25 Things You Didn't Know About Your Easter Candy

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 25
    Americans buy 700 million Peeps during Easter. Peep-peep!
    Peeps Sunflower Cake
  • The All Powerful Chocolate Bunny 2 of 25
    90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year.
    Chocolate Bunny Cupcakes via TidyMom
  • How do you eat them? 3 of 25
    Of those 90 million chocolate bunnies, 76% of Americans eat them ears first.
    Easter Bunny Chocolates via TipJunkie
  • Faster, Faster, Faster! 4 of 25
    When 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 25
    The Bournville factory in Birmingham, UK turns out 1.5 million Cadbury Crème Eggs per day.
    Buy Cadbury Crème Eggs via Amazon
  • Chirp, Chirp 6 of 25
    Cadbury Crème Eggs were first introduced in 1963, with many other filled chocolate eggs coming before them.
    Cadbury Crème Egg Stuffed Muffins
  • Sunshine 7 of 25
    Yellow Peeps are the most popular color.
    Bunnylicious Peeps S'mores
  • Slave Labor 8 of 25
    PARENTS! 75% of children are willing to do more chores in return for more Easter candy.
    Easter Candy Cupcakes
  • Daily Dose 9 of 25
    Each 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 25
    The 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 25
    Eggs 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 25
    Chocolate 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 25
    Rabbits and eggs were associated with Easter because they are symbols of fertility and rebirth.
    Easter Egg Nest Macaroons
  • Hidden Baskets 14 of 25
    In 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 25
    Kids 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 25
    Red jellybeans are the favorite of children everywhere.
    Jelly Bean Easter Baskets via Delish
  • Birth of the Bean 17 of 25
    Jellybeans 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 25
    In 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 25
    Solid chocolate bunnies are favored over the hollow variety.
    Molded Chocolate Bunnies via Epicurious
  • Candy Rich 20 of 25
    Easter is second in candy sales only to Halloween.
    Easter Peeps Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Pretzel Up 21 of 25
    Pretzels 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 25
    Hot Cross Buns were originally made by monks and handed out to the poor for Lent.
    Hot Cross Buns
  • Peanut Buttery 23 of 25
    The 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 25
    Each 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 25
    The 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

Information found on the National Confectioner’s Association, Cadbury, and American Greetings.

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