by Austin Johnson
February 09, 2015
1. The chocolate egg was the first candy introduced for Easter in the early 1800s.
2. Peeps take only 6 seconds to make today. However, they originally took 27 hours to hand make when they first debuted in 1953.
3. An average of 16 billion jelly beans are consumed every Easter. They are also the first candy to be sold by weight.
4. The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth.
5. 76% of people eat the ears on the chocolate bunnies first.
6. 120 million pounds of candy are bought each year during Easter.
7. Americans spend 1.9 billion on Easter candy. That’s the second biggest candy holiday after Halloween.
8. 70% of all Easter candy sold is chocolate, including 90 million chocolate bunnies.
9. When kids check out their Easter baskets, 76% of the first grab for the chocolate bunny, 18% go for marshmallow treats, 17% go for malted milk balls/eggs and 16% go for jelly beans.
10. Red jelly beans are kids’ favorite.
11. 88% of parents carry on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their kids and 90% of adults hope for their own treat from the Easter bunny.
12. 80.5% of parents take candy from their kids’ Easter basket.
13. Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in reparation for Easter.
14. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was over 25ft high, weighing up to 8,968 pounds and was made of chocolate and marshmallow.
15. Adults prefer milk chocolate (76%) to dark chocolate (24%).
16. 72.4% of Americans are influenced by seasonal classics or popular choices in their candy purchases.
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