Easter is a great time of year, both for christians and non-christians, and we all enjoy the opportunity to eat as much chocolate as possible without feeling guilty.
But have you ever stopped to wonder why we eat chocolate to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, or more specifically Chocolate eggs?
Well it turns out there’s more to it than ‘because chocolate is great’.
Originally people were banned from eating eggs during Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter), so any eggs that were laid during that time were decorated, turned into ‘Holy Week eggs’ and given to children.
Easter eggs in Christianity were also considered to symbolise the empty tomb of Jesus, from which he was resurrected on Easter Sunday.
So when did they start being made out of chocolate?
France and Germany were the first places to introduce chocolate eggs during the 19th century, although initially they were incredibly hard and bitter.
As chocolate makers refined their techniques, the flavour improved and they were able to make the hollow eggs we know and love today.
J.S. Fry & Sons were the first to introduce chocolate Easter eggs to Britain In 1873, and the practice of giving these chocolate eggs is now commonplace across Western culture, with 80 million of them sold in the UK alone.