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Which came first—the chocolate chicken or the chocolate egg?

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Cadbury Creme EggI’m not really sure when chocolate chickens were officially born, but it puts a smile on my face to know that they exist. What I can tell you is that chocolate eggs, at least in the form of the Cadbury Creme Egg we know today, first hatched in 1971, replacing an earlier type of creme-filled egg the company launched in 1923.

In the spirit of Easter, let’s talk more about Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Most people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I happen to be a former hater turned lover. Whether or not you enjoy eating them, here are some fun facts for you:

  • Over 300 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are made each year, with a third being exported.
  • The eggs are for sale from January 1 through Easter Day each year…unless of course you count the smashed and white-speckled ones you may purchase off clearance racks every so often beyond hatching season.
  • At some point during the 1980s, the eggs were sold year round, but sales proved this wasn’t eggxactly a great idea.
  • At some other point through the years, eggs decreased in size. This became a big topic of discussion in 2007.
  • Eggs are sold in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • There’s a special Facebook page for the egg.
  • Some folks actually use chocolate eggs in baking.
  • Other folks make their own creme eggs!
  • And there are also the folks who make deviled creme eggs
  • Scientists sometimes blow them up.
  • They can be purchased individually or in different-sized boxes.

There’s something so nostalgic about Cadbury Creme Eggs. Because of their seasonal availability and affiliation with Easter, we all seem to have special memories.

As someone always turned off by real eggs, the idea of eating a chocolate one resembling a real one turned my stomach as a child. But my younger brother loved them. And I always remember how excited he would get to bite into his first one each Easter. One day, as a candy-loving adult (with a more mature, less-discriminatory, borderline-gluttonous palate), I gave the chocolate eggs a chance and enjoyed what I ended up indulging in. You love that story.

What’s your favorite memory with a Cadbury Creme Egg?

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4 Responses to “Which came first—the chocolate chicken or the chocolate egg?”

  1. 1
    Candy Lovin' Liz says:

    Cadbury Eggs and Whoppers Robin Eggs always signify the beginning of my reverse Lent in which I consume copious amounts of marshmallow, caramel and chocolatey sweets instead of giving something up :o) Cadburys aren’t my favorite, but I make sure to have at least one every Easter.

    Thanks for the detailed reviews. I love all the new writers!

  2. 2
    Mary says:

    Thanks, Liz! I approve of your reverse Lent tradition. And I think that starting next Easter I shall follow in your candy-lovin’ footsteps and make this my own tradition! :-)

  3. 3
    Lisa says:

    I’m also a former Cadbury egg hater turned lover. Actually, maybe I just assumed I hated them but was presently surprised when I actually tried one. Now I want one. Do any stores still have a discounted Easter candy bin in the back?

  4. 4
    Mary says:

    Yes! Try CVS or another drugstore. If not, then stores like Walmart. :-)

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