the easter bunny, chocolate eggs, and a gastric bypass

0 | April 1, 2010

Happy Easter everyone! Spring is officially here and so is the Easter Bunny with his Easter temptations. As a matter of fact I’m eating some right now. A glorious bag of chocolate eggs that my mother-in-law gave us. What is she doing to me? She knows it’s going straight to my butt and most likely not one chocolate drop is going to my husband. It’s a conspiracy. Haven’t figured exactly how it is but I will.

Which brings me to a thought. Why do we give candy on Easter? Did Jesus raise from the dead and say “I think thou ought to have a chocolate bunny?” Where does this correlation come from and why does it put me into a sugar induced coma? As I started to dig into research my head began to hurt with all of the varying reasons why candy is given during Easter (of course it had nothing to do with the fact I am coming down from a sugar high). Basically it started as the pagan ritual to celebrate the goddess Easter who is associated with rabbits, eggs, and the moon. Each year offerings were made to the goddess in the form of honey cakes, boiled eggs, and fresh fruit from the season. With time it became a Christian holiday with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Instead of giving you a long boring essay about the symbolic meaning of eating candy on Easter so we can be guilt-free for popping another Cadbury Egg, I’m going to grab another Peep and leave you with some Easter candy statistics:

  • the average calorie consumption of Easter candy alone is: 989 calories. You will need to walk 9.89 miles, 15.95 kilometers, or 19,780 steps, assuming you cover one mile in 2,000 steps.
  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.
  • When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first. 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first. I go for the nose. Not sure where that puts me other than in the weird category.
  • Every season Americans spend an average $1.9 billion on Easter candy.
  • The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800’s, and were made of pastry and sugar. The first chocolate eggs were also made in Germany later in the 19th century and remain one of the most popular Easter candies today. {Thanks Germany for my ever-growing ass. At this time I would also like to blame you for my hips, thighs and everything else that is the effect from your wonderful beer, sauerkraut and sausage. I love you.}
  • The Easter egg roll on the White House lawn has been a tradition since 1878.
  • Peeps are the best-selling non chocolate Easter candy. In the early 1950’s it took 27 hours to make one peep. Today it only takes 6 minutes.
  • Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps during Easter.
  • Peeps have become so popular in fact that famed culinary website Serious Eats dedicates an entire week, Peeps Week, to the fluffy sugar crusted birds.  Complete with my favorite post: How to make Peepshi = Peeps Sushi.
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. Enough to completely fill an 89 ft high and 60 ft wide plastic Easter egg. That’s about the height of a nine-story office building.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and consisted of chocolate and marshmallow. It weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.
  • photo courtesy of Love & Olive Oil

    If you thought it was impossible to make your own easter candy, than guess again! One of my favorite food blogs Love & Olive Oil has surprised us all with an Easter favorite, Chocolate Covered Cream Eggs! I have to say they look better than the store-bought. I challenge you to try some today.

  • By the way, I belive there is really an Easter Bunny because when I was a child my bunny, Flopsie, told me so.

…and if you have any confusion over chocolate and the correlation with Easter, Jesus, and rabbits, Eddie Izzard can explain it all. View this clip from Dressed To Kill.

…or if you’re worried about having that gastric bypass after that candy filled holiday, check out the Easter Calorie Counter. It’s just….great.

Happy Easter from all of us In Sock Monkey Slippers.

Sources: Peeps, Serious Eats, National Confectioners Association


  • Mark

    Love it.

  • Jessica

    A post with chocolate, German stereotypes, peep sushi, megachurches, and a calorie counter. What’s not to like? Lol

  • Jen Hatmaker

    Hey Meredith! Ryan Herring just turned me onto you (in a platonic way). Amanda is my dear friend, and he guessed (correctly) that I would enjoy your writing. You’re so fun! I have a devotional for moms coming out this summer, and my publisher is hunting down bloggers who might review it on their blog in exchange for a free copy. You down? I’m a hot mess and promise to make you laugh. It’s called “Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten the Mother Load.” Because I’m sure you have tons of free time (roll eyes here).

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