.
As we're compiling the various and sundry treats for our Easter gift guide, I thought I'd share some Easter candy trivia. You can find the full article at Infoplease:
Sweet Easter Facts by David Johnson
- Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
- Chocolate Bunnies
should be eaten ears first, according to 76% of Americans. Five percent said bunnies should be eaten feet first, while 4% favored eating the tail first.
Millions of Peeps
- Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps
, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies
and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
- As many as 4.2 million Marshmallow Peeps, bunnies, and other shapes can be made each day.
- In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
Jellybeans Could Circle the Globe
- Americans consume 16 billion jelly beans
at Easter, many of them hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.
- Jellybeans were probably first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. They did not become an Easter tradition until the 1930s.
- 70% of kids aged 6-11 say they prefer to eat Easter jellybeans one at a time, while 23% report eating several at once. Boys (29%) were more apt to eat a handful than girls (18%).
- Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent.
- Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.
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Boyer Candy Factory Tour Video
We came across a video tour of the Boyer Candy factory. It is from a couple years ago, from a PA-based cable channel. But not much has changed - Boyer Candy makes the famous Mallo Cup, and also make their own version of a peanut-butter cup called the Smoothie. Lastly you'll see the creation of their chocolate and peanut-butter covered pretzels (although that's not too exciting).
Check it out at PCN
For more Boyer goodness, check out I Love Mallo Cups.com
La Tienda owner provides passionate history of chocolate & Spain
Don Harris, an aficionado of Spain for more than 40 years, wrote a really brief but informative blog post about Spanish chocolate on his site, LaTienda leading up to Valentine's Day.
He starts in 1544 and moves through Columbus, Cortés and Prince Philip II; chocolate's origin in the Amazon; all the way through World War II. Its a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about the role of Spain in the chocolate world (hint: its a pretty big role).
Our favorite excerpt is below...mostly because we too want to build a chocolate room in our house!
"Soon any Spanish nobleman worth his salt reconfigured his house so that he would have a Chocolate Room - usually situated between the Large Hall and the drawing room. There, as a man of leisure, he would spend hours in pleasant conversation with significant friends and political associates."
Read the whole post here.
Still looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas? Check out Candy Snob's Valentine's Gift Guide.