Easter happens on a different date every year; it is a moveable celebration. The date of Easter depends on the moon and it can be any time between March 22nd and April 25th. This year Easter is late and Easter Sunday will be on April 21st. When Easter finally arrives this year many people will celebrate with chocolate eggs. But is this a good thing?
In Egyptian, Greek and Roman times the egg was the symbol of life and this is why eggs are so popular at Easter. In traditional Easter celebrations real eggs were painted and used in Easter games like egg hunts and egg rolls. However, in the 1800s people discovered how to make solid chocolate from cacao and the modern chocolate Easter egg was born.
Our obsession with chocolate Easter eggs, has grown even more in modern times. Did you know that the tallest chocolate Easter egg was over 10 meters tall? It was made in Italy in 2011 and it weighed 7,200Kg. It was so impressive that is is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
According to statistics, in 2016 people in Ireland ate more than 17 million chocolate eggs! It is not only eggs that are made from chocolate; bunnies are also popular. In 2016, over 200 million chocolate rabbits were made in Germany.*
There is a big downside to all this Easter chocolate. In the UK, chocolate Easter eggs are sold in shops as early as January and many adults are unhappy about this. They think that special holidays like Easter and Christmas are used to sell too much unhealthy food. Children can also get sick from eating too much chocolate at Easter. And if you have pets, you really need to be careful. Chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs – so keep them away!