Easter is just a week away, and it’s likely you’re either stocked up on or planning to stock up on some sweet treats. From chocolate eggs and bunnies to fruit-flavored jellybeans to brightly-colored marshmallow Peeps, here are 25 fun trivia facts you didn’t know about your Easter candy.
According to the National Confectioner’s Association, Americans consumed or at least purchased 7 billion pounds of candy last year in 2011 for Easter.
Peeped Out 1 of 25Americans buy 700 million Peeps during Easter. Peep-peep!
Peeps Sunflower Cake
The All Powerful Chocolate Bunny 2 of 2590 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year.
Chocolate Bunny Cupcakes via TidyMom
How do you eat them? 3 of 25Of those 90 million chocolate bunnies, 76% of Americans eat them ears first.
Easter Bunny Chocolates via TipJunkie
Faster, Faster, Faster! 4 of 25When Peeps were introduced in 1953, it took 27 hours to make one. Now they can be pushed out in just 6 minutes.
Chocolate-Dipped Peeps on a Stick
Cadbury’s Finest 5 of 25The Bournville factory in Birmingham, UK turns out 1.5 million Cadbury CrÃ¨me Eggs per day.
Buy Cadbury CrÃ¨me Eggs via Amazon
Chirp, Chirp 6 of 25Cadbury CrÃ¨me Eggs were first introduced in 1963, with many other filled chocolate eggs coming before them.
Cadbury CrÃ¨me Egg Stuffed Muffins
Sunshine 7 of 25Yellow Peeps are the most popular color.
Bunnylicious Peeps S'mores
Slave Labor 8 of 25PARENTS! 75% of children are willing to do more chores in return for more Easter candy.
Easter Candy Cupcakes
Daily Dose 9 of 25Each day of the year, more than 4 million marshmallow bunnies and chicks are made in order to prepare for the Easter demand.
Peeps in Disguise
At the White House 10 of 25The Easter Egg Roll that takes place on the White House lawn each year first started in 1878.
Easter Egg Hunt Cupcakes
What’s with the Eggs? 11 of 25Eggs were first exchanged long ago as a symbol of rebirth as a springtime custom.
Edible Easter Nests
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? 12 of 25Chocolate eggs were first made for Easter in Europe in the 1800s in Germany. They are a favorite still today.
Eggs in Brownie Nests
Egg-Hiding Rabbits 13 of 25Rabbits and eggs were associated with Easter because they are symbols of fertility and rebirth.
Easter Egg Nest Macaroons
Hidden Baskets 14 of 25In the United States, 88% of parents decorate and hide Easter baskets for their kids.
Easter Bunny Cupcakes
To Sort or Not to Sort 15 of 25Kids eat their jelly beans in different ways. 70% eat a jellybean at a time, savoring the flavor of each bean. 23% stuff a handful in, and of those 23%, it's more boys than girls that go for the mixed approach.
JellyBean Chick via Crafts.Kaboose
Red Rules 16 of 25Red jellybeans are the favorite of children everywhere.
Jelly Bean Easter Baskets via Delish
Birth of the Bean 17 of 25Jellybeans were first introduced as an Easter treat in the 1930s. A Boston candy maker, William Schrafft, actually made them in 1861, and then he ran advertisements urging people to send them to loved ones fighting in the Civil War.
Jelly Bean Bark via Abilene Crave
More Than Candy 18 of 25In 1910s and the early 1920s, a "Jelly-Bean" was slang term for a man who dressed sharp to attract women, but who had no other credentials that would make him marriage material.
Jellybean Vodka Martini via My Man's Belly
Solid Wins 19 of 25Solid chocolate bunnies are favored over the hollow variety.
Molded Chocolate Bunnies via Epicurious
Candy Rich 20 of 25Easter is second in candy sales only to Halloween.
Easter Peeps Chocolate Cream Pie
Pretzel Up 21 of 25Pretzels were once an Easter treat, the twist meant to resemble arms crossed in prayer.
Ladybug, Duck and Bunny Pretzels via Stop Lookin' Get Cookin'
Centuries Old 22 of 25Hot Cross Buns were originally made by monks and handed out to the poor for Lent.
Hot Cross Buns
Peanut Buttery 23 of 25The Reese's Peanut Butter Egg now has versions for Valentine's Day, Halloween, and Christmas.
Homemade Reese's Eggs
A Rainbow of Possibilities 24 of 25Each year at Easter there are 16 billion jellybeans floating around. That's enough to line them up end to end and circle the globe 3 times!
Spring Flower Cupcakes via Jelly Belly
Giant Egg 25 of 25The largest chocolate Easter egg ever is in the Guinness Book of World Records as weighing 8,968 pounds and standing 25 feet high. It was made of chocolate and marshmallow and used a steel frame to support it.
Largest Easter Egg via Guinness World Records
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