Friday, 21 March 2008

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Easter eggs hail from an ancient custom where the egg represented fertility and new beginnings and were given as gifts long before the arrival of Christianity. The tradition of colouring eggs in bright colours - representing the sunlight of spring - goes back to the Middle Ages. In medieval times eggs were traditionally given at Easter to all servants. King Edward I had 450 eggs boiled before Easter, dyed or covered with gold leaf, which he distributed to the members of the royal household on Easter Day. The most famous and ornate of Easter eggs must be the jewelled and enamelled eggs that Fabergé was commissioned to make for the Russian Tsars.

The chocolate Easter Egg came into being on the continent with France and Germany taking the lead in its development. However it is claimed that Frys Chocolate invented the first Easter Egg in 1873. The Milk Chocolate Easter Egg was invented in 1905. Cadbury's later took over Frys and the Cadbury's Creme Egg was created in the early 1920s, although the Creme Egg as we know it was not released until 1921.

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