Some fun trivia from the National Confectioners' Association (how much do I wish I worked there!) about Easter candy:
· 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.
· Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
· 82 percent of Americans say they would prefer a chocolate or candy bunny for Easter, while only 4 percent say they would prefer a live rabbit.
· 63 percent of Americans would most like to receive a chocolate bunny on Easter morning, followed by marshmallow bunnies (10 percent).
· The world’s largest jar of jelly beans weighed 6,050 pounds.
· 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter (that’s enough to completely fill an 89 feet high and 60 feet wide plastic Easter egg – about the height of a nine-story office building!)
· April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day.
· Red jelly beans are kids' favorite.
· 75 percent of kids are willing to do extra chores for extra Easter candy.
· Kids first grab for chocolate bunnies (76 percent) when checking out their Easter baskets, followed by marshmallow treats (18 percent), malted milk balls/eggs (17 percent) and jelly beans (16 percent).
· More than half (57 percent) of kids get up before or at sunrise on Easter morning.
· 88 percent of adults carry on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their kids.
· 90 percent of adults hope for their own treat from the Easter Bunny.
· According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.
· The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
You can also read about their "make mine chocolate" Easter bunny campaign. Please don't give live bunnies for Easter! Chocolate ones are so much better. Chocolate bunnies:
- do not require feeding or clean up
- are always sweet in nature
- can’t bite back when you nibble on their ears