Why do we celebrate Easter with chocolate eggs?

Every spring, stores have rows and rows of branded chocolate eggs in preparation for Easter Sunday.

There’s a lot to choose from these days – from different sizes and flavors to the treat you get with it.

But where does this tradition come from and why do people receive eggs at Easter?

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Easter, of course, is a religious holiday and Jesus is believed to have risen after dying for the sins of Christians on Good Friday.

Although there is no biblical association with eggs, many use symbols of new life to celebrate Easter. Eggs are often included in this framework.

They are considered a metaphor for the resurrection of Christ.

A range of Easter chocolate eggs are stocked in a Lidl supermarket in London.

Eggs can also symbolize resurrection in a different way.

When Mary Magdalene returned to Christ’s resting place on Easter Sunday, the stone that had blocked the entrance to the tomb had been rolled away.

The body of Christ was missing, because, according to Christian belief, he was resurrected. Eggs, for some Christians, represent the stone, Chronicle Live reported.

Easter eggs, according to history.com, are “probably” tied to pagan traditions. “The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring,” a post on the site reads.

Some sources claim that the decorative eggs used in the celebration date back to at least the 13th century, while others believe they have been around for longer.

“One explanation for this custom is that eggs were once a forbidden food during the season of Lent, so people painted and decorated them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then ate them at Easter as a celebration. “, according to history.com.

16 April 2019, Bavaria, Schweinfurt: Chocolate Easter eggs in different colors and representations are on a table in the Chocolaterie Molina, a chocolate factory.

Decorated eggs were often given as gifts in the Christian world.

The Roman Ritual of the Catholic Church, which was first published in the 16th century, mentions Easter blessings, where food, including eggs, was blessed. Some early Christians painted decorated eggs red, to symbolize the blood Jesus shed for them.

Chocolate eggs started appearing in Europe in the 1700s.

The first chocolate Easter egg appeared in Britain in 1873 and was introduced by JS Fry & Sons of England.

Wikipedia credits Cadbury with “creating the modern chocolate Easter egg” in 1857.

The first chocolate eggs were filled with dragees, but Cadbury has cracked the recipe for making molded eggs.


Birmingham’s master chocolatiers claim to have introduced pure cocoa in 1866, which facilitated the production of eggs containing large amounts of cocoa butter. Cadbury said: “That was the secret to making molded chocolate or indeed any fine chocolate,” Chronicle Live reports.

In 1905 Cadbury introduced Dairy Milk, which boosted sales as milk chocolate eggs overtook dark chocolate.

There. Now, while you’re enjoying your Easter egg this weekend, you can impress those around you knowing where they came from.

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