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Chocolate and Easter go together like wine and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and horseradish and stew… (what?! You’ve never tried that before?)
Some of the earliest Easter eggs were actually hen or duck eggs decorated in bright colors with vegetable dye and charcoal. France and Germany took the lead in creating Chocolate Easter confectionaries such as chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies in the 19th century.
The Easter Bunny is a fantasy character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter Eggs on “Eastertide” -a German tradition by which kids are judged by the bunny rabbit. If kids were obedient they were rewarded by gifts in his basket, such as colored eggs, candy or toys.
I know what you’re thinking- If they were naughty, they received a bag of coal… well, that’s just ridiculous! That’s Santa’s Job.
This tradition, in more recent times, inspired the tradition of the Easter Hunt, Easter baskets and gifts, Easter eggs – both chocolate and colorfully died chicken eggs, and the Easter bunny.
Commercialized traditions also breed and inspire the creation of personal traditions for each and every chocolate and Easter lover. For example, according to 76% of Americans, Easter bunnies are to be eaten ears first,