Wishing everyone a Happy Easter. As you sit down to have a coffee and open a chocolate egg, or two, here are some amazing and amusing facts about Easter you almost certainly didn’t know!
1.Irish children will eat their way through at least five million Easter eggs over the forthcoming holiday – lumping an extra 460 tonnes of sugar into their systems over a period of a few days, a survey for the Irish Heart Foundation has found.
2. The largest ever Easter egg hunt was in Florida, where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 eggs.
3. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise. The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild.
4. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.
5. The poll of parents carried out by Empathy Research for the Irish Heart Foundation found that children in Ireland will polish off an average of four eggs each over the Easter period, with almost one in five receiving six eggs or more in 2018.
6. In the USA, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year. At Easter, Americans also consume more than 16 million jellybeans used to fill the hollow centre of Easter eggs, and that’s enough to circle the globe three times over!!!
7. The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
8. Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the entire year.
9. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
10. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. However Portugal is the home of the largest decorated Easter egg, which reached almost 15m in height and 8m in diameter when it was made in 2008.
Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy the long weekend and don’t eat too much chocolate!